Chicken and artichoke baguette with jalapeño, cream cheese, parsley and oregano
Apple pastry

Daily Bread’s tiny city outpost is here to transform your office lunch hour

Does the team behind Daily Bread ever sleep? Safe to say they’re using their waking hours wisely with a brand new addition to the stable of bakeries. Now, even more Aucklanders can count themselves lucky to have Daily Bread’s artisan baked goods close by.

You’ll find the new location in the form of a clever inner-city kiosk, situated right next to the Saint Patricks Square in the CBD. Designed by renowned architecture firm Monk Mackenzie, it is a perfectly compact outpost for breakfast and lunchtime crowds to visit when the craving strikes for one of Daily Bread’s renowned pastries, sandwiches or pies, or just a coffee or cold drink.

Serving up the same delectable goods found at each one of Daily Bread’s locations, 33 Federal Street also sells loaves of bread to take away — pop out of the office, grab a sammy and a coffee, and a loaf to take home for later. What could be better?

Come summer, the grassy square is bound to be humming thanks to all the surrounding buildings and offices, and with the friendly Daily Bread team on hand to take care of lunch, we can say with certainty the compact cafe will be in hot demand.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 7am — 3pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Daily Bread
33 Federal Street
CBD Auckland


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Simple self-care strategies for Mental Health Awareness Week (and beyond)

It goes without saying this year has been tough for just about everyone. Between the state of the world at large and each of us experiencing our own challenges on a personal level as a result, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t glad to put 2020 behind them.

This week marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Week, occurring 21st — 27th September, and its arrival couldn’t be more timely. Organised by New Zealand’s Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” — “He Tirohanga Anamata”, and is “a chance for us all to build on the things we’ve been doing to look after ourselves, and to reimagine wellbeing together — during Covid-19 and beyond.”

The question is, what does mental health and wellbeing look like for you? It is different for everyone, however there are strategies and activities we can all engage in to promote positive mental health and self care. While the phrase ‘self care’ might now have garnered complex connotations due to its association with the multi-trillion-dollar wellness industry, at its core the sentiment of self care is more important than ever. It’s not selfish to make sure you’re feeling your best — it means you can show up more effectively for those around you, for your job and life in general.

Here, in honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, we share some self-care suggestions and reminders that might work for you year-round, not just for this week.

Ascertain whether you are an active relaxer, or feel more at ease with quiet time. For some of us, getting our pulse racing with some exercise might be just the ticket to burn off any anxious energy, or to give us respite from spiralling thoughts. If this is you, going for a run, doing a dance or gym class, going rock-climbing or even just doing a little at-home workout can help when regularly implemented. Not only will your fitness levels increase, you’ll have a sense of achievement to buoy your mood, and you’ll hopefully sleep better, which is always a good thing.

On the other side, perhaps meditative activities are more suited to you. Meditation, yoga, drawing or painting, reading for pleasure, a pottery class, listening to music and mindful breathing can all facilitate a feeling of calm. Equally, a stroll in nature can help. Try actively noticing your surroundings — the landscape around you, the feeling of the air on your skin, any smells or sounds you can sense. It will help you be present and in the moment.

Limit your time on social media and news sites. While we’re all for staying informed, sometimes the constant bombardment of information can actively contribute to a heightened feeling of anxiety — especially when it all seems like bad news. If you’re finding you’re spending a lot of time on your phone, implementing time limits on certain apps in your settings can be a good prompt to put the phone down and do something else.

Similarly, unfollow any social media accounts that make you feel bad. Find yourself wishing you looked a certain way, or had certain possessions or a certain lifestyle after scrolling through particular accounts? See ya — hit the unfollow button. Even though, by now, we know nothing on social media is as it seems, it often doesn’t stop us from feeing affected by it. Going through and unfollowing or muting any accounts that you feel unhappy after looking at is the best way you can protect yourself, and trust us, you won’t miss them.

Keep a gratitude journal. If you’re struggling to see the positives, sometimes reminding yourself of them does the trick. Even if it’s just once a week, or once a month, taking a bit of time to write down the good things in your life can help you appreciate them.

