Enjoying a coffee and some lunch in the sun this summer just
got more pleasant for customers at one ground-breaking
The Tarewa Park cafe has recently become the first completely
smokefree cafe in the country.
The outdoor dining area in the park has become smokefree as
part of the Whangarei District Council policy to make all
parks, playgrounds and sports grounds smokefree.
During summer, Tarewa Park will be a destination for visitors
and families, and cafe manager Stephanie Saramet said it was
the perfect opportunity to embrace the council's smokefree
"It's a much nicer dining experience when you can enjoy a
nice meal outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and even
better when you don't have someone at the next table
smoking," she said.
All three Northland councils have taken steps to create a
smokefree future for the region. Kaipara District Council was
first in 2008 with smokefree playgrounds, extending the
policy to cover sportsgrounds and parks in 2012.
Whangarei council implemented a smokefree policy in September
2010 for Whangarei playgrounds and sportsgrounds with
neighbourhood parks going smokefree in September 2011.
Far North District Council voted to implement a smokefree
policy this year for playgrounds, sportsgrounds and parks to
go smokefree from last September.
Northland District Health Board smokefree adviser Bridget
Rowse said: "This is all about the kids, being smokefree role
models for them, and showing them that smoking is not a
Cancer Society Northland health promoter Jim Callaghan said
the policy was a step in the right direction towards a
smokefree New Zealand.
A University of Otago survey found that 98.5 per cent of New
Zealanders were in favour of making all public spaces
- By Sophie Ryan of The Northern Advocate