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Season 2 Episode 15: New Lynn

New Lynn

This week on Neighbourhood, DJ Forbes, charismatic captain of the All Blacks Sevens, is our guide to the multi-cultural melting pot of New Lynn. 

In this episode, we join a class dedicated to helping Japanese children keep their culture and discover the sacred book regarded as a living guru by the Sikh community. A refugee turned social worker prepares a dish from Burundi and we explore the way Cantonese Opera brings a community together.

Curator Bio

DJ Forbes is current captain of the All Blacks Sevens. He is half kiwi and half Samoan and believes that the Samoan side of his culture has gone a long way to defining the person he is today. DJ's uncle is former Samoan rugby international Peter Fatialofa.


In this week's episode of Neighbourhood, curator DJ Forbes' mum cooks Chop Suey (or Sapasui as it's known in Samoa).  It was DJ's favourite dish when growing up and no family gathering would be complete without it.

Serves 6-8
2 packets Vermicelli
1kg casserole meat - pork preferred
Soy Sauce (dark)
2 onions
4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
1 tbsp. peanut oil


Chop the onions and garlic and cut the meat into even sized cubes.

Place the meat in a large saucepan with the oil, chopped onions, garlic & ginger and cook over a medium heat until the meat is browned.

In the meantime, place the vermicelli in a large bowl and cover with hot water.  Leave it to soak until soft.

When both the meat and vermicelli are ready, add the vermicelli to the saucepan with the meat.

Add a few tbsp. of water and the soy sauce to taste

Turn the heat down and leave to simmer until all the liquid has been soaked up.  Add a little more water and soy sauce if the vermicelli becomes sticky or tastes dry.

Serve with rice.