Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter have congratulated PlunketLine on its 25th anniversary.
PlunketLine, which launched in 1994 as an after-hours service, now operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It took its 1 millionth call in 2009 and its 2 millionth call in 2018.
Julie Anne Genter says "I'm a new mum. My baby is now 7 1/2 months old, and I'm constantly amazed at how fast he grows and changes. During this time, I've known that if my partner or I had needed its advice, PlunketLine would be there for us as it is for other New Zealand families."
"I love the fact that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, PlunketLine is free to ring from any phone – mobile or landline – in New Zealand, and it's open to anyone. It's a simply fantastic service.
"Like the Prime Minister, I'm personally committed to continuing the Government's work to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.
"Happy birthday PlunketLine! Ngā mihi nui i tō rā whānau!"
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)