Left to right: Claire Rose Cliteur, Sofia Richie Grainge, Alex Rivière-Sieber & Nina Sandbech

Tout your trench — the most classic of coats is dominating the sartorial sphere this autumn, and these are the styles to shop now

Always on-trend, a trench is essential for transeasonal dressing. But not all styles are the same.
From oversized to classically cinched, these are the coats to consider this autumn. 

Shop The Trench Edit
01. Leather
Nappa leather wrap trench coat from Max Mara
BALENCIAGA Cocoon belted leather trench from Mytheresa
TOM FORD Double-breasted leather trench coat from Net-a-porter
SAINT LAURENT Leather trench coat from Mytheresa
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02. Classic
THE ROW June trench coat from Net-a-porter
Alexander McQueen Military trench coat from Farfetch
SHONA JOY Kai Trench Coat from Superette
Saint Laurent double-breasted trench coat from Farfetch
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03. Masculine
Burberry long gabardine car coat from Farfetch
Bottega Veneta gabardine cape trenchcoat from Farfetch
ANINE BING Randy Maxi Trench from Muse
Stella McCartney belted trench coat from Farfetch
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04. Oversized
SAINT LAURENT Oversized trench coat from Mytheresa
THE ROW Montrose trench coat from Net-a-porter
Burberry belted silk trench coat from Farfetch
REBE Trench Coat from Muse
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05. Light
HARRIS TAPPER Miller Trench from Muse
ZIMMERMANN panelled-design trench coat from Farfetch
Burberry double-breasted belted trench coat from Farfetch
cashmere trench coat from Gucci
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06. Cropped
Balenciaga belted-waist trench coat from Farfetch
JW Anderson Cropped Trench Jacket from Moda operandi
VICTORIA BECKHAM Belted Short Trench Jacket from Muse
Wardrobe.NYC Perfecto Cropped Trench Coat from Moda Operandi

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Metita's Fried Crispy Skin Pork Hock

Michael Meredith shares insight into the inspiration behind Metita’s new & most-loved dishes, plus we’ve got a delicious dining experience to giveaway

Metita is Michael Meredith’s homage to his homeland, and the culmination of his decades-long career in cooking, and as such, brings something entirely unique to Auckland’s diverse dining scene. Opening last October to rave reviews, Meredith has since been refining Metita’s offering, discovering what people connect with, and building on the menu based on the dishes, drinks and ingredients that both resonate with diners and hold meaning for the chef himself.

Unsurprisingly, both those within and outside of the Pasifika community have been relishing the richness of Polynesian culture brought to life by Meredith’s incredibly elevated take at Metita. And as the restaurant launches a series of inventive, delicious new dishes, and gives new life to existing menu items, we chat with Meredith about his connection to the ingredients and where he seeks inspiration for such novel but accessible fare. Plus, we’re giving one lucky Denizen a $250 dining voucher to experience first-hand all that Metita has to offer.

“The inspiration for this menu largely came from the ingredients themselves — paying homage to the origin of the traditional dishes at the heart of our menu. The challenge for me is then to reimagine the familiar, adding value and diversity — giving customers a taste of the Pacific and an entirely new experience,” Meredith tells me, “And while I wouldn’t be able to choose a favourite, these are three dishes that I think really bring the essence of our South Pacific cuisine to life.”

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna with ifi and green papaya salsa

“You’ll see on the Metita menu that we use a lot of seafood, as the islands are surrounded by the ocean. Tuna is widely used in Pacific cooking, so we simply see it as a sustainable protein for this region. We have used ifi, which is a Pacific chestnut, to make the sauce on this dish, with spices that are commonly used in Fiji to give it a bit of a lift. The tuna is then balanced off with a paw paw salad on top.”

Geoduck Clam

Geoduck Clam with oka and finger lime

“I really wanted to highlight Oka (raw fish) from Samoa, but instead of using fish I opted to use Geoduck clam that is harvested from Golden Bay – it provides a beautiful texture and flavour that works well raw, and pairs beautifully with fresh grated coconut and finger lime. The chilli gives it a similar taste to traditional oka dishes, but with an intriguing twist.”

Fried Crispy Skin Pork Hock

Fried Crispy Skin Pork Hock with pineapple vinegar glaze, sapa sui, and chilli peanuts

“This pork dish was inspired by Sapa Sui (Samoan chop suey), which is widely known in the Pacific. Sapa Sui was brought about during the German occupancy of Samoa when Chinese labourers introduced dishes native to their homeland, and has since become a staple in South Pacific cuisine. Here, I’ve kept close to the traditional style but added a bit more acid and chilli, with a pineapple vinegar glaze to give the dish a lot of lift. I’ve kept the Sapa Sui itself simple, with glass noodles, soya sauce and vegetables, with added peanuts for texture.”

