We need a car­rot, not a stick

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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.

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