When George Shierny sees a problem and the council will not do anything about it, then George does what comes naturally - he gets out his tools and fixes it.
If Shierny sees a commuter without a shelter and the council will not do anything, he builds a temporary shelter for the commuters, until one is officially built. One day he even stole his wife Agnes's herb gazebo and it stood there on the roadside for Westlake students for three months before the council replaced it.
And when there was a toilet shortage for bus drivers and council would not help out, George made his point in carpentry.
George has the system worked out - he knows the one way to get council to right a wrong.
"The key to that is to get publicity you know get it out on the open and then everybody knows what is the trouble," says George.
George even cycled from Auckland to Wellington to deliver a suitcase full of signatures about park ownership.
And when trees were felled, he camped out, replanting them.
But it is George Sheirny's efforts for commuters around Auckland that will never be forgotten.
He and his late wife even have a bus shelter each named after them for their good work.
George's mother used to say if there is something wrong, don't talk about it, do it and that is how he says he has lived his life.
"If I see something that needs to be done, in the public area to help people, I have an urge to do it," says George.
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