Metita’s Toana’i Sunday Long Lunch

If you’re looking for a way to experience a true taste of what Meredith is setting out to do with Metita, book in for the Toana’i Long Lunch. A celebration of the Pacific through both food and hospitality, Meredith’s Toona’i is Metita’s version of a traditional Sunday lunch in the islands — which is often the first meal of the day after church, and as such, a relaxing way to end the week and connect with community. At Metita, you’ll find a convivial shared lunch with snacks to start, dishes to share for the table, and a sweet treat to finish — hopefully, then followed by a delightful nap back at home (as is tradition in the islands). The menu combines a plethora of textures, flavours, and techniques, calling on a bespoke ingredients list to deliver something truly unique — and utterly delicious.

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A quick guide
Metita’s Ingredients’ Pacific Connection

Seafood

Given the Pacific Islands are surrounded by the ocean, seafood plays a central role in Metita’s menu. Fish, shellfish, and other seafood are often grilled, steamed, or cooked in coconut milk-based sauces and sit as the hero ingredient in some of the eatery’s most-loved dishes.

Coconut

Coconut is a staple ingredient in many Pacific Island dishes. Coconut milk and cream is made fresh at Metita, and fresh grated coconut also appears across the men to stunning effect.

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables like taro, carrot, and cassava are commonly used in Pacific Island cooking and served in interesting, unique ways on Metita’s menu.

Tropical Fruits

Metia showcases the bounty of fruits in the Pacific through mains, salads, desserts and cocktails, with the likes of pineapple, mango, papaya, tamarind, and passionfruit all featuring across the menu.

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Metita

90 Federal Street
Auckland CBD

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Four ways to pay your respects this Anazc Day

Since 1939, The Dawn Service has been an enduring tradition in New Zealand come Anzac Day, serving as a way to honour those lost to the war, and acknowledge servicemen and women both returned and still serving. This year, whether you plan to attend a service locally or pay your respects in other ways, there are a number of events around the city to choose from — here are four great options. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

An Evening of Moving Music on Anzac Eve at St David’s

Wednesday 24 April, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

On the eve of Anzac Day, St David’s is hosting an evening of musical performances in rememberence, also honouring the 28th Māori Battalion in this special event. In this new centre for music — Kāhui St David’s, there will be moving performances by musicians Horomona Horo (taonga pūoro), David Harvey (bagpipes), Ed Waaka (piano and vocal), Helen Lukman-Fox (pipe organ) and The Off Broadway Big in the newly restored, warm and glowing Great Hall.

The Remembrance Works by Sara Hughes at St David’s

View The Remembrance Works by Sara Hughes

Thursday 25th April, all day

In 2015 St David’s established The Art of Remembrance, what has become an annual artistic project to honour all who have served New Zealand at war and in peacekeeping. This year, a visual art project has been crafted by celebrated artist Sara Hughes dubbed Colour Quartet — a remarkable four-piece series, each a statement of optimism, to honour the hopes of generations past for a brighter future. Available for purchase, the funds go towards the preservation of the Soldiers’ Memorial Church & its new life as Kāhui St David’s – for inspiration, community, and remembrance. 

The Auckland War Memorial Museum

Visit The Auckland War Memorial Museum

Thursday 25th April, 6.00am—5.00pm

Following the Dawn Service, which kicks off at 6am and finishes at 6.45am — there is a Centennial Choir performance within the WWI Hall of Memories, and entry to the Museum is free for all on Anzac Day for those who wish to visit the commemorative galleries and to discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI and WWII.

Anzac Day Service

Attend a Parade & Service Locally

Thursday 25th April, from 6am

All across the city, there are remembrance events taking place, inviting a moment of pause, reflection, and giving of thanks to those who sacrificed for our country. Parades are kicking off at different intervals across the day, with services taking place at community venues — from churches to halls and rugby clubs, in many instances, followed by a get-together at the local RSA (who need support more than ever). Find where your local event is taking place here.

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Left to right: Spanish fried chicken, Roasted brussel sprouts & Scotch fillet

No plans for Anzac afternoon? Consider lunch at Sìso, where a new autumn menu awaits

When planning how we’d like to spend the afternoon come Anzac Day (following a morning spent paying our respects) we could think of no better spot to while away an afternoon in gastronomic bliss than Remuera’s beloved Sìso. One of the city’s most consistent dining establishments, Sìso continues to deliver exceptional Mediterranean fare that is enjoyed by locals and those coming from further afield wholeheartedly — and their new autumn menu is making a visit all the more appealing.

Chilled Market Fish Crudo
Glazed Coastal Lamb Ribs

On the autumnal new menu, diners will find a number of inventive, intriguing, and ultimately, mouthwateringly delicious dishes on offer. The Chilled Market Fish Crudo with cashews, pickled grapes, guindilla, and verjus is the perfect place to start, cleansing the palette and setting the tone for what’s to come. The Glazed Coastal Lamb Ribs paired with a flavourful mix of black garlic, pomegranate, and pistachio zhoug are a delight for the senses — and as tasty as the dish is visually stunning.

