5 questions with: Dennis Kirkpatrick


Recovering after last week's flooding and back in business is Dennis Kirkpatrick, of Jimmy's Pies, in Roxburgh.

What was the best birthday present you ever received, and why?

My birthday is in the middle of December. When I was growing up our family wasn't that well off, so normally I was getting birthday and Christmas presents at Christmas. When I was about 8 or 9, I got a Film Fun Annual, and I actually got it on my birthday. It was a prized possession. I've probably still got it somewhere.

What is your least favourite thing about humanity?

Greed. People who are out for themselves. For a lot of people, money is their god.

What is one strong childhood memory?

When my brother and I were about 7 and 8 we were living in Invercargill. My brother found an old pair of braces lying on the road and decided it would be fun to tie one end to the carrier of his bike and the other to the handlebars of my bike.

We were pulling each other along and he decided to bolt across an intersection. The braces stretched and the thing shanghaied. I ended up on the back of his bike. So, there were a couple of kids lying in the middle of the road with a car tooting at us.

What is your message?

If you live in a small community, put back into the community. Because the community look safter you and you look after the community. That's been quite appropriate with the flooding here; everyone's been out helping everyone else.

If you were going to an island and could only take three things, what would they be and why?

A pocket knife, a piece of string and a rusty nail. You could use them to make a shelter, get some food, scratch a message on a rock...


you cant keep a good man down....