At least one school has said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Government's free school lunch trial due to the cost of kitchen upgrades, with several principals feeling "pressured" by caterers for their business.

Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau is a primary school of 85 Māori students outside Rotorua which has refused the free lunch trial because of the cost of upgrading its kitchen to commercial standards.

Principal Pem Bird told the Herald a potential $10,000 upgrade to their kitchen had to be covered out of the school's own budget and, unlike for larger schools, it is not realistic.

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