New Zealand is set to be crowned the best place to eat in the world, and now the Kiwi Government is promising to sell off some of its prized lunch boxes.
The Government is set a goal of selling off about $3.5 billion worth of the popular lunch boxes in a bid to help tackle obesity.
It’s a goal set by Prime Minister John Key and will come after the Government’s obesity strategy was unveiled earlier this month.
Key said the Government would be selling off lunch boxes to the tune of $1.8 billion to address a number of health and social issues.
“If we can do it in a sustainable way, then we can have a successful and long-term health strategy for New Zealand,” Key said.
We’ve got a really tough job ahead of us here in New Zealand, he said.
“We’ve been trying to make sure we’ve got the best available product at the best price, so we’ll be looking at the value of the lunch boxes for the Government as well.”
The Government has also promised to sell the rest of its lunch boxes at the end of the year, which would give it $3,200 more than it is paying for them right now.
Key said he wanted to see people start using their lunch boxes as a part of their diet.
“The reality is if we can encourage people to be active, to eat more fruits and vegetables, to go for a walk or to go to the gym, then the health benefits of being physically active are significant,” he said last week.
“So I think there’s a lot of merit to the idea of selling these lunch boxes.”
The new government has said it will consider the value-for-money and environmental benefits of selling lunch boxes, which it says have become a vital part of New Zealanders diets.
Key told Parliament the Government has already started the process of selling the remaining lunch boxes and it will be unveiled later this year.
New Zealanders will be able to get their hands on the new government-owned lunch boxes by April.