Manaaki Tairawhiti to receive $2.8M to support people and whanau in recovery from meth addiction
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| 27th July 2020

The Government is investing $20 million in regional programmes to reduce the damage methamphetamine use is causing to whanau, businesses, their communities and economies.

Manaaki Tairawhiti will receive $2,882,917 towards the Whakapono Whanau programme to deliver a support mechanism for addicts and whanau from recovery to work-ready status. The funding is for three years and will help up to 350 whanau each year. 

Herewini Te Koha, co-chair of Manaaki Tairāwhiti, said the money would help those on the frontline, providing counselling and support to families.

He said meth use was a big problem on the East Coast and had taken a tremendous toll.

"It's hard to put a definitive lock on it but based on police data over the years and what comes through in terms of the water testing regime, we would say in some parts of our community, one in five households would be battling with or are afflicted by this menace," he said.

For more information about Whakapono Whanau contact Leslynne Jackson

Anyone affected by drug addiction should reach out for help. Free text 1737 for a trained counselor. Members of the public who know about offending involving drugs can report it anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Read more about the government's investment in fighting meth in the regions here.

Media Enquiries

Leslynne Jackson

Lead, Manaaki Tairāwhiti
Cellphone: 022 436 6770

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