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A big drive is go­ing on the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil to think about the health of its com­mu­ni­ties, and the en­vi­ron­ment of the district. The coun­cil con­sid­ered a pol­icy which could limit the use of sug­ary drinks at pub­lic events and pub­lic places. A hand­ful of coun­cils are keen to see food like fizzy drinks re­moved from coun­cil-run events and coun­cil busi­nesses. The link be­tween sugar and health prob­lems is now com­ing to the fore, just as the health im­pacts of smok­ing did in the 1990s. The coun­cil says it does not want to take away the abil­ity for peo­ple to make their own choice when it came to the type of food con­sumed at pub­lic events. But one could ar­gue the coun­cil has a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to act in the best in­ter­est of its peo­ple, by set­ting a healthy ex­am­ple, and lim­it­ing sug­ary foods (backed by district health board re­search) which could be one way to achieve this goal. This week we also look at re­duc­ing waste to land­fill, in par­tic­u­lar plas­tic bags and Rexine Hawes also has that fea­ture­length story on page 4.

Lawrence Gullery MATA­MATA CHRON­I­CLE: (07) 888 7011 News Di­rec­tor: Lawrence Gullery, 027 839 6388, lawrence.gullery@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AREA SALES MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Ganz, 027 204 2920, an­to­nio.ganz@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AD­VER­TIS­ING CON­SUL­TANT: Ja­nine Bar­rett, 027 404 9073 ja­nine.bar­rett@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz RE­PORTERS: Rexine Hawes, (07) 888 7011, rexine.hawes@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz and Mike Bain, (07) 827 3840, mike.bain@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz CLAS­SI­FIEDS: lynda.mcrae@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz (dead­line 3pm Mon­day) DIS­PLAY BOOK­ING DEAD­LINE: 3pm Thurs­day DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: mata­mat­achron­i­cle.co.nz AD­DRESS: 2 Tainui St, PO Box 148, Mata­mata 10,425 AU­DITED CIR­CU­LA­TION (ABC for 12 mths to 31 Dec 15).

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