If there’s any designer who’s going to entice us into new suit after being told for most of the year that leisurewear reigns supreme, it’s Helen Cherry.
The first drop of the prolific New Zealand designer’s summer 20 collection has launched, showcasing in abundance the easy elegance the brand is known for.
With Cherry’s trademark sharp tailoring receiving an update, we’re particularly drawn to the Rae blazer, an effortlessly sophisticated jacket that is anything but staid, thanks to its relaxed silhouette. Rendered in ink wool melange, a piece like this has myriad styling options for the nine-to-five and beyond.
Paired with the brand’s ever-popular Cigarette pant — also crafted in matching dark blue wool this season — and a shirt or T-shirt, it’s a look that commands instant polish. The Flynn pant is another versatile staple this season, featuring a wider, longer silhouette that lengthens the legs and hangs stylishly over the ankle.
Whether elevated with heels or finished with sneakers for casual cool, there’s no denying Helen Cherry’s suiting remains both a timeless and irresistible addition to the modern woman’s wardrobe.
One of New Zealand’s most notable artists, Fiona Pardington, (of Māori — Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Ngāti Kahungunu — and Scottish — Clan Cameron of Erracht — descent), has built a name globally for her photographic work that uses inventive formats and unpredictable techniques to explore a vast and varied array of themes, often swivelling around a preoccupation with emotion and affect.
Not only does Pardington have a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, but she has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and was the first New Zealand artist to receive the Chevalier de l’Ordre Française des Arts et des Lettres (the Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters by the people of France).
Her career is decorated with fellowships, residencies, awards and grants, and her pieces have appeared in a number of important exhibitions and biennials both here and around the world. But Pardington herself, who lives in Piha, finds happiness in the nuances of her daily life — unexpectedly humble for an artist whose body of work carries such renown.
Here, she delivers some pearls of wisdom from her experience, and gives insight into her notoriously private world.
I inherited a withering work ethic from my mother. I’m stubborn. It’s very hard for me to break away from a task until its conceptual resolution is in gear and moving forward towards its physical completion. I also set a high standard for myself, which could, if you ask someone close to me, be seen as punishing and unnecessary — I don’t agree, of course.
There is no substitute for being rigorous and well researched. I can’t sleep at night otherwise. I have to do things my way. It’s tried and true.
I want to achieve my best, but I prefer not to spend time congratulating myself. I have an engulfing superstitious aversion to that. I just get on with it. I certainly don’t believe in resting on one’s laurels. The only person I’m in competition with is myself.
I realised I was able to be an artist after drawing swans with my mother at the kitchen table as a very small child. Bathing in her enthusiastic praise of my hard-won ‘mastery’ of swans over the next week or so, I experienced a certain Joycean claritas and chose this vocation for myself right then and there.
An accurate explanation of my process would take hours to write, and to read. Projects take anywhere from one-to-five years beginning to end. Some are in a holding pattern for decades. All I can say is that everything from conceiving, to setting up a photograph to executing it, to either hand printing or preparing and printing digitally, is a ritual.
A heightening of the senses, an immersion in them, is what I want people to derive from my work. And pleasure. A delight in the constellated affect and procession of concentrated perception. Also, a stronger feeling of their own being, engaged in what it is to experience art for and in themselves.
My accountant would describe me as crap at numbers but generous to a fault. My friends, as a stubborn, extremely private and passionate woman with an insatiable fascination for how humans think and function and for reflecting people back at themselves in a positive light.
When money is shared, there must be goodwill and good character involved. So there are a number of interlocking traits that I value in a business partner. Blunt honesty. A complimentary skillset — finding this is like panning for a diamond — considering the nuanced being each artist is. A person able to hold and maintain mutual respect. Kindness. Always wanting good for each other and each other’s families. Outrageously funny.
Happiness is standing on my balcony at my home in Piha, where I can watch the sun drop below the horizon across the ocean. I can’t see the car parks that were sadly dug hard against the sand dunes a long time ago, only the sea and sky. There are throngs of piwakawaka and tui. I have a number of ancient pohutukawa on my land. I work from home, and I rise and sleep when I want. I have my health, I have my sight, my whānau and whanauka, I have a few life-long good friends and they are deep and abiding friendships. My memories of those who have passed that I love, ground my being. I know there are people who love my work and I thank them for that. I have a devoted lover, a sweet little dog and a great partnership with my gallery, Starkwhite. My house isn’t haunted. That’s quite enough.
