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