You can champion change in your local community by creating sun-protective environments at school or work.

Creating sun-protective environments in your community

Talk to your community group, marae, school, early childhood centre, church, or sports team about what sun protection practices they have in place.

If they do not have a SunSmart policy, you can help them create one.

A policy can help to ensure sun protection is prioritised in your organisation or community group. The team at your local Cancer Society office can help you put a policy in place. 

See our policy examples.

SunSmart tamaiti
Sunsmart whānau playing football
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Top: SunSmart tamaiti | Bottom left: Sunsmart whānau playing football | Bottom right: SunSmart at mahi
Left: SunSmart tamaiti | Top right: Sunsmart whānau playing football | Bottom right: SunSmart at mahi


Shade is one of the best and easiest ways to protect against UV radiation.

Use it with other protective measures, such as sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen - Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap

Not all shade is effective at minimising UV radiation.

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SunSmart Schools

From September to April, students are in school when ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are at their peak.

Schools and early learning centres have a duty of care to protect both their staff and children from UV radiation. They are the perfect place to provide a sun-safe environment, educate students about sun protection behaviour and reduce the risk of skin cancer by becoming SunSmart.

Find out more about SunSmart Schools.

While SunSmart Schools accreditation is not available for ECEs and secondary schools, we encourage and support all education providers to be SunSmart. You can do this by adopting a SunSmart policy and using our free resources for students and educators. 

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Outdoor events and sports

Some Cancer Society centres provide support for local community events to protect their attendees from the sun. Contact your local centre for more information.


Employers have a duty of care to protect their workers, particularly those who work outdoors. UV radiation exposure is a workplace hazard and exposure over extended periods of time increases your risk of skin cancer.

Last updated: October 5, 2023