Friendliness ranks highest
What do you like best about the South Waikato?
The friendliness of the people, you can walk around the street and no matter who they are you can say hello and they answer back.
What is the worst thing about the South Waikato?
Probably the cold . . . no . . . that’s something I’ve never really thought of. I know there’s a lot of people who have left Tokoroa and they’ve regretted it because they wanted to move back.
If you could change anything about the district what would it be?
More opportunities for jobs for the young people.
If a tourist came to the South Waikato where would you take them?
It would depend on what the tourist would be interested, in but I have shown people that have come into town the Kinleith mill and we’ve taken them out to Lake Whakamaru ... and now there’s the walking trails, there’s plenty to do around here. If I was mayor I would . . . Oh, that’s tricky that one . .. I don’t know, that’s getting into politics. Can we bypass that one?
What is the most inspiring event you have experienced?
Oh . . . getting married . . . oh gee that’s a good one um ... probably seeing both boys graduate at university, and the births of my grandchildren.
If I was stuck on a desert island, the one thing I would take would be . . .
A bottle of beer . . . just any- thing. I drink anything nowadays.
What is your favourite fish and chip shop?
Well, we don’t have fish and chips, the wife’s got high cholesterol.
What annoys you the most about people?
Probably people walking around and dropping rubbish on the streets, well it makes the town look untidy.
When I’m free I like to . . .
Play indoor bowls, I used to play outdoor but I haven’t got back to that yet.
One thing that people don’t know about me is ...
I’m a nice person ...I don’t know, everybody knows what I’m like.