Hapu¯ stand up to meth

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

The hapu¯ of Te Whanau Moana me Te Roro­huri have de­clared their to­tal op­po­si­tion to metham­phetamine in their rohe.

They said yes­ter­day that the drug was de­stroy­ing wha¯nau and in­fect­ing ev­ery rohe it en­tered, and they had had enough.

Haiti­taimaranga­i Marae com­mit­tee chair­man Mal HekeuaHack said a re­cent spate of metham­phetamine-re­lated crime and “ac­tiv­i­ties” within the hapu¯ had prompted a num­ber of wha¯nau to take steps to ad­dress the prob­lem with a staged cam­paign, with the end goal of rid­ding the rohe of metham­phetamine.

That stance had been con­firmed at a dis­cus­sion among wha¯nau and hapu¯ mem­bers at the marae last week.

Kauma¯tua and kuia, along with their tamaariki and mokop­una, launched the cam­paign by paint­ing their mes­sage on signs around the com­mu­nity, some of which had pre­vi­ously asked mo­tor­cy­clists and driv­ers to keep off the sand dunes.

This was just the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign for Te Wha¯nau Moana and Te Roro­huri, how­ever. They planned not only to rid their rohe of the drug, but to ed­u­cate them­selves on how to help and sup­port all wha¯nau af­fected by it.

“For th­ese wha¯nau and hapu¯, it’s about wha¯nau first, not P, a spokesman said.

“The drug is de­stroy­ing and in­fect­ing ev­ery rohe it enters, and we have had enough. It is time for us as wha¯nau and hapu¯ to do some­thing about it.”

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Signs ask­ing mo­tor­cy­clists and driv­ers to keep off the sand dunes have been re­placed by an an­timeth mes­sage on the Karikari Penin­sula.

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