Plenty of great parks

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What do you like best about Mt Al­bert?

It so cen­tral to ev­ery­thing. It takes 10 min­utes to get into the city and 30 min­utes to get to the air­port. There are great parks in the area, like Fowlds, West­ern Springs and Rocket that we walk to reg­u­larly with Tipi my bor­der ter­rier.

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

I am orig­i­nally from Auck­land and re­turned seven years ago. Be­fore this I was based in Lyt­tel­ton and Christchurch.

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

I was con­cerned about the po­ten­tial loss of the six re­main­ing po­hutukawa on Great North Rd op­po­site Mo­tat. Those trees are very old and mean a lot to the gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies that live here. It’s good to see the right thing be­ing done. But the peo­ple shouldn’t have to battle for things like that.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner? For ca­sual dining there are a few in­clud­ing Mekong at the Pon­sonby Food Hall, and Sri Pi­nang on Karanga­hape Rd and the lo­cal Viet­namese restau­rant by Rocket Park.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?

I like to think my health­ier cre­ative ver­sion is pretty good.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most – and why?

At the mo­ment it’s my niece – Ianeta Hutchinson. Neta is a past pupil of Mt Al­bert Gram­mar and New Zealand Wa­ter­polo rep­re­sen­ta­tive. In year 12 she was awarded a full Schol­ar­ship to Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity, where be­sides her aca­demic stud­ies she played wa­ter­polo and be­came cap­tain of the Sun Devils – the col­lege wa­ter polo team. She grad­u­ated last year with a dou­ble ma­jor and won the top award for her year, Mouer Award. She is the as­sis­tant coach at Marist Uni­ver­sity in New York State.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d ...

Se­ri­ously ad­dress the hous­ing cri­sis in Auck­land.

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

Watch doc­u­men­taries, play records and pot­ter around in the gar­den.

The spot in Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is ...

Our amaz­ing west coast beaches.


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