Aside from its high-tech vessels and the skills of its participating teams, one of the key magic ingredients integral to those involved in the America’s Cup is passion. For Patrizio Bertelli, president of Luna Rossa Challenge and CEO of Prada Group, a passion for sailing has enriched his life since well before the Italian team was established in 1997, and continues today.
The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team was born one evening in Milan after a meeting between Bertelli and the Argentinian yacht designer, German Frers, and over 20 years later is now a team of seasoned Cup professionals — this is the sixth time they have launched as Challenger of Record.
Indeed, the current regatta would not be possible if it weren’t for the energy and funding of Prada Group and Pirelli Group. While Prada has supported Luna Rossa since 1997, this year it is the presenting and naming partner for America’s Cup and the Prada Cup challenger series.
An inspiring entrepreneur, Bertelli was born in 1946 and started a company making belts and bags at a very young age. This was to be a precursor to his future ventures as, in 1977, he met his now-wife Miuccia Prada, and together they expanded the Prada brand to become one of the world’s most important luxury goods companies.
The couple’s cultural interests also led to the creation of the treasured Fondazione Prada in 1993, and Bertelli is the first Italian to have been inducted in the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Charismatic and driven, Patrizio Bertelli’s love for the Cup is not motivated by commercial considerations but a deep respect for the uniqueness of the challenge. As he said in a recent America’s Cup video interview: “That’s what makes it special.”
Today, February 12, marks the first day of the Lunar New Year 2021, also known as Chinese New Year. Bidding farewell to the Year of the Rat, we are now ushering in the Year of the Ox and this huge cultural event is usually celebrated by over 1.5 billion people for up to 15 days. While celebrations in many parts of the world including China are looking rather different this year due to Covid-19 restrictions on group gatherings, there are still ways to mark the occasion — on our shores, we’re fortunate to still be able to get together with friends and loved ones for events like the annual Auckland Lantern Festival. Here’s what to know about Lunar New Year, Year of the Ox.
What is it? Lunar New Year is the most important event on the Chinese cultural calendar, and is celebrated by most Asian countries as well as those with large Asian communities. Also known in China as the Spring Festival, this year it runs from February 12 2021 until February 1 2022, when Year of the Tiger will begin. It is guided by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, meaning the date changes every year. Each new year is characterised by a different zodiac animal, of which there are 12 — similar to the Western zodiac, except the latter changes every month. This year is the Year of the Ox, known as the hardest working animal in the Chinese zodiac. Each person has a zodiac animal that corresponds with the year they were born. This year, that’s people born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.
Interestingly, when the year that corresponds with your birth sign comes round it’s meant to be one of the most unlucky years of your life.
Myths and Legends According to one legend, the ox is the second zodiac animal because it was tricked by the rat. All 12 zodiac animals were told by the Jade Emperor that there was to be a race, and each would be given a year in the zodiac depending on the order they finished. The ox was due to be the first to arrive, but the rat tricked the ox into letting him ride on his head — just as they reached the end, the rat jumped down and landed in front of the ox, making the ox the second animal.
Celebrations Ways to mark the occasion vary across different cultures but in Chinese culture it’s very common for elders to give younger family members money in lucky red envelopes, and red lanterns and decorations are usually put up. Spring cleaning to step into the new year clean and fresh is widespread the day before celebrations begin, however it’s taboo to sweep or clean on the first day of Lunar New Year.
In New Zealand, there are country-wide celebrations to ring in the occasion. In Wellington, the Chinese New Year Festival runs on 13th and 14th of February, and in Auckland the annual Auckland Lantern Festival is occurring this year from Thursday 25th until Sunday 28th of February down at Captain Cook and Marsden Wharves on Auckland’s waterfront. Head down for delicious food stalls, lion dancers and stage performances, and of course many beautiful lanterns on display. This year, the event will be ticketed for the first time (for capacity management and contract tracing purposes), so be sure to book your free tickets online.
