Labour’s boost for Plun­ket

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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