Radio NZ News 12 December 2018
Family First Comment: “there were some massive social challenges that were facing their communities. One that was extremely consistent was the damage of drugs…”
People in working class communities are most concerned about the effects of drug abuse and the housing crisis on their neighbourhoods.
The Salvation Army said these social problems are holding back communities from thriving and it’s calling on the government to help fix the problem.
The organisation interviewed more than 600 people on the streets of Kaitaia, Whangarēi, Manurewa, New Plymouth, Hornby and Timaru for its State of our Communities report, released today.
When asked what the they would say if they could talk to the prime minister about their community, people in the six communities raised serious concerns about drugs, housing, lack of mental health services and economic problems that were holding back their neighbourhoods.
Salvation Army policy analyst Ronji Tanielu said the report gives marginalised communities a voice.
“There were some real thriving communities but they all acknowledged that there were some massive social challenges that were facing their communities. One that was extremely consistent was the damage of drugs, especially methamphetamine,” Mr Tanielu said.
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