#20: Jim Sim

Next-door neighbour, 1993-1998

We didn't know Jim that well. He was the type of neighbour you wave to on the driveway and say 'Merry Christmas' to when the time is right.

But Jim Sim was no ordinary joe - he was New Zealand's top expert on the poisoning of marine life, and more specifically, shellfish. I know this because every time something came up in the news about toxic oysters or a contaminated lake we'd see him on the TV and cheer like he was our best friend.