Big dreams for a small town

South Waikato News - - NEWS / OPINION -

What do you like the best about the South Waikato?

It’s very cen­tral to Ro­torua, Tau­ranga, Hamil­ton places like that. My wife comes from Mata­mata and I orig­i­nate from Ro­torua so we’ve got fam­ily and friends around there and you can go also out for shop­ping.

What’s the worst thing about the district?

The weather [laughs] oh no, that’s not too bad. Prob­a­bly the worst thing is the lack of big shops. If you want some­thing of a rea­son­able qual­ity you’ve got to go to the big­ger towns.

If you could change any­thing about the district what would it be?

Well in Ti­rau it­self we need a lit­tle bit more of a walk­ing area so it’s user friendly for an­i­mals like dogs, we’re work­ing on it but we haven’t got there yet.

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

The cafes and Oko­roire Ho­tel, we could have a game of golf.

If you were mayor what would do?

I would in­volve more of the coun­cil work­ers in de­ci­sions.

What has been the most in­spir­ing event you have wit­nessed?

Prob­a­bly the most in­spir­ing thing was when I was in the army, I re­ally en­joyed my army life.

Help­ing ap­pren­tices as well be­cause I was an ap­pren­tice in­struc­tor.

What is the most dev­as­tat­ing event you have been through? Los­ing a daugh­ter. If you were stuck of a desert is­land what would you take?

Prob­a­bly some food and wa­ter.

What is you favourite fish and chip shop?

We don’t re­ally have fish and chips.

What an­noys you the most about peo­ple?


that don’t lis­ten be­cause you’re try­ing to help some­body and they don’t lis­ten to what you’re try­ing to ex­plain to them.

In my spare time I like to.. Go fish­ing and play golf. One thing that peo­ple don’t know about me... I don’t know, I’m pretty open - peo­ple know most things about me.

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