Protect heritage of Western Bays
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.