Definition of Karitane in English:



  • [attributive] Trained or administered according to the principles of child care and nutrition advocated by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children (the Plunket Society):

    ‘a Karitane hospital’
    • ‘A lot of responsibility was put on young shoulders, and much was expected of Karitane nurses that was not in their training manual.’
    • ‘Though he lived long enough to see a new Karitane hospital and factory opened at Melrose, he was bankrupt when he died.’
    • ‘Other short term groups, such as the group for Chinese families who have children with a disability and Bankstown Twins group, have been developed by Karitane to meet local needs.’
    • ‘This system collects data regarding the calls made to the Karitane Careline.’
    • ‘The Plunket Society began in Dunedin, as did Karitane nursing, teacher education, tertiary education itself, and much besides.’


Early 20th century: from the name of a township in the South Island, New Zealand.