Caring community is what counts
What do you like best about Mt Eden?
It is a really friendly, caring community. People tend to look after each other here. We are very much a city fringe suburb, yet we are very family centred.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I’ve lived in Mt Eden for nine years and I’m originally from Southern California but I’ve lived in New Zealand for about 35 years.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
The lack of decent parking in Mt Eden – sometimes you end up spending more time driving around looking for a park than you actually wanted to spend in the village. I don’t know what the answer is.
Where’s the best place to buy dinner in Mt Eden?
In the nine years that we have been living here we’ve probably eaten in every restaurant in the village and they are all wonderful. We are spoilt for choice so you can just pick a spot.
And who does the best fish ’n’ chips?
Mt Eden Village Fish Shop, Bonzo Burgers and the Ancient Mariner – that options.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most – and why?
Sir Paul Reeves. He did so much for the church and for the country when he was governorgeneral. He had a very fine mind and was deeply aware of the social, political and religious genres he worked in. He really had a heart for the people and the needs of the common person. He was a standout man.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I’d ...
I would want to use the office of the mayor as a place to coordinate interest groups, social services, businesses and signifi-
is three good cant religious communities within the city, to try and find a way forward for the most vulnerable in our city. There are far too many homeless people in Auckland, there are people living in terrible conditions and while there is a lot of good work being done by various organisations I think the office of the mayor could facilitate and coordinate it to make a real difference.
When I’ve got a free few hours I like to . . .
Make the most of my free time by enjoying good food and drink with friends and family. There are other things like sci-fi books and movies and reading theology but family really is the most important thing.
The spot in Mt Eden I’d recommend to tourists is . . .
The mountain itself, you can see the world from the maunga. The other is my own church, St Barnabas. It is the oldest church in Mt Eden and it is beautiful.