One­hunga’s the place to be

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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.


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