This breathtaking wildlife exhibition is an absolute must-see for animal lovers

The animal kingdom has long captivated the human imagination. From the underwater marvels of the vast ocean to the giant beasts of the African plains, we’re continuously in awe of the fantastical creatures that walk this earth alongside us. It is the reason why David Attenborough is still gracing our TV screens (that, and the fact that his voice is the most soothing thing known to mankind) and it’s also the reason why Auckland Museum’s hosting of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is such a huge hit, every single year.

For the uninitiated, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running nature photography competition in the world, a prestigious international event that is owned by London’s Natural History Museum. For nature lovers, it is quite possibly one the most moving exhibitions there is, with each image boasting the power to transform the way people look at the natural world, alongside stimulating conversation around topics like extinction and animal welfare.

Such is the case with this year’s exhibition, which will feature 100 winning images that illustrate the majesty and vulnerability of life on our planet. From a breathtaking shot of a marmot being ambushed by a Tibetan fox, to an eagle, wings outstretched, landing gracefully into a mound of crisp, white snowfall, each image incites wonder and curiosity while also reminding us of the fragility of our planet and our responsibility to protect it.

This year carries even more reason to make tracks to Auckland Museum, as amongst the winners is 14-year-old Aucklander Cruz Erdmann, who won the title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his snap of a big fin squid illuminating the inky blackness of the ocean. With Erdmann’s incredible capture being just one of many breathtaking images that can be seen at the exhibition, we can guarantee that this is one event seriously worth carving out time for.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition takes place at the Auckland War Memorial Museum from 28th February – 10th May

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland Domain
Parnell

www.aucklandmuseum.com

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Determined to be better with money? These three apps will help you on your way

Stop avoiding the money discussion with these apps that are designed to help you get on top of your finances — and stay there.

For splitting bills… Split Wise
This app allows users to create groups, input detailed expenses and track payments and IOUs. It can also be used to set up recurring bills and simplify debts into easy repayment plans, ensuring you never have to encounter awkward money moments with friends or family again. 

For hitting goals… Pennies
An award-winning budgeting app, Pennies makes keeping track of daily spending easy and allows users to reach their saving goals in a stress-free way. This is a flexible, user-friendly option for anyone wanting to get on top of their personal finances.

For easy accounting… QuickBooks
Perfect for freelancers or small business owners, this app is designed for straightforward money and account management on-the-go. Simple and approachable, it will have you managing various incomings and outgoings in a far more organised way in no time. 

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Citrusy and sweet, Ecoya’s latest fragrance has us craving the humble aperitif

Aperitivo is, without question, an art. It is similar to our Happy Hour, if our Happy Hour was a beautifully lit affair laden with elegant citrus-infused libations, that is. It is something that we have long wished we could incorporate into our daily lives but, unfortunately, the act of knocking back crisp cocktails each evening isn’t deemed as appropriate on this side of the world. Luckily, we here at Denizen have stumbled across the next best thing, and it comes in the form of Ecoya’s latest candle offering.

The new release is reminiscent of everybody’s favourite aperitif, from the scent — undeniably crisp and citrusy — to the ‘ingredients’ list. Entitled Blood Orange, the latest iteration to join the iconic candle house’s line-up blends sparkling blood orange notes with bergamot before melding the duo with ginger, cinnamon, carnation and musk.

This isn’t the first time that Ecoya has based a candle scent upon a sublime beverage, just last year they blessed us with the fruity and refreshing Wild Strawberry Frosé, but this time around the new addition has been added to the brand’s core collection and thus is here to stay. As such, the cocktail-inspired candle is available across all Ecoya’s products, including The Madison Jar, Mini Madison Jar, Metro Jar, Fragranced Diffuser and Mini Diffuser.

