What are the biggest changes in Auckland?
VIVIEN BRIDGWATER, GENERAL MANAGER OF DESTINATION AND MARKETING AT ATEED
Bobbie is a boy dog. He is a five-year-old half Cairn Terrier, half Jack Russell, a city and country dog. He was born in Matakana. Bobbie has a busy week, every week.
Monday: this is a city day. Bobbie is with Maggie, a presentation trainer who is training Bobbie (despite his upbringing) to be confident and walk into ‘every’ restaurant and shop in Ponsonby Road. Auckland has become very cool.
He also hangs out with Eddie, Father Rory and the priests and nuns at the Catholic Church in Vermont Street, Ponsonby. Bobbie loves to do a wheelie down the centre of the church occasionally frightening a worshipper. Bobbie is thinking about becoming a Catholic. Auckland can be a very spiritual place.
Tuesday: Bobbie is at Barkley Manor, a dog play centre, where he is loved; where they remember his name but not my name.
Wednesday: Bobbie is with one of my best friends, Giles, my ex-partner (from 16 years ago) and father of my youngest daughter. Bobbie and my ex-partner have obviously never lived together. My friend inspires Bobbie to consider 14 km runs from Herne Bay to Maungawhau (Mount Eden) and back. Bobbie is a believer in possibility. Sometimes Bobbie hangs out with the next-door neighbours, Mary and Greg, who with Gus and Dolly (a terrier and a spaniel) try to teach him Italian. Auckland is a diverse city full of adventure. Thursday: back to Barkley. Friday: Bobbie goes to stay with a friend of the ex-partner (from 16 years ago), Kirsten (who is also my friend) who has two children, at Amica, a hairdressing salon in Grey Lynn. He loves Jack and Anja. Sometimes he has a hairdo in the salon and apparently is allowed on the bed. No comment.
Saturday: Bobbie comes home to Basil the cat (my daughter named him when she was nine) to the wild, wild west and chases balls across the lake, into the bush, forging streams, frightening the ducks, kereru and the occasional taniwha, and a weekly beach walk. We live in a national park. Auckland, an amazing city with 56 volcanic cones, three harbours; a city in a park, full of abundance. So what do we learn from Bobbie?
• Bobbie, like Auckland, is growing and is full of possibility.
• Bobbie is blessed to live in this city.
• Bobbie has a rich community across this great city of ours.
• Bobbie lives in the moment and trusts the universe.
• Bobbie has friends who unconditionally love him.
• Bobbie loves all his friends unconditionally.
• Bobbie keeps us all together; he reminds us daily what love and blessings look like.
• Bobbie, like Auckland, is full of possibility and is desired by many.