5 questions with: Don Cameron

Photo: supplied
Photo: supplied
Don Cameron, mayor of the Ruapehu District Council, is the new chairman of the Walking Access Commission.

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

I had a surprise 70th birthday two years ago, which included a much-loved brother who died suddenly two weeks later. Our daughter from Brisbane was there also.

What is your message?

Leave the world a better place. Try to achieve something every day, no matter how small.

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

My wife - we have been great mates for 57 years (and she is a great cook). Flippers, snorkel and a weight belt. A fishing line - we would survive healthily at least. (We lived on Mana Island, Fiji, for a few years.)

What's something only your family knows about you?

I enjoy playing piano and guitar to relax. But I would never earn a living from this.

You are a new addition to the crayon box. What colour are you, and why?

Definitely green. I farmed for 35 years using progressively sustainable practices. The depth of green in New Zealand is seen in very few countries in the world.

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