Grey Lynn’s community feel
What do you like best about Grey Lynn?
I’ve always loved the community feel. It’s at a level that I don’t feel in other suburbs. And I love the Grey Lynn market of course. I call the people that live here creative professionals. I see me and my husband as that. I’ve also had a career in furniture design and my husband is a television producer.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
Grey Lynn was my stable home.
My parents moved around a lot until I was about 13 and then they bought a house in Grey Lynn. I moved back here in the 1980s.
What do you like the least and how can we fix it?
I’d like to see Grey Lynn be more of a leader in eco
first initiatives. It would be amazing if Grey Lynn could be the first suburb in New Zealand to get rid of single-use plastic bags. And, it would be good if we could have a ban on fizzy or sugary drinks in schools and have a water-only policy.
We’ve got the sort of community that could do something like that.
Where is the best place to buy dinner around Grey Lynn?
I am gluten-free and there are a a lot of great places that are really clear about their gluten-free options. Siostra on Richmond Rd is good.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I would . . .
Make the city more bicycle friendly and improve public transport. Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?
Dr Robert Beaglehole. He is the principal dental officer for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. He’s putting himself out there and saying sugar and sugary drinks are harmful and we need to do something about it despite opposition from big food companies and some politicians. I really admire him for that.
When I’ve got a few hours free I like to . . .
I regularly go for walks around Western Springs and other parks around the area.
Julianne: Health focused.