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Former National Party leader Don Brash is on the hunt for funds to help gangsters read and write.

Dr Brash has become a trustee of the Ngaa Whaanau o Maangaru Education and Research Centre set up by the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom chapter.

He says the chapter tried to interest tertiary institutions in providing educational help to its members, and when it got a negative reaction it went out on its own.

He's impressed with what the gang's leadership is trying to do.

"They are genuinely committed to helping their members get educated. Some have criminal records of course but a lot of them have educational problems. The leadership of the Mongrel Mob Kingdom said if we can help these guys - and they are predominantly guys - get some education, that improves their employment opportunities, that improves their families etc, how about it? I was happy to be involved," he says.

Dr Brash says he has met with ministers and he's optimistic some pūtea will eventually be put into the project.

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