Parliament

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

 

Feeding kids a good first step

28 May 2013

Feeding kids a good first step

Today’s food in schools announcement is a victory for people power, and the next step is to tackle the causes of poverty, the Green Party said today.

“I salute all those who have pushed so hard for food in schools to get the Government to finally come to the table and announce this programme in conjunction with Fonterra and Sanitarium,” said Green party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“This shows that when people get together with a joint purpose the community can achieve. We want to congratulate Every Child Counts, Hone Harawira, Campbell Live, KidsCan and all the others whose advocacy led to this decision by the Government.

“The National Government will contribute $9.5 million over five years which is a very small investment in the lives of our poorest children. We believe there is much more that the Government could do that would make a real difference for children.

“The Government spent a long time wringing their hands over what do to for food in schools and their resulting commitment is a pretty modest $1.9 million a year.

“It is great that Fonterra and Sanitarium want to help feed kids, but the Government should not rely on corporate sponsorship as a sustainable solution to child poverty.
“Kids need food in order to be healthy and ready to learn, but they also deserve family incomes that are enough to give them a real shot.

“Paula Bennett made clear that food in schools isn’t a solution in itself and I absolutely agree with her on that, but I don’t agree that the National Government is seriously looking at the causes of child poverty.

“The Children Commissioner has called for a universal child payment and we support that call. Income is the primary driver of poverty and if the government is serious about helping kids it can’t ignore the fact that so many families don’t earn enough to adequately support their kids.

“Breakfast will make a real change to kids’ lives, but we need action on warm dry affordable housing, a living wage, decent jobs and a fair child focused welfare system,” Mrs Turei said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election