Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

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

 

Treasury officials should try working without food

Treasury officials should try working without food

The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed.

“Treasury’s advice was that providing food for children in schools would not improve learning or attendance,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tueri.

“We dispute this. Teachers, who are the ones on the ground seeing the day-to-day effects, have been great advocates of food in schools programmes, and there is plenty of evidence proving their benefits.

“If Treasury officials don’t think going without food is an issue, perhaps they should try it themselves and see how it impacts their work and wellbeing.

“Hungry kids can’t learn properly. The purpose of a food in schools programme is to alleviate hunger, support children’s development and improve learning.

“Try telling Russell School in Cannons Creek, or Manurewa Primary that there’s no evidential basis for food in schools and they’d point to their pupils kids and say, ‘there’s your evidence’.

“We don’t have to have hungry children in our society. Every child being fed is a good indicator of a decent society that is working for everyone.

“Income in New Zealand is low; some parents just do not have sufficient income to ensure their children have nutritious meals every day.

One in 11 kids from lower decile schools go to school with no food and nearly half of all families in big cities regularly run out of food.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“Schools and Kidscan have advised me that parents do not send their children to school if they have run out of food for lunch. A school lunch would avoid this, improving attendance and learning outcomes,” said Mrs Turei.

The Green Party’s School Hubs programme would make lunch available at all decile 1 to 4 primary and intermediate schools, but be available to other schools based on need.

“Investing in a child’s well-being is an investment in the future of New Zealand; it’s time Treasury started looking beyond numbers,” said Mrs Tūrei.

ends

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Flaws In Anti-gang Laws


Google “Christopher Luxon“ and “mojo” and you get nearly 60,000 matching responses. Over the past 18 months – here and here and again, here – Luxon has claimed that New Zealanders have either lost their mojo and/or are in the process of re-finding it. With mojo in hand, New Zealanders will once more become a nation of over-achievers, blessed with the feisty Kiwi can-do spirit of yore.

But here’s the thing. According to Luxon, we’re naturally bold, inventive and self-reliant. Yet according to him, we’re also “wet, whiny and inward-looking”...
More


 
 

Government: GPS 2024: Over $20 Billion To Get Transport Back On Track
Transport Minister Simeon Brown has released the draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport, outlining the Coalition Government’s plan to build and maintain a transport system that enables people to get to where they need to go quickly and safely... More

ALSO:


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.