Who We Are

Youth INtact helps Waikato young people make changes to their drug and alcohol use.

It is funded by the Waikato District Health Board.

We are youth drug and alcohol professionals, with the skills and experience to help rangatahi/young people and their family/whānau make changes to live lives that are meaningful for them.

All the organisations involved with Youth INtact work together to deliver the same experience of support.
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Our Purpose

We act quickly to provide easily accessible and effective support services to rangatahi/young people, helping them learn skills to make changes to their drug and alcohol use and achieve the best health and wellbeing.

Our Mission

To be the first place that rangatahi/young people come to get help.

Our Story

Youth INtact has been developed with lots of feedback from clinicians, communities, rangatahi/young people and their family/whānau. We found that we need to make sure that our rangatahi/young people and their families/whānau know where to go to get help if they are having problems with drugs and/or alcohol, and make sure that these services are responsive, appropriate and effective.

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We Value

  • Being out there in the real world
  • Potential – we all need different support to reach our potential
  • Passion – to make changes for those wanting help
  • Trust – to believe in them
  • Leadership – great guidance and support to do our job
  • Community Value – ownership of the services by the community

We Are About

  • Rangatahi/young people with great futures
  • Rangatahi/young people enjoying their lives
  • Rangatahi/young people creating their futures
  • Healthy rangatahi/young people
  • Resilient rangatahi/young people
  • Rangatahi/young people with long lives
  • Rangatahi/young people using opportunities
  • Rangatahi/young people succeeding
  • Rangatahi/young people at the heart


Youth INtact is grateful to the following for their contribution with supporting content to this website:

  • Odyssey
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline
  • NZ Drug Foundation

Our Services

Drugs and alcohol can have a huge affect on peoples lives, so it’s important to know the facts.

We also know that rangatahi/young people may experience a number of problems at the same time. Our youth drug and alcohol health professionals are trained and experienced in dealing with a range of complex problems including alcohol and drugs, legal matters, primary and mental health, homelessness, sexual abuse and family breakdown.


Our specialty is helping rangatahi/young people who are between 12 and 19 years of age, and their family/whānau and friends. However, if you’re younger or older than that and you think we’d be the right service for you feel free to contact us.


We take referrals from anywhere. You can come in and see us, call us on the phone, or someone else can do that for you.

Health professionals can click here for a referral form

We also come out to our community sites, and to schools, to make it easier to get to us. Click here to see where they are.


The organisations providing Youth INtact services are:

Odyssey deliver Youth INtact services for Hamilton, North and surrounds from its central Hamilton base. Communities receiving this service are Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Matamata, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Raglan and Te Aroha.

Odyssey provide the leadership service to all the Waikato. This means the Youth INtact hub, based in Hamilton will be a centre of excellence for the delivery of best practice clinical support, workforce development and youth engagement throughout the Waikato. They will foster greater collaboration among the Waikato Youth AOD secondary and primary workforce, as well as the community and youth sector workforce.

Phone: 0800 468 288

For enquiries about the leadership service contact 07 9744 604

Email youthintactreferrals@odyssey.org.nz

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki deliver Youth INtact services in Hauraki. Communities receiving this service are Coromandel, Thames, Ngatea, Paeroa, Whitianga, Waihi and Whangamata.

PHONE for all Youth AOD advice call Youth INtact on 0800 468 288

Email: admin.hinengaro@korowai.co.nz

CareNZ deliver Youth INtact services in Tokoroa and Putaruru.

PHONE for all Youth AOD advice call Youth INtact on 0800 468 288

Email: youthservice@carenz.co.nz

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust deliver Youth INtact services for Otorohanga, Taumarunui and Te Kuiti.

PHONE for all Youth AOD advice call Youth INtact on 0800 468 288

Email: Katarina.Hohepa@kokiritrust.org.nz

Want to find out more information about what we do (our model of care)?

Click here for more information on the Waikato Youth AOD Model of Care