My neigh­bour­hood has it all

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about Grey Lynn?

The peo­ple. They are my com­mu­nity, my neigh­bour­hood and I pretty much know most of them. How long have you lived and worked here? Where are you orig­i­nally from?

My fam­ily moved here from Samoa and as a 10-year-old I stood at the top of the plane door­way and said to my­self I had found my coun­try. When I moved to Grey Lynn 30 years ago I felt that I had found my com­mu­nity. We bought The Works Hair Salon business in 1989 and moved to our present lo­ca­tion in Grey Lynn in 1999. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

When some vol­un­teers go on com­mu­nity com­mit­tees un­der the guise of ‘I am do­ing this for my com­mu­nity’, when re­ally they are just push­ing their own hid­den agen­das that get in the way of vi­sion and progress. Who does the best fish’n’chips in Grey Lynn?

Grey Lynn Seafood Mar­ket in Sur­rey Cres. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most and why?

My part­ner Chrissie. She is a very wise woman who taught me ev­ery­thing I know about peo­ple and business. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

Lis­ten to the peo­ple of Auck­land and adopt the Grey Lynn Plan to be part of the Auck­land Plan. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .

Read my pile of books that has been wait­ing for me to have time to sit down or just chill out in front of the TV and watch a movie. The spot in Grey Lynn I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

Grey Lynn Park is such a vi­brant at­mos­phere with com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, sports or just good for a walk. Then there’s the Grey Lynn Farm­ers Mar­ket on

Sun­day.

Soala: Proud of her com­mu­nity.

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