Tairāwhiti community are demonstrating leadership to their council in creating smokefree spaces. Tairāwhiti council's new draft Smokefree Outdoor Area Policy (SFOA) designates parks, playgrounds, and ‘destination’ beaches (Midway, Waikanae, Kaiti, Wainui and Okitu) as smoke-free.
A TVNZ story this week raised concerns held by Manukau Ward Councillor Alf Filipaina that weak legislation is shutting out local communities from participating in civic processes to address gambling harm.
New council policy in Tāmaki Makaurau and Whangarei will see smoking prohibited outside of hundreds of cafes and bars, but more consistent regulations are needed.
Fay Selby- Law has been a pillar in the smokefree sector in Manawatu for multiple decades, chanelling her energy and comittment to supporting whānau, particularly wahine and māmā, in becoming smokefree.
Marilyn McKay is a passionate, dedicated Matanga Auahi Mutunga in the new service, Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga (TOAM). When I spoke to Marilyn, I asked her “as well as your mahi, what matters to you?”, to which she replied “I am a mum to five sons and a grandmother to 18”. Whānau is clearly very important to Mariyln.
Hāpai Te Hauora and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) have joined forces for Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) to prioritise wellbeing.