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Ruth McIntyre, owner of the children’s bookstore in Kilbirnie, is withdrawing from the book trade.
Ruth McIntyre and her late husband John opened The Children’s Bookshop in 1992. It was John’s dream to do something exciting and positive with the new life he received from a kidney transplant this January. Ruth and her dedicated staff have been running the bookstore since John’s death in June 2017. But now it is time to enjoy a more leisurely life, spend more time with family and friends, and read some adult books.
What does it mean to be a Wellingtonian?
Kind of like coming home. I was born here but left when I was 3 and lived in different rural parts of the country. When John and I returned from the UK in the early 1980s, we found work, settled down, started our family, and started the bookstore in 1992. That bound us with the city for the next 29 years.
I live here because …
Many of my family and friends are here, and our business was born and prospered here. The city center can also be reached quickly and everything you need for daily life is not far away.
We may not have great weather, but we have …
Some wonderful cafes, shops, cultural institutions and a lovely waterfront.
* My Wellington: A city full of creativity and a “good mix of people”
* My Wellington: The Basin, the Bank and a test game to watch
* Wellington art galleries will be closed this summer
* A life story: John McIntyre
Where is the best place to swim?
Where is your favorite place to admire art?
I enjoyed exhibitions at Te Papa, City Gallery and PÄtaka. As a former journalist, I also loved the World Press Photo exhibitions that used to be held in Shed 6.
The best food in the region isâ¦.
Too many favorites, but the twice-baked cheese souffle at Elements in Lyall Bay and the chicken sambal at Kanama Kopi Kadai in Kilbirnie are both delicious.
What’s the best festival in town?
World of wearable art.
What is your ideal evening in Wellington?
Dinner with family or friends at Restaurant 88 in Tory St.
The perfect Saturday morning in town is …
I’ve been working in the bookstore on Saturdays for over 20 years, so a leisurely brunch at the Gypsy Kitchen in Strathmore would be a welcome treat. I hope the Saturday grocery markets are still open as I now have time to visit.
My guilty pleasure in town is to …
A film during the day, just before work. I haven’t done that for a while though, so I’m looking forward to seeing more films on my half board.
In which part of town are you most at home?
Kilbirnie, where the bookstore is. But I will now broaden my horizons and explore other parts of our beautiful city.
Not many people know about Wellington, but …
It has a fantastic number of high quality indie bookstores for its size.
What is Wellington’s best quality?
Its compactness – which gives the city a warm and intimate atmosphere.
What is your greatest hope for this city?
I think Wellington’s inner-city layout could lend itself to more traffic-free areas, with a mix of shops, lawns, and outdoor seating for people to meet. I would like to see a film museum that covers all of our film history, but first we should fix the chronic condition of the water pipe system.