June 11, 2019
Man Up rejection led to woman up
Coalition New Zealand Party leader Hannah Tamaki says the Government's refusal to fund Destiny Church's Man Up programme spurred her into politics.
She says despite thousands of supporters going to parliament to support the programme, the politicians went back inside and shut the door.
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has said there was no independent research showing the anti-violence works and there had been no formal application to run it in prisons.
Mrs Tamaki says it does work and she's keen to see it given official support.
"It was offered I think free for a for year but I'm like, stuff it, Kelvin's been given millions of dollars, why shouldn't they now put some money towards a programme, even if it is piloted, even if it is on probation for a little while. When we are getting the results and people are seeing it, come on. Let's help our people, let's start doing the mahi together," she says.
Mrs Tamaki says while she is not a seasoned politician, she is a people person with years of experience helping people.
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