Like a vil­lage

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What do you like best about Grey Lynn?

I like it be­cause it’s a com­mu­nity – like a vil­lage with a neigh­bour­hood feel. I like the mix­ture of peo­ple and the dif­fer­ent styles of peo­ple. When we opened the busi­ness we felt very fa­mil­iar with the com­mu­nity im­me­di­ately, this is the thing here in New Zealand, but in Grey Lynn es­pe­cially peo­ple are very po­lite, re­spect­ful, very nice peo­ple, the thing I like here are the peo­ple. Ev­ery­body takes care of ev­ery­body, it’s re­ally nice. How long have you worked here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

We have been in Grey Lynn for a year now. We were in France, then Re­union Is­land, Ja­pan, for two years, a year in Cor­sica and another two in France. In 2009 while we were in Ja­pan we vis­ited New Zea- land for a hol­i­day and from then on it was my dream to come to New Zealand with my fam­ily and chil­dren. I wanted to have a lit­tle cafe, just a lit­tle one with maybe two tables and sell re­ally French things. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

There are a lot of big roads like Rich­mond Rd with­out pedes­trian cross­ings for chil­dren and fam­i­lies to use. Who does the fish’n’chips?

Fish Smith in Herne Bay, I al­ways go there. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most – and why?

Sir Peter Blake be­cause he was very brave, very ad­ven­tur­ous, he had his own ideas, he set a very good ex­am­ple and in France he is spo­ken about a lot. I love the Amer­ica’s Cup.

best If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

Put in more bi­cy­cle lanes – it is a night­mare here for the bi­cy­cles. I would cy­cle but here I can­not, I ride in St He­liers be­cause there is one on Ta­maki Drive but here it’s very dan­ger­ous. In France we don’t have a lot ei­ther but they do in Hol­land and Den­mark. I want to visit these coun­tries. It’s amaz­ing be­cause ev­ery­body is on bikes. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .

Go Nordic walk­ing with poles. I do that every­where – in the park, in the Do­main. The spot in Grey Lynn I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

Firstly – my cafe, you can learn a lot about France, we share a lot of sto­ries here. But the sec­ond things is Grey Lynn Park – if you have chil­dren you can bike or play soc­cer.

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