Vol­un­teers earn ad­mi­ra­tion

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What do you like best about the city?

There is noth­ing bet­ter than a Sun­day walk along Taka­puna Beach or an early morn­ing fish­ing trip out by Ran­gi­toto.

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

I was born in North Shore Hos­pi­tal and grew up around North­cote Pt. Apart from a seven-year stint liv­ing and work­ing in Europe, I have lived my life in var­i­ous sub­urbs of Auck­land, from Bethells Beach to Pt Cheva­lier.

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

The traf­fic! I am very for­tu­nate to be able to live so close to where I work.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in the city?

That’s tricky as I have a num­ber of favourites. Cur­rently I am en­joy­ing Cafe Viet in Grey Lynn.

Who does the best fish chips?

Love the new fish and chip shop in West­mere and as for the salted squid . . .

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?



I would have to choose that largely in­vis­i­ble group of vol­un­teers in our com­mu­nity that con­trib­ute so much. At West­mere School and at our lo­cal hospice shop in Pt Cheva­lier I watch re­tired peo­ple give gen­er­ously of their time and at school to work along­side teach­ers and chil­dren to be the lis­ten­ing ear at read­ing time. Our com­mu­nity re­lies so much on their gen­eros­ity of spirit.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would . . .

Work hard to en­sure that Auck­land’s on­go­ing devel­op­ment is very much vi­sion-led and that all our de­ci­sion mak­ing is ref­er­enced back to that vi­sion. I would be ask­ing, what type of a city do we want to be?

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

Get ac­tive and get out of my head. Travel, bike, tramp in our beau­ti­ful moun­tain­ous coun­try.

The spot in the city I’d rec­om­mend most to tourists is . . .

Start at the top of a moun­tain – Mt Eden, Maun­gakiekie, any­where that gives you that 360 de­gree vista to see all on of­fer – then jump on a ferry and head to Tir­i­tiri Matangi, Ran­gi­toto or Wai­heke.

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