Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: I'm 46, married for 21 years to Jodi, she is half
Chinese and simply the love of my life. To quote Jack Nicholson, "she
makes me want to be a better man". I have four daughters, Sam (20)
studying at Otago Uni, Sophie (18) studying at Canty Uni, Isabella (15) and
Lily (13) ... I love them with all my heart and soul and frequently embarrass
them because that's my job!
Q: What do you love about Gary?
A: I love Gary (in a manly way) because he is so
comfortable in his skin (and there's plenty of it, mostly saggy). He hates
bureaucracy, loves a good scrap, and tells it like it is!
Q: What’s the most annoying thing/habit about Gary?
A: Gary annoys mebecause
he is quite brilliant intellectually! He is an avid reader, and for some
bizarre reason women love him. True, what's that about? Quite simply he is NZ's
Q: What’s your career highlight or favourite media
A: I loved my time hosting 'What Now?' with Cath
McPherson. It was just easy going, off the cuff and good times. Oh and working
with Gaz ( I know it is an afterthought but I don't want to hurt your feelings
if you're reading this.)
Q: How do you cope with the early morning start?
A: I hate the alarm with a passion almost as much as
brussel sprouts! I wake at 4.30am and every morning without fail think, what
else can I do with my life? Then I realise I am hopeless at everything else so
I get up!
Q: What's your embarrassing moment?
A: Trying to save money, I chopped a tree down. My wife
told me to, quote, "get a man in"... I politely pointed out I was in
fact a man. So I chopped the tree down except I used an axe, cut through a
water main, and turned all the water off in our street.
An emergency plumber cost me $400.00. Next time I will get a man in.
Q: Thoughts on being a Dad?
A: It is simply the most rewarding, heart-warming, soul
touching, thankless, brutal, gut-wrenching, frustrating, privilege known to
mankind! As Harold Potts, the world's first investment billionaire said when
asked what his greatest investment was, he replied to "invest in
Q: Thoughts on being a husband?
A: I can't believe how blessed I am to wake up to my wife
every morning. I know that will make some people want to throw up, but it is
true. I love her as we say "to the moon and back". She is my absolute
rock, my most faithful friend and confidante. I am the happiest man around to
be her husband.
Q: Are you much chop as a DIY’er?
A: I love DIY, it's just I am simply hopeless at it. My
nickname at home is Tim The Toolman, Gary is known as Gary the Toolman.....just
for different reasons.
Q: What's your favourite food?
A: Chinese, Thai and Indian. Lemon meringue pie, warm
pies, wasabi peas, green onion chips and jelly snakes.
Q: Would you describe yourself as domesticated?
A: Believe it or not I actually love grocery shopping and
vacuuming! I think I have a touch of OCD, but I am comfortable at the level it
Q: Your take on personal grooming?
A: I shave my legs, and keep everything where it should
be and in just the right amount.
Q: If you and Gary were to take an international holiday
together, where would you go?
A: I would go to the Island that they filmed 'Mama Mia'.
It looked impossibly beautiful. One day I have told my wife and children, we
will go there, to that little stone church up that winding stone stairway and I
will propose again to Jodi. Gary hates holidays and travel so he won't be