The obesity epidemic in New Zealand By Peter Griffin • 18/08/2011 Obesity University of Otago 0 Responses to “The obesity epidemic in New Zealand” Fantastic to profile the school thats got gardens and food prepared by school kids! hope there are more like that out there all around NZ 😀 Well done team – this should be shown widely. Great work! Despite the evidence and recommendations provided by Professor Mann and his team to tackle New Zealand’s growing obesity epidemic, our present day government is unwilling to implement policies that will make real differences. Fortunately, initiatives such as those developed at Rhodes Street School show how once communities are educated and informed, and have the will, they can make a difference to their own lives.