The Herald reports:
An online petition is pushing for a firefighter fighting the Nelson blaze to be spared deportation.
The petition ‘Stop the Deportation of Steve Webster from NZ’ was set up on Change.org yesterday by friend and former volunteer firefighter Ken Mahon.
Mahon said he began the online petition at 3pm yesterday – without telling Webster – after he saw new social media photo of Webster all dirty from fighting the Tasman fires and decided he had to do something.
“Here’s this guy busting his gut for a country that wants to throw him out. I just thought I’ve had enough of this good guy being treated badly,” he said.
Mahon said he has known Steve Webster for three years through his involvement in the fire service.
“He is a real top bloke,” he said.
Mahon said that as well as Webster being a volunteer firefighter, he would help anyone with anything – from fundraising to shifting house.
He should have been a drug dealer instead of a firefighter. Then he’d get residency from the Minister instead of deportation.