Loyal ser­vant of Porirua re­tires

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Phil Jensen is hang­ing up his flu­o­res­cent jacket at the age of 72, but his work for the Porirua com­mu­nity will not soon be forgotten.

Jensen spent more than 20 years work­ing as the coun­cil’s graf­fiti re­moval spe­cial­ist, and also han­dled odd jobs such as de­liv­er­ing the coun­cil rub­bish bags to su­per­mar­kets and trans­fer­ring books be­tween the li­braries.

He was also a care­taker at Na­tone Park School and worked as a builder on sev­eral projects, in­clud­ing many Whitby homes and su­per­mar­kets in Wai­tan­girua and Can­nons Creek.

Jensen re­tired on March 31 and said the de­ci­sion to move on was a sad one. He said he would miss work­ing.

‘‘I’ve worked all my life. That’s what I know,’’ Jensen said.

‘‘I re­ally en­joyed what I did. Get­ting up and go­ing to work was what I did. There was al­ways some­thing to keep the job in­ter­est­ing.’’

A ca­reer high­light was all the peo­ple he worked with over the years. He said there might be some travel and maybe an­other part­time job to keep him busy.

‘‘I in­tend to live to 100, so there’s a few things I could do.’’

One thing Jensen is look­ing for­ward to is spend­ing more time with his ex­tended fam­ily, which now in­cludes 19 grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child.

Jensen lived in Porirua from 1973 un­til he shifted over into Lower Hutt in 2008.

He also spent 33 years as a vol­un­teer over­see­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice work and was recog­nised for his ser­vices with a may­oral cer­tifi­cate in 2007.

His manager, Streetworks su­per­vi­sor Shane Pi­hema, said Jensen had served the coun­cil very well and been a popular team mem­ber.

Phil Jensen was sad to leave what he has done for more than 20 years, but is proud of his work in the Porirua com­mu­nity.

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