Kei Tāmaki Makaurau taku kāinga.
My home is Auckland.
I was born and raised in South Auckland and as a young man I grew up in town. From riding around Ōtara and East Tāmaki on my home-made bike, to cruising Queen Street in the 80s with my mates in my Ford Escort.
Now I like to walk around the CBD taking arty-farty photos *yeah, those pics are mine 🤓*
Auckland is full of memories:
The Ōtara Markets on a Saturday morning.
Trips to the museum and MOTAT with mum, dad and my sister.
I have fallen in love on Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill and been dumped by the same girl on the same mountain.
I have sat under the clouds and twinkling stars of the Civic Theatre, and under the clouds and twinkling stars of an Auckland sky.
I have bought books here, records there, and watched soapy suds frothing out of the fountain on Custom Street.
But most importantly - my whānau are here.
My wife, our blended family, my children born here too, as well as my moko -, my granddaughter. They are the people who make Auckland - home.