July 13, 2021
Mob meth programme not National’s speed
National Party deputy leader Shane Reti says the Mongrel Mob should have nothing to do with methamphetamine recovery programmes.
National is crying foul over the Prime Minister signing off on $2.75 million from the Proceeds of Crime Fund going to the Mob-led Kahukura programme in central Hawke’s Bay.
Jacinda Ardern says the marae-bsaed programme, which has the backing of police, iwi, and the ministries of Health and Social Development, had shown signs of success, with strong court order compliance and drug testing results.
But Dr Reti says the gang has no track record in leading such programmes.
"These are vulnerable people. We want to be very very very sure this is not part of a recruitment process. The Prime Minister has her fingers on this because she has been part of the recruitment process and what a lot of New Zealanders are raising with us is $2.75 million to the Mongrel Mob for a meth programme, nothing for Mike King for Gumboot Friday. How can that be?" he says.
Dr Reti says he wants to see more programmes like Te Ara Oranga, a partnership between Northland DHB, Police and community agencies that uses people with lived experience of meth addiction to help others off the drug.
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