Sunday, 12 May 2013
The School Lunch Debate
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira’s The Education (Breakfast and Lunch in Schools) Amendment Bill – or as its better known the Feed the Kids Bill – is due to be debated in Parliament next month. An impressive line-up of NGOs and advocacy groups have come out in favour of a food in schools programme – including the College of GPs, the Nurses Organisation, The Principals’ Federation, IHC, UNICEF and Women’s Refuge. Chris Laidlaw talks to Deborah Morris-Travers of Every Child Counts and documentary film-maker Bryan Bruce about the pros and cons of free lunch programmes; and Jeremy Rose visits Epuni Primary School where the 110 pupils are feeding themselves with the help of the Common Unity Project.