Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 29 November to Thursday 6 December

Amazing new art everywhere, fresh summer lunch options, a midday dance performance for everyone and more this week.

In Takutai Square, the Atrium on Takutai and Te Ara Tahuhu, a beautiful artwork by artist Charlotte Graham (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Paoa, Ngāti Tamaoho) is flooding Britomart for the Christmas period. ‘Te Waiora’ is a suite of 24 hand-painted water droplets that we’ve printed as 1200 decals that will trickle across the pavements throughout the precinct. Our brief to Charlotte was to create a work for Christmas that used a Southern Hemisphere visual vocabulary as an antidote to imported reindeer and holly Christmas imagery. Te Waiora refers to the waters of the Waitematā that covered Britomart prior to reclamation. Charlotte used water as a motif because it’s the element that links us all at Christmas (such as in trips to the beach) and as a reference to the maritime histories of all our ancestors. The drops also look a bit like decorations for a Christmas tree, although that wasn’t deliberate! Look out for an interview with Charlotte in next week’s Nine Blocks. Photo by Joe Hockley.

New Zealand fair-trade cola company Karma Cola will be in Takutai Square this Friday lunchtime, heating things up with a live West African drum band and dancers, and then cooling them down with giveaways of their refreshing ethical beverages. To find out more about how the company works with cola nut farmers in Sierra Leone, check out their website.

When you’ve got a catalogue as extensive as Adidas Originals does, you’re in the enviable position of being able to curate from your own work. The Adidas Originals Alphatype collection is a Best of 2018 edit,  spotlighting silhouettes like the Falcon, Deerupt (pictured) and Sobakov. Available in the Britomart store in a special red, white and blue box now.

Noticed Customs St East looking a little more graphic this week? The second series of posters in our Works on Paper series has just gone up. They’re by Tyrone Ohia (Ngāti Pūkenga), an Auckland-based graphic designer. He’s created 30 different posters in a bold black-and-white theme that melds a sense of the bustle of human activity in the city with reminders of how the tides of the Waitematā once drifted in and out across this shore before the land was reclaimed. We talked to Tyrone about visual conversations, design for the people and who he reckons might be our future Prime Minister. Click to read it here. Photo by Joe Hockley.

Every weekday from 11am-3pm Fukuko is now offering a grab-and-go salad bowl lunch  ($12). Fresh raw ingredients like radish, lettuce, avocado and tomato form a base for edamame beans and micro-sprouts, as well as teriyaki chicken, seared beef or marinaded tofu, with a zesty dressing to pour over the top. Itadakimasu!

This Monday 3 December, a new menu arrives at Orleans. Southern summer classics like fried green tomatoes and barbecued baby back ribs are back, while a new set of lighter options, including marinated beetroot salad, slaw, and seared tuna salad will leave you full as a tick without inducing an afternoon food coma.

Touch Compass is a inclusive performance company that proves anyone – young, old, able-bodied or disabled, all body shapes and sizes – can dance. This Monday 3 December, they’ll be in Takutai Square from 10.30am-2.30pm, expanding our understanding of dance performance with their ‘human sculpture’ to celebrate the International Day of Persons With Disabilities.

Last week’s Community Eats event at Britomart was a great success, with the Atrium on Takutai buzzing with punters trying out a diverse range of food from the wider Auckland community (including the sell-out hangi pies). We sent photographer Joe Hockley to capture the fun. See all the pics here.

The Pacific-fusion offerings from Māngere’s Community Cafe were a big hit at the Community Eats event. If you get in by Friday 4 Dec, you can order a hamper of delicious ethical Pasifika products from them in time for Christmas. Click here for Tupu’anga Coffee, cassava and taro chips, coconut oil, chocolate and fruit tarts.