Britomart Highlights this week: Thursday 13 September – Thursday 20 September

Kia ora! It’s Māori Language Week,  the Festival of Architecture, M.A.C X Patrick Starrr makeup collab and more.

Kia ora! Nau mai haere mai ki te Paraka e Iwa (Nine Blocks). This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, and we’re celebrating the beauty and mana of te Reo in our nine-block neighbourhood: ordering kawhe, riding our paihikara to work and enjoying the warmer weather of Koanga. Next Friday 21 September, we’re delighted to host the talented tamariki from Newton Central School‘s excellent kapa haka group: they’ll be performing in Takutai Square from 1pm. They’ll be raising money for their school camp in November, so please support them. We talked to Joseph Stafford, one of the group’s parental supervisors, about what learning kapa haka and being immersed in te Reo Māori means for ngā tamariki. Read about it here.

Want to take the train but it’s just a little far to the station? Batt electric scooters can help solve that problem. They’ll be running free test drives in Takutai Square over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for your chance to try one.

Great news, cyclists! The Quay Street Cycleway extension, which joins up the Quay Street Cycleway with the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route, is completed and open, providing a protected route for all cyclists. Hoake tātou! (Let’s do it!)

It’s new-menu time at Mexico, where they’re serving up a fresh batch of new dishes and old favourites for spring. Guacamole is back in a larger size; new tacos include battered prawns, chimichurri fish and vegan green beans in turmeric batter. Ceviche, spiced pork belly and crispy cauliflower are still on the table, and there are four delicious new cocktails to try.

Whether you pair them with denim skinnies or a floaty summer dress, the spring-bouquet palette of these Kathryn Wilson Mimi Heels ($299) will have you feeling like you’re walking on sunshine. In her Britomart store now.

Brush up your inner diva with two new kits by M.A.C. X YouTube primo donna Patrick Starrr. Each kit includes a sultry four-colour eyeshadow palette matched with a matte liquid lipcolour. $105 each at the Britomart store.

For many women, city walking isn’t just putting one foot in front of another. It can mean avoiding dark or empty paths, navigating uneven terrain with a pushchair and careful timing to coincide with public transport availability. Gender-based issues like these and more are explored on the global phenomenon known as “Jane’s Walks”. On Saturday 15 September, Alex Bonham and Ellie Craft of Women in Urbanism will lead one through Auckland central, including Britomart, as part of the NZ Festival of Architecture. Book your place here.

This week is your last chance to book in to hear Jade Kake share her wisdom on Māori design principles and how they can help Auckland become a better city. It’s the first event in our talk series entitled The Good Citizen. Come along next Thursday 20 Sept at Generator Stanbeth & Excelsior in Britomart (6-7pm). Tickets are $15 and available here. The event is part of the NZ Festival of Architecture.

Next Friday 21 Sept is World Park(ing) Day, where architecture and design studios transform carparks into miniature parks for people for the day, in the hope of making us all ask why we allocate so much precious space to empty metal boxes. We’ll be hosting six studios in Britomart’s Tyler Street – including the Auckland Design office. Learn more about their plans here.