Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 6 December to Thursday 13 December

Free art! / Food Truck Fridays / Live-music Saturdays / How we’re making buildings better

If you’re a regular around Britomart, you might have spotted artist Charlotte Graham (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Tamaoho) over the last few days, busily overseeing a team of student workers (and Britomart team members) as they installed her amazing ‘Te Waiora’ artwork throughout the precinct for the Christmas period. Charlotte’s work is founded in the desire to tell stories that connect people – and if the number of people who came to ask her questions about her work during the installation was any indication, that connection is already happening. We talked to her about the issue that put a political fire in her belly, history, family and healing the environment. Read it here. Portrait by Joe Hockley.

We’re gearing up for the second round of our super-successful Street Kai on Takutai, where around a dozen trucks from the Auckland Food Truck Collective and your fave Britomart restaurants will descend on Takutai Square on Thursday 20 December from lunchtime until bedtime. There’ll be live music, cheap and delicious street kai of all types, as well as drinks and desserts.

Charlotte Graham’s beautiful droplets also adorn some of the paper at our gift-wrap service, available from this Sat 8 December until Sun 23 December, free with a gold-coin donation to Auckland City Mission. The stall will be open in the Atrium on Takutai from 11am-5pm, and until 9pm on Thurs 20 December for late-night shopping, when most Britomart retailers will be open till 9pm.

Love live music? Love new music? Then we have some great news for you. This Saturday is the first of the Strange Summer Streets series, where young singer-songwriters (like alternative duo Sophie Macpherson and Duncan Cameron, pictured) will share their talents with Takutai Square audiences on Saturday afternoons, with support from Play It Strange and Youth Arts New Zealand. Three young performers will perform each Saturday (this weekend, Sophie and Duncan will be joined by Alina and Abella Wang, and Liam Nuttall) from now until the end of January (with a two-week break over Christmas and New Year) from 3pm-5pm. Show your support for our young New Zealand musos by turning up and tuning in.

This summer we’re supporting the Auckland Libraries Great Summer Read, a project that encourages teens and adults to rediscover the joy of reading. By completing reading-related challenges, you’ll go into a weekly draw to win great prizes, including four $100 Britomart Black Cards that we’ve contributed to the prize pool. Check out the details here.

Recent international reports have sounded the alarm about reducing carbon emissions. Right now, the government is considering a bill to commit New Zealand to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner. That means the way buildings are made and run has to change. Here’s what we’re already doing at Britomart to be part of Aotearoa’s zero-carbon future.

We love the new Customs St Works on Paper artworks by graphic designer Tyrone Ohia so much that we want to get them into your place too! This Friday 7 December, we’ll be giving away 200 limited-edition double-sided posters by Tyrone. They’re printed in metallic silver ink on archival paper. If you’re in the Atrium on Takutai outside M.A.C at 12.30pm on Friday, you could be lucky enough to claim one as your own. Be there to get one!

If you can’t make it to our big December Street Kai on Takutai event, never fear. On Friday 7 and 14 Dec, and from 18 Jan to the end of February, we’ll have a scaled-down version with our Food Truck Fridays. There’ll be four trucks each Friday, including one all-veggie truck and one truck dishing up desserts. Grab some cheap eats, and settle in on a warm lunchtime to enjoy the sweet sounds spun by DJ Rose Alice, who’ll be playing from noon-2pm.

At our most recent Good Citizen conversation, Westpac’s head of Māori, Iwi, Inclusion and Diversity Fonteyn Moses-Te Kani shared her inspiring personal story of how looking beyond bias can create a world of better opportunities for all. If you didn’t make it along to the event, you can listen to the conversation with Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen on our podcast (hosted by our good friends at The Spinoff) right here.