While in Whangarei last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Buddhi Manta from the Hare Krishna movement whose cafe is making lunch for some schools in Whangarei. His group have been feeding up to 1,000 primary school kids at local schools for the past two years. The hot and healthy food has been provided to […]
The wellbeing of our children has been my driving force ever since I became a politician. In a rich country like New Zealand there really is no excuse for the unbelievably high rates of child poverty we have, and there are lots of things we can do to fix that. In fact, I believe we […]
Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing of our tamariki.
Last Monday morning bright and early (well, early at least) I knocked on the door of a house in Hamilton East, a house that looks quite ordinary from the outside, but where every week day morning something quite extraordinary happens. I was warmly welcomed, handed a cup of tea, and over the next few minutes […]
Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle when they grow up. Let’s break that cycle, lunchbox […]