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Wednesday May 2, 2018

Strong interest in council’s new event centre

The new events centre sits alongside Lower Hutt’s refurbished town hall. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

With the opening of the new Hutt City Council events centre and refurbished town hall just a couple of months away, Lower Hutt deputy mayor David Bassett says early interest is encouraging. The events centre, due to open around the middle of this year, is one of the key projects in Hutt City Council’s strategy to rejuvenate the city. It will attract new and bigger events to Lower Hutt, and will add to a suite of council facilities across the city that cater for a range of community needs and budgets. The complex is expected to inject between $55 and $75 million into the local economy over the next 20 years, with stimulus and flow-on effects to restaurants, retailers and accommodation providers and the creation of new jobs, further boosting the economy. David says the events centre will increase

the region’s capacity for hosting events, including national and international events. “[It’s] a world class facility that will enable us to attract bigger and better events than we have previously been able to - like conferences, exhibitions and banquets,” David says. “It’s just a 15-minute drive from Wellington, has good access and is in an appealing setting with the three-hectare Riddiford Garden as its backyard. The extra visitors will boost our economy and add to the vibrancy of our city,” he says. As well as the new events centre, council will also be unveiling the refurbished and earthquake strengthened town hall. “This gives us the best of both worlds, retaining the heritage of our much-loved town hall to host performances and shows, and gaining a modern, flexible space to host events,” he says.


Its about Whanau ‘It’s About Whanau’ is the theme for World Smoke Free Day for 2018. Your whanau deserves to be healthy and Smokefree. Over one in five adults in Wainuiomata smoke, compared to fewer than one in six in Hutt City as a whole, and about one in eight in the Wellington region. In 2011, smoking in vehicles with children in Wainuiomata was over 10 times that observed in the Wellington suburb of Karori. New Zealand survey results indicate that well over 80% of people would like smokefree playgrounds and smokefree entrances to buildings that the public use. Smaller majorities support smokefree outdoor dining areas, sports fields, or music or community events. Around 5,000 people die each year in New Zealand because of smoking or second-hand smoke exposure. That is 13 people a day (NZ Social Indicators, 2013). Second-hand smoke is when you are exposed to the harms of tobacco being smoked near you. This can be from exhaled smoke or from a lit cigarette.

Second-hand smoke contains a lethal mix of more than 4,000 chemicals such as arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Two hundred of these chemicals have been identified as poisonous and can cause cancer. Second-hand smoke is the leading environmental cause of death in New Zealand (Second-hand smoke, 2016). There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and those who are exposed may suffer from many of the same diseases as regular smokers, such as heart disease, lung cancer, acute stroke, eye and nasal irritation and nasal sinus cancer. More than 350 New Zealanders die each year due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Our Regional Stop Smoking Service aim is to contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and whanau by supporting whanau to become Smokefree and reduce the risk to our children to take up smoking or be exposed to cigarette smoke. Our partnership with Hutt Valley DHB helps our community at every opportunity to seek help to stop smoking. PBA. Karen Tutaki, Senior advisor, Regional Stop Smoking Service Quit Coaches.

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