Last night the Ecoya team, reminding us that they know how to throw a party just as much as they know how to make a good candle, put on a wonderful event to celebrate the Blood Orange launch in a roof-top room at the SO/ hotel. What took place was an intimate affair, complete with glasses of Aperol Spritz on tap, delicious canapés, plenty of fantastic company and, of course, numerous Blood Orange candles littering the scene.

Ensuring that the home remains beautifully lit while filling each room with deliciously citrusy aromas, Ecoya is bringing the thrill of Aperitivo hour into our very own homes. It is a scent that is at once playful, effervescent and uplifting, so, suffice to say, we’ll be setting the scene with Blood Orange candles for all dinner parties to come.

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The classic white shirt can flatter the silhouette of every woman, so here’s how to nail the timeless staple 

The world of fashion flips and flirts with one trend after another, yet there are some select items that remain above the fray and offer an eternal style go-to. The crisp white shirt is one of those rare enigmas and is therefore essential to every woman’s wardrobe. Not only does it pair perfectly with almost anything, but it also serves an array of different purposes, depending on how you wear it.

This sartorial delight is simple but never basic. As part of its versatility, it offers either a sense of serenity, or a suggestion of power, to the overall aesthetic of the outfit. Let’s look deeper at some of the many ways you can play with these two faces of the timeless white shirt staple. 

The Classic

From left to right — Nili Lotan Tegan Shirt from Workshop, The Row Amos point-collar-poplin shirt from Matches Fashion and Viktoria and Woods Minister Shirt from Superette

Sporting a prominent collar and puffed sleeves, the classic white shirt can be casual, or help to dress up an outfit. With top buttons undone and sleeves elegantly rolled up, over a casual denim blue jean, your look attains the ultimate in smart-casual confidence. For more formal attire, button it to the top with chic retro-cool, keep your cuffs crisp and allow the strong silhouette do the talking.

Sleek and Refined

From left to right — Helen Cherry Valencia shirt from Workshop, Long-sleeved Pleated Shirt with Lavaliere from Louis Vuitton and cotton blouse from Dior

Straying from the formality of the highly-tailored white shirt, is the look that is more relaxed but still full of subtle sizzle. The shoulders are smoothed out, there’s less emphasis on symmetrical collars, and the style has a modern edge that dares the conventions to keep up. This design pairs especially well with fitted, tapered pants.

Feminine Flair

From left to right — Ga Man shirt from Georgia Alice, Peplum poplin shirt from Gucci and Egyptian poplin shirt from Prada

Highlighting the artistic curve of the hips, while bringing in the stitching to create a flattering, more pinched-in visual line around the waist, these white shirts emphasise the beauty of the feminine shape. Tucked in or not, this shirt enhances both skirt and pants. The slim-fitting arms contrast with the classic collars and put your inner preppiness beyond doubt. 

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Brandy snap cannoli
She-Wolf Pizza
Caprese salad (on the left) and Amaretto Sour (on the right)
Caprese salad with black krim tomato (on the left), caprese salad (in the middle) and Italian meatballs (on the right)

This new restaurant is bringing a slice of Roman trattorias to Grey Lynn

If you enjoy Grey Lynn’s renowned Mediterranean restaurant Lokanta, or have heard the hype around K’Road’s Carmen Jones, both owned by the same operators, you’ll be interested to know that a third eatery is now being served up, by them, to Aucklanders. Given the solid track record of the other two locales, expectations for the newly-opened West Lynn restaurant are high. And indeed, our experience there confirms that big things lie ahead for Romulus & Remus.

Clare Hindmarsh, Michelle Arsan, Zeki Kizilata and Ali Fuat Arsan are the quartet behind the 110-seater space. They have combined their cultural diversity and knowledge of Italian cuisine to curate everything from the fit-out to the menu, which is taken well beyond the traditional Italian parameters. This has no strict pizza-and-pasta protocol, and not even one checker of the red and white tablecloth was in sight. 

