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07 • 07 • 20 / People

Rachel Bloem

Rachel’s aspirational eyebrows are a clue to her role as manager of the Off & On brow and wax bar at Britomart.

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Rachel Bloem

02 • 07 • 20 / Business at Britomart / People

Studio Akin

Emma Kaniuk and Tana Mitchell founded the Britomart-based Studio Akin. They’re part of the team behind the new architecture and design magazine Here, which launched in late June.

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Studio Akin

25 • 06 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

Our Matariki Kapa Haka schedule

Here’s when to catch each of the four immensely talented groups performing Te Taumata Kapa Haka: Live at Britomart this June.

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Our Matariki Kapa Haka schedule

25 • 06 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

DJ Pom

Pomale Tamati has music in the blood, but it took him until high school to discover it. Hear him DJ during our Matariki hāngi lunchtimes. 

 

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DJ Pom

25 • 06 • 20 / Arts & Culture / News / People

Matekitātahi Rawiri-McDonald

Matekitātahi Rawiri-McDonald is an architectural graduate who works at Britomart-based TOA Architects. He also designed the flags for our Matariki celebrations in Takutai Square. Here, he talks to Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen about his creative process, and how he’s celebrating Matariki at his turangawaewae. 

 

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Matekitātahi Rawiri-McDonald

18 • 06 • 20 / Business at Britomart / People

Johnny Brophy

He could have gone down a totally different career path, but for the salon manager Dry & Tea, hairdressing is the perfect job.

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Johnny Brophy

16 • 06 • 20 / Business at Britomart / People

Oliver Nash

A good natter, a wide tequila selection and the joy of admin (for real) keep Oliver happy in his role as restaurant manager at Mexico Britomart.

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Oliver Nash

16 • 06 • 20 / People / Sustainability

Rewi Spraggon

Rewi Spraggon and his team from the Māori Kitchen had no idea how popular their food would be when they initially lit their hāngi pit in Takutai Square at the beginning of Matariki 2019. But that popularity became as clear as that starlight pre-dawn sky just a few hours later, when a lunchtime queue snaked all the way around the lawn and this year, from Tuesday 30 June to Saturday 4 July, Rewi is back and will be serving delicious manuka-smoked hāngi lunchboxes and hāngi pies. Here, Rewi talks about indigenous people’s deep understanding of sustainability, and the pleasure of holding a community celebration in the heart of the city. 

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Rewi Spraggon

28 • 05 • 20 / People

Britomart People — Dean Cornish

We snagged NZ-born LA-based filmmaker Dean Cornish – caught in Auckland by lockdown – to shoot a ‘Welcome back to Britomart’ video.

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Britomart People — Dean Cornish

14 • 05 • 20 / News / People

DJ Rose Alice

DJ Rose Alice plays in Takutai Square every Friday (weather permitting) and provides the soundtrack for Food Truck Fridays. She's also chosen a playlist for the Atrium on Takutai to welcome people back to Britomart with some good grooves.

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DJ Rose Alice

23 • 04 • 20 / People

Britomart at Home Dr Cat Stone

The founder of The Face Place MedSpa has been dealing with more than the usual level of challenges during lockdown - but staying relentlessly positive. 

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Britomart at Home Dr Cat Stone

23 • 04 • 20 / People

Britomart At Home Sarah Page

Mexico’s brand marketing manager is relying on Whittakers chocolate (good) and instant coffee (bad) and quarantine memes (excellent) to get through lockdown.

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Britomart At Home Sarah Page

16 • 04 • 20 / News / People

Angela Arrowsmith

Landscape designer and gardener Angela Arrowsmith preferred the garden centre to the playground when she was a child. Now she keeps Britomart’s lush landscaping looking blooming wonderful.

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Angela Arrowsmith

16 • 04 • 20 / People

Britomart At Home Caitlin O’Connell

The Deadly Ponies Britomart store manager is definitely way ahead of most of us in the daily-walk style stakes.

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Britomart At Home Caitlin O’Connell

16 • 04 • 20 / People

Britomart At Home Pam Hill

The store manager at Taylor Britomart is bunkered down with pals and lots of cosy winter knits.

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Britomart At Home Pam Hill

08 • 04 • 20 / People

Britomart At Home Justyna White

A five-year veteran at Britomart, Justyna usually rushes between operations management at three HipGroup sites – Ortolana, Milse and The Store. Now she’s tackling neglected home improvement projects.

