More square meals

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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.

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