Walker loves ‘vil­lagey’ feel

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What do you like best about Mt Eden?

It re­ally has a vil­lagey feel. I love walk­ing up Mt Eden and Big King Re­serve. There are lots of cafes around and down the end of Do­min­ion Rd there are so many Asian eater­ies. I just walk every­where on the week­ends. We’ll walk to the Capi­tol Cin­ema to watch a movie. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I’ve lived in Mt Eden for a year. Be­fore that I’ve lived in Taka­puna, Mt Al­bert and Pt Chevalier. I’m orig­i­nally from South Africa but have lived in Auck­land for 10 years. What do you like least and how can we fix it? Do­min­ion Rd needs a bit of work and TLC. Al­though there has been a flyer that’s come round from Auck­land Coun­cil that there is an up­grade project hap­pen­ing and we can all make sub­mis­sions. And that’s re­ally good be­cause it needs it. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Mt Eden?

One of my favourites would prob­a­bly be DePost [Bel­gian Beer Cafe] if I’m meet­ing the girls be­cause it’s quite ca­sual. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most – and why?

I guess I would have to say John Key and the cur­rent Govern­ment for man­ag­ing to get New Zealand through the global eco­nomic cri­sis vir­tu­ally un­scathed. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

Put to­gether a strate­gic plan to sort out the road in­fra­struc­ture and the traf­fic is­sues. I use pub­lic trans­port be­cause if I drive to the CBD from Mt Eden some­times it takes me an hour. It’s just ridicu­lous. I’m only 5km away but Do­min­ion Rd is just nuts in the morn­ing. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .

Clean. I ac­tu­ally like clean­ing. The spot in Mt Eden I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

Mt Eden it­self. There’s beau­ti­ful views from up there.

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