In an af­ford­able place

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What do you like best about your sub­urb?

It was af­ford­able when we moved here, that was one of the main rea­sons we chose One­hunga, and it is a great place to raise kids. The Plun­ket play­group was one of the first places I went and I met lots of par­ents who told me what is around – the li­brary, the park, the people. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

We lived in a few dif­fer­ent places around Auck­land be­fore set­tling here in One­hunga three years ago. I ar­rived in Auck­land in 1997 from Rus­sia. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

With One­hunga it is a bit ugly hav­ing those pow­er­lines in the har­bour, they should be put un­der­ground. Also it would be good to have bet­ter con­nec­tions be­tween trains and buses. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in One­hunga?

We don’t of­ten eat out but when we do we go to Thai eatery Chang Gaow. And who does the best fish ’n’ chips?

There is no good fish ’n’ chips around here, there used to be one but it closed down. Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most – and why?

I’m not the kind of per­son to ad­mire some­one or spend time read­ing mag­a­zines or books to find some­one, but who I have come across is Labour MP Carol Beau­mont. With Plun­ket she is al­ways there and will­ing to help us. She is a hard worker, some­times I won­der how she does it all. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d . . .

I was go­ing to say im­prove the paid par- en­tal leave but the govern­ment have re­cently done that. I’d try to find more ways to help people who vol­un­teer. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .

Sleep. Be­ing a mother, an in­home early child­care ed­u­ca­tor and hav­ing my fin­gers in so many pies means that I have to make the most of ev­ery wink of sleep I can get. The spot in Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is . . . Mo­tat. Ev­ery city has an aquar­ium or a zoo but Mo­tat is dif­fer­ent, it sets Auck­land apart.

Lioud­mila: One­hunga is a great place to raise kids.

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