If you watch TV3's comedy show, you might recognise a comedian called James Nokise.
He's doing quite well for himself, which is remarkable when you find out which career he almost picked.
Mr Nokise used to be a member of a gang. We can laugh at it now, but 15 years ago he was really trying to be a gangster – destined to graduate to the Mongrel Mob.
He almost did until an older gang member sat him down and told him he could do better, and he did.
Story went to meet the man who has now won awards, travelled the world and now has advice for kids in the kind of trouble he was.
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