SCENEZINE St Jerome’s
LANEWAY FESTIVAL RED BULL
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It’s been a while since our last issue of Scenezine and a lot has been happening here at Britomart. We’ve had some great events, ranging from the loud with big crowds (Laneways) through to the chilled and mellow (our open air cinema screenings). See pics on page 38. Red Bull Stereopticon was an amazing event of a different kind, with artist Jun Arita’s work projected live as it happened onto the historic Masonic Building (page 50) – a great way to see art in action. We’re pleased to welcome a number of new tenants into the precinct, including Big Communications – read about them on page 28. And very soon three new eating and drinking establishments will be opening in the Stanbeth-Excelsior building.
ON THE COVER: Florence & the Machine perform at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival at Britomart. Image by David James
Can’t wait to add Shaky Isles to the list of already great choices for coffee and I’m really looking forward to being a regular at Cafe Hanoi and 1885 Britomart. One of the things I love about Britomart is that we have the choice of perfect places to tuck ourselves away for quiet catch-ups with old friends, and places to get amongst it and bump into new friends.
By the time we have the next issue out we’ll have lots more new stores and hospitality establishments to tell you about, so watch this space.
CASENGY nood OLD SOFRANA HOUSE
DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR BUSINESS DOES IN A NUTSHELL. Contemporary styled furniture and homewares, designed for Kiwis, living
ARE YOU THE COOK OR THE KITCHEN HAND? Can I be both? I’m a bit of everything in the kitchen really.
WHAT FILLS YOUR DAY? Selling, restocking and mingling with customers.
WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE? Everyone who smiles at me.
objects of desire.
DESCRIBE YOUR BRITOMART. A neighbourhood really, or a family where everyone knows everyone and everyone loves everyone.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? Fred Perry shawl collar cardigan.
WHO ELSE DO YOU WISH WOULD DISCOVER BRITOMART? Everyone else who doesn’t know about us.
WHAT WOULD YOUR SUPERHERO NAME BE? Super Lemon.
WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT MAKES WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY THRASHING? YOU WANT TO COME TO WORK IN My phone. THE MORNING? Good laughs with my co-workers. THE COOLEST THING I EVER BOUGHT: Probaby my DSLR camera, caught a lot of good moments and shots. WHAT TAKES UP MOST OF YOUR TIME WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT THE BOLDEST THING I EVER DID: Using eBay. BRITOMART? Studying design at AUT. WHO HAS SOUL: my friends on facebook. All 33 of them. Haha jokes, I’ve got more WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN Allfriends than that. No really. I really do. NZ? Ponsonby.
DAVI DCHER ET FL smith LEVY BUILDING
and hustle and bustle of downtown Auckland. We soothe the weary traveller and the young corporate warrior and offer respite from the elements and the evil forces of thirst and hunger.
WHAT FILLS YOUR DAY? I drag my weary old bones into Smith and have a coffee or Red Bull to
gear up. Then set up for the day and greet my fellow co-workers with a cheery smile and a high-five. We then spend the evening serving our patrons, having a laugh, and enjoying the atmosphere. I can honestly say I love my job.
DESCRIBE YOUR BRITOMART. My Britomart is a place where the people of Auckland can meet and unite their individual fires into one burning bright flame.
WHO ELSE DO YOU WISH WOULD DISCOVER BRITOMART? Josh Nathan – he left us too soon...
WHAT TAKES UP MOST OF YOUR TIME WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT BRITOMART? Thoughts of fame, fortune and world domination.
DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR BUSINESS DOES IN A NUTSHELL. Smith is a small and imperfect, intimate oasis amongst the cacophony
WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE? Thoughts of my lovely lady.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? Flannel shirts from RD1 in Kopu. At $15.95 they are affordable, practical, and effortlessly stylish.
WHAT WOULD YOUR SUPERHERO NAME BE? Quest Corduroy A.K.A ‘Auto-man’. The scourge of petty car thieves and no-gooders.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY THRASHING? My running shoes and boxing gloves – I’m on a bit of a health kick at the
WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT MAKES mo. YOU WANT TO COME TO WORK IN THE MORNING? THE COOLEST THING I EVER BOUGHT: I don’t ever want to come to work in the morning, that’s why I started A solo ticket to Thailand to learn Muay Thai at a kickboxing camp in working in bars… I’m a total night owl. But I love meeting new people, serving tasty beverages and of course, working with the incredibly talented and good-looking team at Smith. Big ups to C-bomb, Steve Steve, Smile on your Dial, and last but not least, Viv the Rascal.
