May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Salvation Army Joins Forces With Mongrel Mob

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What happened when the Salvation Army joined forces with the Notorious Chapter of the Mongrel Mob to fight the devastating affects of P addiction? That question will be answered this week at Cutting Edge, the annual national conference for the addiction treatment sector (Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland, 23-24 September 2010).

Majors Lynette and Ian Hutson spoke about their experience when the leaders of the Notorious Chapter of the Mongrel Mob approached the Salvation Army for help in fighting the devastating affects of addiction.

For both the Salvation Army and the gang, the journey to fight P took both parties outside their comfort zones.

Challenges included:

  • Finding professional drug treatment approaches that would fit the context of a partnership with a gang culture.
  • Defining the qualities needed by staff to successfully operate a programme within this partnership?
  • Running a programme where the staff were primarily New Zealand Europeans and the gang almost entirely indigenous Maori.
  • Establishing and running the programme and gaining support from funders, government organisations and the local community in the context of an often fearful community?

This presentation outlined how the Salvation Army developed a residential drug treatment programme.

The fact is weve come into a relationship to try and help, weve been invited in, were very respectful of that, and if we then just depart, the fact is it is about reintegrating people into society and we need to be there for the long haul so the long haul it is. Tikanga Maori forms an important part of the programme as multiple aspects of participants lives are addressed, Major Hutson told Waatea News.

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