News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Happy Birthday Plunket – 107 years young!

Happy Birthday Plunket – 107 years young!

Plunket, one of New Zealand’s icons, turns 107 years young this week - and is still going strong.

Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that from its small beginnings, Plunket now provides support services for the development, health and wellbeing of New Zealand children.

“Nine out of 10 babies in New Zealand are ‘Plunket babies’, so it is a birthday we can all share and enjoy.

“We had a fantastic early present last month, when 10 Plunket families were chosen to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George at a Plunket Parents Playgroup at Government House, hosted by our Patron Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae”, she says.

Plunket was founded in 1907 in Dunedin by child health visionary, Sir Fredric Truby King. Plunket nurses quickly became a vital line of support for mothers and babies throughout New Zealand and Plunket’s philosophy soon became parenting lore.

“Plunket has a history of innovation and the way we work with families and whānau has changed enormously over the past 107 years.

“From paper-based telegrams to live Facebook chats and PlunketLine – Plunket has kept up with change, ensuring that the services we provide are available to those that need it.

“Plunket was established out of a direct need to support parents. 107 years on, the way we support families may have changed but our mission remains the same - working with parents and communities to ensure that New Zealand children get the best start in life.

“More than 600 clinical staff and 5,000 volunteers represent and carry out Plunket’s good work to ensure the organisation continues to age with vitality. And with that many candles to blow out it will be a team effort as usual!” said Mrs Prince.

– ENDS –

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news