ARE YOU THE COOK OR THE KITCHEN HAND? I’m a bit of both. I like to call the shots, but I will also be the first one to
was living in Colorado. Dumb, but true.
jump in and do the shitty jobs.
THE BOLDEST THING I EVER DID: Chase away six thieves at 2am from a break-in at a general store when I WHO HAS SOUL: Eric B and Rakim.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
A ROOM WITH A VIEW photographer: Jessica Sim stylist: Atip W hair & make up: Stacy Lee-Ghin using M.A.C. model: Yasmin Bidois at Clyne Models location: Australis Building, Britomart stockists: MADE 32 customs st east DEBUT 10 customs st east FEDERATION 10 customs st east
1 All by Federation, shoes by Lacoste at MADE. 2 Long sleeve t-shirt by Gorman and dress by Miss Crabb all at MADE. 3 Dress by Day Birger et Mikkelsen, bear necklace by Kester Black, and shoes by Lacoste all at MADE. 4 Dress by Debut, jacket by Federation. 5 Knit jumper by Gorman, blazer by Karen Walker, hat and skirt by Jam & Bread all at MADE. 6 Dress by Gorman, sandals by APC at MADE.
DOWNLOAD HEREâ€™S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE ON THE BRITOMART PULSE: THE EAST COMPLEX PROJECT IS CHARGING AHEAD, LES MILLS IS COMING TO A BUILDING NEAR YOU AND A NEW BAR, RESTAURANT AND CAFE ARE ALL OPENING HERE SOON.
The 13-storey East Complex at the Britomart Place end of the precinct is now in the exterior finishing works stage and still well on target for its scheduled completion date of April 2011. The interior fitouts are already in progress for the three major tenants who will occupy the building: Ernst & Young, Westpac and Southern Cross Medical Care Society. A total of 2100 new staff from the three companies will move into the new building in April, bringing the number of people working in the precinct to 3500.
All the office space in the East Complex was fully leased by the end of 2009 and leasing is now in full swing for the mixed shopping and cafe tenancies on the ground floor of the complex. PARK UP, WORK OUT Just across Britomart Place, work is also underway on the Britomart Car Park Building, located on the former Oriental Market site. This building is also due for completion in April 2011 and will provide public valet parking services, public selfparking facilities and private parking for East Complex tenants.
More excitingly for many locals, the Britomart Car Park Building will soon be home to the new Les Mills luxury concept club on Britomart Place. Due to open in April, the 2000m² club will have a stunning interior fitout and all the latest fitness technology and equipment. It will be Les Mills’ second gym in the Auckland CBD, operating in addition to the Victoria Street club. ENTERTAINMENT NEWSFLASH Speaking of hot new places opening in the precinct, the next couple of months will see the opening of not one but three new hospitality businesses at Britomart. All will be located in the Stanbeth-Excelsior heritage development, the major restoration project nearing completion on Customs Street East. The two adjacent 19th century warehouses, Stanbeth House and Excelsior House, are linked at ground level. On the Customs Street East side they will house Shaky Isles Coffee Co, the second outlet of the popular Kingsland cafe.
On completion, Stanbeth House and Excelsior House will bring the number of fully restored heritage buildings in the precinct to nine. The remaining nine historic buildings will continue to be renovated over the next few years. QUAY STREET PLAN CHANGE Cooper and Company’s plan change application for the development site on Quay Street (between the Union Fish and Quay Buildings) has now been through the submissions process. In response, some modifications have been made to the proposal. The modified proposal, which relates to the size of the building that can be built on the site, was presented to a panel of Auckland City Council planning commissioners in early July. The panel’s recommendations and the Council’s decision are expected in August.
On the Galway Street side will be new bar 1885 Britomart, to include a basement cocktail bar area and a public bar at street level. New Vietnamese restaurant Cafe Hanoi will be located on the Galway Street-Commerce Street corner. Keep an eye out at blog.britomart.org for opening news on all these.
