I’ve lived in Matarangi since 2010 and owned property here since 2003.
Previously a journalist, media consultant and community arts coordinator, I retired from the position of chief executive of Arts Waikato in Hamilton in 2008 to drive around Australia in a caravan for two years with my partner.
After this, a quiet life at the beach seemed like a good idea, but I’ve managed to keep busy with community work in the area. As well as MRAI I’m involved in A Taste of Matarangi and supporting several arts groups in Mercury Bay.
For me, the important thing for Matarangi is to keep a balance between sustainable infrastructure development and protecting our glorious natural environment.