Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Cops handing out fast food vouchers tasteless


Cops handing out fast food vouchers undermines healthy eating

The Greens are calling for the Government to develop guidelines for corporate sponsorship of government departments, after revelations that the Police are handing out McDonald's vouchers to school kids.

In response to a question for written answer from Green Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley, Police Minister George Hawkins has confirmed that Police Education Officers use McDonald's vouchers to reward children on school safety traffic teams who monitor school crossings. A Wellington cyclist was also given a voucher recently by a Police Officer for good cycling behaviour.

"Given that one of the Government's key health goals is to reduce obesity, diabetes and dental decay, why are government departments accepting sponsorship, and handing out vouchers, from companies that sell food which contributes to these conditions?

"While I think it's a great idea to reward kids for contributing to the community, it makes no sense to do so in a way that encourages bad eating habits. Why not give them vouchers for snazzy water bottles or skipping ropes or sports equipment or healthy food at local stores?"

Ms Kedgley said the problem was broader than the Police.

"Sponsorship for unhealthy food and drink pervades many government institutions, from the Health Ministry's mobile dental health service, to billboards in schools, to labels on school sports equipment. What we need is a state sector-wide standard, which makes clear that the Government won't allow public institutions to be used as a vehicle for promoting unhealthy eating and drinking habits.

"At present, government departments seem to be accepting sponsorships from corporations on an ad hoc basis and without any thought to potential conflicts of interest or the health implications of some of these sponsorship deals.

"Such sponsorship deals are hugely counter-productive. What we need is for the Government to set out guidelines across the state sector which outline parameters for what sponsorship is acceptable and what sponsorship is not."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news