Smokefree Wellington

“Kia wātea te ātea” – me auahi kore a Pōneke.

The Smokefree Wellington Action Plan supports the Government’s goal for New Zealand to be smokefree. 

The Action Plan was first made in 2016 and has been updated in March 2019. 

The Action Plan is about the creation and management of smokefree events and outdoor public spaces. These help people who are trying to quit and remain smokefree, and help prevent young people from taking up smoking. The less smoking young people see around them, the less likely they are to become smokers themselves.

New areas designated smokefree in March 2019 are beaches and a part of Grey Street. These join with other smokefree areas around the city as listed below.

Smokefree Wellington Action Plan  (265KB PDF) 

The Council conducted a survey of public attitudes to smoking in Wellington to inform the new plan:

Attitudes towards smoking in Wellington – Report on the 2018 smokefree survey (1MB PDF)

Smokefree areas in Wellington

See below the areas across Wellington that are now smokefree. 

Some private land across the city is also smokefree, like Victoria University – these are set by businesses and land owners. 

Additional smokefree areas are set by the Smokefree Environments Act 1990. This Act means that all schools and early childhood centres, hospitality venues, and indoor workplaces are smokefree.

If you smoke it’s your choice, but please avoid the smokefree areas. Also, please don’t vape in the smokefree areas or at smokefree events.

Area Where
All beaches All the sandy beaches around the coastline of Wellington City (effective from September 2019)
All playgrounds
Across Wellington City
All skate parks
Across Wellington City
All sports parks (including artificial sports fields) Includes Newtown Park, Rugby League Park and the National Hockey Stadium
Bolton Street Cemetery
Bolton Street
Bus stops Includes all bus shelters across the Wellington City
Cable Car Lane
From the entrance on Lambton Quay
Civic Precinct and Civic Square (including all public entrances) All public entrance ways out to 10 meters
Entrances to all branch libraries All public entrance ways out to 10 meters
Entrances to all council community centres All public entrance ways out to 10 meters
Entrances to all recreation centres
All public entrance ways out to 10 meters
Entrances to all swimming pools
All public entrance ways out to 10 meters
Grey Street pocket park
The pedestrian area between Grey Street and Lambton Quay (taking effect when it reopens after redevelopment, May or June 2019)
Laneways
Includes Eva Street, Leeds Street, Egmont Street and parts of Chew’s Lane 
Midland Park
Lambton Quay, Wellington Central
Otari-Wilton's Bush
Wilton Road, Wilton
Truby King Park
Manchester Street, Melrose
Waitangi Park
Cable Street, Te Aro
Wellington Botanic Gardens Glenmore Street, Kelburn
Wellington Zoo Daniel Street, Newtown
Zealandia Waiapu Rd, Karori

Free outdoor dining licences

If you go smokefree, outdoor dining licences are free.

The Council 'Attitudes toward smoking in Wellington – Report on the 2018 smokefree survey' has a lot of information about what people think about smoking at outdoor dining and bar venues. Most non-smokers say they avoid areas that allow smoking.

Attitudes towards smoking in Wellington – Report on the 2018 smokefree survey (1MB PDF)

Ready to quit smoking?

You don’t have to do it alone. There are free services that can help.

Quitline

Quitline services offer 24/7 online, text and phone support.

Call the Quitline on 0800 778 778

Quitline website

Tākiri Mai te Ata Regional stop smoking service

Tākiri Mai te Ata Regional stop smoking service provides a free face-to-face stop smoking service for anyone in the Wellington Region. 

Call the free 24 hour phone line 0800 926 257 or join their Facebook page and they will contact you.

Takiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service website

Takiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service – Facebook page

Benefits include:

  • intensive one-on-one support with a NZQA qualified ‘quit coach’
  • home visits, workplace support and community clinics (they will customise their support to fit around you)
  • free access to nicotine replacement therapy (patches, lozenges and gum)
  • information about other quit smoking products and services
  • a complementary approach to the Quitline services that also offers 24/7 online, text, and phone support.

Smokefree stickers

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