Stuff.co.nz 17 July 2012
Millionaire businessman Owen Glenn has given $80 million to prevent child abuse in New Zealand, with the first $8m going to a pilot scheme to educate young men in Otara. Glenn announced today at the Otara Music and Arts Centre that the Glenn Family Foundation would put the money towards health, education and enterprise programmes to help stem the tide of child abuse. He said the country’s domestic violence and child abuse rate was “a great shame” on the people of New Zealand. Education was a major part of his strategy and vision for a better New Zealand and that positive change could only be achieved through a collaborative approach and effort from Government, community leaders, police and citizens. The Otara scheme, called Coaching Boys in to Men, would target young men through education, enterprise and sport and try to provide them with positive role models and the respect needed to ensure they became good members of the community.
…..”I think it’s a great example for other very well off New Zealanders to follow,” Key said. Glenn had a passionate interest in helping at-risk children, particularly in South Auckland, and there was always a place for individuals to work alongside the Government, Key said. However, it would need to take advice before deciding whether a Royal Commission, which Glenn has offered to fund, was necessary. “The Government spends an enormous amount of money on the welfare of youngsters and of at risk New Zealanders. It’s a very complex issue… I think the Government is doing a lot but it’s great that other people are prepared to help and do a little more.”