Likes the blue skies

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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.

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