Jacinda Ardern announces free period products will be available in all NZ schools

scandal 18/02/2021

The prime minister has just announced that period products will be provided to all New Zealand schools for free from the start of June to prevent further period poverty and we’re here for it!

Fairfield College in Hamilton was one of 15 schools that has been trialing the free period product pilot programme since term 3 last year.

"Young people should not miss out on their education because of something that is a normal part of life for half the population," Ardern said.

3200 were provided with the free products and the study found that it was important to provide a variety of choices in products and make them easily accessible. 

"Providing free period products at school is one way the Government can directly address poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children's wellbeing," Ardern said. 

It can cost around $15 for period products a month for tampons and pads which some kiwis can struggle to afford. Periods are an issue for some and can create issues such as embarrassment, stigma, missing class, lack of knowledge, not having products when you need them and discomfort.

Schools that don’t participate in the change when it first comes available will be able to join the action later on.

"Providing free period products at school is one way the Government can directly address poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children's wellbeing," Ardern said. 

"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."

We’re glad to know that our young women of Aotearoa will have more support around this issue and create more positive change around the period stigma.