Eatery joins the Fresh Air Project
by Mike Isle
Fush eatery in Wigram is the latest in a growing list of eateries in and around Selwyn to go smoke-free as part of the Fresh Air Project, a collaboration between the Cancer Society and the Canterbury District Health Board.
The Fresh Air Project supports the goal of Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 to reduce smoking levels across New Zealand. A recent survey from the Cancer Society shows that 95 per cent of consumers support smoke-free outdoor dining.
Co-owner of Fush Anton Matthews is well-known around town for his passion for conserving the Maori language. He offers customers a menu in both te reo and English, and also runs te reo classes.
Now he has his sights on protecting the health of Maori by joining the Fresh Air Project.
“Fush is embracing auahi kore (smoke-free) dining to protect our staff and customers from the dangers of second-hand smoke, and to set a good example for tamariki and the broader community,” he said.
Anton hopes to encourage his customers to embrace the social aspect of sharing and enjoying kai. He also wants to offer support to customers who are wanting to go smoke-free.
Fush is one of 60 hospitality venues across Canterbury making their outdoor dining areas cleaner, greener and more pleasant environments.
The Fresh Air Project website lists eight in Selwyn. They are Coffee Cultures in Lincoln and Rolleston, Robert Harris in Lincoln and Rolleston, Rolleston Bakery, Edendale Cafe in West Melton, Memorys Cafe and Restaurant in Springston and Darfield Bakery.