Romulus & Remus

Instead, the restaurant exudes a warm and homely feeling that welcomes in the dining public. Blending walls of soothing green shades, so familiar in Italy’s olive groves, with natural wooden floors, hand-painted tiles, and a Roman-inspired gold ceiling, the aesthetic of Romulus & Remus somehow combines an updated Italian decor with a New Zealand feel.

The thoughtful menu is designed by Hindmarsh and Kizilata to be shared. The pair did not hold back from showcasing their Turkish and Kiwi roots in the list of mouth-watering offerings. They wanted to create timeless and straightforward food, so with chef Luis Andrade, they chose to avoid the ubiquitous edible flowers and smears of sauce, and reel it right in to focus on the flavours. And these solid foundations are also evident in the fact that everything is made from scratch, and in-house. Even the tomatoes and basil in the Caprese Salad have been grown by Kizilata in his own garden. 

Caprese salad (on the left) and melanzane chips (on the right)

For most Italian restaurants, the predictable polenta chip is almost always a staple, but not at Romulus & Remus, where it makes way for innovation: the Melanzane Chips. Here, crumbed and deep-fried eggplant sticks are served with a deliciously creamy feta and fennel whip that resonates beautifully with the Mediterranean labneh. But if you are a diehard lover of authentic Italian dishes, there are still many you can choose, including the blended beef and pork mince Meatballs which are offset by a rich tomato sauce, with fragrant Italian parmesan cheese. 

According to Hindmarsh, the She-Wolf Pizza has already become a crowd favourite. It took only one tasting for us to understand why. Using a simple medley of olives, tomatoes, garlic, capers, anchovies and chilli flakes, it seems to capture the perfect balance of tanginess and cheese-churning creaminess, with a kung-fu level of spicy kick from the chilli. From there, we began our endings and opted for a dessert of Brandy Snap Cannoli. We suddenly realised we had managed to save the best for last: it was spectacular. The Italian fried pastry was traded in for a nostalgic Kiwi brandy snap, then filled with lemon-and-fennel-infused ricotta cream. Add in a coating of pistachio, and you have the sweetest of must-have finales to a fun and fulfilling night.

She-Wolf Pizza

Romulus & Remus’ beverage game is just as strong, with talented mixologist, Salvatore Gioiosa behind the bar, creating unique concoctions such as the nutty and delightful amaretto sour and tiramisu espresso, perfect during their happy hour and aperitivos from 4pm until 6pm. The doors are also for brunch from 8am on Fridays through to Sundays with an entirely different menu, including the carbonara eggs which we will most certainly be coming back for.

Opening hours:
Tuesday — Thursday: 4pm until late
Friday — Sunday: 8am until late
Happy Hour: Daily from 4pm until 6pm

Romulus & Remus

551 Richmond Road,
West Lynn

www.romulusandremus.nz

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Bringing heritage into our current context, this home exemplifies the new classic

With a history dating back to 1869, when Australian architect John James Clark designed and built it as his private home, the Clark House in Melbourne holds great cultural and architectural heritage. So it was crucial that when SJB Architects were approached to lead a restoration effort, they took into consideration the historical significance of the dwelling, tackling the project with the respect it deserved. 

Seeking the right balance between honouring the house of old and bringing it into the modern context in such a way that the two versions could harmoniously coexist, SJB worked with Heritage Victoria and the council for two-and-a-half years. Important heritage features such as the stark white exterior, the ironwork columns and timber fretwork were maintained and accentuated, while other aspects like the original octagonal gazebo, were removed in order to make room for a contemporary extension. 

Inside, the home has been rendered in soft, minimal tones in order to clarify the heritage detailing, create a neutral backdrop for more sumptuous furnishings and lend a contemporary feel to the original classicism. And while the extension, finished with steel-framed windows, white walls and a monochromatic palette stands in distinct, aesthetic contrast to the architecture of its conjoining building, it has been done in a way that mimics the feel of the front part of the house, even if it differs in style. Cleverly tying the residence’s two sections together via a mixture of contemporary and classic furniture, SJB has managed to achieve a result that brings this historic home up to date, without stripping it of any of its cultural significance — an impressive feat indeed. 

