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24 • 02 • 21The Interview

The Interview: Michael Meredith

Michael Meredith is one of New Zealand's truly great chefs, a magician who first sets you at ease with the solicitous attention of the staff at his gently beautiful restaurant, then dazzles you with unexpected feats of flavour and texture. Mr Morris, which opened in the former Cafe Hanoi space at Britomart late last year, has already received a perfect score from Jesse Mulligan at Viva, and rave reviews from guests. Britomart's Melinda Williams caught up with Michael about how he creates his dishes, why giving back to the community through charity dinners is so important to him, and the special delivery that arrived in his home after Christmas. Click through for the interview.

17 • 02 • 21The Good Citizen

The Good Citizen: Jacqui Maguire

2020 was hard. So how can we make 2021 feel easier for ourselves, our families and the teams we work with? Amid a lot of talk about a mental health crisis, clinical psychologist Jacqui Maguire is giving a free Zoom talk on March 3 about strategies to help people and businesses thrive. Here, she talks to Melinda Williams about her work and the mental health challenges we're facing.

01 • 12 • 20Arts & CultureNews

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Britomart

We're proud to join Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki's monumental celebration of contemporary Māori art by hosting a satellite show of one huge new permanent work and three temporary new installation works by four Māori artists.

01 • 12 • 20Arts & CultureThe Interview

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Lyonel Grant & Tim Gruchy

Lyonel Grant (Ngāti Pikia, Te Arawa) is often described as a carver, but his work is always pushing boundaries. For Toi Tū Toi Ora’s satellite exhibition at Britomart, he collaborated with artist Tim Gruchy, the creator of SCOUT, the 2012 work in Takutai Square that takes a range of environmental data and uses artificial intelligence paradigms to translate that into ever-changing images on a vertical LED screen. Together, they devised SCOUT: Wawata Hōhonu, a process that introduced images of Lyonel’s carvings as the foundations of SCOUT’s deep dreaming process. Here, Lyonel and Tim talk to Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen about their collaboration.

01 • 12 • 20Arts & CultureThe Interview

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Lonnie Hutchinson

Lonnie Hutchinson (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kuri ki Kai Tahu, Samoan) uses intricate patterns in her artworks to tell stories of her ancestors. Here at Britomart, she references the Ngāi Tahu creation story, which features not only Papatūānuku, the earth, and Takaroa, the progenitor of the oceans, but a third protagonist, Rakinui. Hutchinson’s work at Britomart, Aroha ki te Ora (Lover of Life) is comprised of two sets of three panels, with one panel representing each of the three characters in the creation story. Here, she speaks to Jeremy Hansen about the inspiration of her whakapapa, and the pleasures of creating public art. 

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