Fresh fields for hardy re­porter

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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