Arron | Kelston

“This year? Get synthetics out of West Auckland, and to I don’t know, just find out what everyone’s so angry about, get everyone a bit happier. That’s pretty much it, really.

I call West Auckland home. I grew up and lived most of my life in Kelston. I’ve travelled to a lot of different parts of the world. I’ve been an operations manager, a training manager, I’ve done sales, I trained all the Allied security guards by delivering training material, I’m an NZQA workplace assessor. My trade is steel fabrication. I’ve been to Europe, I’ve been to Thailand, other places too. I’ve got three teenage kids so I spend a lot of my life working and just raising my kids, and making sure that they’re prepared for what’s ahead. To sum it up; I’ve been married, I’ve been divorced, I’ve had girlfriends, no boyfriends. Yeah, I guess that’s it.

I think it’s just stupid. I mean if you want to smoke buds, smoke real green buds. What do got to make pretending ones for? I’ve seen what it’s done to the kaumātua and all the people around here. It’s making everyone sick. It’s really, it’s bad.

That synthetic stuff, that’s got to go. I don’t know what they do or how they make it, or whatever they do with it, but it’s making people sick and I’m sick of it. That’s it really, if you see anyone on synthetics, you have to call 111, and you’ve got to ask for an ambulance, and explain to them that they’re probably having a fit, because that’s what it looks like when they do it. Not everyone, but most of them looks like they’re having a fit. You’ve got to call 111 and get an ambulance there to help them, and that’s really all I want to say about synthetics.

For my kids I just want them to have a chance and a good life without all the restrictions and the bullshit, all the stuff that some kids have to put up with, that kind of thing. My kids are teenagers, and my boys, all my kids work. Even though they’re teenage boys, they work, because that’s what I told them; that’s how you get ahead. They’re not doing that stuff. They’re out busting their arse working. I sound really angry. I’m not actually angry. But for my kids, for West Auckland, I want it to be a safe place for my kids, and I want them to be able to do and say whatever they want without any fear of anything, because they shouldn’t have to be scared in their home. That, that’s what I want for my kids.”

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