Make hats COMPULSORY in all Primary schools AND Colleges

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"Over 4000 people are diagnosed with either melanoma in situ or invasive melanoma every year in New Zealand – that's around 11 every day. It accounts for nearly 80% of all skin cancer deaths. Over 300 New Zealanders die of melanoma every year. New Zealand has the highest melanoma incidence rate in the world."

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"No hat, no play, no fun today." This is what we were taught in primary school, the school trying to get the idea of sunburn across to us.

And then, there's college. No-one makes the students wear a hat, and therefore, no-one wears one; to wear one without it being compulsory, makes you the 'uncool kid.'

Why is it that at New Zealand primary schools we are forced to form these habits for our own safety, just to forget about them again at the age of 13, after stepping foot into college? We are still under the same sun, at the same time of day. Just this time, we'll have to pay the price. The price of our health. Just because we aren't made to wear a sunhat.

Melanoma can be genetic, and saving the youth today, will help future generations to come.

I strongly want New Zealand schools to make a sunhat part of the mandatory uniform in the summers.

Young people in New Zealand should be wearing a hat, and the Government need to take more initiative and make this a necessity.

Louise B

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