Supporting whānau to stop smoking and lead a healthier, happy, active and smokefree lifestyles

In this issue of ‘Around the Motu’ Zoe Martin-Hawke visits two young Smoking Practitioners from Ahuriri in the Hawkes Bay. Te Aroha Hunt and Elizabeth Ghio Stop shares some of their experience.

What are your main role/s of your service?

To support whānau to stop smoking and lead a healthier, happy, active and smokefree lifestyle.


Best piece of advice to a client wanting to quit?

Stop smoking for yourself. Assess what in your life is important to you and where you want to go in your life. Dream big and achieve big. Don’t allow barriers to hold you back from your true potential in leading positive lifestyle for you, your whānau, your friends and community. You are valued and I have confidence in you that you will become smokefree utilizing the Aukati Kaipaipa programme with us.


  • Whānau Ora Approach
  • Incentives for our whānau for successfully completing our programmes
  • Networking and building sustainable relationships with all organisations in our region
  • Group cessation work
  • Positive messaging about smokefree in our region – building community champions
  • Supportive organisation about innovative approaches to working with whānau
  • There isn’t a one size fits all
  • Goal setting
  • Incorporating health, wellness, exercise and nutrition to the programme
  • Peer revision with other cessation workers
  • Supervision
  • Stop Smoking Practitioner Qualification


In your opinion, what’s not working?

  • Some Stop smoking services have internal organisational barriers to implementing day to day activities
  • Some stop smoking services have ongoing changes in the workplace – manager changes, expectations in the role, peer support, staff turnover, and unclear messages about contract targets. This does not help motivate staff , or provide a clear pathway to success
  • Budget planning – knowing your budget so you can plan year around activities greatly helps to figure out clearly what is doable in regards to working with whānau.
  • Organisational restrictions on innovative approaches to what works best for our whānau can hinder success.
  •  We all need someone to turn to who knows our contract, and supports us to get better outcomes for whānau. If kaimahi don’t have this ongoing support we risk becoming isolated and out of touch with best practice.


What would you like to be known for?

Ensuring that we reflect on the past activities of Aukati Kaipaipa and ensuring we get the best outcome for our whānau to lead longer, healthier, active, positive and smokefree lifestyles.


In your opinion, how will we achieve an Aotearoa SmokeFree 2025?

  • One key organisation to lead cessation in our region
  • Having one Smokefree hub in each region
  • Utilizing the hub to incorporate, cessation, advocacy, intervention and prevention in their everyday mahi
  • Increasing the workforce to work with each population (region)
  • Working collaboratively with current smokers in understanding how we can better support smokers to stop smoking. Using a unique approach in the delivery of brief advice tailored to the needs/objectives/goals of the whānau (client).
  • Better understanding of the delivery of Aukati Kaipaipa service and what we do
  • Building and sustaining relationships with people to refer, use and promote Aukati Kaipaipa service

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