November 05, 2014
Feed the kids better option
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Government’s alternative to the feed the kids bill falls far short of what is needed.
The Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill could come up for its first reading vote this evening.
The bill was originally in the name of Mana’s Hone Harawira, and has been picked up by the Greens’ Metiria Turei.
It needs support from National to get to a select committee.
Mr Peters says National’s alternative, a breakfast programme for low decile schools in partnership with Fonterra and Sanitarium, costs less than half what one of New Zealand’s top bankers would earn in a year.
"Now if you see it that way you might see how ridiculous this whole argument against it is. It is quite sad that some people are so bereft of human experience about poverty that they think it's okay for the kid to go through it because it may be their parents' fault. Well maybe they're right but in the end the kid has got to be fed," he says.
Winston Peters says growing up in Whananaki he remembers how the community provided school meals.
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