Back to top

How can we help?

I want advice about how to be safer when using drugs

I'm worried about a friend or family member

I want to know about drug policy in New Zealand

I want to order resources

I need advice on working with young people

I need help now

Reshaping New Zealand's alcohol and other drug policy

The Wellington Declaration was the collective wisdom of 67 organisations, alongside people who use drugs, affected family and whānau, Māori and Pacific people, young people, educators, health professionals and community advocates. The Drug Foundation convened the group over two days in 2013 to collaboratively develop a document to contribute to the refresh of the National Drug Policy.   

The Declaration was developed through a consensus process with a strong emphasis on evidence-based solutions and finding common ground on important issues. It prioritised rebalancing the three pillars of New Zealand’s drug policy - demand reduction, harm reduction and supply control - towards a health and social approach.   The people at the summit committed themselves to working together, and with the government, to tackle New Zealand’s drug issues; advocating for humane, just and effective responses to reduce drug-related harm. 

The Declaration has four key planks:

Re-orientate to a health approach

Invest in prevention

Enhance harm reduction

Increase access to treatment

Download the full Wellington Declaration

WellingtonDeclaration ( PDF 508kb )

Share:

Be in the know

Sign-up for regular news, views and alerts about our work. Sent to your inbox.

See more details
join us6
Get involved

Put health at the heart of drug policy & law in NZ. Become a member today to support the Drug Foundation.

Become a Member