Loves small vil­lage feel

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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