Skin cancer prevention

Public opinion on councils’ role to provide shade in public places. In Fact

10 Mar 2015

HPA’s SunSmart programme encourages New Zealanders to reduce excessive sun exposure by staying in the shade, as well as adopting other sun protection behaviours. In addition to promoting individual responsibility for sun protection, HPA also works to encourage sun-safe environments. Councils have the opportunity to consider shade provision for the “local recreational facilities and community amenities” that they manage (Local Government Act 2002, Amendment Act 2014, 2015). The 2013 Sun Exposure Survey (SES) asked New Zealanders about their expectations of their councils to provide shade.