6. Live performance by Maala
When: Fri 31 Mar, 5–9pm with show starting at 8pm What: New Zealand singer-songwriter Maala, aka Evan Sinton, will be in store at Topshop Topman for a live performance on Friday night. The Tui Award-winning electro pop artist will create a party atmos, so get there early and do a spot of shopping (it’s 20 percent off on the night) before his show kicks off at 8pm. 203 Queen St
7. Barkers men’s style evening
When: Fri 31 Mar, 5pm What: There will be music, drinks, suit fittings and the chance for a free cut or shave at Barkers’ Groom Room. 1 High St
8. Ingrid Starnes runway show
When: Fri 31 Mar, 7–8pm What: Talk about street style: New Zealand womenswear designer Ingrid Starnes, she of the painterly silk frocks and ladylike tailoring, takes over O’connell Street for the evening to present her autumn/winter 2017 collection ‘Into the Pink Valley’. The live runway show is open to the public. O’connell St
9. Pat Menzies Vans Waffle Stack event
When: Sat 1 Apr, 10am–3pm What: Free waffles and prizes up for grabs, surrounded by great shoes. Need we say more? 174 Queen St Camilla & Marc Phaser cap, $87, from The Iconic. Gentle gel facial cleanser, $55, from Grown Alchemist. Ashanti sunglasses, $129, from Le Specs. Herschel Novel bag, $163, from The Iconic. Moccasin in animal print, $319.90, from La Tribe. Style colour palette inspired by Resene ‘Resolution Blue’.
Where are you going? I’ve just arrived at Holm on K’ Road, which is a little co-working space where you can sit and grab a good coffee while you work. ——— What are you wearing? T-shirt, denim skirt, and vegan boots. ——— Tell us about your bike… It’s a green Linus cruiser-style bike that has a bit of a vintage look to it, but it has a Lekkie electronic conversion kit. I did a lot of research before I bought it, trying to find something that was the best fit for me, the style I wanted, and the right amount of power. I live in a house bus so I need to be able to lift the bike onto it, once I remove the battery. ——— Why ride? It’s just the best. It’s a way to get some exercise – I spend a lot of my life sitting in front of a computer for the work that I do. And it’s not easy to drive a house bus into city centres. ——— Favourite ride? At Christmas, some friends and I decorated our bikes with tinsel and baubles, dressed up in silly costumes, strapped a boombox on and rode around to other friends’ houses to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer. ——— While riding you…? I tend to people-watch – I love it, and it’s really easy to do when riding a bicycle. ———
How can Auckland be more bike-friendly?
I think Auckland is doing a lot of things to try to encourage biking. I went to the Myers Park festival and they actually had VIP concierge bike parking! More bike parking around the city would be great, often it’s hard to find somewhere to lock your bike up. ——— Interview and photography by Katy Wakefield, aucklandbikestyle.com
The issue of our time
Q&A with Vancouver’s climate policy manager Malcolm Shield, recently in Auckland for climate talk at C40 Cities.
So, what is C40 cities?
It’s an organisation of 90 of the world’s leading cities taking action on climate change. It brings together cities with similar climate action barriers so they can learn solutions collectively – you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Do you feel like enough people are aware of climate change?
I believe it needs a greater voice, a more consistent voice – it needs to be worked on. It’s the issue of our time and of our generation – that’s not to undermine the other challenges we face but, given how fundamental our planet is to supporting us, we have to get under this. It needs to be framed in a way that is meaningful to the public at large – having people understand their role in the climate and what needs to be done.
Is there one thing people can do on an individual level to help?
Discuss it more. It’s still not the conversation of choice. When I think about how much people discuss employment, politics, immigration, their economic environment, it’s all discussed so much more than the climate in which we live in. For many people, it’s very abstract. To start getting over that, we need a broader discourse so it’s on the same scale as people talking about the economic health of a country, for example. Climate change doesn’t have to be painted as frightening, it can be painted as the idea of opportunity to redefine where we are going. It’s not about abstinence or sacrifice: there is a whole new economic sector to be chased down.
Is Vancouver similar to Auckland?
In many respects, it’s very similar. We’re both major port cities so sea level rise is a major challenge. As much as it seems a long-term threat, the infrastructure choices we make today set the course for the direction the city takes in the future. The public need to get behind it – what does the public want? We need to get the public engaged so they can shape the future that they are going to be living in.
What could Auckland work on?
For all cities: find ways to make the issue resonate with the public. For example, people don’t necessarily care what powers their vehicle, what they want is a vehicle that gets them from A to B. What people care about is health, air quality, social connection, feeling a connection with their cities. It’s about building that resonance with individuals.
What else can Aucklanders do?
I think businesses and people need to realise where their energy comes from. In a Canadian context, energy literacy is low. When you flick that light switch on, you always expect it to come on. Once people do start to understand those broader aspects, that’s when you see the behaviour changes. I don’t think people are inherently destructive or out to actively destroy the environment, but people are not aware of the implications of the choices they make, so it’s about broader understandings for individuals and businesses – do you buy a slightly smaller car, do you do double glazing…
Are local government and central government working well together?
How well all of that integrates – to be successful in tackling climate change – it’s imperative all levels of government work together.
A calming new space in Middlemore Hospital
A new food and retail space for patients and visitors
Middlemore Hospital has revamped some of its public spaces. The hospital’s Paataka Place is a new food and retail space designed by Ignite Architects that aims to create a welcoming “place within a place”, a key feature being the vibrant, internal ‘street’ that improves pedestrian flow and offers different types of seating. Natural timber – and rainbow-coloured LED lights that add bursts of colour to the ceiling – were used to “soften the space and add warmth”. The Elixir coffee fit-out (above right), designed by CTRL Space, also uses natural timber to soften the angles of the faceted space, with lighting appearing from the facets. The coffee (Kokako) is good, too.
Drip, drip SOME WATER- SAVING TIPS 1. Have a shorter shower
Cutting just two minutes off will save about 16 litres.
2. Use the toilet’s half-flush
Flushing a toilet uses an average six litres. You could also follow the mantra ‘If it’s yellow, let it mellow’.
3. Only run full loads
Run the dishwasher and washing machine when you’ve got a full machine-load. This may mean not doing washing or dishes every day if your household is small.
4. Avoid non-essential tasks cycling confidence workshop
Car washing or water-blasting can wait until further notice.
5. Collect shower water
Place a bucket in the shower to collect water while you wait for it to warm up. Use this on the garden instead of watering with a hose, sprinkler or irrigation system.
The owner of Italian restaurant Spacca in Remuera loves Parnell’s Woodpecker Hill
“As Spacca is closed on Sundays, it’s our family day and Woodpecker Hill is our favourite dinner destination. Our go-tos are the soft-shell crab, stir-fried with turmeric, chilli, tamarind, and crispy shallots, followed up with the crispy eggplant and tasting meat platter, and all swirled down with a Fentimans rose lemonade. It’s ridiculously good and we can never get enough.”