More power to councillors
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.