Free Period products to be available in all schools and kura
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Posted February 18, 2021
Media Release: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister & Hon Jan Tinetti Minister for Women Associate Minister of Education
From June this year, all primary, intermediate, secondary school and kura students will have access to free period products.
The announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti follows the Access to Period Products pilot programme, which has been running since Term 3 last year in 15 schools and kura in the Waikato region.
Around 3,200 young people were provided with period products during the pilot.
Minister Tinetti said issues with periods at school included embarrassment, stigma, missing classes, being ‘caught out’ without product, cost, lack of knowledge and discomfort.
The Ministry of Education will work with suppliers to manage a phased roll out of the scheme, with period products available towards the end of Term 2 for schools and kura that opt-in by March of this year. Those schools and kura that do not initially choose to take up the initiative will continue to be able to opt-in to the initiative at a later date.
“The programme is designed to directly address poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“We want to see improved engagement, learning and behaviour, fewer young people missing school because of their period, and reduced financial hardship amongst families of participating students.”