I’m horrified by the narcissistic, slo-mo, dumpster fire that is Trump. So I consume news by reading widely but carefully on the Internet. The New York Times. RNZ. Podcasts like Raw Story and The New Abnormal. Discussion with friends. I don’t watch TV.
There will be plenty of time to lack motivation when I take a dirt nap. Motivation is like a light within me that doesn’t wane, so it’s never been a source of concern. I can’t imagine what it is, to not want to make art. I’ll make art until I fall off my perch.
I am like a dog with a bone when it comes to a visual conundrum. I have patience enough to develop a number of concepts over a number of years and know when the time is right (irons in the fire) to spring into action. I’ve learned to become comfortable with the concept that my unconscious mind uses the slingshot of desire to propel my creative notions into the real world. I enjoy feeling the pressure of it mounting, and the relief when it surfaces. It’s like remembering parts of a forgotten dream.
It’s important to have a sharp and creative accountant who will look out for you and your practice. That’s something I wish I had known from the beginning. And find an art dealer you can trust, who cares about your needs as much as he or she does their own.
Creating a signature perfume is something I want to do. I know exactly the historic material I will draw upon for conceptual inspiration and the raw materials from which I will make the fragrance. But I can’t quite ‘see’ the bottle yet… I’m close.
As Samuel Beckett said in The Unnameable: .“You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” As an artist you must be bloody-minded. Art is a vocation not aesthetic titillation or extended ego-stroking. A life-long commitment can become a profoundly eudaemonic discipline. The most constant and possibly the most intimate of companions, your practice will accompany you to your grave. You can’t take a lot else with you.
I wish I’d met Austin Osman Spare. An artist said by some to have anticipated Surrealism. He was remarkably talented in drawing and painting. He developed a practice of painting as a trance medium and pioneered the use of sentient sigils, emphasising the unconscious mind as being the font of all creative inspiration. I visited his grave at St. Mary’s Church in Ilford, in the deep winter, it drizzled miserably all day. The trains were down and the taxi out of London cost an arm and a leg.
I would like to be remembered for being kind, or at least making an honest attempt to be so. And for being an artist who did well for herself and did well by others, although you can’t please everybody. Living memories of someone die with the minds that cradle them within a couple of generations so I’ll leave the photographs to hold what remains of me. Everything passes. Dust to dust, etc. History is fiction.
Situated just off Karangahape Road on East Street, in what used to be the community hall of the Samoan Church, the soaring mid-century space is airy and light-filled, with an eye-catching colour palette curated by renowned interior designer Katie Lockhart and a large courtyard out the back.
Having been christened last week with one hell of an opening party, East Street Hall has already solidified its reputation as the place to go if you want to let loose — however, the culinary offering is anything but an afterthought.
The focus is on Jewish Israeli fare, a diverse cuisine loved by the East Street team for its freshness and vegetable focus. Being half Jewish, Landsman also grew up eating the style of food, simple yet delicious and varied, and both Ogilvie and Landsman ate a lot of it during their time living in Paris.
Helming the East Street kitchen is head chef Henry Onesemo, whose CV spans the likes of Apero, Lillius and Michael Meredith’s previous fine dining restaurant Meredith’s. When the team was deciding what cuisine to serve at this new venture, they looked at what was missing or could be added to within Auckland’s food-scape, and while Céleste and Annabel’s are both Euro-centric, a Mediterranean lean felt right for East Street — food that’s easy to share, moreish but also healthy, and goes well with a fresh, herbaceous cocktail.
Snacks span flatbreads, flavourful dips like baba ghanoush, capsicum tapenade, a daily hummus — the one we tried was fragrant with toasted fennel seeds — and spiced nuts. Small plates encompass a beautiful raw snapper dish with green chili, red onion, coriander and harissa; a falafel plate; Israeli chopped salad; and smoky, charred kumara, served with crème fraîche and dill.
