Christine Solomon.
Maraea Peawini.
Carly McDowell.
Felicity McMillan.
Joseph Mason.

Nau mai Haere mai ki Aukati Kaipaipa
(Smoking Cessation Programme)

Community and Public Health provides a quit smoking programme for Māori and their whānau:

  • Giving advice specific to each person's readiness to quit smoking.
  • Assisting with looking at barriers to quitting.
  • Providing follow-up, reinforcing the effort to quit.
  • Offering information and advice on all quitting options (e.g. Zyban, Champix etc.)

Our Process

  1. Our trained staff will make an assessment to ensure you receive the most appropriate advice and follow-up support.
  2. You will be given the nicotine patches, gum and lozenges following your assessment.
  3. The nicotine patches, gum or lozenges can be supplied for up to eight weeks.
  4. You will be provided with on-going support.

Smoking Facts

  • Cigarette tied in a knot.Tobacco kills 800 Maori a year.
  • Maori contribute over 260 million dollars in tobacco taxes alone.
  • Smokers die on average 14 years younger than non-smokers.
  • An estimated 31% of Maori deaths are attributed to tobacco use.
  • Second hand smoke contains approximately 4000 chemicals.
  • Exposure of children to second hand smoke is a risk to their health.

Listen to TahuFM interviews with some Aukati Kaipaipa clients who have successfully quit.


We can help you quit
smoking with:

  • Free nicotine patches, gum and lozenges
  • Individual, workplace or group sessions
  • Your own cessation practitioner 
  • 3 Months support
  • Mobile services available
  • Referral to other services



I have been auahi kore for over 12 months now thanks to the Aukati Kaipaipa programme.

It’s a great service for our Maori community and I recommend the programme to anyone wanting to kick the habit.

Mark Solomon
Ka nui te mihi ki te ropu Aukati Kaipaipa.



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