MY FAVOURITE PLACES: ANGIE JUDGE

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Angie Judge is the CEO of Dex­ibit, a big-data the fu­ture. Here are some of her favourite stops around New Zealand.

I tend to no­tice weird things when I walk into a mu­seum. I’m lucky that I get to travel the world visit­ing them for a liv­ing, but some­times get caught up in my work a bit much – my phone is filled with too many pictures of things like WiFi sig­nage and not enough breath­tak­ing art! In New Zealand we are also so spoiled with in­cred­i­ble cul­tural trea­sures, it’s easy to for­get how lucky we are. When I was a lit­tle girl, my mother used to take me to the Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum ev­ery week to watch the haka per­formed in the Māori Court. I would take off my shoes and go into the meet­ing house Ho­tunui to run my hands over the carv­ings. In so many museums you can’t touch any­thing, so one of my favourite things about the Auck­land mu­seum is the tex­tures you can feel. Auck­land Mu­seum is unique in that it’s not just a mu­seum – it’s a me­mo­rial too, opened in 1929 to com­mem­o­rate New Zealand’s loss of over 18,000 peo­ple in WWI. Walk in the front doors on the north­ern side, look up and you’ll see a stun­ning stained glass lead light ceil­ing. The de­sign in­cor­po­rates the coat of arms of all the Bri­tish ter­ri­to­ries dur­ing the war and the bronze wreath that ac­com­pa­nies it com­bines kawakawa with rose­mary to rep­re­sent mourn­ing and re­mem­brance. If you climb the stairs to the top, you can feel the cold Si­cil­ian mar­ble slabs and the bronze leaf etch­ing of the hon­our roll un­der your fin­ger­tips – quite the con­trast to the warm wood of Ho­tonui be­low. Be­fore you go, grab a cof­fee at their stylish new 19`29 Es­presso Bar. Over in the heart of the city be­tween Kitch­ener St and Lorne St is an­other great sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence – a lit­tle known beau­ti­ful city space re­cently re­named Te Ha o Hine Place, mean­ing ‘pay heed to the dig­nity of women’. It was built to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of women’s suf­frage. No­tably, this year marked the 125-year

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