Partnerships as Pathways to Smokefree 2025 Seminar

Inspiring vibrant partnerships to reach the Smokefree 2025 goal

This seminar for Elected Members, Council Policy Leads and Managers and Public health staff took place on 21st September 2015.

The seminar was a timely reflection on positive progress made towards the 2025 goal and the challenges that lie ahead.

A central theme was the importance of effective partnerships to support the Smokefree 2025 goal and the understanding that everybody has a role to play.

This was a joint initiative led by Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division on behalf of Smokefree Canterbury in partnership with Canterbury District Health Board and Christchurch City Council.

Endorsement and inspiration from local mayors

The opening address was an inspiring speech from Hon. Lianne Dalziel, Mayor Christchurch City. She set the scene with a personal account of her own smoking journey and a strong commitment to Smokefree 2025 from Christchurch City Council who see their role in promoting our emerging city as increasingly a smokefree city.

Timaru Mayor Damon Odey sent a filmed message of support illustrating why he has championed Smokefree policy in Timaru and why it fits so well with the Districts’ vision of a "fantastic, sustainable lifestyle that is second to none".

Key note speakers included Councillor Richard Foster (Melbourne City Council) and Prof Richard Edwards (Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington). Richard shared Melbourne City’s experience in advancing Smokefree policy in urban centres. Professor Edwards highlighted how Smokefree international and regional progress can benefit both urban and rural local Smokefree advocacy and policy work in New Zealand.

A range of other speakers highlighted Global and local evidence of strong public support and growing business interest in supporting the 2025 goal.

Contact Amanda Dodd at the Cancer Society-Canterbury West Coast Division for further information about the seminar or any of the presentations (03 353 9871).


Councillor Richard Foster from the Melbourne City Council

View Richard Foster's presentation: How we are getting there - Smokefree progress in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Louise Marsh from the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit

View the presentation: Using Evidence to Demonstrate Support for Smokefree 2025 from Dr Louise Marsh.

Professor Richard Edwards from University of Otago (Wellington)

View the presentation: Local action and policy to support Smokefree 2025 from Professor Richard Edwards.

Other presentations from the workshop

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