Auck­land’s best lo­cal del­i­catessens

Break with food-shop­ping monotony with a visit to a lo­cal pur­veyor.

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De­mo­li­tion Deli

570 Te Atatu Rd The folk at De­mo­li­tion Deli are so com­mit­ted to stock­ing all the best deli treats that they even take rec­om­men­da­tions from their cus­tomers. If you can’t nd what you’re after among their take-home meals, char­cu­terie and pre­serves, en­quire on their Face­book page and it may just turn up.

Mai­son Vau­ron

5 Mccoll St, New­mar­ket Big, glo­ri­ous wheels of cheese sit in a spe­cial age­ing room next to the cafe in Mai­son Vau­ron. You can stare long­ingly through the glass at them and then buy some to take home.


Auck­land-wide The rst Huck­le­berry Farms store was opened in Green­lane in the early 1990s, by the same fam­ily that own the West Lynn in­sti­tu­tion Har­vest Whole­foods (now re­branded Huck­le­berry). In 2015, the em­pire grew to a to­tal of nine lo­cal gro­cery stores city-wide, spe­cial­is­ing in or­ganic pro­duce and gourmet food items for al­ter­na­tive di­ets.


756 New North Rd, Mt Al­bert A tra­di­tional French bak­ery with a cheese counter. You can get a very good toasted baguette at Pyrénées, with thick wedges of goat’s cheese and roasted veg­eta­bles.


474 West Coast Rd, Ora­tia We have it on good au­thor­ity that Nola’s is the best in the west. Pro­duce comes di­rect from their own or­chard so you can guar­an­tee it’s su­per fresh. Worth a Sun­day drive.

La Ci­gale

69 St Ge­orges Bay Rd, Par­nell The ever pop­u­lar La Ci­gale is es­sen­tially an out­door deli. Mooch around, taste the sam­ples and leave hav­ing spent way more than you an­tic­i­pated. What the hell, you’re in Par­nell!

Mars Salt and Sweet

330 Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chevalier Vic­to­ria Hardy and her hus­band Seru Mar were in­spired to open a deli after a trip to San Fran­cisco last year. High­lights in­clude: bunches of wild—ow­ers, a suc­cinct fresh-pressed juice menu and 18 types of Char­lies gelato (in­clud­ing their own sig­na­ture Mars Salt and Sweet —avour).


Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions Okay, it’s to­tally a su­per­mar­ket, but the deli counter at Farro Fresh is just so good. We love the spe­cials, Satur­day sam­ples, and the pro­duce neatly dis­played in re­pur­posed wooden boxes.

The Good Gro­cer

237 Ta­maki Drv, Ko­hi­marama Hip Group’s —ag­ship deli is set in the idyl­lic sur­rounds of Ko­hi­marama Beach. Fresh, sea­sonal pro­duce proudly bears la­bels de­tail­ing its prove­nance. There’s also nut “milk” on tap, house­made pre­serves, pick­les and rel­ishes, and dried, or­ganic pasta made to ex­ec­u­tive chef Jo Pear­son’s recipe.


33 Vic­to­ria St East, city cen­tre When Ali­son Dyson came back from Paris she couldn’t be­lieve the only bread avail­able in the cen­tral city was from the su­per­mar­ket. Want­ing fresh bread ev­ery morn­ing, she opened her own spe­cialty food store. Her lit­tle Clock­wise from top right: The Good Gro­cer; Mai­son Vau­ron; Sa­bato, Pon­sonby Cen­tral Mar­kets; ap­ples at The Good Gro­cer.

shop also oŸers choco­late from around the coun­try, nut but­ters and bou­tique Auck­land hon­eys.

Pon­sonby Cen­tral Mar­kets

136/146 Pon­sonby Rd, Pon­sonby What­ever you need, Pon­sonby Cen­tral’s got you sorted. From Neat Meat’s range of in­ter­est­ing cuts and spe­cial age­ing room, to vino from Wine Di­rect and Ceres or­ganic pro­duce.

Es­sen­tial Deli

455 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Nes­tled in Mt Eden Vil­lage, this lit­tle deli re­mains as pop­u­lar as ever. Miller’s CoŸee, piles of cab­i­net food and some of the best veg­e­tar­ian pies in the city – it’s the per­fect place to grab a pic­nic lunch be­fore a hike up Maun­gawhau.


57 Nor­manby Rd, Eden Ter­race Phil and Jac­qui Dixon love the Mediter­ranean so much they’ve been im­port­ing food from France, Spain and Italy since the early 1990s. They travel to Europe reg­u­larly to keep tabs on the qual­ity and eth­i­cal con­trols of the prod­ucts they im­port.

