Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has promised a free
lunch for all children in low-decile schools - but the
breakfast-in-schools programme run by Fonterra and Sanitarium
could be a casualty. Ms Turei described that scheme as
Yesterday, she set out a $90 million package of measures
aimed at addressing poverty in low-decile schools, including
nurses, a free lunch programme, free after-school and holiday
care, and establishing "hubs" in each school to work on
issues such as on-site early childhood education, and adult
The KickStart programme is run by Sanitarium and Fonterra and
half-funded by the Government since last year, when Prime
Minister John Key pledged $9.5 million over five years -
about $1.9 million a year.
Ms Turei has costed her lunch-in-schools programme at about
$40 million a year and may wish to recoup that funding for
her own programme.
She is yet to look at whether KickStart would fit with the
Greens' fund, but said it was not her preferred model.
"They do a good job, but corporate welfare, or corporate
largesse, is not the solution to serious poverty and
inequity. It is a responsibility of the state to make sure we
have the economic settings right so families have enough to
feed their kids."
The announcement was welcomed by Labour's education
spokesman, Chris Hipkins, who said it was one area the two
parties could work on in any future government.
However, Education Minister Hekia Parata said much of what
the Greens proposed was already a reality in most low-decile
- By Claire Trevett of the New Zealand Herald