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Big Win for Rotorua

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A Rotorua Lakes Council community facility has helped secure a major win in the battle against SSBs (sugar sweetened beverages) and unhealthy vending machines.

The Rotorua Aquatic Centre, which housed the biggest selling Coke vending machines in the Bay of Plenty, has removed four of its six machines.

Rotorua Aquatic Centre Manager David Pearce has been working together with Healthy Families Rotorua Settings Coordinator Pollyanne Taare and Sport Bay of Plenty Recreation Advisor Lauren Atkinson on the public swimming complex making positive changes to create a healthier environment for families and the community.

Mr Pearce says a Coke machine, ice cream machine and one ‘junk’ food vending machine were removed in June, and a further Coke machine will be removed in January when the contract ends.

Until that time, the Coke machine will only be allowed to stock water and ‘zero’ products.

He says one food vending machine will remain at the facility but it will be required to stock healthier options.

What a great Rotorua example showcasing how anyone can be a leader for a healthy New Zealand, and how working together, we can create a healthier community now and for future generations.

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