Larger dishes comprise a whole roast cauliflower, simple yet singing with savoury flavours, served with schug (a Mediterranean herby hot sauce) and tahini; chicken schnitzel; and a beef short rib. Rich and tender, the short rib is plated with a creamy, silken cauliflower puree and a deeply concentrated jus. The Pita section is sure to be a popular go-to, with fish, lamb and falafel options served with fresh herbs and sauces.
In-keeping with Céleste, and increasingly Annabel’s, East Street’s wine list features predominantly organic, natural wines, including an impressive selection of magnums — may we suggest the magnums are a clever ordering tactic if you’re with a group and want to cut down on time spent waiting for a drink. The spiced margarita is extremely moreish, as is the generously proportioned gin and tonic.
With a strong events focus, the team at East Street Hall is set on becoming a dynamic, cultural space, with DJ Soraya LaPread curating the music offering, and plenty of room to hold any number of happenings. And, even if your eventual goal is to let your hair down and have a boogie, with the excellent culinary offering we suggest you get there early enough for dinner.
While much of the city’s population might be heading out of it to make the most of the last long weekend before Christmas, even if you’re sticking around Auckland that doesn’t mean you’ll be at a loss for great things to do.
From fun music gigs to live theatre; movies and tasty food events, here are some suggestions to enliven your Labour Weekend.
Eat some delicious food: Food Truck Fridays – Britomart Get the long weekend feeling started early for Friday lunch with a selection of the best street food in town right in the city centre. Find the likes of Double Dutch Fries, The Hungry Swine, Captain Crepes, Miso Ra, Che Lucio BBQ and more down at Takutai Square from 11am – 2pm today, Friday 23rd October.
BabyG Burger pop-up – Grey Lynn Judging by the length of the queues for BabyG Burger’s last pop-up, you’re going to want to be punctual for this weekend’s pop-up at The Cater Station on Richmond Road. Expect some of the most over-the-top, delicious burgers in town, complete with double smash patties and all the trimmings. See the details on the BabyG Instagram here.
Check out a new opening: Despite this year’s challenges for the hospitality industry, there have been no shortage of new openings to bolster the local restaurant scene. Take the long weekend as a chance to pay one of the city’s brightest new bars and restaurants a visit for leisurely long lunch, a laidback dinner or simply to cheers to the long weekend. May we suggest a chilli margarita and a swipe of hummus from cool new hangout East Street Hall, a frosty beer and a steak sammy from brew pub Churly’s, and a visit to Josh Emett’s new venture Onslow for its now Insta-infamous chocolate souffle.
Go for a walk: Get a nature hit with one of the many fantastic walks in the Auckland area. From easy strolls to more challenging hikes, there’s something for every inclination and level of fitness. Find our round-up here.
Go to a market: When there’s an extra day tacked onto the weekend, spending a few hours wandering around one of Auckland’s many great markets is even more relaxing and enjoyable. Embrace a road-trip vibe while still staying relatively close to home by heading out to Clevedon Farmers Market on Sunday 25th October, where you’ll find all manner of delicious food and fresh produce. Or, pick up some nifty knick-knacks at the Mission Bay Art & Craft Market on Monday 26th October. From clothing for both children and adults, to jewellery, local art, honey and jams, furniture and more, you could even pick up some Christmas gifts if you’re feeling organised.
Go to a gig: Soaked Oats at The Tuning Fork Known for their infectious, upbeat sound, four-piece indie-band Soaked Oats are sure to have the good vibes flowing for their show at The Tuning Fork tonight. The boys will be trying out some new material onstage, and will be supported by a few surprise acts. If you can’t make it to the Friday show but are keen to check them out, they’re also playing up at Leigh Sawmill on 25th october. Find tickets for The Tuning Fork here, and Leigh Sawmill here.
Pluto at Leigh Sawmill After almost a decade away, iconic New Zealand rock band Pluto is back. To celebrate the release of their fourth full length album, IV, they have announced an intimate performance at the Leigh Sawmill this Labour Weekend. Luxuriate in the band’s multi-layered sound and high-energy live performance on Saturday 24th October. Doors open at 8:30pm, find tickets here.