HERITAGE PROGRESS Meanwhile, the upper floors of the Stanbeth-Excelsior development are being refurbished as boutique office space. The space has been fully leased and the first tenants will begin moving in there in September. Refurbishment of the office floors will be complete by November 2010.
Beetroot and Apple Soup SERVES 6
Inject some colour into a grey winter day with this amazingly colourful soup – full of vitamins B and C, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and many more good things! 80g unsalted butter 2 onions, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 700g uncooked beetroot, trimmed, peeled and sliced 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced 200ml dry cider 1.2 litres chicken stock sea salt, black pepper 3 bunches spring onions, trimmed and sliced 3 tablespoons creme fraiche Melt 50g butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onion and garlic and sweat for 5-8 mins until soft and glossy, stirring occasionally. Add beetroot and apples and sweat for a further 5 mins, stirring from time to time. Add the cider, reduce until syrupy, then add the stock. Season and bring to the boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 30 mins. Puree the soup in batches in a food processor or blender. Return to the pan and check seasoning.
THE SEASON OF SOUP! Winter is upon us, and although things are a bit bleak on the weather front, there’s no reason to be gloomy about the bounty of winter produce available at your local farmers’ market.
What’s the perfect seasonal sampler? Soup, we say! Stop by the market to get some inspiration every Saturday. Veges and/or meat form the foundation of the best soups. Just throw in some stock (bought or homemade), some herbs, perhaps some beautiful local cheese or yoghurt on top, if it suits, and you’ll be warming the cockles in no time. The finishing touch? A good loaf of warm, crusty bread. Sourdough, ciabatta, turkish loaves or even a
About 10 mins before serving, heat the remaining butter in a frying pan. Sweat spring onions over low heat for about 8 mins until soft, stirring often; season to taste. If necessary reheat the soup gently. Ladle into warm bowls; pile the spring onions in the centre with a heaped teaspoon of creme fraiche on top. Serve straight away. Enjoy!
bagel – we’ve got it. Easy, affordable, healthy and tasty.
perfect parsnips... organic lamb with a muddle of mint... hungry yet?
Pumpkin soup is delicious with a dollop of fresh yoghurt and coriander. Or potato and leek soup, the old classic, but spice it up with a spoonful of Israeli chilli to add extra warmth! Beetroots give a dazzling colour (see soup recipe above), roasted cauliflower with caramelised onions...
Stop by to see some colour and to sample and savour the season’s best – we’re here every Saturday, whatever the weather.
SATURDAY MORNINGS 8.30am — 12.30pm
See you on Saturdays at the market! Galway Street, behind the transport centre, Britomart RAIN OR SHINE
New arrivals at Britomart - pleased to meet ya.
MarSkaanttos (new owner)
s n a b r a H & d i Davat Spago
BRITOMART ONLINE WWW.BRITOMART.ORG IS THE PLACE TO GO TO FOR THE LASTEST INFO ON THE PRECINCT. CHECK OUT THE NEWS PAGE OR BLOG FOR ANY UPDATES, AND READ BELOW FOR MORE PLACES YOU CAN FIND US ON THE INTERWEB. WWW.BRITOMART.ORG BORED?
Check out the ‘Places’ section for where you can go to cure those blues. All our shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants are listed here. Some even have a little blurb and pretty pictures so you don’t have to guess what they look like.
It’s coming – Britomart.org 4.0. An all-singing, all-dancing, whistles-andbells super-duper 4G extreme cyber makeover. Well, it’s going to be cool anyway! All the latest Britomart news, events and random snippets, as they happen, in your face. Get ready for the big reveal – soon.
THE REST OF THE INTERNET BLOG.BRITOMART.ORG
This is our blog. It’s sorta like our news page, but with some more random stuff that isn’t really news, that we still want to share with you. Like that time there was a possum in Santos. It has an RSS feed so you don’t have to check it every day, the computer does it for you. How handy!
Facebook. I’m assuming here, but I think you have all heard of it. Some of you may even be on it. If so you can become a Britomart fan by checking out our page at www.facebook.com/BritomartNZ
Tweet Tweet. Short and sweet updates at www.twitter.com/BritomartNZ
IGGS R B B O R BRITOMART SECURITY GUARD DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR BUSINESS DOES IN A NUTSHELL. Provides all types of assistance and help to Britomart tenants, members of the public and Cooper and Company. Helping run a smooth and friendly precinct.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE AFTER SCENEZINE? That would have to be Men’s Health magazine. WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET? At work – it’s keys, cards, phone, handkerchief, money, pen, notebook, rubber gloves. Hat and gloves. Torch, radio and sunglasses. Days off – just phone and eftpos card.
