Wainuiomata kids get behind the smokefree message
Students from room 14 at Wainuiomata Intermediate School were out and about in Wainuiomata last week, supporting the smokefree movement by putting up ‘Wainuiomata proud to be smokefree’ signage at bus shelters.
The signage will help remind the community that all bus shelters are smokefree, and empower people to speak up if someone is smoking in a bus shelter. This is part of a wider initiative to have more smokefree signage going up around various areas in Wainuiomata in order to increase awareness of smokefree areas.
Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places policy makes all bus shelters smokefree, a message Wainuiomata Intermediate teacher, Isaac Hayes supports 100%.
“It’s a great chance for the students to get out in the community and promote smokefree in Wainuiomata. Hopefully we are able to get the message out to as many people as possible”.
The students put up smokefree stickers in the bus shelters after being briefed about the goal of a smokefree Wainuiomata, why smokefree spaces were important and raising a smokefree generation- ensuring they lead smokefree lives.
Sisi Tuala-Leafa a member of the Wainuiomata Community Board, says “It is important that this involves all voices in our community, these are their spaces and we encourage our kids of Wainuiomata to have a say about how they see their hometown in the future – they are tomorrow’s leaders but their leadership has no timeframe, so start now and encourage them to be active citizens”
As a local resident of Wainuiomata, it is no surprise that Mayor Ray Wallace is in full support of a Smokefree Wainuiomata.
“I’m right behind Wainuiomata becoming increasingly smokefree as it supports our community’s health and wellbeing. Having the spaces where our young people spend their time smokefree is especially important as we want the next generation to grow up totally smokefree.”
Achieving a Smokefree Wainuiomata is supported by Hutt City Council, Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Regional Public Health, Whai Oranga o Te Iwi Health Centre, Takiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service, Love Wainuiomata and the Wainuiomata Community Board.