Hawke's Bay Plunket hub wins award

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The Hawke's Bay woman who volunteered to manage the new one-stop-Plunket-shop in Napier will be awarded for her efforts by the Prime Minister today.

Alison Prins and her Plunket team won an Eyebright Award for the new $1.4 million hub in Onekawa, and will be presented the award for innovation at the Beehive.

The hub opened in August, five years after initial plans began, said Mrs Prins.

"Once the groundwork was done, our promise to the community was to create a hub that would offer seamless access to services from pregnancy until children started school.

"We wanted the hub to engage all parents including working parents and dads, so opening on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings would become standard."

The purpose-built centre accommodates Plunket clinics, car seat and safety services, an op shop, baby feeding and nappy-change areas, parents' centre, ante-natal classes and a toy library.

The team also have plans to bring Practical Parenting Nest, midwifery services, parent education programmes, before school checks, immunisation services, and a cafe under the same roof by the end of the year.

Prime Minister John Key will present Mrs Prins and her Hawke's Bay Hub Project Team with the 2012 Eyebright Award for Innovation.

Maeve Fleming and her Plunket Outreach Immunisation team from Counties Manukau will also be presented with a 2012 Eyebright Award for Working Together.

Each winning team will receive a framed tribute and $1500.

The annual Eyebright Awards were established in 2003 by Wattie's and Huggies to celebrate Plunket's care for New Zealand families. Each year they are judged by a panel which includes experts from the Maori health, operations and quality and development teams from Plunket's national office, supported by qualified people from within sponsor organisations.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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