May 03, 2019
Market forces test applied to Man Up
The Minister for Whānau Ora says if the Destiny Church wants state funding for its Man Up anti-violence programme, it needs to collect evidence of its effectiveness and make bids through the normal channels.
Destiny Church head Brian Tamaki has warned there will be revolts if the programme can’t be run inside prison, even though Corrections says it has never received a formal proposal.
Peeni Henare says he has observed Man Up meetings and acknowledges it can offer support to men who have been in prison.
But it’s not the only such programme.
"We’ve made it clear there is a process people have to go through make sure that they are able to offer those programmes. There are other programmes being run in our prisons that are making huge gains so it's only fair that in that market Man Up competes like all to others who currently do a great job," Mr Henare says.
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