Officials obviously are keen to read what Alf has to say on this and that, and – in this case – what he has to say about child health matters.
Within days of your favourite MP blogging on the topic, we have evidence to affirm that children living within easy walking or cycling distance of school are continuing to be driven there despite increasing efforts to curb New Zealand’s alarming childhood obesity rates.
Stuff tells us today of a 2006-07 study that found that one in five Kiwi children was overweight and one in 12 was obese.
But the fresh news is:
Less than 40 per cent of Wellington children living within five kilometres of their schools walk or bike each day, as busy lives and safety concerns drive parents and their kids into cars, survey results from Greater Wellington regional council show.
Half of those being driven to school live within 2km, according to the study of 27 schools.
Alf could regale you with recollections of his walking 20 km to and from school each day in bare feet, sometimes in snow and often in rain, although this would be a gross fabrication of the sort more typically generated by Labour and Green politicians.
But he did walk to and from school.