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Britomart At Home Justyna White

08 • 04 • 20 / People

Britomart At Home Benny Castles

The co-director and designer for WORLD is staying firmly on his couch to flatten the curve, while thinking of those who can’t.

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Britomart At Home Benny Castles

02 • 04 • 20 / People

Peter Jackson

Executive chef for Mexico Peter Jackson is testing recipes for the restaurant’s summer menu on his very lucky family during lockdown.

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Peter Jackson

02 • 04 • 20 / People

Rowena Roberts

Rowena is the always-cheery owner and operator of the Jo Malone London and M.A.C stores located in Britomart’s Atrium on Takutai.

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Rowena Roberts

18 • 03 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

John Amodeo

One of the longest-term members of the Britomart Valet team talks about the joys of his main job and his sideline in high-level lawn maintenance.

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John Amodeo

12 • 03 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

Remembering the Al Noor Mosque Victims and Survivors

On March 15, 2020 it will be one year since the attack on Al Noor mosque in Christchurch that caused the tragic loss of 51 lives and injury to 49 Muslim New Zealanders.

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Remembering the Al Noor Mosque Victims and Survivors

12 • 03 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

Rochelle Moriarty

As venue manager at The Chamberlain adn Talulah, Rochelle knows her craft beers. We had a quick chat about what makes a great one.

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Rochelle Moriarty

20 • 02 • 20 / Arts & Culture / Business at Britomart / People

The Conversation: Kiri Nathan

One of the leading lights of contemporary Māori fashion design, Kiri Nathan (Ngāpuhi, Tainui) is one of six designers whose labels are showcased in the Kāhui Collective pop-up fashion store at Britomart.

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The Conversation: Kiri Nathan

13 • 02 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

Chris Hutchinson

We caught up with the illustrator otherwise known as Chippy Draws, who has created several designs for Britomart, including this year’s Valentine’s Day campaign.

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Chris Hutchinson

30 • 01 • 20 / Arts & Culture / People

Britomart People: Shannon Novak

Artist Shannon Novak weaves LGBTQI+ activism into his work through celebrating diversity in community. We talked to him about his Safe Space Alliance project that’s getting started in Auckland at Britomart.

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Britomart People: Shannon Novak

16 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Jenny Yoo

Working at Jo Malone London, Jenny is a dab hand at catering to the needs of last-minute shoppers chasing tasteful, beautifully wrapped gifts.

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Jenny Yoo

05 • 12 • 19 / Arts & Culture / Business at Britomart / People

Wish List / Gift List Anna Hedley

The fourth generation in the Hedley family of booksellers, Anna Headley popped into Hedley’s Bookshop X Karen Walker Pop-Up to share some gifting ideas with us.

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Wish List / Gift List Anna Hedley

16 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Lily Teteina

Music, moisturisers and good memories are the motivators behind this Juliette Hogan retail assistant’s Christmas wish list and gift list.

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Lily Teteina

12 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish List / Gift List Jennie Loo

We shouldn’t be too surprised that the owner of premium shoe store Lineage has shoes on her gift list this year.

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Wish List / Gift List Jennie Loo

16 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Sam Chen

Working at Ted Baker London means Sam is surrounded by fashionable gift ideas for friends and family. 

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Sam Chen

12 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish List / Gift List Isabella Rae

A style consultant at Trelise Cooper, Isabella is looking forward to a Christmas stocking filled with vouchers for future fun, and beautiful accessories

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Wish List / Gift List Isabella Rae

16 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Pamela Hill

The store manager at Taylor admits she doesn’t need Christmas as an excuse to treat herself, but she’s got some great ideas for others.

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Pamela Hill

16 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Elisabeth Findlay

The creative director of Zambesi is looking forward to good food and family time over Christmas – and vouchers for more feel-good experiences.

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Elisabeth Findlay

16 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Alice Lee

A pro make-up artist at M.A.C, Alice has an eye for gifts that are shiny and sparkly, as well as ones that come beautifully packaged.

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Alice Lee

12 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish List / Gift List Cheryl Raymond

The flamboyant store manager for World recommends some Christmas gifts that will help make the world a more beautiful place.

