Smokefree policy accepted


AS a part of Opotiki District Council’s new smokefree policy, new bilingual signs have been erected in town.

The first of the signs have been placed at Opotiki’s sports pavilion netball courts, following the acceptance of the updated policy at last week’s council meeting.

Accompanied by Te Ao Marama Koopu, Te Mihingamaru Patterson, Pani Kurei and Blaise Kurei, rapid numbering and road naming administration officer Anna-Marei Kurei erected the signs last Wednesday.

More signs will be required for the new designated smokefree areas in Opotiki, the town’s central business district and beaches.

The new policy is taking an educational approach to the issue, as opposed to punishing smokers.

According to Mayor John Forbes, the policy leans toward giving smokers the knowledge and means to quit their addiction.

This new policy is in line with the central government’s goal of a smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

PANI Kurei and Te Mihingamaru Patterson erect one of Opotiki’s new smokefree signs. Photos Anna-Marie Kurei