I got my copy and am just about finished (nearly all in one sitting!) its a very compelling read but a challenging one for any reader with a conscience, I think... it’s a very important book. (Briar)
I have just finished reading Tuhoe’s story, I read it in a day. I thought it was awesome, For many years I have felt very uneasy with that whole mob scene... and now I understand a little better the “Dog” like ways that some of our whanau have lived under. At times I shook my head in disbelief and disgust, felt great sorrow for our bro’s and just laughed out loud... Our kaupapa is to be champions for our people and I am excited about Tuhoe taking on that role for all of us! (Pio)
It was one of those cant put down books for me, I started reading and read it in two days. (Brian)
On many occasions I was in tears but couldn’t put it (the book) down! I knew the gangs lived life very hard (from reading newspapers) but never knew the extent of the absolute sadness of their existence and for those around them. I wept for the women and children. (Chris)
I want to say to you well done bro “kia ora” for persisting with your walk with the master and breaking through and going where very few have ever traveled...as a Maori and as a Pastor I am proud of you. (Norm)
Couldn’t put it down from the moment I started reading chapter one, and to have met the man himself and had my copy signed will make this a very treasured book. (Richard)
I admire you for what has clearly been a very courageous and spirited life change. (Angela)
Your book will help me understand some of the people that may cross my counseling path in the future. (Janet)
This fascinating autobiography shows all to graphically what can happen if here is no helping hand for those in trouble. (Judith Moore, Review, Rotorua Daily Post 2008)
Reading your book has enlightened me with why he (my husband) did things and still does stuff to me and the children. I am giving my son your book for his birthday as he tends to at times swing towards the pull of the mob and the staunch persona that it seems to take on. When he comes back home (from Autralia) he always reverts to that gangster type of attitude and hangs out with his whanau that rock that way. (Sally)
We need people like you out their in our country talking to the gangs and youth of today......... NZ is fast becoming an unsafe place to live in. (Kim Hill)
I have read it and found it to be disturbing, powerful, insightful, humbling, amongst all of that I also re-learnt a lot of spiritual truths. Thank you so much for your honesty and for persevering... it makes me hopeful for myself and my failings and for other family members’ redemption, (Wendy)
To say that it has had such a profound impact on me is not even close to describing how your story has inspired me, as your words were definitely thought provoking and continue to resonate in my head as I write…(Elsie)
I am always fascinated by other people’s experiences. Nothing in life is straight forward and we all make some ‘interesting’ choices. Your old life is not a life that I can begin to imagine, but your new life is so full of hope and the promise and will, to live the life that you want to live. (Natalie)
There are few surprises in True Red; the Mongrel Mob culture has been described countless times in court. Here, though, we have a good attempt to spell out the route to the gangs. (Roy Burke – Wed 23 April, Waikato Times).
I wept often during your story, for your pain and the pain of those who are still trapped in that lifestyle. (Harvey Family).