Likes the blue skies
Clinton Lyall, 51, deputy principal rural fire officer, for Fire and Emergency New Zealand, based in Kaikohe. Lives in Waipapa.
What do you like best about the Far North?
The climate, the consistent weather is great, and warm.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I’ve lived here for six years and I am originally from Opotiki.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
I don’t like the high level of unemployment, and the poverty. There are a lot of people doing some good stuff, but we need a good co-ordinated approach from the community of Northland and government agencies. We need to focus on some key points - youth, crime, unemployment and health. If you can get on top of some of those things, Northland has a lot to offer.
What’s your favourite eatery?
Wharepuke, it has consistently good food, it’s a nice venue, a good setting, and nice and peaceful. Your highlight of the week?
My daughter did quite well in swimming the other week, she was quite chuffed, so I was quite chuffed. I have been enjoying working with some of the cadets from Northland College, who are helping us out to design some new challenges for an event we want to roll out in secondary schools. It will be around fire awareness, reduction and recruiting in Northland.
Who is the Kiwi you most admire?
There are several but for the same reason, people like Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Peter Blake, they are great leaders and good humble Kiwi people.
‘‘We need to focus on some key points - youth, crime, unemployment and health. ’’ Clinton Lyall
The spot in Northland I’d recommend is?
I like the Karikari Peninsula and Matai Bay, for the good weather, blue skies, nice beaches, good climate and it’s peaceful.
If I were Far North mayor I’d…
Focus on those issues that I mentioned earlier, I’m quite passionate about them really.
When I’ve got a few free hours, I like to... Spend time with the family.