”Tënä koutou I runga I ngä ähuatanga o te wä, ngä tini aitua e hinga atu, e hinga mai. Haere, haere, hoki atu ki te wähi tüturu mä täua te tangata. Tätou nei e te hunga ora, Tënä Koutou, ä, Tënä hoki tätou.”
In early August 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister, Paula Bennett, announced the Government’s decision to Refresh the National Methamphetamine Action Plan. Originally in 2009 the Government put in place a government taskforce to address the growing problem of methamphetamine use in New Zealand communities. NZ Police, Health, Justice, DPMC and Customs have been the principle agencies coordinating government programmes addressing methamphetamine supply and harm. The taskforce was overseen by the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s policy agency DPMC.
The Deputy Prime Minister has taken over responsibility for the methamphetamine taskforce from the Prime Minister and is taking the opportunity to assess the current methamphetamine situation and has called for a refresh of the methamphetamine plan and has sought advice on a proposed process for allocating funding from the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act (2009) to support the plan. There is an expectation of a report back to Cabinet in November with an overarching strategy to progress harm reduction from methamphetamine.
The refresh of the methamphetamine plan is likely to look at:
- disrupt, dismantle and destroy the networks and distribution channels [supply]
- reduce the demand for methamphetamine, including potentially adding more treatment places in high demand locations and innovative approached with NGOs [demand]
The National Programme Manager
Mr Leon Grice, has been seconded from the State Services Commission to lead this work, assisted by Jacinda Lean, who has been seconded from Ministry of Health.
Role of Community
The role of the community in reducing the demand for methamphetamine is critical. Senior Officials including Minister Bennett, have been privy to the stories coming out of Waiteti marae since ‘P’ infested the small community, through supply, demand and distribution. The approach taken by Waiteti Marae, Ngatï Manawa and Ngaiterangi has given hope to our people that someone is listening to their stories and prepared to stand up against the Gangs supplying the market. We have stressed the importance of our Marae the centre point to bring people together. There is also recognition by Government Officials, that some of our Marae will continue to stand together to take back our communities, recognising the harm that Meth is causing to the users, who are whanau and the wider community.
Role of Government
The Official team led by Mr Leon Grice has respectfully asked to come to Waiteti Marae to listen to the voice of the people. This provides an opportunity to hear first-hand;
- the experiences of our people affected by Meth,
- ideas to disrupt the network that are affecting our people,
- declaring our hapü P Free,
- Individualised therapy on the Marae.
- Frequency of meetings on Marae with users to provide initial support
- Availability of culturally transformative models. ( applying the practice of tikanga Maori)
- The impact of P on Health, both Physical & Mental Health
- Gaps in the system and access to treatment services.
I will be hosting the team from Wellington at Waiteti Marae on the 13thOctober at 9am, and openly invite those Iwi/hapu who are working with this problem and interested in supporting this significant kaupapa. We would sincerely appreciate the chance to hear from our people and discuss the way forward for our communities, what has occurred so far, what the vision is for the future. Please distribute to your networks to gather at the Marae
Any issues please contact my EA CUSACK, Rebecca <[email protected]>
Assistant Commissioner Wallace Haumaha
Deputy Chief Executive Maori – (Pacific & Ethnic Services) | New Zealand Police
P +64 4 470 7300 | E [email protected]
Police National Headquarters, 180 Molesworth St, PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, www.police.govt.nz
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