168 days ago

Free school lunches - A fantastic or flawed idea?

Reporter Bay News

Hi neighbours - thousands of school kids will get a free lunch at school, Jacinda Ardern has announced.

Ardern says "children themselves told us during the consultation on the strategy that going to school hungry was a barrier to their learning."

Education spokeswoman Nikki Kaye says the Government hasn't considered that most schools don't have infrastructure for large scale food preparation and storage. She says "this would cost hundreds of millions and take away the autonomy of parents to provide lunch for their children".

What are your thoughts? Do you think this is a fantastic or flawed idea? Would you prefer that schools prepared your child's lunch?

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Which 'summer' are you having?

The Team Reporter from Stuff

It's been a mixed summer so far for New Zealand. Much of the country has seen record breaking temperatures, drought-conditions and scrub fires. But in recent days the West Coast and Southland have experienced heavy rains, flooding, evacuations and closed roads. Our thoughts are with affected.

Our skies have been coloured by smoke blown over from the Australian bushfires, meanwhile Wellingtonians are just stoked if they get to see the sun.

How has your summer been?

6 hours ago

Are you looking for a furry friend?

Communications from Tauranga City Council

Have your kids gone off to uni leaving you with an empty nest? Do you wish you had someone to take long walks on the beach with? Or maybe you're looking for someone who will just love you for who you are? If so, maybe you should adopt a dog.

We have seven pups looking for their forever homes. Fill that void in your life with a furry friend.