Adri­ana Christie, 25, so­cial en­tre­pre­neur (codi­rec­tor of Gwamu Ltd and the Pal­let King­dom) and AUT honours stu­dent, lives in Re­muera Push ‘sus­tain­able city’ idea

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What do you like best about living in Re­muera?

Mainly its view of Ran­gi­toto, each time I drive down Bas­sett Rd and I see the har­bour, its colours and the boats I have this sense of tran­quil­lity and hap­pi­ness.

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

I have lived in the Re­muera/ Par­nell area for the past seven years. I was born in Bogota, Colom­bia, from a Kiwi mum and a Colom­bian dad. Stud­ied in the US and moved to New Zealand about eight years ago.

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

I dis­like the fact that we don’t have re­cy­cling bins on our main road, or bike parks and es­pe­cially not a clear cy­cling lane down Re­muera Rd. I con­sider that col­lab­o­ra­tive work among Auck­land Coun­cil, Auck­land Trans­port, lo­cal boards and even or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Gen­er­a­tion Zero could help solve th­ese is­sues.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in your area?

The new Burger Burger in New­mar­ket has been one of our favourites this past month. In say­ing that, we are reg­u­lars at Mex­i­cali and Hasan.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?

In my opin­ion noth­ing beats Mangonui’s fish ‘n chips.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most – and why?

My grand­fa­ther Lind­say Christie. In the 1960s my grand­par­ents made the dras­tic de­ci­sion of leav­ing their com­fort­able life here in Auck­land to do so­cial work in Colom­bia. My grand­fa­ther laid his life to help and em­power the poor peo­ple of Colom­bia and Latin Amer­ica.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d …

Deepen the con­cept of a ‘‘sus­tain­able city’’. Im­ple­ment poli­cies such as ban­ning plas­tic bags and bot­tles. I would con­sider in­vest­ing in re­new­able en­ergy, es­pe­cially so­lar power to help op­er­ate hous­ing, public spa­ces, li­braries, com­mu­nity cen­tres and schools.

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

I’m re­ally into wood­work­ing lately.

The spot in Auck­land I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is

If they are look­ing for a great place to dine, La Zeppa hands down, es­pe­cially if its out on the deck. The view of the city and the am­bi­ence of the place makes a great im­pres­sion on tourists.

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