Allan Brown - Matariki

By Lynette Amoroa

A Hawkes Bay fire fighters life has taken a turn after his daughter, Kotuku was severely burnt in an avoidable accident.

Yes, Allan Brown has seen many accidents in his time, but this one was personal, so he decided to make a change by publishing books and puzzles to educate children throughout Kōhanga and Kura in Te Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay regions about safety.

The programme is so familiar now, so Allan Brown is sharing the messages with inmates and empowering fathers.

While he literally is a hero by day, his aroha and mahi goes beyond the call of duty.