Loves small village feel
What do you like best about living in Mt Eden?
Mt Eden has a real community feel, and often reminds me of a small village. It has a plethora of cafes so you are never short of great coffee, lots of little boutique stores, but also all the amenities you require within the Mt Eden village, all overlooked by the mountain itself.
How long have you lived in the area and where are you originally from?
I’m born and raised in Auckland and have lived in Mt Eden for 12 years.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
I think in Mt Eden we are pretty lucky with generally reliable and convenient public transport to the city, but it’s not the same for other areas of Auckland, and the roads are frequently congested. Who is the Kiwi you admire most – and why?
Helen Clark has paved the way for New Zealand women in the world and shown just how much you can achieve if you put your mind to it. She is an inspiration for many young women living in a society where the glass ceiling is increasingly thinning and becoming higher and higher.
Where’s the best place to buy dinner in your area?
For a flavoursome, good value meal in Asian cuisine, you can’t go past Shikumen on Dominion Rd. They do excellent Shanghai style pork buns and dumplings.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I’d . . .
Ensure that children and young people feel like they have the ability to contribute and that their voices are listened to with their views and opinions actioned. Auckland is a rapidly growing city, with lots of diverse needs. Many key decisions need to be made within the next few years on how we can develop the city to sustain this growth. I think sometimes people get too caught up in the decision making process and forget that in 20 years’ time, those whose opinions may often be silenced or not included will be living and contributing to the city.
When I’ve got a few free hours I like to . . .
Relax at home, cook or go shopping. I am quite a busy person and involved in a number of activities and volunteer roles on top of work so I often have lots of things on the go, and free hours are hard to come by.
The spot in Auckland I’d recommend to tourists is . . .
Mt Eden/Maungawhau. It provides panoramic views of the city, is excellent to walk up and on a nice sunny day the sun glistens over the harbours.
Agnes recommends flavoursome, good value Asian meals on Dominion Rd.