Home economics focus
The Home Economics and Technology Teachers Association of New Zealand (HETTANZ) held its AGM and Professional Learning Day in Wellington in May at Massey University.
More than 100 of its members attended. The event comprised a series of workshops and speakers on a variety of topics ranging from the opening keynote address by Professor Boyd Swinburn on Reducing the Obesogenic Environment, to Using Social Media in the Classroom by Ritu Sehji. During the plenary session Bruce Robertson presented information on the vegetables.co.nz Kids Can Cook programme.
With nearly 12 speakers and 10 workshop sessions it was a busy day. As a feature of the HETTANZ Professional
Learning Day programme vegetables.co.nz provided a Master Class by MacLean Fraser, executive chef of Artisan, the restaurant at the Bolton Hotel, Wellington. The Master Class menu, designed by MacLean, featured New Zealand king salmon and a selection of fresh New Zealand grown vegetables cooked in a variety of methods. Participants in the Master Class also received goodie bags containing resources and donated produce items.
Vegetables.co.nz had an exhibitor’s stand promoting the latest additions to its resources portfolio and website including the Vegetables – the super supplements poster and the recently relaunched edition of the Classification and Cookery Methods poster.
Vegetables.co.nz has been working with HETTANZ on the development of the proposed new programme Kids Can Cook. This programme is based on the recommendations from the recent Year 7 and 8 New Zealand Food Survey.
Vegetables.co.nz and the Heart Foundation partnered with the Massey University Dietetics programme late in 2016 to investigate the current food programmes being run in New Zealand schools. The purpose of this study was to:
• Investigate the teaching of food programmes taught to Year 7 and 8 students in New Zealand intermediate and composite schools
• Based on these findings provide recommendations for strengthening the health and physical education and food technology curricula.
The full survey report and the summary learnings sheet shown are available on the vegetables.co.nz website - http:// www.vegetables.co.nz/research/ and they certainly make interesting reading.
Vegetables.co.nz strongly believes that were ALL year 7 and 8 students genuinely taught how to prepare and cook healthy meals, the children would have a skill for life and New Zealand’s growing obesity issue could be addressed, at least in part.
This will only occur if a comprehensive programme is put in place to make it happen. Some schools are already doing a fabulous job. The challenge is to empower, motivate, equip and resource all schools to do so.
◀ Vegetables.co.nz provided a Master Class by MacLean Fraser, executive chef of Artisan, the restaurant at the Bolton Hotel, Wellington.
▶ Pan fried salmon with smoked kumara feta cake, pesto baby vegetables and salmon tortellini