May 30, 2013
Maori wardens give it up for Smokefree Day
The South Auckland Māori wardens are backing World Smokefree Day.
They're holding an event at Mangere Town Centre with an event this morning to highlight the costs of smoking not only on a family's budget but also on its health.
Chair Thomas Henry says the wardens have embraced the kaupapa, with three of his team using a previous Smokefree Day to give up for good.
"They took the challenge up. They wanted to do the mahi, they love the work they do in their communities, and because of their health they would not have been able to keep doing that without giving up smoking," he says.
Mr Henry says the wardens want Māori people to get involved in the big issues facing them, and that means keeping them alive.
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