About that Nanny State
When National gained power back in 2008, Key decided that school canteens should again be free to serve chips, pies and sugary drinks as of right.
This effectively undid the gains achieved under the auspices of the National Heart Foundation’s healthy canteens programme.
No ‘‘Nanny State’’ for New Zealand, we’ll promote obesity instead.
Key in 2013 gave his Government a 6/10 score for this short-term thinking.
Ministry of Health information states ‘‘the child obesity rate increased from 8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2014/15, and adult obesity rate increased from 27 per cent in 2006/07 to 32 per cent in 2015/16.
Children living in deprived areas are more inclined to obesity and limited lifetime prospects.
Healthcare costs for obesity are more than $800 million, and rising, because ‘‘infallible, evidence based’’ National wanted people to have free choice.
Obesity is associated with poor self-esteem, lowered education and employment opportunities, and weaker social participation.
Today, National promotes public-private partnerships, like energy drink dispensers in the schools.
Education, self-regulation and rules are needed to establish good healthy eating habits, so our children have appropriate sustained energy that meets a healthy lifestyle, and their development allows them to achieve their potential.
Resource this at very low cost, and reassign the health dollars saved to cover the shortfall in health funding.
Any allocation by government policy is seriously impacted negatively by poor cost analysis, and this is a fine example of a policy failure.
Leadership is different from pandering.
Vote with your intelligence, not just your wallet. David Russell Invercargill
Peters v Morgan? I’m booking a front-row seat for this bout.
In one corner, we have the seasoned professional, Peters.
Facing him, the novice with no history already taking swipes at Winston and he is not even a member of Parliament yet.
All Morgan is at the moment is a wealthy jerk going through a midlife crisis.
We had the same thing happen in the Muldoon era with Bob Jones.
His political career was very short as well!
I fail to see why Morgan is gunning for Peters so hard.
Maybe Winston backed into his car and drove off.
Winston Peters has been in politics a long time; the reason being he is good at what he does.
Mr Morgan needs to learn politics is a battle of policy not personalities.
Best he backs off and sells good policy to the voters and not have them witness a stupid schoolboy type scrap that will only prove TOP stands for Tantrums On Politics. Ray Wilson Mataura Abridged - Editor
Step up, CTOS
We read that Stadium Southland needs funding.
The ILT already contributes $400,000 a year.
The Community Trust of Southland,with about $200 million in cash and shares, contributes a portion of $190,000 along with the Southland District Council.
The stadium has something to offer all Southlanders virtually from birth to death.
A substantial annual increase in contributions from the community trust should be a nobrainer. S Gillan Lochiel
Then the cuts
For the past three elections the National Government has promised us extra funding for just about every organisation and welfare group - private, volunteer or State-owned.
But all we received was funding cuts and closures and job cuts.
Now this election they have ramped up their fundings to unaffordable amounts.
If they succeed in this election, God help us, because we’ll be in for another round of funding cuts.
Their excuse will be to balance the books as income from exports was not as much as they intended. Russell Rawlings Winton