We need a carrot, not a stick
What do you like best about Newmarket?
Without question, it’s the people. We have a vibrant and diverse community with a long and wonderful history. People here are proud, they are passionate, and they care.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I was born in Wales and grew up in Dunedin, but Auckland is the place I have spent the most time – since 1994. In the early days I flatted in Newmarket on Remuera Rd, then moved to Ellerslie for a number of years, followed by three years on Gillies Ave. I now live in Kohimarama.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
Our public transport system is experiencing growing pains. There has been a lot more focus and investment in recent years, but it is still far from optimal. Until it is reliable, efficient, fast and cheap, there will be an ongoing battle to convince people to use it. I’m more of a fan of carrot than stick, and the proposed changes to parking in Auckland are too stick for my liking – and not enough carrot. There are high levels of cynicism out there.
What do you like about the Newmarket hospitality scene?
We have a multitude of superb bars, cafes and restaurants. Teed and Nuffield Streets, Carlton Gore Rd, Lumsden Green, Davis Crescent and Khyber Pass all have a unique look and feel. Al Brown’s Best Ugly is the most recent arrival on Osborne Lane. We will see continued growth of our hospo scene – watch this space.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?
It’s very hard to look past Fred Hollows. Although he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on. Not many can claim to have such an enduring positive impact on so many lives.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I’d . . .
Work very closely with small businesses and get a strong understanding of their pain points. Council should focus on making it easy to do business in Auckland. After all, our businesses are our economic lifeblood.
When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .
I have two cocker spaniels, and I find spending time with them at the park or beach is a great way to keep life in perspective. I’m also a bit of a foodie and like trying out new things.
Mark KnoffThomas: Loves good food.