Gumboot Friday: 'lone wolf' to govt-funded

Gumboot Friday: 'lone wolf' to govt-funded
Mike King has become the principal executive at I Am Hope, the charity he founded that runs the Gumboot Friday platform. (Image: NZME)
Oliver Lewis
Mike King is promising greater transparency around Gumboot Friday following a $24 million government injection into the youth counselling platform.In a pre-budget announcement last week, mental health minister Matt Doocey and deputy prime minister Winston Peters confirmed Gumboot Friday, which comes under the I Am Hope charity, would receive $6m a year for the next four years to fund counselling sessions for young people aged 25 and under.While it was included in the NZ First-National coalition agreement, the funding didn’t follow typical...

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