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Watch: The New Plymouth teen putting drugs behind him and turning his life around

A New Plymouth teenager whose been through some rough times is making the tough choices to turn his life around.

At just 16, Rajshan Featonby is checking himself into a drug rehab clinic after being on various drugs for four-years.

"I was about 10-years-old when I ended up with CYFS, I was about 12 when I had my first toke of marijuana and I was 13 when I had my first toke of synthetic cannabis," the teenager said.

Now he's voluntarily seeking out help in the hopes of righting the wrongs his addiction has caused his family.

"I really need to go there to change my ways and come out for a fresh start so I feel proper again. I'm only 16 and I'm feeling like s**t."

When he was 10-years-old Rajshan was put into the care of a family out on a farm with people who he says treated him well.

"I didn't like being there though because it wasn't home for me, they weren't my real family I couldn't call them mum, I couldn't call them dad, it was just hard for me."

Now he is facing the court system over burglary charges, but hopes rehab will be another step on the way to positive change.

The teenager has already joined a rugby academy programme and is working towards his NCEA qualifications.

When asked about his ultimate goal Rajshan mused: "I want to be on a Disney movie.

"I like entertaining kids, kids are my favourite, I just love kids."

Rajshan Featonby is now part of a rugby academy and is working towards NCEA. Source: Seven Sharp