First bottomless fries, now bottomless fried chicken! Plus a free guidebook to Auckland art walks, and Day of the Dead festivities.
Auckland is full of wonderful public artworks, but often we miss them through distraction or familiarity. So we were delighted to have our attention drawn to 60 significant works of art, urban design and architecture and sites of significance by Te Paparahi, Toi Māori – Walks in the City, a new free guidebook and app that celebrate Māori identity, history, knowledge and contemporary presence. We’ve distributed copies around Britomart retailers so you can discover the works for yourself (including Chris Bailey’s Pou Tū Te Rangi, at Britomart, pictured.) We also had a chat with the project’s curator, Olivia Haddon, Ngāti Manuhiri, from Auckland Council Design Office, about the project. Click through to read it, and find app links.
Fonteyn Moses-Te Kani is helping build a culture of inclusion at Westpac that goes far deeper than ticking diversity boxes. In the third Good Citizen conversation on Tuesday 13 November, Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen will talk to her about why so many businesses are so white, why it’s so vital that they change, and how she thinks they should start that process. Book here.
We’re looking forward to being part of the route for the Pink Star Walk this Saturday 27 October. Over 2000 walkers, dressed in their finest pink threads, will pass through the precinct in the early evening on their march to raise funds to support breast cancer awareness, research and support for women with breast cancer. Cheer them on!
It’s nearly time for our second-favourite feast of the year (come on, you can’t go past Christmas): Mexico‘s special Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) menu. This year, they’re serving up a $30 set menu of prawn and chorizo empanadas, chicken plancha in mole Amarillo, and cinnamon-sugar-dusted Pan de Muertos with chocolate ganache (you can also buy the items separately). Along with Jose Cuervo tequila tastings and the chance to win a Margarita Masterclass for you and four friends, it makes for a day of remembrance you’ll never forget.
Perrier-Jouet’s ‘Eden’ is an immersive experience that celebrates nature and design. It’s been a huge hit at Art Basel Miami, and in London, Tokyo and Shanghai. Now it’s coming to the Seafarers Green Room at Britomart on November 15 and 16. Click here to book a ticket for an enchanted evening of excess.
Last week we told you about Ostro’s bottomless fries. This week, The Chamberlain steps it up seriously, with a bottomless fried chicken wings and beer/wine/non-alcoholic drinks offer for $35pp. Available Mon-Fri, 1-3pm, for booked tables of four or more. Get in before the bottom falls out of the bottomless deal!
Sustainability has been an integral part of the Britomart ethos since day one. We’ve transformed nine blocks of derelict heritage buildings into modern, comfortable places to work, shop and eat. We’ve helped create a thriving public transport hub for Aucklanders. We’ve worked to acknowledge the Māori history of the area and preserve its mana. We’ve built healthy, efficient new buildings with high Green Star ratings. And now Britomart has become the first property company to adopt the New Zealand Green Building Council’s Green Star Performance Tool. Click through to read how that’s going to help us make Britomart’s buildings better for the planet, as well as the people who work and play in them.
This Sunday is the annual Auckland Marathon, so several CBD roads, including Tamaki Drive and Quay St will be closed from the early hours of the morning until the early afternoon. If you’re planning on coming into Britomart, consider taking the train or a bus instead of your car, as parking will be under high pressure.
Next Thursday 1 November, Auckland artist Flox will be working with eco-cleaning products company Seventh Generation to raise money to restore the Rangihoua Wetlands on Waiheke. The more you give to support the fund, the larger Flox will make the artwork she’s creating in Takutai Square, so give generously.