Push for extension of free period product timeframe

July 1, 2021

Period poverty campaigner Sarah Donovan wants the Government to commit to free period products in schools beyond three years.

Donovan – a University of Otago public health researcher – understood there was no confirmed budget beyond three years.

However a spokesperson for Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti said while much government funding tended to be in three-year cycles, there was no intention to stop the free period products initiative in schools beyond this.

“Our commitment is to continue this programme.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Tinetti announced earlier this year that all primary, intermediate, secondary and kura students would have access to free period products from June.

NZNO Women’s Health College chair Denise Braid said the college was thrilled to have supported the initiative and credited Donovan who “pushed and pushed” to make it happen over many years.