Notify me

Sign up to be informed about FOE activities, and receive our newsletter.

* indicates required

Don't worry; we won't abuse your email address. Read our privacy statement.

NZ: Government wrong to dump school food guidelines says public

The Green Party has presented a 16,000 signature petition to Parliament.  They are calling on the government to reinstate a ban on junk food in schools.   At a meeting earlier in the day, several speakers voiced their support for a ban, including Atlantic rower, Rob Hamill and students from St Anne’s school.

“Why would we encourage children to eat food that we know is contributing to obesity, type 2 diabetes and dental decay?” Green MP Sue Kedgley asked.

The Nutritional Guidelines, requiring schools to sell only healthy food in school canteens, were dropped by the Minister of Education in February.  They had been in place since 2007.

A Green Party survey earlier this year showed that unhealthy food is still sold in most schools.

Read more: Dominion Post, 16 September 2009

Read the Green Party press release, 15 September, 2009

Read an Official Information Act request to the Minister of Education about amending the School Food Guidelines (PDF)

Published on September 16, 2009 in New Zealand news