Nespresso’s new Nordic range encapsulates the true meaning of the holidays

Seeking to infuse our southern hemisphere Christmas with a touch of European magic, Nespresso has released a new range of capsules, accessories and an impressive new machine, just in time for the festive season.

In line with two concepts significant in Nordic culture, Nespresso is drawing on Fika and Hygge — the former refers to a ritualistic coffee and cake break, the latter speaks to a state of mind and ideas around cosiness and self-care — to inform its recent collection.

With three new, limited-edition capsules — Variations Nordic Almond Cake Flavoured, Variations Nordic Cloudberry Flavoured and Nordic Black — Nespresso is reminding us to make time this season (despite how busy it can get) to connect with family and friends over a warm cup of coffee

The two flavoured capsules are both built on the rounded Livanto base, each boasting notes that tie them to quintessential Norwegian flavours (like the biscuity-vanilla of a traditional Kvæfjordkake cake and the tart taste of Cloudberries) while the Nordic Black is an aromatic African and South American Arabica blend that makes for the perfect medium-intensity, long black coffee.

Nespresso Creatista Pro coffee machine

Alongside its new capsules, Nespresso has also released an innovative new machine, the Creatista Pro. Designed to deliver barista-quality coffee at home, this machine is able to froth milk and extract coffee at the same time with the push of a button on its touch screen. It also boasts a sleek, elegant shape that will see it fit perfectly into any benchtop.

So this festive season, when it all feels a bit much and you’re starting to forget why you even bother to make an effort, take a moment to stop, pop a capsule in your new Nespresso machine and call a friend over for a chat. Follow the example of the Norwegians, for whom the act of connection and self-care is entrenched in their culture and social mores. It will remind you about the true meaning of the holidays and hopefully, encourage you to indulge in a restorative new ritual.

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From left to right: Richard Wallis, Tim Bowater and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Viaduct Harbour is leading the sustainable charge as Auckland’s first urban composting site

“Complex but not complicated,” is how Richard Wallis, the man behind innovative composting system, New Zealand Box (NZ Box), explains the composting process. With the aim of making commercial compost bins the norm throughout the country, Wallis has teamed up with Viaduct Harbour to set up Auckland’s first urban commercial compost site, which officially opened yesterday, marking yet another way that the prolific waterfront destination is embracing a more sustainable ethos.

Tim Bowater

From introducing Seabins to New Zealand — floating rubbish bins that collect waste from the ocean — to hosting art installations that shine a light on our polluted waterways, Viaduct Harbour has charged ahead of the game by actively engaging with issues around the environment and sustainability. The precinct has progressed from simply illustrating the pollution problem to combating it, by engaging For The Love of Bees, an organisation focusing on ‘climate change ready infrastructure’ helmed by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, in collaboration with compost experts NZ Box, to roll out the CBD’s first commercial composting site, co-funded by Auckland Council. Recently. Recently, Headquarters offered up the underutilised back section of their site as a location for Viaduct Harbour to install six large composting bins. With facilitation by Smuts-Kennedy and day-to-day management by NZ Box, the team will work collaboratively with Viaduct Harbour eateries so they can make the most of their new infrastructure. 

Viaduct Harbour’s hot compost bins

According to Wallis, there really is “no such thing as food waste,” unless we continue to manage excess food the way we do now. Taking it back to basics, he breaks down natural produce into four categories — water, nitrogen, minerals and, most importantly, carbon. Part of the current problem is that our use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides alongside our wasteful habits of sending surplus food to landfill (instead of returning it to the earth), is resulting in carbon-depleted soil, which affects its ability to hold water. This cycle can be detrimental to both our ability to grow food, through to the nutritional value of the food that is grown, and is why making a move to composting, whether corporate, commercial or by implementing a system at home is becoming increasingly crucial for the inherent health of our planet.

From left to right: Richard Wallis, Samantha Saxton-Beer, Tim Bowater and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Viaduct Harbour’s new commercial composting bins will break food waste down via hot composting, which in Wallis’ opinion, is the most effective method. Hot composting is favoured for the speed at which it can break down organic material and is a process that can reach temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celcius. With the right management, Wallis tells me that Viaduct Harbour’s new boxes might even be able to break down certified compostable packaging — a definite win for such a hospitality-dense area.  And while six bins may not sound like a lot, each has the capacity to hold the equivalent of at least 120 families’ weekly food waste, which means that altogether, they have the potential to make a real difference.

