At Harraways, we recognise the hero in all parents and caregivers. That’s why we’ve partnered with Whānau Āwhina Plunket: two heritage NZ brands supporting the Homegrown Heroes of Aotearoa.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is dedicated to making the difference of a lifetime for tamariki in the first 1000 days. Harraways is commited to providing nutritious, affordable South Island grown oats to Kiwi families for their optimum health and wellbeing.

To help fund the vital work of Whānau Āwhina Plunket, just look for the ‘Pick Me Help Plunket’ logo on Harraways 800g Rolled Oats, 850g Scotch Oats, 1.5kg Rolled Oats or 1kg Wholegrain Oats. Your purchase will help make a difference to ‘Homegrown Heroes’ across New Zealand, by supporting our donation.


Find a ‘Pick Me Help Plunket’ pack at a store near you.


Read some real-life ‘Homegrown Hero’ stories below from local parents & caregivers.

Thank-you to everyone who shared their story – we think you are all heroes!

Mereana W. from Gisborne

“2020 was all sorts of fun for our family! My baby was born 2 months early right before lockdown, also while I was in the middle of my first practicum. Not only was I now a mother to a toddler (2) and a premmie, but I was also starting out in my grad diploma teacher training course and I was too far in to withdraw now. I persevered and made it through all my coursework. But I honestly feel like I nailed it: being a mother to two & managing my studies, as well as all the other duties that come with being a mama.”

Laura P. from Wellington

“7 years ago I had just finished fostering my 4th teen when the phone call that was set to turn my world upside down came. A mother had just given birth at only 28 weeks and for her reasons she couldn’t keep him. Tears were pouring down my face when I saw this tiny wee honey inside an incubator attached to  tubes and lines. The next 12 weeks were the hardest in my life.  For the first 3 weeks I couldn't touch him because his skin was fragile, and watched him being revived too many times.  It was all worth it when at 34 weeks he held my finger and smiled at me.

Robbie is nearly 7 yrs old and has 2 big brothers who love him.  When I thought it was my turn to travel and enjoy a child-free life watching my 2 grown boys from a distance, life did a huge 180 on me.  Today I'm still raising boys and turning them into good men and have decided  once Robbie is old enough I will return to fostering and opening up my heart and home to a child that needs me!”

Merv A. from Christchurch

“ My wife and I have an awesome son. He is 44 years old and he now comes to our home about every couple of weeks; for the first 33 years of his life he lived with us. He has autism with some challenging behaviours. My wife and I are in our 70s and we look forward to seeing him whenever he comes home. We feel that whatever their age, they will always be your child.”