Labour pledges $6m for Plunket

Last updated 11:40 08/08/2013

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Labour would inject an extra $6 million into Plunket if elected, leader David Shearer announced today.

Shearer called Plunket ''a national treasure'' that needed more money to build on its tradition of helping the youngest and most vulnerable in society. The $6m would primarily go towards extra nurse visits in the home.

''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.''

Labour's spokesperson for children, Jacinda Adern, said not all newborns are receiving the seven free Well Child visits because they're not enrolled, have lost contact with the provider, or funding isn't available.

Labour would ensure there is a fully co-ordinated new mums programme in every DHB, she said.

The announcement was made at Plunket's new centre in Porirua, with Mana MP Kris Faafoi saying vulnerable areas like eastern Porirua required extra attention and funding.

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