Friendly smile hard to find

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about cen­tral Auck­land?

Be­ing cen­tral puts me right in the hub of a vi­brant city that has stamped it­self as a world­class des­ti­na­tion. All man­ner of choices await you in this city.

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

I have ties with the far north (Ngati Hine). I have been liv­ing in the Pon­sonby/Free­mans Bay area for the best part of 25 years. I drive the mo­bile li­brary bus out to ev­ery­where from Re­muera, Eller­slie and Mt Wellington to Mt Roskill, Hills­bor­ough and San­dring­ham.

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

What I least like at this mo­ment is the lack of a friendly smile or hello from the bus driv­ers who are the first con­tact for many. Not all fall into this cat­e­gory but with the long hours driv­ers work th­ese days, no won­der the art of a smile or hello has fallen by the way­side. A smile will of­ten lift you up.

Who does the best fish’n’chips in cen­tral Auck­land?

You can’t go wrong with San­ford and Auck­land Fish Mar­ket down at the newly re­fur­bished Wyn­yard Quar­ter.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most?

I put my Mum at the top of the list of who I ad­mire the most. As a sin­gle mum bring­ing up six kids her aroha to look after us was truly in­spi­ra­tional. Well done Mum.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

In­tro­duce Mon­day and Fri­day free pub­lic trans­port across the Auck­land area which would free up the grid­lock so I can get to the golf course quicker.

The spot in cen­tral Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend a visit to the Cen­tral City Li­brary where you will find fab­u­lous col­lec­tions, lunchtime con­certs, a fan­tas­tic chil­dren’s area, free wifi to con­tact your loved ones back home and, best of all, won­der­ful, help­ful, friendly staff. So come and en­joy all that Auck­land has to of­fer.

Nga mihi nui.

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