On Federal Street, SkyCity will be hosting a range of festivities, including night market food stalls on the next three Friday nights in February (12th, 19th and 26th), and entertainment including firecrackers and lion dancers from 5pm-8pm on Thursday 11th to Friday 13th February. Please note: Due to the change in Alert Level to Level 3 in Auckland and Level 2 across New Zealand, theseevent details are expected to change.
For thoughtful gifts, retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co. have curated or released special collections celebrating the Year of the Ox.
Who do you share a Chinese zodiac sign with? If you were born during the Year of the Ox, you share your sign and possibly some characteristics with these famous names: Barack Obama Cristiano Ronaldo Napolean Bonaparte Kate Moss Jane Fonda Malala Yousafzai
With a packed sailing schedule on the horizon and (hopefully) an invite or two out on the water to look forward to, now is the time to brush up on the dos and don’ts before you step onboard. Cement your status as the perfect guest by familiarising yourself with the eight golden rules of boat etiquette. You’re welcome.
Be grateful Keep in mind, boats aren’t cheap to buy or maintain. Your host is spending his or her time and money to take you out, so don’t act like a buffoon at a frat party. There’s a certain degree of gauche swagger that some people adopt when stepping onto an impressive boat. Be sure to remember that your hosts have gone to some sort of effort for you, so be appreciative and impressed, this is not the moment to be nonchalant.
Leave the shoes behind Yes, they may well be called boat shoes, but they are not likely to see the light of day on board the boat. Be prepared that you will be asked politely to remove your shoes. Therefore, foot maintenance is a must prior to departure. And if your host requests that you wear your stilettos on board, ask to leave immediately.
The Captain is in charge This point is non-negotiable. While he/she may not always be at the helm, they are most certainly the dictators of the day. If they ask you to move, shut up or turn the music down, do it. On that note, the Captain also chooses the music — end of story.
Sunscreen Regardless of whether the sun is shining or not, you will get burnt on the water. Show some respect to the boat’s owners by applying sunscreen before you embark. Sunscreen is notorious for damaging upholstery. On that note, under no circumstances, should one arrive on board with a fresh spray tan. If your tacky tan marks the upholstery, you can kiss your days on the water goodbye.
Don’t be late There is nothing more disrespectful than arriving late, particularly when there is a race to watch. With speed limitations on Auckland’s Harbour at a 5 knot snail pace, any delays will guarantee your vessel is the last to the course, and therefore misses getting a good view of the on water action.
Bring something While it’s most likely that the entire day will be catered for, including food and beverages, it is just polite common decency to turn up with a bottle of something decent to thank your host for the trouble and expense they have gone to having you on board.
Pack the right clothing Some may be surprised to learn that sailing is a high wind stakes sport, not a day of sunbathing and swilling cocktails in a gentle breeze. Come prepared for cold blustery winds, rain and a decent amount of sunshine.
Dropping the kids off at the pool A sensitive subject for all on board. The best approach here is to ensure you have made all practical efforts to disembark your own personal bodily issues prior to boarding the boat. If this is not the case, be sure to follow the instructions for the boat’s toilet use. While number ones are acceptable and inescapable after plenty of drinking, number twos have been known to cause catastrophic outcomes for all involved. You have been warned.
So it’s almost Valentine’s Day. While marking the occasion may not be at the top of everyone’s list, there are still plenty of low key ways to celebrate romance this weekend. Those allergic to grand gestures can find comfort (nay, inspiration) in the simple pleasures listed below, no soppiness required.
Do something fancy, but not too fancy Champagne and oysters at any other locale may seem over the top to Valentine’s Day grinches, but at your local beach, it’s perfectly charming. Pop a bottle of bubs and grab a dozen deep-fried oysters from the nearest chippie to be enjoyed by the water’s edge. Why not go a step further and add a jar of caviar to the mix?
Wander wistfully through the countryside As we’ve learnt from watching countless period romances, a long stroll where nothing really happens is the key to building sexual tension. Take your pick from our favourite local walks, historical garb optional.
Show a rare glimpse of your nurturing side No, not with a fur baby or an actual human child. We’re talking about a plant, you fool. Peruse your local nursery and pick out a pot plant to care for.
