5 questions with: Aaron Hawkins

Photo: Christine O'Connor
Photo: Christine O'Connor
Aaron Hawkins is Dunedin's new mayor.

What was the best birthday present you ever received, and why?

A homemade Batman cape for my fifth birthday, because I was an obsessive fan who wouldn’t dare dream such a thing was possible.

What smell do you find irresistible?

Cut grass in the summertime instantly takes me back to childhood, playing cricket in the backyard with a test match on the radio.

What is your least favourite thing about humanity?


What is one strong childhood memory?

Coming up to see a Bledisloe Cup test at Carisbrook. The entire city swung in behind it, the atmosphere was amazing, and that’s when I fell in love with Dunedin.

What is your message?

The city is heading in the right direction but we need to do more, and faster.




I think the ODT has lost the plot. These are the best 5 questions you can ask the new mayor? Why not: What's you favorite colour? Or; Is your new office motif going to be unicorns or rainbows? In my 30 years reading this newspaper, I've never read such trivial rubbish. Yesterday a love letter to Hawkins and today speed dating questions. Dunedin faces some serious issues and this is the best you can do? Pathetic!

Thank your stars you don't have to buy the 'newspaper'. Online is not hard copy. Get with the programme.