Look Who's Talking: Life is full of challenges
Waimarie Onekawa is a 37-year-old midwife, she lives in Flat Bush.
Give me three words that come to mind when I say 'South Auckland'?
Vibrant, colourful, multi-cultural.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I originally come from Hawke's Bay, but I have lived in Auckland for 17 years, and I've been in South Auckland for almost nine years and I love it.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
The Auckland traffic. Not sure how you can fix that apart from a major overhaul on the motorways? Good luck with that one.
Where's the best place to buy dinner in the South?
My current favourite is the Vietnamese New Garden Restaurant on Chapel Rod. Delicious.
And who does the best fish n' chips?
I like the Blue Cod on Chapel Rd - they have an awesome range of food and they make a pretty good fish and egg burger.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most - and why?
Dr Lance O'Sullivan. Not only is he an amazing and clever doctor, but he is also all about providing excellent medical care to the people. We need more professionals like him in our communities.
If I were Auckland's mayor I'd…
Help to make affordable health care readily accessible to general public, particularly in our lower socio-economic areas where it's needed most. Alongside this, it would be great to see more primary birthing units out in the community for women in the South Auckland area as currently there are not enough for the high numbers of births we facilitate each year.
What's one piece of wisdom you'd like to pass on to others, particularly young people?
Work hard and play hard. Life is too short to live with regrets, and it is always the things you did not do that you look back on later in life wishing you had done. Grab life with both hands and make the most of it.
What's one trial or struggle that you've overcome?
Life is full of challenges, and like everyone I've had my fair share - but the key to overcoming obstacles is to understand that there is ALWAYS a reason why things happen the way they do, and to find a silver lining out of a tricky situation so you can move forward and learn from it.
When I've got a free few hours I like to...
Chill out with my friends and family, eating anything that has cheese on it and watching movies. I'm also a bit of a gym junkie so I enjoy working out and running too - it's a great way to clear your mind and running is free.
The spot in South Auckland I'd recommend to tourists is…
The Botanic Gardens - they're so pretty.