People make this sub­urb

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What do you like best about Bal­moral?

It’s the people that make the place. It’s an ex­cep­tion­ally easy com­mu­nity to make new ac­quain­tances with pock­ets of small shops and divine din­ing. How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I’ve been in Bal­moral for five months now, mov­ing here from my Mt Eden fam­ily home of 20-odd years. I was born in Pa­pakura and hold eth­nic roots in In­dia. What do you like least and how can we fix it?

Bal­moral has a ter­rific food scene. I think it’s time for the so­cial and cul­tural scene to mir­ror this with a few more ac­tiv­i­ties. Open­ing the old cin­ema on Do­min­ion Rd or spon­sor­ing some new small gal­leries would in­ject a bit more cul­ture be­yond the eater­ies. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in Bal­moral?

Yokoso Sushi near the Do­min­ion and Val­ley road in­ter­sec­tion. Run by the friendli­est hus­band and wife team, they make the most de­li­cious and fresh­est sushi with love you can taste. And who does the fish’n’chips?

Mt Eden Vil­lage Fish Shop. Tried and trusted, grab some beau­ti­ful golden fish and head up Mt Eden for a view with your food. For a healthy al­ter­na­tive you can’t go past the sal­mon, smoked in house. If I was mayor I’d . . .

Lis­ten to the people. The hard­est task would be find­ing a bal­ance be­tween the needs of ev­ery­one while still

best try­ing to be at the helm of pro­gres­sive de­vel­op­ment. I would try to get be­hind lo­cal businesses and de­velop our city from the ground up. When I’ve got a few free hours I like to . . .

Ex­plore! Auck­land’s an ex­cit­ing city, there’s al­ways some­thing on to en­joy, from ex­hibits at the mu­seum or art gallery, to a laugh at The Clas­sic Com­edy Club. The spot I’d rec­om­mend to tourists is ... my back­yard. I’d head up to one of the lo­cal butch­ers for some choice cuts, grab a bot­tle from Bill at Vil­lage Win­ery in Mt Eden and show our vis­i­tors how we host in New Zealand.

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