Bill keep­ing New Lynn safe

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Bill Noue, 73, lives in Henderson and has been a Pa­cific War­den at New Lynn for 15 years.

Thirty-four years as a Pa­cific War­den is a very long time.

I started as a Pa­cific War­den in Porirua in Welling­ton be­fore mov­ing to Auck­land. I’ve been a Pa­cific War­den at the New Lynn Trans­port Station for 15 years and I love it.

Why did you be­come a war­den?

I didn’t have a job in Porirua but I used to at­tend a lot of train­ing cour­ses. One day I de­cided to do some­thing for my­self. I wanted a job that al­lowed me to meet new peo­ple and make friends.

What does your job in­volve? My job is to keep mem­bers of the pub­lic safe. If it’s help­ing peo­ple who’ve had their purses or bags snatched or help­ing them find be­long­ings they lost in a bus or train. Even just sim­ply smil­ing and talk­ing to them. I love smil­ing and talk­ing to peo­ple.

You must have seen a lot in the 34 years you’ve been a war­den?

There’s been a lot of changes. A lot of dan­ger­ous things hap­pened here in New Lynn be­fore but I don’t like think­ing about it now, I

‘‘A lot of dan­ger­ous things hap­pened here in New Lynn be­fore but there's noth­ing to re­port from New Lynn now be­cause it's safer.’’

Bill Noue

like mov­ing for­ward.

Any big fights you re­mem­ber break­ing up?

There used to be a lot of fights be­fore, amongst the young peo­ple. I re­mem­ber I used to chase the Kel­ston and Avon­dale boys around but those days are gone now. There’s noth­ing to re­port from New Lynn now be­cause it’s safer.

What are some is­sues you come across now that New Lynn is safer?

With the change in the bus net­work, I’ve had a lot of peo­ple ask for help in find­ing what buses or trains to catch. Some­times peo­ple ap­proach me be­cause they’ve left their bags or phones in the bus and need help get­ting them back.

Any mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences as a war­den?

Ev­ery day is mem­o­rable be­cause I get to meet old and new peo­ple. I es­pe­cially like talk­ing to the young peo­ple. I don’t care where they come from I al­ways tell them to call me un­cle - so I’m Un­cle Bill to a lot of peo­ple that fre­quent here. Some­times when the young ones fin­ish school they come and ask for money. I al­ways tell them they not al­lowed to call me un­cle when they ask for money, only when they are in trou­ble.

Has New Lynn changed much?

Yes, def­i­nitely. It used to be very dan­ger­ous here be­fore when I first started. There used to be a lot of fights and purse snatch­ing but there’s none of that now. In the last year, there hasn’t been any fight what­so­ever and I like to think that says a lot about the trans­for­ma­tion New Lynn has come through.

How many peo­ple do you think you’ve helped?

Hun­dreds - too many to count. If it’s help­ing peo­ple with crimes or just talk­ing to them. I like to think my smile and con­ver­sa­tions helps peo­ple too be­cause you never know what peo­ple are go­ing through.

Have you thought about re­tir­ing?

A lot of peo­ple have asked me that, I don’t know why. I may be 73 but I cer­tainly don’t feel it. I don’t want to re­tire, I en­joy this job and that’s why I do it. Not a lot of peo­ple can say they love their job and want to keep do­ing it even af­ter they turn 70.

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