WHAT DO YOU SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY ON? Going out for dinners and takeaways. IF YOU WEREN’T A BRITOMART SECURITY GUARD, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A personal trainer punishing unfit people – or the proper thing to say is “helping them achieve their fitness goals”.
WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY MORNING? Good coffee and reading the Sunday papers in a quiet space.
WHAT INVENTION CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? My mobile phone. WHAT WOULD YOU RESCUE FIRST IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE? I would have to say my partner. NAME THREE THINGS IN THE GLOVEBOX OF YOUR CAR. Map, CDs and aftershave.
WHAT WILL YOUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME BE FOR? Hopefully for winning a body building competition. WHAT WORD OR PHRASE DO YOU MOST OVERUSE? “No problem”. ARE YOU A CAT OR A DOG PERSON? I am a cat person – my partner is a dog person – hence we don’t have pets at home.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST IRRITATING HABIT? Ordering at a restaurant and altering the dish and/or changing my mind.
THURSDAYS AT BRITOMART SPECIAL DEALS AT BRITOMART BARS AND RESTAURANTS
ON THE FIRST THURSDAY EVENING OF EVERY MONTH
VISIT EACH PLACE FOR DETAILS OR CHECK OUT BRITOMART.ORG/FIRST-THURSDAYS
FIRST THURSDAYS AT BRITOMART ITâ€™S LIKE A HAPPY HOUR THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.
WHAT KIND OF DEALS ARE WE TALKING BOUT HERE?
The awesome kind. Past deals have included two for one cocktails, two for one glasses of champagne, pitchers of beer for 16 bucks, roast dinner and a glass of wine for $29. May we suggest visiting several places?
WHERE CAN I PARTAKE?
At your local Britomart bars and restaurants of course. Brew On Quay cnr Quay Street and Britomart Place Britomart 09 309 5529 www.brewonquay.co.nz Cafe Hanoi cnr Galway and Commerce Streets Britomart 09 302 3478 Racket Roukai Lane Britomart 09 309 5854 www.racket-bar.co.nz General Store 54 Customs Street East Britomart 09 302 1009
Smith cnr Galway and Commerce Streets Britomart 09 309 5529 www.smith-bar.co.nz Northern Steamship Co. 120 Quay Street Britomart 09 374 3952 www.northernsteamship.co.nz Spago 46 Customs Street East Britomart 09 302 1109 www.spago.co.nz
VISIT WWW.BRITOMART.ORG/FIRST-THURSDAYS FOR DETAILS.
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BIG AT BRITOMART
AWARD-WINNING AD AGENCY BIG COMMUNICATIONS HAS TAKEN UP RESIDENCE IN THE LEVY BUILDING. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD THEIR NAME, BUT YOU’LL DEFINITELY BE FAMILIAR WITH THEIR WORK. Indie advertising agency Big was set up more than seven years ago by Managing Director Ant Salmon and Creative Director Joe Holden, after they decided to leave their roles with a global agency group.
Salmon and Holden started up on their own and within six months their client list included Auckland Rugby and the Blues, BankDirect, TVNZ, Vodafone and Vero. Since then the agency has won awards in New Zealand and overseas, in media categories ranging from creativity to advertising effectiveness. Among Big’s best-known work are the ‘Bull in the China Shop’ TV commercial for Vero, the relaunch of the Roland Gift BankDirect ads and the recent ‘Consequences’ billboards for stuff.co.nz. Other highlights for the agency include receiving an award in New York for direct marketing creativity for Vodafone, ongoing successful campaigns for the Blues and Auckland Rugby, the continuation of the bull as a brand icon for Vero and an award-winning campaign for TVNZ’s Terminator launch.
