May 09, 2013
Extra votes sought for ‘Feed the Kids Bill’
Mana leader Hone Harawira has written to Prime Minister John Key asking for the Government's backing for his Feed the Kids Bill.
The death of Labour MP Parekura Horomia had given the National-ACT Government a two-vote margin, which means it becomes harder for opposition parties to get contentious bills before a select committee.
Mr Harawira says when his bill to make decile one and two schools offer breakfast and lunch to pupils comes up for the first reading early next month, he will need the support of a couple of Government MPs.
"We’ve been trying to get Peter Dunne to support it and he's not that keen. We're talking to Tau. I'm going to try to talk to some of the other Nats but it's just a political issue about why people won't support it. I've made it plain that if they want me to take my name off the bill and put John Key or David Shearer I don't care. It's not about me. It's about feeding the kids," he says.
Rapper Joshy E has posted a new video of his song ‘Stand Up and Fight; to promote the bill and raise awareness of the estimated 80,000 New Zealand children going to school hungry every day.
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