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

 


Greens call for fresh fruit in all primary schools

8 February 2007

Greens call for fresh fruit in all primary schools

The Green Party is calling for the Free Fruit in Schools programme to be extended to all primary schools in New Zealand, and for the Government to make available free, healthy breakfasts in all schools, Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says.

Currently only 268 of the 2,662 schools that have children of primary school age on their rolls have access to the Fruit in Schools programme.

"If thousands of children are going to school hungry every day, this will adversely affect their health and well being, as well as their ability to learn. Hungry children won't be able to concentrate and learn properly, and chronically hungry children inevitably develop nutritional deficiencies and health problems, " Ms Kedgley says.

"That's why most developed nations offer free lunches in schools, and it is a tragedy that we don't have that programme here. The cost would be miniscule, compared to the health and education benefits," Ms Kedgley says.

"In 2005, a Child Poverty Action Group report estimated that it would cost only $25 million to make a free breakfast programme available to every child at decile one and two schools. This is considerably less than the $33 million that the Government has donated to the America's Cup campaign," Greens' Social Development Spokesperson Sue Bradford says.

"We seem to care less about eliminating hunger among New Zealand children than we do about yacht races. A free breakfast programme in decile one and two schools would provide a comprehensive safety net for the New Zealand children in most urgent need. In time, it could serve as a platform for making food assistance available in all New Zealand schools.

"Hunger is a consequence of poverty, and cannot be addressed simply by giving advice on healthy eating. Children also need to be able to eat adequately at home, so any serious response to the hunger situation in schools must be accompanied by improvements in the income of the lowest income groups in society," Ms Bradford says.

"The Fruit in Schools programme is widely acknowledged to be a huge success. Yet it is being offered only in a limited number of schools. It is now time for the Government to extend the programme to all primary schools, and to start putting its financial resources into providing a free healthy breakfast programme as well," Ms Kedgley says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news