The Taranaki Daily News has spoken to a few principals at low decile schools and heard the following:
Waitara Central principal Sharren Read says mismanagement of income and unaffordable debt mean basic needs like housing suffer.Good. Some sense at least.
Devon Intermediate principal Fiona Parkinson says her students come from all walks of life and there are families attending the school bordering on poverty.
"It comes back to the Government and their priorities for spending. The issue is a societal one – not just a school one – and it needs to be addressed at a high level. It's to do with the support given to families and isn't just a case of throwing money at them," she says.