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All the noteworthy events you need to be adding to your calendar this March

Where on earth did February go? We’re feeling deeply saddened that the second month of the year seemed nothing more than a blip in time, but at least the arrival of March does mean one thing: a plethora of exciting events are on the horizon. Be sure to inject a little culture into your life this coming month via these 19 unmissable events.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz is one of the pre-eminent rock musicians of our time, responsible for some of the best in rock, funk and soul. He’s about to tour New Zealand for the first time. Renowned for his livewire on-stage presence, his upcoming show — which will see classic hits, alongside new music from his most recent album, Raise Vibration — will be nothing short of hair-raising.
For more information and tickets, click here.
31st March, Spark Arena

Cinema Peroni

Cinema Peroni

Cinema Peroni

Cinema Peroni

Another summer, another exquisite assortment of all things Italiano, courtesy of Cinema Peroni. This year’s alfresco experience will take place under the stars at Takutai Square, and will be open to members of the public for the first time. The film shown still remains firmly under wraps, but if the previous year’s are anything to go by, it will be an undeniably entertaining affair.
For more information and tickets, click here.
12th – 18th March, Takutai Square

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

You know the story by now: two young Mormon missionaries head to a remote, Ugandan village in the hope of converting its inhabitants. It is a box office powerhouse known to delight and shock in equal measure, one with nine Tony Awards under its belt, no less.
For more information and tickets, click here
6th – 22nd March, The Civic

Enchanted Worlds

Enchanted Worlds

Enchanted Worlds

Enchanted Worlds

‘Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo’ provides an exciting introduction to Japan’s intriguing Edo period, by touching upon the characters, places and pastimes that were prominent during those 250 years of self-imposed isolation from the world.
For more information and tickets, click here
7th March – 1st June, Auckland Art Gallery

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

There’s been talk for quite some time, but nobody knew for sure. So when emo heroes My Chemical Romance announced they had reunited, and that they were coming to New Zealand for one show, (supported by Jimmy Eat World, no less) the hearts of indie kids throughout the country skipped a beat. Grab your eyeliner, this one is going to be one for the books.
For more information, click here
25th March, Western Springs

Limbo Unhinged

Limbo Unhinged

Limbo Unhinged

Limbo Unhinged

Like a normal circus, but on steroids, Limbo Unhinged sees an eye-watering medley of pyrotechnics, aerial acrobatics and sword-swallowing set against a titillating live soundtrack. The event, a new concept from circus-cabaret maestros Strut & Fret, pushes circus craft to its most daring limits, and will be a sure-fire way to keep all the family entertained.
For more information and tickets, click here
11th-29th March, Aotea Square

Detours

Detours

Detours

Detours

Gow Langsford Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Detours’ brings together works by two Berlin-based contemporary artists, Bernard Frize and Imi Knoebel, and, in doing so, questions us to consider the narrative of abstraction in western painting.   
For more information, click here.
11th March – 4th April, Gow Langsford Gallery

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Dry clean your whites because this month the ultra-elegant Le Diner en Blanc is due to make its grand return, set to delight the sartorially aware gastronomes of Auckland once again. As with last year, the event’s alfresco location remains firmly under wraps, and will only be revealed on the day.
For more information and tickets, click here
21st March

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness

In 2003 they had us believing in a thing called love, and had us rocking out at Christmas time (and every year after that, no less). Now, British rock band The Darkness are set to do it all over again, with their upcoming gig ‘Easter Is Coming.’
For more information and tickets, click here.
20th March
 

Mulan

Mulan

Mulan

Mulan

The release of Mulan — the latest in a string of Disney live-action remakes — is finally upon us and it’s showcasing a dazzling display of fine, homegrown talent. Not only is it directed by Kiwi filmmaker Niki Caro — with much of the filming taking place on home soil in the Waikato district — but Auckland Graffiti actor Yoson An will be playing Chen Honghui, Mulan’s love interest.
In cinemas March 26th

