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Headline: Plunket needs your hugs!

Next week (2-8 March) is Plunket’s Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal and Plunket volunteers are getting out and about to raise funds for local and regional services for children and their families.

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. 

To keep Plunket services going, volunteers are once again fundraising in a range of ways across the country – from taking to the streets with Plunket mascot ‘Big Blue’ for a street collection, through to Teddy Bear picnics where people can make a gold coin donation while joining in the fun.

“Each year, the New Zealand community help us continue to provide support to local families when they need it most by supporting our Bear Hug Appeal in March – we’re grateful to everyone who donates, and to all the volunteers who fundraise for us,” said Plunket’s New Zealand President Andree Talbot.

“We’re heavily reliant on the funds raised during our appeal. While Plunket’s free home and clinic visits are government funded, we rely on community fundraising to provide all our other support services.

“When you make a donation it helps fund your local Plunket services such as parent support groups, playgroups, car seat services, parenting education programmes, toy libraries and much more.

“Plunket’s volunteers work with Plunket staff to ensure every family in the community has access to the Plunket services they need.

“Plunket is a kiwi icon, as much a part of our culture as hokey pokey and pavlova! Nine out of 10 New Zealanders are ‘Plunket babies’. We want to be around for another 100 years but to do that we need community support”.

Find out more at or go to your local BNZ to donate.

For more information contact:

Jen Riches | Plunket Media Manager | 021 405 842 |

About Plunket

For over a century Plunket has supported New Zealand parents to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. 

Plunket is a not-for-profit organisation and is New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five. 

Plunket is dedicated to working with parents and communities to ensure that New Zealand children get the best start in life. Plunket’s services help families nationwide, through over 300 branches, mobile clinics and a free phone service PlunketLine, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (0800 933 922).

Plunket services are available free to families in New Zealand with children aged 0 to 5. As registered nurses with a postgraduate qualification, Plunket nurses are able to offer high standards of expertise and a range of services to families.

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About BNZ – Principal Sponsor

Bank of New Zealand is proud to work hand in hand with Plunket to bring young New Zealand families support when they need it most.

BNZ is proud to have been a part of New Zealand since 1861 and looks forward to supporting another organisation that has been integral to our country’s upbringing.

Tags: Donation Appeal 0 Comments Posted by Jen Riches on 27 February 2015

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