Hāpai Te Hauora applauds Government for psychoactive substance legislation stance

This week the Government put their values into action by voting against the third reading of the "Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill". Hāpai Te Hauora, Māori public health advocates, say this is a small step in the right direction to treating drug harm as a health issue in Aotearoa. 

As expressed by many MPs in Parliament, rather than addressing drug demand, this bill would instead have entrenched the cycle of drug distribution and harm.

FASD Hui

On Friday 6th October 2018 we had the pleasure of co-hosting the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Forum in collaboration with Alcohol Healthwatch, this forum featured international and local guest speakers, including Dr Mansfield Mela, Dr Glen Luther and Claire Gyde.

Hāpai CEO Lance Norman appeared on Newshub The Nation: A justice special

Our prisons are overflowing and former inmates keep reoffending - so what can be done about it?

On our panel to discuss the broken justice system are CEO of Hāpai Te Hauora Lance Norman, former prison inmate Alex Sweeney, Corrections Association Vice President Paul Dennehy and criminal defence lawyer Stephen Bonnar.

The panel tackle issues of race, rehabilitation and punitive justice, with former inmate Alex Swney saying:

"I'm sorry - we can't hide behind these platitudes. I'm sorry - the place is broke."

Reconsideration of student drug testing policy welcomed

Hāpai Te Hauora a national public health organisation congratulates Rotorua based Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, for reconsidering their student drug testing policy.

Drug testing should not be a barrier for young people considering a career in the trade industry . Although Hāpai understands the need for drug testing for safety reasons, a compassionate approach is recommended , where any positive drug test results are followed up with offers of counselling and other appropriate supports to move students away from possible addiction, and into there chosen career pathway.