Tast­ing cul­tures through food

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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.

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