2002 National Children’s Nutrition Survey

The 2002 National Children’s Nutrition Survey, was funded by the Ministry of Health to investigate the nutritional status and eating habits of New Zealand children.[1] Of its nationally representative sample of 3,275 children, 1.4 percent had not eaten or drank anything during school hours over the preceding week – a figure that notably rose to 2.5 percent for those children living in the most deprived category of households.


[1] Winsome Parnell et. al., NZ Food NZ Children: Key Results of the 2002 National Children’s Nutrition Survey (Wellington, NZ: Ministry of Health, 2003).