Plenty on offer here
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.