According to Radio NZ the Western Bay of Plenty District Council is declaring a ban on smoking outdoors.
The ban covers 30 beaches including the popular holiday spots of Waihi Beach, Maketu and Athenree – and the towns of Katikati and Te Puke.
Signs will be put up informing smokers to stub out on playgrounds, sports fields, parks, reserves and land around public halls.
It’s just plain stupid. Smoking outdoors doesn’t harm anyone but yourself. If it’s a littering problem you’ve got, then pass an anti-littering bylaw.
This is just authoritarian bullshit.