PlunketLine nurses a free phone call away 24/7 including Christmas

Makere Sargent is one of PlunketLine’s registered nurses with a listening ear who’ll be on the end of the line this Christmas holiday period, ready to support parents and caregivers of tamariki under five wherever they are.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket welcomes immediate residency for nurses

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is welcoming the Government’s decision to add registered nurses to the list of professions for immediate residency to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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BestStart Marne Street tops annual Plunket fundraising appeal

Sliming teachers with gloop, selling cupcakes and hosting teddy bear picnics are just some of the fun activities tamariki from BestStart Marne street got up to for the annual BestStart Plunket fundraising appeal this year.

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Plunket nurses to take strike action

Around 700 Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurses and staff who are members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) will be taking strike action for four hours on Thursday 27 October from 10:00am - 2:00pm. 

Chief Executive Fiona Kingsford says it’s the first time in at least 35 years Plunket nurses have gone on strike.  

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket AGM - UPDATE

The Whānau Āwhina Plunket 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday 8 December.

Please note that the previously advertised location has changed and this meeting will now be held virtually.

If any friend of Plunket, volunteer or interested member of the public would like to join online please email for a link to the meeting.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket appoints Fiona Kingsford as chief executive

Whānau Āwhina Plunket – the country‘s largest provider of care to tamariki under five and their whānau – has a new leader.

Board Chair Dame Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Fiona Kingsford as chief executive, replacing Amanda Malu who has left after six years.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Kei te tangi ake te ngākau e te mōrehu kui. Moe mai rā, moe mai rā, haere atu rā. We are sad to hear the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Forum highlights rising maternal mental health issues

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is helping increasing numbers of women seeking mental health support, the latest PlunketLine call figures reveal. 

The PlunketLine team has seen year-on-year increases for mental health support-related calls, which more than quadrupled from 2019 to 2021. Frontline nurses are also reporting increased levels of maternal anxiety in their day-to-day work with whānau.  

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Amanda Malu: Deliberate underfunding of not-for-profit health services has to stop

As I reflect on my six-year tenure as Chief Executive of Whānau Āwhina Plunket, I am heartened by how much has changed yet saddened by how much has stayed the same.

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Kiwi pre-schoolers face worse health and welfare outcomes than older children, according to new report

A new report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child paints a grim picture of health and welfare outcomes for Kiwi pre-schoolers living in low-income families.   

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Impact 100 donate $50k to Plunket

THE collaboration and generosity of 50 Eastern Bay women is helping Whānau Āwhina Plunket break down barriers for isolated mothers.

Plunket Whakatāne is the first recipient of a $50,000 donation from the Impact 100 women’s fund – an organisation seeking to empower women to ignite transformational change in their communities and provide impactful solutions to large-scale issues.

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$100,000 boost to extend Whānau Āwhina Plunket services in South Island rural communities

Funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will enable Whānau Āwhina Plunket to extend its volunteer-driven community services to additional rural communities throughout the South Island.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket says support vital for breastfeeding mothers

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and Whānau Āwhina Plunket says it’s a timely reminder that partners, whānau, friends and the community have vital roles to play.

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Help is at hand for parents with new free online baby sleep course

As every parent knows, people who say they ‘sleep like a baby’ usually don’t have one. But help is at hand thanks to a new online course from Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

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The event of the season!

Whānau Āwhina Plunket will be hosting The Ultimate Soiree fundraiser in the Public Trust Hall, Wellington, September 10. Guests will be treated to a world of wonderful live art and entertainment with an array of gourmet food; champagne; cocktails and craft beers being served throughout the evening - all included with your ticket!

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket says it’s never too late to vaccinate

Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurses are fielding a lot of questions about immunisation, with the flu vaccination now funded for three to 11 year olds.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket Rotorua fundraising for new community hub

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is busy fundraising for its new purpose-built community hub in Rotorua.

The Pukuatua Street building has supported generations of tamariki but it has seen better days and is no longer meeting the community’s needs.

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Baby boom at Whānau Āwhina Plunket

It’s no secret that we love babies at Whānau Āwhina Plunket, but the number of staff pregnancies in the Canterbury region recently has left some people wondering if there is something in the water!

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Keeping Rotorua’s babies warm this winter

Close to 100 babies will sleep more warmly this winter thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Rotorua and Whānau Āwhina Plunket.

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Karitāne, birthplace of Plunket, honours organisation with new street name

A small southern town with a big heart is embracing an important part of its history with a brand–new street named after the iconic organisation that’s helped generations of Kiwi babies thrive.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket upgrades IT over a cuppa!

Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s Dunk it For Plunket national fundraiser is happening 1-30 August. Funds raised will go directly towards upgrading the charity’s technology to better service whānau in NZ. Just over $500,000 is required for upgrading hardware including monitors, headsets, laptops, and mobile phones.

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