‘The word Kiwi is magic’

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What do you like best about Mt Eden?

The con­ve­nience for get­ting around. It’s cos­mopoli­tan. I love liv­ing op­po­site a school – it’s won­der­ful. The first thing I do when I get up in the morn­ing is watch all the chil­dren get­ting to school.

How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I’ve lived in Mt Eden for 14 years and be­fore that we were in Ti­ti­rangi for 44 years. We set up shop here 12 years ago on Do­min­ion Rd and then moved to Car­rick Place a few weeks ago. We ar­rived in New Zealand from Lon­don on An­zac Day in 1947.

What do you like least and how can we fix it?

Mum­mies not hold­ing their chil­dren’s hands, mum­mies cross­ing the road when they shouldn’t with their chil­dren.

Who does the best fish and chips in Mt Eden?

The best fish and chips are home-cooked – come to my house and you.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Mt Eden?

My house. I’m sorry, but it is. I cook a nice New Zealand leg of lamb with roast pota­toes.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most and why?

I think New Zealand people are ab­so­lutely won­der­ful – the word Kiwi is magic.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d…

Make sure ev­ery­thing was more fair and make sure ev­ery­body had a fair go. Not spend so much money and spend more sen­si­bly so the rates don’t have to keep go­ing up. The most im­por­tant thing re­ally is the chil­dren.

When I’ve got a free few hours I like to…

In my younger days I loved gar­den­ing and cook­ing. I did

I’ll cook them for en­ter­tain­ing in Ti­ti­rangi – I would think noth­ing of en­ter­tain­ing 70 to 80 people, al­ways en­ter­tain­ing. I work in the shop ev­ery other day.

This whole shop is the most won­der­ful thing in the whole world. I even had a cus­tomer who came from Ti­bet – the whole world comes into my shop.

The spot in cen­tral Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is...

Corn­wall Park is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful – I love it.

Rachel: Chil­dren most im­por­tant.

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