Add a picnicfor instant romance For some reason, eating anywhere but inside the expensive Auckland walls you pay for is key to creating an ‘I made an effort’ atmosphere. Unfurl a blanket in the park or backyard, crack a bevvy and voila, the mood is set. May we suggest skipping the supermarket salami and going for something more refined, like one of Cazador’s excellent hampers — who can resist the likes of duck parfait, game terrine and heritage pork coppa?
Chocolate-dipped strawberries, but make it wholesome Change gears and make it a family affair by taking the kids to a pick-your-own berry farm, like Sweet Red, Zaberri or Bells Berries. Once home, pair your freshly picked score with any ambrosial delights that tickle your fancy — melted chocolate, yoghurt and caramel sauce are all tasty bets.
Enjoy the silence at long last If your epitome of romance looks a lot like sitting quietly in the dark for an hour and a half, you’re in luck. Aotea Square is hosting an evening screening of Marilyn Monroe classic Some Like It Hot, while Academy Cinemas is showing Wong Kar Wai’s masterpiece In The Mood For Loveas its Valentine’s Day flick.
When in doubt, eat in bed Some say cliché, we say who cares. Breakfast in bed is an unfussy token of love that not only tastes delicious but means the rest of the day can go back to your regular programming — if you so wish. We recommend this sensational breakfast sandwich, these crumpets or arguably the fluffiest pancakes ever.
If all else fails, wheel out the cute animals Gazing into each other’s eyes may not be your cup of tea, but what about those of a rhino or lion? Auckland Zoo is holding a special Valentine’s Day lunch, including a three-course set menu, a glass of Mumm Champagne and entry to the zoo.
Providing a family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy, Viaduct Harbour’s purpose-built structure the Upper Deck is the ideal location to catch all the racing action this summer. Located in Market Square directly opposite Hello Beasty there’s plenty of seats, including comfortable bean bags and sofas positioned beneath umbrellas, from where you can recline and watch the teams go head to head.
Order takeaway food from any of the surrounding eateries including Hello Beasty or O’Hagans or simply bring a picnic of your own and settle in for an afternoon of waterfront action.
Please note: In keeping with the family-friendly nature of this area, it is an alcohol-free zone that is suited to all ages.
Thanks to the America’s Cup, boating culture has come to the fore in a big way. After all, there’s nothing like spending a beautiful, bluebird day out on the water, particularly when the entertainment is high-speed, high-stakes yacht racing. And given that things are really only just starting to heat up in the America’s Cup arena, and there are many more opportunities for boat days on the horizon, we thought it high time we rounded up all the essentials to ensure any boating adventure is a success.
The best way to avoid a faux pas on the water is to keep things simple, sleek and elegant. From practical considerations to a touch of necessary glamour, these are the essential pieces you should have on hand before stepping foot on a boat.
The most romantic day of the year is almost here. Chances are you’ve sourced the perfect gift, booked the best table in town or maybe just taken the liberty of planning a lovey-dovey activity or two. Whether you’ve done all of the above (or none at all), this sweet dining experience is sure to be the cherry on top.
Miann Chocolate Factory is serving up dessert with a difference this Valentine’s Day, with special sittings available at its Wintergarden Glass Houses on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February.
The glasshouses, which opened last year at Miann’s Morningside location, offer an intimate, Insta-worthy dining setting like no other in Auckland.
For the pretty price of $50 per person, couples can expect an a la carte dessert, drink, a cake each to take home and a bar of Miann’s craft chocolate — all to be enjoyed inside the chic surrounds of the glasshouses.
With bookings available for parties of two, it’s the ideal opportunity to celebrate love in all its wonderful forms with your better half, best friend or beloved family member. Sharing a sweet with your sweet has never been so, dare we say, sweet.
Sittings are limited, so best be in quick to secure your spot. Book online here
As we re-emerge from another stint of working from home, there’s no better time to treat yourself and support inner-city businesses the tastiest way we know how: by showing some love at lunchtime. From sandwiches and salads to dumplings and noodles, these are the best places to grab a work lunch in Auckland’s CBD (and surrounding city suburbs). Tools down, forks up.
