Plun­ket thinks big

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa-Lin­den Plun­ket staff have caught the ren­o­va­tion bug, and hope to fol­low the cre­ation of a nurse room with a $ 250,000 re­place­ment of the old build­ing.

Nurse Vicky Per­ris says a sec­ond nurse room was cre­ated in May from an old kitch­enette for $1000, trans­form­ing staff flex­i­bil­ity by al­low­ing two Plun­ket nurses to work on the same day, .

Now staff and vol­un­teers want to fundraise $250,000 to de­mol­ish and re­build their Lin­den Ave head­quar­ters.

On the wish list are a deck, a cov­ered play area, a big meet­ing room, and smaller pri­vate rooms where so­cial ser­vices can run clin­ics. Mrs Per­ris would like to re­cre­ate the warm, wel­com­ing feel­ing achieved in the ren­o­va­tion of Can­nons Creek’s new Plun­ket build­ing.

Bring­ing the toy li­brary in­house is an­other wish – the li­brary is now in Ox­ford St.

A baby boom in Tawa makes ex­pan­sion a pri­or­ity, Mrs Per­ris says. Tawa is a growth sub­urb for young fam­i­lies and three ba­bies ‘‘is the new two’’, she says. Last year 180 new ba­bies came through the cen­tre.

Tawa- Lin­den Plun­ket events co- or­di­na­tor Shonali Ell­wood hopes events such as quizzes and clothes sales will build the char­ity’s bank bal­ance over the next cou­ple of years.

Enough money has al­ready been raised to com­mis­sion ini­tial en­gi­neer’s re­ports of Plun­ket’s land, Mrs Ell­wood says.

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