Parent Hub space a new addition at WOMAD 2016

15 March 2016

It's no secret WOMAD is a family-friendly festival and this year it’s taking it a step further by teaming up with the Taranaki District Health Board to offer a small Parent Hub at this year’s festival.

Suzanne Porter, Taranaki Arts Festival Trust Chief Executive said, “WOMAD is a festival that appeals to all ages. It caters for the young, and the young at heart, and everyone in between. We have the Kid Zone and the over 65’s seating so why not offer something for parents and parents to be.”

Belinda Chapman, Taranaki DHB Associate Director Midwifery said, “The Parent Hub will be relaxed and welcoming and there’ll be maternity staff available to discuss any questions about their baby or one that might be planned or on the way.”

“There will be a change table and some toys and Hospice Taranaki is donating furniture so that we can create a lounge area where parents can come and feed their babies in comfort. There will also be information on the top 5 things to do when you discover you are pregnant as well as information on how to ensure your baby gets the best start in life.”

It is not the first time WOMAD NZ has shown its support for Taranaki DHB and in 2015, WOMAD got behind the Taranaki Health Foundations ‘We Heart Taranaki’ campaign by setting up donation collections at the gate. The funds raised have gone towards the much needed Angiography Suite at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Rosemary Clements, Taranaki DHB Acting CEO said, “WOMAD is an iconic international event that brings the Taranaki community together every year and we really appreciate WOMAD’s support of our DHB. Our staff have even benefited with the chance to win WOMAD tickets as prizes for an internal competition held in February. It was a really nice way to give back to our staff who work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our community.”

 

ENDS

 

For more information please call
Cressida Gates-Thompson, Communications Manager, 027  703 6177

 

 

 

Last updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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