More square meals
What do you like best about the city?
It truly is a multicultural, diverse and global city, sharing some of the best traits from the greatest cities around the world. It’s not my native city but I am proud to call it home. How long have you lived here. Where are you from?
Since August 2005. I’m originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. What do you like least and how can we fix it?
A lot of the food establishments in and around town are closed on Mondays. Perhaps there should be a roster system to ensure that we are not unreasonably starved (of good food) every Monday. #first worldproblems. Where’s the best place to buy dinner in the city?
Go to Renkon on Pitt St for a reasonably priced, fantastically scrumptious meal – their Karaage chicken on rice is a favourite of mine. Jeffrey and Charlotte at Mamak Malaysian Restaurant in the Chancery also serve great authentic Malaysian dishes. Who does the best fish chips?
Jimmy the Fish in Ponsonby Central does a pretty fine job – very good hand-cut fries.
’n Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?
There are several but perhaps I’d go with Sir James Wallace who I worked for in my first few years in Auckland. He has a great eye for talent and potential and has over the years created opportunities for many, many New Zealanders.
If I was Auckland’s mayor I would . . .
Ensure that I had people who are far wiser, more capable and savvier than me on my team. My job wouldn’t just be to lead the city but rather to find, develop, support and lead great people. When I’ve got a few hours free I like to . . .
Cook, eat and/or read. Or anything that is quality time spent with my best friend/wife. The spot in the city I’d recommend most to tourists is
The Waterfront area, particularly Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter and North Wharf.