Parliament

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

 

Maori Party Proud of the Kickstart Breakfast

Maori Party Proud of the Kickstart Breakfast

The Maori Party is proud to see thousands of whanau are better off with the success of the Kickstart Breakfast in schools.

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says “Over 25,000 children are taking part in Kick Start each week, thanks to the Maori Party/National Party joint venture with Fonterra and Sanitarium and a wonderful network of community volunteers and supporters. “Now all schools are able to join up, primary, intermediate and secondary, irrespective of decile rating.

“100 more schools have joined just this year, making a total of 722 schools. 1.6 million breakfasts so far is making a real difference, and that number is growing rapidly.

“Tackling poverty has always been a priority for the Maori Party, and we specified that as a key milestone in our Relationship Accord with the National Party,” said Co-leader Tariana Turia.

“Under our Whanau Ora kaupapa, we think government should empower whanau to look after each other, especially their children. However, not all whanau are able to do that immediately, and this practical help is an investment in a better start for their school day; a better start to life”.

“A healthy breakfast helps children to focus on their learning and enjoy their school day better, and educated children are better able to realise their full potential.

“There’s been a lot of snap, crackle, pop about the concept of breakfasts in schools. Instead of just making headlines, the Maori Party is pleased that we’re actually making a difference, by being able to put in place the means for every child in a New Zealand school to start school each day, ready to learn”.

“We offered our support for a Breakfasts in Schools Bill promoted by Hone Harawira, which has been on-again/off again on Mr Harawira’s agenda since it first made it onto the order paper in November 2012” said Mr Flavell. “We note that it was withdrawn at the last minute three times now, for reasons best known to Mr Harawira.

“We aren’t prepared to let the children wait and wonder. We’re really pleased that through our relationship with the Government, there are now 25,000 kids who are benefitting from the Kick Start programme up and running,” he said


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>

ALSO:

'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election