Speaking of noise…
I like old British motorcycles – but Triumph is the one I’ve gone for. My own bike is a mid-70s 750 Trident. It’s basically a 1950s twin with an extra cylinder shoved on the side.
It’s nothing like the modern Triumphs – no overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It’s all push-rods, the rocker boxes move round, it leaks oil. I strip it down and build it back and it behaves itself for 1000 miles of me thrashing it and then it starts leaking oil again – just the way it is.
I’ve ridden quite a few higher-performing bikes but mine’s really comfortable to ride. I’ve had it for more than 30 years – I bought it with really low mileage and I’ve done most of the 80,000 ks on the clock.
It’s a labour of love – a hands-on bike. My partner’s got a late-model Triumph – and I do nothing much to that – it doesn’t leak a drop of oil. But I really like my old bike for all the extra attention it needs.
I’ve never raced bikes but I’ve pottered around Manfeild a couple of times – I do like to watch the MotoGP and Superbikes on Sky, though.
I live in Newlands so we often just get on the motorway, head on up to the Waikanae interchange and come back again - a nice ride up the Kapiti coast - or find a café somewhere for brunch. I like doing the Haywards – and heading over the hill – it’s a really nice ride out to Lake Ferry – great little pub out there. Haven’t been over for ages. Plenty of good rides to be had around here.
I’m really into music – I like recording, I’ve been in rock and metal bands. I play guitar and bass, a bit of vocals. I haven’t been in a band for years – when my son was born it all became too much of a pain – including that as soon as you get a good band together someone would clear off and you’d have to start again from scratch. We used to play at places like the Terminus and the Clyde Quay back in the day, venues that have mostly gone now. We used to play anything from blues to heavy rock.
I like a wide range of music but rock and metal is my favourite. I’m a fan of all sorts of bands – with metal I don’t really like bands that do all deathgrowl with no melodic singing, but I do like metalcore that mixes the two – the American band Killswitch Engage are great for instance – they play so fast and their musicianship is just amazing - I don’t know how they do it. There are a lot of musos I’d like to jam with from the blues/rock genre of music – too many to name, and not all still with us sadly.
When I’ve finished some of my latest songs and I’m happy with them they’ll be on Spotify. They won’t go on vinyl, though - it’s rubbish – why would you do that? I like digital music – who wants vinyl – it just ruins a good song. I don’t believe anyone who tells me vinyl’s click, crackle and pop is better. I do have a ton of very good music on vinyl though and it’s cool to give the turntable a spin sometimes – click, crackle, pop and all.
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.