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Wish List / Gift List Cheryl Raymond

12 • 12 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho

Young Māori artist Huriana’s work is founded in story-telling and personal culture, raising awareness of minority communities and issues.

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Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho

05 • 12 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People / Sustainability

Sandy Crichton

As trust manager for the Native Forest Restoration Trust, which will benefit from Britomart’s Green Christmas project, Sandy Crichton is passionate about restoring native habitats.

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Sandy Crichton

03 • 12 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish List / Gift List Karen Walker

New Zealand’s biggest name in fashion is looking forward to a low-key Christmas and a trip somewhere out-of-the-way.

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Wish List / Gift List Karen Walker

28 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish List / Gift List Tanesya Ranchod-Ganda

The ever-chic manager of Fabric has her eye on some goodies from their own shelves, and a few things from the other side of Takutai Square.

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Wish List / Gift List Tanesya Ranchod-Ganda

25 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Joe Lai

The very funny general manager at Xuxu Dumpling Bar doesn’t want much apart from a good time with a lot of friends at Christmas.

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Joe Lai

21 • 11 • 19 / News / People / Sustainability

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

How we're greening Takutai Square this Christmas

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas

18 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish list / Gift list Alumita Smith

The retail assistant at Kathryn Wilson Footwear has her eye on some pieces in-store, but is happy for to be treated to something from a certain luxury French beauty brand too.

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Wish list / Gift list Alumita Smith

19 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish list / Gift list Natalija Snjegota

As a manager at Co-Op, Trelise Cooper’s ‘little sister’ brand, Natalija has her eye on some of their own merchandise for her Christmas list.

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Wish list / Gift list Natalija Snjegota

21 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish list / Gift list Martin Andrews

The impeccable co-founder of Fabric has great taste, and his high-end streetwear store is full of covetable Christmas gifts. 

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Wish list / Gift list Martin Andrews

14 • 11 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Tim Gruchy

Tim Gruchy is the artist behind the interactive digital artwork SCOUT in Takutai Square, which has recently been jazzed up with some new tech. Tim tells us all about it.

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Tim Gruchy

14 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Wish list / Gift list Luke Bird

A taste for history and items with a touch of flair informs World retail assistant Luke Bird’s Christmas Wish List and Gift List this year.

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Wish list / Gift list Luke Bird

11 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Lucas Maqueda

 

Whether you’re after a hot flat white or a frosty frozen yoghurt, Lucas can sort you out at White’s & Co in the Atrium on Takutai.

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Lucas Maqueda

07 • 11 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Timothy Gibbs

If you’re looking for a running shoe recommendation from someone who’s test-driven runners through more than a dozen marathons, Timothy Gibbs at Nike is your guy.

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Timothy Gibbs

07 • 11 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Serval Fandango

Serval Fandango (one of those is his actual name!) is one of Auckland’s hottest young graphic artists right now, creating eye candy that we thought was the perfect fit for our Sweet Treats November campaign.

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Serval Fandango

28 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Jonny Park

As venue manager as Seven and Tommy's Champagne Parlour, Jonny seems to have an affinity for spirits – high spirits, distilled spirits, and even disembodied spirits.

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Jonny Park

24 • 10 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Kaitiakitanga

Charlotte Graham’s monumental painting has been made onto posters that feel just as monumental on Customs Street. 

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Kaitiakitanga

24 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Luke Bilbrough

Bacon-seller, entertainer, romantic – the youngest Bacon Brother is all about adding a little humour and delight to the everyday.

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Luke Bilbrough

21 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Cheryl Raymond

With an eclectic dress sense and a history to match, Cheryl Raymond is the perfect store manager for World Britomart.

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Cheryl Raymond

17 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Larissa Lima

M.A.C makeup artist Larissa Lima loves helping turn someone’s day around using the magic of cosmetics.

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Larissa Lima

17 • 10 • 19 / Arts & Culture / Business at Britomart / People

Meet 12 Incredible Finalists For the 2019 Westpac Women of Influence Awards

From young women supporting education for girls in Nepal and fundraising to protect the oceans to a Pasifika peoples health leader and icon of the theatre world, these women are leading the way in New Zealand and abroad.

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Meet 12 Incredible Finalists For the 2019 Westpac Women of Influence Awards

15 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Christopher Rendell

A chef at legendary New York restaurant Public, and founder of Flinders Lane (Connecticut), now Christopher Rendell oversees a portfolio of restaurants for Savor Group, including Seafarers and Ebisu at Britomart.

