Pro­tect her­itage of West­ern Bays

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What do you like best about West­mere?

The wide walk­ing streets, peeks of sea, city fringe, no power lines on Gar­net Rd, friendly lo­cals.

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

Orig­i­nally from Welling­ton. I have lived on Auck­land’s city fringe since 1983, with stints in Syd­ney and Cal­i­for­nia.

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

The re­liance on the mo­tor ve­hi­cle to get around. Bring back the tram – make it elec­tric or even bet­ter so­lar. Be lat­eral, think be­yond the square, connect the dots.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in West­mere?

Gar­net Sta­tion, of course, for the best manuka wood-fired thin crispy-based piz­zas in town and a bou­tique drinks list that loves or­ganic wines and craft beers.

And who does the best fish ’n chips?

On a night off I’ve been known to or­der the salt and pep­per squid from The Fish & Chip Shop in the West­mere shops.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most – and why?

Eleanor Cat­ton for be­ing such a won­der­fully read­able writer and bold young woman to boot.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d …

In­stall more public art, pro­tect the her­itage of the West­ern Bays area and put a pro­tec­tion back on large trees.

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

Have a high-tide pic­nic at Pt Chev beach, trawl the junk shops or lis­ten to live mu­sic.

The spot in West­mere I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is …

A walk through Jag­gers Bush, around West­ern Springs Lake and then up the back of the Zoo pop­ping in to Edge City Ce­ram­ics be­fore en­joy­ing a preshow drink at the Gar­net Sta­tion Tiny Theatre.

Ver­ity is a junk shop trawler.

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