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Porirua’s Deputy Mayor wants smoke cleared

May 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

PORIRUA’S Deputy Mayor has added her voice in support of a smokefree New Zealand.

Her comments come after a proposal to ban smoking in public places by  the Regional Public Health.

Deputy Mayor Liz Kelly, pictured right, is in favour of extending the ban and says a smoke free nation would be a healthy nation.

“I don’t smoke, but I support any initiative that accelerates the process of achieving our national goal which is to be smokefree in 2025,” says Mrs Kelly.

The submission was made to the council by Regional Public Health this week calling to extend the ban of smoking in public areas.

The council says the last proposal was made in 2010 by a team of local health organisations which resulted in having Porirua playgrounds and sports fields a smokefree area.

The ban could be extended to dining areas, beaches and also parks.

According to the Dominion Post, Public Health spokesman Kristen Foley says the ban will not be policed but take the form of education to try to change behaviour.

Porirua people spoken to by NewsWire this week were mixed in their reaction.

Le’u Matagi of Porirua (18) a student, says the proposal will not work and that no one will abide by the new law.

“I doubt anyone’s gonna follow that. As much as people put up signs like ‘smokefree’ people will still smoke in front of it.”

Cannons Creek’s Peter Talamaivao (26), pictured left, says that it’s good in some way but it’s just shocking

“I reckon there’s gonna be a lot of people disagreeing. It’s good if it’ll stop beggars from begging for a dollar at the Creek.”

Tulipe Ulutupu (18) a student of Victoria University, questions how the new law will work.

“How will they know people will not smoke? Are they going to have smoking polices out there”

Jamie Lauma, pictured right, of Porirua says there are negatives and positives to the ban.

“Yeah I think it’s good, I like the thought of it but then that means people will only smoke at home around their kids.”

Student Tewetini TeMoananui says he is in favour for the new proposal.

“Who wants to stand next to someone smoking while you’re at a bus stop or rugby game? I for one don’t.”

According to Liz Kelly, the proposal will be raised again in a future council meeting to confirm if the Porirua City Council will pass the new law.


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