Spanish Fried Chicken
Spinach and Ricotta Rotolo

When selecting something a touch more substantial, we suggest turning your attention to the Spanish Fried Chicken. Served with ‘nduja butter, hung yoghurt romesco, and lemon, this dish is a modern rendition of the familiar favourite and promises flavour and texture in abundance. If, following a morning spent braving the inclement weather, you’re craving something comforting and hearty, you’ll find it in the Spinach and Ricotta Rotolo finished with toasted walnut, brown butter and Parmigiano Reggiano — a wildly flavourful, moreish dish sure to satisfy.

Free Farmed Pork Meatballs
Market Fish

Continuing on the hearty theme, the Market Fish atop a bed of chopped shrimp and brassicas risoni with pecorino is a unique but undoubtedly delicious option, and the Free Farmed Park Meatballs with pancetta, basil pesto and parmesan is a must-order for the table and a failsafe crowdpleaser sure to impress even the most discerning of diners.

With a vast array of exceptional new dishes, plus the usual selection of libations — including an extensive cocktail list, and of course, plentiful options for sweet satisfaction (the Tiramisu with amaretti crumb is a classic), Sìso is a more than perfect place to spend your Anzac afternoon.

Open from 12.00pm this Anzac Day.

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It’s officially the season for cosying up with a good book — this is our guide on what to read this autumn

From alluring anthologies and moving memoirs to page-turning novels that will keep you up past midnight, these are the books worthy of your attention.

What to read
Page-Turners

Fourteen Days
by Various Authors

Set in a Lower East side tenement in the midst of Covid lockdowns, stranded strangers become friends, and neighbours become community in this heartwarming serial novel. Crafted by literary giants like Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng, Fourteen Days reveals how, beneath the loss, the pandemic ultimately led to a stronger sense of community and connection.

The Truth About the Devlins
by Lisa Scottoline

A tale of family, justice, and the lies that tear us apart, this pulse-pounding new thriller is a sinister look at the lengths we’ll go to for those we love. When TJ, the family disappointment, finds himself with a chance to prove his worth after his ostensibly perfect brother commits a murder, he ends up entangled in a lethal web of deception that forces him to face his demons.

The Cemetery of Untold Stories
by Julia Alvarez

Set to become an instant classic, this inventive new novel by literary icon Julia Alvarez tells the tale of a writer laying to rest her litany of untold tales. Alma Cruz buries the characters whose lives she tried and failed to bring to life; but they have other ideas, and her literary cemetery quickly becomes a mysterious sanctuary for the characters’ true narratives.

Funny Story
by Emily Henry

This joyful novel tells the tale of a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common: their failed marriages. When Daphne is jilted by her husband after discovering he’s in love with his best friend, she winds up roommates with the only person who could possibly relate: the best friend’s ex. The resulting saga is both hilarious and heartwarming.

All Fours
by Miranda July

In this lively tale of one woman’s quest for a new kind of freedom, an artist struggling with her identity at middle-age embarks on a journey of reinvention. Interrogating the sexual, romantic, and domestic life of a 45-year-old at a crossroads, All Fours is a brave and bold account of life lived as a woman, told in July’s signature bawdy and irreverent prose.

In Ascension
by Martin MacInnes

This inquisitive epic charts the astonishing story of a microbiologist who makes an extraordinary discovery that forces into focus everything she thinks she knows about life on our planet. With compassion and curiosity, In Ascension encourages introspection and illuminates matters of the heart, promising an unforgettable journey.

Butter
by Asako Yuzuki

In this blistering, often unsettling and undeniably sharp novel inspired by the convicted con woman and serial killer, ‘The Konkatsu Killer’, Asako Yuzuki explores obsession, misogyny, romance and the transgressive pleasures of food in Japan. Through an unexpected bond between a journalist and her subject, Yuzuki tells a riveting tale that is both provocative and thought-provoking.

Wandering Stars
by Tommy Orange

Orange presents a captivating follow-up to There There, delving into both the past and future, skilfully exploring the repercussions of historical events like the Sand Creek Massacre and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School across a multi-generational tale. Alternating between moments of devastation and wonder, Wandering Stars is a captivating journey for the ages.

What to read
Real-Life Reads

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir
by RuPaul

Ru Paul’s remarkable life unfolds from his formative years as a queer Black youth in San Diego to his exploration of identity within the vibrant punk and drag communities of Atlanta and New York. Along the way, he discovers enduring love with his husband and embraces sobriety, ultimately leading to his own self-acceptance.

Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring
by Brad Gooch

Acclaimed biographer Brad Gooch charts the life of iconic American Artist, Keith Haring — from his initial chalk line scrawls on the subways of New York in the early 80s to the emblematic artist’s untimely demise, Radiant offers a tender glimpse into the magic of a visionary and timeless icon.

Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story
by Leslie Jamison

In her debut memoir, Jamison explores the intricate realms of motherhood, marriage, and familial bonds with poignant precision. Through vivid storytelling, she navigates the complexities of love, loss, and the healing potency of art in an introspective odyssey — offering a profound reflection on the journey to wholeness.

