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Best of Auckland 2015: The Results!

Dec 3, 2015 What's On

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, 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.

Favourite Aucklander

Winner: John Campbell
Runner-up: Hilary Barry

Most irritating 

Winner: Mike Hosking
Runner-up: Max Key


Winner: Rose Matafeo
Runner-up: Urzila Carlson

Best Instagram

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 

Winner: Walking/running
Runner-up: Yoga

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)


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