On top of the world
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.