Real Stories

Everyone loves a Superhero... How about real-life ones?

The Man Up and Legacy programmes consistently help people achieve breakthrough in areas of life that seemed unbeatable at the time.

The 15 week programmes cover a variety of topics of the heart, allowing participants to restore themselves and their families, move forward in life and contribute to society in a positive way.

 real heroes of transformation

Hear from some of the men whose lives have changed since attending Man Up - their backgrounds, challenges and successes since joining the Man Up Brotherhood.


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Grant douglas

Grant's early memories include watching his father commit suicide in front of him, when he was just five years old. What came after that was a life of addiction to synthetics, providing drugs to his wife and children, and a dysfunctional domestic environment.


Man Up helped Grant's family be drug-free after decades of addiction, and has helped to mend their relationships.


Facing depression and suicide on a daily basis, Jacob became an insomniac and couldn't sleep. Asking his wife if he could take his own life, Jacob and his wife ran out of options until they found Man Up.

mike ansin

When times got tough between Mike and his partners, Mike ran from his problems instead of facing them. Since attending Man Up, Mike has learnt about being a running man and the responsibilities we father's have towards our children, our partners and our communities.

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Niko apulu

Losing his father at a young age, Niko was forced to grow up too young. Helping his mother and siblings, he chose a path that led him to prison for 3 years. With the support of his partner and Man Up, Niko now takes responsibility and raises his own family.


Born and raised in Tonga and then moving to NZ, Sinali experienced the challenges of coming to a new country and starting again. He became suicidal after losing hope until a friend at work invited him to Man Up, the rest is history.

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