Matthew Gilroy leads a double life. For six weeks at a time he works in the Golden Age Tavern in Bluff, which is managed by his wife, Sandra. Then for another six weeks he heads off to the Indian Ocean and a boat off the French island of Réunion to be an engineer.
He’s been leading this double life for 10 years since the Golden Age Tavern, where Sandra was already working, came up for sale and they grabbed the opportunity to run it themselves. The tavern has a café, bar and TAB, as well as its NZCT’s most southerly gaming room.
“I like talking to people,” says Matthew of his stints working in the town where he was born and bred, which make a pleasant change from the socially limited environment of a boat. “Everything ticks on OK. It’s a great life.”