Maori kids in Invercargill going hungry? That should be a load of old cods (or freshly caught ones)

A Southland Maori language total immersion school has been quick out of the starting blocks to dip its pupils’ snouts into the expanded KickStart breakfast in schools scheme.

They have made their move (see here) remarkably soon after The Boss today announced extra funding for the programme, run by Fonterra and Sanitarium.

The programme will be offered to all schools that need it, five days a week.

The important words there – Alf would have thought – were “all schools that need it”.

This apparently but somewhat surprisingly includes Te Wharekura o Arowhenua in Invercargill, a school with 120 students from Year 1 to 13.

According to its website, it seems to be fairly well appointed, thank you.

Included on-site is an Auditorium including a Dental Clinic, Canteen facilities, Computer Suite, Carving Suite, Library, and Wharehui/Wharemoe. The Kura is also equipped with a Video Conferencing Suite, allowing our Wharekura tamariki to connect with other Wharekura utilising the knowledge and reo Māori provided by their E-teachers. The Kura is supported by the Te Aho Matua Kohanga Reo which is also on-si

Mind you, that information doesn’t seem to have been updated since 2009, which implies a serious lack or resources.

This would explain what the Radio NZ said tonight:

Its tumuaki or principal, Arni Wainui, says the government’s announcement will mean it can feed tauira or students five days a week, rather than just three days.

She says children from about six families are in real need of help.

Ms Wainui says the school is aware that when some of the students do not attend it’s usually because they do not have food for lunch.

She says her kura keeps a secret stash of food such as noodles for children who are hungry.

Arni Wainui says other children who’ve brought lunch to school also share with peers who have none.

Good grief – in Invercargill?

Many of the cuzzie-bros of these hungry kids are bound to be mutton birders, oyster dredgers and fishing folk.

There should be kai moana in rich abundance, including cod from Foveaux Strait.

Not too long ago Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp was celebrating a substantially improved profit result by pledging to distribute more money to its marae-based communities.

“We have increased grants to runanga by 24% and this trend will continue next year, making a significant difference to our marae-based communities throughout Te Waipounamu,” Ngai Tahu kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon said when releasing the financial results yesterday.

Ngai Tahu had introduced a fund to support marae development and had increased environmental grants.

The corporation had reported an operating profit of $55.1 million for the year ended June, up 17.8 million, or 48%, on the previous corresponding period and nearly $6 million ahead of budget.

Mind you, Ngai Tahu can lay claim to being indigenous, which makes its people special, no matter how much the blood has been diluted.

And under the treaty they can lay claim to special treatment, and call on the Crown to fulfill its side of the treaty bargain by feeding their kids.

This would explain why Ms Wainui suspects the programme will be greatly appreciated by schools of all deciles – because it’s not just children in low socio-economic school areas who go to school without lunch.

Not in Ngai Tahu country, anyway.

Alf would be pissed off if his cuzzie-bros treated him so cavalierly.

Given the choice, he would much rather be fed on oysters, fish and mutton birds than any of that cereal stuff dished up by a cereal manufacturer under a programme like the one announced today.

One Response to Maori kids in Invercargill going hungry? That should be a load of old cods (or freshly caught ones)

  1. stevo says:

    But their parents have money for smokes booze and drugs, perhaps we should be looking at why the kids are hungry.

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