Armstrong’s master plan changes the future of gangs

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Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira

Levi Armstrong – health advocate

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A Ngati Kahungunu man with deep gang ties uses higher education to offer a way out.

A Ngati Kahungunu man with deep gang ties uses higher education to offer a way out.

Levi Armstrong received his Masters in Health Sciences with Honors from Te Aho A Māui, Eastern Institute of Technology.

He is also a partner in the Napier-based company Domynis, which runs fitness programs and has also developed a mobile gym in a shipping container.

“I work a bit with some of our whanau kahukura and some of our Mob whanau here in Hawke’s Bay, trying to change their mindset about what it’s like to be in the gang, but there’s a lot of ‘options out there and they can make change and a real difference in their own communities, so I try to find those diamonds in the rough and give them some sparkle,’ he says.

For his degree, Levi Armstrong looked at how Covid lockdowns were affecting the physical and mental well-being of his community.


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