News from Royal NZ Plunket Society
A Plunket nurse and 10 Plunket families and their babies met Prince George and his parents at Government House in Wellington today.
“We are just so excited to be a part of the visit. Their time in New Zealand is so limited so to get the opportunity to introduce them to Plunket is such an honour”, says Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark.
Plunket presented the prince with a Plunket book and a Plunket blue bear.
The Duke and Duchess met Plunket parents and joined in a Plunket parent support group with young children the same age as the Prince.
The families were selected to represent a cross section of the growing diversity of young families seen by Plunket in New Zealand. Each family has a child as close to the age of Prince George as possible.
This was an opportunity for the Royal couple to meet other first-time parents who have children of the same age and development stage as the young Prince. Each family uses a variety of Plunket support services and is local to the Wellington area.
“Becoming a new parent and raising children brings great changes and challenges. Plunket parent groups – whether they are support groups, playgroups or parenting education groups – are a place to meet other parents and learn from each other in a fun, relaxed environment. They are also a great way to help children interact with each other and begin to develop their social skills”, says Mrs Clark.
“Plunket has been welcomed into the homes of New Zealand families for over 100 years – giving New Zealand parents the support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. Nine out of 10 New Zealanders are ‘Plunket babies’.
“We’re a kiwi icon, as much a part of our culture as hokey pokey and pavlova! There is nothing else like Plunket anywhere in the world. This is a great opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s innovative approach to caring for children, families and communities”.
Plunket was granted permission to use the title ‘Royal’ almost 100 years ago, in June 1915, by King George V.