Auckland has much to offer
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.