Volunteers earn admiration
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.