Wonderful coastal walks
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.