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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.
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.