Review finds fault with smoking area calculator

A judicial review called for by the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, the Cancer Society and the Salvation Army Trust to review the use of the open air calculator to determine permitted smoking areas in licensed premises found that the calculator was inconsistent with the definition of an ‘open area’ under the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990.  

The calculator uses a complex set of information including floor area, windows and openings, wall and ceiling measurements to assess premises.  The judge in Auckland agreed that the calculator allowed premises owners to take advantage of ambiguous guidelines in calculating open areas and clearly supported smoking in indoors areas, such as SkyCity’s Diamond Lounge.  The review also concluded that the use of the calculator was in contravention of the government’s stated goal of New Zealand becoming a smoke-free country by 2025.