Birth and early childhood





Well Child  / Tamariki Ora

Well Child / Tamariki Ora is a freww service that is offered to all New Zealand chilsren from birht to five years. Wellhild can support you to protect and improve your child's health, so they can grow and develop to their full potential.


Well Child Universal Milestone checks 

Your child is entitled to have 14 checks between birth and five years of age.

Click here for more information

In the Lakes District we have 3 providers.

Plunket - Rotorua / Taupo / Turangi

Tipu Ora - Rotorua and Murupara

Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust - Taupo / Turangi / Mangakino



Click here for further information - Immunisations Advisory Centre

During childhood, our children are exposed to thousands of germs, some of which are potentially harmful to thier health. Immunisation is the most effective way to actively protect your child from preventable diseases, ranging from whooping cough to meningitis and measles. Here you will find the basic information  about how, why and when we immunise, as well as information about the vaccines themselves.

Click here for the Immunisaton Schedule


Public Health Nursing and Screening Services

Click here for further information about the service

Public Health Nurses are registered nurses who work with children, young people and their families/whanau to promote health and provide support to enhance wellbeing.


Breastfeeding Information and Support

Breastfeeding is the natural, normal way to feed a baby from birth. Lakes DHB is committed to providing support, protection and promotion of breastfeeding. A Community Lactation Service is available to support mothers to breastfeed. Click here for more information.


Useful Links

Ministry of Health

La Leche League NZ

Safe Sleeping and Pepi Pods

Child Car Seat Safety

Kidshealth - provide information about children's health for New Zeanalnd parent and caregivers