Onehunga’s the place to be
What do you like best about Onehunga?
The community, the people and the overall package of Onehunga. How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I first worked here, at the accident and medical centre, about 20 years ago and came back to take on the town manager’s role eight years ago. My family is from Christchurch and most are still there. What do you like least and how could we fix it?
The perception people still have about Onehunga. We have installed a great CCTV system and we are really making a difference. I would rather be in Onehunga than anywhere else. Where’s the best place to have dinner in Onehunga?
Putting me on the spot – it does depend on what meeting I have and how fast I need to eat. And who does the best fish and chips?
That’s another tough one especially as I am vegetarian and don’t eat fish. Ask me about chocolate fish and I’ll have an array of answers. Who is the Kiwi you admire the most, and why?
We have many to be proud of. I like that we hit above our weight on the international stage. Off the top of my head it would be Mahe Drysdale, I can never go past his effort at the Beijing Olympics when he had a stomach bug and could not walk after the race. He gave his all and that is all you can ask. If I was Auckland’s mayor I would . . .
Where do you start? Clean up the streets, live within the budget as we all have to do, and insist all of Auckland Transport chief executives and managers take public transport to and from work – no shuttle buses or cars allowed. When I’ve got a few free hours I like to . . .
Breathe, sometimes it feels as if I forget to do this during the day. Maybe have a glass of wine and chat to friends, read or play BubbleWitch. The spot in Onehunga I’d recommend to tourists is . . .
Onehunga Town Centre. While Dress-Smart is fabulous, people miss the uniqueness of Onehunga Mall. By walking down the mall the shops have some real surprises. Also, the history in St Peters. And I love that you can get most things you want.