News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Capital endorses smokefree Midland Park

29 May 2014

Capital endorses smokefree Midland Park

Midland Park, in the heart of Wellington’s CBD and a popular lunch-time haven, will be declared smokefree tomorrow May 30, on the eve of World Smokefree Day.

An official launch event will be held at 1pm 30 May, hosted by the Cancer Society and featuring speakers Grant Robertson MP for Wellington Central, Councillor Paul Eagle and Paula Snowden CEO Quitline, and other performances. Radio stations The Hits and ZM will also feature with live crosses, interviews and prizes.

A call for public comment was met with widespread approval of the initiative. Of the 31 responses, 27 were positive, three were negative and one was mixed.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says becoming Smokefree will improve people's experience in the Golden Mile's busiest green space.

“Midland Park is a well-loved oasis in the heart of our busiest shopping and commercial district. We’re making this move for healthy hearts, healthy lungs and healthy people,” she said. “It’s far more attractive to eat lunch and relax without tobacco smoke. This is good for business and good for health.”

Councillor Paul Eagle, chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee, says that with more than 80 percent of people in Wellington choosing not to smoke tobacco, people are understandably supportive.

“Wellingtonians have overwhelmingly told us that they want our inner city green spaces to be smokefree. Our declaration for Midland Park starts the process of considering other parks,” said Cr Eagle.

The proposal is supported by Wellington City Council, in partnership with the Cancer Society, The Smokefree Coalition and Regional Public Health. Council adopted a Smokefree Parks and Playgrounds Policy in June 2012 after extensive consultation.

Raewyn Sutton, Manager Health Promotion for Cancer Society Wellington, said they congratulated Wellington City Council for this initiative and are delighted to be able to support this exciting step towards the 2025 SmokeFree Aotearoa goal.

“This is a great example of how community and SmokeFree organisations can work together to achieve a healthier environment for Wellingtonians,” she said.

Smokefree Coalition Executive Director Dr Prudence Stone said setting policy for public spaces was the key role that every local government plays toward achieving New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal.

“The local tobacco industry will try in vain to sabotage and undermine our vision,” Dr Stone said. “But Wellington City Council has shown with this policy that it represents the interests of parents and their children over and above this rogue in our midst.

“We hope Midland Park is just the beginning and with its success, that Wellington’s entire CBD, including its waterfront, will eventually be declared Smokefree.”

Paula Snowden, CEO Quitline, said: “We know that smoking prevalence is decreasing (from 20.7% prevalence in 2006 to 15.1% in 2013) and that’s something to really celebrate this World Smokefree Day. Creating smokefree environments has a key role to play within this.

“However, let’s not forget that there are areas in New Zealand where 40% of the population smokes. In these high prevalence communities tobacco is still very much the norm. And while it is great to see areas like Midland Park becoming smokefree, we need make sure that we are also reclaiming outdoor areas for non-smokers in these other high smoking prevalence communities.”

University of Otago’s Enjoy Trial
People who currently smoke are encouraged to join the festivities and learn how they can stop smoking.

The University of Otago’s Enjoy trial will be setting up a small booth in the park on the 30th in conjunction with the Cancer Society and community smoking cessation groups.

It offers smokers the chance to sample a range of nicotine replacement therapies (including the mouthspray and inhalator which most smokers will not have tried before) under the guidance of an expert coach who will guide them on the best methods of using the therapies to maximise their beneficial effects and minimise unwanted side-effects.

The Enjoy trial is funded by the Ministry of Health as part of the Innovation Fund to help achieve the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Vision. For more info see www.otago.ac.nz/enjoy

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news