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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.

Gino Buono­core

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.”

Auck­lan­ders are be­ing asked to re­duce their wa­ter use by 20 litres per day un­til the end of March, af­ter heavy rain clogged the city’s main treat­ment plant with silt. De­spite the sit­u­a­tion im­prov­ing, the plant will not fully re­cover for some weeks.

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