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CHANNEL FEATURE: Interview

Wonderful Northcote Point

Jennie Jago lives in Northcote Point with her husband Mark. After moving to New Zealand in 2005, she loves life on the North Shore and can’t imagine living anywhere else! Jennie gave Channel Mag a taster of what life looks like in Northcote, including some of her favourite local restaurants and events to look out for.

Courtney Bennett: What do you love most about living in Northcote Point?
Jennie Jago: The community spirit and the wonderful people who live here.   The beautiful old houses surrounded by such stunning views and all just a few minutes drive from town.

CB: Have you always lived locally?
JJ: I moved to New Zealand in 2005 with my Kiwi husband Mark, we lived in Birkenhead Point for eight years before moving to Northcote Point last year,  we love this area and cannot imagine living anywhere else

CB: Where are the best walks around your area?
JJ: The walks through Le Roy bush and walking through Little Shoal Bay with the lovely city and bridge view.

CB: Anything to complain about in Northcote Point?
JJ: Only the proposed cycle lanes on Queen Street!

CB: Where’s the best place for brunch and dinner in your area?
JJ: We are so spoilt here. Best by far is the Stafford Road Wine Bar.  Great food and wine in an elegant and relaxed setting. For family fun we enjoy going to the Northcote Tavern with our son Henry, great pub food menu. It has a big lawn where the children can play.   Sausalito Café is very friendly and has great coffee and baking. The Engine Room is great too. 

CB: Do you have a favourite local event that you look forward to?
JJ:  I might be slightly prejudiced but the Northcote Point Community Creche’s annual event down at The Wharf is a highlight, a great night out for all the locals, glamorous and fun. There is also a great Christmas Parade in Birkenhead each year, but I think the Tongan Church’s Christmas Parade on Christmas Eve is the highlight.  It is so joyous to hear the brass band playing carols, the children dancing and playing and all the locals following along behind.  It’s a great way to start Christmas and a great way of uniting the community.

CB: Where would you recommend visitors go to when they visit the shore?
JJ: Stafford Road Wine Bar!  Bridgeway Theatre, Little Shoal Bay, Takapuna Beach and Narrow Neck Beach.  The Naval Museum in Devonport with its great café. For shopping, A Little Shop in Hinemoa Street is my current favourite for clothing and Crave in Birkenhead for gifts.

CB: Get Channel delivered to your letterbox each month?
JJ: Yes

CB: If we moved we would move to …
JJ: Why would we! If we had a second home I would love it to be on Waiheke Island, but I cannot see us moving from Northcote Point, we love the community spirit and the history of the area too much!

by Courtney Bennett

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