Great vil­lage at­mos­phere

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about the city?

I love liv­ing in Block­house Bay which still has a great vil­lage at­mos­phere. A short drive or bus ride to the city al­lows me to follow great mu­sic, the­atre, art, the city li­brary and the myr­iad of in­ter­ests that I have. The other thing I most en­joy is the di­ver­sity of eth­nic­i­ties that live here and the won­der­ful rich­ness of the sub­se­quent cul­tural life.

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

I have lived in Auck­land for over 60 years and in Block­house Bay since 1960. I was born in Raetihi but grew up in Wellington un­til we moved to Auck­land in the 1950s.

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

The pro­lif­er­a­tion of high, im­pen­e­tra­ble fences and stone walls that are spoil­ing our sub­ur­ban streetscape and pro­vid­ing bur­glars with great cover as they com­mit crimes. They also make it dif­fi­cult for those of us who be­long to com­mu­nity pa­trols to carry out our work as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.

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

Tanuki Ja­panese Restau­rant & Sake Bar in the city, The Block and our won­der­ful cafes in Block­house Bay.

Who does the best fish n chips?

Block­house Bay Fish Shop.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most and why?

Sonja Davies, who de­spite poor health and great per­sonal tragedy, lived her whole life de­voted to im­prov­ing life for women, the poorly paid, New Zealan­ders in gen­eral and cham­pion of work­ing peo­ple in­ter­na­tion­ally. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would..... Make sure that our green spa­ces, streams and our her­itage build­ings in­clud­ing lo­cal houses were even more strongly pro­tected from de­vel­op­ment than cur­rently ex­ists.

Lor­raine Wilson: Loves the vil­lage at­mos­phere in Block­house Bay.

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