Spotlight on: Walter "The Wiz" Walsh

Walter "The Wiz" Walsh is from Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga a Māhaki and will be awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to community and broadcasting. A smoking cessation coach at Turanga Health for 6 years, Walsh also volunteers to support charitable initiatives throughout Te Tairāwhiti. Walsh is a voice for the people, and is now is his 29th year as an announcer at Turanga FM.

Smokefree sector underwhelmed by Associate Minister of Health's message on vaping

Today the Associate Minister of Health, Jenny Salesa, delivered a much-anticipated response from the government to the introduction of vaping products to New Zealand. Vapes have been a contentious subject in the health sector, sparking debate between those who advocate caution and those who have seen in vaping and related products a much-needed circuit breaker for those who have struggled to quit smoking by other means.

Plain cigarette packaging has arrived in New Zealand

From today New Zealand legislation prevents the tobacco industry from using branding on their cigarette packaging. This marks the first day of a 12 week ‘wash out’ period in cleansing the market of existing stock and introducing plain packaging. These changes will mean tobacco packets will be the same standard dark brown/green colour as seen in Australia and the U.K; graphic pictures and health warnings will be enlarged to cover at least 75% of the front of tobacco packs, and all tobacco company marketing imagery will be removed.