Salmon says their success is a tribute to both the calibre of people the agency has been able to attract and to the willingness of their clients to take risks. Among Big’s other clients are Woosh Wireless and Vision Senior Living, described by Salmon as two of the agency’s most entrepreneurial clients. “Having clients you respect makes this job so much more rewarding,” he says. “We just feel so lucky to have worked with the clients we’ve had, a few of whom we’ve worked with from day one.” The most recent addition to the list is Škoda, which Salmon insists will be one of the great success stories of the next couple of years. “You’ll see people in the Britomart car park stopping and staring at my Škoda Superb, you watch.”
PART OF THE BRITOMART STORY
The move to Britomart is an exciting and invigorating one for the team at Big. The agency had been based in the same offices in Dominion Road since its establishment in 2003, but recently the team decided it was time for a change. When they saw the space on the top floor of Britomart’s Levy Building, they knew they’d found the perfect spot. “When we first met the Britomart people, I said to Ant in the car afterwards that we just had to move there,” Holden remembers. “It was such a compelling story they told us, and we really wanted to be part of it.”
PUSHING CREATIVE BOUNDARIES
“It’s not always the case that small agencies get major creative opportunities,” says Holden, who as Creative Director probably had the most to lose in the move to go independent. “But when I think about all the fantastic work we’ve been able to do over the years… we can all be very proud.”
TWENTIETH CENTURY Gin White chocolate liqueur Lillet Blanc Dash of lemon juice Shake with ice, strain and serve martini style with a lemon twist.
Feeling lazy? Smith can make it for you. Visit them in the Levy Building.
SASSY RED Sassy Red is an aromatic English bitter-style ale brewed in New Zealand by Mac’s Brewery. It contains New Zealand Saaz hops, a unique and highly sought-after variety, giving it an intense hoppy flavour. Coppery red in colour, Sassy Red has a sweet fruity aroma and plenty of nutty, biscuity characters from five different malts, with a fruity aftertaste. The result is an intriguing and balanced beer, full of character and great drinking, whether you’re after just the one or something to sip all night. Best of all, there’s a bottomless supply of it on tap at your friendly neighbourhood bar, the Northern Steamship Co.
urban loft cnr galway &gore st
Images/Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries
HISTORY OF BRITOMART EPISODE FOUR BRITOMART’S GOLDEN YEARS AS THE COMMERCIAL HEART OF THE CITY WERE ALMOST OVER. WHEN WE LEFT HER, THE TRAIN STATION HAD BEEN MOVED TO BEACH ROAD AND BRITOMART WAS BEGINNING TO LANGUISH. After the removal of the train terminus to Beach Road, the redundant Britomart station was redeveloped as a bus terminal, which opened in 1937. However, throughout the 1940s and 50s the use of ferries, trams and buses continued to decline in favour of the car. Trams were eventually phased out, and with the opening of the Harbour Bridge to motor traffic, the use of ferries declined still further. In 1958 Auckland’s first car parking building, Britomart Car Park, was opened next to the bus terminal to accommodate the increasing numbers of private vehicles in the city.
In the following years the lower Queen Street area became less fashionable, with the new Town Hall and cinemas attracting the stylish crowds further up Queen Street. The 1970s and 80s saw a gradual shift in the makeup of the Britomart area. Drawn by the lower rents, the community that moved in was more bohemian in character. Shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs opened in buildings around the perimeter of what is now the Britomart precinct. But despite the interesting mix of people and businesses, Britomart was suffering from lack of investment and fell into increasing decay. The bus terminal and the car park became run down and filthy. The Post Office moved out of the CPO in 1988, leaving it languishing and eventually derelict, a shelter for street people and birds. There was a fire, muggings, a rape and a murder. Britomart had become unsafe, unlovely and largely unloved.
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Plans were being developed, however, for the resurrection of the downtown waterfront area. Some of the proposed schemes were focused on progress at the expense of the area’s heritage. A lucky escape in the 70s saw the area on the far side of lower Queen Street chosen as the site for the large-scale modern Downtown complex, leaving Britomart relatively untouched. Another proposal, by development company Kupe, would have seen the destruction of most of Britomart’s historic buildings, but was shelved when Kupe fell victim to the 1987 sharemarket crash.
