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



A sneak peek of our upcoming Matariki festivities, a cosy way to do good, fresh kicks from Adidas, and the puffer jacket to end all puffer jackets.

In the night skies of June, the rising of the Matariki star cluster (also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters) traditionally signifies the start of the Māori New Year, a time of renewal and gathering with friends and family. This year, from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 June, we’ll be celebrating Matariki by laying a hāngi on the lawn in Takutai Square. Hāngi master Rewi Spraggon (pictured) and his team from The Māori Kitchen will be serving their fantastic modern takes on traditional kai, accompanied by great live music. On the evening of Friday 28 June, we’ll celebrate with a free evening concert featuring some incredible musical talent – watch this space for details next week. 

This Saturday, Takutai Square will resound with the gentle click of knitting needles for Knit in Public Day. The event is brought to you by the good people at Make Give Live, a social enterprise that supports good mental health and crafts beautiful knitwear for people in need. You can support the cause through purchasing at their buy-one-give-one stall at the La Cigale Britomart market from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Saturday is also World Oceans Day. The Britomart-based Sustainable Business Network supports the marine restoration programme Gulf X, an initiative to clean up the Hauraki Gulf in advance of the 2021 America’s Cup and APEC. They’re pushing for car-owners to make one simple change that has a surprisingly big impact on reducing ocean pollution. Click through to find out what it is.

Now fully installed and fluttering proudly (and sometimes furiously) above Te Ara Tahuhu Walkway through The Pavilions, our new flags series by artist ‘Ahota’e’iloa Toetu’u is adding some welcome brightness to the backdrop of the recent grey weather. The hand-rendered geometric designs are based on the repetitive shapes used in traditional Polynesian tapa cloth designs, with a twist of contemporary colour. Click here to read more about them.

Nothing, but nothing in the way of cold and wet is going to get through the ultra-cosy, super-sized Zambesi Slalom Puffer Jacket ($950) this winter. In three spicy shades (Garlic, Turmeric and Aniseed) the enveloping, zippered, hooded cold-weather essential dropped in-store today. It’ll be a popular seller, and it’s not online yet, so make your way to Zambesi Britomart ASAP.

New from Adidas, the Yung 96 sneaker for women takes its bold graphic motif and eclectic colourways from 1990s packaging design, while the silhouette draws influence from 90s running shoes. If you’re over 40, you might feel the pre-millennium was a fashion period best forgotten, but Adidas says these shoes are all about letting young people laugh in fashion’s face – or feet.

In the lead-up to National Volunteer Week, the third civic-minded citizen from the Westpac who uses his annual company-funded Volunteer Day to help out in the community is Barry Hyde. Barry is helping protect our native bird and lizard populations through predator trapping and education in his home town of Tauranga, as well as working on the free Managing Your Money workshops held by the bank. Click here to read our chat. Portrait and interview by Florence Noble.

After 13 years, the iconic Northern Steamship Company pub on Quay and Gore Streets is closing its doors – though not forever, thankfully – for a substantial refurbishment. The last drinks in its current form will be this Sunday 9 June, and we’ll let you know as soon as doors are ready to reopen. In the meantime, The Chamberlain is a great alternative that’s open right next door, with an ever-changing on-tap beer menu and upmarket pub food.

On Thursday 27 June, Britomart-based brokerage firm OMF will be holding a free Chinese-speaking trading seminar focused on the foreign exchange market and their trading platform, cTrader. Starting at 6.15pm, the one-hour seminar will feature OMF CEO, Matt Blackwell and dealer Laura Luo discussing the dos and don’ts, technicals and fundamentals and general trading tips. For more details, and to register a place, click here.