The place I like call­ing home

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What do you like best about Grey Lynn?

A com­mu­nity. Peo­ple talk­ing to each other, peo­ple mak­ing a pos­i­tive move into the new cen­tury, plenty of trees, a place where real gar­dens can still be found, the new wave of chil­dren, gen­er­ally af­fa­ble grand­par­ents and lots of places for cof­fee.

How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I have been in the area 35 years or more. Orig­i­nally from Taranaki and that was a long time ago. I left the surf and sun for the faster life in Auck­land and found that the surf wasn’t that far away. I fell in love with yacht rac­ing and never looked back.

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

The lack of ded­i­cated play spa­ces and play­grounds for the very young and places that are user-friendly for both grand­par­ents and the young. A good fix would be more play equip­ment and small ded­i­cated spa­ces. We don’t need large re­serves, rather small lo­cal patches.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Grey Lynn?

Cafe Viet on Sur­rey Cres. Still work­ing through the menu.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?

Happy Take­aways on Gar­net Rd. It never fails and there are al­ways ex­tra menu op­tions.

Who is a Kiwi that you ad­mire – and why?

Sir Dove Meyer Robin­son – some­one who had a vi­sion for Auck­land.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

Prob­a­bly have a brain freeze. The ideal would be to move on get­ting public trans­port op­tions linked and co-or­di­nated, and work on cross-city flow rather than a cen­tralised in-and-out sys­tem.

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

Meet a friend, go for a swim, go for a sail, find a place to sit down and just gen­er­ally chat­ter and, most likely, have a cof­fee.

The spot in Grey Lynn I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

Look at how older houses have been taken into this cen­tury, walk through the trees and find a great place to sit down and have cof­fee.

Graeme Mackay loves Grey Lynn’s cof­fee cul­ture.

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