PaulBrislen: I think there's a lot of confusion about who is at fault and who is being harmed by all this.
I don't care who's at fault.
The children are being harmed by this, through no fault of their own.
I think it's up to us to help these kids whether their parents do or not. I don't know what goes on at home but at school I want them to be safe, to be fed and to be taught.
Otherwise we're looking at a lifetime's dependence on welfare of one form or another and the costs of that far outweigh the cost of donating to Kidscan and getting them the $4m they need to feed all Decile 1-4 kids.
The whole point is, that $4m of donations for 1 year is NOT going to solve the problem.
1) It won't be fixed in 1 year. This means $4m every year.
2) On the scale to cover all 1-4 decile schools will NOT be $4M, it just simply couldn't possibly. Think it through, food prepared on that scale would require an admin team, a logistics team, with trained people who would expect to be paid (in the longer term at least). It would require donations on a scale that even the richest business would not sustain long term. This means it has to be a government project, and you involve them the admin cost will quadruple, through no real fault of anyones.
Again, if the cost was $4M, then the Govt would ALREADY be doing it. It's as simple as that.
I don't disagree the idea is great (for the kids), but it isn't a $4M problem. Want some evidence:
I can't find the article right now, but 5 days of Mad Cow outbreak on Waiheke or somewhere similar cost $1.6M. Turned out to be nothing of significance but still cost $1.6M! Ther were significantly LESS people involved, less equipment, and for a MUCH shorter period of time.