Councillor slams arrival of Krispy Kreme in South Auckland

Long Lunch 08/03/2018
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Auckland Councillor Fa'anana Esefo Collins wants to know why American fast-food franchise Krispy Kreme chose to open its first New Zealand store in South Auckland and not a more affluent area.

Mr Collins joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to discuss his take on the new doughnut franchise.

He says Krispy Kreme's arrival in Manukau last week is yet another example of fast food outlets preying on vulnerable communities.

“It’s hardly the kind of health outcome we need,” he said.

When Krispy Kreme first opened in February 2018, the franchise offered a year’s supply of doughnuts for the first three people who entered the store.  

Three Auckland women spent 36 hours camping out in order to nab the prize.

“Krispy Kreme are focusing on vulnerable communities,” Mr Collins told RadioLIVE.

The Councillor pointed out that the area holds the highest obesity rate in Auckland – and the entire country.

In fact, one-fifth of New Zealand’s obese children come from the Counties Manukau region.

“The last thing we need is our kids having access to this kind of food.”

The Councillor is calling on the South Auckland community to band together and try to stop fast food chains targeting their community.

Krispy Kreme are focusing on vulnerable communities.

"The location of Krispy Kreme is within a kilometre radius of other fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, Wendy's, Carl's Jr, and others," said Mr Collins. 

He says more emphasis needs to be placed on ensuring the messages that are being shared in schools about healthy eating go beyond the classroom. 

“The last thing we need is our kids having access to this kind of food.”

Listen to the full interview with Fa'anana Esefo Collins above. 

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.