Centenarian’s electrifying career
There’s no secret to 100year-old Mick Milne’s long and healthy life.
It’s just plenty of exercise and a healthy breakfast.
“I eat porridge every morning,” the Greenlane resident says.
Mitchell Milne, known to all as Mick, celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends on Wednesday last week.
“It’s the first time I’ve had a tie on for I don’t know how many years,” he says.
The retired electrical engineer was married to wellknown potter Margaret Milne, who died in 2005.
The couple married in 1936, when Mick was aged 28 and his bride was 18.
He still lives in the Greenlane home where they lived and raised a family.
“We bought this house and we’ve lived here since 1941,” he says.
“There were few other houses in the street then.”
Mr Milne has been compiling a book of memories from his life, including a 40-year career with the Post and Telegraph office.
Stories from his working life include installation of New Zealand’s first overseas radio link, through Sydney, Darwin and the United States to Britain.
He also laid cable at Ninety Mile Beach to measure a land-speed record attempt by Australian Norman “Wizard” Smith.
After retiring in the 1960s he was elected to the Auckland Electrical Power Board, later serving for five years as chairman.
Sons Roderick and Andrew and family members from around the country helped celebrate Mr Milne’s birthday at his home last week.
Mr Milne has five grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.
Roderick says his father has slowed down since having a hip replaced recently.
He had been playing tennis well into his 90s.
“Only three years ago he was running around the block,” Rod says.
Milestone: Centenarian Mick Milne celebrated his birthday with sons Andrew, left, and Roderick.