From left to right: Madeline Saxton-Beer, Samantha Saxton-Beer, Clara Jane and Fliss Grennell

Hospitality partners including Soul Bar & Bistro, Hello Beasty, and Headquarters have committed to making the most of the new infrastructure by agreeing to compost their residual food waste. And with Smuts-Kennedy on hand to offer ongoing training for businesses who want a better understanding of the process, Viaduct Harbour is continuing to set the sustainability bar high, encouraging the rest of Auckland to follow suit.

Viaduct Harbour’s hot composting bins are located behind Headquarters and were officially put into action on 19th November.

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The Aubergine Smash
ONE — Photo Credit: Alex McVinnie
The Green Bowl
Artwork by Ela Purnell

Onehunga welcomes a new eatery that’s offering more than just delicious food

Onehunga’s offering seems to be getting stronger by the day, anchored by a number of new spots that have recently arrived on the scene. The latest to land is ONE — Onehunga Neighbourhood Eatery, an all-inclusive 90-seat community eatery and co-working space (the latter will be ready for public use from mid-December), serving up delicious fare.

Owned and operated by Tom Howard, a hospitality veteran with a decade of experience that spans Auckland to Edinburgh, ONE is in good hands. Together with Tarang Chanham (former chef at The Butcher’s Son on Jervois Road), the pair have created a menu that is flavoursome and nutritional.

The Aubergine Smash

Although classic dishes like eggs benedict and sweet waffles feature on the menu, Howard and Chanham also conceived a number of modern dishes that encourage diners to try something new. “Our goal is for everyone to find something that they can enjoy here. So we included a bit of old and a bit of new,” Howard tells me. The Aubergine Smash is a unique creation that comprises a crisp slice of toasted sourdough, topped with smoky, charred eggplant mash and sprinkled with dukkah. Labneh and chilli butter are also featured on the plate to offer a creamy richness and extra bit of spicy kick to complete the dish.

The Green Bowl is another menu highlight and is guaranteed to impress. The bowl is filled with green tea soba noodles, roasted vegetables such as green and red peppers, asparagus and crunchy broccolini. Followed by pickled ginger, dukkah and an incredibly fresh and umami miso ginger dressing, this healthy bowl is not only nutritious but is also simply delicious.

The Green Bowl

Elsewhere, the Smoked Fish Hash was a dish strongly recommended to us by Howard, and after taking our first bites, we understood why. Inspired by Wellington restaurant, Floriditas’ infamous smoked mackerel hash, which Howard tells me is his favourite breakfast dish of all time, ONE’s rendition comprises a deep-fried potato rosti, gently crisped on the outside and incredibly fluffy on the inside. The hash is topped with fresh fennel, radish, celeriac, slivers of smoked kahawai and fried capers which burst with potent and zingy flavours.

Smoked Fish Hash

For anyone seeking a somewhat more approachable dish, the open sandwiches are not to be missed, particularly the smoked chicken. Toasted and buttered sesame buns encase a generous helping of greens and smoked chicken which have been doused in sriracha aioli and speckles of sweet pomegranate seeds. The whole thing is served with a side of potato rosti which is great separately or elevates the sammy when slid into the filling itself (which is what we did).

Open Chicken Sandwich

While ONE will be open every day, churning out delicious food and fresh Kokako coffee from as early as 6am, from Sunday to Thursday Howard will hand over the reins in the afternoon to Nick Loosley and his team at Everybody Eats for the pay-as-you-feel dining concept to take over the space for dinner service.

So, whether you’re looking for some solo downtime or a place to catch up with friends and family, ONE’s welcoming, open space alongside its tasty offerings make it a diverse spot that’s fit for any occasion.

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 6am until 3pm

ONE — Onehunga Neighbourhood Eatery

306 Onehunga Mall,
Onehunga
Auckland

www.oneakl.nz

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In its new campaign, Zegna asks an age-old question: What makes a man?

Having spent 110 years creating clothes tailored to the modern man, Ermenegildo Zegna is taking a step back in its latest campaign to question the nature of its work. Or rather, the nature of its subjects.

The idea of masculinity in society, although ostensibly fluid, has remained largely stuck in its ways. And despite recent events causing many men to have a good old existential look at themselves, there still exists a number of stereotypes around the various criteria a man “should” meet to be considered worthy of his gender.

