Kids' needs in spotlight

LISA KNIGHT LISA.KNIGHT@FAIRFAXMEDIA.CO.NZ
Last updated 12:00 18/06/2014

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A focus on going back to where healthy development starts is key ahead of this year's election, says Manawatu Plunket manager Jo Malcolm-Black, who has welcomed the Tick for Kids campaign.

The campaign launched yesterday is from a coalition of more than 30 organisations, including Plunket, working together to put children's interests in the spotlight in the lead-up to the general election in September.

"Most healthy development for children happens in the first three years, so it's good to draw the community's focus to children ahead of the election so good government policies can be brought in," Malcolm-Black said.

Plunket chief executive Jenny Prince said the organisation urged political parties to prioritise children's access to good quality health services, housing, education and welfare. "We must make sure all children get the best start in life to reach their potential," she said.

For more information visit tick4kids.org.nz.

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- Manawatu Standard

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