Cuckooland
by Tom Burgis

Crafted in propulsive prose that reads more like a thriller, Cuckooland tells an astonishing story of secrets and lies that reveals how fragile that truth can be. From the best-selling author of Kleptopia, this impressively well-reported work of non-fiction explores how globalisation and technological revolution have combined to imperil the foundation of free societies.

What to read
Alluring Anthologies

No Judgement
by Lauren Oyler

In her signature sharp, and addictive prose, best-selling novelist and essayist Lauren Oyler unpacks the role of cultural criticism in our ever-changing world, encapsulating a host of issues with tenderness and precision, delivering a masterful work of cultural criticism as only she can.

Table for Two
by Amor Towles

In a collection spanning six short stories and one novella, Amor Towles interrogates topics from the male ego to fate, and the pivotal role compromise plays in modern marriages. The novella, set in the midst of Hollywood’s golden age, tells the story of the indomitable Evelyn Ross who makes a snap decision that alters her life forever.

Maktub
by Paulo Coelho

One of the greatest writers of our time delivers yet another glimmering anthology of stories and parables that unlock the mysteries of the human condition. Addressing the quandaries of the universe — Maktub inspires a journey of faith, self-reflection, and transformation as Coelho taps into universal truths about humanity.

Like Love
by Maggie Nelson

Like Love offers a vibrant collection of essays spanning two decades of insightful work. From profiles to critical essays, Nelson explores themes of love, friendship, and queer issues, alongside tributes to cultural icons, offering a window into her personal evolution while exploring the impact of art and artists on her life.

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Karl Johnstone at the Ruawhetū Charitable Trust’s Māori carving school in central Tāmaki

We sit down with curator, creative director & strategist, Karl Johnstone, to discuss what te ao Māori can bring to Aotearoa’s built environment

Even if you don’t recognise Karl Johnstone’s name, you would have felt his impact. Responsible for bringing a heightened cultural perspective to some of New Zealand’s most defining design projects — from St John’s Waka Manaaki ambulances, to Precinct Properties’ newest downtown development, to a pavilion at the Dubai World Expo — Johnstone draws upon the inherent dynamism of te ao Māori to enrich our cultural fabric, bringing a unique perspective to the creative pursuits that sets us apart on the world stage. With close to three decades’ experience working in the arts, Johnstone’s enduring success is down to a profound desire to contribute to our country’s forward momentum — and even with so much behind him, it seems he’s just getting started. We sit down with the multidisciplinary creative to discuss his philosophies, the future of Aotearoa’s built environment, nurturing our next wave of creative talent, facilitating enduring change, and the power of indigenous knowledge and design.

The New Zealand pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, designed in partnership with Whanganui iwi and a close-up of the Moulded Floc panels that illustrate the rauponga pattern

Karl Johnstone’s upbringing in Tūranga (Gisborne) was typical of those hailing from the East Coast — where the sunshine hours were spent outdoors; exploring, swimming, and surfing. It was an early relationship with the ocean that proved foundational to Johnstone’s career, as this is where he first developed a connection to the taiao (natural world). He talks of the meditative qualities of being in the water as the sun rises over the horizon; its light being captured in the folds of the local landscape, and this experience informing a deep connection to his place of origin — something that has influenced much of Johnstone’s work to date. “That moment of the day when the sun severs the night is where you connect to the intrinsic, inextricable link between people and place,” he muses. “There’s something special about looking back toward the land you descend from, while experiencing a greater connection to the revolutions of the world around us. In that moment, you realise you are bound to something much bigger than yourself,” Johnstone continues. 

It’s also here, in his hometown, that Johnstone first discovered material culture and the arts, developing his passion for pigment and paint, and using this medium to strengthen and express his emerging whakaaro (identity-based philosophy). His love for creative expression and pūrākau (knowledge frameworks) inspired him to attend art school at Elam, before stepping into teaching back in Gisborne; a role he connected with, but felt restrained in due to the prescriptive nature of educational frameworks. “For me, it was never really about the singular process of painting, but about the process of putting ideas into form,” he muses. Next, he pivoted to institutionalised work, spending a decade at Te Papa — following which, he consolidated his voice in the cultural heritage sector as the director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

This was all before starting his self-determined practice, Haumi; a specialist studio which initiates, develops and delivers projects of national and international significance in partnership with major organisations, iwi Māori and a network of international connections. Given the breadth of his scope, and the somewhat extrinsic tenet that informs much of his work, when asked to describe the nature of his creative studio’s output the answer is somewhat complex. “Our work has a foundational dimensionality and can’t be defined accurately within typical industry classification — it isn’t something that can be labelled in a binary sense,” he says with earnestness. The anchor, though, as has always been the case for Johnstone, is his origin and the connected lens with which he looks at the world: te ao Māori (an indigenous Māori world view). 

