Britomart Highlights this week – Thursday 7 March to Thursday 14 March

The first of the Bluff oysters, fancy frocks for kids and grown-ups on sale, and the latest in our Good Citizen podcast series.

It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow, so today we’re featuring one of the thousands of women who work at Britomart. The well-travelled, effervescent Kaz Trass loves her role as senior manager of sales at Westpac. We got the low-down from her on the loves of her life, her secret talent and what the world would be like if it was filled with male and female clones of herself. Photo and interview by Florence Noble.

This Friday, collectors for the annual SPCA appeal will be in Takutai Square (unfortunately we can’t guarantee the presence of doggos as adorable as the one pictured). The 140-year-old organisation looks after more than 45,000 lost, injured, abused and neglected animals every year, as well as providing animal health services, re-homing assistance, education and welfare assurances (like the Blue Tick that you’ll see on free range eggs and the like), and also prosecutes those who treat animals cruelly.

Electronic gadgets always come with a side-order of guilt – how do you dispose of obsolete items sensibly? Britomart is proud to partner with Abilities Group, a non-profit  that enriches the lives of people with disabilities through work opportunities, and runs an e-waste recycling programme as part of its activities. You can drop off your e-waste (including computers, laptops and mobile phones – read the full list here) at the blue bin in the rubbish room of our loading bay at 59 Tyler Street.

It’s Style Week again at Sass & Bide, and what that means for you is $100 off your bill whenever you spend over $500 until March 17. Their Cinq a Sept (Five till Seven) collection is in-store now, including lots of dramatic, feminine dresses, suits, jumpsuits and separates designed for cocktail hour glamour. There are still a few more warm weeks left to cram in poolside parties, but these pieces will look just as good with a layer thrown on top of them.

A new shipment from French clothing and footwear collective Vetements has landed at Zambesi, and there are some amazing pieces in the mix; appliqued jeans, an emerald-green skinny turtleneck, an oversized Marilyn Manson shirt, and ochre boots. Georgian-born designer Denma Gvasalia allies streetwear, high fashion and political commentary in a blend that can be both disconcerting and desirable.

Trelise Cooper is unashamedly unafraid to put a frill on it, or splash out with eye-popping colour. The flamboyance and flounces that makes her eponymous label beloved of her fan base are just as present in her Little Trelise line, with adorably old-fashioned long dresses and tulle ballerina skirts, beautifully made overcoats and cuddly knit cardigans. Best of all, lots of winter pieces are on sale in-store right now.

Ben van Bruggen is so optimistic about Auckland’s future that he moved with his family to live here. In the latest episode of our Good Citizen podcast (kindly hosted by our friends at The Spinoff), Ben talks about his role as manager of Urban Design Strategy at Auckland Council, why he’s so jazzed about Tāmaki’s potential, and some ideas to tackle the housing crisis. You can read more about Ben’s work and listen to the podcast at this link.

Bluff oyster season kicked off on the weekend and the first sweet, salty delicacies pulled from the chilly waters of Foveaux Strait have been landed and flown straight up to Auckland, where they’re waiting on ice at Ostro, Seven and Ebisu at Britomart. There are some great specials if you’re keen to be among the first to knock back a few of  these delectable mouthfuls. Click here to find out what and where.

The food trucks rumble back into Takutai Square this Friday, with the promise of putting an end to any rumblings in your belly. This week, there’s steak sammies from Puha and Pakeha or bacon ones from Bacon Bros, South American arepas from Olas, fried chicken from ‘mild’ to ‘yikes!’ from Peach’s Hot Chicken, and Grown Up Donuts. Accompanied by the downtown sounds of DJ Rose Alice.