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Five mums are on a crusade to raise awareness of New Zealand’s vaping epidemic and to fight for families who have been torn apart by addiction. Read Vape-Free Kids NZ’s full story here.
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Vape-Free Kids NZ, Nationwide – Youth Anti-Vaping

They were recognised by an award from the national conference of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, thanks to the generosity of GJ Gardner, the Foundation’s only Platinum Friends of the Foundation sponsor.

Vape-Free Kids was founded in May 2023 by Ms Wilton, who noticed the rapid rise in the number of vape shops and was starting to hear of the issues schools were having with students vaping.

“So, I connected with co-founder Charlie Christie online, who had launched a petition calling for tighter rules on vape retailers and we started the Vape-Free Kids NZ Facebook group. They then connected with three other mums – Charyl Robinson, Tammy Downer and Anna Stewart, and they formed a working group to help tackle the growing problem, she says.  “Many of our members have shared heart-breaking stories of how their family has been torn apart by youth vaping addiction, or kids who’ve given up a bright future in sport.

“This is all because vape companies have been allowed to systematically target young people with their brightly coloured, appealingly flavoured nicotine products.”

Rock ready to roll under new strategy

Resources Minister Shane Jones announced recently a Draft Minerals Strategy to use the resources under the earth to enhance prosperity for New Zealanders.

Wayne Scott, who heads the Aggregate & Quarry Association says the strategy’s first action is to fund GNS Science to complete a detailed stocktake of New Zealand’s known mineral potential.

“We’ve been calling for this for more than six years. It will build on work we started with GNS in 2018 in Ōpōtiki, which showed the benefit of identifying and using local rock resources.” He says when the town’s proposed harbour development looked to truck in rock from the nearest existing quarries 100km away, the projected cost doubled.

“Finding local rock supplies helped make the project viable. Such benefits can become available around the country once GNS completes its identification of aggregate potential stocktake, which will principally identify viable rock and sand resources in each region.”

“GNS has identified potential areas for aggregate extraction close to four high-growth areas; Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Queenstown/central Otago. The big cost in dollars and carbon emissions is transport, so these resources are best quarried close to where they’re used.”

He has also welcomed the Draft Mineral Strategy’s commitment to have annual benchmarks of quarries and mines to assess if health, safety and environmental outcomes are improving.

“This new strategy reflects that win-win approach and quarries are happy to have their trucks as the first to be ready to roll and provide benefit,” says Wayne Scott.

Source: Excerpt from Aggregate and Quarry Association of NZ 24.05.24