From Gangs to God

Te Ao with Moana on Māori Television is current affairs show that create stories through a Māori lens. Their docuseries capture stories on hope, love and transformation. In the video below, reporter Hikurangi Jackson speaks to David Letele Snr (Dave's Father) about his life as a former gang member and his life journey. Today he is leading the way to help support our communities through Grace Foundation

At 19 years old Dave's father was the Auckland Mongrel Mob President. When he was sentenced to a decade in jail he wanted out of the criminal and gang world. His past has taken a toll on his whānau and this interview highlights the impact it's had on the relationship with his son, Dave. 

'It was hard for me to do this interview, and even harder to watch. It’s important to show people the importance of opening up.
What a journey aye dad. I'm very proud of who you have become. I know our relationship will continue to improve."

Thank you to Hikurangi for this opportunity. If this story evokes feelings of emotion and distress and you need support, please remember there are services available to reach out to for help. 

Where to get help:
Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason.
Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7) or text 4202


Posted by Dave Letele on September 09, 2020