Mt Roskill’s di­ver­sity great

Central Leader - - NEWS -

What do you like best about where you live?

A lot of peo­ple from Mt Roskill have re­tired here so there are quite a few peo­ple we know. I like the di­ver­sity of Mt Roskill, it has changed from 20 years ago when it was largely Euro­pean.

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

My wife and I came to Sel­wyn Vil­lage five years ago. We’d been in Mt Roskill for 40 years be­fore that. I was born in Hok­i­tika and in my first seven years I lived in 14 dif­fer­ent places.

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

The Mt Roskill shops – no­body will up­grade them. They’re an eye­sore to such an ex­tent the mod­ern thinkers have gone to Stod­dard Rd to cre­ate shops. It’s been taken away from the town cen­tre. There needs to be some re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Where is the best place to have din­ner?

The restau­rant here at Sel­wyn Heights. We have an in­ter­na­tional chef.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

Right now it is Richie McCaw, he’s on the up at the mo­ment.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would...

In­stead of build­ing a rail­way in the city that will cater for rel­a­tively few I would start with a rail­way to the air­port ex­tend­ing from One­hunga and from Manukau.

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

I’m pretty busy. I’m the pres­i­dent

you of the Mt Roskill Probus Club, a Jus­tice of the Peace, a mem­ber of the Full Gospel Busi­ness­men’s Fel­low­ship and I’ve been a elder in the Pres­by­te­rian Church for more than 50 years.

The spot I would most rec­om­mend to tourists is...

It will be the new beach on the One­hunga fore­shore. How­ever, Monte Ce­cilia park is a good place to walk. And there are some beau­ti­ful walks around the Mt Roskill

coast.

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