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Wednesday April 4, 2018

Next generation say yes to sugar tax - why don’t others By Dan Whitfield

Young Wainuiomata children want the nation’s representatives to listen to what they want. For months, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not a sugar tax should be instated in New Zealand. Already, there is evidence that sugar tax could be effective at improving health issues, with other countries taking action. The Wainuiomata News asked both children and adults around the Hutt Valley recently about whether they thought a sugar tax should be adopted by the Government. As the next generation of New Zealand, students from St Claudine Thevenet School were open and positive about the possibility of a tax on products that are high in sugar. Shivan Deo, Katie Muaiava, Nadineharo Malaki, Joaquin Edwards-Curtis and Ava Ricketts say that it would encourage people to eat healthier and improve the diabetes rate in New Zealanders. “The tax will help people lose weight and it will be cheaper to eat healthier food,” Joaquin says. “It will make sugary food cost more so people can choose better food,” Ava says. “[It will encourage people to] drink more water and be healthier, Nadineharo adds. St Claudine Thevenet School already has an impressive vegetable garden and recently students planted even more healthy options in the form of a herb garden. Last year, students at the school also planted an orchard and in 2016, the school became a water only school. Principal Sue Jury says she was really pleased with how quickly students and their

inbrief news Next community board meeting, April 5 The next Wainuiomata Community Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5.  The meeting will start at 7pm and the agenda will be published on the Hutt City Council website on Thursday, March 29.

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Shivan Deo, Nadineharo Malaki, Katie Muaiava, Joaquin Edwards-Curtis, and Ava Ricketts hold up glasses of water in support of a sugar tax. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

parents got on board. A display was set up in the school office showcasing the amount of sugar in drinks “The amount of sugar was a surprise to many parents and this helped them get on board with the water only concept,” Sue says. “As a school, we have noticed that students are calmer; there are less students tiring after the breaks. We know if students are calm and able to fully engage in their learning activities their results will improve.” There was mixed opinions from members of the Lower Hutt community. Allan Sainsbury says in his view, a sugar tax in its own right won’t be a cure for the next generation. “What will be a cure are better dietary habits. Better knowledge, better dietary habits, choosing the right foods


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stops sugar,” Allan says. “What we are trying to target is a specific range of products with high sugar content and I think you will just create a black market. “If you just go ahead and put a tax on that isn’t stopping the need or desire of people to consume it and that what’s your real target has got to be - to stop people consuming sugar, and therefore having something else that will either replace or they won’t use it,” he says. Julia Fairbrother says she thinks it is “very, very important” that New Zealand imposes a tax. However, she believes it should be targeted at the manufacturers of the product rather than just at the consumer. “It is imperative that it [a sugar tax] comes about because it’s starting to make people look

at things and make conscious decisions about what they are putting in their bodies,” Julia says. “With it starting now it can only be a positive impact on future generations.” Labour List MP Ginny Andersen says she is not against a sugar tax but thinks this measure alone will not address the problem New Zealand faces. “Obesity has a direct link to poverty. Empowering people with decent wages so people have the power to make healthy choices for themselves and their whanau is the right way to go,” Ginny says. “Affordable housing, good education and turning off that screen and getting outside helps a whole lot too. Every kid deserves good nutrition and time to have active play, it’s up to us as parents to do the best we can to make that happen.”

A new survey from the Cycling Action Network reveals the biggest concern among more than a thousand cyclists is safety. Sixty-eight per cent of cyclists that were questioned say drivers are not prepared to ‘share the road’ with people on bikes. While 67 per cent are concerned about the lack of safe cycling networks. A record 18 people on bikes were killed in 2017 and more than 700 injured.

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