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1 THE EX­HI­BI­TION… Art lovers, you’re in for a treat. Christchurch Art Gallery is show­cas­ing the work of NZ Arts Lau­re­ate Tony de Lau­tour, and the ex­hibits have

a par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance for their host city. Says the artist: “After the earth­quakes I found fig­u­ra­tive work seemed a lit­tle… facile. I just wanted to deal with shapes. Shapes

seemed more real.” US V THEM, un­til Septem­ber 9. christchur­chart­

2 THE DRINK… Feel a lit­tle fuzzy?

You could try Arepa. Cre­ated with a top neu­ro­sci­en­tist, the bev­er­age com­bines New Zealand pinebark and black­cur­rant with Ja­panese green tea ex­tracts to im­prove mood and sharpen your

men­tal clar­ity. And thanks to the ad­di­tion of ap­ple juice, it tastes pretty good too.

3 THE WRITER… When Jodi Ann Bick­ley, 28, suf­fered a stroke five years ago, she made it her mis­sion to learn to write again by pen­ning let­ters to strangers who needed help. UK-based Jodi set up a web­site, one­mil­lionlove­lylet­, so peo­ple could email her ask­ing for a let­ter. She got 200 re­quests overnight. To­day, with thou­sands of re­quest in her in­box, she em­ploys a global

team of helpers.

4 THE BROLLY… When style queen Ri­hanna sang about her Um­brella, we’re

think­ing the lat­est Blunt brolly would have been an ideal fit. Blunt has paired up with Karen Walker to launch a lim­ited-edi­tion um­brella in a pretty Wild Flow­ers print. $109. bluntum­brel­

5 THE ARTIST… We’re a mul­ti­tal­ented team here at NEXT and none more so than our de­signer, Brid­get Daulby. Brid­get, who also cre­ated last year’s gor­geous Christ­mas cover, started out shar­ing fun scrib­bles on In­sta­gram which soon turned into comedic and re­lat­able car­i­ca­tures. Check them out on In­sta at @oh.brid­get.

6 THE GOOD READS… The Women’s Prize for Fic­tion is the UK’s most cov­eted an­nual book award for fic­tion by a fe­male writer. The win­ner is un­veiled this month, but in the mean­time have a read of some of those short­listed. We rec­om­mend Sight by Jessie Green­grass; one woman’s jour­ney to moth­er­hood; and The Idiot by Elif Ba­tu­man, which pon­ders the per­plex­i­ties of love.

7 THE APP… Get­ting your car fixed. Yep, the one thing that won’t be ap­pear­ing in our grat­i­tude jour­nals any time soon. But now the FIXR app is set to make the whole process a lot more re­as­sur­ing for the me­chan­i­cally chal­lenged among us. En­abling you to con­nect di­rectly with any of their 100 (and count­ing) cer­ti­fied me­chan­ics so you can find the most con­ve­nient, and com­pet­i­tive rate for your car, you also get to rate the ser­vice so there’s in-built ac­count­abil­ity too.

8 THE SUN­NIES… We’re cov­et­ing these beau­ties from Le Specs. The ‘Pe­tit Pan­there’ sun­nies, from a lim­ited edi­tion col­lec­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with jew­ellery de­signer Jor­dan Askill, have been spot­ted on no less than Bella Ha­did, don’t you know. All 12 styles are $139. Ev­ery pair comes with a gold metal sun­glass chain, spe­cial edi­tion box, hard clam case, and car­ry­ing pouch.

9 THE CAM­PAIGN:… Find it hard to cut down on the drink­ing? What if we told you that, by lay­ing off the vino, you’d be help­ing some­one with cancer? Sign up for Dry July this year, and funds raised will go to the in­cred­i­ble Look Good Feel Bet­ter char­ity. Cheers to that. To sign up, head along to


Hats off to so­cial en­ter­prise Make Give Live, which is help­ing those in need, one cro­cheted beanie at a time. Make Give Live gets peo­ple to­gether, usu­ally at a lo­cal café ev­ery week or fort­night, to knit and cro­chet 100% pure wool bean­ies. For each beanie sold, Make Give Live gifts one to a home­less or older per­son in need. To get in­volved see make­give­


THE GALLERY… A road trip can be dull, but not if you’ve got a drive-by art gallery to gawp at. The Lou­vre

Abu Dhabi (yes, who knew?) – which holds art by the likes of Rodin and Gi­a­cometti – re­cently put works on 30 x 19ft road­side bill­boards to give pun­ters a sneak peek of its ex­hibits.

We’d love to see the ‘High­way Gallery’ idea catch on here…

12 THE CON­CEPT… What would the love

child of Uber and Airbnb look like? Well, just like Ten­trr. The app lets you find and book up­mar­ket camp­sites by con­nect­ing you to pri­vate landown­ers. Best

of all, your lux­ury tent is al­ready set up and equipped when you ar­rive. It’s not op­er­at­ing here yet but, here’s hop­ing. ten­


THE GAR­MENT… If you want a sturdy win­ter coat that’s stylish enough for gadding around the city, Mac­pac has nailed it with the Demi Coat, which is filled with 650 loft re­spon­si­blysourced duck down to keep the cold at bay. $259, mac­

14 THE FLICKS… It’s been a long 14 years in be­tween movies but fi­nally it’s back. The In­cred­i­bles 2 hits the big screen on June 28 – with Mrs In­cred­i­ble (aka Elasti­girl) busy sav­ing the

world while hubby stays home to watch the lit­tle In­cred­i­bles. Nice. And speak­ing

of girl power, Ocean’s 8 – the all-fe­male spinoff of the Ocean’s tril­ogy – is out

June 7 and fea­tures a kick­ass lineup in­clud­ing

Ri­hanna, Cate

Blanchett, San­dra

Bul­lock, He­lena

Bon­ham Carter and Mindy Kal­ing.


THE POD­CAST… When you’re done with Dry July, have a lis­ten to The Wine Down. Per­fect for the wine lover who nonethe­less knows very lit­tle about their fave tip­ple, this en­ter­tain­ing pod­cast ex­plains wine in a highly

palat­able way. Each episode, co­me­dian Ben Schwartz and a guest comic sit down with an ex­pert to taste wines and voice all those ques­tions

you’ve al­ways felt too silly to ask.

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