In an affordable place
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.