Pris­ons’ destiny in MPs’ hands: Ta­maki

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Ja­son Walls

Some 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 — an ini­tia­tive 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.

In re­ply to Ta­maki’s speech, Lit­tle said he had “heard good things about what you do”, and wanted to work with Destiny.

Lit­tle 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.”

Photo / Mark Mitchell

Destiny Church fol­low­ers per­form a haka dur­ing their Man-Up pro­gramme rally at Par­lia­ment.

Brian Ta­maki

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