Every­one gets along

Marty Robin­son, Kerik­eri Or­ganic busi­ness owner, BOIWhangaroa com­mu­nity board mem­ber, Fo­cus Pai­hia trustee.

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - What do you like about the Far North? How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from? What do you like least and how can we fix it? What’s your favourite eatery? Your high­light of the week? Who is the Kiwi you most ad­mire? The spot in Nor

I re­gard it as home. It’s just so friendly, all ages are able to get on to­gether.

I was born in Hawkes Bay and I’ve called the Far North home since 1975. I went over­seas for a cou­ple of years and came back in 1979 and bought the farm in 1980.

The cost of build­ing is pro­hib­i­tive. Peo­ple should be able to live in what they build and the per­mit­ting shouldn’t be oner­ous for a home build. It should only be oner­ous for sell­ing on.

My per­sonal chef - my wife Becky. I rel­ish ev­ery mouth­ful of home eat­ing.

Sell­ing at the Kerik­eri mar­kets. It’s en­joy­able to go there; the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and the am­bi­ence. It’s a pleas­ant way to earn an in­come.

All Ki­wis who drive projects that are pos­i­tive and ben­e­fit the wide com­mu­nity. Some­one I greatly ad­mire, an un­sung hero, is Zelka Gram­mer. She’s an eco-war­rier princess be­cause of her work for the en­vi­ron­ment and for GE free New Zealand. In my mind she de­serves an hon­our of some sort be­cause of her in­tegrity.

Go up slightly north of Matauri Bay and look at the Cavalli Is­lands. Sit at the look­out up there and it’s a mag­i­cal panorama.

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