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Season 2 Episode 25: Kingsland

This week on Neighbourhood, former Green Party MP, Nandor Tanczos, shows us around his old stomping ground – the Auckland suburb of Kingsland.

In this episode we’ll enjoy traditional Samoan hospitality, share the magical childhood memories that have shaped a Dutch woman’s career, discover the challenges that young ethnic actors face in finding roles equal to their talents and meet an Indian DJ whose love of music has helped her put down roots in her adopted homeland.


Nandor Tanczos was a Member of Parliament for the Green Party for nearly ten years. He was also, as far as he knows, the world's only Rastafarian MP.

His mother is Cape Coloured, from South Africa. - with indigenous Khoi and San African, Dutch, and German ancestry. And his father is Magyar or Hungarian.

Nandor feels much of his life has been a search for a sense of belonging, a way of coming to grips with his mixed race identity. He lived in Kingsland for a number of years around the time he was a Member of Parliament and enjoyed being part of the suburb’s eclectic and colourful community.



Sapa Sui and Oka: When Neighbourhood visits the Auckland suburb of Kingsland this week we share a traditional Samoan family feast with local Lisa Tauoma that reminds her all the family celebrations she enjoyed throughout her childhood just down the road from where she lives now.

SAPA SUI - Samoan Chop Suey

To feed 10 people:

  • 2 x packets of glass thread noodles –vermicelli
  • 1 big bulb of garlic
  • Thumb size piece of ginger
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • Thick Tiger brand soy sauce
  • 1kg of fresh organic pork pieces
  • Peas
  • Julienned carrots

Marinate the meat overnight or for two hours in the soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and 4 chopped cloves of garlic

Soak the vermicelli in cold water for half an hour

Cut the vermicelli into manageable strands

Fry up the onions, garlic and ginger

Add the pork and caramalise

Add the softened vermicelli and stir all ingredients together

Simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes adding more water and soy as needed

Add the vegetables at the end and stir

OKA - Samoan Raw Fish

  • 1kg of firm fish fillets – fresh tuna, terakihi, snapper, monkfish, mullet are all good fish to use.
  • Fresh coconut cream is best if you have access to a scraper –scrape 3 x brown coconuts and squeeze the cream out using a piece of muslin.
  • Or 2 x cans of coconut cream
  • 5 x limes
  • 5 x lemons
  • 3 x tablespoons Sweet chili sauce
  • A telegraph cucumber
  • 4 x medium size tomatoes
  • Fish sauce
  • 1 red jalapeno
  • Bunch of coriander

Marinate the fish in the citrus for half and hour only. Chop into bite size pieces and put into a bowl with coconut cream mixed with sweet chili sauce and fresh chopped chili. Chop all other ingredients and mix together. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Add Coriander before serving