The Grey Lynn Book: The Life and Times of New Zealand's Most Amazing Suburb
When did Grey Lynn experience its only terrorist attack? Which unique street is lined with villas on one side and bungalows on the other? Were Pasifika immigrants pushed out by white professionals? Is there a "Gay Lynn"? Is it really New Zealand's greenest suburb? Which local cinema was a Communist front? And what on earth does that name really mean? From the area's origins as a highly valued Maori stronghold to its status as one of the most desirable addresses in the country, Grey Lynn and its colourful stories are brought to life by Matt McEvoy in this beautifully produced book. He digs down into the layers of the area's remarkable and little-known history to show "GL" in all its diversity - cultures and people, institutions and traditions. This is a book for everyone who loves Grey Lynn or has ever wondered what's behind its cult status.
Matt fondly remembers his student days at parties in crumbling uni-student bungalows across Grey Lynn, waking to the Sunday morning sound of Tongan Church choirs. He spent years living in different countries, but Grey Lynn has remained a special place to him. On his return to Auckland he felt a desire to tell some of its stories, in an attempt to capture the essence of this unique part of New Zealand. This is his first book.