Aw­hole world of op­por­tu­nity

Jesse Arm­strong, 27, Vaka In­ter­ac­tiv chief ex­ec­u­tive, lives in Pahure­hure.

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How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from? I was born and raised here and have lived in Pa­pakura most of my life. What do you like best about Pa­pakura? I love the feel­ing of home. Pa­pakura is a place where peo­ple can set­tle and feel com­fort­able set­tling there. For me it is and al­ways will be home.

What do you like least and how can we fix it? I feel like we aren’t fo­cussing enough on in­spir­ing younger peo­ple to con­sider en­trepreneur­ship. I know it’s not for every­one, which I agree with, but I think there are very tal­ented youth that could ex­cel in en­trepreneur­ship and need op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow in this area. Whether that is fo­cussing on lo­cal busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, na­tional level busi­ness or global busi­ness, more can def­i­nitely be done.

What comes to mind when I say ‘South Auck­land’? Huge po­ten­tial, lit­tle op­por­tu­nity.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Pa­pakura? I would have to say Mazzeh Ke­bab on Great South Rd. Some of the best ke­babs I’ve had.

What’s one piece of wis­dom you’d like to pass on to oth­ers, par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple? Spend less time on Face­book and more time in a real book. So many young peo­ple waste huge amounts of time on Face­book or us­ing Snapchat, watch­ing point­less videos on YouTube and don’t re­alise that there is a whole world of po­ten­tial out there that can make their life so much more ex­cit­ing and amaz­ing than it can ever be.

What’s one trial or strug­gle that you’ve over­come? I have al­ways strug­gled with fo­cus and with be­ing con­sis­tent be­cause I get caught in the trap of pro­cras­ti­na­tion. I have been able to over­come this with one key thing which is a vi­sion. The clearer I can see un­tapped po­ten­tial whether that’s in my­self, my work or with oth­ers. A wise man once said, ‘‘with in­creased vi­sion comes in­creased mo­ti­va­tion’’. That is 100 per cent true and it has con­stantly helped me to over­come pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Is there a par­tic­u­lar place in Pa­pakura (or nearby Franklin) you like go­ing or that you would rec­om­mend to tourists? I love head­ing out to Kar­i­o­tahi Beach just out past Waiuku. The scenery is beau­ti­ful and is just one of many great places that show New Zealand’s beau­ti­ful land­scape.

If I was Auck­land’s mayor I’d … Fo­cus on help­ing low in­come fam­i­lies be­come more sel­f­re­liant. Help­ing them to up-skill and also to be placed in higher pay­ing jobs to help them keep up with the crazy eco­nomic strug­gles they face. I would also fo­cus on help­ing younger peo­ple dis­cover and de­velop their tal­ents more.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most— and why? One that comes to mind is Rhys Darby. He’s just a gen­uinely funny guy and al­ways guar­an­tees a good laugh.

When I’ve got a free few hours I like to ... Repur­pose old bro­ken down things into func­tional and beau­ti­ful things in par­tic­u­lar long­boards and fur­ni­ture. I also re­ally en­joy learn­ing more about in­ter­est­ing top­ics

Vaka In­ter­ac­tiv is a tech start-up with a team of four South Auck­land en­trepreneurs en­hanc­ing mu­seum spa­ces and ex­hi­bi­tions with in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays. The team is cur­rently on a four-month res­i­dency at Welling­ton’s Te Papa Mu­seum. Go to vakain­ter­ac­tiv.com for more.

Vaka In­ter­ac­tiv chief ex­ec­u­tive Jesse Arm­strong.

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