Let’s kick it in the butt – Proud Maori are SMOKEFREE!

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Whanau o Waipareira including children from the early childhood centre and students from the alternative education unit will rally together to get a clear message out to our community proud Maori are smoke free.

In support of the Cancer Society Auckland Waipareira staff and whanau will pick up cigarette butts in Hendersons CBD to create a visual reminder of the impact of smoking in Auckland.

It is an opportunity for us to reach out to our whanau, Waipareiras Health Promoter Bella Te Pou says.

We are taking action by going out in the community in full force with our tamariki mokopuna and rangatahi to show how it is affecting our young ones, says Mrs Te Pou.

Cancer Society Aucklands CEO, John Loof says the average agethat children start is 14 and even younger for Maori of 11 years. Lets stop our children from starting by supporting a smokefree Auckland.

The damaging result of these cigarettes is that 1700 people die every year from smoking related illnesses in Auckland. This is preventable,says Mr Loof.

Waipareiras Health Promotions team will be available to share with whanau some of the services we provide to help quit smoking.

Waipareira plan to pick up as many cigarette butts as possible from 10am on Friday 4 November.

The collection will be part of the Cancer Society Aucklands project to collect 28,629 cigarette butts which is about 5% of what Aucklanders smoke each day – a significant number which demonstrates the effects of smoking in Auckland and the example we are setting for generations to come.

Media Contact:

Kelly Pohatu
Phone: (09) 836 6683
Mobile: 021 332 374
Email: Kelly.Pohatu@waiwhanau.com.

1 COMMENT

  1. That the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill be now read a third time. This Parliament can be proud of the culture of change that we are advancing through the Maori smoke free places. New Zealand has made rapid progress in reducing smoking rates, and this bill is another step in that journey.

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