Wednesday January 25, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street.
Q: What do you want to see happen in Wainuiomata in 2017?
Terina Cowan, Wainuiomata
Lynne Pohe-Cowan, Wainuiomata
Peter Cowan, Wainuiomata
Jimmy Samu, Wainuiomata
Nataahia Pasene, Wainuiomata
“For there to continue to be inclusive events for everyone.”
“For all the street lights to work all the time.”
“To continue to be an inclusive community.”
“To give the youth spaces and recognition.”
“More to do for young people.”
Zahria Awatere, Wainuiomata “Another swimming hole, we only have one good one.”
Free support service started to help have a Smokefree 2017 By Emma McAuliffe
A free smoking cessation service has been set up in Wainuiomata and around the Wellington region. Takiri Mai te Ata, a collective of seven health, education, justice and social service providers, in the Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley regions, has been awarded the contract by the Ministry of Health to deliver a Smokefree service for the regions.
The free service would be available through Whai Oranga o te Iwi Health Centre and the Wainuiomata Marae. Manager Catherine Manning said the service provided a more intensive, personalised and effective smoke free support and was available to anyone wanting to quit smoking, offering face-to-face and 24-hour phone support. The quit coaches would support people through a 6-week program and provide free nico-
tine patches, lozenges and/or gum. “New Zealand has a goal to be smoke free by 2025 and we’ve been set up to help ensure our communities will get there together. “Together we will get there not just to achieve the government’s goal but more importantly it’s the best thing you can give your children is “a smoke-free you,” she said. Takiri Mai Te Ata Stop Smoking service is free and tailored to
what works best for individuals and their family. “We know trying to give up smoking is hard but with the right support you are much more likely to be successful,” Catherine said. Catherine said the organisation had a few Wainuiomata locals working as part of the quitting services who could provide even more local support. “It’s good being supported by a local because they know what it’s like to live in the community
and they know how to access local resources and how to access resources,” she said. She said everyone who signed up to start their Smokefree journey before the end of February would go into the draw to win one of two $250 Pak N Save vouchers, the value of which was chosen as an equivalent to 10 packets of cigarettes. To start the Smokefree journey with Takiri Mai Te Ata go to www.takirimai.org.nz or phone 0800 926 257.
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