THE BRITOMART PROJECT
In the 1990s there was a drive by the Auckland City Council to redevelop and revitalise the area and address the growing transport problem in the city. It bought up all the Britomart properties that it didn’t already own, including the CPO, and announced the launch of the ‘Britomart project’. In 1995 the New Zealand Historic Places Trust gave increased formal heritage protection to the historic Quay Street and Customs Street East areas. In spite of this, the ambitious new development plan proposed the part-destruction of a number of the heritage buildings at Britomart, with the remainder dwarfed by 11 vast new towers. This proposal attracted heavy criticism and in 1997, after contractual difficulties with the developer, it was finally abandoned.
TO BE CONTINUED… Next issue: Auckland finally stops talking about demolishing Britomart’s historic treasures, and agrees to a mixed-use community that preserves them. There’s an international design competition… and a happy ending.
stanbeth excelsior building
bucklands building smith 85 at 18britomart urban loft
old sofrana house
MADE These guys just ooze hipness.
DEBUT Sweet fashion for guys and gals
LIVING & GIVING Stuff for living and gifts for giving
NOOD Filled with nice things like snazzy
LAUNDROMAT The shop formerly known as
URBAN LOFT Okay, spend five minutes in this
CITY FARMERS’ MARKET The Farmers’ Market makes
MICHELLE YVETTE Michelle designs beautiful clothes
Lots of cool exclusive fashion from NZ and overseas. And their shop has a deer in a boater. Can’t beat that really.
Federation, still stocking all that Federation good stuff like denim, hoodies, tees and Minti for kids – and now with lots of other awesome brands like Converse, CK, Taschen and Kidrobot. Le radness.
and best of all they do made to measure in case one of your legs is shorter than the other. Don’t worry, it happens.
place and tell me you don’t suffer from wanton consumeristic lust. Everywhere the beautiful objets, the gorgeous ceramics, the designer kitchenware, the bed linen… prepare to give that credit card a spanking.
(or keeping!). Everything you need to kit out your place in ways both functional and stylee – and keep that hard-to-buy-for person happy on their birthday.
you feel warm ‘n’ fuzzy inside. Not only are you buying fresh and delicious food, you are also helping support local growers.
furniture, gifts and gadgets, home textiles and even luggage. Plus when you sign up you become a Noodist, which is extra awesome.
for classy ladies. And she has dressed Viggo Mortensen for The Lord of the Rings premiere – he’s not a lady, but he is cool, which is why we are mentioning it.
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CUSTOMS STREET EAST
NOOD THE LONELY DOG
RACKET ROUKAI LANE
G A LWAY S T R E E T
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EVENTS AT earth hour
image by WWF/Norrie Montgomery
westpac rescue helicopter
image by WWF/Norrie Montgomery
st jeromeâ€™s laneway festi val
florence & the machine
chris knox & the nothing
echo & the bunnymen
artist photos by David James crowd shots by Da id Grr with thanks to neonslveep.com
britomart open air cinema
red bull garage battle
NAME:PAUL SINGLETON POSITION: FACILITIES CO-ORDINATOR morning coffee.
Being able to say I have played a part in the area for Auckland’s future. Old roofs.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR TONIGHT? Rough and tumble with my son, cook some kai, fall asleep on the couch. DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING? Not any more, but when I was younger I had a brief flirtation with beer
cans from exotic locations. I also had a fairly extensive collection of road cones, signs and even a parking meter during my university days (no degree yet though).
WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? Apart from the better half and the young fella, I’d have to say an espresso before the gym.
WHICH BOOK DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN? To Kill a Mocking Bird.
THREE THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT BRITOMART? The vision and anticipation of where we will be in five years’ time.
knowledge of 1970s Rock ‘n’ Roll.
DESCRIBE TWO THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB. Roukai Lane on Friday at around 6pm and being spoiled for choice for my
WHAT ARE YOU AN EXPERT AT? Not picking sports results, that’s for sure. I do have a very extensive
WHAT MUSIC WILL YOU TURN OFF? Hayley Westenra. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT NZ? Uretiti Beach, BBQs, Steinlager Classic, consistent production of cool people.
ONE OF THE COOLEST PEOPLE I KNOW IS: My old man. A real survivor who taught me a lot once I chose to listen. THE BOLDEST MOVE I EVER MADE: Jumping into a river to pull a girl out who was gone for all money. She’s still with us too!
