This week we profile Graeme Howe, who has just sold his cycle business after 25 years.
Favourite sports team?
All Blacks without a doubt. They are a self-believing bunch of Kiwis with immense drive to win but not at all costs.
What charity would you give money to?
Cancer because it is a disease that touches pretty much every family in one way or another.
Are you a dog or a cat person?
Don't really mind. We have had two cats and four dogs so I guess dogs are the winners - our present dog is a rescued curly-coated retriever named Tui.
Most annoying celebrity and why?
Don't really have one. I just turn off to them.
What are your thoughts on reality TV?
Load of brain-dead rubbish except for ones like The Block, Amazing Race. That's real life stuff.
What is your occupation?
Since selling my business Avantiplus I am now employed by the new owner as assistant manager of Bike Barn. This has its own rewards.
What would you be doing if you weren't doing this?
Yvonne would have me working on our lifestyle block. But working less hours now enables me to do this and it's enjoyable and helps keep me fit. We have five alpacas, two rescued donkeys, two rescued standard bred horses and a pony.
Best advice you ever got?
Listen to the women in your life or ignore at your peril.
Favourite other country?
Favourite other country, I have none. We have been to many wonderful countries in the world but New Zealand is the best.
Do you have any hobbies?
Cycling, our property and the grandchildren (if you can call them a hobby), travel.
What is your favourite South Canterbury restaurant?
Monteiths on the Bay Hill
What do you love about the region?
Everything we enjoy is close. The back country for MTB riding, other cities are close for time out, recreation and Timaru has heaps of interesting things to do. Climate is usually pretty good.
What was your first job?
Engineering apprenticeship at Smithfield Freezing Works.
What's the one single thing you'd really like to have an answer to?
Why we can't be thankful for what we have. Every day above the ground we should make the most of.
What were you like at high school?
Average. I did get a few canings from my various teachers if that counts. Preferred to ride my bike rather than study.
What thing, besides family photos, pets and people would you save if your house was on fire?
I would make sure probably that I got my bike.
Favourite line from Shakespeare?
"Cowards die many times before they die." - Julius Ceasar.
SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD
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