More power to coun­cil­lors

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

What do you like best about the South Waikato?

The num­ber of gen­uine friends I’ve made since I’ve been here. They are re­ally friendly peo­ple.

What is the worst thing about the South Waikato?

Oh, gee, I work with a lot of young peo­ple and I think it’s prob­a­bly the lack of things for the young peo­ple to do. It’s too easy for them to get al­co­hol and drugs.

If you could change any­thing about Pu­taruru what would it be?

For the coun­cil to have a bit more power to make ab­sent land­lords clean up their sec­tions.

If a tourist came to the South Waikato where would you take them?

River Trails. And me be­ing from a farm­ing back­ground I’d prob­a­bly take them to some good dairy farms.

If I was mayor would... Try to cre­ate more power for the peo­ple who are ac­tu­ally elected rather than the staff. Al­low our voted coun­cil­lors to have more say.

What is the most in­spir­ing event you have ex­pe­ri­enced?

Prob­a­bly go­ing to the Com­mon­wealth Games in Auck­land and watch­ing New Zealand swim­mers get their gold be­ing an ex-swim­mer my­self.

If I was stuck on a desert is­land the one thing I would take would be . . .

It would prob­a­bly be some­thing like my bi­ble in fact it would be my bi­ble.

What is your favourite fish and chip shop?

That’s pretty easy it’s the old one in Princes St in Pu­taruru.

IWhat an­noys you the most about peo­ple? Ar­ro­gance, I can’t stand it. What is the most dev­as­tat­ing event you have ever wit­nessed?

An ac­ci­dent out­side my place ac­tu­ally, where three peo­ple were killed. They hit my let­ter­box.

When I’m free I like to?

I’m a gar­dener, I like to go milk cows, I’ve got chooks so I play with my chooks and fish­ing. I’m also the chair of the Air Train­ing Corps at 34 Squadron in South Waikato which is a great thing for young peo­ple to be­long to. One thing that peo­ple don’t know about me is...

That I am still a chef with City and Guilds qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Mur­ray Bath

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