An innovative new Plunket centre opened in Hawke’s Bay in August and others are currently under planning and development in New Plymouth, Waitemata and Cannons Creek in Porirua.
These new Community Hubs are wonderful examples of community connectedness. They are a one-stop-shop – bringing together multiple health and social support services under one roof to guide families from pregnancy until children start school.
Sharing facilities allows community organisations to work better together and helps families access the support they need in one place rather than multiple visits to many agencies. This is particularly helpful to those with transport or budget issues. They also make services more accessible to working parents and increase opportunities for dads to be involved by providing after-hours services on some evenings and Saturday mornings.