It's a Wednesday afternoon, and the rumble of the downpour outside sounds faint from inside the warm office building.
“Sorry I'm a bit late,” says Pita King as he shakes his dripping hi-vis jacket. “I’ve just been out at Tawa monitoring some drainage.”
Pita is a Contract Manager, part of the Transport and Infrastructure team at Wellington City Council.
As a 17-year-old, he wanted to get into the roading industry. After arriving at Council as a street cleaner then doing a short stint as a kiln worker, he finally got to the roading team working at the airport night shift and “never looked back.”
Forty years later, Pita is still doing what he loves: fault finding across Wellington’s drainage systems to keep communities safe from potential flooding.
He’s also often the friendly face of Council when dealing with customer’s roading and drainage complaints.
“Keeping customers happy is my priority. I’m always transparent with them about what we’re doing to resolve their issue.
“I even take some customers to the jobs with me, so they can see what we do. They always leave with a smile on their face,” he says.
To manage the large and diverse workload, each team member is responsible for a different area. Pita controls the northern area, while his other team members control central Wellington and southern Wellington.
Pita is thankful for the technology they now have that allows them to better respond to whatever wild weather events occur.