QMC Students Excel in Smokefree Competition

Wellington locals have made their mark in Massey University’s ‘It’s My Life’ competition by winning both the Intermediate School and Pasifika categories.

Team BetterLife, also known as Charlotte Barber and Frances Wright of Queen Margaret College, took out both the Intermediate School category and the People’s Choice award for their video Smokefree, It’s My Life.

The nationwide competition asked New Zealanders aged between 12 and 24 to create a poster, video or app that inspired young people to support a smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

“In our video, we sent a message of positivity, rather than negativity about a smoke free New Zealand,” the duo said. “We see smoking perpetuated as a negative thing, which it is, but we would prefer to focus on the benefits of being a non-smoker rather than the consequences of smoking.”

The team’s prize pool consists of $900 for being the Intermediate School category winners plus an extra $300 for also attracting the largest number of online votes.

Frances says she will save her share of the winnings for something meaningful, while Charlotte plans to put hers towards the Macbook Pro she has been saving for.

“We are honoured that we have the chance to hopefully influence young people. It is great to have these opportunities to speak out as the voice of the youth of New Zealand in a fun, positive way.”

The video features local Wellington residents saying “yes” to a better life and highlights the many benefits of choosing to be smokefree.

“We love getting involved in the community and it would be a great opportunity to become an advocate for a home-grown youth smokefree movement,” they said.