What do you like best about working in Orakei?
The warmth of the community. Since I began in this role six months ago, I have had many visitors welcoming me and sharing their ideas of what programmes and activities they would like to see at the Orakei Community Centre. It has been so easy making connections with the different people I have met.
How long have you lived in Auckland and where are you originally from?
I have lived in the Auckland area for 55 years. Growing up I lived in Tautari and Paora streets in Orakei as well as a stint in Huia in the Manukau Heads.
What do you like least and how could we fix it?
I think transport is a huge problem. I travel to and from Orakei most days. Travelling back from there is very busy and often gridlocked along Tamaki Drive.
Where’s the best place to have dinner in the eastern bays?
Annabelles Restaurant in St Heliers. I am able to walk my labrador on the beach before enjoying a lovely meal at the restaurant. It helps that it has easy parking and is in a great location.
And who does the best fish ‘n chips?
The Fish Pot Cafe in Mission Bay. It is so nice to take your fish ‘n chips to Mission Bay to enjoy them.
Who is the Kiwi admire most and why?
Valerie Adams. The way she overcomes challenges and her perseverance in what she loves to do is commendable
When I’ve got a few free hours I like to ...
Ride my bike from Waterview along the cycleways to Tamaki Drive. It is quite a way I know, but it is such a gorgeous environment to be outdoors in.
The spot in Auckland I’d recommend to tourists is ...
Tamaki Drive to experience the beautiful beaches and view the Hauraki Gulf. The Viaduct is another must.