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See some of the positive and lasting results being achieved in CAYAD communities in the success story videos below and in CAYAD project evaluations. The stories showcase the diverse projects happening in CAYAD communities. 

Auckland Region Methamphetamine Working Group

Tackling methamphetamine in our biggest city is a major challenge. CAYAD helped sixteen agencies come together to better combat supply of the drug, manage contamination from cooking and improve access to treatment.


Near the tip of the East Coast, the Wharekahika (Hicks Bay) community sees little money and significant cannabis supply. The local kura kaupapa knows what the drug can do to a student’s learning, and worked with CAYAD to build a clear policy and support system in response. So far, it’s a 100% success. 


Stop the Mairehau Bottle Shop

A new liquor store by the school gates? Not if the Mairehau community can help it. See how this community took the power back with a helping hand from CAYAD Christchurch.



To improve support for correspondence students in Lower Hutt, Te Kura called CAYAD, having read coordinator Nadia Freeman’s research on disengagement from school (When One Door Closes). CAYAD helped Te Kura join forces with Secret Level youth centre, with excellent results.


east coast rugby project

“If you believe in it, fight for it.” Moving alcohol and drugs off rugby sidelines and bringing a family atmosphere back took some doing for CAYAD in Tai Rawhiti. Now the alcohol and drug free kaupapa is spreading to clubs and fields all along the East Coast and Poverty Bay.



This Northland programme aims to build identity, confidence and achievement in young men, and was originally developed with the support of CAYAD at Ki A Ora Ngatiwai. Rooted in the community and traditional Maori knowledge, Paratahood strengthened school, student and whanau relationships in the region.