Always something happening
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.