Community stands up against drugs

Around 100 people marched on Sunday morning to raise awareness and support against methamphetamine use in the community.

The Kotahitanga Hikoi began at Tahuna Marae in Waiuku, and finished at the rugby league fields in Hamilton Drive, where guest speakers and community resource groups were made available to share experiences and to offer support.

The main aim of the Hikoi was to show that there are support groups in the community for whanau who have been affected by the consequences of the drug, and that by working together, they can help eliminate it from the community.

“We are not here to judge. We are here to help, to work together, and to say we do not want this drug ruining our whanau in the community,” said Grace van den Brink.

It is hoped that this is the beginning of more support groups to come. On Wednesday 31 May, an open door Tuwhera Whanau Support Group is being held at 4 Hamilton Drive, Waiuku.

This group meets every Wednesday from 1pm, and provides a supportive space for those to ask questions, vent, share resources or just to sit and listen to anyone who has been affected by methamphetamine.

There is no judgment and the group is confidential. For more information, contact Glenys Taupo 020 411 62643.

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Te Tawha Edwards, Tapua Taupo, Tahuna Edwards, Tauke Edwards and Te Huia Edwards took part in the Kotahitanga Hikoi on Sunday morning in Waiuku, to raise awareness and support against the war of methamphetamine use in the community.