Real Stories

Hear from some of the men whose lives have changed since attending Man Up. Their backgrounds, challenges and successes since joining the Man Up Brotherhood.

These stories are proof that ManUp works and 'The Man Up Brotherhood' is the solution to freeing our men and healing our society.

JACOB TE TAI

Facing depression and suicide on a daily basis, Jacob became an insomniac and couldn't sleep. Asking his wife if he could take his own life, Jacob and his wife ran out of options until they found Man Up.

JACOB TE TAI

Facing depression and suicide on a daily basis, Jacob became an insomniac and couldn't sleep. Asking his wife if he could take his own life, Jacob and his wife ran out of options until they found Man Up.

MIKE ANSIN

When times got tough between Mike and his partners, Mike ran from his problems instead of facing them. Since attending Man Up, Mike has learnt about being a running man and the responsibilities we father's have towards our children, our partners and our communities.

SINALI KATA

Born and raised in Tonga and then moving to NZ, Sinali experienced the challenges of coming to a new country and starting again. He became suicidal after losing hope until a friend at work invited him to Man Up, the rest is history.

EUGENE TINI

Growing up in one of NZ's renowned gangs, Eugene became a part of his surroundings - Violence, Alcohol and Drugs. After losing his cousin to murder, Eugene felt the need to change. Introduce Man Up... the rest is history.

NIKO APULU

Losing his father at a young age, Niko was forced to grow up too young. Helping his mother and siblings, he chose a path that led him to prison for 3 years. With the support of his partner and Man Up, Niko now takes responsibility and raises his own family.

NAITITI SAMI

Naititi became homeless at a young age. Heavily addicted to Alcohol, Smoking and Gambling. He didn't see a greater future for himself. Today because of Man Up, he's become a responsible man, father and soon to be married husband.

CLINTON NGATAI

Clinton grew up in South Auckland surrounded by Gang affiliated friends spent over 10 Years behind bars, went through every program made available through the current system and none of them have worked for Clinton but Man Up.