Kei ngā iwi, ngā mātāwaka, ngā taura here o ngā hau e whā, tēnā koutou katoa.

Director, Hauora Māori Tūmatanui, Michelle Mako warmly welcomes you to be part of the nationwide kōrero around the new smoking restrictions introduced this year as part of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act.

On 1 January 2023, New Zealand’s smokefree laws changed to:

  • Limit the number of smoked tobacco retail premises across the country to no more than 600
  • Prevent tobacco being sold to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009
  • Introduce very low nicotine levels for tobacco products to make them less appealing and addictive

Regulations are needed to fully deliver the legislative changes that will significantly reduce the retail availability of smoked tobacco products and reduce their appeal and addictiveness. The Government is also planning to introduce new regulations to help reduce the number of rangatahi vaping.

To ensure iwi, rōpū Māori and whānau are informed of the recent changes and have a say on the regulations, Manatū Hauora (Ministry of Health) will be hosting a series of nationwide consultation sessions during February and March 2023.

Your voice matters in this kaupapa, and we hope you can make it.

In light of the recent flooding in Tāmaki and the impacts it left on whānau across the city, we postponed the Tāmaki hui for the following dates and times.

If you would like to attend either of these hui, please complete the registration form here.

Please feel free to share this invite with whānau and networks that may have a high interest in this kaupapa.

West Auckland Zeal West

20 Alderman Drive, Henderson, Auckland 0612

1 March 2023

11am – 1pm

South Auckland Nathan Homestead

70 Hill Rd, Manurewa, Auckland 2102

1 March 2023

4pm – 6.30pm

For further information

You can access the full and summarised consultation documents here Proposals for the Smoked Tobacco Regulatory Regime | Ministry of Health NZ

with an opportunity to submit your whakaaro online:

Ngā mihi aroha,

On behalf of Michelle Mako

Niamh Lovelock (she/her)

Ngāti te Rauwawe, Ngāpuhi

Kaitohu Matua | Senior Advisor

Hauora Māori