Ki­wis just wanna have fun

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What do you like best about Mt Eden?

The peo­ple, the parks, the feel of the sub­urb and how close it is to ev­ery­thing in the city. It feels like a nice place out of Wellington with the nice rises and falls in the land.

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

I’ve lived in Mt Eden since Fe­bru­ary. I grew up in Maun­gatur­oto, an hour south of Whangarei. I’ve also tried Sun­nynook, Devon­port, San­dring­ham and Te Aro in Wellington. So I started as a coun­try kid and even­tu­ally fell in love with the big smoke.

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

Mt Eden is easy to get around and has most things you need but it’d be good to have more pedes­trian links be­tween Kings­land, the moun­tain, and Mt Eden’s shops. Some­thing sim­i­lar to the path which runs be­tween San­dring­ham Rd and Eden Park.

Where is the best place to have din­ner in the cen­tral area?

Port­land Pub­lic House. The chef there has a pas­sion for seafood and cooks it bet­ter then any­one else in the city. If that doesn’t take your fancy, then the pulled pork sand­wich will fix you up very well.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?

New­ton Fish and Chip­pery. Ev­ery­thing is great, in­clud­ing the $3 home made fish cakes.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most and why?

Con­nan Mock­asin. He’s a New Zealand born singer-song­writer. Not all Ki­wis have heard of him, but he’s be­come very in­flu­en­tial over­seas. His songs are on the al­ter­na­tive side, but I like his grooves.

If I was Auck­land mayor I would . . .

Work with the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor bet­ter. New Zealand may have some trou­bles with al­co­hol but the roots don’t lie in Auck­land’s nightlife. If the coun­cil con­tin­ues to re­strict bars, peo­ple will still drink – just at home in­stead of in the des­ig­nated ar­eas. I’d try to en­cour­age safe and fun places for peo­ple to go and would ad­dress those is­sues on a larger scale.

When I’ve got a few free hours I like to . . . Read or so­cialise in our great sum­mer weather. Or head to one of the lo­cal mu­sic venues in Kings­land or the cen­tral city.

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