Below you will find information about Plunket's past advocacy activities. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, please contact us.
Plunket was a founding member of Every Child Counts. Established in 2004 and wrapped up in 2018 the Every Child Counts coalition promoted the concept that consideration for children's needs to be at the centre of government policy and planning if New Zealand is to have an economically and socially sustainable future. In 2007, Plunket’s membership passed a remit to actively support Every Child Count's efforts to see child impact assessment established as a means of achieving the coalition’s wider goal.
Plunket advocated for 26 paid parental leave for many years, with increased paid parental leave a key advocacy priority. There are many reasons to support 26 weeks’ paid parental leave: increased breastfeeding opportunities and enhanced parent/baby bonding and attachment; reduced financial stress and promotion of strong neighbourhoods. Improving child and family health outcomes make good economic sense.
In November 2017 the Government announced it would increase the duration of parental leave entitlements to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018, extending further to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. Plunket welcomed this announcement as an important investment in families and in New Zealand’s future.
During the 2017 general election Plunket supported and shared Tick4Kids and ActionStation’s petition, calling on the House of Representatives to:
Plunket provides guidance on healthy food choices. We advocate for effective policy measures to reduce childhood obesity, including protecting children from the marketing of unhealthy food, implementation of easy-to-understand food labelling, tax interventions and supporting pregnant women to make healthy lifestyle changes. Read Plunket’s submission to the Advertising Standards Authority on the Children’s Code for Advertising Food.
If the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill 2015 passes through the Local Government and Environment Committee of Parliament without substantial amendment, the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 will be repealed (no longer exist). The new law will be very different, as there won't be a prescribed safety standard, but instead much more general performance-based standards. Read more about Plunket's national submission on the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill.
Plunket was instrumental in the pool fencing law being passed in the 1980’s. The prescribed standard that is reflected in the Schedule to the Fencing of Swimming Pools law was developed after a lot of hard work by experts in child safety, as well as experts in design and architecture and pool suppliers.
We firmly believe the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act is helping to protect children and that the proposed law will expose children to more risk of drowning. Figures show that in the seven years before the law changed in 1987, 74 children drowned; during the period between 2002 and 2008 the number of children drowned was 18 (even though the number of pools increased). Source: http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/assets/CYMRC/Publications/cymrc-5th-report-chp2-drowning.pdf
This issue is an important one for child safety. We will continue to work together in an effort to obtain better law to prevent children from drowning, in line with Plunket policy.
For more information please get in touch with our advocacy team at Advocacy@plunket.org.nz.