Happy — but no health food help

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Lin­coln Tan

Kavita Upad­hyay is dis­ap­pointed that the Bud­get failed to of­fer health food sub­si­dies, but be­yond that is gen­er­ally happy with it.

She had hoped for the GST on fruit and veg­eta­bles to be re­moved.

“Two elec­tions ago, that was what Labour promised and I voted for them be­cause I thought ‘What a pro­gres­sive idea’,” Upad­hyay said.

“I was hop­ing that they would do it now that they’re in Gov­ern­ment, but it didn’t hap­pen.”

Upad­hyay said more could also have been done to help peo­ple like her daugh­ters to own their first

I think over­all the Bud­get did tar­get where it’s sup­posed to, but I think the Gov­ern­ment could still have done bet­ter. Kavita Upad­hyay

home. The two daugh­ters, in their 20s, live in the fam­ily home at Botany Downs.

Upad­hyay be­lieves up to 50 per cent of a per­son’s diet should com­prise fruit and veg­eta­bles, but the cost was too much for many.

“To­day I just went to the shops and the cost of one av­o­cado was $8,” she said.

She liked the an­nounce­ment of cheaper cost of GP vis­its for Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Card hold­ers and free con­sul­ta­tions for un­der 14-year-olds.

She also liked the boost in fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and wel­fare hous­ing.

“I think over­all the Bud­get did tar­get where it’s sup­posed to, but I think the Gov­ern­ment could still have done bet­ter,” Upad­hyay said.

“If peo­ple can af­ford to eat cheaper fruit and veg­eta­bles, they will be health­ier.”

Photo / Michael Craig

Kavita Upad­hyay would like to see GST dropped from fruit and veg­eta­bles.

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