Obar Snack Bar Inspired by the lunch bars of Seoul, Chancery Street’s Obar Snack Bar is the perfect midday pit-stop, whether you’re dining solo or as part of a co-worker crew. Specialising in gimbap (Korean-style sushi), Obar Snack Bar’s offering sees it paired in a combo meal with tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), ramen or fried chicken and dumplings. The checklist menu makes ordering a breeze, and with prices starting at under $10 for a combo, this is one delicious lunch deal that will keep your wallet and your tummy happy.
The Humble Canteen If no-fuss nourishment is what you seek, make a beeline for Wynyard Quarter’s wholesome new offering. The Humble Canteen is on a mission to offer tasty food that nurtures the body and the planet, with a variety of healthful dishes that can be eaten on-site or to-go. Choose from the likes of flatbread wraps, soups, curries and build-a-bowl salads, complete with help yourself ‘flavour bombs’ such as pickled green tomatoes, almond dukkah and crispy shallots.
&Sushi Located cityside at City Works Depot and Britomart, &Sushi has carved out a reputation for serving some of the most delicious, intricate pieces of sushi around. Build your dream lunch box from the enticing cabinet of sushi, nigiri and inari, or order a bowl of teriyaki chicken donburi or tofu yakisoba. Eat in or take away, &Sushi will have your lunchtime looking good and tasting even better.
Mr. Taco Blink and you’ll miss it, this tiny hole-in-the-wall spot on Federal Street has captured our attention for serving some of the tastiest, most authentic tacos in town. With a succinct menu of traditional Mexican favourites, Mr. Taco is a compact operation, perfect for a trio of tacos or a burrito on the go. We highly recommend both the cactus and jackfruit tacos — a flavourful, delightfully spicy choice that will please herbivores and carnivores alike.
Goodlife Superfood Co. For healthy eating that is enjoyable and delicious in equal measure, try Goodlife Superfood Co. Those looking to refuel for a productive afternoon ahead will be more than pleased with its fresh, imaginative mason jar salads such as jerk mango chicken and red grape, walnut and chicken. With dietary requirements well and truly catered to thanks to vegan, dairy-free, nut-free and gluten-free options, it’s no surprise this Fort Street lunch bar is constantly bustling with customers.
Daily Bread City dwellers rejoice, our favourite sourdough slingers have set up shop in the CBD. Tucked away right next to Saint Patrick’s Square, Daily Bread’s new outpost comes in the form of an architecturally designed kiosk. Serving its signature sandwiches, pastries and pies, you’ll also be able to grab a loaf of bread to take away, ensuring your next homemade office lunch is a lot more impressive than the last.
Hero Sandwich House Speaking of sensational sandwiches, it would be remiss of us to speak of such things and not mention Hero Sandwich House, which just last year brought its legendary deli-style sandwiches to the CBD. Located inside multi-functional workshop, gallery and workspace The Tuesday Club, a visit would not be complete without the famous Philly Cheese (a brioche bun stuffed with skirt steak, jalapeños, buttered onions, pickles and cheddar), plus you can add on Proper Crisps, extra pickles and a cold drink for only $5.
Bang Bang Kitchen If dim sum, fried rice and Peking duck are more your speed, be sure to head to Auckland Fish Market’s Bang Bang Kitchen come lunchtime. Inspired by the Hawker markets in Singapore and Malaysia, Bang Bang Kitchen is expert at Asian-fusion flavours. Choose from dishes such as warming laksa, lobster fried rice and prawn har gow, or take advantage of lunch specials like crispy pork or Peking duck on rice.
Sunny Town Don’t be put off by the queues at this Lorne Street hot spot, Sunny Town is just the ticket when you’re in need of some noodles, stat. Once you’ve secured your seat and ordered, food arrives almost instantaneously in the form of soft, pillowy pork and vegetable buns, juicy prawn shao-mai and numbingly good dandan noodles. Eat eagerly and exit with intent, ensuring the next lucky luncher can have their fill.
