On ground floor of op­por­tu­nity

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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.

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