BRITOMART PEOPLE / SIMON PRESTON

Being a concierge at Britomart Car Park keeps Simon on his toes while studying the workings of the other end of the human body.

 

Are you from Auckland? No I’m from Gisborne. I moved up here to study at university, but I didn’t enjoy the course I was doing, which was engineering, so I decided to stop and got a job here at the same time and then eventually got promoted to concierge after a few months.

What does that entail? It’s a hell of a lot of standing, I can tell you that much. But it’s basically meet and greet. And running the valet service, and making sure the carparks are clean, doing security checks.

How do you get to Britomart? I walk. I live five minutes away, so that’s pretty handy with university as well as I’m back studying.

What are you studying now? I’m doing psychology, first year. I think a lot of it is about understanding yourself as well and understanding where you’re going in life and what your values are. I think psych really helps with that.

Where’s your favourite place to eat around here? Countdown.

What’s your idea of fun? Hanging with friends. We have to be professional all day at work so not being professional with them is relaxing.

If you could retire tomorrow what would you do? Travel. I haven’t seen much of the world yet. I’d like to see more.

Where’s the first place you’d go? I’d take a trip around Europe.

What’s something not many people know about you? I’m learning French.

Are there any Britomartonians you see around that you’d like to make friends with? It’s funny because I see a lot of people every day, and a lot of them I don’t really interact with them. There’s only a few that I’ve befriended. I think that’s a shame, I think I should be making more of an effort.

Today is the day!

Interview and photograph by Florence Noble