Community members from Tinopai gathered at the Tinopai hall to meet with health service providers and other professionals recently to discuss the use of methenamine in the area.
Iwi based health service provider Te Ha Oranga is helping to lead the way in supporting the call for change.
Whanau Ora Kaiarahi coordinator and social worker Christiane Rudolph-Anania says members of the community requested support during their quest to eradicate meth use in their area.
“A whanau ora approach will be applied to the community initiative by way of wrapping professionals and services around the community to support change,” said Christiane.
“I think it’s really important for the process of whanau ora to be delivered in its true essence. Te Ha Oranga’s strategy of empowering family is to provide information, support and knowledge to the doorstep of the people.
“Over 100 people attended the public meeting and took the opportunity to ask questions that would help them to support their community and their family in time of need.”
Local resident and Tinopai Resource Management member Mina Henare said a major issue for the area has been a lack of services in the region.