Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Funding For Drug Abuse Prevention Dries Up

Funding For Drug Abuse Prevention Dries Up

A mere 1% of the health budget is spent on drug abuse issues. Even worse just 1% of that 1% goes to drug abuse prevention when nearly 60% of all health issues are drug related said Vesta Boswell, CEO of PRYDE Hugs Not Drugs. So why are the powers that be surprised when the Life Education Trust reveals it has resorted to accepting funds from tobacco companies and breweries due to the lack of funding from other sources.

Many charitable organizations compete for an ever-shrinking pool of funding and in this case the need for the service is rising with the result being organisations like PRYDE and Life Education Trust having to struggle for survival. Although PRYDES philosophy is not to take funding from organisations like breweries or tobacco firms, charitable organisations need to think outside the square and at different ways to fund the services they provide.

Surely the government is responsible to ensure a fair system where charitable organisations, which are delivering a vast proportion of New Zealand’s social services, are adequately funded.

The decision has to be made by those people holding the purse strings whether New Zealand can afford to lose the tried and true services that organisations like PRYDE and Life Education offer. The current lack of adequate funding is forcing charitable organisations (PRYDE included) to face the dilemma of deciding either to close up shop or accept ANY funding on offer regardless of its source because the need for their services are so great.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news