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Taupō is now a smoke and vape free district, under the new Taupō District Council Smokefree Action Plan.
The plan supports the Government’s goal for New Zealand to become a smokefree country by 2025 and covers public places across the district, including the lakefront, that will now be smoke and vape free.
“Encouraging our community to be smoke and vape free helps support the health and wellbeing of our families and whanau,” said councillor John Williamson who holds the environment portfolio alongside councillor John Mack.
“We know the lakefront is an important part of who we are here in Taupō and we really wanted to ensure this was included in the plan and it will also mean we are looking after our lake by reducing litter and butts.
“By creating these smoke and vape free environments across our district we are setting the best example for our children and de-normalising smoking. Evidence shows that doing this reduces the likelihood of smoking later in life,” added councillor John Mack.
“We’re also encouraging any cafes with outdoor dining to come on board and encourage their diners to be smoke and vape free too,” he said.
The areas across the district that are smoke and vape free are:
CBD / Civic Spaces
Reserves and Parks, including lakefront reserves and beaches
Events - events on Council property, and funded or supported by Council
Bus stops and shelters
There will be signage in place where areas are smoke and vape free and while not a by-law, the plan aims to use education and awareness to reduce smoking and vaping.
Pictured (left to right): Environmental Ranger Shannon Hanson, Councillor John Mack, Councillor John Williamson with the signage that is about to be put in place across the district.
The Waitangi Taupō Moana Festival is back for 2020, with an exciting and diverse line-up of iconic and internationally renowned kiwi bands and artists.
House of Shem and Annie Crummer will join Hollie Smith – one of New Zealand’s most well-known soul and jazz singers - as well as fellow kiwi artists The Brown Brothers and The Beat Girls.
They will be supported by an impressive line-up of local artists including local acts including multi-cultural performing arts groups. Due to illness, LaTasha Lee – who was originally part of the line-up – has had to cancel her appearance.
The festival will be held from midday to 5pm on Thursday, February 6 at Riverside Park, Taupō. The day will also feature free waka ama rides, children’s fun zone, food stalls, as well as a catered kaumatua area.
Chairman of Nukuhau Marae Dominic Bowden said Nukuhau Marae are excited to work alongside Taupō District Council to deliver this kaupapa.
“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our community’s cultural diversity and promote whakawhanaungatanga,” he said.
Mayor David Trewavas said he was looking forward to the festival and hoped there would be great support for the Waitangi Day celebrations.
“We are looking forward to co-hosting this year’s event alongside our event partners Nukuhau Pā, which always sees thousands of people coming along to enjoy the entertainment, games and music,” he said. “We really want to encourage people from every corner of our district to come along to celebrate our national day.”
In the past, over 3,000 people have attended, including large contingents from Turangi and Mangakino. Free shuttles to and from the event will operate from these centres. Numbers are limited and those interested must register at the Turangi and Mangakino service centres.
Picnic lunches are welcome and organisers would like to remind people that the event is smoke, alcohol and drug free. Thanks also to a number of sponsors who continue to support the event and ensure it is free to attend.
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