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Homegrown singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is returning home, with an all-encompassing New Zealand tour to boot. It’s her haunting tunes and peculiar on-stage presence that piqued our interest back when came on the scene just a few years ago, something which has increased tenfold since. Joined by fellow indie artists Weyes Blood and Purple Pilgrims, the jamp-packed evening is sure to be one that won’t disappoint. 
For more information and tickets, click here
14th March, Auckland Town Hall 

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

British lothario and charming loud-mouth Russell Brand has never been one to shy away from voicing his opinions. In which case we will admit that we’re not entirely sure what to expect from his upcoming 90-minute talk — where he will discuss the personal development, wellness and spirituality he has ventured into to avoid self-destruction — but we know that it will be entertaining, at the very least. 
For more information and tickets, click here
14th – 15th March, Bruce Mason Centre

The Dobre Brothers

The Dobre Brothers

The Dobre Brothers

The Dobre Brothers

An event that is most likely one for the younger, more technologically adept amongst us, The Dobre Brothers will see Youtube personalities Lucas, Marcus, Cyrus and Darius Dobre take to the stage to perform much of their renowned pranks, skits, gymnastics, stunts and crazy challenges. With 14-million subscribers and 2-billion YouTube views accumulated, even if social media influencers aren’t your thing, it pays to acknowledge that they’re clearly doing something right. 
For more information and tickets, click here
28th March, Aotea Centre

Black Lover

Black Lover

Black Lover

Black Lover

Ex-pat New Zealander Sir Garfield Todd, as the Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958, became an opponent of white minority rule before being ousted from politics for being a “black lover.” Todd’s ongoing fight for racial equality and opposition to white minority rule led to his house arrest in 1965, the starting point for this story by award-winning playwright Stanley Makuwe. His play, Black Lover, brings to life this iconic New Zealander. 
For more information and tickets, click here
6th March – 4th April, Q Theatre

Party In The Spark

Party In The Spark

Party In The Spark

Party In The Spark

With electronic twosome Peking Duk, genre-splicing band Drax Project, local indie group Mako Road and DJ duo Katayanagi Twins amongst the line-up, we can only suspect that Auckland University Students’ Association event Party In The Spark will be a rip-roaring success. 
For more information and tickets, click here
4th March, Spark Arena 

Pixies

Pixies

Pixies

Pixies

American alternative rock band Pixies are bringing their mammoth world tour to New Zealand, touching down in Auckland for just one night only. The influential four-piece will be performing songs both new and old from their vast repertoire, including early classics like ‘Bone Machine,’ ‘Gigantic,’ and ‘Where Is My Mind?’ 
For more information and tickets, click here.
6th March, Spark Arena

Ari Lennox

Ari Lennox

Ari Lennox

Ari Lennox

The first female artist signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville label has some serious talent, boasting an utterly distinctive voice that is at once lush and soulful. This March she’ll be bringing her captivating hits, including ‘Shea Butter Baby,’ ‘Up Late’, and ‘BMO’, to Auckland’s Powerstation. 
For more information and tickets, click here
10th March

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White

The worlds of fashion and dance collide in this wondrous reimagining of the classic fairytale, Snow White. Crafted at the hands of acclaimed French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, the latest production to grace the Aotea Centre stage is deliciously dark and bewitchingly sexy, and laden with costumes created by legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Suffice to say this production will be a visual spectacle for more reasons than one.
For more information and tickets, click here
11th – 15th March, Aotea Centre

Saint Jhn

Saint Jhn

Saint Jhn

Saint Jhn

He’s the rapper who has written songs for Usher, Gorgon City, Kiesza and Nico & Vinz, opened for Post Malone on tour and has even been given the seal of approval by Beyonce — having co-written and performed alongside Blue Ivy on her track ‘Brown Skin Girl.’ Needless to say, he is the up-and-coming rapper who is on everybody’s lips, and his imminent arrival is sure to excite Auckland fans.
For more information and tickets, click here
7th March

