Source: Auckland Council
Providing easy access to drinking water is a key priority for Puketāpapa Local Board and an important element of building an environment that supports and encourages health and wellbeing in the local area.
“It’s going to be a hot summer and staying hydrated helps us enjoy it safely. We’re aiming to make it easy to refill your water bottle and get a drink of water if you’re out exploring one of our wonderful parks or walking, cycling or scooting to get around locally,” says Julie Fairey, Chair of the Puketāpapa Local Board.
Free water on-the-go
Our local neighbourhoods are dotted with RefillNZ Stations. These are places with freely available tap water and welcoming of anyone who wants to refill their water bottle for free, no questions asked.
There are 21 RefillNZ stations around Puketāpapa, most are cafes or restaurants and there are also sites at pharmacies, petrol stations, and local Auckland Council facilities.
You can find them and all 167 RefillNZ Stations and public fountains across Tāmaki Makaurau with the RefillNZ app or by visiting the Refill NZ website. Be sure to check this out before planning a high energy trip.
Last year, the local board and Auckland Regional Public Health Service endorsed Healthy Puketapapa a ‘Strategic Health and Wellbeing Framework’ for Puketāpapa. This framework addresses the factors that impact local people’s health so that we all have the opportunity to lead healthier lives.
Caring for the environment by making a healthier choice.
It’s estimated that Kiwi households use 188 single-use plastic drink bottles per year. Although these are recyclable, 36 still end up in landfill. Making it easier for people to refill their water bottles on the go is one small thing we can do to reduce plastic waste and make tap water our first drink of choice.
If you know of any places suitable or organisations keen to become a RefillNZ Station get in touch through the RefillNZ website.