On top of the world

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What do you like best about living in Mt Al­bert?

I first vis­ited here for one month with my wife Shirley in 1973. Mt Al­bert was the first sub­urb in Auck­land that I came to know, it’s lovely. The thing I like most about it is the top of Mt Al­bert. It’s a place where you can feel on top of the world for a lit­tle while. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I’ve lived in New Zealand since 1985. I am from Iran. My wife is a Kiwi and I met her in Eng­land, then we lived in Iran. My wife got to wit­ness the revo­lu­tion out on the streets, no­body could keep her in. I’ve been a lec­turer in Iran and at AUT and worked for the Ira­nian Navy be­fore start­ing Mt Al­bert Ac­coun­tants.

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

The liquor shops. They look ugly and they at­tract ugly. Noth­ing beats ed­u­ca­tion. Ev­ery cent spent on get­ting young peo­ple to un­der­stand how hope­less their drink­ing it will be re­warded a hun­dred fold.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner?

The best place for break­fast is Cos­set Cafe in Mt Al­bert.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

He­len Clark for the sin­gle rea­son that she was coura­geous enough to apol­o­gise for poll tax im­posed on Chi­nese im­mi­grants in the early 1900s. I ad­mire that she rec­ti­fied his­tory. If I was the mayor of Auck­land I would . . .

Start by get­ting changes to the pri­mary school syl­labus to ac­com­mo­date an agreed val­ues sys­tem. Pri­mary schools are the ba­sis of so­ci­ety. If we learn ba­sic val­ues it will be a much bet­ter world to be in.


The spot I would rec­om­mend to tourists is . . .

The top of Mt Al­bert. You’ve got the view of the har­bours.

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