Everything I need is here
What do you like best about Ponsonby?
I am so close to everything I need – and some of Auckland’s best restaurants and bars.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I’ve been here for one month. I’m from Wellington, and before that upstate New York.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
The traffic definitely, but I suppose that’s up to us as individuals to find ways to share/use alternate transport.
Where’s the best place to buy dinner in your suburb?
That’s hard. Orphan’s Kitchen is great, but I also have a huge soft spot for the south-east Asian food at Mekong Baby and Moo Chow Chow.
And who does the best fish and chips?
To date, Jimmy The Fish in Ponsonby Central. That may have something to do with how close they are.
Who is the Kiwi you admire the most and why?
Jacob Briars. A Kiwi from a small town who is now living in New York City and working as a global brand ambassador for a massive spirits company – something I hope to do in future. Even though he is somewhat of a celebrity in the bartending world, he’s still very personable and humble to those around him.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I would . . .
Organise a cocktail week to get people interested in classics and celebrate the amazing level of bartending New Zealand has.
The spot I would recommend to tourists is . . .
Waiheke Island. Beaches, great wine, great food and all of it so easy to get to from Auckland city.
When I have a few hours space I like to . . .
Spend a bit of time outdoors, with or without a book.
Lorietta Bahr recommends Waiheke Island as a must-see for visitors to Auckland.