Labour’s boost for Plunket
Kris Faafoi knows the value of Plunket.
The Mana MP was on hand last Thursday at Plunket’s new centre in Cannons Creek, where Labour announced it would put an extra $6 million a year into Plunket, should Labour become the next government.
The money would primarily go towards extra nurse visits in the home and a new mother’s programme run through the district health boards.
Mr Faafoi has a four-year-old and two-year-old, so is in a position to comment personally on Plunket’s importance.
‘‘Anything you can do to help parents in those tough first few years with the basics is crucial, especially in communities like Porirua,’’ he said.
‘‘Plunket is free and can make a real difference in people’s lives.
‘‘It’s about peace of mind for parents.’’
Labour leader David Shearer called Plunket a national treasure that needed more money to build on its tradition of helping the youngest and most vulnerable.
‘‘ Too many of our kids fall through the cracks and suffer neglect, hardship and abuse.
‘‘Given we spend an estimated $6 billion a year on the effects of child poverty, and children having a poor start in life, this is just one way we can start to invest in order to save,’’ he said.