Auck­land has much to of­fer

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about the city?

Its di­ver­sity. My hus­band, the kids and I re­cently spent 18 months liv­ing in San Fran­cisco. We were lucky to travel dur­ing that time and I can hon­estly say that Auck­land of­fers ev­ery­thing that Cal­i­for­nia can of­fer and much more – per­haps with the ex­cep­tion of Dis­ney­land! How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I was born in How­ick. I re­mem­ber fields and farms stretch­ing from How­ick to Manukau with not much in be­tween. I’m now back in How­ick but have lived in many places in­clud­ing St Marys Bay and West­mere. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

The traf­fic and our re­liance on the car. It will be ex­cit­ing to see new trans­port ini­tia­tives im­ple­mented in Auck­land across the next decade to bring Auck­land closer to­gether and en­cour­age more sus­tain­able liv­ing. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in the city?

I work in the CBD so am fond of De­pot and the Sta­bles, and I’ve had a long re­la­tion­ship with the lamb shawarma from the Mid­dle Eastern Cafe. The best fish n chips?

The Auck­land Fish Mar­kets be­cause of the to­tal fishy ex­pe­ri­ence. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most and why? Kate Shep­pard, suf­frage move­ment leader, for help­ing make New Zealand the first coun­try to give women the vote. And most re­cently Lorde, for sim­i­lar rea­sons – for hav­ing a strong voice and us­ing it. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would . . .

Find a way of bal­anc­ing city progress with a de­sire to see some of Auck­land’s most un­spoiled hid­den trea­sures re­main that way for­ever. The spot I’d rec­om­mend most to tourists is . . .

I’d rec­om­mend that they ex­plore our lo­cal beach­side com­mu­ni­ties, not just the ob­vi­ous touristy spots. We are ex­pect­ing 25,000 ath­letes to come to Auck­land for the World Masters Games in 2017 and they’ll hope­fully get a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the Auck­land that the lo­cals see.

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