Luca’s lowdown on the neighbourhood

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Six and 3/4 year-old local, Luca, gave us the inside running on what’s fun and yummy around here. And did anyone mention football…?

Q: Who lives at your house?
A: Mummy, Daddy, and my cat Laszlo.

Q: Are your neighbours cool?
A: Yes, Piper – she’s next door and she’s my babysitter when Mummy and Daddy go out.

Q: If you had to hide treasure at your place where would it be?
A: I’m not telling you! [Well played – Ed]

Q: What do you like to help your Mum with?
A: Jobs around the house – mopping the floor, tidying my room.
Q: Would Mum say you do those things? [A lengthy pause ensued – Ed]

Q: What do you like to help your Dad with?
A: Nothing. Playing football!

Q: Where do you go to school?
A: Ponsonby Primary

Q: Do you like it?
A: Yes, of course!

Q: What’s your favourite sport?
A: Football.

Q: What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
A: Go down to the field and play a bit of football with my Dad.

Q: Who do you play football with?
A: At Western Springs Club and I like to play football at school with my friends too.

Q: [Sensing a theme – Ed] Is there any time you don’t like to play football?
A: No!

Q: What’s your favourite team?
A: I’ve got three: Barcelona, Tottenham and Saints (Southampton).

Q: Favourite player?
A: Kane, Boufal and Messi.

Q: Where’s your favourite Park?
A: Kakariki playground at Ponsonby Primary – it’s huge and has got great stuff. Also, the really cool one with the wooden fort in Ponsonby [Costley Reserve – Ed]. It’s really cool to play in – you can chase around on it and play funny games.

Q: What do you like to play?
A: Chasing games! And football.

Q: If you could put anything into the park that you wanted what would it be?
A: Water slide!

Q: Do you have wheels?
A: Yes, a bike.

Q: Where would we see you riding?
A: All around the place; to Allpress to help Mummy get coffee beans, to the park, to my friends’ houses.

Q: What’s the best bit about riding?
A: Downhill of course!

Q: What do you Mum and Dad like doing around here?
A: They like to go to Allpress a lot. [Speaking of themes – Ed]

Q: What’s your favourite restaurant?
A: Burger Burger.

Q: Do you go anywhere flash?
A: That place that does the really awesome pizzas and olives – [Ponsonby Road Bistro – Ed] – only on my birthday.

Q: I heard a rumour you like going to Farro – why is that?
A: Oh my – samples! I love samples!

Q: What would you say is cool to do around here to someone who’s visiting?
A: Going to any shops here. Pt Erin Baths –  there’s a cold pool and a warm pool that’s just right – not too hot, not too cold.

Q: Is there anything that you would change about the area?
A: I would like it if there were slides that take you down from your house to the ground. Also machines that meant if you were in your pyjamas they would automatically put your clothes on and put your sunblock on for you.

Q: What do you think the impact of Donald Trump being elected US president might have on Ponsonby?
A: I’m not sure – it might affect New Zealand not just Ponsonby. He might start a war and that might create World War 3.

Q: We hear you have some really strong ideas about the future of Auckland transport? In fact, you contacted someone pretty famous didn’t you?
A: Yes – I contacted Elon Musk, but I don’t think he got my message as he’s never replied. I had an invention about taking things that are bad for the environment and they get sucked up into the motor and turned to fresh air like smoke from cigarettes, any things that are on the ground – rubbish and cigarette butts. They get squashed up in a little metal box and get turned into fresh air. I wanted Elon Musk to build that in his Tesla cars. I sent him pictures of how it would work. [Awesome! –Ed]