Fighting meth harm in the regions

Published: Nov 3, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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In the past year the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has announced $19.72 million of investment across 18 regional programmes to reduce the harm of methamphetamine use in regional communities.

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Puwhakamua – is a cultural immersion programme focused on tikanga Māori to strengthen identity while providing positive guidance and support for participants.

Many New Zealanders know someone through their family, workplaces or friendships who have been harmed by meth. They have seen first-hand the deterioration in loved ones caught in the grip of addiction.

The PGF funding package provides an opportunity to support communities to reduce the impact and harm caused by methamphetamine and address drug use as a significant obstacle to employers finding and retaining permanent and reliable employees.

Providers will work alongside their communities and incorporate strategies including improving access to treatment, whānau planning, advocacy, and navigation, drop-in hubs, kaupapa Māori approaches, peer support and combine treatment with training and skills to help people into employment. The projects will provide support to tamariki, whānau and grandparents dealing with issues around meth use with some projects targeting gangs.

The Provincial Development Unit has worked closely with the Police and the Ministry of Health to prevent and respond to meth harm. Alongside iwi, whānau and local health and addiction services, we are co-designing ways to improve the wellbeing of our communities.

The projects funded 


Hope House in Kaitaia will receive $1.38 million to upgrade its residential facility and support rehabilitation and re-engagement with the community.

Ngāti Kahu’s Social and Health Services will receive $736,440 to deliver the Atarau programme that will focus on prevention and early intervention strategies. The programme will foster personal growth changes for young people aged 13-24 affected by meth. The funding is for three years.

Ngati Hine Social Services will receive $600,000 to run He Waka Toki. This kaupapa Māori-based programme will provide clinical and mentoring support by establishing a ‘drop-in’ hub for existing and rehabilitated users of methamphetamine, initially in Kawakawa and later through virtual hubs for outlying communities. This project aims to help up to 200 people per year over two years.

Nga Manga Puriri will receive $630,000 for its Whakamana Tangata programme which will establish a drop-in centre in Dargaville where information, treatment and support will be available. The programme will support individuals and whanau in the Kaipara region. This programme will target up to 250 people per year over two years.

Hokianga Health will receive $999,990 to run Te Kapehu programme which will deliver interventions through tikanga and cultural responses and develop and support pathways to connect people to wider community opportunities. This programme will support up to 92 people per year over two years.

Te Runanga o Whangaroa will receive $998,000 to run Te Whare Ruruhau programme. This will support whānau to find pathways to wellbeing by facilitating access to treatment and support in the form of whānau care packages for whānau in the Kaeo/Whangaroa rohe. This programme will target up to 40 people per year over two years.

Bay of Plenty 

Eastern Bay Iwi Provider Alliance will receive $1.78 million to run Mauri Oho – Working to Reduce Harm of Methamphetamine 2020-2023, to provide individualised treatment and support services to address meth harm for whānau. Service support will be provided by four iwi health providers throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The funding is for three years and will support up to 80 people each year.

Manaaki Ora Trust received $476,677 for a Māori focused detox facility in Rotorua, Kaupapa Māori Methamphetamine Service in July this year and a further $140,000 was approved recently. The funding will provide a specialised detox centre that supports a pathway and support from detoxification from methamphetamine, through to longer term abstinence and staged reintegration back into the community. The funding is for one year to develop kaupapa service design, renovation, set-up and operational costs for three months.

Te Runanga o Te Whanau will receive $213,000 to run Whare Rauora, a 12-month programme that fosters whanau-led prevention through education. This is an iwi-led, community-based programme that will target 1500 people over a year.

Tikanga Aroro Charitable Trust will receive $976,000 to run Puwhakamua, which provides a Tikanga Māori Rehabilitation programme for people who have either previously been imprisoned or are deemed to be at high risk of offending. This programme provides a live-in residential programme for up to 20 people per year for two years.

Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti 

Manaaki Tairāwhiti received $2.88 million for the Whakapono Whānau programme in July and a further $984,000 in August. The programme will 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 whānau each year.

Te Pae Tawhiti Trust will receive $1.99 million for Te Whaiora Ara Tapu to assist with addiction recovery and related issues including preparation for the workforce. The funding will provide an outpatient meth treatment programme in Wairoa and support up to 100 individuals and their whānau each year. The funding is for three years.

Te Roopu a Iwi Trust will receive $800,000 to run Te Pihinga Ake which is a two-part programme that supports grandparents raising their grandchildren when their parents are unable to care for their children due to drug addiction. The funding is for two years and will support up to 40 families.

Te Ikaroa Rangatahi Social Services in Flaxmere will receive $720,000 to run Toi Hua Rewa. This programme scales up and expands a previous pilot programme. It will incorporate the PATH practice model to work with whānau to reduce the negative impact of methamphetamine use in the region. A key part of this programme also includes workforce development and upskilling of people in the addictions space. The funding will support 20 people and their whānau each year. The funding is for two years.

Waiohiki Community Charitable Trust will receive $970,000 to run Tangata Mahi Ora. This is a community-based treatment programme drawing on peer to peer support. The programme has a strong pastoral care component focusing on participants’ access to professional services and primary healthcare. The programme will work with up to 50 individuals and their whānau each year over two years.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will receive $497,514 to run He Ringa Ora Whānau. The programme will appoint two He Ringa Whānau Ora roles, to provide community-based support to address drug issues and intergenerational cycles of whānau harm in hard to reach whānau in the Central Hawke’s Bay. The programme will work closely with the Tihei Tamatea network and Central Hawke’s Bay triage forum. It will support 50 whānau over two years.

Manawatū – Whanganui

Te Oranganui will receive $900,000 to run Te Toronga Whānau. This programme will scale up the capacity of Te Oranganui to provide addiction services. This programme will provide health and wellbeing services that address drugs as a barrier to employment it has on whanau and communities. It focuses on Māori and rangatahi and will support 40 users and their whānau each year over two years.


Downie Stewart Foundation will receive $1.04 million to run Moana House’s Te Hautu Project. The funding will be used to upgrade its premises and for work and study programmes. The funding is for three years and will support up to 43 people each year in rehabilitation programmes and work and study.