I left my home town of Buttisholz, canton Lucerne, and arrived in New Zealand in 1979. I have been involved n the farming industry for many years, after having worked as an engineer for five years. In 1988 I married Marlies and we had three children; two boys Erwin and Martin and a girl Andrea, and now enjoy our grandchildren! I have been involved in the Taranaki Swiss Club for many years, and have been the Club President since 2006, previously having the role of Vice President. I am fond of shooting, both small bore and karabiner. Participating in the Singing and Entertainment Group is also a passion and I enjoy singing, playing the accordion and the alphorn. I am honoured to be President of the Swiss Society and would welcome any feedback from our members.