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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  • I thought we were champions of redemptions stories here at WOBH? ;)

    I would suggest there are many of us that are LUCKY that our behaviour in our teens and perhaps even twenties didn’t get to the point where it came to the attention of the police or wider community.

    Sounds like Daniel grew up and he’s doing just fine now.

    • We had an interesting question in our informal 2013 “Whaleoil Census”

  • blokeintakapuna

    Great reply Daniel… well written. Big ups to him for owning his responsibilities and past behaviours… but most of all for the positive change…

    • Richard McGrath

      Yep sounds like he’s turned over a new leaf, and good on him. As he says, he will have to work twice as hard as the other candidates.

  • opusx

    Good on him for being man enough to respond. Still…stealing from the guy that’s given you a job. That’s gonna be a big hurdle for him to get over. It’s not like he did a drive off with $20 gas from a service station. I have been really down in my life too. But I have never considered stealing from those that have placed their trust in me. Takes all types I know.

  • dumbshit

    give the money back

  • kevin

    Too many sentences starting with ‘I’… Maybe that proves it is a self crafted intro and not a mashup pro job.

    • BJ

      It’s called ‘ownership’

  • Bafacu

    Congratulations on an excellent response – it is how we face adversity that helps define us.

    I have had my problems with the law in the past and agree that, once this is self-acknowledged, it takes an extraordinary effort and a very very long time to get some level of general acceptance. I am still suffering from the consequences of my indiscretion over 38 years later, so remember it will be with you forever. You just have to accept that and some people will never forgive (and you don’t have the right to expect that either) but they are not the people that count.

    I wish you well in your future endeavours – just remember those that assisted you to get back to where you are now, and be forever grateful to them, they are your foundations for rebuilding.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Sorry only means something, if it is followed by a genuine change of behaviour!
    Well done, perhaps this guy deserves a 2nd chance. The only thing to decide now is his competency to do the job!

  • Lion_ess

    Good letter and good luck with it, Daniel.

  • Muffin

    nice response, well done and good luck

  • Mickrodge

    Contrast this response with that from the Diesel (and Oxygen) thief Aaron Goodwin & I know who I’d go into bat for.

    I have the utmost respect for people who “own their shit”. Sounds like a decent bloke.

  • Leopards? Spots? Hmmmm….

    • Rex Widerstrom

      Would you like some facts with that prejudice?

      Just one quarter of those who were released from their first term [of imprisonment] had been re-imprisoned by the three-years mark….

      Recidivism [among dishonesty offenders], when it occurs, tend to happen rapidly, with over 40 percent of these offenders back in prison for another offence within 12 months.

      More than 12 months have passed since Mr Wright committed what was his first offence.

      It would be interesting to know his RoC*RoI score (risk of reconviction / risk of re-imprisonment) as assessed by the Department of Corrections, though I suspect it would be very low indeed, and research shows an excellent correlation between the score and the real world risk.

      Ironically, we have better data on his likelihood of acting dishonestly than we do on anyone who has not been convicted of a dishonesty offence but who may be harbouring the intent to do so (which is not to imply that most people intend to act dishonestly, of course).

      A politician who’s 75% not likely to lie, cheat and steal? I’ll take those odds, thanks.

  • Good on Daniel Wright for taking the time to respond, and for giving his side of the story.

    And as someone who has battled depression over many years, I can easily see how he took the path of least resistance and stole from his employer. When you are depressed, you make bad choices to try and alleviate the causes of your stress. If money was a major worry for him, stealing a little here and a little there (until it suddenly became a lot) is perfectly credible. There by the grace of God go I.