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 on 12 May, and our 114th birthday.

This year’s International Nurses’ Day theme is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead’ and the sub-theme is ‘A Vision for Future Healthcare’ – concepts our Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurses put into practise each and every day. We’re incredibly proud of the way our nurses continue to lead innovations in healthcare, looking at ways we can improve how we look after our communities now and in the future.

Our nurses have been walking alongside Kiwi families for 114 years. We’ve been invited into the homes of families and whānau across the country, and touched the lives of hundreds of thousands – quite possibly millions – of babies.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is uniquely New Zealand – there’s nothing in the world quite like the free service we offer Kiwi whānau. Our specially trained nurses provide support to parents on childcare and parenting, and regularly assess the health and development of children from birth up to the age of five.

But there’s much more to our nurses’ role than making sure our pēpi are healthy. Our nurses also empower families and whānau, and connect communities to ensure no family or whānau is isolated, disconnected or unable to cope.

While the way we work with families and whānau has changed enormously over the past 114 years, one thing hasn’t – our nurses’ dedication to ensuring in the first 1000 days we make the difference of a lifetime.

Our 114th birthday and International Nurses’ Day are two fantastic reasons to celebrate. Thank you to our wonderful nurses, and happy birthday Whānau Āwhina Plunket!