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Vape Ambulance: Father And Son Take Online Store On The Road

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Selling products online is one way to make a living, but if you really want to make a difference sometimes you just have to turn off the computer screen and go directly to the people that need you most, whether they know it or not.

This was the case for online vape store owner Graham Peters, owner of the Taranaki-based business Naki Nekta.

Three years ago Peters had a dream to hit the open road with his business selling e-cigarettes; the same ones that saw him kick his habit of approximately 30 cigarettes a day.

 vape recuse vehicle (VRV)

“See that black BMW,” Peters said, pointing at a new car. “I bought that with the money I didn’t spend on smokes in the first two and a half years that I stopped smoking.”

Peters recently made a valuable purchase of a vintage 1987 Bedford ambulance – now known as the Naki Nekta vape rescue vehicle (VRV) – originally used to service Waikato Hospital. Now he and his son Kristian Pilgrim drive it around the mountain selling vaping products, as well as educating smokers around Taranaki on what has been proven to be one of the most successful smoking alternatives.

Naki Nekta vape rescue vehicle

My mission is going around and helping people quit,” Pilgrim said.

“I’m seeing all these people smoking and I’m vaping and I’m thinking these people don’t even know about vaping, we need to show them what it’s about.”

Personally, as an ex-smoker it wasn’t until I was influenced by those around me to give “vaping” a chance.

Like many other people I thought it was ridiculous as first, but after a little adjusting and getting through the first few coughing fits and some proper education, I knew that I would never smoke another cigarette again.

Great stuff lads, keep up the good work!

There are a number of vape stores to be found throughout New Zealand, mainly around the Auckland area, Wellington, and Christchurch with a smaller number to be found in some other areas of the country.

Vaping Laws New Zealand: The proposed changes:

The New Zealand Government is currently planning to change the laws regulating e-cigarettes. These changes need to go through Parliament before they can take effect, and this will likely happen from the middle of 2018 at the earliest.

The proposed changes include:

  • legalise the sale and supply of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid as consumer products
  • regulate nicotine and non-nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid as follows:
    • prohibit sale, and supply in a public place, to under 18 year olds
    • restrict sale via vending machines to R18 settings
    • allow all retailers to display e-cigarettes and e-liquid at point-of-sale
    • allow R18 retail settings to display e-cigarettes and e-liquid in-store (including window display), promote products on the outside of the store, and offer discounts, free samples, loyalty awards etc.
    • prohibit broader advertising, e.g. billboards, radio, TV, Internet (the rules above will apply to retailers’ websites)
    • prohibit vaping in workplaces and other areas where smoking is not allowed under the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 (SFEA)
    • set requirements for product safety (e.g. nicotine concentration, child-resistant closures etc.)



Currently based in Sydney Australia. Ex-Smoker who has spent the last 3 years heavily involved in the vape industries of the USA, UK, and Australia.. Get In touch, Ryan@vapetrotter.com

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