The Rain Song
DOES THE WORD SOUL BRING WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP SAVE WHAT TO MIND? THE WORLD? Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. One car family, train to and from work, worm farm and compost heap, not breeding any more. TOP FIVE: LED ZEPPELIN TRACKS Tea for One WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW For Your Life Achilles’ Last Stand ABOUT THE FUTURE? The Ocean Hmmm... (strokes chin)… will the ABs win the World Cup in 2011?
NAME: JANINE ROBSON POSITION: ACCOUNTANT DESCRIBE TWO THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB. The diversity of the role and the people I work with. THREE THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT BRITOMART? Constantly changing landscape, the mix of heritage and modern elements and of course JC’s cheerful welcome.
WHAT MUSIC WILL YOU TURN OFF? Head banging heavy metal. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT NZ? The great beaches – even in the winter, the open space and the smell of the sea.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD? We do our little bit by recycling at home and at work – start small think big I guess…
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR TONIGHT? I’m not quite Cheryl West (although we could be neighbours)
WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? Apart from the important people in my life, anything that will satisfy my
but a typical school night in our house is fairly “outrageous”.
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING? Dust – it seems to be an ongoing collection.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE? Nothing. WHAT ARE YOU AN EXPERT AT? I seem to be quite good at shopping (no surprises there!)… and more recently not answering my mobile phone while driving.
would imply I knew what I was doing?
THE BOLDEST MOVE I EVER MADE: Backpacking through parts of Europe and the Middle East on my own before ending up on a kibbutz in Israel.
WHAT DOES THE WORD SOUL BRING TO MIND? Pure, untainted… from the heart. TOP FIVE: THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO Wear a red T shirt while shopping at The Warehouse Try to fold a fitted sheet neatly Give little boys nostril sized peppermints Run a three-legged race with Paula Taylor Say never
WHICH BOOK DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN? It would be entitled something like “Raising Great Boys” because that
ONE OF THE COOLEST PEOPLE I KNOW IS:
My girlfriend Deb – she is smart, successful, thoughtful, humble and has a wicked sense of humour – no-one can make me laugh like she can.
THIS IS A PAGE ABOUT ART. AND THIS IS THE TITLE OF THAT PAGE ABOUT ART. ART AT BRITOMART. YOU CAN READ IT AND LEARN MORE. LEARN MORE ABOUT ART, LIFE AND THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE. BY LOOKING AT WORKS OF ART WE SEE OURSELVES REFLECTED IN THE ART. MUCH LIKE A MIRROR. BUT FLASHER. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT IT TAKES AN OPENED AND TRAINED EYE TO RECOGNISE ART, AND WHAT CONSTITUTES GOOD ART. HERE AT BRITOMART WE MAKE THAT EASY FOR YOU. WE ONLY HAVE GOOD ART.ENJOY.
ARTIST JUN ARITA AT WORK AT BRITOMART
LIVE PAINTING GOES LARGE THE RED BULL STEREOPTICON EVENT WAS ALL ABOUT LIVE
“I used a lot of colours for my painting because they make
PAINTING ON AN EPIC SCALE, THANKS TO SOME AWESOME
me happy and smile, and hopefully they made the audience
VIDEO AND PROJECTION TECHNOLOGY.
happy too,” he told Scenezine.
The evening of 29th July saw a live art performance by
“I used the shape of the Red Bull logo and then I put my
Japanese pop artist Jun Arita transformed into a super-sized
characters inside it. You’ll see a few Red Bull cans and
living light installation in Britomart Square. As the vibrant
cows. Also I put in some New Zealand icons, kiwi birds and a
Red Bull-inspired mural took shape, the work was projected
Buzzy Bee. I was really happy when I finished and I saw that
in real time, brush stroke for brush stroke, onto the back wall
everyone was happy and smiling.”
of Britomart’s Masonic House. So how did it feel seeing his work reproduced on such a Jun was one of three artists selected to take part in the
Stereopticon event, which took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. As he worked he was accompanied by
“I was really impressed and it felt great to have painted on
music from DJ Wendy Douglas live on decks at the Northern
an interesting building in a good part of the CBD. I’ve never
done live painting like this before in my life. I hope in the near future I’ll be able to do it again!”
The 27-year-old artist cites his inspiration as Japanese culture, history and art, as well as pop culture influences such as fashion magazines, music and movies.
Find out more about Jun’s work at www.junarita.com
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