Rotorua security guard Rangi Hurihanganui had two paths – life as a gang member or one in a good career helping people. Today he holds the country’s top award in the security industry. He speaks with journalist Kelly Makiha about how he hopes his story will help others.
When Rangi Hurihanganui turned 15, he dragged his feet on the long walk home from school knowing he had to face his father and tell him the bad news – he had let him down and was leaving school.
Mr Hurihanganui came from a big family – three sisters and seven brothers, all loved and well educated by wonderful parents. But he was different.
The self-confessed black sheep never really connected with the education system and the future looked a bit grim.
On his way home from school that day, he came across a bunch of young guys who asked him what he was up to.
He told them he had just dropped out of school and they tried to convince him to go with them to join the Black Power.