Looking to disband these stereotypes and build a new meaning of masculinity through education, Zegna is joining forces with Cesvi, one of Italy’s most prominent humanitarian organisations.

In partnership with Cesvi’s Houses of Smiles initiative, Zegna has launched A to Zegna — a series of global programmes designed to promote positive behavioural changes in young people. Workshops on peer-to-peer communication, group discussions and collaborations with universities will all be implemented in local communities in a number of countries around the world. It’s a global approach operating on a local level and rather than telling people what to think or feel about masculinity, its primary objective is to facilitate meaningful discussion and become a conduit through which a new wave of masculinity can emerge.

Aligning with this initiative, Zegna has released a new collection of #WHATMAKESAMAN t-shirts, the proceeds from which will go towards supporting Cesvi. The brand has also launched a campaign starring Mahershala Ali and Nicholas Tse that asks ‘what does it mean to be a man today?’

It’s obvious that an issue as complex and culturally charged as masculinity is not going to be solved with a few t-shirts and a hashtag, but for Zegna, education is the cornerstone of change. By supporting education all around the world, Zegna is looking beyond its sartorial influence and asking its community of customers to be open-minded, to listen to one another and to embrace a new vision of masculinity that can, hopefully, take us into the future.

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Why this pillow could be the key to a restorative night’s sleep

In the vast landscape of ‘wellbeing’ and the various trends and fads that rise and fall within it, one thing remains constant: Sleep is the cornerstone of health.

And while you might think that your sleep is fine, chronic insomnia is not the only marker of poor-quality shut-eye. In fact, most people don’t realise how bad their nightly snooze is until they make some changes and start sleeping well — and we mean really well.

It’s something that Stephanie Wyborn, fuelled by a desire to explore the connection between sleep and achieving optimum health, spent the last six years researching. Delving into the science behind sleep as well as the mechanics of how to improve it, Wyborn decided there was something missing from people’s nightly routines — something that would not only change the way we thought about sleep but its physical effects, too.

Hyoumankind’s Go Pillow comes in a water-resistant cover with handle

Hyoumankind — a range of specially-designed, ergonomic pillows, was born from her findings and intention to help people rediscover the benefits of a restorative night’s sleep for both mind and body. The New Zealand-made memory foam pillows are crafted from premium materials and are available in a range of shapes and finishes to suit different needs.

Take the Go Pillow, for example. Compact enough to carry (it even has its own handle) or pack into a small bag, this pillow has been carefully designed to support the natural contours of the head, neck and shoulders and is versatile enough to use in any situation. Beyond comfort, the whole point of the Go Pillow is to facilitate muscle recovery while you rest, by ensuring your body remains in an optimum position. Other pillows in Hyoumankind’s range include the Back Sleep, the Boost and the Therapeutic Knee Pillow, all designed to target recovery in different areas of the body.

Go Pillow with the Towelling Resort Bag. 

The Hyoumankind Go Pillow has been so successful that some of our top national sports teams are using it. George Duncan, a muscle therapist for one of these teams, says, “by improving our recovery off-field, it improves our preparation for game day, which helps in performance. We also travel domestically and internationally, so any help with travel is appreciated and shows in our training week.”

Combining science and design, Hyoumankind’s pillows are set to revolutionise sleep as we know it by promising relaxation and recovery in equal measure. Even if you don’t think you need to improve your sleep, you’d be surprised at what a restorative few hours of shut-eye can help you achieve. And the Go Pillow is making it easier than ever before.

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Land Rover Santorini Black Defender 110

The new Land Rover Defender is set to live up to its legacy in the next James Bond film

There are few fictional characters as iconic as James Bond. With a license to kill and an ability to induct the cocktails he drinks, the women he woos and the cars he drives into a realm of transcendent cultural significance, 007’s world is a perfectly-balanced minefield of beauty and danger.

With the next instalment of the James Bond franchise landing in cinemas next year, a new automotive marque is set to be cemented in infamy as part of the 007 universe, as Land Rover’s new Defender 110 prepares to make its cinematic debut in Bond’s 25th outing, No Time To Die.

Used in the film alongside a fleet of Land Rover’s most robust vehicles (including, the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover Series III and Range Rover Classic) new Defender takes centre stage, a choice the film’s Stunt Co-Ordinator Lee Morrison said was necessary to handle the harsh conditions, steep descents and river crossings that were required in the film’s action sequences. “We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements,” Morrison said, “so we chose the new Defender.”

