South Canterbury

Smokefree south Canterbury 

South Canterbury towns - helping to support the goal of Smokefree Aotearoa 2025. Nestled under the watchful eye of Aoraki between the Rangitata and Waitaki rivers, from the Alps to the sea is South Canterbury. Renowned for magnificent scenery, stunning blue lakes, big clear skies and active outdoor lifestyles, South Canterbury is a perfect fit for the Fresh Air Project.

Building on the success of the Fresh Air project in other areas, South Canterbury towns are now taking up the challenge. The Mackenzie District began its Fresh Air journey in 2019, with nine participating venues in Twizel, Tekapo and Fairlie. Now café’s, eateries and restaurants in the Geraldine area have joined the movement with fifteen venues becoming Fresh Air destinations in November 2020.

The Fresh Air project supports venues to voluntarily implement 100% smokefree and vape free outdoor dining. By choosing to have smokefree/vapefree outdoor areas, businesses are protecting both staff and customers from exposure to second-hand smoke, while creating a more pleasant dining environment, that customers prefer. Smoke and vape free spaces also protect children from being influenced by exposure to smoking, making them less likely to take up the habit.

Fresh Air South Canterbury is a collaboration between the Canterbury District Health Board and the Cancer Society with the support of The Timaru District Council, Mackenzie District Council and

If are interested in joining the Fresh Air Project please contact:
Anna Reihana or Michelle Robertson
Community and Public Health | Cancer Society - South Canterbury  |
Tel: 03 687 2609     |     Tel:03 688 0124