Public Service Announcement: Help sponsor a KidsCan child

A first-hand account of what it’s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education.  

Today KidsCan provides over 114,000 children in 530 low decile schools with access to their food, clothing and health programmes.

Sadly, though, there are still 14 schools, that’s 1,661 children, waiting for their support. You get involved by supporting a child for 50c a day to help provide the basics they need to engage in the classroom, simply visit

Sending kids back to school can be a stressful time for many low income families. We currently have 14 schools, which equates to 1,661 kids, waiting for our support as they start the new year. We are looking for more caring Kiwis to support a New Zealand child for $15 a month. That’s less than 50c a day.

You will provide a child with:

  • Food at school
  • A waterproof, fleece-lined raincoat
  • A pair of shoes
  • Two pairs of socks
  • Basic health and hygiene items.

Your support provides a child with the essentials they need to engage and learn in the classroom.

As a supporter:

  • 100% of your contributions will go directly to the kids
  • You can choose the region in New Zealand you would like to support
  • See the tangible difference your contribution is making through our quarterly newsletter
  • Receive an annual tax receipt as all donations $5 and over are tax-deductible



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  • Wheninrome

    I am curious does it only costs $15.00 a month for these necessities?
    Are businesses involved in giving on top of that $15.00 a month from private individuals.
    If the answer to the last question is “NO” and it really only costs $15.00 a month, i.e. $0.50 cents a day for the basic necessities to get your child to school I have a problem saying that in NZ this cannot be afforded, surely there is something else that can be given up to find that 50 cents a day.
    Yes, the lady in the video has 6 children requiring that $15 A

    • KGB

      Like you l question all the background to this problem. However I have decided it is impossible to get to the bottom of it all.
      Though the responsibility is for parents to provide, I now call for the government to do so.
      I have posted before about the wasted opportunity when increasing benefits by $25pw recently. This money will NOT help in the majority of cases. It will be $25 more to mismanage, and does not target ‘hungry children.’
      It is not a child’s fault that Mum & Dad had 6 mouths to feed. It is not a child’s fault that Mums a drunk or Dads does P. It’s not a child’s fault that Mum buys a new sofa, a big screen TV and an iPhone because there is no deposit and 12 months interest free. Or that new van that only lasts until the next WOF for a mere 22% interest!
      Do I resent having to donate to this cause…hell yeah. I would rather parents owned their own mistakes. But the government is vulnerable here, it’s getting worse, and we will never hear the end of it.
      We need to provide a meat and 3 vege lunch in every school…now.

      • Wheninrome

        That will open a can of worms, Halal certified meat, Vegetarian meals, vegan meals etc., etc., If we are to provide meant and 3 vege to schools, then let it be all schools. Certainly in Private Boarding Schools where the sit down lunch formed part of the daily life children learned some skills, not the least of which was the art of conversation round a dining table, how to use the utensils correctly, being polite in offering the salt and pepper first to someone else before themselves.
        May be a little outdated, but not to be sneezed at, certainly the obesity problem was not an issue as they sat down, it was suggested they chew their food etc.,
        Perhaps a little difficult today but if we are going down that track in schools it should be all or nothing, lets not select the poor child and stigmatise them, treat all children as equal, just as uniforms do. Time to be individuals when you have left school and have some building blocks to rely on.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    The office gave on our behalf with an April fools bonus after 40 plus years. Conversely if the same consideration had been given to supernatants then there might have been at least a few more contributors for your bowl.