Best of Auckland 2015: The Results!by Alice Harbourne
From the top shops and funniest people to the yummiest dumplings and most irritating fads, here’s what you told us about the best of the city.
We asked, you answered. Having pondered and squabbled and finally whittled down our annual Best of Auckland long list to a handful of finalists in each category, we threw it open to you to decide. The 2015 Best of Auckland poll picked your brains on some of the year’s most important questions, including who’s the best barber in town and where’s the best place for a date (once again, Waiheke is the place that lovers love).
In social media and humour, women rule. You voted Lorde’s mum, Sonja Yelich, the queen bee of Instagram, and Rose Matafeo tops on Twitter (she also edged out Urzila Carlson for funniest Aucklander).
We had so many questions about food that we gave it a poll of its own on metroeats.co.nz, quizzing you not only about favourite restaurants and bars, but your go-to places for fish and chips, dumplings, bread and more.
Not content just to tick boxes, some respondents added comments. Our favourite? The new best way to keep fit in Auckland: follow the “Day-on Burger Burger, day-off Burger Burger” diet. That wins a gong of its own for Best Comment in Response to the Best of Auckland Poll.
Winner: John Campbell
Runner-up: Hilary Barry
Winner: Mike Hosking
Runner-up: Max Key
Winner: Rose Matafeo
Runner-up: Urzila Carlson
Winner: Sonja Yelich @sonjayelich
Runner-up: Kirsty Godso @kirstygodso
Winner: Rose Matafeo @rose_matafeo
Runner-up: Sharyn Casey @ShakefieldCasey
Breakfast radio show
Winner: Fletch, Vaughan & Megan, ZM Breakfast
Runners-up: Susie Ferguson & Guyon Espiner, Morning Report, RNZ National
Best way to get fit
Most tedious fad
Winner: Using the word “bae”
Runner-up: Clean eating
And the rest:
Places (including best place for a date and best beach)
Shops (including best beauty, bookshop and clothing label)
Food (including best cafe, restaurant, cheap eat and coffee roaster)
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch attack.Read more
Mohamad Abdalla found dignity and grace when visiting those injured in the Christchurch terror attack.Read more
If Catherine Saunders hadn’t been trying to find a way to get out of television, the local cheese market might look very different.Read more
Gerri Chanel outlines a curator's ingenious plan that saved France’s greatest art treasures from falling into Nazi hands.Read more
President Donald Trump’s “vicious brand of right-wing populism” is providing fuel for bigots and racists.Read more
Director David Stubbs talks to Russell Baillie about adapting the award-winning play Daffodils.Read more