In her Bay of contentment
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.