Ed Boyd, Whanganui born and bred, is a passionate advocate for his home town and a tireless worker on its behalf, contributing his time and effort to many trusts and community activities and only now, age 62 at the time of interview, starting to think about needing a little more time for himself. A bookbinder by trade since 1968 – and named as New Zealand’s best book bookbinder in 1973 – he owns and manages Whanganui firm H and A Design and Print. In this interview he talks about his experience of school, early jobs, his work as a bookbinder and printer and the ways in which it has changed, and his philosophy of giving, learned from his parents. He also talks about his other passion: Boyds Auto Barn (the somewhat noisy location of this interview), a museum of vintage cars, motoring memorabilia and other artefacts; touches on the addictive nature of hoarding, and shares some thoughts about Whanganui.
Extracts from the interview can be heard here - the full interview can be accessed at the Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Whanganui.