December 07, 2018
Destiny mans up to pressure politicos
Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki rallied 5000 supporters to parliament yesterday to push the church’s case to run its Man Up and Legacy self improvement programmes within the nation’s prisons.
Corrections says there has never been a formal request for the programmes to be part of its rehabilitation or motivational programmes, but that has not stopped Mr Tamaki lodging a Waitangi Claim alleging discrimination against the church.
Church member George Ngatai says the rally was a sign of the depth of feeling about the issue.
"You saw the placards. You saw and heard the people talk about Man Up has made a change in their lives. All we are saying now is this needs to be considered the same as any other mainstream programme. The only difference is it's an indigenous programme led by Māori for Māori, and only we know what can fix our people," he says.
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