Grey Lynn – so much to love

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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.

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