Let’s look after our wildlife
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
Originally from Sydney but moved over to Auckland seven years ago with my family. What do you like least and how could we fix it?
It’s sad how few native animals I get to see in my backyard. If Aucklanders got really serious about planting native, controlling rats and managing our pets we could change all this. Where’s the best place to have dinner in central Auckland?
My neighbour has an outdoor oven and the neighbourhood gathers there regularly to eat great smokey roasts and homemade pizzas. I love the truly excellent company and fantastic wood-fire flavours. And who does the best fish and chips?
Leigh Fish & Chips –
all salty after a Mathesons Bay. Who is the Kiwi you admire the most, and why?
Coromandel Kiwi, the kiwi chick that is still in its egg being cared for at the zoo destined to be the first kiwi ever to be released on Rotoroa Island later in the year. This chick is a pioneer at the start of great changes on the island that we hope all Aucklanders will visit. If I was Auckland’s mayor I would . . .
Turn Auckland into the world’s first carbonneutral city. Auckland’s combination of city and natural world is extraordinary; the work to conserve our wildlife in the Hauraki Gulf is brave and world-leading. What
at better way to show the world what could be done if New Zealand takes leadership on climate change? When I’ve got a few free hours I like to . . .
Cook for friends and family. I love the meditative quality of slow preparation, the excitement of combining and transforming ingredients through heat, and the pleasure of enjoying the results over a glass of wine
Jonathan: loves the ‘‘wild haven’’ of Auckland Zoo.