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He was lifeguard of the year in 1987. He enjoys listening to Pavarotti and has a passion for old movies. He loves living in Gisborne and is more traditional than the kiwi roast, which he is very partial to, along with a good cigar and a glass of Jack Daniels. He dotes on his children and aims to get away for a holiday on a deserted island sometime soon.

Meeting this man (and getting a word in edgeways) is an experience. His enthusiasm for life and his work is infectious. In this sports-mad city, he gives us the information and where there is sport or news you'll find him.

Murray Robertson, son of Ken and Shirley, was born in 1952 and educated at Te Hapara, Gisborne Intermediate and Boys' High. The foundations for the Robertson repartee were laid at the Gisborne Herald where he spent 3 years completing a journalism cadetship working with people like the late Jack Jones who he had tremendous respect for. The overseas experience beckoned and driving buses in Australia kept him busy for 2 years, then back to NZ and a stint as a special scheme worker, the 70s equivalent of Task Force Green. Murray opted for radio at this stage with work at 2ZG till the early 80s then back across the Tasman to read the news and current affairs and host a sports show in Sydney. This was the forerunner to another job with 2ZG where he remains, part-time, taking over where John Heikell left off. It's Murray's philosophy in radio to have all sports represented and for all kids to have the opportunity to compete.

Son Rama reflects his commitment to surf life saving and a proud father readily admits this 19 year old has more ability. Murray has a great relationship with Rama and daughter Ila who has inherited a passion for horses from her great aunt. Apart from his children, Murray's greatest pleasure is surf life saving. It has been his life since he was 19 and he is just as competitive as ever (see photo page 20). He regrets that he never had the chance to compete as a junior. For him, the comradeship, discipline and excitement make it so rewarding. His quote "surf lifesavers are the only people who pay for the privilege of saving lives" sums up the mans dedication to the sport. He believes people in Gisborne are more vital than others because of their isolation. Extra effort is required to make a name for themselves. He has made that effort in helping and developing youth to reach their goals and ultimately to feel good about themselves. Murray Robertson - you are a real sport.


Wainui SLSC Captain In action