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Anderton address at National CAYAD Hui Workshop

Jim Anderton address at National CAYAD Hui Workshop

These national workshops are invaluable for the success of the Community Action Youth and Drug (CAYAD) initiative.

Jim Anderton address
National CAYAD HUI Workshop
Endowment College, Hopuhopu, Waikato

Kia Ora,

Thank you for this invitation to speak.

A special welcome to Dame Te Ata-i-Rangi Kaahu and your party.

It is good to be with you all again after our last meeting in June last year.

I have of course shared with many of you a place on the panel at the "P, alcohol and other drug" public meetings that I have been chairing around the country since we last met.

The last national CAYAD hui was the launching paid for the first of these public meetings and I am glad to report to those of you who have not been part of one yet that they have been very well received and very well attended.

The forums are particularly valuable in raising the profile of the local CAYAD so that the community knows you exist and can get in behind and support the important work that you do.

These national workshops are, I believe, invaluable for the success of the CAYAD initiative.

Providers and researchers must have the opportunity to meet and discuss strategies, share problems, and share what works and what doesn't.

The $3.2million CAYAD funding that the Progressive Party secured in this year's Budget included funding for regular regional meetings, national co-ordination of the programmes, and of course five further CAYAD programmes.

These five further communities will benefit from what you have done, and will learn from the mistakes you have made. I also know from the feedback at the forums, that the public do want assistance and intervention is this area.

New Zealanders are concerned and want to help turn the tide against alcohol and other drug abuse in their communities, especially among the most vulnerable among us, the young.

Your workshop programme for the day shows you have spent it sharing ideas and information and I will be very interested to hear over dinner the outcome of the day's activities.

I have been impressed with examples I have seen of the work that CAYADs are when I have visited an area, as well as what I saw being promoted around the National Youth Week in May.

For example, Clendon CAYAD's launch of the Art/Slogan competition connecting that initiative with resources aimed to reduce the harm of drugs in their community. Or the Auckland Central CAYAD joining with the Auckland City Youth Council to present Converse 05, the inaugual Youth Summit on RE-defining the culture around alcohol and drugs, as well as the Waitakere CAYAD's sponsorship of the P abuse prevention play, 10 Foot Tall and Bulletproof in their area.

Please keep up your valuable work and continue to learn from each other.

The interim evaluation for the original CAYAD programmes was positive which is why I sought more funding in the coalition government's recent Budget.

Please continue to use it wisely in order to help reduce the demand for drugs in your communities.

I note the Huntly CAYAD, Te Ahurei a Rangatahi had a particularly good evaluation and I thank them for their efforts, along with Evelyn Bennett from the Ministry of Health, for helping to organize this workshop.

ENDS

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