Make lists. Feeling overwhelmed? Try writing down everything you feel you want or have to do that day. Even if it’s something small, like remembering to call a friend, you’ll feel less stressed by making sure it’s written down and you’ll be less likely to forget. Creating a timeline for when you want to do each task can also be helpful, but remember not to punish yourself if you don’t get it all done.

Cook yourself a delicious, nutritious meal. Food is one of the great joys of life, and we all deserve to feel nourished by a healthy, tasty meal. If you’re someone who derives pleasure from cooking, take the time to show yourself some love by making one of your favourite dishes to eat.

Remember your purpose in life isn’t always directly connected to your career. There are several great snippets of advice in this the caption of this post by stylist and editor Mecca James-Williams, and in these trying times where job-loss is rife, separating your identity and worth from that of your career is a good one. While it’s important to feel you can derive satisfaction and a certain level of enjoyment from your job, remember we are so much more than what we do to make money.

Talk about it. If you are struggling, there’s no shame in expressing how you’re feeling. You don’t have to cope with things alone. Opening up to a friend or loved one can seem scary but chances are you won’t feel so isolated after doing so. Seek professional guidance in the from of counselling or therapy services if you can afford it — look at it as just another form of self-care. If you’re worried it’s not within your budget, Home and Family will just take an appropriate voluntary contribution based on your income and has three locations in Auckland.

Organisations to utilise and/or support:
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Cloud Workshop — Art workshops for grieving children and young people.
Prepair NZ — An organisation aiming to help women navigate relationships, emotional abuse and self-love.
The Lowdown — An online platform with tools to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety.
Like Minds, Like Mine — A public awareness programme designed to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards those with experience of mental illness or distress.


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Stay ahead of the curve with these up-and-coming local brands to add to your wardrobe

When the impulse strikes to add variety to your daily outfit rotation, why not look to our local burgeoning designers? Not only are you supporting the next generation of New Zealand fashion talent, but chances are you’ll also find something utterly unique.

Caitlin Crisp worn by Jaime Ridge

Caitlin Crisp
Having launched her eponymous label just over a year ago, designer Caitlin Crisp has already displayed an aptitude for creating feminine, wearable and timeless pieces for the modern woman. Utilising largely natural fabrics and with an aim to support the New Zealand fashion industry wherever possible, Crisp engages the services of local fabric and trimmings manufacturers and craftspeople. We’re in love with the linen summer suiting from her new collection, which is set to be released in early October.

Kaiso bags

Self-taught machinist and leather worker Summer Gribble creates versatile and elegant accessories by hand at her Auckland studio. Inspired by her Fine Arts training and background growing up in Barbados, Gribble uses fashion to tell a story and her pieces are designed to combine aesthetics with functionality, quality, versatility and longevity. The Griot bag (pictured) can be worn multiple ways, with magnetic closures that enable it to be expanded or compacted, and the option to affix either a long or short strap.


Friends and co-designers Talia Soloa and Lavinia Ilolahia are the duo behind Layplan, a made-to-order brand based in Auckland. Working with joyfully voluminous silhouettes and statement shades, Layplan has built a loyal following on social media, and a newly-launched website makes this clever pair’s designs even more accessible.

Leo Leo

Leo Leo
Specialising in limited runs of well-made streetwear staples, designer Leo Pagani’s use of colour and unique graphics sets Leo Leo apart from the crowd. For his latest collection, Pagani was inspired by the fashion, music and architecture of the noughties. Reinterpreting the Y2K era for our modern times, he utilised futuristic typefaces and ‘blobjects’, rendered in vivid colours on his signature T-shirts and sweatshirts, introducing the brand’s first knitwear piece and style of trousers.

Dominique Healy

Dominique Healy
New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based designer Dominique Healy founded her self-named label three years ago, specialising in trans-seasonal and carefully considered separates, dresses and knitwear. Her background in the fabric wholesale industry spurred her love of fabrications, in particular deadstock fabrics from mills in Japan, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, the use of which prevents them from entering landfills. A curated selection of Healy’s signature voluminous-sleeved pieces is stocked locally at Muse Boutique.


