Lots of se­cret spots

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

Iso­bel Mackin­non is an in­de­pen­dent the­atre maker from Point Che­va­lier and works as a clown doc­tor in pae­di­atrics.

What do you like best about liv­ing in Point Che­va­lier?

The sun­sets are amaz­ing when look­ing west from Point Che­va­lier. It is some­thing about the roads be­ing re­ally wide which makes the sky­line look enor­mous. The colours are in­cred­i­ble. Also, there are heaps of fruit trees by the creek at the back of Mount Al­bert - lots of se­cret spots.

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

It does not mat­ter where in the world I am, there is al­ways some part of me that wishes I was at Top Cafe on Cross Street eat­ing dumplings and lis­ten­ing to the staff smash­ing cu­cum­bers to smithereens out the back. It is so vi­o­lent yet com­pletely de­li­cious. Who does the best fish ‘n’ chips? Green­woods Fresh Catch in Ep­som. As a child, wher­ever we lived in Auck­land, this is where we would get our Fri­day night fish and chips af­ter a hard week of colour­ing in and los­ing baby teeth or what­ever it was I oc­cu­pied my child­hood with.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most – and why?

Dame Mar­garet Sparrow, who has spent her med­i­cal ca­reer ad­vo­cat­ing for re­pro­duc­tive rights. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d... A lit­tle while ago I got hit by a car while cy­cling twice in two weeks. So, I would fo­cus on cy­cle lanes. When I’ve got a free few hours I like to... Go to the Auck­land public li­brary and read Stone Mat­tress by Mar­garet At­wood sur­rounded

‘‘There is al­ways some part of me that wishes I was at Top Cafe Dumpling House’’ Iso­bel Mackin­non

by strangers. I love how there is ab­so­lutely no li­brary eti­quette in the Auck­land cen­tral li­brary.

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

High­wic House - ac­tu­ally any of the His­toric Places Trust build­ings. The his­tory is so in­ter­est­ing. There’s some colo­nial tag­ging done with a di­a­mond ring on a pane of glass. If you did that now it would be a work of art.

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