Britomart highlights this week: Thursday 4 October – Thursday 11 October

Our new public art project, shoot hoops with Breakers star Shawn Marion, meet Britomart’s award-winning barista plus more.

New this week! The first posters in our Works On Paper project are going up on some prominent Britomart walls – namely, the construction hoardings surrounding the building site of The Hotel Britomart on Customs and Gore Streets. The first artist we’ve commissioned in this series is Tracey Tawhiao, who has literally been turning bad news into good for more than 20 years: she paints on newspaper, and in the process, edits out the parts that bug her and leaves a poetic trail of word fragments nestled among her colourful lines. Click through to read more from Tracey about art as a form of protest, and how she sees the handling of Māori issues in the media slowly changing for the better. Click here for the story.

Reckon you can go toe-to-toe against Breakers player-turned-owner Shawn Marion? Next Tuesday 9 October from 11.30am-1.30pm he’ll be in Takutai Square shooting hoops against anyone who wants to give it a go. If you do, you’ll get a discount voucher for the Breakers’ first game of the season at Spark Arena on Thursday 11 October.

Next week we’re setting up a big marquee for another sporting event: the Rugby For Life fundraising lunch on Friday 12 October in association with our sister company, The Landing. It’ll be attended by some of rugby’s most famous local faces, who are supporting the role rugby can play in building social cohesion in Northland communities.

We have to admit that there’s a special place in our hearts for barista Sai Okesene, CEO of coffee at Super, and not just because he was this year’s winner of the Barista of the Year gong at the Lewisham Hospitality Awards. With the Britomart offices being just upstairs from Super, Sai’s the guy who serves up our kawhe (and peppermint tea) every day. We convinced him to step away from the espresso machine for a few minutes to answer some of our questions. Photo by Josh Griggs.

These light and luscious mouthfuls are Amano‘s new fresh-baked Kumeu strawberry and marscapone filled doughnuts. We don’t know eactly what’s in the “magic dust” they sprinkle on top, but it’s so addictive that we suspect it might be illegal. Grab yours before they sell out.

Next Tuesday from 11am-1pm, you can pick up some beautiful baking made from salvaged bananas in the Atrium on Takutai and learn more about the work done by Everybody Eats, a not-for-profit venture that feeds 250 people every week using food that would have otherwise gone to waste.

If you’ve sauntered through Wynyard Quarter, whizzed down the Lightpath Cycleway on your bike, or promenaded around Westhaven’s waterfront, you’ve experienced some of the ways that urban designer and landscape architect Henry Crothers has helped make Auckland better. Next Wednesday 10 October, Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen talks to Henry, who founded LandLAB, about what’s making Auckland vibrant, and what’s coming next for the city, as part of our ongoing Good Citizen conversation series. Click here to book a seat. Photo by Pati Solomona Tyrell.

Huffer‘s summer collection has arrived in-store, and the colours and stripes are making us think of icecream at the beach. So it seems right that they’re giving away a swim bag when you buy two or more items in-store. Get in while the getting in is good.

A flair for improvisation is on the cards every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night at Britomart’s Caretaker, whether you’re pulled up to the bar requesting a bespoke cocktail, or relaxing to the sounds of the live jazz they have on from 9pm on those nights.