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These restaurants are proving that the calamari is the quintessential entrée

Aucklanders are no strangers to the calamari starter. It’s a dish that is found at almost every European restaurant and has been on menus for as long as we can remember. Some might label the calamari as outdated, but we hail it as a timeless staple. When it has been prepared correctly for the exterior to achieve a golden crisp and the squid itself to remain soft and slightly chewy, it really hits the spot and these are the restaurants that are continuing the legacy of the fried seafood. 

Euro Bar & Restaurant
Spice lovers rejoice, Euro Bar & Restaurant’s crispy chilli calamari is the dish you need to get amongst, stat. Marinated in a sticky sweet and spicy sauce, accompanied by a tangy and tart sambal mayo and a fresh squeeze of lemon to enhance every bit of flavour, Euro’s calamari is truly one-of-a-kind.

Euro Bar & Restaurant

Non Solo Pizza
If you’re a calamari purist, Non Solo Pizza serves the Italian delicacy in its most authentic form which is impossible to fault. The batter is light and tossed in fresh lemon juice to cut the richness of the fried coating. A melange of salt, cracked pepper and parsley are utilised to season the dish and is served with decadent aioli to offer a creamy balance.

Andiamo
This Herne Bay favourite sure does know how to serve a delicious Italian fare and the calamari is one of its star dishes. Paired with a sauce made from garlic, anchovies and olive oil, otherwise referred to as ‘bagna cauda’ and a drizzle of spicy chorizo oil to lend a kick in flavour, there’s no better way to start your feast at Andiamo. 

Andiamo (on the left) and Jervois Steak House (on the right)

Jervois Steak House
This is a fairly new addition to Jervois Steak House’s menu and we’re glad to see its debut as it has quickly become one of our favourite calamari’s in town. The plate starts with an incredibly fresh and subtly sweet palm sugar and coriander dressing, followed by the crispy seafood that has been topped with a Vietnamese-inspired salad of fragrant herbs. 

Soul Bar & Bistro
Although this renowned waterfront restaurant changes its menu on a regular basis, the calamari is a Soul staple and is here to stay for eternity. Starting with a base of skordalia — a Greek purée that sees potatoes, walnuts, almonds, and olive oil, the crispy calamari sits on top and glazes itself over the thick emulsion. Chilli oil is drizzled over the squid to add a gentle spice and blends into the nutty skordalia perfectly.

Soul Bar & Bistro (on the left) and Prego (on the right)

Prego
It would be a crime to leave this Ponsonby institution unmentioned while we are on the topic of calamari. A plate of calamari fritti will be present on almost every table as it’s simply a Prego classic that can never do you wrong. The battered squid rings are placed on top of rocket leaves and drizzled with aioli — a simple yet faultless dish. 

FishSmith
When it comes to battered and deep-fried seafood, you can trust that FishSmith will do an immaculate job at serving top-notch quality and flavour. Fish and chips are only the beginning of their offerings for this spot and the regular patrons will know that the calamari is not to go amiss. Taking crispiness to an entirely new level, whether you have it on its own or in a burger, you can be ensured that it will not disappoint.

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4 cultural happenings you need to be aware of going into this week

It is inevitable that, at some point during the forthcoming five days, you will find yourself in a situation where conversation runs dry and you are forced to think on your feet in order to ensure that the quiet moment doesn’t spiral into awkward and uncomfortable territory. As such, it pays to arm yourself with a small but interesting mental list of recent cultural happenings and newsworthy moments. Not merely keeping dialogue flowing freely but also ensuring that you look cultured, knowledgable and most definitely ‘with the times’, the following four topical conversation starters are sure to get the ball rolling.