Curator, Creative Director & Strategist, Karl Johnstone

At the inception of a collaboration, Haumi builds a creative strategy by considering provenance, context, and the intangible domain; storytelling and materiality are then nuanced through an iterative process. Harnessing the connectivity of te ao Māori is a partial, but fundamental part of these outcomes. The Māori lens helps to grow and strengthen a sense of identity, ultimately elevating our social and cultural dynamism as a nation. This has become an uncompromising aspect of Haumi’s work, much of which now centres on the articulation of identity — including within the built environment. In this space, Haumi collaborates with developers and architects to add a deeper sense of purpose to projects beyond their practical functions and creative forms. “Buildings are delineated spaces; they are a source of refuge; an opportunity to strengthen association; and are highly conscious in every aspect.” says Johnstone, “Our role is to ensure not only a positive aesthetic outcome, but a tenable depth to these spaces; creating an immutable sense of association,” he continues. “We use elements such as tone, colour, texture, form and fundamentally, a central narrative, to create and bind a building and its inhabitants.” 

“Johnstone’s narrative direction inspired the ‘carved’ tower forms, acknowledging the three harbours framing Tāmaki Makaurau.”

Given Aotearoa’s bicultural foundation, ensuring indigenous voices are not only represented but celebrated — particularly within the built environment, is essential. And as such, Johnstone and his team are finding themselves working on increasingly more high profile projects. In 2022, Haumi was approached by Precinct Properties to collaborate on their latest downtown development. This impressive addition to Auckland’s cityscape, led by Warren & Mahoney Architects, is a project particularly close to Johnstone’s heart and an impactful example of Haumi’s work in practice. “With the foresight of Precinct and the support of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, this will be a space that becomes emblematic of the whenua’s history. It will be a symbol of confluence: of land and ocean, history and present; people and place.” Johnstone tells me. Working with mana whenua, Johnstone and the architects developed a unique narrative inspired by the Māori practice of whakairo (carving) — an approach that resulted in distinctive ‘carved’ tower forms that acknowledge the three harbours framing Tāmaki Makaurau.

The design of Precinct’s newest downtown development where the building’s external shape is influenced by the Māori art of wood carving

Highly cognisant of the ability of art to unite people, Johnstone sees Māori narrative and artforms as having an important function in setting New Zealand apart on the world stage, and as such, has plans to extend Haumi’s scope further. When it comes to the immediate future, Johnstone and the team under his tutelage have many irons in the fire, but when I push him further on specifics (outside of hinting to a culinary project and the exploration of music as a medium of narrative building) he tells me that no matter the project, big or small, for him it all boils down to challenging and recalibrating conventions, and tethering to history in a way that maintains its integrity. “If we can inspire [those we collaborate with] to take risks and challenge the status quo, acknowledging intergenerational complacencies, we’ve done our job,” he says. Adding that, for him, the next stage of his career is about fostering the new wave of creative talent — passing the baton to the next generation to further this important work. 

“The Māori lens helps to grow and strengthen a sense of identity, ultimately elevating our social and cultural dynamism as a nation.”

These days, Johnstone finds himself using any spare, quiet moments (there aren’t many) to think about what’s next for Haumi. Furthering the educational offering is likely on the cards (Johnstone already runs Ruawhetū, a charitable trust in central Auckland which includes a Māori wood carving school). It’s on a long list of possible endeavours whose common theme is to further strengthen the capabilities of rangatahi, and the development and perpetuation of Māori culture. “The challenge is to relearn what we know, and to move from systems of teaching that are at odds with the fabric of our culture. Knowledge derived from observation, lived experience, and the elevation of mana sits at the heart of the Ruawhetū kaupapa and will continue to inform our work for decades to come”, Johnstone tells me.

St John’s Waka Manaaki ambulances

From deepening community connection to tangata whenua with the Waka Manaaki ambulances, to crafting narratives that inspire our country’s most notable buildings, and curating billboard installations that bring considered design and whakaaro to Aotearoa’s streets, Johnstone’s work is having a profound impact across all scales and disciplines. As our conversation draws to a close, I ask him if there are any misconceptions around what Haumi does. He considers for a moment, before saying, “Weaving cultural diversity and te ao Māori into design isn’t just about indigenous communities, it’s about enriching our collective identity as a nation.” 

I finish by asking Johnstone what’s on the horizon for him personally. He says he’d like to find time to paint again, before launching passionately into his hopes and aspirations for the team at Haumi, and it’s glaringly obvious that Johnstone has his eyes trained firmly on the future — just not his own.

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Weekend Dining Agenda: Where to go and what to eat this weekend

From an exceptional autumn feast to an elevated BYO, exciting new openings, delicious new menus and more, here, we round up everything worth adding to your dining agenda this weekend.

Bivacco’s Autumn Feast

Savour Bivacco’s Autumn Feast

Every Sunday from 11am-4pm, Bivacco are inviting discerning diners to join them for a buffet experience like no other. For $85 per person, dozens of dishes with all the trimmings await, from a seafood station with a selection of prawns, seared tuna and green-lipped mussels with tomato & cucumber salsa to a stunning selection of lovingly sourced meats including porchetta and flame grilled rib eye steak, to plates of locally sourced roast vegetables and roast potatoes (which are worth making the trip for alone). Make your feast stretch on into the afternoon with an exclusive Bivacco Bloody Mary station, cocktail specials, margaritas, loads of Italian wines, large format rosé and plenty of champagne.