Get cultured: Mary Poppins – The Civic Why not take some time out in the theatre this weekend with the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical, showing in an all-new New Zealand-produced season this October. Running through to Sunday, 1st November, find show and pricing details on the Auckland Live website here.
Back on the Big Screen WIth slim pickings of new movies coming out this year, Events Cinema has brought back old favourites for fans to relive the magic in theatres. Playing this weekend at the Queen Street cinema as part of the Back on the Big Screen series are two action-packed thrillers: Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Friday 23rd October at 8:45pm, and The Matrix on Saturday, 24th October at 8:30pm. You could also catch Baby Done, the much-anticipated new comedy starring New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo, Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster Tenet, and the whimsical remake of The Secret Garden.
Night Lights at MOTAT The whole family will love this stunning light installation at MOTAT this weekend. Designed by both New Zealand and global artists, Night Lights at MOTAT also features live music, aerial performance, food trucks, and much more. Showing from 23rd October – 25th Oct, 7pm – 10pm. Find tickets here.
Fans of Behemoth Brewing Company’s prolific New Zealand-made craft beers will be pleased to know the brewing company has a new home in Mount Eden, and it also serves excellent food.
Named Churly’s Brew Pub & Eatery, in homage to the company’s cute little mascot, the venue is located on the corner of Charles Street and Dominion Road, and is bound to become a popular neighbourhood favourite.
Owners Andrew Childs and Hannah Miller Childs each bring a great deal of passion and experience to the venture — Childs founded Behemoth Brewing seven years ago, and now has hundreds of stockists countrywide, while Miller Childs is a trained chef and the brains behind A Lady Butcher, offering ethically, sustainably and locally produced New Zealand charcuterie, bespoke curing and butchery classes. Both businesses are to operate out of Churly’s, with a huge beer brewing room currently under construction out the back and impressive temperature-controlled drying rooms for A Lady Butcher’s meat.
Setting itself apart from other pubs in the city is the team’s philosophy of making nearly everything themselves, in terms of the components of each of the food menu’s dishes. While the menu is meat-focused, thanks to Miller Childs’ principled approach to butchery Churly’s works directly with the farms to source everything in the best way possible, butchering it all by hand onsite with no machinery.
“I’m about knowing where our food comes from — the whole story,” explains Miller Childs. “I feel that if you’re going to eat meat, you should meet the farmers, and also eat the whole animal.” We’re all far too used to only eating prime cuts like steaks, she says, but her team are all about being low-waste and using the whole animal.
The overall vibe skews American-style, with head chef Dan Sedlack bringing his expertise from the USA and Miller Childs hailing from Portland, Oregon. The menu comprises both sharing dishes and mains like burgers, sandwiches, schnitzel and mushroom tacos for vegetarian diners.
Churly’s’ signature roast beef sandwich is among the best we’ve tried, with pepper-crusted sheaths of roast beef that were expertly sliced by hand using a butchery technique called seam-cutting, getting rid of sinew to avoid any chewiness. Served in Il Forno sourdough with horseradish and pickled garlic scape (stem) aioli, whipped goat’s cheese, rocket and tomato, it’s heaven between two slices of bread.
The charcuterie board is, as expected, topnotch, with free range pork hock terrine, wagyu bresola, free range pork coppa cured with oak-smashed paprika out of Dunedin, and all the crackers and pickles also made in house. Washed down with a pint of one of the many craft beers on offer, it’s sure to be a summer sharing staple.
Dessert is tweaked regularly but we can safely say no one would be unhappy with the blueberry cinnamon donuts we tried, served with toasted meringue for decadent dipping.
Wednesday night at Churly’s is Prime Cut night, where a board is drawn up with the best of the best cuts of meat, sold by the 100 grams. While the focus is obviously all things carnivorous, Miller Childs explains they always accommodate vegetarian and vegan eaters, so everyone comes away from Churly’s satisfied and happy.
A good-sized outdoor area is currently sheltered by a marquee but will be a fully-fledged garden bar by December — however, we recommend getting yourself down to this brew pub much sooner than that.
