On ground floor of opportunity
What do you like best about the city?
I’ve always liked two things about Auckland – to live by the sea and being in on the ground floor of opportunity.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I relocated from the South Island 10 years ago and I still call the beautiful Southern Lakes and Canterbury Plains my ‘home’.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
I am an animal advocate. I stand up for the rights and welfare of those that cannot do it for themselves. The quote that gave me most strength and conviction that I was on the right track was: ‘‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’’ – Gandhi.
Where’s the best place to buy dinner in the city? Ponsonby Bistro! Consistently exceptional service, exceptional and delicious food, love their decor and brand and, although we never manage to actually make a booking on their busiest nights, they greet us like long lost friends. Who does the best fish n chips?
My husband, Alex. He buys it fresh from Ponsonby Fish and Chip shop on the way home from work on a Monday night, makes it beer batter or panko crumbed with homemade chips.
Who is the Kiwi admire most and why?
My friend Deborah Still, of Deborah Still Design. Nobody really tells you how difficult it is to own a small business, then you add children, being a solo parent into the mix I realise to have started a business and made it a success, she has actually managed a feat equal to Hilary’s ascent.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I would ...
Resign. I hate to say it but Auckland Council is not a place for a person like me.
When I’ve got a few hours free I like to ...
Walk my dogs on the beach. I drive out to Muriwai Beach and walk the stream and beach and go back to work/home/family. This time invigorates me and gives me the energy and creativity to head into another week.
The spot in the city I’d recommend most to tourists is ...
I like Waiheke Island. Still a bit of ‘hippy’ and ‘unique’ feel with beautiful beaches and quite a lot of great wine to be drunk.
City living: Megan Alderson loves living and working by the sea.