Cen­tral but with re­laxed vibe

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do you like best about Grey Lynn?

It is so cen­tral and has easy ac­cess to ev­ery­thing so you get all the ben­e­fits of a cen­tral city lo­ca­tion but it still has a re­ally re­laxed vibe. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I am orig­i­nally from Lon­don but spent many years in Aus­tralia and also work­ing in the yacht­ing in­dus­try which took me all over the globe.

What do you like least and how could we fix it?

There isn’t much I would change about Grey Lynn, maybe just the house prices. As the in­flux of apart­ments hap­pens it will be in­ter­est­ing to see new restau­rants and ser­vices open up in the wider Grey Lynn area.

Where’s the best place to have din­ner in cen­tral Auck­land?

It’s im­pos­si­ble to pick just one. Two of my favourites are Mekong Baby and Baduzzi.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?

I’m not a big fish ‘n chip eater but Pon­sonby’s Jimmy the Fish works for me.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

I had the plea­sure of meet­ing the fur­ni­ture de­signer David Trubridge at TEDx Talks a cou­ple of years ago. He is all about sus­tain­abil­ity and main­tain­ing aware­ness of our re­spon­si­bil­ity as hu­man be­ings while pur­su­ing our dreams.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would ...

Move the port out­side of Auck­land, ei­ther to Whangarei or Tau­ranga. No ma­jor city in the world has a port tak­ing up prime real es­tate that could be beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal gar­dens, wa­ter­front liv­ing and CBD busi­ness ar­eas.

When I’ve got a few free hours I like to ...

Get to the beach. There are great beaches in Auck­land for a walk or a sum­mer swim, one of my favourites we en­dear­ingly call Min­nehaha.

The spot in Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is ...

Re­ally you can’t beat Wai­heke. The is­land is stun­ning and the winer­ies and food op­tions are world class.


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