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Smokefree-Vapefree Policy

This page contains information about our Smokefree and Vapefree Policy, a link to the Policy and information to support people to quit smoking.
Updated: 25/06/2020 11:24 a.m.
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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand, accounting for around 4,300 to 4,700 deaths per year.

When the deaths caused from exposure to second-hand smoke are included, this estimate increases to around 5,000 deaths per year.

Councils throughout New Zealand are progressively increasing smokefree outdoor public spaces beyond parks, playgrounds and sports fields, to areas such as outdoor dining, transport hubs, CBDs, beaches, Council owned buildings and funded events, social housing and other designated public and civic spaces.

Maps of NZ Councils' Smokefree Outdoor Policies and Spaces

Whangarei District Council successfully introduced an educative Smokefree policy for its playgrounds and sports grounds in 2010 followed by its parks in 2011. All bus shelters and the Rose Street transport hub became smokefree in February 2014.

Early 2018, council supported a smokefree outdoor dining pilot called The Fresh Air Project Whangarei, which saw 12 CBD and Quayside cafes participate.  Results showed strong support from the public (82%), customers (94%) and businesses for smokefree outdoor dining. Whangarei now has almost 30 cafes offering smokefree outdoor dining.

Council Policy

Whangarei District Council reviewed and passed its Smokefree Policy 25 October 2018.

This policy supports central Government’s goal of smokefree New Zealand by 2025; this means reducing the smoking population to less than 5%. It sets out policies and actions which will deliver a smokefree Whangarei.

This has been developed with input from our community, the Northland District Health Board and the Cancer Society.

Smokefree Policy [450kb]

Included in this policy:

  • Council owned property, including housing, community halls including those leased or hired out to others, Forum North, Library courtyard and airport etc., this includes all building entrances and grounds.
  • events that are funded, sponsored or run by Whangarei District Council or held on Council land,
  • public land and spaces owned by the Whangarei District Council, parks, play grounds, sports grounds, bus shelters and transport hubs, car parks, cemeteries etc.
  • public spaces in the city centre including Cameron Street Mall / Laneway, Canopy Bridge, Town Basin
  • outdoor al fresco dining
  • publically accessible beaches in the Whangarei District.


To support compliance to this Policy and to eliminate confusion, smoking, vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes) and the use of heated tobacco products (HTP) are included in this Policy.

While we support the use of e-cigarettes and vaping as a tool to stop smoking tool, vaping and the use of heated tobacco products mimic smoking and their emissions can create a nuisance and may result in public confusion and reduced compliance.

Want help to stop smoking?

There are a range of FREE stop smoking services that can help.


Offering 24/7 online, text and phone support and subsidised nicotine replacement therapy – patches, gum and lozenges.

Quitline 0800 778 778

Toki Rau Stop Smoking Services Northland

FREE Northland wide stop smoking service offering face-to-face support which can be provided in an individual, whānau/family or group setting. 

FREE nicotine replacement therapy to support you on your journey to quit/become smokefree.  This includes gum, lozenges and patches. We can also advise you about other non-funded stop smoking medicines available. 

0508 TOKI RAU (0508 8654 728)

Other resources

Other Smokefree Resources



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