'He Waka Eke Noa' rehabilitation programme was established three years ago for ex-drug and alcohol abusers on the road to recovery.

The programme is run by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. 

The programme helps people through the power of song, dance and socialisation.

Joshua Kemp has been in and out of prison for the past 18 years but says he says that cycle has changed after he discovered 'He Waka Eke Noa' one year ago.

"It taught me to open up my eyes to the world. It's taught me to pray again, it's taught me to think about the things that matter most and that's the most important thing."

He has come clean and has been drug-free for the last 14 months. He says staying clean is his biggest challenge here on in. 

"To live a life beyond your wildest dreams and being clean can help me do that."

This is a free programme open to the public for people of all backgrounds.

Check out the 'He Waka Eke Noa' Facebook page for more information.

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