The Taramasalata on Toast from Daphnes’ new breakfast menu

Start the Day Well with Breakfast at Daphnes

Daphnes, the elevated gastronomic destination nestled on Ponsonby Road, has just unveiled its latest offering: Daphnes Morning Menu. Now offering delectable, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from dawn till dusk, this new offering highlights the very best of Med cuisine and brings something entirely new (and decidedly chic) to Auckland’s morning dining scene. The likes of Taramasalata on Toast are sure to delight, pairing smooth and rich roe with anchovies, capers, a velvety soft-boiled egg, or if you’re more of a start-the-day-sweet type, the Preserved Peach Toast with chamomile and whipped ricotta is not to be missed.

BYO at Bar Magda

Bring Your Own to Bar Magda

We’ve said it once but we’ll say it again, if you haven’t paid Bar Magda a visit yet, you’re seriously missing out. Giving us yet another reason to add this new wave Filipino spot to our weekend dining plans, Bar Magda is now offering BYO on Sunday and Monday nights, with a corkage fee of $15 per person. Or, for diners opting to enjoy the four-course Magda Feast (which is hard to pass up), you can bring your own wine to enjoy in the eatery’s cosy dining room free of charge.

Head to Newly-Opened Modern Asian Eatery & Bar, Nuuna

Nuuna is a new fusion eatery in the heart of Wynyard Quarter, bringing a delicious new culinary experience to city-siders. Drawing on the vibrant tastes of various regions, from Japan and China to Thailand and Korea, with a particular emphasis on Vietnamese cuisine, Nuuna’s expertly-crafted dishes, such as DIY Salmon Rolls, flavourful Shanghai Duck Egg Noodles, or aromatic Market Fish Maeuntang  showcase the complexity and depth of Asian fare.

Non Solo Pizza’s Italian Long Lunch

Enjoy a Convivial Long Lunch at Non Solo Pizza

The team at Non Solo Pizza are masters in the art of the long lunch, and their Italian Long Lunch only furthers their standing in this area. Running on Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll find an entirely delicious three course menu plus drinks, featuring the very best of NSP’s exceptional, fresh and always tasty Italian fare, with both classic dishes and inspired takes to choose from.

Heading to The Effect? Stop Off at Baduzzi

The Effect is showing at the ASB theatre until mid-May and, given the name on the writer’s credits (Succession’s Lucy Prebble) and stellar cast, its a show not to be missed. If, like us, you have plans to head along, why not stop off at Baduzzi pre-show for a tasty feast and tipple? Here, Italian-inspired food and wines fill the menu, and the likes of Beef Short Ribs with silky fennel, marinated shiitake, and Dijon mustard, Karitane Crayfish Meatballs with goats curd, brown butter, almonds & fig confit (there’s a whole section in the menu dedicated to the eatery’s hand-crafted meatballs), and Saffron & Potato Tortellini are amongst the must-try dishes. Washed down with a glass of Italian Bianchi, of course.

Huami’s Yum Cha

Get Your Yum Cha Fix at Huami

If you’re not already aware (where have you been?) SkyCity-based Huami is home to what is arguably the best Yum Cha in Auckland. With a menu influenced by cooking styles from regional provinces across China, including Canton, Sichuan, Huaiyang, and Bejing, the clever team in the kitchen fuse traditional techniques with the freshest seasonal New Zealand produce to craft modern Chinese dishes that deliver on all fronts. Round up the family and secure a spot for this coming weekend.

Enjoy a pre-show bite at Bar Non Solo

Enjoy a Pre-Show Bite at Bar Non Solo

When it comes to Auckland’s cultural happenings, there’s a bit on across the month of April. Those venturing out and looking to make a night of it should make for Britomart’s Bar Non Solo, the ultimate convivial pre-event venue who have a delectable new pre-show menu featuring a selection of antipasto snacks and pizza (plus drinks, of course) on offer from 4pm-7pm on all Spark Arena event dates.

Pay Farina’s New Space a Visit

Since Farina decided to temporarily close its Ponsonby Road restaurant at the end of last year, we have suffered from a Farina-shaped hole in our dining agenda that nothing else has quite been able to fill. Luckily, after many months and much anticipation, the delicious Italian stalwart has reopened with aplomb after an extensive renovation, showcasing a significantly revamped space and an exciting menu upgrade, and we suggest adding a lunch or dinner here to your weekend plans, stat.

