Perth-born Jen Jacovic, senior stylist and manager at Dry & Tea Britomart is pretty pleased to have moved to New Zealand – and we’re pretty pleased to have her.

Are you from Auckland? I’m not from Auckland. I’m from Perth and I moved here three years ago

How do you get to Britomart? I get the bus. And it’s the best thing ever. No traffic. So easy.

How did you get into hairdressing? I’ve been doing hairdressing since I was 19. I got into it by watching my hairdresser do my hair and then I’d try and do my own and then practised on my friends. I studied for three years at a hairdressing academy. Then I graduated a year or two before I came over here.

What do you enjoy about working here? I love to make people feel good. But also, where is more beautiful than Britomart? We’ve got the Viaduct just here and Amano across the road. I put 10 kilos on when I started working here.

Where’s your favourite place to dine around here? Amano is my top, but I have been to Ebisu and Ostro, I love those too.

What’s your favourite comfort food around here? Mexico fried chicken is next level.

What’s your favourite hidden Auckland City spot? I’m a bit of a fangirl and I’ll go to whatever Eat Lit Food (@eatlitfood) tells me to go to. He is fab and tells it like it is. I did try Low Brow the other day. Just up on Queen Street. They had a fried chicken sandwich that is fab. Yeah, maybe I do like fried chicken a lot…

If you could retire tomorrow what would you do? How much money do I have?

Enough to survive. I’d buy a house on Waiheke…

You didn’t win the lottery. Oh, you’re not giving me millions of dollars? Haha.

Let’s just say you’re just comfortably retired. I’d just buy a few cats.

Wow that’s a quick turn around. Haha. Yeah, I definitely want at least one cat. I miss my cat in Perth. Buy a cat, read books, play The Sims.

Seriously? I’m really into The Sims. I don’t know whether I’m an architect at heart, because I just love creating the houses. I don’t care about the actual Sims.

If you say so. What’s one of the best things that ever happened to you? Probably moving to New Zealand, that would be one of my highlights. It opened my eyes, and made me a better stylist, and better person, and see life through a different lens, basically.

Have you ever done anything heroic? Heroic as in trying to save someone from dying off a Lime scooter here?

Yes.  He went to jump off the footpath, landed on the front wheel, went head over heel, skinned both of his arms.

How did you save him? I didn’t save him I just watched him. I don’t know if that’s heroic.

… Well, I tried to help him afterwards, but he just got up, put the scooter to the side and walked away!

Do you have any hidden talents? I used to be a dancer when I was younger, and I can do the splits. Give me a couple of drinks and I’ll dance anybody under the table.

Are there any Britomartonians you see around that you’d like to make friends with? The guy from World. He has purple hair at the moment, he always looks like he’s having the time of his life. All the girls from Deadly Ponies. And we like all the guys from Amano. They always remember our names.

Interview and portrait by Florence Noble