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What do you like best about Maun­gakiekie? The malls of course, meet­ing unique and dif­fer­ent people, and all the events they have here like the Jel­li­coe lights and the One­hunga Bay Re­serve fes­ti­val are pretty cool. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from? I was born and raised in One­hunga, so 19 years. What do you like least and how can we fix it? We need more op­por­tu­ni­ties for young people. We need more ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes not only for adults and lit­tle kids but teens as well.

The way we can fix it is have a con­sult with some of the young people and have a sur­vey to see what they re­ally want to see in One­hunga and Maun­gakiekie in gen­eral. There is lots for ba­bies and adults which is cool but you have to do it for ev­ery­one. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner? It would have to be the One­hunga Night Mar­kets ev­ery Thurs­day night. Their but­ter chicken is amaz­ing. And who does the best fish ‘n’ chips? Rain­bow Take­aways, across from the li­brary. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most – and why? I would have to say it is the Maun­gakiekie Lo­cal Board. They are youth driven and they fight for the young people and do so many things in the com­mu­nity.

They in­spire me to do more in the com­mu­nity and maybe run for lo­cal board one day. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d... Work on bet­ter trans­port, more job op­por­tu­ni­ties and more things for young people, more op­por­tu­ni­ties for them. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to... Just work in the com­mu­nity, help out where I can and talk to the young people and let them know who I am and that they do have a voice.

I also like get­ting to know oth­ers who work in the com­mu­nity – it’s all about con­nec­tions. The spot in Maun­gakiekie I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is ... One Tree Hill. If you go to the top where the tree is sup­posed to be you can see all of Maun­gakiekie and it’s a mean view. They have big fields, his­tor­i­cal places and places where you can eat, have events, and great places to take pho­tos.

Com­mu­nity fo­cus.

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