Liking Lorde a lot
Jasmin Ziedan, managing director at Grey Lynn radio station BaseFM.
What do you like best about the city?
It's variety. Different suburbs, beaches, markets, types of people, foods, all depending on your mood. Like - OK, today I'm feeling posh: Ponsonby or Parnell? I love how you can drive for an hour and are still in Auckland. I love how I work in the centre of town and can still be at a beach for my lunch break. Genius.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I have been back and forward a couple of times but eventually moved here early 2008. I was born in Egypt and raised in Germany. I'm a halfcast and proud of it.
What do you like least and how can we fix it?
The bad public transport system. With a city this spread out it is important we fix it. A better system would help minimise drink driving issues, enhance people's independence, flexibility and social commitments. Just look at all other major cities, it's not that hard to apply a similar system over here.
Where's the best place to buy dinner in the city?
I love Japanese food. My favourite local spot is the joint next to Chapel Bar on Ponsonby Rd. Their Yuzu Bento is my signature dish.
Who does the best fish n chips?
Newton Fish and Chippery on the corner of King St. But I also hear the fish and chips at Ponsonby Central are pretty outrageous too.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most and why?
Lorde. Yep, I said it. I work in music and she is a pretty special young lady that one.
If I was Auckland's mayor I would....
Look more outside the box and country. Think global and act local. Observe and learn from other societies, remodel where needed and apply over here.
When I've got a few hours free I like to...
Drive to a new area, put on my headphones and go for a long walk and explore.
The spot in the city I'd recommend most to tourists is...
BASE FM! If they are my tourist friends that is. Everyone else should head to the waterfront.
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