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Attention blondes: This haircare product is your secret weapon against brassiness

When it comes to self-care and beauty treatments, that fresh out of the salon feeling is hard to beat — especially if you’re blonde.

The process by which our hairstylist of choice achieves the perfect creamy, but never yellow, colour, usually involves a toner in the latter half of the treatment to counteract any brassy tones. As anyone with blonde hair knows, brassiness is to be avoided at all costs.

If, between appointments, warmth starts creeping back into your strands, a tone-correcting shampoo is one of the best ways to help keep the dreaded yellow at bay.

Moroccanoil's Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo

Sulfate-free and non-drying, Moroccanoil’s Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo is a formidable friend for your golden locks. It uses deep violet pigments to counteract yellow tones found in blonde hair and grey hair, as well as orange tones in lightened brunette hair.

Better yet, the Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo promises to strenghen your hair at the same time, containing argan oil which helps to repair and seal the cuticle, preventing breakage.

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The Third Day
Night On Earth
Ted Lasso

Wondering what to watch next? These riveting TV shows belong on your radar

While there’s nothing wrong with re-watching Friends for the fifth time, there is something undeniably exciting about sinking your teeth into the shiny, new and unseen. From sci-fi series to breakout comedies, there are plenty of riveting new shows to have on your radar.

Night On Earth
No one does nature documentaries quite like the British. So it’s hardly surprising that the latest one to land, a vivid, dynamic series using high-tech infrared cameras to capture the hidden lives of animals after dark, has been deemed a ‘must-watch.’ Watch on Netflix

Set to land soon, this highly-anticipated new sci-fi series, starring Hilary Swank, follows astronaut Emma Green as she leaves her husband and daughter for three years to lead a treacherous mission to Mars. Watch on Netflix

The Third Day
This miniseries, starring Jude Law, follows the separate but interconnected journeys of a man and a woman as they arrive on a mysterious island at different times. The production will unfold in three parts, the first and third played out on screen, and the second materialising as a one-off, immersive theatrical event, live in London — allowing viewers to inhabit the story as it happens. Watch on Neon

The Duchess
Comedian Katherine Ryan stars in (and created and wrote) The Duchess, a new comedy series based loosely on her experiences as a single mother. Fans of Ryan’s standup will be well-acquainted with her raunchy, irreverent humour, which provides perfect fodder for her character (also called Katherine) as she tosses up her chances of having another baby, and with her deadbeat ex nonetheless. Watch on Netflix

I Hate Suzie
Starring Billie Piper, this recently-released eight-part drama series centres around Suzie Pickles, a ‘celebrity’ who is no longer famous, but whose life disintegrates apart when her phone is hacked and a compromising photo surfaces. A riotous, ruthlessly honest and riveting series, this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. Watch on Neon

Ted Lasso
Jason Sudekis plays an American football coach who moves to England to manage a Premier League soccer team, despite having no experience in the sport. It’s a hilarious, underdog dramedy that delivers comedy with complexity and a little bit of soul. Watch on Apple TV

Lovecraft Country
Racial tension meets cosmic horror in this gripping new series, streaming on Neon. Based on a book by Matt Ruff, and co-produced by Misha Green and Jordan Peele, the story follows Atticus Black as he embarks on a roadtrip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Watch on Neon

Seeking to uncover the truth behind the products and treatments sold to us by the trillion-dollar wellness industry, this compelling series delves into a vast array of topics from apitherapy to extreme fasting and even tantric sex, to understand whether any live up to their promises. Watch on Netflix

Serving up serious American Horror Story vibes (with Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched herself and Ryan Murphy as producer), Ratched is an origin story of sorts for the seminal character from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. With gorgeous costumes and lush sets, this dark series is worth watching for the optics alone. Watch on Netflix


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Alberts is the world-class private tenants’ club set to change the way we work for the better

This year, most of us have become used to working differently. Chances are, it’s involved converting a dining table into a desk, and sharing it with other members of the household. 

Now, an exciting addition to the heart of downtown Auckland promises to redefine the way we work in a way that couldn’t be further from this experience. 

