He was once a kingpin bankrolling a major meth operation - and it landed him a 14-year jail sentence. But these days Billy Macfarlane is out and has gone straight - and he's using his experience and skills to help others do the same. Many, including Te Arawa leaders, police and judges, support his tikanga community programme but emails written by Corrections staff show they feared his course could be used for gang prospecting. Now Macfarlane is demanding an apology.

A former hard-nosed criminal helping offenders go straight doesn't have the skills for the job and his course could be

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