World Smokefree Day with Tiana Bennett and Natasha Rawiri 

Tiana Bennett from the Western Bay of Plenty PHO and Natasha Rawiri from the Bay of Plenty DistrictHealth Board joined Takiri on the breakfast show this morning to whakanui World Smokefree Day here in Tauranga Moana.

They discussed recent statistics that show smoking rates have been reduced in Aotearoa, but emphasized that Maori still sit higher than everyone in smoking rates, especially wāhine Maori.

Tiana and Natasha are passionate to break the smoking cycle in Te Ao Maori, and they want to ensure whanau are informed about the various initiatives in Tauranga that whanau can access. Two services they are associated with are Hapainga - a free support service to help whanau quit smoking, and Ukaipo – a free kaupapa Maori wananga to help hapu mama who smoke to become smokefree.

For more information please contact Tiana on 07 5773195