Soft drink companies have agreed to stop selling sugary drinks in schools.
Last week the New Zealand Beverage Council decided to only sell bottled water to primary and intermediate schools and to avoid directly selling sugar-sweetened soft drinks or any energy drinks to secondary schools.
The council also announced that they will work with third party wholesalers to encourage them to stick to the commitment.
University of Auckland public health lecturer Simon Thornley said if that was achieved it could be very beneficial – but there was no enforcement and there were potential loopholes.
Although the industry produces the drinks, it does not directly sell them, and the crucial area is whether retailers take the pledge on board, he said.