24 Jul 2015

Golden Reflections

From Country Life, 9:18 pm on 24 July 2015


John Knight reckons he’s shot and killed thousands animals during his hunting career. He spent much of it deer culling from helicopters on the West Coast but called it a day after being involved in an accident while hunting near Karamea.

After he had recovered from the injuries sustained in the helicopter accident, he bought a boat in Napier and went deep sea fishing but due to personal tragedy the business was sold and John travelled the world.

After a few years he returned to New Zealand and went back to the West Coast where he now lives a self-sufficient lifestyle and works a black sand gold claim on beach near Harihari.

The 74 year-old says “I leant a long time ago that when you retire you can do what like but you’ll probably die within a few years unless you have a hobby or an interest so I took up gold!”