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Every day the North Shore buses are filled with our readers going into the city
to study or work. Here’s
who we met this month…

Name: Mat Szczepanski
Home/suburb: Takapuna
Bus: 839 / 822
Occupation/Title: Adviser Support
Fun fact: I built my dog a dog house, which he has never used.
Channel Magazine: Why do you take the bus?
Mat Szczepanski: It’s much quicker and cheaper than driving  

CM:    What is the most interesting conversation you have had on the bus?
   Nothing really pops as one instance of an amazing story, I find just talking to people and getting to know them make the bus ride more enjoyable.

CM:    When you are not on the bus, we are most likely to find you...?
    At home, work or on the golf course.

CM:    How long have you lived on the Shore?
    Pretty much all my life.

CM:    Favourite thing about the Shore?
    The Shore has a community feel where you can talk to anyone.

CM:    What’s your favourite restaurant on the North Shore?
    I love Botticelli’s in Takapuna – they have amazing veal!

CM:    What’s your favourite bar on the North Shore?
   I quite like the Mac’s Brew Bar in Takapuna for its laid back feel and open plan.

CM:    When you aren’t on the Shore – where is your favourite place to visit? Why?
    The Coromandel, because it is an amazing place with beautiful beaches.

CM:    We see you on your iphone on the bus – what is your favourite app?
    Sleep Cycle, It’s an alarm that wakes you up when you’re in the shallow part of your sleep cycle based on your body movements in bed.

CM:    Any other latest gadgets or apps you want or have to have?
    I would love to get my hands on an iPad 3!

CM:    Do you have any hobbies or projects at the moment?
    I am currently fundraising to enter into the Accor Hotels $10 challenge to Cure Kids in October. Teams of 2 have to make their way from Auckland
to Queenstown on $10 doing challenges along the way in an “amazing race” style, all of this in a costume. We need more donations in order to reach our $7,000 entry fee target. If you can donate – any amount would be fantastic!

by Channel Editorial