Lots of old-fashioned charm
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.