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Waipa Post - - News - NA¯ DEAN TAY­LOR

The rum­ble of mo­tor­cy­cles is about to be heard in the Waikato as Tu¯ Tan­gata Rid­ers head to Cambridge, Te Awa­mutu and Hamil­ton this week­end on a Tour of Duty Waikato aimed at em­pow­er­ing men to im­prove their lives and the lives of those around them.

The ride, part of a na­tion­wide tour, is de­signed to re­duce do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, anger, de­pres­sion, sub­stance abuse, re­la­tion­ship break-downs, im­pris­on­ment and re-of­fend­ing rates, es­pe­cially among Ma¯ ori males.

It re­in­forces pro­grammes de­signed and de­liv­ered by Des­tiny Church — Man Up and Legacy — de­signed to help men to be­come bet­ter fa­thers, hus­bands and part­ners.

Rid­ers will be ar­riv­ing at Cambridge Town Hall at 9am Satur­day then head to Te Awa­mutu to ar­rive at the Pak’nSave carpark at 10.15am.

It is part of the Tour of Duty Fam­ily Fun Day at Des­tiny Hamil­ton (5/550 Te Rapa Road — en­trance off Eu­clid Ave) from 10am un­til 2pm Satur­day.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to en­joy bouncy cas­tles, Strange Ar­range­ment play­ing live, free burg­ers, face paint­ing, Har­ley David­son rides and more fam­ily fun and en­ter­tain­ment.

At 6pm Des­tiny Hamil­ton hosts New Ap­proach Hui, in­tro­duced with more live mu­sic from Strange Ar­range­ment, and fea­tur­ing the X-men Panel, four for­mer pres­i­dents and/or mem­bers of dif­fer­ent New Zealand gangs, who will talk of how the Man Up programme has changed their lives.

This will be fol­lowed with free ha¯ngı¯ and the draw for a free trailer load of gro­ceries.

On Sun­day at 10am at Des­tiny Hamil­ton, Des­tiny founder Bishop Brian Ta­maki will be guest of hon­our at Join The Brother­hood.

The Man Up programme helps par­tic­i­pants to iden­tify, ex­pose and un­der­stand the core is­sues be­hind male dys­func­tion.

“Our pur­pose is to pro­vide men the plat­form to open up, not harden up, in or­der to re­ceive heal­ing, restora­tion and sta­bil­ity,” says or­gan­iser Si­mon Drumm of Man Up Waikato.

Man Up has more than 450 groups across New Zealand and more than 40 groups across the Waikato.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has re­ceived in­ter­est from all around the world — Europe, the USA, Africa and the Pa­cific Is­land na­tions — to take Man Up to their coun­tries.

“When you join Man Up, you join a brother­hood who will guide and sup­port you through the 15 weeks of the programme, and be­yond,” says Si­mon.

“Be­hind ev­ery break­down in so­ci­ety is a bro­ken fam­ily.

“Be­hind ev­ery bro­ken fam­ily is a bro­ken, dys­func­tional man.

“If we can heal the man, we’ll heal our so­ci­ety — what walks in the fa­thers runs in the chil­dren — good or bad,” says Si­mon.

He says through Man Up, men make de­ci­sions to re­main drug, al­co­holic and smoke-free, make a com­mit­ment to part­ners and fam­i­lies, and be­come pos­i­tive role mod­els by tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Photo / Dun­can Brown

Man Up mo­tor­cy­cle con­voy rides at Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Prison, where Des­tiny Church leader Bishop Brian Ta­maki spoke to the gath­er­ing at the front gates.

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