Kiwis just wanna have fun
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.