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Christopher Rendell

10 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Vivek Gajanand

An architecture student during the week, on Saturdays, Vivek Gajanand can be found blending spray-free juices and smoothies at the La Cigale market at Britomart.

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Vivek Gajanand

07 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Loryn Reynolds

Yes, the Jo Malone London assistant offering you a perfume swatch really is Loryn Reynolds, co-winner with Manu Vatuvei of this year’s Dancing with the Stars.

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Loryn Reynolds

05 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Rawiri Witehira

For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Rawiri will be weaving a celebration of the language into his work as a bartender at Caretaker.

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Rawiri Witehira

17 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Christopher Mitchell

Proving that having a corporate job doesn’t mean having to dress like a, um, bank manager, executive assistant Christopher brings a sense of flair to Westpac’s head office.

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Christopher Mitchell

03 • 10 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Sarah Callesen

Sarah Callesen is one of the artists who contributed a poster to Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa, the series of works by women artists changing weekly on the construction hoardings outside The Hotel Britomart site on Customs Street East and Gore Street. 

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Sarah Callesen

02 • 10 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Quentin Borgeaud

Quentin Borgeaud serves up featherlight confections at the Philippe’s Pastries stall at the Saturday morning La Cigale farmers market at Britomart.

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Quentin Borgeaud

26 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Josephine Richardson

With a passion for people – and getting them out of cars – Josie Richardson loves working at Britomart in human resources at Westpac.

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Josephine Richardson

26 • 09 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Elisapeta Heta

Elisapeta Heta works at architecture firm Jasmax, and is a poet, artist, and member of Architecture + Women and Ngā Aho, the collective of Māori design professionals. 

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Elisapeta Heta

24 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Eva Maggs

Currently a retail assistant at Kathryn Wilson Footwear, Eva Maggs is looking towards a future in sustainable food or fashion.

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Eva Maggs

19 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Pip Allen

More than once we’ve considered getting a job at one of our favourite stores or market stands around Britomart just to get the staff discount. Biltong fan Pip Allen actually did it.

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Pip Allen

16 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Josh Emett

Ostro’s new menu – designed by executive chef Josh Emett alongside head chef Josh Shields – is full of fresh tastes of the sea and unforgettable classics with a twist.

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Josh Emett

11 • 09 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Painting the town red: a new exhibition of graphic art by women

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Painting the town red: a new exhibition of graphic art by women

16 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Imogen McCall

As Group Events Manager at Seafarers, Imogen McCall knows all the essentials of a great party, and can help you pull them together.

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Imogen McCall

09 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Chad Mason

With a penchant for a great blazer and pair of sunglasses, the store manager at Karen Walker is someone we’d trust for fashion advice.

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Chad Mason

05 • 09 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Waiata

Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with Waiata / Anthems in the Atrium on Takutai

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Waiata

05 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Chris Stevens

Executive creative director/owner at design studio CTRL_ (pronounced ‘Control Space’) Chris is the mind behind the interior design of The Brit, Britomart’s newest gastropub.

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Chris Stevens

03 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Gareth Stewart

Gareth is the national executive chef for Nourish Group, creating all the menus across the group’s portfolio of pubs, bars and restaurants – including The Brit.

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Gareth Stewart

02 • 09 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Sébastien Barré

The sizzling aroma of sausages is an olfactory clarion call to Kiwis. Maybe that’s why Sébastien Barré’s stall at Britomart’s Saturday market is so popular.

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Sébastien Barré

29 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Angelo Bagay

Angelo and his wife – and sometimes their kids – sell New Zealand-fresh exotic nuts at the Saturday morning La Cigale produce market at Britomart.

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Angelo Bagay

27 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Lily Teteina

Among the racks of dreamy prints and fluid drapes at Juliette Hogan, Lily Teteina enjoys the ever-changing landscape of visitors to the store.

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Lily Teteina

19 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Susanne Ingmar

This Swedish expat brings the sweet bread-making tradition of her homeland to the Saturday La Cigale Farmers Market at Britomart.

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Susanne Ingmar

14 • 08 • 19 / News / People / Sustainability

The beauty of heritage

The restoration of the Buckland and Masonic Buildings is part of Britomart’s commitment to sustainable development, historic preservation and place-making for people. 