Plus, if you’re looking to get a jump on the week ahead…

Lock in Lunch at Ebisu & Try The Enticing New Bento Boxes & Noodle Sets

Make a weekday lunch date at Britomart Institution Ebisu, who have brought two new enticing additions to the table: Shokado Bento Boxes and Soba Noodle Sets. Inspired by traditional kaiseiki seasonal cuisine, the Shokado Bento Boxes feature eight delicious dishes — with four rotating monthly to showcase fresh seasonable flavours. From Tuna Sashimi, Karaage Chicken Nanbanzuke, Beef Tartar Gunkan and Temari Sushi, there is something for everyone, with guests able to choose from seafood, meat or vegetarian options. The Soba Noodle Sets feature Japanese buckwheat noodles in kombu dashi broth with spring onion, daikon oroshi and nori, with one of three sides to accompany, including a pork, tempura or vegetarian set.

Ebisu’s new noodle sets & bento boxes

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Three reasons why you should be heading south to Ayrburn this autumn

Three reasons why you should be heading south to Ayrburn this autumn

Ayrburn, the spectacular dining destination on the outskirts of Arrowtown, has quickly made a name for itself thanks to its swathe of exceptional hospitality venues and picture-perfect setting — and this is just the beginning. After revelling in the delights ourselves only last week, we thought it fitting to share a few of the many reasons to visit this sublime spot — from family-friendly activities to unmissable events, new openings, and more.

Left: The Dairy. Right: The Dell

Enjoy a perfect family day out

If you’re down south with the family these school holidays, Ayrburn is the place to be. Catering exceptionally well to littles and their charges alike, at Ayrburn there is all manner of things to keep both entertained and well satiated. The Dell is the destination’s social lawn and a more than perfect spot to spend an afternoon, soaking in the peaceful setting. Here, you can roll out a blanket and grab a picnic basket from one of the surrounding eateries (if the weather allows). Time your visit well and you’ll also find live music, pop-up eateries, markets and events the whole family will enjoy. The kids will also do well to discover The Dairy nearby; a destination filled with whimsical sweet treats (including gelato) that promise to hit the spot every time, while parents can keep their glasses full at The Burr Bar or The Manure Room nearby.

The Woolshed’s Outdoor Area

Fill your calendar with Ayburn’s many upcoming events

We can attest to the fact that a simple stroll through Ayrburn’s surrounds are reason enough to plan a visit, and the world-class eateries only add to it’s draw. But, perhaps lesser known to non-locals, is the precinct’s vibrant events roster, which is jam-packed with unmissable goings-on this autumn (and beyond). ‘Bubbly Brunch Saturdays’ is an uproarious weekly shindig not to be missed, where the bubbles are flowing, the brunch banquet is exquisite, cocktails are boundless, and donning your best wares is encouraged. Live music is always on come the weekend, with a rotating schedule of DJs, soloists, bands and more, and on Mondays, Ayrburn put on a locals night for those working in hospo, with epic deals on food & drink, live music, and free transport home. Beyond this, there’s also a host of impressive seasonal happenings worth keeping an eye out for — from a morning with Ferrari on Saturday the 13th, to Bluffies & Bubbles at The Woolshed, wine flight happy hours, high teas, fundraisers, Pilates classes and more.

Dishes and bar at The Woolshed

Revel in Ayrburn’s many culinary delights

It would be remiss of us not to mention the reason that many of us make for Ayrburn — to experience the delights of the exceptional eateries. From delicious, family-friendly restaurants to intimate bars, picnic spots, a gelateria, and more venues soon to open their doors, here, you’ll find something for every taste and proclivity. The Woolshed is Ayrburn’s casual, bistro-style eatery that promises day-to-night fare that the whole family will enjoy wholeheartedly. There, the philosophy is simple: quality reigns supreme, which means you’ll find delicious, uncomplicated food that is utterly enjoyable, served in a classically elegant setting. The Manure Room invites guests to immerse themselves in the world of Ayrburn wine within the dedicated wine bar and tasting space. Park up on one of the outdoor tables and soak in the sights while sampling a selection of truly exceptional wines and delectable bites. For those seeking an intimate, cosy and quietly luxurious space to settle in for a drink or two, paradise is found at The Burr Bar. And if you’ve got an event on the horizon, or are simply seeking an intimate date night spot sure to impress, The Barrel Room — the precinct’s exquisite new subterranean bar & event space should be on your radar.

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Channel your inner denim darling with the blue-jean looks our editors are loving

The denim double-up is proving its high fashion potential this season with a raft of chic, timeless, and versatile pieces to carry you from this season to the next. From playful 90s-inspired bags and accessories to must-have jeans in a myriad of washes and silhouettes, and the oversized jackets and shirts sure to add a contemporary edge to any outfit, here, we round up the pieces our editors are coveting this season, each deserving of a place in your seasonal wardrobe.

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The celebrate the launch of The Effect, we sit down with co-stars to discuss chemistry, comfort zones, complex subject matter and more

From the writer of Emmy-winning cultural satire Succession comes The Effect — an exquisite play presented by Auckland Theatre Company set to captivate New Zealand audiences this April and May. With a stellar cast and Lucy Prebble’s name on the credits, this theatrical masterpiece which calls into question the role of pharmaceuticals in matters of the heart is one of the most highly-anticipated cultural events of the year, and for good reason.

