Britomart Highlights this week – Thursday 28 March to Thursday 4 April

Earth Hour Round-Up: The Best Environmental Writing / Ice-creams in the Square / New jackets and shoes


Our sincere thanks go to everyone who joined us in Takutai Square last Friday to spend two minutes’ silence remembering the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks on Friday 15 March. And our thanks also to everyone who bought their lunch through our Food Truck Friday event on that day, which raised $5700 for the survivors and the families of the victims. If you haven’t had a chance to see New Zealand Muslim artist Sabah Rahman’s response to the tragedy in two artworks and a poem, displayed along Customs St East and in Takutai Square, they’ll be there for the next couple of weeks. And you can see Joe Hockley’s photographs of Sabah’s beautiful works honouring the victims of the attacks at this link

If you want to learn how to live and work more sustainably, see what your favourite retailers, bars, restaurants and salons around Britomart are doing to be more planet-friendly, and hear how we’re working to make Britomart a kinder, friendlier and healthier place to spend time in, sign up for our monthly Britomart Green newsletter here! The next one comes out next week, with our first annual Sustainability Report included in it.

We were delighted to read a report this week that Auckland’s public transport use has surged to 98 million trips a year – its highest level since the tram-led heyday of the 1950s. That’s in large part thanks to Auckland Transport’s New Network system, which sees more frequent services on popular routes, as well as better buses (including double-deckers), electric trains and integrated ticketing. Click here to read all the details.

Aside from being able to wield a hairdryer and a pair of scissors skillfully, being a hairdresser also means being a people person. And Jen Jacovic, senior stylist and manager at Dry & Tea Britomart, sounds like our kind of people person. Anyone who loves cats, @eatlitfood and who basically dares us to buy her drinks until she shows us how to do the splits is all right with us. Click through to find out what she’d do if she retired tomorrow and how she missed her chance to be a real-life hero. Interview and photograph by Florence Noble.

We’re not exactly wishing for the cold weather to arrive, but the Huffer SuperDown range of 100 percent waterproof, ultra-cosy goosedown-filled jackets means that we’ll be ready to handle it when it gets here. In classic black, grey, navy, tan and khaki, as well as dusty pink, acid yellow and red, the jackets will see you through the worst weather that Auckland’s winter can throw at you.

Whenever we hear the word “amore” we instantly start singing the old feel-good Dean Martin song inside our heads (confession: we’ve watched Moonstruck way too many times). Kathryn Wilson’s new Amore Boot($339) has the same feel-good factor as the song, with a cute heart-shaped charm on the boot pull. Available in maple (pictured), black or olive suede, or black calf leather. Che carina!

We’ve had an amazing response to our competition to win tickets to the exclusive Peroni Outdoor Cinema, and you still have a few hours left to be in to win! Next Thursday 4 April, you and a friend could be greeted with a Peroni Limone cocktail as you swan into the VIP event in Takutai Square, before you sit down to enjoy a 3-course Italian-inspired feast by Amano while watching the award-winning film Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) on the big outdoor screen. There’s also complimentary Peroni Nastro Azzuro beer in the new bottle shape. Go to @britomartnz to get into the draw before Friday at 5pm!

If there’s one thing guaranteed to draw a queue at Britomart, it’s icecream. Next Monday 1 April, there’ll be an icecream truck in Takutai Square, selling frosty treats to raise money for St John’s Ambulance. While you’re lining up for yours, spend that time thinking about the value of the good work done by the non-profit St John’s Ambulance service, and maybe buy a second cone for a friend.

Food Truck Friday just keeps rolling around, and this week, the trucks rolling into Takutai Square will be serving fast-and-fun feel-good food from Crate Kitchen, bacon butties by Bacon Bros, spicy fried thighs from Peach’s Hot Chicken and contemporary Chinese buns with a pinch of playfulness by Judge Bao. Roll up yourself from 11am, rain or shine, to grab something to brighten up your lunch hour.