1971 The first in-service training session of Health Department and FPA doctors at National Women’s Hospital. This was a prelude to allowing Health Department doctors to work in FPA clinics (on invitation) in departmental time and at departmental expense.
1971 Government grant of $10,500 for 1972-73. This included a grant of $2,500 subsidising medical salaries in respect of losses occasioned by indigent patients; $3,500 towards equipment for the setting up of “approved” clinics; and $4,500 for health education material.
1972 Appointment of Executive Secretary.
1972 Report on the New Zealand laws as they affect family planning.
1972 Christchurch branch made Capping Day charity by Cangterbury [Canterbury] students.
1972 International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) upgraded to full consultative status with the United Nations Special Agencies – UNFPA, ECOSOC, WHO, ECAFE, FAO and ILO.
1976 The Government agreed to a subsidy formula under which it reimbursed the Association for salaries to doctors, nurses and health assistants (receptionists). The subsidy was $1.8M. This same subsidy till 1981
1975 The Hawke’s Bay branch of the New Zealand Family Planning Assn was formed (see below).
1985 The Association underwent a complete “review” which was completed in September 1986. The Constitution was modified and ratified in October 1987, each Branch becoming a service area in Northern, Central and Southern regions. There are eleven (11) service areas (1993).
Since the late 1970’s there has been increasing emphasis on education culminating in various publications and TV programmes. The subsidy has gradually increased to $4¼M in 1992 year. In June 1993 the NZFPA signed its first Regional Health Authority Contract (RHA).
Since then the NZFPA has progressed to setting up clinics in the Pacific Islands and has sizeable Government monetary help. Education in schools is also an important part of the Association’s programmes.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKE’S BAY BRANCH OF THE NZFPA.
(Now Hawke’s Bay Service Area)
1975 Public meeting in Clive; steering committee formed. Constitution ratified and President, Secretary/Treasurer and Committee members elected. Clinic in Hastings and Napier opened. Much owed to dedicated volunteers.
Hastings in Ministry of Transport building in Eastbourne Street. (Also where the Health Department operated).
Napier opened in the Crippled Children’s rooms in Raffles Street.
1981 A caravan was utilised as a mobile health clinic, also family planning. Staffed by latter’s doctors, nurses and receptionists. It visited maraes, freezing works and other places of work till 1985. The caravan was donated by the National Council of Women to the people of Hawke’s Bay through donations to the “Year of the Child” Telethon 1978. After 1985 “suitcase” doctors and nurses took over.
1985 Hastings Clinic moved to Flaxmere Family Centre in Swansea Road because previous premises were required by the Probation Service. Clinics operated second and fourth Mondays in Hastings, first and third Mondays in Napier.
1987 A permanent base was found in Duke Street, Hastings, when the Branch bought and renovated an old butcher’s shop (later clothes) in that street (No. 1022) The NZFPA national office now runs the clinic and President and Committee members no longer exist, staff being accountable to the Central Region, main office in Wellington.