Auckland City Harbour News: Community Matters Most

Our very own Tui G featured in the Auckland City Harbour News recently, sharing her thoughts on her neighbourhood, and why community is so important.

Community matters most

Tui Gallagher, team leader for PARS – People at Risk Solutions. Lives in Mt Albert

What do you like best about Mt Albert?
Mt Albert has always given my family a sense of community, of caring for others and it is central to everything.

How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
Twenty-two years, originally from the real Far North, Te Kao, in te rohe o Te Aupouri.

What do you like least about Mt Albert and how can we fix it?
I remember when we had a village with butchers and chemists and tea and coffee shops, we don’t have that variety anymore.

Where is the best place to have dinner?
Farinas on Ponsonby Rod.

And who does the best fish ‘n chips?
I do! Or Martin Ave Takeaway.

Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?
All of us who give service to those with a need.

Quite often it is those with very little who give the most.

If I was Auckland’s mayor I would…
Put more resources into helping people at risk.

Not allow legal highs to be sold, limit the number of off-license, promises in communities, support emergency accommodation initiatives for the most vulnerable of our community.

When I’ve got a few free hours I like to…
Spend time with my family.

The spot I would recommend to tourists is…
Anywhere on the Hibiscus Coast.

Tui Gallagher:
Loves the central lifestyle

My two cents worth:
Your community is only as good as what you as an individual put into it, so we need to be proactive to supporting each other and the most vulnerable. He aha te mea nui, maku e kii atu ki a koe, he tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

Community matters most