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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 7 (December 15, 1926)

“The Plunket Shield“ — New Zealand Wins World Contest in Child Life Saving

page 51

The Plunket Shield
New Zealand Wins World Contest in Child Life Saving

The design reproduced above (with centrepiece adapted from a famous statuary group) is the work of Mr. W. R. Davidson, Assistant Chief Engineer, N.Z.R. It symbolises the ideals of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children. The Society was founded in 1908 under the patronage of the then Governor, Baron Plunket, and it is due largely to the Society's splendid activities that New Zealand enjoys the enviable distinction of having the lowest rate of infant mortality in the world. The aims and objects of the Society are, briefly, as follow:—

(1) To uphold the sacredness of the body and the duty of health.

(2) To acquire accurate information and knowledge on matters affecting the health of women and children, and to disseminate such knowledge.

(3) To train specially and to employ qualified nurses (to be called Plunket Nurses) whose duty it is to give sound, reliable instruction, advice, and assistance, gratis, to any member of the community desiring such service……..with a view to conserving the health and strength of the rising generation and rendering both mother and offspring hardy, healthy, and resistive of disease.