Car­ing com­mu­nity is what counts

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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.

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