Land Rover Santorini Black Defender 110

Unstoppable seems an apt description of this unprecedented car. With a ground clearance of 291mm, a maximum wading depth of 900mm and a number of intrepid capabilities as part of its Terrain Response 2 system, the new Defender is proving itself as the ultimate off-roading vehicle — Land Rover’s toughest and most innovative yet.

Land Rover Santorini Black Defender 110

That said, it takes more than simple practicality for a car to be considered Bond-worthy. For that, it needs a little something extra. A touch of ‘X-factor’ if you will. It’s something the new Defender has in spades. The special effects and action vehicles supervisor on No Time To Die actually worked alongside Land Rover in developing the specifications for the Santorini Black Defender 110 used in the film and it’s as sleek and powerful-looking as you’d expect.

As Lee Morrison (No Time To Die’s stunt co-ordinator) says, “I’m beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but is much much better.” And we really couldn’t put it better ourselves.

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A fantastic coffee table book can say more about its owner than the coffee table, or the entire interior design for that matter. Under the facade of ornament, they serve as a subtle way to disclose your inner passions, intellect and personality to house guests — so it’s important to select them wisely.

Spanning art, music, photography, architectural design and more, these coffee table books are some of the most insightful, beautiful, visually arresting delicacies that have been published this year.

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Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Boasting 450 illustrations by 400 artists from more than 50 countries, Great Women Artists is a colossal celebration of female artistic brilliance. The tome spans centuries of creativity incorporating works from the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tracey Emin and Yayoi Kusama, for an empowering and inspiring addition to any book collection.
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Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Before Instagram influencers and fashion bloggers, there was the humble Bill Cunningham. The OG street style photographer, Cunningham, in his trademark royal blue jacket, photographed the everyday style of New Yorkers for The New York Times for over five decades. This portfolio, bringing together his NYT work and never-before-seen images, is the first published collection of photographs by a man who was as a pioneer of his form. 
To buy, contact Novel here.

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

Boasting an enormous 384 pages, My Name Is Prince is one seriously impressive visual essay. The tome covers 25 years of the mysterious artist’s life, with particular highlights that include his legendary 2008 Coachella performance and his epic 21-night stint at London’s O2 Arena. 
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John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

The latest documentation of John Pawson — British design extraordinaire — and his stellar career focuses on the particulars that mark his distinctive architectural and aesthetic style. It groups a selection of his recent works into domestic projects, including his own house in rural England; extended sacred spaces; and repurposed structures, such as London’s Design Museum. 
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Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

A thoroughly-researched exploration of over 400 of the world’s finest mid-20th-Century homes by more than 290 architects, this impeccable book is groundbreaking for the sheer number of projects included, a must-have for any design aficionado.
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Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Point Of View charts the incredible career of Fashion Director Tonne Goodman via behind-the-scenes fashion photographs and personal shots. Between two, sleek, monochromatic covers, Goodman’s life plays out chronologically, from her modelling days to her freelance fashion reportage, to her editorial and advertising work, through to her reign at Vogue
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Gaudi, The Complete Works

Gaudi, The Complete Works

Gaudi, The Complete Works

Gaudi, The Complete Works

The work of Antoni Gaudí put Barcelona on the architectural map and is renowned for the unique way it combines surrealist shapes with bold, vibrant colours. With new photos, drawings and plans by Gaudí himself, this book offers a comprehensive appendix of the architect’s body of work and is a veritable visual feast.
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Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

It could be Paul McCartney, brushing his teeth, pulling faces or simply sporting a pair of pyjamas. Or it could be a young Stella McCartney, sporting a fancy dress costume, or a young James, pouring water on himself. It could even be a simple landscape shot of the idyllic farm in Southern England where the McCartney family lived. With over 200 polaroid pages, taken by Linda McCartney, each page of The Polaroid Diaries boasts a never-before-seen insight into every day, McCartney life. Prefaces by Chrissie Hynde, journalist Ekow Eshun and Paul himself make this an especially moving slice of nostalgia. 
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The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

