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.

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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

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