– Kate Richards

Google ‘Black Star Pas­try’ and the first thing that pops up is the wa­ter­melon cake. It’s the most re­quested cake on their menu, so when we stopped by the New­town store after vis­it­ing The Grounds, we weren’t go­ing to leave without see­ing what all the fuss was about. Light, sur­pris­ingly re­fresh­ing, mar­vel­lously mor­eish and scented to per­fec­tion with a de­li­cious rose flavour, the hype, folks, is real. If you’re keen to soak up some Syd­ney city views, you can’t beat Henry Deane on a clear, sunny evening. Lo­cated at the top of Ho­tel Pal­isade in The Rocks, the view of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and dom­i­nat­ing sky­line is un­sur­passed. This hum­ming Fri­day night hotspot is unas­sum­ing from the street be­low, but get to the top floor and you’ll want to make this your new lo­cal. hotel­pal­

“If I had tried to start this pro­ject 20 years ago, the gen­eral New Zealand au­di­ence may not have been ready,” says Phoebe Li, the cu­ra­tor of Be­ing Chi­nese in Aotearoa: A pho­to­graphic jour­ney. “Now, Auck­land has be­come such a mul­ti­cul­tural, di­verse place, and peo­ple have be­come so much more ac­cept­ing.”

Li, a so­cial his­to­rian, orig­i­nally cu­rated the ex­hi­bi­tion for a Chi­nese au­di­ence in Hong Kong. Adapt­ing it for Auck­land Mu­seum, she hand-picked 100 his­toric pho­to­graphs from a pool of 10,000 de­pict­ing Chi­nese life in New Zealand. From the Chi­nese min­ers in Cen­tral Otago to ser­vice in World War I, Do­min­ion Road noo­dle restau­rants and wa­ter­melon-grow­ing in south Auck­land, the pho­to­graphs of­fer a wide-an­gle lens on what it means to be Chi­nese in Aotearoa.

Fed up with stereo­typ­ing and the way main­stream me­dia of­ten por­trays Chi­nese peo­ple, Li hopes the ex­hi­bi­tion will quash com­mon mis­con­cep­tions, in­clud­ing that Chi­nese peo­ple are bad driv­ers and Chi­nese stu­dents are drug deal­ers. “This is not an en­tire pic­ture of the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in this coun­try. Peo­ple are ig­no­rant and do make mis­takes, but I feel it’s time that peo­ple who have the knowl­edge, should share it,” she says. “Without Chi­nese mi­grants bring­ing the two coun­tries to­gether, New Zealand would have no re­la­tion­ship with China.”

Here, Li and Si­mon Gould, ex­hi­bi­tion de­vel­oper at the mu­seum, dis­cuss the sto­ries be­hind some of the pho­to­graphs.

See Be­ing Chi­nese in Aotearoa: A pho­to­graphic jour­ney, at Auck­land Mu­seum, open daily un­til Fe­bru­ary 2018.

1. Chil­dren in Welling­ton, circa 1960, by Ans Wes­tra. Courtesy of Suite Gallery Phoebe Li:

Ans Wes­tra came from the Nether­lands, and she shot this photo after she landed; she walked around Welling­ton and took this photo of chil­dren from one fam­ily. You can see that they all have the same hair­style and are wear­ing the same shoes. I guess for Ans she was just cu­ri­ous of the chil­dren, and the chil­dren would have been very cu­ri­ous about this tall woman pho­tograph­ing them.

2. Green­gro­cers were a very fam­ily busi­ness, 1920s. Courtesy of Alexan­der Turn­bull Li­brary PL:

This is also a very typ­i­cal fam­ily run busi­ness: a wife, chil­dren and hus­band. It’s a Chi­nese green­gro­cer but if you no­tice the de­tails you will see it’s not only for Chi­nese con­sump­tion. The Chi­nese fruit shop is a gen­eral part of New Zealand city life, within small towns or in larger cities like Auck­land, so in many parts of New Zealand this kind of shop serves the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, not just Chi­nese peo­ple.

3. Min­ers with Alexan­der Don (far left) at Kye­burn Dig­gings in Otago, 1902. Courtesy of Alexan­der Turn­bull Li­brary PL:

Alexan­der Don, who took this photo, was a Pres­by­te­rian mis­sion­ary. He was preach­ing to his Chi­nese fol­low­ers. His mis­sion wasn’t very suc­cess­ful, but at least he was a good pho­tog­ra­pher. The rea­son he took this photo was be­cause he needed to com­plete an an­nual re­port for his mis­sion. Si­mon Gould: There aren’t many pho­to­graphs of the early Chi­nese min­ers, so it’s an amaz­ing doc­u­ment. Leon Nar­bey, the ˆlm di­rec­tor who made the ˆlm Il­lus­tri­ous En­ergy in the late 1980s, used th­ese pho­tos as a main source of ma­te­rial to dress the ac­tors.

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