Farmers market is hard to beat
What do you like best about the city?
I’ve just discovered No Lights No Lycra – the Monday night dance event in Grey Lynn. It’s definitely my favourite thing at the moment. The development of the Silo park area has been amazing and Silo Cinemas is definitely a summer staple.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
Apart from a short stint living in Phnom Penh last year, I’ve lived in Auckland my whole life. I grew up in Henderson Valley.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
Transport in Auckland. Separated cycleways are the way to go. Auckland is incredibly car-focused. I’m loving the work that Generation Zero has been doing at the moment.
Where’s the best place to buy dinner in the city?
So hard to choose just one! Papa’s Pizza on Sandringham Rd is an old fave; Mentatz in the CBD does good, fast Japanese; and Mexico is great if you can get a table.
Who does the best fish chips?
Newton Fish and Chippery. No question.
Who is the Kiwi admire most and why?
I’ve never been much of a celebrity follower, so the people I admire the most tend to be people in my life. I have great respect for Dr Yvonne UnderhillSem, who was my
Make Auckland the best public transport city in the world, including separated cycle lanes and clean energy. I’d also make it a rule that landlords have to insulate rental properties – there are some really cold flats around.
When I’ve got a few hours free I like to . . .
A perfect easy morning would be yoga and then cooking a yummy brunch. I also really enjoy getting out to the Waitakeres, either for a walk at Piha and a coffee, or on one of the many walking tracks.
The spot in the city I’d recommend most to tourists is . . .
The Grey Lynn Farmers Market of course. When I’m on holiday I’m always wary of the tourist experience so I always try to go to local farmers markets. It’s a good way to get a feel of the community vibe, and chat to local growers.