Wainuiomata has been at the forefront of the journey contributing to a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, with great leadership from everyone working together to create a healthier environment.
Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy designates all suburban centres across the city smokefree. Council will be rolling out signage and messaging community by community, with Wainuiomata being one of the first to receive the new signage.
The new smokefree signs incorporate te reo Māori, with the messaging ‘e whakahī to tatou hapori ki te auahi kore’ meaning ‘proud to be smokefree’. The signs have been installed in Queen Street and also at the Homedale shops in Wainuiomata.
Catherine Manning Regional Manager of Takiri Mai te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service says, “These proud to be smokefree signs will support our whānau to be smokefree and help direct us to where we can provide stop smoking support in our community”.
Collective effort from across the community, and strong leadership from the Wainuiomata Community Board, Regional Public Health, Takiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service, Hutt City Council, Love Wainuiomata and Healthy Families Hutt Valley, means Wainuiomata is leading the way.
Gabriel Tupou, Chair of the Wainuiomata Community Board says “I endorse the work that both Jodie Winterburn and Sisi Tuala-Le’afa, members of the Board, have done alongside partners in supporting this kaupapa. The tremendous collective effort has proven fruitful and demonstrates the crucial role that the Wainuiomata Community Board plays in the forming of policies that will meet the needs of our community and reflect the aspirations of our people”.
Support is available to those who would like to quit. You can contact the Regional Stop Smoking Service Tākiri Mai te Ata on 0800 926 257 or Quitline on 0800 778 778.