Caffetteria Allpress There’s something to be said about the classics, like having a good old fashioned sandwich for lunch. Drake Street’s Caffetteria Allpress has the sando down pat, with fillings changing daily plus a few favourites like the Reuben and the tuna, egg and mayo gaining mainstay status. We can recommend the chicken sandwich if it’s available — a feat of sandwich engineering combining moist, mayo-y chicken with crunchy salad and sourdough for a fresh, never soggy sandwich.
Spectra Situated in the expansive Sky Lobby of Commercial Bay’s impressive PwC Tower, Spectra is a recently-opened daytime eatery providing the perfect space to sit down for a business lunch or grab something on the go. Peruse the array of tasty cabinet treats, or choose something from the thoughtfully refined all-day breakfast or lunch menu. Our pick is the ‘The Plate’, a simple, healthy option where you choose your protein (sirloin, chicken or market fish) and pair it with the salad of the day. Easy as that.
Paper Crane If you’re near Wynyard Quarter, you’ll find delicious Asian-fusion offerings at Paper Crane. The menu showcases many Asian favourites, from steamed baos, to sashimi, donburis, and of course noodles. Our recommendation is the misoyaki salmon on rice. Both takeaway and dine-in-friendly, Paper Crane offers local workers a reliably excellent eatery, and also a great location for meetings.
Hello Mister Vietnamese cuisine is associated with quick, fresh, light, yet very tasty food, which explains Hello Mister’s popularity, with locations on Hardinge Street and Customs Street West in the city. During the hot summertime, we opt for the rice paper rolls, particularly with tofu or Peking duck fillings. If you request them to go, you can take a short stroll and enjoy their succulent flavour in nearby Victoria Park. By contrast, when winter rolls around, it’s the phở that calls us to pull up a chair and dine-in.
Toss Specialising in healthy salads, Toss’ wholesome bowls make it easy to eat your greens. The ‘Post-Workout’ salad is a virtuous choice with or without the aforementioned exercise, combining several varieties of salad greens, free-range chicken, avocado, feta, quarters of perfectly boiled egg and green goddess dressing. With a range of warm bowls, wraps, smoothies, toast and a soup of the day, there’s a lot to love at this Wellesley Street West spot.
Luna Cafe & Eatery If a lunchtime craving for bánh mì strikes, look no further Luna Cafe in Chancery Square. From the bread to the pâté, everything in this Vietnamese sandwich is made from scratch, making it one of the best bánh mì in Auckland.
Yume Hidden away on Vernon Street, Yume (formerly known as Haru no Yume) provides all manner of fresh and tasty Japanese favourites for inner-city workers. Inviting to dine in and easy to take away, Yume has an irresistible cabinet of sushi and tempura available per piece, plus bento boxes, ramen and udon. We can’t go past the tuna poke bowl with rice, pickles, salad and spicy gochujang sauce.
Food Truck Garage On days when you’re feeling totally uninspired come lunchtime, trot along to always trusty (and tasty) Food Truck Garage in City Works Depot. Along with the signature burgers and tacos, we rate the Redergize bowl, a virtuous combination of baby spinach, quinoa, beetroot, carrot, flax seeds, cranberry and miso dressing. Add free-range chicken and this health-conscious lunch will see you satiated and ready to spring over that afternoon slump.
Best Ugly Bagels Typically this New York staple leans on the heavier side of the lunch scales but it’s a different story when it comes to Best Ugly Bagels. Instead of the usual dense Big Apple-style, the bagels here follow the Montreal method with a lighter texture of bread that is topped, rather than filled. The classics are as good as the first day we tried them, with the likes of King Salmon (salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers) and Yodi (pastrami, habanero mustard, grilled Swiss and an obligatory pickle) remaining forever favourites.
Scarecrow With a florist located right next door, the combination of the warmly-lit cafe and grocery store makes you feel as though you’ve entered a small village when you visit Scarecrow — a charm that is hard to come by in the heart of the city. As a favourite breakfast destination, lunch at Victoria Street East’s Scarecrow shouldn’t be overlooked. Simply yet deliciously executed, the menu spans the likes of fancy toasties (think artisanal cheese and heirloom tomato), pasta, risotto, potato latkes and tomato tarte tatin.
