A new campaign to make sanitary products accessible to every New Zealand woman will only work with community support, says Labour's Youth Affairs spokesperson Louisa Wall.
The Manurewa MP told Breakfast today that some women were spending $23 a month on sanitary products, which "if you think about a family that has three young women and mum, that's $60-80 a month".
She said consequences of young women not affording sanitary products have been uncovered such as "not going to school, and also they're using really unhygienic practices and products to deal with the fact that they have what is a monthly natural phenomena".
"We should be able to support them," she said.
"There are two options, there is an online donation through the Foodbank Project, which is run by Countdown and the Salvation Army, so you can purchase monthly bundles for $15.
"We're encouraging people to buy one and to give one away."
Seven Sharp has regularly highlighted the plight of some young Kiwi women who were being kept home as they couldn't afford sanitary products.
The Government's drug-funding agency Pharmac said last month it is considering an application received last year to help with the costs of pads and tampons.
Since The Foodbank Project launched eight months ago, 11,000 sanitary products have been donated, and it's hoped this new campaign will see that number rise.