De­signs on a happy life

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about your sub­urb? The cos­mopoli­tan peo­ple who truly ap­pre­ci­ate de­sign. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from? We ar­rived just this month! Todd was born and bred in Welling­ton, where his fam­ily has been in the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try for gen­er­a­tions; Fiona’s a North Can­ter­bury farm gal. What do you like least and how can we fix it? The lack of ac­ces­si­ble play­grounds. The hike back up from the bot­tom of West­ern Park is a bit much for our three-year-old boy. In­stall a ca­ble car – prob­lem solved! Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most and why? Todd’s fa­ther, Michael Hayvice, for the way he has dealt with ad­ver­sity on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. Through stock mar­ket crashes, to a show­room burnt to the ground. He al­ways picked him­self up and turned coal into di­a­monds. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Pon­sonby? Our fam­ily gave us the heads up on Cafe Viet. The fit out is just like a small Asian side street and the Viet­namese food is ex­quis­ite. And who does the best fish and chips? New­ton Fish and Chip­pery. They have been rolling up their garage door for years serv­ing up great grass­roots Kiwi fush n chups. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would ... Throw more sup­port be­hind artis­tic en­deav­ours. New Zealan­ders have such tal­ent and Auck­land could pro­vide more plat­forms to show­case them. Spot I would rec­om­mend to tourists is ... Pon­sonby as a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion. It is an eclec­tic and cre­ative com­mu­nity with unique re­tail ex­pe­ri­ences that YOYO is proud to be a part of. When I have a few hours free I like to ... Fiona: Lace up my run­ners and head for the hills. Todd: Take our son to ex­plore and en­joy the city’s nu­mer­ous green spa­ces and beaches.

Fiona (pic­tured) and Todd are new to Pon­sonby but are al­ready lov­ing the cos­mopoli­tan life­style.

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