Won­der­ful coastal walks

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about the city?

I love be­ing by the ocean more than any­thing. I love that Auck­land of­fers many chances for ex­plor­ing coastal ar­eas. Cur­rent favourites in­clude Man­gere Bridge and Her­ald Is­land, and I’m lucky to live near Pt Chev with its glo­ri­ous west-fac­ing sun­sets.

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

I grew up in Hamil­ton. I hopped in Nana’s Hon­damatic and drove to Auck­land as soon as I fin­ished high school, aged 17. I’ve lived here ever since, mi­nus a stint do­ing post­grad at Mel­bourne Univer­sity.

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

Public trans­port could be greatly im­proved, ob­vi­ously. I hate it when I get worked up in rush hour traf­fic as I try not to let stress get to me. I also hate how ex­pen­sive good qual­ity food is com­pared to less healthy stuff. We have our own chick­ens and ducks and a vege gar­den as a way around this.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in the city?

Lit­tle Bird Pon­sonby now of­fer din­ner which is amaz­ing. Kom­bucha on tap and kale chips keep adults and chil­dren happy. I’m big on tak­ing my kids to adult restau­rants so they are ex­posed to a va­ri­ety of flavours and ex­pe­ri­ences. Favourites are Co­cos Cantina, Chop Chop and Mex­ico.

Who does fish’n’chips?

I don’t have an off switch when it comes to hot chips. We make them our­selves quite of­ten but you can’t beat fish and chips from The Fish and Chip Shop in West­mere eaten on Pt Chev Beach with a bot­tle of rose´.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

Me­gan May from Lit­tle Bird is a con­stant in­spi­ra­tion to me, she’s lit­er­ally changed the way many Auck­lan­ders eat, shop and think about food. Dr Libby, a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and an in­cred­i­ble gift for im­part­ing it. I was lucky enough to meet Re­becca Mills and Sarah Long­bot­tom at TedX re­cently, their amaz­ing brains and gen­eros­ity of spirit are mak­ing New Zealand a much bet­ter place.

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