September 04, 2020
Moana House offers kaupapa help for addicts
The South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency is celebrating the refurbishment of a mental health and addictions facility in Dunedin.
The Downie Stewart Foundation received just over $1 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to do up Moana House, as received part of a $20 million package to target methamphetamine use in Otago.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu chief executive Helen Leahy says it offers a therapeutic service for adult male offenders as well as training for work in mental health and addictions.
"We have fought long and hard to get whānau ora funding dedicated to Moana House because there are so few kaupapa Māori residential centres working in drug and alcohol. They know that taking a whānau ora approach, whānau are the absolute solution to the issues that many of these men face," she says.
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