Whānau Āwhina Plunket congratulates Christine Lake on her CNZM for services to Plunket

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is celebrating the announcement that Mrs Christine Lake has received a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to Plunket in the New Year’s Honours list today.

Chief Executive Amanda Malu says she’s delighted that Mrs Lake has been honoured in this way.

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PlunketLine always there – even over Christmas

Sleep, sickness, starting solids: there's always something going on when you’re looking after kids – and they don’t take a break over Christmas.

PlunketLine, Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s free 24/7 parent helpline, doesn’t stop either. Anyone with questions or worries about tamariki under five can call the PlunketLine team at any time – even on Christmas Day.

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Tūpuna Parenting Movement Announces Partnership With Whānau Āwhina Plunket

Tūpuna Parenting, a movement reclaiming traditional, Māori parenting practices to grow pēpi and tamariki into the rangatira of tomorrow, today announced a strategic partnership with Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

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Outgoing Whānau Āwhina Plunket board member Amohaere Tangitu thanked for service

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is crediting outgoing board member Amohaere Tangitu for her integral role in making making sure the organisation prioritises the needs of whānau Māori.

Ms Tangitu recently left the board after a six-year term following the launch of Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s new 2021-2026 strategy, which reaffirms the organisation’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket responds to 2021 Child Poverty Monitor

Whānau Āwhina Plunket says the latest child poverty figures for Māori, Pacific and children with disabilities are concerning, but our COVID response shows Aotearoa is capable of world class action to address the inequity.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket reminds people to make every sleep a safe sleep

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is reminding everyone who looks after pēpi to make every sleep a safe sleep this National Safe Sleep Day – Te Rā Mokopuna.

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, the day is a timely reminder to keep up safe sleep practices while travelling or at family occasions.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket launches online babysitting course for teens

Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s new online babysitting course aims to equip more teens across Aotearoa New Zealand with the knowledge and skills they need to safely babysit children of all ages.

The online course is designed for high school students aged 14 and over who want to earn some pocket money through babysitting. It uses fun and informative videos, quizzes and activities divided into nine modules. The course takes around 2-3 hours to complete over three weeks and costs $50 per student.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket supports calls for priority MIQ spots for pregnant women and their partners

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is supporting Sir Peter Gluckman’s calls for priority MIQ spots for pregnant women and their partners, with the current system compromising their health and that of their unborn children.

Recent high-profile cases of pregnant women and their partners caught up in the MIQ lottery system have highlighted the issue for this vulnerable group.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket Innovates with Crypto to Boost Finances in COVID World

Whānau Āwhina Plunket, which provides Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest support service for tamariki under five and their whānau, is trialling cryptocurrency donations as it seeks to innovate and supplement the more traditional sources of donations, some of which have been impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

The nationwide charity relies on a mix of contracts and fundraising, including grants, donations, events and partnerships, to fund its services which reach around 85 per cent of babies in New Zealand.

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Make a million-dollar difference with the Plunket Foundation National Lottery

It’s back, it’s big – and the tickets you buy will help create better tomorrows for today’s tamariki.

The Plunket Foundation – which raises funds for Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s work with children and families in need – has launched its 2021 National Lottery in partnership with the Association of Boys’ Schools New Zealand and Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket Welcomes Well Child Tamariki Ora Review Report and its Focus on Health Equity

A newly released report on the Well Child Tamariki Ora service for children has been welcomed by Whānau Āwhina Plunket, Aotearoa’s largest and only national provider of Well Child services.

“We are pleased that review has recognised and prioritised the need for a whānau-centred approach that would see greater support for pēpi and tamariki in the earliest years of their life, and for honouring Te Tiriti commitments,” says Whānau Āwhina Plunket CEO, Amanda Malu.

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Amy Ingram takes out this year’s Northern Region Volunteer of the Year award

There’s no better testament to Whānau Āwhina Plunket volunteer Amy Ingram’s impact on her local community than the 30 nominations she received for this year’s Northern Region Volunteer of the Year awards. 

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Wellsford local Tania Hamilton thanked for six years of community service

After six years volunteering for her local Whānau Āwhina Plunket in Wellsford, Tania Hamilton has hung up her hammer and left behind a legacy for generations to come – the formerly run-down rooms transformed into a safe, warm and welcoming space for the local community.

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Increased support for families an important step forward for Aotearoa

Whānau Āwhina Plunket, the country’s largest provider of healthcare services for children under five, has welcomed increases in support for families, particularly those in the lowest incomes announced in today’s Budget. 

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket celebrates International Nurses’ Day and 114 years of helping kiwi families

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is celebrating two special occasions this month – International Nurses’ Day and the charity’s 114th birthday.

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Pasifika Beatz helping kids connect and learn Pacific languages through music

Kids in Aotearoa can move to the beat of their own drum thanks to a collaboration between Whānau Āwhina Plunket, local musicians Loopy Tunes and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

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Health reforms to drive greater equity welcomed by Whānau Āwhina Plunket

Sweeping reforms to the health system to drive greater equity, particularly for whānau Māori and Pasifika peoples, have been welcomed by Whānau Āwhina Plunket, the country’s largest provider of healthcare services for children under five.

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Raureka, the BestStart with a big heart

With only 49 children, Raureka is one of BestStart’s smallest early childhood centres.

But despite its size, the centre has been one of the biggest contributors to the annual BestStart Plunket Appeal, surpassing the bigger centres four of the five years the appeal has been running.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket celebrates women in leadership this International Women’s Day

With more than 96 per cent of its workforce made up of women, and a long history of supporting Aotearoa New Zealand’s wāhine, the team at Whānau Āwhina Plunket is celebrating female leadership this International Women’s Day.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket encourages whānau to celebrate this Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki – Children’s Day

This Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki – Children’s Day, Whānau Āwhina Plunket is encouraging all whānau to enjoy quality time with their tamariki.

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Wairoa’s new Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurse ready to “create breath”

There’s no-one who knows Wairoa better than the district’s newest Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurse Nina Dougherty.

“This community, I know warts and all. There’s not much that gets past my nose,” laughs the mother of seven and grandmother to three.

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