Lots of old-fash­ioned charm

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What do you like best about Grey Lynn?

It is close to the city but still rather friendly. It isn’t as for­ti­fied as Pon­sonby, although you can see it hap­pen­ing. It has an old-fash­ioned charm to it.

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

I’d say around 40 years, if not more. I grew up in Mt Maun­ganui.

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

The traf­fic is a real big­gie. It takes so long to get any­where.

In Grey Lynn we ended up with this re­ally mod­ern, ugly govern­ment build­ing put in and it used to be a lovely old build­ing. We need to en­sure our nice old build­ings are looked af­ter.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Grey Lynn?

I like to go to Il Buco in Pon­sonby – it is just gor­geous, it is re­ally groovy and they make the most amaz­ing pizza. And Freida Mar­go­lis in Grey Lynn is just a charm­ing wee place.

And who does the best fish and chips?

Well I’m veg­e­tar­ian so I just get chips and vege burg­ers, but I grew up calling it fish and chips so it is still that to me. Best vege burg­ers in Grey Lynn is Pommes Frites on Rich­mond Road and best chips any­where is Pon­sonby Fresh Fish & Chip Com­pany.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most – and why?

This changes daily be­cause there are so many fab­u­lous Ki­wis. Mike Joy who is ex­plor­ing the mis­use of science around New Zealand fresh wa­ter qual­ity. There is a very re­ally risk we could lose our New Zealand na­tive fish.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d...

Ask the govern­ment to put in place the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Royal Com­mis­sion on Auck­land’s gov­er­nance with four lo­cal coun­cils, but with a sep­a­rate en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy and man­age­ment agency.

The spot in Grey Lynn I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is...

When I have over­seas vis­i­tors I take them up Mt Eden. You can see all across Auck­land from up there and the bird­s­eye view helps peo­ple make up their mind about what they want to do and see.

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