It’s all about liv­ing cen­tral

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

What do you like best about the South Waikato? It is very cen­tral to some great places in the North Is­land only trav­el­ling one to one and a half hours you can visit Taupo, The Bay of Plenty and Hamil­ton.

We also have some great coun­try side with some breath tak­ing views around most cor­ners.

What is one thing about people that an­noys you? Some people dis­re­spect at ac­ci­dent scenes when we are out there sav­ings lives and try­ing to clear up the scene to get the road­ways back to nor­mal as quickly as pos­si­ble safely with out be­ing a tar­get! But some people seem to be in that much of a hurry we have to watch our backs all the time.

What is you favourite fish and chip shop? Young’s Kitchen in TI­RAU - great ser­vice and very nice meals.

What is the cra­zi­est thing you have ever done? Not so much crazy but I like ab­seil­ing and rope res­cue. As a mem­ber of one of Fon­terra’s Emer­gency Re­sponse Team’s this is one of the tasks we do and train for.

When I’m free I like to... Be out fish­ing when we can get the boat out or re­lax­ing on the beach putting out the Kon­tiki.

If a tourist came to the South Waikato I would take them... To the Wai­hou river walk, this is a nice re­lax­ing walk with some in­cred­i­ble views of what the south Waikato has to of­fer.

What is the most in­spir­ing event you have ever seen/ex­pe­ri­enced? Be­ing down in Christchurch help­ing with the clean up af­ter the Christchurch earth quakes, spend­ing two weeks at the first and six weeks at the sec­ond quake with the Fon­terra Emer­gency Re­sponse Teams work­ing through the high rise build­ing with the struc­tural en­gi­neers.

What is the most dev­as­tat­ing event you have ever en­dured/wit­nessed? This would also have to be Christchurch the power of mother na­ture is amaz­ing.

What is one thing about yourself that not many people know? I en­joy hunt­ing but have not been out for a num­ber of years, slowly get­ting back into it.

If I was mayor I would... Keep work­ing with the com­mu­nity groups to clean up our town’s, make them at­trac­tive places to visit.

Jim Phillips

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