Aspirational, flexible and economical, Alberts is a private tenant’s club that aims to offer environments for professionals to thrive and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Encompassing four types of tenancies over five properties in downtown Auckland, including a range of office types, Alberts aims to allow tenants to foster a culture of connection and collaboration by creating a modern workplace, with a combination of private and shared environments. 

An original model for New Zealand, but inspired by the likes of Soho House and the Neuehouse Clubs, Alberts supplies fully-fitted secure office spaces combined with shared meeting rooms, common areas and a generous hospitality offering. The all-inclusive leasing model offers access to high-end amenities, design and functionality that’s usually only affordable for larger companies.

In this way, Alberts is an ideal solution for small to medium businesses to thrive within workspaces that lower expenses and manage risk, keeping the bottom line healthy in this new world.

“We believe the future of workspace needs to provide a platform for human interaction and collaboration to fuel a positive work culture and successful businesses,” says the company’s chairman, Andrew Saunders.

The project’s flagship building is 1 Albert St, with its striking Neville Price-designed exterior. It is home to Alberts Members Club which includes state-of-the-art boardrooms and meeting rooms, ‘The Library’ for when quiet moments are required and ‘The Commons’ where more casual meet-ups can be hosted.

All tenants are welcome to use the club as an extension of their private office, an inspiring atmosphere to nurture growth, ideas and connectivity and bringing a slew of opportunities to connect with like-minded peers.

Many of us will spend a third of our lives at work, and Alberts is promising to make that time worthwhile.


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This new foundation from L’Oréal Paris promises to actively improve the skin, not just cover it

The barrier between makeup and skincare is becoming increasingly non-existent. When we spend so much time and money caring for the base upon which we apply makeup, why then should makeup products potentially detract from this effort?

The new True Match Super Blendable Foundation from L’Oréal Paris embraces this philosophy, with an improved formulation dedicated to caring for the skin. 

The new formula contains hyaluronic acid, making it even more comfortable to wear as it delivers hydration and plumpness to the skin.

Working with every skin type — even sensitive skin — this foundation is non-comedogenic, meaning it’s created to avoid blocking the pores and creating breakouts, and scientific studies have shown two weeks of wear to result in skin that looks more unified, radiant and hydrated.

The True Match Super Blendable Foundation is, crucially, available in a diverse range of 36 shades with warm, cool and neutral undertones, meaning more people than ever can find their perfect match.

When we stop thinking of foundation as something to cover our skin, and more as something to enhance it, we can feel even more confident within ourselves. Having a product that actually works to improve the skin’s quality doesn’t hurt, either.


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Don’t miss this spectacular large-scale art exhibition, featuring one of history’s most famous artists

While the iconic artworks of Vincent Van Gogh are undoubtedly spectacular viewed on a traditional museum wall, an exciting exhibition along Wellington’s waterfront is set to create an even more immersive experience.

Digital Nights Wellington — Van Gogh Alive sees works by one of history’s most famous artists projected via more than 3,000 images onto shipping containers at an 8-metre high scale, and synchronised to a classical score.

Famous works like ‘The Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’ are presented at a crisp yet massive scale, with viewers invited to feel as if they’re walking right into one of the masterpieces. The whole family will interpret the works in their own way, with little ones bound to be just as enthralled as older attendees.

Upon the Government’s announcement of Wellington moving to Level 1, more tickets will be released at 9am, Wednesday 23rd September.

Van Gogh Alive is on until 30th October 2020, find tickets and more information at


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Onemata restaurant is the jewel in the newly-opened Park Hyatt’s crown

Hotel restaurants can be tainted by the misconceptions of offering diners who are not guests a predictable, tourist experience. Not so with Onemata, the highly-anticipated flagship eatery within the newly-opened Park Hyatt Auckland.

Executive chef Brent Martin has been part of the Hyatt ‘family’ for 23 years, and is a crucial aspect of the hotel’s gastronomic success, developing new food concepts to play an integral role in the Hyatt’s restaurant openings in Maui, San Diego, Seattle and the Bahamas. 

From left: Onemata interior; Toffee apple dessert

With a rich knowledge of gastronomy and cultivated insights around creating a curated restaurant, he has personally prepared dinners for a number of world figures, from the Dalai Lama to Bill and Melinda Gates.

