Smoking prevalence remains high amongst people using mental health and addictions services, with a prevailing attitude that they are already under enough stress and smoking is a great way to relieve that stress. This attitude was fostered by a past culture where staff and service users smoking together was the norm and cigarettes were seen as a beneficial tool to treatment. It would take a team of brave souls indeed to implement a mass quit smoking challenge within this environment.
Tomaiora (17/05/2016): As seen in The University of Auckland’s Medical and Health Sciences faculty, Māori and Pacific students are not only reaching tertiary levels of study in significant numbers. Many are thriving in their studies, graduating, and moving on to work as successful professionals across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Maori TV Media Take (03/05/2016): On Media Take this week, Russell and Toi will be joined by Papa Nahi of Kaiwhakahaere Māori Public Health, Ross Bell of the NZ Drug Foundation and journalists Tony Wall and Michael Morrah.
Maori TV (14/04/2016): Papa Nahi – Hāpai Te Hauora, Ross Bell and Tuari Potiki - NZ Drug Foundation and Minister Dunne on their attendance to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session to present on Drug Policy as part of the New Zealand Delegation
A Ngāti Whātua sports club has banned sugar drinks from its club in the wake of an obesity report that shows more than two thirds of Auckland's adults are obese.
Story TV3 (01/03/2016): Lance Norman CEO Hāpai, drug policy expert Sanho Tree, Reverend Hirini Kaa and Ken Kerehoma of Odyssey House on what Māori and other perspectives on drug policy reform are.