17 June 2011


my city: auckland by liz delaney

Story by Claire Sullivan

This talent manager knows a thing or two about discovering the noteworthy.

From a barn-like pool house in Ponsonby, which was originally the Ponsonby Boot Factory, Liz Delaney runs her actors agency Odd Management, and celebrity speakers agency Outspoken. Much of her free time is devoted to her husband, Chiropractor Harley Klinac, two children Antonia (10) and Ryder (3), and her passion for horse-riding. Liz has an undeniable ability for spotting great talent, and as such is a great candidate to take us on a tour of her city – Auckland.

“Without doubt my favourite dining haunt for the last 17 years, Sharaku Japanese serve up unquestionably the best Japanese in Auckland.  Located at the end of this little arcade at 75 Queen Street, the decor is a little dated but the food and service are exceptional and with the odd exception, it’s been the same staff there all this time.  I rarely take anyone there, except my husband and my best guy friend Huru – it’s one of my best kept secrets. (75 Queen Street, Auckland)
Natasha Radonich’s one-on-one boutique salon in Three Lamps, Ponsonby is very high on my list of places to go.  Accessed through a secret door on Ponsonby Road, once inside you’re transported into this gorgeous luxe feminine salon and get to indulge in the latest magazines, sip San Pellegrino, chatter in total privacy and have your hair made fabulous by Natasha.  The woman is a genius. (Three Lamps, Ponsonby, Auckland)

A favourite indulgence is to visit Mary Castles who manages the World Deluxe store in Ponsonby.  Mary & I share a passion for candles, and she’s turned me onto Cire Trudon, a very old French candle-making company.  My new obsession is Roi Soleil – the fragrance of waxed wood floors – surprisingly, it’s a very seductive and other-worldly smell. (175 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland)

Adorno stocks some of my favourite designers – J Brand, Isabel Marant, Phillip Lim, Husk, Helmut Lang, 3 Dots, and the list goes on.  The selection is huge for such a tiny store and on the rare occasion you don’t spy something that takes your fancy, the ladies there will whip upstairs and reappear with some exquisite piece of fabulousness that you can’t possibly leave without. (282 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland)

Zealandia is about a 35 minute drive north of Auckland city, along Mahurangi Road West (just south of Warkworth), and it is the wonderland of Terry Stringer, one of my favourite New Zealand artists.  His work is dynamic and other-worldly, and the various installations throughout the garden make for a magical journey (the step walkway through the trees is a nature and art combination at its best).  If you aren’t able to make the drive north, you can see one of his masterpieces outside Smith & Caughey’s on Broadway, Newmarket. (138 Mahurangi West Road, RD 3, Warkworth)

The Avondale Markets have been around since before I was born – every Sunday without fail.  Located at the Avondale Racecourse, it’s a wonderful place to source the freshest produce (particularly Asian greens), plants, fish, second-hand treasures and utter junk.  It’s got a great community feel and there is always some interesting entertainment. (Auckland Racecourse, Ash Street, Avondale)

Santos is my early morning haunt, and has been for around 15 years.  The coffee is the best (fact) and the food is simple but incredibly yum.  The staff are mainly South American, and there is always a great community vibe.  Much like me, there is a large group of Aucklanders who have been beating a track to Santos everyday for years, so it’s a bit like a home away from home and it’s testament to the continuous level of quality coffee, food and service.” (114/116 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland)

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