Shining a spotlight on 15 remarkable black photographers, The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion delivers an inspirational, thought-provoking conglomeration of fashion and art imagery. It pairs essays — important conversations on numerous topics, but especially on what it means to be a black female photographer — alongside works from some impressive talent. Like Tyler Mitchell who, last year, became the first African American photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 125-year history, of Beyonce, no less. 
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Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Vanity Fair called him “the most sought-after creative director in the world.” And now, Fabien Baron’s work has been chronicled in a tome that traces his extraordinary career. Featuring a range of his multi-disciplinary work (as well as a foreword by Kate Moss), this book is a study in creative mastery.
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The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

With this beautifully photographed collection of images, National Geographic photojournalist Joel Sartore encourages us to take a moment and think about some of the world’s most endangered species. Each marvellous creature featured in this book is either destined for extinction or is already extinct in the wild, but is still alive today thanks to the dedication of various scientists and conservationists. With every page — whether of a Sumatran rhinoceros or a tiny beetle— able to incite awe, this is one book that’s destined to be pored over again and again and again. 
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Signature Dishes that Matter

Signature Dishes that Matter

Signature Dishes that Matter

Signature Dishes that Matter

Have you ever wondered why certain foods or dishes are so globally renowned? Signature Dishes That Matter is a new tome that explores over 200 of the world’s most lauded restaurant creations. Dishes that defined the chefs who created them, the establishments at which they were served, and the zeitgeist of the time. Promising a fascinating read for everyone from die-hard foodies to history buffs, this book has been curated by epicurean experts, and ventures as far back as the 17th Century to uncover the moments that changed global culinary history.
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The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The entire history of humanity’s achievements in Space in one sleek, coffee-table-worthy tome, The Nasa Archives is a seriously sophisticated addition to any collection. Momentous projects (Apollo, of course), moon landings, huge launches, starscapes and panoramas of Mars all make the cut, but there are also a collection of unseen images dug out from the obscure archives, too.
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Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

For those who are fascinated by the wonders of the big blue, Silent Kingdom is a homage to both the beauty of our all-encompassing oceans and the spectacular creatures that inhabit them. Each photograph, rendered in black and white, turns aquatic creatures and marine seascapes into visions of beauty suspended in time and space, from otherworldly jellyfish to playful sea lions and ferocious sharks. It allows a glimpse into an undiscovered world that only a few have had the pleasure of witnessing first hand. 
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Born To Party, Forced To Work

Born To Party, Forced To Work

Born To Party, Forced To Work

Born To Party, Forced To Work

A man truly deserving of the title ‘Life of the Party’, Bronson van Wyck is undeniably proficient at throwing noteworthy bashes for the world’s glitterati.  In his very first book, the acclaimed event producer draws from a lengthy career to bring forth his finest successes — celebrations for the likes of Beyoncé, Madonna, Barack Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow  — alongside a handful of entertaining failures. 
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Jojo Rabbit

Stuck for plans this weekend? Here’s how to spend your time over the next few days

From monumental stage shows to delicious food and musical throwbacks, here are 6 of the best things to do in Auckland this weekend.

Watch Les Misérables at The Civic
A time-honoured, treasured classic, the story of Les Misérables is one that everybody should experience at least once in their lifetimes. Auckland’s iteration of the majestic theatrical show has incredible new staging, glorious reimagined scenery and a plethora of fine, acting talent. Be warned though, even the most apathetic of people are likely to shed a tear — so take tissues.

Cheers to the weekend at The Culpeper’s Garden Party
The Culpeper is gearing us up for the silly season with a delightful springtime prelude: a weekly garden party, dedicated to gin. For the whole month of November, Bombay Sapphire is taking up residence with a special cocktail menu, garnish stations, and happy hour from 4pm until 7pm every day (the specially-curated Bombay Sapphire cocktails will be just $10). This Saturday sees resident DJs Phoebe Carr and Rose Alice putting on a party from 12pm until 4pm, making it the perfect place to kickstart your Saturday evening.

Visit an unlikely art spot
We’re sure you’re well up to date with all the happenings going on at the more well-established galleries, (i.e the incredible Denmark Design currently showcasing at the Auckland Art Gallery) but we bet you’re not at all familiar with the cool, underground art scene that’s currently gaining popularity amongst Auckland creatives. If you’re yearning for something a little left-field, we suggest you check out these little-known galleries, they definitely deliver an experience.

Watch Jojo Rabbit at the cinema
If you haven’t yet seen Taika Waititi’s latest film, then we suggest you make room for it pronto. We suspect it won’t be too long before you find yourself embroiled in a conversation about the moving cinematic satire and we wouldn’t want you to look behind the times — how embarrassing.

