Tasting cultures through food
What do you like best about central Auckland?
The cultural diversity. Walking through central Auckland is like taking a journey through places far beyond one’s imagination. Every day you have a chance to learn about a different culture, tribe, language, religion, history and way of life. The best part is you can also sample the different cuisine from these places and let your tastebuds do all the exploring for you. I always say if I hadn’t moved to Auckland I wouldn’t have been able to know about all the different places that I do now.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I have lived in Auckland for eight years. I was previously living in Wellington and I’m originally from Zimbabwe.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
The unnecessary traffic jams throughout the day. This can be fixed by lowering the price of public transport. It baffles me that to get to work I am looking at paying $45 per week. If I rationalise that I will use the same amount of money to put gas in my economical car and drive to work and back home for a fortnight. I believe most Aucklanders would prefer driving to work than paying $2 per stage, if the cost of public transport was lower and it was a reliable system – the many times I have arrived to work late – the traffic jam situation wouldn’t be getting so bad daily.
Who does the best fish’n’chips in central Auckland?
It would have to be Mt Eden Fisheries.
Who is the Kiwi you admire the most – and why?
I admire Derek Handley the most, he is a social entrepreneur and that is what stole my heart. I have been reading his book and following him for a few months now and it is with no doubt that he is a hub of inspiration.
Makanaka Tuwe: Loves diversity.