Synthetics

Drugs

New Zealand Government Signals "Paradigm Shift" In Drug Policy

Supply and manufacture of some drugs will incur harsher sentences, but Police directed to channel users towards recovery services, not the courts.
James Borrowdale
12.13.18
News of Zealand

Christchurch Still Suffering From Deadly Synthetics Scourge

Twenty-two days, two dead, 31 hospitalised.
Zoe Madden-Smith
10.11.18
News of Zealand

Five Years Ago Synthetics Were a Legal High. Soon They Might Be a Class-A Drug

The potential law change comes after another spate of overdoses, this time in Christchurch.
Zoe Madden-Smith
10.3.18
Synthetics

At Least 40 New Zealanders Are Dead But Synthetics Review Weeks Overdue

A critic says the official response has been one of "callous indifference".
James Borrowdale
8.9.18
elections nz

New Zealand's Homeless Community Talks Politics

With the election a few days away, homelessness is a hot political issue. We asked the people who have spent time on the streets what they think the big issues are.
Tess McClure
9.21.17
News of Zealand

News of Zealand: Young Voter Registration Even Lower Than Last Election

Plus more die after smoking synthetic cannabis, and the Green Party wants compulsory te reo Māori in schools.
VICE Staff
95 bFM
9.15.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Auckland Police Make Arrests in Synthetic Cannabis Raid

Yesterday's police operation sees three people before the courts and a "significant" amount of the drug seized.
James Borrowdale
8.2.17
Drugs

Seven New Zealanders Dead After ODing on What Police Call Synthetic Cannabis

But New Zealand Drug Foundation's director calls the the release of the information premature, saying more testing is needed before it can be determined exactly what these drugs are.
James Borrowdale
7.21.17