A sweet, petite caravan out West is serving up tasty bites and excellent coffee to Avondale locals, and it’s proving humble set-ups can be deceiving (and delicious). Named Ol’ Mate, this unconventional cafe-on-wheels offers both sweet and savoury baked goods, sandwiches and salads that have already drummed up a host of loyal regulars since it opened in November last year.
Co-owned by pastry chef Claudia Long and barista Bree Bauer, with Long’s partner Ryan Pearce (also a chef) helping out as needed, Ol’ Mate can be permanently found at 1855 Great North Road, Tuesday through Saturday. Long and Pearce previously owned another Avondale cafe, Te Whau, where Bauer worked for them as their barista, and the three enjoyed working together so much that collaborating for this project seemed like a no-brainer.
They all have a lot on their plates — Long also has Sweet Cheeks NZ, another small baking business she runs on Instagram, and Pearce is the full-time chef at The Mercury Plaza Refreshment Room, where Ol’ Mate’s food is also prepped by Long. “It’s all a very unique situation outside our comfort zone,” says Long. “But, if anything was learnt from 2020 in our industry it’s getting creative with whatever opportunities come your way!”
The idea behind Ol’ Mate’s offering is “simple done well, with a few boundaries pushed here and there as we go along.” Long’s cheese scones often sell out by 10am (she’ll usually come across town with another batch), and she says both her ginger crunch and burnt white chocolate and tahini blondie have ardent fans. A new take on a Welsh cake has also proved popular, sandwiched with cream cheese and roasted apricots.
From a perfectly juicy chicken and mayo sandwich to a cheese and pickle toastie, wholesome yet filling salads and bacon and egg pies, customers have all manner of delicious morsels enticing them from inside the cabinet. Washed down with Bauer’s excellent coffee, we can’t think of much else we’d rather eat for breakfast or lunch.
The Ol’ Mate team aims to link with local community food initiatives like Kai Avondale whenever possible, donating leftover food and baking for events when time allows, and this is something Long says they’d like to grow. Avondale is home for the trio, who have enjoyed being able to reconnect with diners who were fans of Te Whau. “It’s been really nice to welcome back all our old customers who used to come to the last spot,” says Long. “It’s like we never left!”
Showjumping is a riding discipline that requires skill, serious physical endurance and courage to master; it is also one of the most mesmerising sports to watch, meaning that displays by its lauded proponents are almost always guaranteed to leave spectators with their jaws firmly on the floor. It is with much anticipation, then, that we have been waiting for New Zealand’s premier show jumping event to roll back around — after being wowed by the skill of the riders last year, who brought a taste of high-end European showjumping to a crowd of thoroughly-impressed onlookers.
Held at Takapoto Estate, on the shores of Lake Karapiro, this annual tournament attracts New Zealand’s most elite equestrians to compete over two weekends. This year, the event will be held from the 19th until the 21st of February and then the 25th until the 28th of February — offering all of us the perfect excuse to get out of the city and enjoy some late summer, countryside action.
Sponsored by Land Rover and Duncan and Ebbett, this year’s Takapoto Estate showjumping experience will include (beyond the horses) a delicious line up of local cuisine from boutique food trucks, as well as award-winning New Zealand wines to enjoy while spectating.
And if all that wasn’t enticing enough, we have teamed up with Takapoto Estate to offer one lucky Denizen the opportunity to win an unprecedented experience for them and five friends. Including a return helicopter flight for the whole group from Auckland to Takapoto Estate (weather dependent), VIP hosting during the Grand Prix Final in an exclusive Watch & Graze setting, as well as a GH Mumm Champagne experience including a substantial grazing platter. The winner and their friends will be able to immerse themselves fully in all that this event has to offer.
All entrants to this competition must be over the age of 21 and must be available on the 28th February 2021. The prize is non-transferable. The winner will be drawn on Friday the 19th of February and will be notified via direct message on Instagram.