Beaches still please

North Shore Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Drama teacher Mark Jensen, 57, said part of his neigh­bour­hood’s charm in Tor­bay is the friend­li­ness of the lo­cals

How long have you lived here and where are you from?

I have lived here since 1988. I come from South Auck­land, Ma­nurewa

De­scribe your neigh­bour­hood.

I teach at Northcross In­ter­me­di­ate school and know lots of peo­ple in my com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery­one says hello.

Tor­bay has the best butcher shop in New Zealand.

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory of the Shore? My ear­li­est mem­ory is swim­ming at Wa­iake, and how clean the wa­ter was.

What are the great­est ad­van­tages to liv­ing here?

The great­est ad­van­tage is still the beaches. Also the in­ter­est­ing va­ri­ety of am­a­teur the­atre com­pa­nies that man­age to sur­vive.

Where is your favourite North Shore beach and why?

My favourite North Shore beach is Wa­iake. All my kids learnt to swim there and we spent so many sum­mers walk­ing to the beach and swim­ming out to the pon­toon.

Who is the per­son you ad­mire most and why?

Bruce Spring­steen, he’s an ex­cel­lent song­writer and al­ways sings from the heart.

What do you like least about the Shore and how can we fix it?

Peo­ple who com­plain about dogs. Dogs never com­plain about peo­ple.

What is the best place to have a meal? Burger Fuel, ex­cept they don’t do beer bat­ter

‘‘All my kids learnt to swim [out at Wa­iake] and we spent so many sum­mers walk­ing to the beach and swim­ming out to the pon­toon.’’

Mark Jensen

chips any­more.

What’re you do­ing this week­end?

This week­end I def­i­nitely have my first swim of the sum­mer, with my dog…then go for Burger Fuel.

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