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Healthy Families Lower Hutt Update
June 2016

Kia ora koutou

There’s been a lot happening since our first update in March 2016. 

Some of the highlights have included:
  • supporting the extension and implementation of Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy to include more public areas (e.g. parks, bus shelters, beaches)
  • hosting Dr Tom and his retro ambulance (thank you for your support of this visit, especially Te Awakairangi Health Network). The Dr Tom team performed 100 spontaneous pre-diabetes and heart checks in the community, ran a speaking series on healthy living – and got some excellent media coverage on the prevention cause 
  • launching the Hutt Valley Workplace Wellbeing Special Interest Group in partnership with the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Hutt Valley Branch – and holding our first two events
  • completing a mapping exercise of our Lower Hutt food environment to see what access our communities have to good, nutritious food (e.g. how many takeaway restaurants are there compared to fruit and vege shops or healthy option cafes in our Lower Hutt suburbs, do people have to take a bus to access a supermarket or grocery store?)
  • contributing to the national promotion of water-only schools led by the Ministries of Health and Education
  • submitting our view to the Advertising Standards Authority that a firmer stance needs to be taken on advertising unhealthy food and beverages to children
  • supporting Council championing workplace wellbeing internally. 

We were also very excited to welcome Ana So’otaga ( to the team last month. Ana is our newest Settings Coordinator, and she will take the lead on our work in Education Settings (Early Childhood Education Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools), as well as playing a key role in the Food System. 

Some of you will know Ana from her work with Regional Public Health, or her fearsome reputation on defense and mid-court for Convent Old Girls. Please feel free to get in contact with Ana if you're keen to make a change in your education or food setting. 

As always, please feel free to get in touch with the team by email or via our Facebook page.

Ngā mihi,

Healthy Families Lower Hutt
Photo of the Healthy Families Lower Hutt team.
The full Healthy Families Lower Hutt team. 
Left to right:
Renee Vitale (Healthy Communities Advisor), Barry Gall (Settings Coordinator), Jodie-Ann Webster (Healthy Communities Advisor), Hayley Goodin (Manager Healthy Families Lower Hutt), Ana So'otaga (Settings Coordinator), Tom Pere (Healthy Communities Advisor) and Kate Kauri (Communications and Engagement Advisor). 

More smokefree outdoor public places in Lower Hutt

Parks are now smokefree under the extended Hutt City Council Smokefree Policy. 
Hutt City Council recently extended the city’s smokefree outdoor public places policy to include parks and sports grounds, train stations, bus shelters, beaches, outdoor dining on pavements, Council run and funded events, and outdoor public areas around council buildings and facilities. Smokefree areas in town centres are also being explored.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt is being led by Hutt City Council, and were a strong internal advocate for extending the policy. We will also play a key role in leading the policy’s implementation from 1 July 2016.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt Manager Hayley Goodin is excited for what the extended policy will mean for Lower Hutt.

“Our aim is for Lower Hutt to become a city that supports its people to be healthy and well,” said Hayley. “Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand, and we’re really proud of the stand Council has taken against this issue.”

The extended Smokefree Policy aims to help Lower Hutt’s children ‘stop before they start’ by reducing the visibility of smoking, and to reduce the effects of second-hand smoke in public places in their communities.

Hayley said, “This is a great example of implementation at scale and the power of collaborative action to create lasting, widespread change for our city. Lower Hutt now has one of the strongest smokefree policies in the country – a fantastic step forward for Lower Hutt’s contribution to the central Government goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.”

Reducing smoking rates is one of Healthy Families NZ’s four focus areas, alongside increasing physical activity and eating good food, and reducing alcohol related harm.

There was an extensive amount of news coverage on this announcement. Here is an article the Dominion Post ran following one of the initial Council meetings considering the Smokefree Policy (starring Healthy Families Lower Hutt Governance Group members John Anderson and Matt Reid) and a television interview on Newshub following the announcement (with Mayor Ray Wallace and Hayley Goodin). 

Workplace wellbeing on the Hutt’s agenda

At the launch. Left to right: Councillor Margaret Willard, Mayor Ray Wallace and HRINZ Hutt Valley Branch President Felicity Hislop. 
Mayor Ray Wallace launched the Hutt Valley Workplace Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG) at an event held at Pelorus Trust Sportshouse in April.

A joint effort between Healthy Families Lower Hutt and the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Hutt Valley branch, the SIG is here to support workplaces putting the ‘health’ in health and safety.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt Manager Hayley Goodin says, “The group will be running seminars and workshops and linking workplaces to resources, services and support. It will also facilitate joint initiatives and is establishing a ‘Wellbeing Champions’ group for those who want to meet regularly to exchange ideas and support.

“The aim of the group is to support and promote workplace wellbeing within the Hutt Valley. We want Lower Hutt to become the best place in New Zealand to work.

“Increased productivity, reduced stress levels, more job satisfaction, less sickness and sick leave, greater staff retention and enhanced corporate image were just some of the benefits of a healthy workplace,” said Hayley.

The SIG group has run two successful events since the launch - a business breakfast with Dr Tom Mulholland, and a workshop on mental wellbeing. 

There is an open invite for all Hutt Valley workplaces to get involved in this exciting new initiative. Just email to register your interest. You don’t need to be a member of HRINZ to be a part of the group.
Left to right: Settings Coordinator Barry Gall with Dr Tom, Nurse Meleane Bourke, Mayor Ray Wallace and the HRINZ Hutt Valley team. 

Stay in touch

To find out more about Healthy Families Lower Hutt, please contact Communications and Engagement Advisor Kate Kauri (04 560 0314) or look us up on Facebook or our website
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