Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Cross-party call to make family planning a national development priority

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Media Release

This World Population Day the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) renews its call to Pacific governments to make family planning a national development priority.

With increasing recognition of the value in investing in family planning in the Pacific and globally, 2017 World Population Day theme - Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations is particularly relevant. 

Providing safe, accessible and voluntary family planning has social and economic benefits contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development.  Family planning impacts women’s empowerment and promotes gender equality.

When women can decide whether and when to have children they have more opportunities to complete their education, their autonomy in the household increases and their ability to earn an income improves.  This not only lifts women’s economic security and well-being, it also benefits their families, and even their communities.  Family planning therefore has the potential to boost the development of entire countries.

The use of voluntary family planning in the Pacific is improving and a number of Pacific governments, including Kiribati and Tonga, acknowledge that increasing access to family planning is a high level development priority.  The Kiribati Development Plan 2016-2019 identified ‘increased access to and use of high quality comprehensive family planning services’ as a key outcome.

“We commend the Pacific governments that already recognise sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and family planning in their development plans and urge other Pacific leaders to make SRH and family planning a national priority.  While the Pacific continues to have some of the highest unmet need for contraception in the world, it is clear that there is still more that needs to be done, says Joanne Hayes (MP), NZPPD Chair.

“Enabling people to make choices about their health and their futures is empowering, particularly for women.   Family planning contributes to sustainable development and is one of the most cost-effective investments in international development.  Making SRH and family planning a national priority has wide reaching benefits and will help Pacific countries fulfil their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Background

The NZPPD is a cross-party group which provides a forum for parliamentarians to engage and act on international population and development issues, with a particular focus on the Pacific. Family Planning New Zealand hosts the NZPPD Secretariat.

Contact

For further information or queries, please contact Alexandra Hill +64 04 382 4036, nzppd@familyplanning.org.nz.

Spokespeople available on request.

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