Big day for long-time res­i­dent

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

Cen­te­nar­ian Mona McCle­naghan doesn’t know the se­cret to her long life.

But she thinks it could be some­thing to do with liv­ing in Grey Lynn’s Stan­more Rd for 92 years.

“I think it’s stay­ing here,” she says. “There’s no rea­son to move.”

Mona, who turns 100 to­day, moved from Pon­sonby to Grey Lynn at the age of eight.

She at­tended Grey Lynn School and a small pri­vate secondary school on Queen St.

Af­ter mar­ry­ing she moved into the house next door, where she has re­mained ever since.

She says it’s been a good place to live, but there are now far more houses than when she was young.

“The houses are all over now.”

Son Rex McCle­naghan says his mother was well known in Grey Lynn for keep­ing an­i­mals at the house, in­clud­ing dogs, goats and sheep.

“She loved the races, so got a job with the to­tal­i­sa­tion board, and used to travel around to all the city meets,” he says.

She also trav­elled widely over­seas, mak­ing three or four trips ev­ery year un­til her late 60s.

Mona bat­tled back to health af­ter suf­fer­ing a mas­sive stroke in 1976.

“She was in a coma for four days and they said not to ex­pect her to live,” Rex says.

A bro­ken hip last year has left her un­able to walk un­aided, and she now has poor eye­sight.

Mona has two chil­dren, Rex and Lewis, five grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren.

She will be joined by fam­ily and friends for a black tie din­ner on Satur­day, fol­lowed by a cel­e­bra­tion lunch on Sun­day.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Stay­ing power: 100-year-old Mona McCle­naghan has lived in Grey Lynn for 92 years.

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