Council & City

Auahi Kore Smokefree and Vapefree Policy

This policy aims for Palmerston North to be smokefree and supports the government's Smokefree 2025 goal. Following a review in 2020, Council has widened the policy to include vaping.

Council adopted the new policy in December 2020, with immediate effect.

The aim of the policy is for Palmerston North to be smokefree. This means:

  • smokefree streets in the city centre
  • smokefree cafes and retailers
  • smokefree events
  • smokefree parks and playgrounds

Through this policy, the Council aims to improve the health of the city, and contribute to the Government's 'Smokefree 2025' goal. The Council has no powers to enforce the policy, so it is not a ban. Instead, the policy proposes to encourage people to refrain from smoking.

To follow progress and see which businesses and premises around the central city have agreed to support the policy, visit the Let's Make Palmy Smokefree Facebook page

Smokefree outdoor dining in Palmerston North

In 2016 Palmerston North City Council introduced new smokefree rules for outdoor dining on Council footpaths.

We were the first city in New Zealand to introduce the measures through a bylaw.

Businesses using Council footpaths as outdoor dining areas are required to display smokefree signage as well as remove ashtrays from those outdoor dining areas.

The move followed the 2015 review of Palmerston North's Signs and Use of Public Places Bylaw.

While the conditions don’t ban smoking in outdoor areas, they build on our Smokefree Outdoor Areas Policy, and support Council’s educational efforts to discourage smoking in public places.