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1000s of Kiwis pledge to quit smoking annually usually on NewYears Eve
following a late night and a few drinks. Why then do so many fail to Quit?
“Lack of preparation seems to be the downfall of many quit attempts” says Diana Power of the Central Otago and Wakatipu
Smokefree Coalition. “Pledging to quit smoking the night before actually doing it can set yourself up to fail. Quitting requires some
thought and planning so we at the Smokefree Coalition are suggesting making a pledge early e.g. before Christmas and planning a
date in the New Year that is going to be less stressful.”
Why not set it as February 7th, the day after Waitangi Day. Public holidays are over with the extra temptation they produce and
time will have been put aside during the holiday period to gather support from friends and whanau, obtain nicotine replacement
therapy [e.g. patches and gum] and have a think about who may help when the going gets tough. “No one is suggesting quitting
smoking is going to be easy,” says Sarah Berger of the Smokefree Coalition “but evidence suggests that planning a little and having
NRT and support will increase your likelihood of success by up to 4 times.”
5 STEPS TO HAVE IN PLACE
• Make the Pledge now. “I’m going to Quit Smoking on the 7th of February 2013”
• Tell your friends, whanau and workplace
• Prepare with nicotine replacement therapy [patches and gum]
• Have a plan on who to talk to if the going gets tough.
• Write the date 7th February 2013 on your calendar/diary.
Marie Roxburgh of the Smokefree Coalition says “We are lucky to have choice in Central Otago for support. We have Nancy Todd at
Uruuruwhenua Health Inc who offers community cessation in the home or elsewhere. Quitline are a phone call away and our local
medical centres all offer quitting services.”
So don’t delay, make an early pledge, tell everyone you are quitting and be ready to Quit Smoking on the 7th February 2013!
For further information:
Nancy Todd Uruuruwhenua Health Inc ph 027120599
Diana Power Cancer Society 0278225825
Marie Roxburgh Public Health South 034509159
Sarah Berger Southern PHO 034488887
QUIT LINE: 0800 778 778
QUIT DATE: 77THTH FEBRUARY 2013!
Be successful with your quit smoking attempt. Make your pledge now to give up smoking and be prepared!
1. Make the Pledge now! “I’m going to quit Smoking on the 77thth Feb 2013!
2. Tell your friends, whanau and workplace.
3. Prepare with Nicotine Replacement Therapy [patch and gum]
4. Have a plan on who to call if the going gets tough.
5. Write the date 7th February
7th February on your calendar/diary.
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to busy season
By BROOKE GARDINER
Nervous: Penny Clark
Hotel and tourism opera-
tors are feeling ‘‘quietly
confident’’ they are in for a
busy summer with forward
bookings strong through
until the end of February.
chief executive Graham
Budd said there was an
optimism about town with
operators expecting book-
ing numbers to remain
strong through the sum-
Both the domestic and Aus-
tralian markets were looking strong
and the slower long-haul market was
also contributing to the strong for-
ward bookings, he said.
‘‘While the long-haul market has
declined it is still there and we still
have people coming out to do the
walks etc,’’ he said.
New Zealand Hotel Council Queens-
town chairwoman Penny Clark said
it had been difficult to predict how
busy summer would be, given
erratic visitor numbers in recent
months, but most operators were
optimistic about the upcoming
‘‘We think we are busier than last
summer. The hotels are feeling
quietly confident,’’ she said.
providers were exceptionally busy
for the three days during New Year
but this year that period had
extended to a week, she said.
‘‘The town is quite full from Boxing
Day this year . . . We’re all feeling
fairly positive,’’ she said.
‘‘The domestic market has been on
the up for the last few months, it is
the primary core of business.’’
The Australian market also looked
to be ‘‘quite solid’’ for the school
With strong bookings through until
the end of February, many operators
were now concerned about the pos-
sibility of a quiet autumn, she said.
The 2013 calendar wasn’t doing
tourism operators any favours, with
Chinese New Year late and Easter
early, some operators were con-
cerned visitors and events would be
squashed into the same period, she
‘‘We are nervous about April.’’
Having experienced a record-
breaking summer last year, Lake
Wanaka Tourism chief executive
James Helmore was realistic about
going one better this summer.
‘‘If we get a percentage increase, I’d
say we’d be doing exceptionally
But a significant increase in web
traffic to their site, forward bookings
for winter and strong bookings
during Chinese New Year, were all
Chinese New Year was going to be
massive with four-star accommo-
dation almost booked out in Queens-
town, he said.
New chamber president
Accountant Alistair King is the
new chairman of the Wanaka
Chamber of Commerce. Mr
King, principal at WHK, has
been deputy chairman for two
years and led the chamber’s
established when the recession
hit to consider new industries
to reduce the town’s reliance
on construction and tourism.
His goals include developing
services at Wanaka Airport.
Development at Wanaka’s
Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement
Village includes a 700sqm
recreational centre, pictured,
to be built next year. About 40
two- or three-bedroom villas
have been built at the 13ha
village since work began three
years ago. The owners have
consent for 110 villas. The
recreational centre will house a
swimming pool, gym, library,
cinema, cafe and bar and a
Good Group gone
Queenstown’s Good Group has
announced the sale of three
hospitality businesses in
Wanaka. Bars Woody’s and
Barluga were sold to Wanaka-
based Hospo Bros which also
owns the Water Bar in the
The Wanaka Botswana
Butchery restaurant will close
down. Good Group has a
portfolio of 13 businesses in
Queenstown, Christchurch and
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