Evidence has shown Asian populations in New Zealand have low levels of access to addiction services. Barriers exist for Asian people seeking help for their addiction issues. These include language barriers, a lack of awareness and knowledge of addiction, stigma about addiction and for people with problematic substance use and gambling. Little addiction related information has been translated into Asian languages in New Zealand.
The Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry highlights the need for culturally aligned support and the need to increase service accessibility among these marginalised populations.
Te Pou has developed addiction related information in Asian languages to raise awareness about addiction, assist in destigmatising addiction issues among Asian communities and to help Asian communities gain access to addiction services.