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On a lonely, wet day, Peter Williams takes his time walking from Mount Maunganui's Twin Towers to Sidetrack Cafe.
Hands wedged in denim pockets, his blue shirt and brushed navy blazer are juxtaposed to the casualness of salt and sand. Even so, this well-dressed, adept showman, doesn't turn heads; or so he claims.
A veteran of broadcasting in New Zealand, Williams is nearing 40 years in the industry, but it's coming to an end. December 2018 is likely the last time we will see him presenting 1 NEWS, as he looks towards retirement.
He's spent his adult life in the public eye, and as his 65th birthday draws near, he concedes it might be time to walk away.
"I've had a pretty good run. Been to quite a few places and done enough stuff."
This revelation of a break-up with viewers is delivered with little emotion. Those at TVNZ know of his plans, but this is the first time he's talked about them publicly.
Flying under the radar
There is something very likeable about Williams. He talks with the same distinctive voice as he does on the telly - resonant, powerful, emotive. He's intelligent, humorous, and versatile - something that's given him an edge.
He's never been a polarising figure on TV, nor has he wanted to be. He doesn't get a lot of fan mail, noting no one writes letters anymore, but occasionally he'll get a nice comment on his Facebook page.
"It's just the kind of person I am. I don't like to upset people and I don't make a point of being outrageous in anything I do on-air, or off-air. I just like to do a job. You don't upset bosses, don't upset the public; just fly under the radar."
This toe-the-line diligence has helped spearhead his longevity.
He lives in Mount Maunganui and commutes to Auckland. His wife is Sara Lunam, corporate services manager at the Port of Tauranga.
He bashfully says: "I'm a bit of a handbag. She's more involved in the local community than I am."
They married in 2013. His first wife, Cecile, and mother of his three children: Nicolas, Renee and Reuben; died from ovarian cancer in 1996.
He's a trustee of the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation in honour of Cecile, and for the same reason, a foundation supporter and voice of Waipuna Hospice Foundation Board's Waipuna for Tomorrow campaign.
Life has been tough, but it's also been good.
He has a house in Wanaka and a house in Auckland. He and Lunam are looking to buy close to the Port, once their Auckland home sells.