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Media Release: Authors of White Paper provide solution to end community sector dependence on pokie funding

In a White Paper released today, the Salvation Army Oasis, Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui and the Problem Gambling Foundation, provide a solution to end the community sector’s dependence on funding from pokie machines.

With pokie grants all but dried up due to the COVID-19 lockdown and consequent closure of pokie venues, the authors are calling on the government to initially roll over existing funding directly to community groups for six months with a view to long-term reform of the system.

Media Release: Temporary relief for sport and recreation puts spotlight on unsustainable funding model

A $25 million relief package has been created by Sport NZ to provide much needed relief for sports and recreation. The package is targeted primarily towards community and regional recreation and sporting bodies who are struggling to stay afloat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

media release: Plain pack research should encourage more Smokefree 2025 mahi

Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes new research from Otago University which shows plain packaging has taken the appeal out of cigarette packets. The researchers says the study shows that making cigarette packaging standard in New Zealand in 2018 has hit the policy target, which was to make tobacco products less appealing and to make health warnings on cigarette packs more obvious.

Youth vaping study results are encouraging but effective education and regulation still urgently needed

A major study of youth smoking between 2014 and 2019 by ASH New Zealand and the University of Auckland shows that while some young people are experimenting with vaping, daily use of an e-cigarette is occurring overwhelmingly in existing smokers.

Cutting tobacco supply a key strategy needed to reach a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025

With news of the latest tobacco tax increase, dairy owners are calling for extra help to protect them from robberies.

Hāpai Te Hauora is calling for an end to tobacco sales as a way to reduce the risk to dairies, and more importantly to decrease the huge death toll associated with tobacco-related illnesses.