David Bishop, 24, com­mon­wealth games medal­list and gym­nas­tics coach at Tri Star Gym­nas­tics Club, Lyn­field A safe and friendly place

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What do you like best about Lyn­field?

I love how Lyn­field is in a lit­tle cove and that it is blocked off by Hills­bor­ough Rd. It means that peo­ple don’t pass through Lyn­field but rather they are there be­cause they live there or are specif­i­cally vis­it­ing Lyn­field. I think this is what makes it such a safe and friendly place.

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

I have lived in Lyn­field my en­tire life ex­cept for a year I spent liv­ing in Ger­many with my fam­ily when I was 6 years old.

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

I wish the ten­nis club was open to the pub­lic, even just on Sun­days. I guess some­thing would need to be ar­ranged be­tween the club and the coun­cil.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Lyn­field?

Prob­a­bly the Ja­panese place, Sushi Zen.

And who does the best fish and chips?

Up in Block­house Bay there’s a good one on the main street.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire the most and why?

I re­ally ad­mire my coach David Phillips, and the rap­per David Dal­las.

David Phillips is just a gen­uinely good guy who has done so much for me and the gym­nas­tics com­mu­nity. He is such a great role model and some­one I look up to very much.

David Dal­las’ lyrics were re­ally in­spir­ing to me, he is a real New Zealan­der who isn’t afraid to be am­bi­tious. Not only to dream big, but also to go out and make those dreams a re­al­ity. His lyrics taught me to have con­fi­dence in my­self and my abil­ity and just go for it.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would....

Be more fru­gal with ratepay­ers’ money and try to pri­ori­tise spend­ing on what we need first, be­fore fo­cus­ing on what we want. I think it’s stupid how Auck­land Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing scrap­ping the $3.7 mil­lion, three-year-old Te Wero bridge and build­ing a $25 mil­lion re­place­ment.

The spot I would rec­om­mend to tourists is...

A nice 20 minute walk through the for­est to the Kitekite Falls at Piha beach.

When I have a few hours spare I like to...

Catch up with a friend, play ten­nis or go and throw a ball around – prefer­ably on the beach.

David: Loves how safe and friendly Lyn­field is.

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