That position became Property Projects Manager in 2002, then in 2006 his Council run almost came to an end when his position was disestablished.
“That was a tough time. Eventually Chief Executive Gary Poole called me down to his office and said, ‘You don’t need to go anywhere’.
“And he asked, ‘Where did I think I could fit?’.”
Michael’s suggestion was as a Building Officer, his current role since 2006, where as part of the Building Warrant of Fitness Team he makes sure building owners are carrying out their responsibility as required by the Building Act and that buildings are safe for the occupants, and that life safety systems like fire alarms are being tested and maintained.
“I’m passionate about making sure buildings in our city are safe. I’ve inspected nearly every building in Wellington that needs a WOF - and there’s about 3000 of them. I know them inside and out.”
A father of five children and grandfather to six, Michael says he’s proud of his service record, and is the patron of the Council’s 20+ Club - the group of staff who have worked at the organisation for at least two decades.
“I used to be a bit embarrassed by the fact I’d been here so long. You’d sort of avoid talking about it.
“But now it just rolls off the tongue, and I’m proud of it.
“And with 60 years around the corner, I’d like to leave an unbeatable target,” he jokes.
It’s 2021, so we’re sharing stories about 21 of our people who have worked at Council for 20 years or more. Find out more about the series in this story.