Kick­ing butt helps en­vi­ron­ment too

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Chil­dren at a Can­nons Creek Ko­hanga Reo learnt that smok­ing does more than just harm people – it harms the en­vi­ron­ment too.

‘‘Let us be the last gen­er­a­tion’’ was the mes­sage Waikato Tairawhiti Ko­hanga Reo taught its chil­dren on May 30.

The event was held in the lead up to World Smoke­free Day on May 31.

Ko­hanga Reo man­ager Tina Wal­lace said it was fo­cused on mak­ing people aware of the dam­age the smoke butts could make to the world around them.

‘‘Those are toxic. It’s not good for the en­vi­ron­ment and it’s not good for people,’’ she said.

Wal­lace said it was im­por­tant to teach the chil­dren about the dam­age of smok­ing.

‘‘If you in­stil it in them now, they grow up with great foun­da­tions.’’

Smoke­free gen­er­a­tion: Back from left, Cor­ban-Aves Tini­lau, Har­mony Ruwhiu and Ve­lo­cette Toa Temarama. Front from left, Awhina-Aranui Had­field Wereta and Ran­gi­tiori and Te Area Wal­lace-Mclean.

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