Al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about the city?

The eth­nic di­ver­sity and the fact that there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing. I love all the fes­ti­vals, events and op­por­tu­ni­ties for al fresco din­ing. There’s al­ways some great new res­tau­rant open­ing up.

How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I im­mi­grated from Wash­ing­ton, DC, nine years ago and have lived in Auck­land ever since – first in One­hunga and now in Mis­sion Bay.

What do you like least and how can we fix it?

The ridicu­lously high house prices and, not sur­pris­ingly, the traf­fic. If they could re­pro­gramme the tim­ing of the traf­fic lights, es­pe­cially in the CBD, that would make a huge dif­fer­ence. How they’re set up now cre­ates enor­mous traf­fic jams at rush hour.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in the city?

At any of the six night mar­kets. They’re a ver­i­ta­ble feast of sights, tastes and smells. Plus you get heaps of food for very lit­tle dosh.

Who does the best fish n chips?

The Fish Pot Cafe in Mis­sion Bay.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

I deeply ad­mire the kids and fam­i­lies af­fected by child­hood heart de­fects that @Heart serves. They’re brave, re­silient and amaz­ing bat­tlers.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would...

Work tire­lessly to ease traf­fic,

you cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for cross­cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion and look for ways to in­crease eco­nomic vi­brancy and jobs.

When I’ve got a few hours free I like to...

Go for walks in new places, ex­plore parts of the city that are un­fa­mil­iar to me and play in my wee vege gar­den on my back stairs.

The spot in the city I’d rec­om­mend most to tourists is...

Maun­gakiekie – One Tree Hill and Corn­wall Park. It’s beau­ti­ful, has great 360-de­gree views of the city and is a work­ing farm, which is so cool.

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