Kirsten McKenzie works at her family's antique store in Mt Eden. She is the author of the highly praised novel Fifteen Postcards, and her second book, The Last Letter, is due in November. She was born in Auckland in 1974.
The opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is today. Kirsten McKenzie was there for the Olympic Games and argues that Rio was not only safer than expected, it was far more inclusive than most major cities.