Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New Milk Bank To Help Vulnerable Infants

The Wellington region’s most vulnerable infants will now have local access to pasteurised donor breast milk at Wellington Regional Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Enabled by support from the Wellington Hospitals Foundation, the ‘Pataka Miraka/Mother’s Milk Bank’ service will begin in early 2021. ‘Pataka Miraka’ means ‘Milk Storehouse’, and sets out what the service will achieve.

“Pre-term infants face significant health challenges, and breast milk is the preferred feeding choice to prevent health complications related to their early birth,” said NICU nurse manager Rosemary Escott.

“Mother’s milk is critical for infants’ growth and development, and protects them from infection. Having this breast milk is a long-awaited investment in the long-term health of these fragile infants, and we are delighted and grateful to the Wellington Hospitals Foundation for funding this new service.”

Pasteurised, donated breastmilk is critical for feeding sick and premature infants when mothers do not have a sufficient milk supply for their infant’s nutritional needs. Pataka Miraka is a continuation of the community support that the Foundation has been providing for the Wellington NICU over the past 10 years.

“Over this time, we have provided the NICU with more than $3 million of much needed medical equipment and we are delighted to continue our ongoing support,” said Wellington Hospitals Foundation chair Bill Day.

“The Foundation’s passion for this project came from learning that many health issues can be linked back to childhood nutrition, and how improvements early on can really impact the lifelong health of people in the community. The Foundation has provided $306,000 to date, and are delighted to be able to fund this new service for the foreseeable future.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass gatherings of human beings. Currently though, it looks like a forlorn hope that Japan will be able to host the Olympics in late July. Herd immunity on any significant scale seems possible only by December 2021, at the earliest... More>>


Oranga Tamariki: Chief Executive Grainne Moss Steps Down

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More>>


USA: Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More>>


A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>


Government: New Public Housing Plan Announced

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More>>

Government: Pre-Departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More>>


Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>





InfoPages News Channels