Despite having lived abroad for much of his life, Martin relishes his Wellington roots and is committed to showcasing the best of New Zealand cuisine in each of Park Hyatt’s four hospitality venues — in particular, Onemata.

The restaurant’s name, in Te Reo, means ‘rich, fertile soil,’ and reflects Martin’s determination to highlight the people behind the produce. Headlining food producers as the heroes, the menu offers an array of mouth-watering dishes that showcase the best of New Zealand’s fresh and seasonal ingredients.

From left: Executive chef Brent Martin; Paua risotto

Within the selection of small and large sharing plates, Onemata head chef Jonathan Pasion oversees the preparation of inspired interpretations of our country’s unparalleled produce. From 6:30am, breakfast diners can opt for classics like a create-your-own omelette, or something more adventurous like cured pork belly with kumara, pineapple kimchi and fried farm eggs.

Lunch encompasses the likes of salmon poke, a fish of the day with lemongrass dashi and kaffir lime, and brocolli with Clevedon yoghurt, nori hokey pokey and bacon jam. Dinnertime sees a risotto that sings with paua, miso butter, shiitake mushrooms and a soft-cooked onsen egg. Te Mana lamb is cooked Filipino-style in an Adobo sauce, paired with a coconut lamb jus, baby carrots and coriander.

For dessert, a varied selection of enticing sweets includes a nostalgia-inspired toffee apple served with parsnip crisps, and sage and rosemary ice cream, and a honey and thyme cake with burnt butter, Mexican chocolate ganache and Eighthirty Coffee ice cream.

The ambience of Onemata is also crucial. Breaking down barriers between chefs and patrons, the open kitchen sits at the restaurant’s centre, creating a theatrical dining experience around its state-of-the-art equipment and world-trained chefs. Inspired by the at-home dinner party togetherness of cooking, imbibing and eating, guests are invited to walk through the kitchen, glass in hand, and interact with the chefs as their meal is prepared.

Although a luxury brand, Park Hyatt Auckland is dedicated to being anything but exclusive. Martin has worked to create an inviting, welcoming environment where locals will feel as welcomed for a meal as the hotel’s guests.

Opening Hours:
Weekday Breakfast: 6.30am — 10.30am
Weekend Breakfast: 7.00am 11.00am
Lunch: Sunday only 12.30pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5.30pm 9.30pm

Park Hyatt Auckland
99 Halsey St, Auckland 1010


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Who's Who, 2020 by Mickey Smith

This exhibition by award-winning artist Mickey Smith is a beautiful meditation on time and place

In her first solo exhibition at Sanderson Contemporary, award-winning conceptual artist and photographer Mickey Smith investigates cultural identity, past and present. Having conducted a longstanding exploration of libraries, books and archives — and the consequences of their physical existence or disappearance — Smith has spent nearly two decades documenting bound periodicals. 

From left: KIA ORA, 2017; ENDEAVOUR, 2007

Finding them in both public and institutional libraries, Smith uses photography to record and chronicle books that serve the same purpose for our history, and it doesn’t escape her notice that over her years of art practice such tomes have become harder to find, as we collectively move steadily towards digitisation.

Her new exhibition at Sanderson is titled ‘Matters of Time’, and showcases a selection of Smith’s photographs, the creation of which spans fifteen years. Capturing just the books’ spines, while the contents of each volume remains hidden and therefore all the more intriguing, the viewer is greeted with seemingly simple, yet strangely impactful words. Seminal works like Power, 2005, photographed in Minnesota, and Time, 2007 are in the mix, as well as newer prints made in New Zealand with irreverent and esoteric titles like Who’s Who in New Zealand, Rip It Up and Tall Poppies. 

From left: Word for Word, 2020; POWER, 2005

Smith has also introduced a contemporary jewellery practice to her repertoire, and is exhibiting these pieces alongside her images. Cast silver ‘daily reminders’ offer an intimate reflection on illness and the ubiquitous presence of pharmaceuticals in everyday life, in the form of earrings, rings and pins.

Matters of Time’ is on until 11th October at Sanderson Contemporary, Osborne Lane, 2 Kent Street, Newmarket.


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