Taika Waititi is set to direct a new series
…and it will be starring English actor Jude Law, no less. The Auteur is a new horror-comedy series that is based on the graphic novel of the same name. The storyline follows a film producer who, desperate to make a great horror movie after a massive bomb, accidentally traps his production on a backlot with a serial killer… being executive produced by Waititi, we can no doubt expect much of his renowned, biting satire laced throughout.

Jacinda Ardern will appear on the cover of Time Magazine
Jacinda Ardern will grace the International cover of Time magazine, marking almost one year since the terrorist attack in Christchurch. Last Friday the magazine unveiled a preview of the cover, showing Ardern — wearing a seasons-old, understated silk top by local label Ingrid Starnes — alongside the subhead “know us by our deeds.” The story, written by Australian journalist Belinda Luscombe, focuses on the attacks and the Prime Minister’s responses during the aftermath.

Friends is returning
It’s been sixteen years since television’s most iconic programme debuted its final episode, The Last One, and now Friends is due to return to our screens — as early as this coming May. The one-off special will be hosted on HBO, and will see the whole crew — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer — reunite for the big moment.

The Thunberg family are releasing a book
If there’s anything that we can take away from the Thunberg family’s latest project, it’s that 17-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg has had quite the transformation. In the book, entitled Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, Greta’s mother Malena Ernman tells how her eldest daughter journeyed from a near-mute, 11-year-old into one of the world’s most powerful voices. The book will be released on the 5th March, and is available for preorder here.

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Spanning music, art and design, these new coffee table books are seriously worth poring over

It’s no secret that we have a penchant for the carefully-curated coffee table book, and are constantly on the lookout for an elegant, intriguing tome to add to our ever-expanding collections. Really, we should be investing in more coffee tables. Nevertheless, here is our top five from the current new releases.

Zaha Hadid: The Complete Works 
by Zaha Hadid
The life and work of Zaha Hadid, whose revolutionary architecture took in everything from Olympic venues to an astounding world-class airport, fills this aspirational coffee table collection of photographs, in-depth texts and a variety of Hadid’s very own drawings. Each page in the beautifully updated monograph is worthy of study and admiration.

Woodblock Wonders 
by Andreas Marks
The weird and wonderful Japanese woodblock print is a phenomenon with no Western equivalent. Sex workers in shop windows are placed alongside samurai swordsmen, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, and set against breathtaking landscapes. This XXL edition allows us a glimpse into the marvels of this little-known art, by showcasing 200 of the most beguiling prints — ranging from the 17th Century ukiyo-e Japanese art movement, through to present-day oeuvres.

Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment
by Peter Saul 
Painter Peter Saul is one of America’s most bold and brilliant painters. His tongue-in-cheek, colour-drenched, political pop art is known and admired the world over. The soon-to-be-released Crime and Punishment, a glorious coffee table book that reproduces sixty-five of the satirical works recently featured in his acclaimed exhibition at The New Museum, cries out for multiple coffees and many hours to pore over its exquisite pages. The book also includes work from a number of other artists, and accompanying text from Saul himself.

Window To The World
by David Hockney
Window to the World invites the browser into the creative mind of one of Britain’s most influential artists, English painter David Hockney. Impressively, each page showcases a creation crafted by Hockney using only an iPhone or an iPad. While this fascinates, the true allure of the book lies within the content: 120 Hockney drawings, each one inspired by the view from a favourite window of his Yorkshire retreat. Along with his prodigious talent on display here, this tome offers a beautiful depiction of England’s contrasting seasons.

Before Easter After
By Patti Smith and Lynn Goldsmith
For anyone who longs to learn about the artistic life and original works of legendary Godmother of Punk Patti Smith (that is: everyone, surely?), then Before Easter After will bring some serious coffee table delight. The slipcased book, with its hundreds of previously unseen photographs all taken by longtime friend, and famed rock and roll photographer, Lynn Goldsmith, includes text by Smith. As always, her writing is rich with the trademark Patti Smith originality and word mastery.

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