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ROB KIPA- WIL­LIAMS PLAYS ZAC IN 800 WORDS, SCREEN­ING ON TVNZ 1, WED­NES­DAYS AT 8.30PM

Weekend Herald - - ME & MY CAR -

I al­most al­ways have a tent and some camp­ing gear. I love spon­ta­neous camp­ing trips, some­times I'll just be driv­ing some­where up north and de­cide to pull over and stay for the night and go for a walk in the moun­tains or along the beach. First car you owned? A Mit­subishi Sigma, I don't even know what year. My grand­fa­ther sold it to me for a steal, it was blue and it had a stereo. I had some epic adventures in that car; it rep­re­sented free­dom. Your dream car? I have be­come in­ter­ested in sus­tain­able liv­ing and my mother lives in an eco- vil­lage. From that per­spec­tive, a dream car would be the Tesla Model S or Model 3. What do you drive in

Words? 800

Zac in­stalls in­ter­net and com­put­ers, and goes fish­ing a lot, so his ve­hi­cle is a 2011 Toy­ota Hilux SR. It’s boss look­ing and has tints. Who taught you to drive? My Aunty Leah in a blue Mini and my un­cle Lex who also had a Mini, his was pink and was a kind of sta­tion wagon. I learnt on quiet farm roads in Palmerston North and Feild­ing. I think I was 15. Any tips for young driv­ers? Al­ways learn to drive man­ual. Who started your in­ter­est in cars? My grand­fa­ther was a me­chanic and was restor­ing a Model A Ford in his home garage in Palmerston North. I used to dream of turn­ing it in to a hot rod. He didn't ap­pre­ci­ate that idea. Most me­morable road trip? When I first moved to Auck­land. I was 21 and I was liv­ing with my koro. One day he said, “boy if I were you, I wouldn't live here with us, I'd be in Auck­land”. I told a few mates and they de­cided to move to Auck­land as well, pretty much that day. We had no money, didn't even know how to pay for gas, but we set off, not a care in the world. Favourite movie car scene? An­thony Hop­kins in

In the scene where Burt Munro has just ar­rived in the US and is catch­ing a cab to his ho­tel. He looks out the back win­dow of the taxi and the look in his eyes, amazed at the lights and the city, it is a beau­ti­ful scene and beau­ti­ful act­ing. What do you lis­ten to in your car? I pre­fer RnB and House mu­sic. Great day trip out of Auck­land? Bethells Beach, Te Henga track and the lake walk are awe­some spots. Auck­land traf­fic? We need to work on a bet­ter train sys­tem. Per­haps a sub­way or a mono­rail around the cen­tral city. I try to stay away from peak hour traf­fic and set most of my ap­point­ments to miss it all. I don't think the an­swer is more lanes, which we seem to be do­ing.

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