The society is most commonly referred to in the community as "Plunket".
The society was initially established to cater only for European women and their babies. However this was changed from political opposition and protest from various groups such as the Maori Women's Initiative.
Originally called the "Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children", Plunket got its name from an early patron of the Society, Victoria Plunket, mother of eight and wife of then Governor, William Plunket.
In 1912, King made a lecture tour on the Plunket Society. In these tours he was highly successful in attracting support for the society, partly because he exaggerated the effect on infant mortality rates. As a result of his tour, 60 new centres opened around New Zealand, each employing a nurse. The centres were (and are) badged as Plunket Rooms
Prince to head Plunket Society.(NEWS AND EVENTS)(Royal New Zealand Plunket Society appoints Jenny Prince )(Brief article)
Sep 01, 2009; Former Plunket nurse Jenny Prince (right) has been appointed chief executive of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. She is the...