Ki Te Ara Whakamua: Pathways to Reducing Methamphetamine Harms was a call for change from 130 Māori experts in hauora and drug harm reduction regarding the challenges hapori Māori are experiencing with methamphetamine. This was held at Parliament on 26 July 2022.
The kaumātua panel included Hata Temo, Tūhoe; Ngamaru Raerino, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa; Ron Baker, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga A Hauiti, Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Te Whānau O Rongomaiwahine; Koromiko Richards, Ngāti Whatua, Hauraki.
Our kaumātua reminded us to be kind and more understanding to each other as Māori, and that the onus is on each one of us to close the doors on methamphetamine and be the change. They highlighted the need to be focused on our mokopuna and the importance of investing in the generations to come.