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What do you like best about Grey Lynn?

I love the com­mu­nity spirit. I have made many friends in the neigh­bour­hood through my in­volve­ment with Grey Lynn 2030. I also love that ev­ery­thing I need is within walk­ing dis­tance from my home – the car can sit forgotten in the garage for days.

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

I have lived in Grey Lynn for seven years and have been in Auck­land for 10 years. I was raised in Ro­torua and then spent 15 years living in the coun­try of my birth, The Nether­lands, be­fore re­turn­ing to New Zealand.

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

This is a hard one to an­swer as there is not much to not like. I would like to see more cy­cling lanes in the area to pro­mote cy­cling and make it safer.

Where is the best place to have din­ner?

I love Cafe Viet on Sur­rey Cres and Coco’s Cantina on K’ Rd is also a favourite.

And who does the best fish’n’chips?

For a take­away op­tion or a quick eat I nor­mally head to the Pon­sonby Food Court as there is such a range of fab­u­lous food avail­able there.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

I re­ally ad­mire my next door neigh­bour Phyl­lis. She is 98 and still living in­de­pen­dently and en­joy­ing life. She is a keen gar­dener and reg­u­larly pops over with home­grown veg­eta­bles, fruit or flow­ers for us. She has lived in her Grey Lynn home for well over 60 years now and can tell so many sto­ries of life here.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor, I would . . .

Get cars off the road by pro­mot­ing cy­cling and public trans­port, mak­ing it cheap, safe and ac­ces­si­ble for all. Also, hav­ing lived in the Nether­lands for many years where they put cafes right on the beach, I would love to see more of this in New Zealand.

When I’ve got a few free hours I like to . . .

Head to one of Auck­land’s fab­u­lous beaches.

The spot in Grey Lynn I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

The Grey Lynn Farm­ers Mar­ket on a Sun­day. It is a great place to shop, have a cof­fee and lis­ten to some mu­sic.


Colinda: Loves Grey Lynn’s com­mu­nity spirit.

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