Co-stars Zoë Robins as Connie Hall & Jayden Daniels as Tristan Frey

Exploring complex and captivating themes — from mental health to human attraction, medical ethics and more, The Effect (fresh from a critically acclaimed 2023 season at London’s National Theatre) promises to transport guests into the hearts and minds of the starring cast, with British playwright Lucy Prebble (Executive Producer of Succession and Co-Writer of I Hate Suzie) imbuing the narrative with her razor-sharp flair and incredible knack for exploring the intricacies of the human condition.

Left: Sara Wiseman as Dr Lorna James. Right: Jarod Rawiri as Dr Toby Sealey

Here, we sit down with co-stars Zoë Robins & Jayden Daniels as they begin their four-week run, to discuss on-stage chemistry, the joys of live performance, and the magic of stepping outside of your comfort zone.

The Effect is on now until the 11th of May at ASB Waterfront Theatre. Book tickets here.

Exclusive Q&A
Zoë Robins & Jayden Daniels

Firstly, tell me about The Effect — in your words, what’s the play about?

J: The Effect is about two people who fall in love, paralleled by two others who seem to have fallen out of love. It deals with the feelings and emotions of the head and the heart, and questions whether we have a firm grasp on what causes these emotions, and what affects them. It tackles and tries to unpack big questions around love, depression and pharmaceuticals, without necessarily trying to answer them.

What drew you to the play initially? How did your casting come about?

Z: Our amazing Director, Ben Kilby-Henson, approached my agent last year. I had been wanting to do a play for a while, as I’d been feeling the need to challenge and stretch myself as an actor. I think The Effect has definitely has done that for me. And I love Ben and Lucy Prebble’s incredible writing.

J: My agent reached out and told me that Director, Ben Kilby-Henson, was interested in seeing me for the role of Tristan. As soon as I read the script I knew I wanted to do it. I spent a long time trying to unpack what I had just read, and when I tried to imagine anyone else playing the role of Tristan I would get envious. I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with this amazing team.

The play tackles big themes, from mental health to the nature of human attraction, love, and even medical ethics — how do you prepare for broaching this kind of subject matter? Did you draw on personal experience, or seek inspiration elsewhere?

Z: I try to seek inspiration from everywhere — all of it is useful. Our first week of rehearsals involved a lot of research and discussions, exploring those bigger, more complex topics. I had very little knowledge about drug trials in general, so learning about them was pretty eye-opening.

J: With any role I try to build the base of the character from my lived and experienced emotions. I then have this to heighten or pull back on. In this case, I also watched, read and listened to real people’s experiences to add depth to my portrayal of Tristan.

Your characters have incredible on-stage chemistry, what influences this, and how hard is it to achieve?

Z: I think we all knew what we were signing up for having read the play, so that helps — there was never any confusion around how intimate we would need to be on stage. There is a level of trust that’s required, and we’ve found that with each other.

J: Chemistry with another actor is always something I’m nervous about, especially in this instance given the play’s subject matter, but luckily with Zoë there was a willingness and trust there that made it feel easy.

How important is it to gel with your co-star? How does this impact your personal performance? 

Z: It’s important but it’s not a given. We rarely get a say when it comes to who we work alongside, so as an actor you need to stay as open as possible. With that said, it does make the job a whole lot easier and much more enjoyable when you like each other! It’s wonderful that our cast for The Effect have such strong love and respect for each other, we’re super lucky.

As an actor, what’s the most challenging part of a production like this? And what do you enjoy the most?

Z: Working with some truly inspiring creatives has been the highlight. This group of people are so motivated to make something beautiful and moving. The most challenging aspect for me has been feeling out of my comfort zone many times, but it’s been necessary.

J: The fact that we will be doing the show something like 25 times is new to me — I’ve never run a piece that long. Usually with screen, I’m doing a scene on a day and then never touch it again, so it’ll be a great challenge to constantly inject newness in the work and keep it alive for the audience.

Having both worked across TV, film, and the theatre, what’s unique about plays? What do you love most about performing for a live audience?

Z: The live aspect of plays means that there is no such thing as a solidified performance — each performance is different from the last. I think as an actor there is so much more freedom in that, and I think it’s more tailored towards the actor’s process.

J: A live audience is a beautiful thing. You are constantly getting instant feedback and an audience adds so much to the play — helping you to discover things that you otherwise couldn’t.

What exciting things are on the horizon for you both? What are you most looking forward to right now?

Z: Right now I’m looking forward to The Effect! And for people to experience how incredible it is.

J: Currently, I’m looking forward to getting this show in front of audiences. I’ve also been given funding to write a film, which is exciting and another huge challenge.

The Effect’s Cast

Finally, tell us why we need to see The Effect

Z: You may laugh. You may cry. Hopefully you will be moved. Our production design team has made something spectacular, so prepare to be wowed. 

J: This is truly a play that will take you on an emotional journey and have you moved by the end of it. It will leave you with questions and thoughts to take away and discuss and mull over. It’s also just a really cool piece of work, and has been crafted with love by a group of very talented people.

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