In her Bay of con­tent­ment

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What do you like best about Herne Bay?

I love the smell of the sea, the beau­ti­ful old re­stored her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture and how close it is to go to any­where in the cen­tral city.

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

I’m orig­i­nally from Welling­ton. We lived in Pon­sonby for 15 years and have been in Herne Bay for 25 years.

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

High fences that take beau­ti­ful old houses off the streetscape. Also, the huge rot­ting and de­serted house on the cor­ner of Sars­field St and Sen­tinel Rd. The ab­sen­tee owner should be held accountable for ne­glect and in­dif­fer­ence to the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hood.

Where’s the best place to have din­ner?

The Pon­sonby Vil­lage In­ter­na­tional Food Court.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips? Fish Smith on Jer­vois Rd. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most and why?

My daugh­ter and actress Mor­gana O’Reilly. She has an au­da­cious, gen­er­ous spirit and is a woman true to her­self, her friends, fam­ily and coun­try.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

Get rid of the con­tainer ter­mi­nal and turn it into a beau­ti­ful, ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed wa­ter­way devel­op­ment – in­cor­po­rat­ing an aquatic sail­ing tech­nol­ogy hub like a uni­ver­sity and cam­pus for wind, sail­ing and re­new­ables with its own vil­lage, res­i­den­tial stu­dents and fac­ulty.

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

Work on de­vel­op­ing our neo bur­lesque show In Fla­grante and my ballet classes at Ta­pac and the fab­u­lous new Welles­ley Stu­dios.

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

The Pier – a magic lit­tle wharf in Herne Bay, off Stack St.

Mary-Jane: is a fan of Herne Bay’s her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture.

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