My Auck­land

Pablo Ar­rasco Paz, co-owner at Madame Ge­orge, loves Karanga­hape Road (a lot!).

Paper Boy - - AGENDA -

1. Ev­ery now and then, we ven­ture away from Karanga­hape Road... the art­works at Gibbs Farm [2421 Kaipara Coast High­way, ap­point­ment only] are world class and the set­ting is just spec­tac­u­lar! What an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! I re­mem­ber star­ing at this Richard Serra sculp­ture and think­ing back on my days at ar­chi­tec­ture school, and smil­ing at the fact that I was able to look at it, walk around it, touch it... such a great mem­ory! ——— 2. K’ Road is mi bar­rio (my neigh­bour­hood). I first lived on K’ Road in the mid-1990s, in an open-plan ware­house on Cross Street. The peo­ple, the place, ev­ery­thing was fun, crazy, vi­brant, loud, un­pre­dictable... so many mem­o­ries, so much fun! That was my in­tro­duc­tion to K’ Road, and the be­gin­ning of a long love af­fair with this unique part of town. ——— 3. This is me caf­feinated, happy and en­joy­ing a sunny win­ter af­ter­noon out­side Johnny Feed­back [61 Pitt St]. ——— 4. This is Madame Ge­orge. Matt [co-owner] and I wanted to cre­ate a space where our friends would feel com­fort­able and wel­come, with great food and drinks, and I, per­son­ally, wanted a place where I could have good pisco sours! We are very hum­bled by the warm sup­port from our neigh­bour­hood and proud to be part of the rich ta­pes­try that makes K’ Road what it is. ——— 5. The neon sign at Miller’s Cafe [31 Cross St] sums up what K’ Road means to me: vi­brant, bright, crafted, de­signed, eclec­tic, loud, fun... so much fun! I heart you K’ Road. ——— 6. This is the orig­i­nal me­ter board from Stu­dio 86, which my wife Fang and I ren­o­vated. We fell in love with the po­ten­tial of this space, its high ceil­ings, the orig­i­nal stained tim­ber win­dows, never mind the crazy, out­dated, pokey lit­tle of­fice spa­ces. It was a night­mare of a job to be hon­est, but I’m so proud of the end re­sult. ——— 7. Our apart­ment space had seen bet­ter times – be­ing a stu­dent/ artist flat for years I’m sure the walls of this place could tell some very in­ter­est­ing sto­ries. The ren­o­va­tion process took way longer than an­tic­i­pated, but it was well worth it; I wanted to be a good hus­band and bring my then wife-to-be to a nice space. Now, I se­ri­ously can­not imag­ine liv­ing any­where else. The night­club that was once be­low us is now Madame Ge­orge.

——— 8. The sin­gle ta­ble at the end of St Kevins Ar­cade over­look­ing My­ers Park is defini­tively one of my favourite spots. Per­fect to shel­ter from the crazy win­ter wind and rain, and an ex­cuse to have an­other cof­fee. This photo was taken in sum­mer, hence the beau­ti­ful pōhutukawa flow­ers, but you get the pic­ture.

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