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Published Friday 31 May 2019

Today is World Smokefree Day. It’s a chance for all of us to celebrate and work towards smokefree lives for New Zealanders. World Smokefree Day is also the perfect opportunity to consider quitting smoking if you smoke.


If you want to stop smoking or want to support someone who smokes to quit, meet Tama and Dan.

They’re nationally qualified experienced Quit coaches who are based at Hutt Valley hospital every week day to help patients and staff. Getting help from a Quit coach can put you on the road to success and we all need a helping hand once in a while.

If you don’t smoke, this is a great opportunity to encourage and help friends, colleagues and whānau who want to quit or begin their smokefree journey.

Tama and Dan will:

  • Give you positive encouragement and non-judgmental support

  • Help you identify the reasons you want to quit smoking

  • Share knowledge and skills

  • Help you make a Quit Plan that will work for you

  • Help you prepare to quit smoking as you will need to get your head and body ready to be successful in your journey to quit

  • Work through problems you encounter along the way (it’s great to think about the obstacles and the solutions before they happen so you are fully prepared for your quit journey)

  • Increase your confidence and motivation to reach your goals (sometimes it feels like it’s not working but sometimes it takes others to help you see that every little thing makes a difference)

Make the change now by contacting Dan or Tama:

  • Pop in and have a chat with Tama in the Māori Health Development Unit or Dan in the Pacific Unit at the Hutt Valley DHB. Alternatively ring 0800 926 257 to book a time to catch up with them.

  • If you want to make an appointment with them then ring the 0800 926 257 number (24/7) and Tākiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service can book a time direct with them.

  • Or else you can contact Quit Line on 0800 778 778 or text them on 4006.

Introducing Dan and Tama

Dan and Tama work for Tākiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service and have been working at Hutt Valley Hospital since April 2019 providing stop smoking support and advice to our people in the Hospital.

Tama Tua

Tama is of Nga Puhi descent and a local resident of Wainuiomata.

He has many years’ experience in hospital based stop smoking support and community based stop smoking programmes as a quit coach. He is based with the Māori Health Development Unit to provide stop smoking support to patients and staff.

Tama is employed by the Regional Stop Smoking team but is a welcome whanau member of our Māori Health Development Unit.

Dan Umaga

Dan is based with The Pacific Health Unit.Dan is of Samoan Descent and a local resident of Wainuiomata.

He was previously employed as the National Pacific advisor for Quitline and is now employed as the Senior Pacific Advisor for Tākiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop smoking service.

One of Dan’s roles at the Pacific Health Unit as a quit coach is to provide help for patients and staff as well as providing cultural advice to clinicians and the Pacific Team on appropriate ways to support Pacific patients to quit smoking.