Opinion: It takes a village to see tamariki thrive in tough economic times

1 March 2024

By Fiona Kingsford, Whānau Āwhina Plunket Chief Executive

Times are tough at the moment and many whānau are struggling to make ends meet. This Children’s Day (3 March 2024) – a day that should be one of celebration – it’s our little ones who are bearing the brunt and now, more than ever, they need a village behind them.

The cost-of-living crisis is hitting hard. Latest child poverty statistics show one-in-eight children, or 143,700 are going without the basics – fruit and vegetables, heating, and doctor visits. For Māori, it’s one-in-five; Pacific peoples, one-in-four.

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Retiring Plunket nurse acknowledged during special unveiling

16 February 2024

Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurse Claire Henderson has retired after more than 30 years with the organisation – but not before completing a special task.

Mrs Henderson had the honour of unveiling hand-crafted Māori tukutuku panels which are now proudly displayed in Plunket’s newly opened Rotorua community hub on Pukuatua Street.

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Mere Harper and Ria Tikini Memorial Scholarship open for applications

14 February 2024

Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu.

We are proud to again join with Ngāi Tahu in supporting the future nursing workforce to thrive.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket opens new community hub in Rotorua

31 January 2024

Whānau Āwhina Plunket has today opened a new whānau-friendly one-stop shop community hub in Rotorua made possible by generous support from organisations and fundraising efforts from locals. 
Plunket staff and Trustees including Board Chairperson Dame Fran Wilde gathered alongside building partner Generation Homes and dignitaries from local iwi for a dawn karakia led by Dr Anaha Hiini from Ngāti Whakaue to officially open the facility at 1436 Pukuatua Street.

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Celebrating 52 years of service

26 January 2024

Long-time volunteer Mary Hall was celebrated at the Sandringham Plunket Clinic for an incredible 52 years of service to Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

Community Services Manager Clare Green thanked Mary for her loyalty and dedication to Plunket.

“Mary has helped many whānau to keep their children and babies safe and well over the years. She’s an inspiration to us all and we are very lucky to have her,” she says.

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High temperatures prompt need for extra precaution this summer

26 January 2024

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is urging parents and caregivers to take extra care with pēpi and tamariki in the heat, as scorching temperatures are recorded across the country this summer.

Chief Nurse Dr Zoe Tipa says pēpi and tamariki get hotter a lot faster than adults. In high temperatures like we’ve been experiencing, they can rapidly lose body fluids through sweating, which can lead to dehydration. This is especially dangerous for small children.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket expands services at Meadowbank Family Centre

11 January 2024

An expansion of services offered at Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s Meadowbank Family Centre has been warmly welcomed by the community.

Well Child Tamariki Ora and Lactation Consultant appointments have increased from one to two days per week and a drop-in clinic is available weekly. A weekly coffee group, a B4 School Check clinic every second Monday and a monthly first aid course are currently running too.

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