He haerenga, he haepapa
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.
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.