Sup­port lo­cal businesses

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What do you like best about liv­ing in Mt Al­bert?

The Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School farm, the Trin­ity of Sil­ver cafe break­fast trio and the close prox­im­ity to all that Auck­land has to of­fer.

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

I’ve lived in Mt Al­bert for 28 years. I orig­i­nally came from the Waikato via Welling­ton. My fa­ther was a Dutch­man who came out on one of the first im­mi­grant ships af­ter the war at the age of 16. He lied about his age to get here.

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

The lack of di­ver­sity of the businesses in the vil­lage. This can be changed by people shop­ping at and sup­port­ing lo­cal businesses, which in turn will en­cour­age other di­verse busi- nesses Al­bert.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Mt Al­bert?

There are plenty of good Asian style eater­ies pro­vid­ing good value for money but my first choice is Sal Rose for a fam­ily night out with its great am­bi­ence, con­sis­tently good food, ser­vice and wine.

Who does the best fish and chips?

You can’t beat the gurnard from Big Boy take­aways op­po­site Rocket Park – more than you can eat.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most and why?

John Key for his fresh, no-non­sense, tell it like it is ap­proach to gov­ern­ing New Zealand and pol­i­tics. And yes, some­times things need laugh­ing at.

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If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would...

Start lis­ten­ing to what people want and need and earn the re­spect of Auck­lan­ders the hard way, through graft and com­mon sense gov­ern­ing. Not by a grandiose sense of en­ti­tle­ment and pie-in-the-sky think­ing.

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

Get out in the gar­den, get my hands in the soil, smell the roses – metaphor­i­cally and lit­er­ally – and switch off.

The spot in Mt Al­bert I’d rec­om­mend most to tourists is...

Get up Mt Al­bert to the quiet and en­joy the 360 de­gree view of Auck­land, the Waitem­ata and Manukau Har­bours with­out the tourists – sanc­tu­ary amid the chaos.

Pauline: Prox­im­ity to Auck­land.

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