Kia Ora koutou....
One touching article from Oreilly's many is about his trip to Hastings after the killing of baby Jhia Te Tua in what was believed to be gang rivalry between the Black Power and Mongrel Mobb. Oreilly gives a detailed account about meeting the parties involved including the distraught and tearful father of Jhia. Oreilly was also responsible for working with the police in making sure no retaliation attacks were carried out between the gangs. This is the stuff I wanted to know when turning on the 6 o'clock news! He writes with the honesty of and sincerity of a favourite uncle, not bullshitting you or trying too hard to convince you otherwise.
Even if you find it hard to accept that a founding and existing member of one of New Zealand's biggest gangs can make any difference at all or that he actually cares then take the time to read the many articles on the site. You may find that there are people in our communities that have been through the worst and are committed to helping others not make the same mistakes. I myself have family involved in gangs and I know that nothing is what it seems. Whanau is whanau and sometimes the so called "worst" of society are also fathers, uncles, rugby coaches and friends. We all need people like this in our lives regardless of what uniform they wear.
So here's to you Dennis. Ka mihi atu kia koe mo to aroha, me to kaupapa tuturu e pa ana ki te whakapaingia i a tatou tamariki hoki