Ratbag Candidate responds

The other day I posted about ratbag Christchurch candidate Daniel Wright.

He has written me a letter which he wishes to be posted. No problems there, happy in the interests of fairness to provide a forum for Daniel.

To Whom it may concern.

I am standing for community board for the Shirley-Papanui Ward because I believe in creating strong communities and believe I am capable and able of advocating for this as a Community Board member.

I attribute much of my drive and determination to the fact that in my early 20s I went through an isolated and difficult period in my life which culminated in my hitting rock bottom when I was convicted for theft from my employer. I took full responsibility for my actions. I co-operated with my employer, the police and justice system. I was sentenced to community work and home detention which I completed without issue. I make no excuses for my actions and continue to take full responsibility for my poor choices. I have sincerely learned from my mistakes and want nothing more than an opportunity to prove myself. 

Since this time, I have used my second chance to re-join and contribute to my community. I have now maintained a career with a supportive employer for several years, I was married in 2011 to my extremely encouraging wife and live in the St Albans Area and I have successfully created Circle Trust, an organisation promoting stronger communities which has a strong board formed which know about my past indiscretions and are prepared to look past to them, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNajGrVlRuw). I have invested a great deal of time and my own funds to ensure that Circle Trust makes a difference to the people of Christchurch. I do not try to hide my background and accept that the community may draw negative inferences against me due to my conviction.

The fact of my conviction means that I am forced to work twice as hard as any other candidate to prove that I am worthy of a seat on my community board. This is a challenge that I do not shy away from. I am committed to proving that I am worthy of the trust and acceptance of our community despite my past.

I have turned my life around and made the most of my second chance, I have learnt from my difficult time and allowed the experiences to let me understand and be more empathetic towards people. My three key principles in life are Family, Friends, Community.

I now seek to embrace the opportunities and strength I have gathered by standing for the community board and taking the opportunity to effect positive change for the people of Shirley-Papanui.

Daniel Wright

Bear in mind that Mr Wright was only a nominee, there are far more dodgier ratbags than him…good luck with the campaign.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.