Wel­com­ing com­mu­nity

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What do you like best about work­ing in Orakei?

The warmth of the com­mu­nity. Since I be­gan in this role six months ago, I have had many vis­i­tors wel­com­ing me and shar­ing their ideas of what pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties they would like to see at the Orakei Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. It has been so easy mak­ing con­nec­tions with the dif­fer­ent peo­ple I have met.

How long have you lived in Auck­land and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I have lived in the Auck­land area for 55 years. Grow­ing up I lived in Tau­tari and Paora streets in Orakei as well as a stint in Huia in the Manukau Heads.

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

I think trans­port is a huge prob­lem. I travel to and from Orakei most days. Trav­el­ling back from there is very busy and of­ten grid­locked along Ta­maki Drive.

Where’s the best place to have din­ner in the eastern bays?

Annabelles Restau­rant in St He­liers. I am able to walk my labrador on the beach be­fore en­joy­ing a lovely meal at the restau­rant. It helps that it has easy park­ing and is in a great lo­ca­tion.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?

The Fish Pot Cafe in Mission Bay. It is so nice to take your fish ‘n chips to Mission Bay to en­joy them.

Who is the Kiwi ad­mire most and why?

Va­lerie Adams. The way she over­comes chal­lenges and her per­se­ver­ance in what she loves to do is com­mend­able

When I’ve got a few free hours I like to ...

Ride my bike from Water­view along the cy­cle­ways to Ta­maki Drive. It is quite a way I know, but it is such a gor­geous en­vi­ron­ment to be out­doors in.

The spot in Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is ...

Ta­maki Drive to ex­pe­ri­ence the beau­ti­ful beaches and view the Hau­raki Gulf. The Viaduct is an­other must.

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