Fresh fields for hardy reporter
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A JOB?
Up until last week, I was a reporter at this newspaper, but have now moved to news agency Australian Associated Press, based in Wellington.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Have absolutely loved my time here in Porirua and Tawa, connecting with people. That’s what has me turning up every day and will seriously miss it - writing about people’s lives and putting issues in front of the public to inform and create debate.
WHAT’S THE WORST?
Not being able to get along to every event we’re asked to. You face criticism in a job like this for things you write - and things you don’t! - but you just have to have a thick skin. We do our best to be fair and accurate.
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I could be a Mastermind contestant on Waikato rugby, 1985-2010. I don’t know how to use the work photocopier.
HOW DO YOU RELAX?
With my family. Watching every sport I can and playing football, in the Masters grade these days. Watching my 7-year-old playing his sport. I read a ton of books and every newspaper I can get my hands on.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU IN THE WEEKENDS?
Playing/watching sport or out geocaching with the family. Don’t scoff - it’s a brilliant way to explore the beautiful walkways and parks this region has to offer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?
I can keep a football in the air, using my head, knees or feet, for hours on end. I could parallel park for my country.
IF YOU COULD INVITE FOUR PEOPLE TO DINNER WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Dietmar Hamann - nicknamed the Kaiser - who was a Liverpool FC midfielder 1999-2006. Duane Monkley, Waikato flanker 1987-1996. Both legends who I’d love to break bread with. And the Duke of Wellington and Barack Obama, fascinating figures in world history. Camborne Walkway and Titahi Bay Beach. Special.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To read minds so I could tell if interview subjects are lying to me.
Kris Dando has left after more than 11 years. We found out the best and worst parts of the job, and some of his talents.
WHAT SCARES YOU?
Donald Trump. And the fact Liverpool FC may not win the Premier League in my lifetime.
WHOWOULD PLAY YOU IN THE MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE?
LOOK WHO’S TALKING
Ving Rhames. Silly question.
WHATWAS YOUR HIGHLIGHT OF 2016?
Winning the Canon Media Award for best community newspaper for the second time was fantastic and I was lucky enough to get the reporter award too. But watching my son do well in football and cricket tops that and teaching my 3-year-old daughter to collect the newspaper off the driveway for me was a big moment as well.
WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE IF YOU WERE GOING TO BE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND?
A football, a fishing rod and my wife.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY LOCATION?
Either a deserted beach somewhere in NZ with the family or reliving my OE in Europe.
If he was stranded on a desert island, Kris Dando would take a football, fishing rod and his wife.