Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in Nottingham, England and emigrated to New Zealand 50 years ago. I worked in the NZ Public Service and was moved around the country several times on promotion until I eventually settled in Taupo. I do quite a lot of voluntary work mostly with the tourist industry and enjoy my hobby of photography which I first learned in the ’50s when you had to work everything out for yourself.
What one thing are you the most proud of in your 80 years?
Probably the thing I’m most proud of is having the guts to make the giant leap into the ‘relative’ dark when I decided to come to New Zealand, the best decision I ever made.
What one thing you’ve seen in your lifetime has changed the world the most?
I think the most world changing thing I have seen is the development of computers and the internet with the associated explosion of information technology.
What one thing would you like to achieve before you’re 100?
Perhaps the biggest achievement for me would be to actually reach the age of 100 – some 11 years ago I had a quapruple coronary artery bypass graft otherwise I would not have got this far!
What advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
The advice I would give to my 10yr old self (or any other kid) would be to have a dream of what you want to be and persevere to achieve it.