27 Sep 2010

Sallies 'there for the long haul' helping Mob

2:46 pm on 27 September 2010

Salvation Army members running an addiction treatment programme for Mongrel Mob members and their whanau say it's going to be a long-term project.

Coordinator Lynette Hutson says leaders of the Notorious Chapter approached the Sallies because they were concerned about the damage being done by the use of methamphetamine use.

Major Hutson told Waatea News that a strong partnership had developed but stressed that the Salvation Army had been invited in, and that they were very respectful of that.

"It's about reintegrating people into society," Major Hutson says, "and

we need to be there for the long haul - so the long haul it is."

She says tikanga Maori forms an important part of the seven-week residential programme.