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The beauty of heritage

14 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Romain le Gal

As owner of French eatery L’Assiette (soon to be La Petite Fourchette), Romain is predictably raising his kids to be petits gourmets.  

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Romain le Gal

13 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Isabelle Carson

We don’t envy Isabelle the mighty task of trying to save money for uni while spending her work days surrounded by the tempting racks at Kate Sylvester.

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Isabelle Carson

08 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Jamie McLellan

Having designed everything from boats and retail interiors to chairs and oil burners, Jamie McLellan is now nested in as head designer at sustainable shoe brand Allbirds.

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Jamie McLellan

16 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Vicky Tamariki

Artist Vicki Tamariki’s cast of cheerful, crazy, cool characters are brightening up Britomart as part of our Works on Paper poster series.

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Vicky Tamariki

08 • 08 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Bryan Garrett Eible

One of the friendliest faces around Britomart, the owner-operator of Nike Britomart is an old-school sneaker head who loves nothing more than family time.

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Bryan Garrett Eible

03 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Jonathan Kay

Jonathan’s large-scale artwork starts with melting ice and ends with a dramatic fabric installation. 

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Jonathan Kay

30 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Dr Catherine Stone

Founder of cosmedicine spa The Face Place, Dr Cat blends a holistic approach to beauty with world-class expertise in natural-looking non-surgical facial rejuvenation. 

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Dr Catherine Stone

25 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / News / People

Art in the Atrium

Students from Manurewa High School have brought their artistic talents to the Atrium on Takutai. 

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Art in the Atrium

23 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Christian Parlascino

A true global citizen, Christian Parlascino hails from Italy via central America and Guatemala, and now manages a bit of everything at Japanese restaurant Ebisu.

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Christian Parlascino

16 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / Business at Britomart / People

Katie Lockhart

Katie Lockhart, the interior designer for the new Deadly Ponies store (among other Britomart retail outlets), hunted far and wide for the perfect interior accessories for the accessories brand. 

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Katie Lockhart

09 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Isla Malitte-Davey

As a duty manager at the rooftop hot-spot Seven at Seafarers, Isla Malitte-Davey is all about making sure her guests go home with a smile on their faces. 

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Isla Malitte-Davey

16 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

How to hāngi

To celebrate Matariki 2019, we invited hāngi master Rewi Spraggon to lay a hangi in Takutai Square. This is how he creates an authentic feast of Aotearoa kai.

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How to hāngi

03 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

James K. Lowe’s The Noble Ones

We celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Pig in 2019 with a photographic project by James K. Lowe in Takutai Square.

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James K. Lowe’s The Noble Ones

03 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Tash Shiu

The multi-talented manager of Ted Baker London keeps herself pretty busy when she’s not welcoming shoppers at the Britomart store.

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Tash Shiu

03 • 07 • 19 / Arts & Culture / People

Charlotte Graham

The artist behind ‘Te Waiora’ the huge temporary artwork whose water droplets flooded the Britomart precinct for summer 2018=2019, talks to Jeremy Hansen about her work and herself.

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Charlotte Graham

03 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Kaz Trass

Kaz Trass, senior manager of sales at Westpac, is one of the many who commute from Auckland’s outskirts to the central city each day – and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Kaz Trass

03 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Tana Mitchell

Founder of the graphic design company Studio Akin, along with Emma Kaniuk, Tana Mitchell is a talented import to New Zealand who feels right at home at Britomart.

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Tana Mitchell

03 • 07 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Tayla Nalder

Westpac communications specialist Tayla Nalder tells us how she learned about being a true team player through volunteering at Auckland’s Special Olympics.

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Tayla Nalder

27 • 06 • 19 / People

Mahsa Willis

Mahsa Willis’ eponymous label of delicate blouses, oversized blazers and romantic dresses is stocked at Fabric.

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Mahsa Willis

26 • 06 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Greg Murrell

Quality is all in the details for the founder of Ryder Salon.

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Greg Murrell

25 • 06 • 19 / Business at Britomart / People

Brian Campbell

Owner of the ever-popular Miann patisseries, as well the original chef at Milse, the laneway dessert bar off Tyler St, Brian Campbell is a man who truly knows dessert – even if he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth himself.

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Brian Campbell