Cen­te­nar­ian’s elec­tri­fy­ing ca­reer

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

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