Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


UNICEF NZ Urges MPs to Give Kids Best Start in Life

UNICEF NZ (UN Children’s Fund)

Media release

Wednesday 1st May, 2013

 

UNICEF NZ Urges MPs to Give Kids Best Start in Life

-        Education (Breakfast and Lunch in Schools) Bill -

With 270,000 children living in poverty in New Zealand, UNICEF NZ is urging all MPs to back the Education (Breakfast and Lunch in Schools) Amendment Bill, and help mitigate some of the hardship currently faced by many Kiwi children.

The bill is due to progress through its first reading in Parliament in early June, where MPs will have the chance to vote for it to advance to Select Committee stage.

UNICEF NZ is supporting the Community Campaign for Food in Schools, which launches today to support political and community progress to implement a national food in schools strategy. 

Barbara Lambourn, National Advocacy Manager at UNICEF NZ said, “Making sure that children have at least one substantial, nourishing meal each school day, will ensure that children can thrive at school and be more likely to reach their full potential.

“Hungry children are unhappy children. They have difficulty concentrating, it’s hard for them to learn, they are likely to be sick and they are often unsettled which makes it difficult for other children and teachers.

“Food in Schools is a key recommendation of the Experts Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty which the Government is yet to respond to.  The activity could be implemented quickly and at a cost of around $100m per year, but this would be offset by the potential to save many more millions in health and social welfare budgets over time,” said Ms Lambourn.

UNICEF NZ notes that a child’s right to survival and healthy development, expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), is a primary platform for better outcomes for children in every dimension.

Ms Lambourn added, “What is good for children is good for the nation. Members of Parliament endorsed their commitment to children’s wellbeing in a statement to the House on March 13th, the 20th anniversary of New Zealand ratifying the UNCROC. Here is an opportunity to put meaning behind the words and make a difference for thousands of children.

“The Select Committee process will allow New Zealanders to hear and contribute views about helping children to have better chances in life through this Bill. We are urging all MPs to vote this Bill through to that next stage and show that we are indeed a nation that cares about all of our children.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news