NorthTec goes smokefree

NorthTec students and staff with representatives from Toki Rau and Te Ha Oranga organisations

World Smokefree Day marked the launch of Dargaville NorthTec campus going smoke free as they play their part in the government’s Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 campaign.

The launch on May 31 was attended by North Tec staff, students and health organisations Toki Rau and Te Ha Oranga.

Both health organisations were on hand throughout the day offering advice and support to staff and students who may want to quit as well as offering free oral hygiene packs. Dargaville campus administrator Dene Holyoake said it was a “really good day — the theme was all about whanau.”

Operations Manager for Trades and Primary Industries at NorthTec, Fred Towler said the day was well organised and that there were a “great bunch of people” at the Dargaville campus.

“I believe it’s not just the fact that smoking is unhealthy, I think it’s socially unacceptable now and every year the price gets higher the cost has to be having a detrimental impact on families.

“It’s a good move for NorthTec and we need to be seen leading the government’s ambition to be smokefree by 2025.”

The Dargaville campus has recently welcomed new carpentry tutor Robbie Rollo onboard.

The team are looking forward to the start of Horticulture Level 3 on June 12 and Elementary Construction and Hospitality Level 2 starting on July 24.


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