The former inmate battling to find work due to his prison facial tattoo says he has a second chance - and he will make the most of it.
Mark Cropp, wants that to be a pathway to finding a job - and a new life away from crime.
In a new interview today he reveals his harrowing upbringing and his hopes of redemption.
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He spent time in care growing up and, in part, blames his life of crime on his past.
Now he wants a fresh start with his partner, his daughter, Mariah-Jane, and a job to keep a roof over their heads and get food on the table.
His partner was eight months pregnant when he was jailed in 2015, aged 17, for aggravated robbery, after he and a friend pulled a knife on a tourist in Nelson.
"I was quite angry at myself because... I said I wouldn't let her do it alone. And I pretty much failed.
"I didn't want my daughter to have the same upbringing that I did."
Cropp had the tattoo while drunk on home brew in prison using a crudely built needle and a concoction of fermented foods to make the colour.
Once the tattoo is gone, he is considering taking a full-time scaffolding job but has to wait for his probation officer to give the go-ahead.