Hampton Hill classmate 1987-1990
Our primary school was set on a hill and the richer you were, the further uphill you had to walk to get home. At the bottom of the hill was state houses, then came middleclass wooden villas, then at the top of the hill were several new streets of insta-mansions overlooking Tawa. It was like a kind of karma: Those who had it easiest had to pay for it with daily hikes.
Alton Blom lived right up the top. He had a lot of sweet toys and video games up there, but it wasn’t often we could be bothered making the trek.