It's not OK advocate joins our fight against meth

A community hui is planned for next week with the aim of making a stand against the drug methamphetamine.

Karen Baker from ‘Detect It’, Detective Nicky Schrafft and It’s Not OK advocate Phil Paikea will be sharing their experiences about the drug invading many regions, including the Ruapehu, at Te Pae Tata next Monday.

Ruapehu Whānau Transformation (RWT) operations manager Danielle Vaughan said the idea for the hui came out of the last RWT community reference group meeting.

“A number of different groups and agencies were raising their concern about the dramatic increase of meth-related issues in our area.

“Instead of working individually, we decided that we can make a better impact through forming an action group of heath and support agencies to collaborate together – this is the whole premise of the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation plan; to bring people together to make a difference.

“It’s also a way of finding out who is doing what in the Ruapehu region, where there may be additional support needed and to also minimise any duplication of services.”

During the implementation of Te Whare huru Ki Ruapehu, the RWT team are working alongside a number of homeowners in Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru to ensure the properties are safe and warm.

“Everyone knows it’s out there but like the rest of the country, we need to make a stand and realise there is an issue.

“We are currently doing 101 building warrant of fitness audits and, with all the publicity about issues with meth in housing, RWT were looking at testing options.

“We realised that if we did find any positive readings we needed to have wrap-round support for our whānau.

“It is ok to talk about this problem and seek support, but if we do get asked, how as a community can we support our families? We have to be better educated as a whole community to be able to help each other.”

Whether a personal or community/agency related interest, everyone is welcome to attend the hui on 1 August between 4pm-6.30pm at Te Pae Tata.

For more information call Mrs Vaughan on 021 811 670.