Planning is under way to launch a Māori-led rehabilitation programme in Tauranga for high-risk Māori offenders. It is based on a model already operating in Rotorua. Reporter Sandra Conchie finds out what makes the programme beneficial.
A Bay of Plenty charitable trust member wants to launch a course in Tauranga to help Māori re-offenders turn their lives around.
Launched in Rotorua in May last year, the Pūwhakamua programme is run by Billy MacFarlane from the Tikanga Aroro Charitable Trust. It focuses on using tikanga Māori to help high-risk re-offenders make lifestyle changes to enable them to remain crime-free.