Opening Hours: Open 7 days Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm Friday & Saturday: 11am – Midnight
Churly's Brew Pub & Eatery
1A Charles Street
We’re allowed to mix and mingle once again, and thank goodness for that as party season is ramping up just in time for the scariest night of the year — although the year in general has been pretty scary, so why not lean in even further?
There are plenty of fun things going on to get into the spooky spirit, so get your costume sorted and sink your (vampire) teeth into one of these events.
‘HALLOWEEN’ with Nathan Haines & Frank Booker at Hopetoun Alpha The crew at Holiday Records know how to throw a good shindig, and this one’s bound to be a doozy. Held within the soaring space of Hopetoun Alpha on Beresford Square, local music legends and longtime collaborators Frank Booker and Nathan Haines will be getting the dance floor pumping with a DJ set that spans disco, 80’s boogie and everything in between. Saturday 31st October 5pm – 11pm, Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford Square. Find tickets here.
Rio Funk – Day of the Dead edition at Saint Alice Embrace the vibrance of the Day of the Dead with Rio Funk, the biggest baile funk party in New Zealand, held at Saint Alice. Spooky revellers will have plenty to boogie to with Brazilian music, Dj’s and samba passion dancers in the line-up – and you’d better put effort into your costume, as the best Day of the Dead or Halloween costume will win a bar tab. Saturday 31st OctoberRio Funk Day Of The Dead Party, Saint Alice, Level 1/204 Quay Street, Auckland. Doors open 10pm. Find tickets here.
Margarita specials at Frida Viaduct Harbour Mexican hotspot Frida Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar is celebrating Halloween longer than just the day itself with a special margarita menu on offer for the whole week in the lead-up. At $12, the special margaritas will be impossible to resist — all that’s left to decide is whether you’ll go for the Rosita, with tequila reposado, fresh lime, grapefruit with a salt rim; Morado, containing silver tequila, fresh lime, elderflower liqueur, blackberries, agave and a sugar rim; or Amarillo, a fragrant mix of silver tequila, fresh lime, charred pineapple, mint and a chilli salt rim. The venue will also be decked out with Day of the Dead decorations, and a live guitarist will be playing on 1st November. Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November, Frida Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar, 85/89 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD.
Day of the Dead Party at Ghost Donkey What better place to celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead than Ghost Donkey, Auckland’s must-visit hub for mezcal and tequila. The team will be celebrating in true Ghost Donkey fashion with a special cocktail menu, Mexican bites on offer, giveaways, face-painting, DJ’s and their very own mariachi band. Saturday 31st October, Ghost Donkey, Level 2, 1 Queen St, Commercial Bay, 6pm – 12am. Find tickets here.
After Dinner Club Halloween on K’ Road Join the scenesters for a party at Anthology Lounge on Karangahape Road, hosted by Mac Mylo and Marc Moore, with special guest Hurricane Emily also spinning some tunes to get the guests in the dancing mood. Anthology Lounge is directly below Cotto on K’ Road, RSVP here for free entry, and remember: costumes are compulsory — no dress-up, no entry. So, dress to impress. Saturday, 31st October, 9pm – 3am, Anthology Lounge, 375 Karangahape Road. Find more details here.
One only needs to glance at Tina Craig’s luminous, plump, smooth skin to realise the entrepreneur and influencer knows what she’s talking about when it comes to skincare. Having launched her beauty brand U Beauty in November 2019, Craig’s signature product the Resurfacing Compound has been met with widespread acclaim thanks to its effective results.
Promising to resurface skin texture, refine pores, brighten the skin tone, tighten, equalise, and help the skin’s barrier remain strong, the Resurfacing Compound is not only highly-effective, it contains clean ingredients, is vegan, cruelty-free and GMO-free. Speaking about the catalyst for launching U Beauty, Craig says it was out of a desire to streamline her routine.
“My passion for beauty and skincare is lifelong, however my skincare routine evolved, or devolved rather, into 15 steps, every morning and night,” she remembers. “I wanted to find a great resurfacing product, simplify my routine and reduce waste, and I knew many people felt the same way.”
