Whānau Āwhina Plunket welcomes new chief nurse

It’s a case of nau mai hoki mai – welcome back for Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s new chief nurse, Dr Zoë Tipa.

Dr Tipa (Kāi Tahu/Ngāti Kahungunu) will lead nursing services for the organisation, which is the largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of tamariki under five.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket volunteers win 2022 Minister of Health Volunteer Award

A dedicated team of Whānau Āwhina Plunket volunteers has taken out a win at this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

The volunteers for the ‘Breastfeeding Works!’ breastfeeding peer support programme in South Canterbury won the Outstanding Achievement award in the Health Care Provider Service Team category in yesterday’s presentation ceremony at Parliament.

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Whanau Awhina Plunket and long term partner Huggies celebrate 30 years together

Not only is it Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s 115th birthday but it is also celebrating 30 years of enduring relationship with long-term partner Huggies™ (Kimberly-Clark).

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket celebrates 115th birthday by debuting te reo Māori on its website

Whānau Āwhina Plunket has marked its 115th birthday – and honoured its bicultural origins – by officially launching te reo Māori translations on its website.

The website plunket.org.nz is data free and one of Aotearoa’s most widely read digital child health resources.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket and Family Planning New Zealand call on Immigration Minister to reconsider fast-tracked residence pathway

Whānau Āwhina Plunket and Family Planning New Zealand are disappointed that overseas nurses have been left off the fast-tracked ‘straight to residence’ pathway.

They have joined the New Zealand Nurses Organisation in calling for Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi to reconsider the decision to leave them off the new ‘green list’ announced yesterday. 

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket celebrates International Nurses’ Day

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is thanking its nurses for their dedication during the pandemic this International Nurses’ Day.

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Make every sleep a safe sleep for precious pēpi this winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, Whānau Āwhina Plunket and the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service are reminding whānau to make every sleep a safe sleep for precious pēpi this winter.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket says ‘it takes a village’ this World Maternal Mental Health Day

Whānau Āwhina Plunket – Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest provider of healthcare services for children under five – is encouraging people to ‘become their village’ for new parents and caregivers this World Maternal Mental Health Day.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket to exit parenting education programme (PEPE)

Whānau Āwhina Plunket has announced today that it will no longer run its parenting education (PEPE) programme.

This decision follows a month-long staff consultation, and results in the loss of five permanent and 17 casual roles. A further 16 people will have their hours reduced.

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TEXT SCAM ALERT - 7 April 2022

We have been notified of a text message that's been sent out to whānau claiming to be from "Plunket". It's not from us. Whānau Āwhina Plunket will never ask you to share personal information via text message unless we are already engaged in a kōrero with you, and you know who you're talking to. 

If you're ever in doubt about any messages you receive, it's always worth taking a moment to ask a question. Thanks to the quick-thinking māmā who brought this to our attention. Take care out there. Arohanui.

Virtual Fun Run to raise money for Whānau Āwhina Plunket

In partnership with Huggies, Whānau Āwhina Plunket is thrilled to cross the starting line of their 2022 Virtual Fun Run series, happening each weekend in April.  

With support from Move it Mama, Z Energy, NZME and Kidspot, participants have the opportunity to get involved with their whānau, friends and community – either virtually or physically. 

Chief Executive Amanda Malu says it’s a great time to get people participating in something active.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket thanks families for their understanding

Whānau Āwhina Plunketis thanking whānau for their understanding during the Omicron outbreak.

The charity sees nearly 300,000 tamariki a year – that’s 89 percent of all new babies and 62 per cent of all newborn Māori pēpi.

Chief Executive Amanda Malu says nurses, kaiāwhina and health workers are doing a great job in what’s been a challenging couple of years. But as Omicron cases continue to rise, parents and caregivers can expect some service disruptions as staff become unwell or need to isolate.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s advice for protecting young tamariki against COVID-19

Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s nurses are fielding an increasing number of queries from concerned parents wanting to know how to keep their preschool tamariki safe when they are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Acting Chief Nurse Karen Magrath says there are many ways to keep under 5’s as safe as possible, especially while COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Whānau Āwhina Plunket pays tribute to retiring chief nurse Jane O’Malley

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is paying tribute to outgoing chief nurse Jane O’Malley and says her nursing leadership has been nationally significant to the heath sector.

Chief Executive Amanda Malu says Jane O’Malley is highly respected within Whānau Āwhina Plunket and across the sector for her diverse nursing experience and strategic focus.

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