Nothing could have prepared me for the feeding frenzy surrounding the re-launch of my memoir, The Wild Side (formerly Take a Walk on the Wild Side).
My incredible publicist, Karen McKenzie initiated many radio interviews nationwide, including Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan, Radio Live with Leanne Malcom and The Edge with Dom, Randall and JJ.
Media included TV3’s The Café and TV1’s Seven Sharp, along with articles in the April 2017 issue of NEXT Magazine and and North & South magazine, and Megan McChesney’s The Lip podcast Back From the Abyss.
The 5-city book launch tour in March 2017 included Kaitaia (introduced by Mayor John Carter), Whangarei (introduced by Mayor Sheryl Mai), West Auckland (a personal full-circle moment, introduced by the (in)famous Bob Harvey), Kawerau (introduced by Counsellor Sela Kingi), and Stratford (introduced by MP Chester Borrows and supported by Mayor Neil Volzke). We were blown away by the turnout from desperate communities for help and hope, and the support from local mayors and MPs.
There is an alarming deficit of rehab and recovery centres to cope with the epidemic of poverty, alcoholism and drug use in this country especially for those experiencing mental health issues. Exciting news is the formation of the Wild Side Trust (WST) with the rise of meth use, to see people and communities set free from addictions and healed from life’s traumas. WST will work towards seeing lives transformed by connecting and providing faith-based services, resources throughout Aotearoa. Plans are underway to see two faith-based recovery centres established in Northland. To learn more about how we plan to achieve our objectives, click here.
Workplace drug use saw an increase of almost 13% in 2016 from 2015 according to The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA). Because many employers are drug testing now, drug users cannot get jobs and are resorting to crime to fund their habits. To see more up to date media and links about this urgent need, click here.
The nation is hungry for hope and ready to rise up on behalf of their struggling loved ones, or suck it up and make the change for themselves. Let’s come together and look after one another. There’s hope for the addicts, the rebels and the broken-hearted! If there’s hope for me, there’s hope for everyone.
All the best for the journey. Check out more of mine on my podcast, Back from the Abyss