Brent Baillie, the general manager of Rainbow Confectionery, is reasonably new to Oamaru. Tyson Young sits down for a chat with him.
Q Where do you hail from, Brent?
I’m originally from Gore but I’ve been in Oamaru for just under four years. I’ve also lived in various other places around New Zealand.
Q Was there anything in particular that made you want to work for Rainbow Confectionery?
No, not really. It was just another job that I applied for, to be honest. There wasn’t anything that really pulled me to the place. I joined as a site manager at the time. The appeal of working here came when I met the owners of the business.
Q Is there anything that has kept you at the business?
The owners of the business are what has kept me here. They’re fantastic people to work for, plus it’s pretty cool to make lollies. If it wasn’t for them, I’d probably be somewhere else.
Q What is it about the job you love the most?
Without a doubt, it’s the people and the product – you just can’t go wrong.
Q When you’re not working, what do you like to do with your spare time?
If you ask my wife, she would say most of my spare time is spent working. Work is in my brain the whole time, 24/7. When you get to this level of work, you can’t piecemeal it. You can’t just say, ‘I come to work and I go home and do something else’ – it doesn’t work like that.
Q If you could have a beer with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
If I could have a drink with anyone, it would be my wife, because she’s the one person I have the most in common with.
Q If you were prime minister for a day, what would be the first thing you would do and why?
If I was the prime minister, I’d put a toll on all the tunnels in Auckland. Straight away, we would be progressing because that revenue would pay for the construction of the next tunnel and other infrastructure. Not tolling those tunnels in Auckland is a crime. Those tunnels should be tolled, full stop.