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


Pacific People Kick the Habit for Live Show

Pacific People Kick the Habit for Live Show

The journey of 10 Pacific people trying to kick the habit of smoking will be told in a live theatre performance called Smoke in Mirrors at the Mangere Arts Centre in South Auckland on World Smokefree Day, Saturday 31st of May.

The pilot project was funded by the Ministry of Health to look at new ways of helping Pacific people to quit smoking.

The story is based on a group of Pacific Island men and women in Auckland who took up the challenge to become smokefree as part of the Kick Butt Project.

Their stories are being told in the “traditional methods” of Pacific story telling including comedy, dance, drama and song especially written for this show.

Samoan comedian Tofiga Fepuleai has created a new character “Tevita” to be the virtual narrator of the show.

Programme Manager for Tala Pasifika Edward Cowley says “we always need to be looking for new ways to support and connect with our Pacific young people and expectant mothers to help them to quit smoking.”

The participants shared their highs, lows and triumphs through the use of various social network media such as blogs, video logs and Facebook.

The group was supported through their journey with weekly quit smoking support sessions, nutritional advice as well as intense personal training gym workouts as part of the project.

Kick Butt Project leader Yvonne Timaloa says: "It’s been great to be involved with a pilot project that was holistic in its approach. It was challenging at times but also very rewarding and inspiring to hear and see the positive stories that have been told.”

The aim of Smoke in Mirrors is not only to highlight the group’s journey over the past seven months but to also encourage people who smoke to think about quitting and for others to remain smokefree.

Smoking amongst Pacific people in Aotearoa remains high. It is hoped high impact intervention programmes like Kick Butt will lower the numbers smoking in Pacific communities.

Edward Cowley says “If we want Pacific children to grow up in Smokefree homes and communities everybody must take every opportunity help spread the Smokefree word”

Visit the Kickbutt project on Facebook:

About Tala Pasifika:
Tala Pasifika - the National Pacific Tobacco Control Service was launched in November 2009 to provide Pacific peoples with a mechanism to provide input and advice into policy development processes and to enhance Pacific leadership on tobacco issues.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news