Drugs and drug-related crime and safety concerns are pressing issues for MatamataPiako at the moment.
Over 100 concerned residents attended a recent community meeting held in Morrinsville, including local iwi, Nga¯ti Haua¯.
There seems to have been a large increase in burglaries and vehicle theft over the past few months and people in the community are feeling unsafe. Community members have started doing nightly patrols. Nga¯ti Haua recently facilitated a youth think tank session to workshop a strategic plan.
There are some real challenges out there for the health and wellbeing of our young