Enjoy a bite of history at Fitzroy Lounge Bar
In a bittersweet move, beloved pizza joint Il Buco has been resurrected, but only temporarily, in the form of a short-lived pop-up housed in Fitzroy Lounge bar. Fans of the establishment’s delicious pizza only have until the 22nd December to indulge in a slice — so this weekend marks the perfect time to grab a bite before it goes.

Stay at home, and listen to a podcast
If all else fails, or if the weather turns inclement, (the past week is enough to make us distrust the ever-changing forecast) we suggest you set up a cosy and comfortable space indoors, kick back and relax to the sounds of a fantastic podcast. Be sure to consult our broad round-up here — whether you are a true crime fan or a lover of celebrity interviews, you can rest assured you will find something to tune into.

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With ‘neutral’ as fashion’s tone of the season, these pieces are offering an easy approach

There is something about eschewing the typical summer ‘look’ that feels liberating. And where overtly floral dresses and colour blocking — once signifiers of the arrival of warmer weather — have fallen somewhat out of fashion, it’s the simple, subtle pieces in neutral tones that are staking their claims in our wardrobes.

This summer, why not invest in fashion that is versatile, wearable and that exudes a more relaxed approach to the season? Here, we round up the new pieces that are helping us do exactly that, and should be your first port of call when thinking about building your seasonal wardrobe.

Left to right: Eyelet blazer and slack pants from Harris Tapper, and Basil suit blazer and trousers from Paris Georgia
Left to right: The Row Big Sisea oversized blouse from Net-A-Porter, Cashmere and silk-blend sweater from Prada, Workshop Denim Chino skirt from Workshop
Left to right: Kate shirt dress from Harris Tapper, Pierre shirt dress from Georgia Alice, Acne Studios Mac coat from Workshop
Clockwise from left: Bumbag from Louis Vuitton, Shrimps Deva pearl earrings from Workshop, Stella McCartney Faith bag from Scarpa, 30 Montaigne handbag from Dior, Meadowlark cuff pearl drop earrings from Superette, Department of Finery Gigi sandals from Superette International, Status Anxiety War With Obvious bag from Superette.

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Work with a difference at Takapuna’s premium new office development

An iconic Takapuna building is set for a makeover, with Zone Q developers transforming No1 The Strand into a modern and dynamic working space for budding and established businesses. This new home for your business has everything you need in a working environment, and more.

With a revitalised courtyard, lobby and over 11,000m2 of office space that’s stretched over the building’s four levels (approximately 3,400 sqm of space per floor, the equivalent of two ice skating rinks joined together) calling No1 The Strand ‘spacious’ would be an understatement. It is, in fact, one of Takapuna’s largest office spaces and its open-plan design along with its wide glass windows allow for natural light to stream in while providing breathtaking views of Takapuna Beach and Auckland City.

Being located in Takapuna, one of the most bustling, growing suburbs on the North Shore, public transportation to No1 The Strand is a breeze. But for those adamant on driving to the office, the development offers more than 300 car parks on-site, dispelling any concerns around whether or not there will be a free spot. Takapuna is also home to a number of delicious cafés and eateries, ranging from the cheap and cheerful (like Basu Lounge) to the more upscale (such as Nanam), meaning you won’t have to go far for a tasty lunch or an after-work dinner.

Within the workspace itself, the facilities are set to be state-of-the-art, going well beyond a fast Internet connection and quiet meeting rooms (although they have those too). Looking at the bigger picture, the developers of No1 The Strand clearly took the out-of-office lives of those who would be working in their space into consideration. Lockers and showers are provided, allowing workers who walk or run to work, or those are partial to a lunchtime gym session, to freshen up in the office. And when summer is in full swing, this also means that taking advantage of No1 The Strand’s close proximity to Takapuna Beach is an appealing way to spend the lunch hour.

Looking to encourage the idea of work-life balance in an elegant, workable way, No1 The Strand is looking poised to offer a thoroughly modern workspace. Acknowledging that productivity at work is driven by an environment in which people feel supported and happy, No1 The Strand is set to be the place everyone wants to spend their nine-to-five.

To enquire about future leases at No1 The Strand, click here

No1 The Strand

Takapuna
Auckland

www.cbre.co.nz

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