1st October 2014
For immediate Release
Kiwi icons partner to protect and nurture New Zealand's future
Public Trust has committed to becoming a ‘Pick Me Help Plunket’ partner for the next three years. This means the two
organisations are now allies, intent on growing a sustainable, long term relationship designed to support New Zealand
families and children.
Public Trust Chief Executive Bob Smith acknowledged the parallels between the two organisations. "Public Trust is New
Zealand's largest and oldest trustee organisation, and Plunket is New Zealand’s largest and oldest provider of well
child services. Both have moved with the times and look forward to continuing the tradition of caring for New
He continued, “Only 30% of young parents have a Will in place, which means 70% do not. Let’s raise awareness of the
importance of writing a Will and setting up an Enduring Power of Attorney to protect our children’s futures. It’s in
everyone’s best interests.”
Plunket Chief Executive Jenny Prince also recognised the parallels. "We are very pleased to be partnering with another
organisation that shares our values of trust, quality of service, inclusiveness and commitment. For us to continue our
great work for future generations, we need to be innovative and partner with like-minded organisations. Public Trust is
the perfect partner."
“Public Trust & Plunket have looked after generations of kiwis and both have a sense of social responsibility. For both organisations
it is about looking after young families in New Zealand. Key to us both is making sure children are at the centre and
are looked after to grow up healthy and happy – our future parents and families of New Zealand.
Public Trust was founded 141 years ago to protect the future of New Zealanders. Plunket is a comparatively sprightly 107
years old, having been set up in 1907 by Sir Frederic Truby King to 'help the mothers and save the babies'. Both
organisations have seen their share of challenges and have a clear focus on the future.
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