says Māori advocate
Tommy Wilson of Te Tuinga Whanau Services is speaking out because he says families need to take responsibility and fix the harm caused by addiction which is tearing families apart.
Mr Wilson says whānau need to take responsibility.
"The taniwha, the elephant in the room for us is P - let's start talking about what happens if you don't uplift those children and that's the other half of the conversation that's not been had,” says Mr Wilson.
He says two kilograms of methamphetamine is being consumed in Tauranga every week.
Nationally - more than a tonne a year. He says unless agencies all work together marae and whānau will continue to be torn apart by P.