Richie Hard­core, 34, is aMuay Thai and box­ing trainer, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ta­tor and ra­dio host on 95bFM. Booze kills good nights out

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What do you like best about the city?

My favourite thing about Auck­land is the peo­ple. It’s full of amaz­ing, pas­sion­ate and tal­ented folks. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

Apart from short stints over­seas, I’ve lived in Auck­land my whole life, it’s where I was born and raised. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

Al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence, or the con­stant threat of it, in the city on the week­ends re­ally kills the mood go­ing out. Re­search shows the more off li­censes in a ‘hood, the more trou­ble.

Where’s the best place to buy dinner in the city?

I can never go past Coco’s Cantina on K Rd or Thai House on Pon­sonby Rd. The peo­ple who work there are al­ways su­per au­then­tic and friendly and the food never fails to im­press.

Who does the best fish chips?

I haven’t eaten fish and chips for 19 years, I can’t help with that.

‘n Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?

Oh man, so many to name. I’ll go with for­mer K1 Grand Prix Cham­pion and top ranked UFC fighter Mark Hunt. He’s worked in­cred­i­bly hard to get where he now is, of­ten with lit­tle to no public recog­ni­tion for his achieve­ments. He’s con­tin­ued to strive to suc­ceed af­ter de­feats and he is su­per ap­proach­able, hum­ble, funny and down to earth. If I was Auck­land’s mayor I would . . .

Wave my magic may­oral wand and sort out our ter­ri­ble traf­fic is­sues, ad­ver­tise the cool things young peo­ple can get into in a more mean­ing­ful way and work to ad­dress our lack of

af­ford­able hous­ing. When I’ve got a few hours free I like to . . .

Go to the gym and train with my friends fol­lowed by lunch at my favourite cafe, Kokako. The spot in the city I’d rec­om­mend most to tourists is ...

Wai­heke Is­land is a es­cape for a week­end.


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