Grey Lynn – so much to love
What do you like best about Grey Lynn?
I love so much about Grey Lynn, but ease of commuting on foot and bike has to be a biggie. I have a really quite gorgeous 3km walk to work, an easy five minute walk up to Ponsonby for a bite to eat and a 10 minute bike ride to Grey Lynn farmers’ market for my weekly vege shopping. Everything is at your doorstep yet it still has that leafy, sleepy feel. How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I have been living in Grey Lynn for more than five years since moving from Wellington for work, I call myself an Aucklander now but still hold a bit of a candle for windswept Wellies. What do you like least and how can we fix it?
Anything we can do to make the city more cycle/pedestrianfriendly gets a giant tick of happiness in my book. Where’s the best place to buy dinner?
You can often find me tucked in at the end of the bar at Chop Chop Noodle House in Ponsonby, face in a bowl of ramen with a coconut shake in my hand. Comfort food – you can’t beat it. And who does the best fish and chips?
The Fish & Chip shop on West End Road in Westmere is my current favourite. Who is the Kiwi you admire the most and why?
I have a lot of time for the vision, passion, dedication, and creativity of Nat Cheshire who has had a big hand in shaping Auckland. Seeing him speak at Semi Permanent in 2014 was a life-changing moment which in the end saw me leave the fashion industry for a new life in tech and start-up with the BizDojo at GridAKL. In his own words – imagination is hope. If you have a moment, give him a Google or even better watch his speech ‘Do Not Rest’ on Vimeo. If I was Auckland’s mayor I would . . .
Is it wrong to say that I’d love to see a Leslie Knope [ Parks & Rec television show character] approach? Open conversations, lots of listening and a bunch of making things happen. I know in reality it’s much more complicated than that, but one can dream. The spot I would recommend to tourists is . . . Mahurangi Regional Park where you can enjoy a quick walk with beautiful vistas before cooling off in the cool crystal clear waters of the beach below, take a picnic and make a day of it.
Anya: Wants Auckland to be more cycle and pedestrian friendly.