Her friend Katie Borghese, who is now Craig’s business partner, divulged a technology invented by a medical-grade lab in Italy, which the duo used to help create their ideal product. The technology — patent-pending — features Siren capsules, which lure damage-causing free radicals (generated after exposure to pollution, secondhand smoke and sunshine) to them like a magnet, explains Craig. “By attracting only the compromised cells to our Capsule, harm to healthy cells is avoided.”
The technology is genius in that it only targets damaged or vulnerable areas of the skin. “That’s because healthy skin areas don’t need harsh actives; by avoiding the delivery of ingredients like stable retinol and vitamin C, they get to maintain their integrity, avoiding dryness and irritation.”
For Craig and her team, one of the most important aspects to perfect within the Resurfacing Compound was visible effectiveness. “We’re committed to effective, sustainable products that yield results, first and foremost. I’ll never launch a product unless it fills a gap in the market and simultaneously delivers incredible results, multiple benefits and simplifies your life,” she asserts.
Luxury and sustainability are intrinsically connected, as far as Craig is concerned. Not just intent on creating a great product, she wanted to do it with integrity and consideration for the environment. “U Beauty is produced in a CO2-free medical-grade lab; we keep the lights on with green energy and do zero testing on animals (only humans!),” she says. “Every bottle of U Beauty is 100% recyclable and made of recycled plastic, along with recycled paper packaging.”
Throughout the process of launching U Beauty, Craig says she has rethought what luxury means. “Simplicity and cutting back on waste is true luxury. When you have a product that really works, marketing hype isn’t necessary; the results speak for themselves.”
We are delighted to have a 45 minute U Beauty Resurfacing Facial at Spring Spa and a U Beauty Resurfacing Compound Serum 50ml to give away to one lucky winner, valued at $520. Designed to revitalise, lighten pigmentation and minimise fine lines to create a smoother and brighter complexion, this facial is suitable for all skin types.
If you’ve always thought of a kitchen as inextricable from the space in which it resides, KXN by IMO is here to offer a revolutionary solution. A steel kitchen system, it is made from hard-wearing moisture-resistant materials, and users can choose from preconfigured standards or tailor to suit an individual space.
Oft-used kitchens are moisture-heavy environments where steam from ovens, dishwashers, pots and pans swirls in abundance, as well as splashes of water. Taking this into account, KXN’s materials are moisture resistant and available in a range of easy to clean, hard-wearing, matte powder coat colour finishes. They also use no toxic glues and are recyclable.
Able to easily accomodate both well-loved and brand new appliances, if older appliances don’t fit seamlessly into a module KXN offers a faceplate — a surround that integrates the appliance.
A flexible yet reliable product, KXN is as practically-minded as it is aesthetically sleek, and a perfectly precise solution for a room that requires both.
For decades the familiar stare of a beautiful woman has entranced lovers of Italian designs on the homewares of luxury label Fornasetti.
One of the most prolific design figures of the 20th Century, Milanese artist Piero Fornasetti’s playful yet groundbreaking style is instantly recognisable, with the house now helmed by his son Barnaba.
Opera singer Lina Cavalieri inspired Fornasetti’s most famous series Tema e Variazioni — “themes and variations” — in 1952, which has evolved over the years from a series of six plates decorated with black and white designs, to nearly 400 variations.
Once described as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, Cavalieri lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and has been featured on Fornasetti’s designs with a Chaplin-esque moustache, striking sunglasses, a crown, a hipster tongue piercing and more.
While her face has appeared on porcelain, it’s also been celebrated on various household objects including cushions, candles, drinking glasses and vases. The enigmatic beauty has also been given a makeover on a limited edition plate exclusively for Auckland institution Design55, with only 100 available of the design.
“The public explained to me that what I did was something more than decoration,” the late Fornasetti said. “It was an invitation to the imagination, to think, to escape from those things around us that are too mechanised and inhuman. They were tickets to travel through the realm of imagination.”
Timeless, versatile and flattering, aviator sunglasses never go out of style. The classic frame shape was originally developed in 1936 to protect the eyes of military pilots while flying, and since then has been a staple in the accessories repertoire of many.
While the lens tint and frame material changes depending on the particular brand’s interpretation, the essence of the aviator still remains the same. Here, we share a few we have been coveting.