Wairoa misses out on gang support

Aroha Treacher
  • Te Tai Rāwhiti

Kei te mahue a Wairoa i tētahi kaupapa whai tautāwhi i ngā ipo me ngā tamariki a ngā mema kēnge. Ko 'Tīmata i te Kāinga', he rautaki na te kāwanatanga ki te kaupare atu i ngā kēnge. E ai ki a Puawai Tipuna o te Mangu Kaha, ka whai hua te tāone o Wairoa ii taua kaupapa.

Kāore a Puawai Tipuna o te Mangu Kaha i te hiahia kia takahi āna tamariki tekau mā rua i ōna tapuwae.

“To me what really made my family turn to black power follow the black power was when my nephews got shot up the main street up town and killed them from then on all my nephews they just put the patch on of black power.”

I roto i ōna whitu tekau tau kua rongo ia ngā paanga kino o ngā keenge.

Hei tā Tipuna, “None of my brothers joined a gang it was all our off spring our kids three of my boys went in and five of one of my brothers and my sisters kids about 10 of them. You know they just went anywhere to get a patch.”

He rongonui tōna kainga mo ngā keenge, engari kāore anō rātou kia whiwhi āwhina mai i te kawanatanga hei wetewete i ngā here o ngā whānau ki ngā keenge.

E ai ki te Manatū Whakahiato Ora ka whakarewa tēnei kaupapa ki te Tairāwhiti me Te Moana a Toi, e kōtahi miriona te utu mō ngā tau e rua.

“I think Wairoa needs it, all the funding for some specialised thing because I know the kids here, why aren't you at school, oh I don't want to go,” hei tā Tipuna.

Kāore anō he whakatau kia puta mēnā ka rewa tēnei kaupapa ki waahi kē, mēnā rānei ka tau ki konei.