Sir Edmund Hillary was an impressive man. ‘ Tenzing Norgay and he were the first to climb Mount Everest, that much is well known. Since then he worked on many charity projects, setting up schools in Nepal being perhaps the most successful, and had plenty of other adventures like driving a tractor to the south pole! In all the news coverage after his death one story particularly stood out to me. A lady on the street was telling the news crew how her son had once been given a school project to write about how Sir Ed felt when he summited Everest. The son went straight to the source, just called him up and talked to him on the phone. That’s what I like about him, he has always seemed like a regular kiwi that did some extraordinary things and didn’t let it go to his head.
“I like to think that I am a very ordinary New Zealander, not terribly bright perhaps but determined and practical in what I do” – Sir Edmund Hillary
I recently went to a Kiwiana themed flatwarming party. There were pavlovas, paua shells, kiwi fruit and All Blacks. I was quite proud of my costume, everyone recognised it as the great man himself. Here’s to Sir Ed.