Life be­side the sea­side

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What do you like best about liv­ing in Mt Roskill?

I guess the ge­og­ra­phy. We live on the edge of the Manukau Har­bour, we have done for 30 years. It’s a stun­ningly beau­ti­ful place to live. We look out on the har­bour, the bush­line, and over to One Tree Hill. As a cy­clist I like how well con­nected we are by off-road cy­cle­ways. I can al­most get to Paku­ranga off-road and soon, with the Water­view Con­nec­tion, we’ll be able to get out west to Massey com­pletely off-road. We’re also blessed with our open spa­ces. And the cul­tural di­ver­sity – it brings a real rich­ness of food and events. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from? I’m from Welling­ton. We lived in Europe for a few years and re­turned at the

be­gin­ning of 1982. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

Traf­fic con­ges­tion. I think if people had bet­ter trans­port choices it would im­prove the qual­ity of life for ev­ery­one. They are com­ing, the first elec­tric trains will be run­ning soon. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Mt Roskill?

Cafe Abyssinia on Stod­dard Rd. It does Ethiopian food. Next would be Blue­bells Cak­ery on Hills­bor­ough Rd. And who does the best fish’ n chips?

Our lo­cal take­away.

Hills­bor­ough Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most — and why?

Lorde. She chose my son to

drum for her. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

Pretty much do the same as the cur­rent mayor is. I might spend a bit less on roads and I would be look­ing closely at the re­la­tion­ships be­tween coun­cil and the coun­cil con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tions to tighten up. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .

Spend time with my grand­son. The spot in Mt Roskill I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

Walk­ing along the Manukau fore­shore.

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