A design for life
Lloyd Macomber, 52, an architect who works for Salmon Reed Architects, lives in Birkenhead
How long have you lived here and where are you from?
I’ve lived here 23 years and I am originally from Forrest Hill.
Describe your neighbourhood.
My neighbourhood is a cul de sac with houses from 1930s to new, native trees and relative privacy.
What is your earliest memory of the Shore? Walking with my mother in my pre-school days to catch the old Bedford 875 bus to the big smoke. Very exciting!
What are the greatest advantages to living here?
Close to East Coast beaches, established family, familiar landmarks. It’s the better side of the bridge to be!
Where is your favourite North Shore beach and why?
Takapuna because I’ve been going there since I was three years old and it’s the one beach I really missed when living out of Auckland.
Who is the person you admire the most and why?
My parents, who left a comfortable life in the Islands to settle in New Zealand for their children’s education. A familiar story to some and one which I am grateful for every day.
What do you like least about the Shore and how can we fix it?
Not much, that’s why I live here!
Where is the best place to have a meal?
At home or at friends, on the Shore of course. What are you doing this weekend?
‘‘[I admire] my parents, who left a comfortable life in the Islands to settle in New Zealand for their children's education. A familiar story to some and one which I am grateful for every day.’’
The kids are playing sport, I am going to see my Mum, go for a walk on the beach and have general family time.