En­joys North’s vibe

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Richard Rob­bins, 41, wildlife en­thu­si­ast and project man­ager for Project Is­land Song. Lives in Russell.

What do you like best about the Far North?

The main rea­son I moved up here was for the habi­tat, the cli­mate, the land­scapes, and the peo­ple. The space, it’s that North­land time, it’s a dif­fer­ent vibe.

How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I’ve lived in New Zealand for 17 years, with a six year stint in Auck­land. I’ve now lived in North­land for 11 years, and I’m orig­i­nally from Warwickshire in the UK.

What do you like least and how can we fix it?

There are too many trucks, the roads are get­ting very busy. We need bet­ter in­te­grated trans­port.

What’s your favourite eatery?

The Gables restau­rant in Russell. It’s got a good at­mos­phere, all the staff are re­ally friendly.

Your high­light of the week?

Usu­ally on a Fri­day I catch up with friends in Russell, it’s al­ways re­ally re­laxed and we start look­ing for­ward to the week­end.

Who is the Kiwi you most ad­mire?

Ernest Ruther­ford be­cause of where he came from, not only the time but also the lo­ca­tion and be­com­ing so prom­i­nent in sci­ence, is an in­spi­ra­tion.

The spot in North­land I’d rec­om­mend is? Mo­tu­rua Is­land, Ipipiri, its just one of those mag­i­cal places and also to work with the species that are back there now.

If I were Far North mayor I’d…

Work at giv­ing the Far North peo­ple a stronger

‘‘There are too many trucks...We need bet­ter in­te­grated trans­port. ’’ Richard Rob­bins

voice. It’s about sup­port­ing the many amaz­ing things that hap­pen in the Far North al­ready, and try to bring them to­gether, like all the com­mu­nity groups that are work­ing with pest man­age­ment and wildlife.

When I’ve got a free few hours, I like to... Usu­ally take the dog for a walk and I try to get out and about. And I’ve been build­ing my house from scratch, so I also work on that.

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