NZ’s dodgiest LBP Nominee – Daniel Wright

Chrischurch ratbag Daniel Wright

Christchurch ratbag Daniel Wright

The tip line continues to fill with nominations for NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body politician.

One of today’s nominations is Daniel Wright from Christchurch, who is putting up his hand to be for the Christchurch City Council – Shirley-Papanui Community Board.

His candidate profile sounds wonderful, but I do wonder why the ratbag left out this bit of his life:

No reparation order could be made when a retail manager who stole $20,000 from the shop he worked at, was sentenced to home detention and community work.

Judge Tony Couch was told at the Christchurch District Court sentencing that Daniel James Wright was going through the “no asset procedure” at Insolvency New Zealand.

The reparation report prepared for the sentencing judge showed that his financial situation meant he had no funds to repay his former employer.

Defence counsel April Kelland said the conviction for theft by a person in a special relationship, which Wright had admitted, meant he could not go back to the management positions he had previously held. 

He had approached Insolvency New Zealand and was working with the Salvation Army budgeting service to manage the money he now received as a beneficiary.

The offending, which took place over a six month period in 2006, had not meant he was living “an opulent lifestyle”. The stolen money from 53 false transactions had been used to pay bills and debt.

She said Wright had acted impulsively when he was subject to depression and family pressures. He had co-operated with the employer and the police when the offending was uncovered.

Judge Couch said he could accept that Wright had acted impulsively 53 times over a six month period, and the use of false paperwork to cover his tracks showed premeditation.

Only Wright’s lack of previous convictions and the fact that home detention was now available as a sentence prevented a prison term being imposed.

As a sufferer of depression I find it reprehensible that people somehow think that they can use it as an excuse to justify their actions. Nonethless, I’m not sure someone convicted of dishonesty offences is fit to be a council member.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    “Judge Couch said he could accept that Wright had acted impulsively 53 times over a six month period”

    Yeah Right!

    53 …that’s a Warriors score…. Not an “impulsive” action and especially not over a 6 month period.

    Are the judiciary snorting confiscated drugs or something? What the hell is wrong wit their sense of perspective? Are they unable to detect bullshit?

    • Lion_ess

      I read that as a typo. Acting “impulsively” 53 times doesn’t kinda make sense.

  • dumbshit

    well at least he feels quite at home with his snout in someone elses trough he should blend in easily with the rest of them

  • LinkinHawk

    So this scum bag steels 20 grand from a local company and now wants to be in the council in the same city .,I just txt this piece of crap to let him know how I feel .

  • 4077th

    It is utterly baffling how some of these people consider themselves fit for a government job. The services wouldn’t take them even as cannon fodder. More sunlight WO.

    • blueballs

      This attitude of entitlement is actually a prerequisite for being envolved in the labour party in any capacity.

  • opusx

    As I have posted before…Police vetting. Any recent convictions for dishonesty offences…Christ, especially theft as a servant…do not pass go.
    And yes I know some of us may have history from our distant youth, but 2006 for this guy is recent.

    And Cam, I’m with you on getting pissed seeing these morons use depression as an excuse for their offending. Depression does not affect your ability to differentiate right from wrong…it just makes you feel…depressed, and in my case when I’m not on the meds…really angry:-)

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  • unitedtribes

    I think his running mate is Aron Gilmore

  • Patrick

    Convicted thief? All good grounding for someone who extracts ratepayers money to fritter away on pet vote winning projects.

  • Richard McGrath

    It is deeply depressing, but I guess not that surprising, to learn that all manner of lowlife criminals are wanting to govern us. But the brazen cheek of vermin such as this fellow Wright almost defies belief. Not only is he – as you suggest – unfit to stand for council, he should really be horsewhipped and run out of town for impertinence. Well done Cam for drawing attention to these dishonest bastards – imagine how much this prick could steal from a council if he flogged $20k from a shop.

  • Richard McGrath

    A job with IRD might better suit his track record…