Loyal servant of Porirua retires
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.