Look who’s talk­ing . . .

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about the South Waikato? People – com­mu­nity, all the dif­fer­ent parts of the com­mu­nity. I just love the land and all the dif­fer­ent con­tours in it; just all the phys­i­cal fea­tures of the SW.

What is one thing about people that an­noys you?

Two things – I can’t stand hypocrisy and people not be­liev­ing in the po­ten­tial of stu­dents to achieve a hell of a lot more than what people give them credit for.

What is the worst thing about the South Waikato?

I get very an­gry with people from out­side the South Waikato putting the area down. I’ve got my­self off­side with lots of people who live out­side the area who just make these state­ments out of ig­no­rance.

What is your favourite fish and chip shop?

Op­pies in Ro­torua or East and West in Toko­roa If I was mayor . . . I’d want to en­sure that Toko­roa is the commercial cap­i­tal of the South Waikato. I just think there is so much po­ten­tial here. When I’m free I like . . . How much paper have you got? I like trout fish­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, pheas­ant and duck shoot­ing, ski­ing, road cy­cling, kayak­ing or trout fish­ing off my kayak ...

If a tourist came to the South Waikato I would take them . . .

Along the River Trails, I would take them around the neat cafes that are start­ing up, I would take them to some of the up­per van­tage points to see some of the amaz­ing scenery. I would also take them to people who are be­ing in­no­va­tive in the com­mu­nity like Over the Moon cheeses.

What is the most in­spir­ing event you have ever seen?

Ev­ery day when I see stu­dents en­joy­ing learn­ing. That’s what give me my buzz, that drives me, I’m weird.

What is the most dev­as­tat­ing event you have ever en­dured?

When there has been stu­dent deaths, par­tic­u­larly stu­dents who I’ve been close to, it’s pretty dev­as­tat­ing. One ath­lete I coached at my pre­vi­ous school, she died of cancer. It’s just part of the ter­ri­tory.

What would you be if you weren’t a prin­ci­pal?

I just love be­ing a prin­ci­pal. It’s a tough stress­ful job but I just love it. I sup­pose I could own a vine­yard and have these long leisurely lunches drink­ing my own wine.

What is one thing about yourself that not many people know?

I used

to be a na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive sprinter and I was a na­tional sprint­ing re­lays coach.

My two cents on the South Waikato

I think it’s just a re­ally en­joy­able, de­cent com­mu­nity. We’ve got prob­lems but it’s just a nice place to live; I love the par­ents and I love the kids.

Ian: He has a black curly coated retriever called

Alby – ‘‘he’s a delin­quent’’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.