Everyone knows if there's no hat, then there's no play.
"It's not about being punitive and fining them."
"They are actually cutting off their son or daughter's future. Full stop."
Some caregivers have been outraged by the move, but others have praised it.
Thousands of Kiwi kids are now getting to feast at school, paid for by the Government.
Primary schools are resisting the Government's attempts to get them to enrol violent children.
Just 58 percent of students regularly attend school.
Edwards said the goal of the school was to prepare young people for the 21st century.
More than 1500 schools have signed up to the programme, which pays schools in deciles 1 to 7 $150 per child if they don't ask for donations or for contributions to class trips.