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A letter to Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace

The following letter was sent on the 16th of December 2013 to Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace :

Dear Mayor Wallace

Success for Smokefree sector

The substantial decrease in smoking rates across New Zealand is being hailed as a success of on-the-ground cessation and public health work. Census data by Statistics New Zealand shows a reduction from 18.9% in 2006 to 13.7% in 2013. Te Ara Hā Ora, the National Maori Tobacco Control Service is thrilled also to see a significant decrease in Maori smoking rates. “The figures show a decrease of just over 10% for Maori.

Ontheground2025 email list

The development of an email list for ontheground kaimahi from cessation services through to health promotion services and interested iwi, hapu and whānau  members has been launched by Te Ara Ha ora.  This initiative was set up after our discussions with Māori  providers and workers who informed Te Ara Hā Ora of their desire to connect more with each other. 

Plain packaging information

People are calling out for new initiatives to curb our tamariki from starting smoking.  One of the recent moves greatly supported by many Maori communities is plan packaging or unbranded cigarette packets to lessen the marketing power of glossy cigarette packets to our rangatahi.  Is it something you would support?  Have a look at the following links to gain more information on plain packaging to form your own opinion on its potential effectiveness.  

Te Ara Hā Ora Waiata

Arama Whauwhau of Ngati Haua is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has won many music awards for his waiata. He is also the kaituhituhi, kaitataki tane and Kai arahi of the kapa haka roopu Te Iti o Hauaa. In addition Arama is also the Kaiako o Te Reo Maori for the NZ Correspondence school.

Mau Ringa

The mau ringa movement was inspired by an early 1900’s photo of a group of wahine Māori in Raetihi who bound their arms together as part of their journey to quit using tobacco. 

It was from this photo that Te Ara Hā Ora started to envisage ways in which to adapt the innovations from past tupuna into the present.  This is where the mau ringa concept was born.  The wearer of a blue mau ringa wears it to symbolise their smokefree existence - their breath of life. 


Launch of Te Ara Hā Ora

Te Ara Hā Ora, National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service was officially launched on Thursday 24th October on the first morning of the Smokefree Oceania Conference at Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland.  One hundred people, mostly tobacco control workers but also youth and iwi representatives attended.


Te Ara Hā Ora Tohu

Te Whakamarama mo te tohu - TE ARA HĀ ORA

Ko Te Ara Hā Ora e whakaatū ana te ara o te ha ora – te ha ora e aukati nei te tūpeka ki roto te manawa wairua ora. E tohu ana Te Ara Hā Ora ki a hiki te Iwi Māori, ki a whai te Pae Tawhiti, ki a tae atu ki te rangitūhaha, ki a moea te moemoeā nui ki a whakatata mai te Pae Tawhiti ki a Tina. Koianei te kaupapa o te Tūpeka Kore Aotearoa  Rua Mano Rua Te Kau Ma Rima – Koianei te Whakaatūranga o te tohu nei.

Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Funding – Successful Projects

The Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Fund was established in 2012 to advance progress towards the Government’s aspirational goal of Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.  It’s purpose is to support innovative approaches to reduce the smoking prevalence among Maori, Pacific people, pregnant women and young people across New Zealand.

The first funding round for the Innovation Fund was conducted between November 2012 and June 2013.   The following projects have been funded in Round One.

Tobacco Control Service Appointment Announced

Mrs Zoe Martin-Hawke has been appointed to the position of Kaiwhakahaere/General Manager for the new National Maori Tobacco Leadership Service lead by Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui (Hāpai) and Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).


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