A doer – ingrained in most Kiwis is the can do attitude – love to get my hands dirty and create!
London for the past 8 years
From Auckland, New Zealand and lived here for 20 years+ and also other cities in NZ – Wellington, and Nelson. Briefly for a year in Brisbane, Australia.
A lover of great food, and immensely passionate about exploring as many cultures across the globe as possible and a firm believer in the wise words of Mark Twain that travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. My other loves are photography with a soft spot for analogue, and a bit of a magpie for anything that’s shiny and new in technology.
I’d start with brunch at my local the Birdhouse – it’s an independent café run by an Australian and Cuban who know how to make great coffee and their food is fab! Combined with reading the Guardian – perfect!
I’d head to Spitalfield markets as I love wandering through this place with such a creative vibe. I would then continue on through to the Old Spitalfield markets where there is some great street food to munch on.
As a big foodie and a lover of music it would have to be Brixton for me. Whilst the vibe over the past years has become more mainstream it is still an area I love with so much history – it’s where David Bowie hails from and has a thriving Caribbean and Colombian community. This is reflected in the covered market where you can get food from across the globe that is made by passionate chefs at a great price as well as some interesting one off shops. Two favourites are Okan – Japanese and The Joint – for insanely good chicken wings and pulled pork burgers. I would finish the night off with one of the fantastic music venues, being a particular fan of Hootananny for the large outdoor space and non commercial feel with great gigs and the Brixton Academy with it’s size you really feel part of the gig where I have seen Leftfield, Black Seeds, Massive Attack play.
Hands Across The Water – I worked indirectly for this charity in Northern Thailand in 2013, whom I can’t shout out about enough.
WHAT THEY DO: Based in Australia this charity helps at risk Thai children and also involves the wider community with a strong emphasis on education.
WHY I SUPPORT: For me it is important that there aren’t any ties to religious beliefs or governments so only the interests of the children are served – and this is exactly how HATW operate.
TO CONTRIBUTE: There are many ways to contribute – such as either sponsoring a child, volunteering or their annual charity bike race in Thailand – a brilliant way to experience this Country and it’s culture.