Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Youth Councils want to further combat Synthetic Highs

Southern Youth Councils want Government to further combat Synthetic Highs

Local youth councils in South Auckland think the government needs to be more proactive in ensuring the recently banned synthetic highs under the Psychoactive Substances Act Amendment Bill do not return to the shelves in their communities.

"Over the past 3 years we have seen the devastating impact these synthetic highs have had on our people and our community. With this temporary ban we need to seriously consider if we will allow this damage to continue," says Sam Fuaivaa, Ōtara-Papatoetoe Youth Advisory Panel Chairperson.

The youth leaders from across South Auckland feel that the government has not listened to local communities, particularly the young people, and many underestimate the severity of the risks these products create.

"We don't know enough about these products and their impacts on people's health or their communities, but we have heard of countless cases of young people getting into serious health and financial problems because of these drugs," says Howick Youth Council Chairperson, Mackenzie Valgre.

"These products were supposed to be of low risk, yet they have caused huge problems for communities around New Zealand. How can we be sure the Ministry of Health regulations will prevent these problems from returning?" says Olivia Leckner, Franklin Youth Advisory Board Chairperson.

Auckland Council is currently developing a Local Approved Products Policy in anticipation of the approval of some products, however the youth councils believe there is no appropriate place for these shops in their community.

"It is not realistic to have these products sold in our communities and the policy makers in Central and Local Government need to create a policy which reflects this," says Matthew Ward, Manurewa Youth Council Chairperson. "Our local MPs need to listen to our communities and ensure their decisions reflect the value our communities place on young people's wellbeing."

The group hope that this statement will encourage other young people to speak out about the problems of synthetic highs in their communities.

"There are often negative stereotypes associated with South Auckland and young people in general, and we hope this statement shows that we don't want these products in our communities as they target young people," says Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Youth Advisory Panel Chairperson, Caroline Paepae.

"We know we aren't the only young people who feel like this and hope this encourages other youth groups around Auckland and the rest of New Zealand to engage in this issue," says Jason Mareroa, Papakura Youth Council Chairperson.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news