Pris­ons des­tiny in MPs’ hands: Ta­maki

Rotorua Daily Post - - Front Page -

About 2000 peo­ple, led by Des­tiny Church leader Brian Ta­maki, gath­ered out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day urg­ing the Gov­ern­ment to al­low the church to work within pris­ons.

Ta­maki pre­sented a pe­ti­tion to Jus­tice Min­is­ter An­drew Lit­tle, ask­ing the Gov­ern­ment to al­low its Man-Up pro­gramme — fo­cused on tack­ling fam­ily vi­o­lence, de­pres­sion, obe­sity, ad­dic­tion and sui­cide — into pris­ons.

Speak­ing to Des­tiny Church faith­ful — as well as a group of MPs — on the steps of Par­lia­ment, Ta­maki said the Gov­ern­ment should be do­ing more for Ma¯ori in pris­ons.

“I said to Wil­lie [Jack­son, Ma¯ori De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter] I have never seen so many Ma¯ori MPs in Par­lia­ment at one time — what are you do­ing? For all of my ef­forts to try and get into prison, they [the Gov­ern­ment] shut us down.”

After his speech, he ap­pealed di­rectly to Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern. “Just like she gave $30 mil­lion to the Pa­pua New Guinea Gov­ern­ment, give $30m to the na­tive or indige­nous peo­ple of this coun­try who are ac­tu­ally get­ting helped,” he said, in ref­er­ence to the Man-Up pro­gramme.

Lit­tle said he had “heard good things about what you do” and wanted to work with Des­tiny.

He said he would ta­ble the pe­ti­tion in Par­lia­ment. “If Bishop Brian Ta­maki has a so­lu­tion, let’s talk about it and let’s hear it.” — Ja­son Walls

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