Look who’s talking . . .
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?
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’’.