What's this project about?
Council is taking a leadership role to ensure that Lower Hutt:
- is a healthy community;
- has a healthy natural environment with clean air, water and land; and
- has a built environment that is attractive, safe, and healthy.
Smoking is the single leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand. It kills 5000 New Zealanders every year including an estimated 500 from second hand smoke.
Where are we at?
In May 2016, Hutt City Council extended its smokefree outdoor public places policy to improve the health of its city and people.
The policy aims to reduce smoking and the impact of second hand smoking.
We know that children ‘do as they see’ and we want to make smoking less normal by making it less visible for our children.
Smokefree public places make it easier for smokers to quit and stay smokefree. We are also linking smokers to quit support.
We want to make it easier for smokers to quit while raising a smokefree generation.
Read our Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy and action plan
Our city’s smokefree spaces
From 2016 the following public places are smokefree:
- outdoor commercial pools
- parks and sportsgrounds
- bus shelters
- train stations
- outside Council buildings and facilities
- Council run and sponsored events
- outdoor pavement dining areas
Council is also exploring designating areas in town centres as smokefree.
The policy is being rolled out progressively over three years through signage, promotion and marketing.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've developed some questions and answers that give more detail about the policy.
These comprehensive maps (PDF, 1.2MB) show the smokefree zones around Council's facilities and parks. You can also look up the smokefree zones via the Maps section on this website.
Businesses that offer outdoor pavement dining
We have free signage for local businesses:
You can order these by emailing Healthy Families Lower Hutt.
Read an information sheet about outdoor pavement dining online.
Help to quit smoking
Find out what support is available to help quit smoking (PDF, 374KB)
‘Thanks for not smoking’ poster
Download a poster (PDF, 507KB)
How can you find out more?
For more information please email Healthy Families Lower Hutt