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Good Sorts: George Shierny

Hadyn Jones

Published: 8:37PM Sunday August 02, 2009 Source: ONE News

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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  • RuralWomenNZ said on 2011-06-17 @ 09:09 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Hey! We thought you might be interested in the aftersocks projects that will raise money for the Chch Mayoral Fund. The idea came from two Cantabrian sisters called Justine and Jo Ottey. Check out the website from the 20th June or

  • Jazz1 said on 2010-05-24 @ 14:59 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Love this segment! What great people!

  • margi21 said on 2010-04-07 @ 21:36 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I have this guys heart i would be dead if it wasent for him , thanks barry !

  • Jankeal said on 2009-12-25 @ 23:57 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Tim is my father and i'd just like to say that i'm proud of what he does bringing happiness to others lives and yet still finds time to talk and see his grandchildren. For a man who's had it rough the last 2-3 years it hasn't slowed him down and he still has time for everyone. Good on you dad/Pop!

  • TheHoltens said on 2009-12-21 @ 11:34 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The piece about Mark Granthams brought tears to my eyes. What an inspirational young man. Has made me look at myself and realise what little I do for the wider community. Thanks Mark :)