Welcome to Community Action on Youth and Drugs


Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) has been funded by the Ministry of Health since 2001 to reduce the harm young people experience from alcohol and other drugs.  The programme is guided by the National Drug Policy 2015-2020 and operates in 21 locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

CAYAD coordinators support leaders from communities, organisations and young people to collaborate and create lasting changes in their environment that will promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of harm.  

CAYAD projects are informed by local, cultural and academic evidence. Our work includes improving policies, systems and practices; community action to reduce supply of alcohol and other drugs; and increasing opportunities for young people to be healthy and reach their full potential.


OUR vision

Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu
With feathers the bird can fly

An environment shaped by communities that supports people
to take opportunities to reach their full potential


our mission

E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa taki mano
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many

To support partnerships that create local and national change
to minimise alcohol and other drug-related harm


our people

For details of the CAYAD sites nearest your location  follow the links below.