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Tūpuna Maunga
Tūpuna Maunga

Tūpuna Maunga is Maori for ancestral mountain and if you live in Auckland you are not far from one.

They are part of what makes our city so great and I thoroughly support proposed policy to make all Tūpuna Maunga alcohol and smoke free. 

The Maunga Authority is quoted stating that the sight of cigarette butts and discarded bottles/cans is not conducive to the living connection our communities have with these important places.

The alcohol and smoke-free policy is another of the Authority-led measures to enhance the relationship between people and the Tūpuna Maunga.

I cannot believe that there …

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HOTELS
HOTELS

One thing that has become obvious through all my dealings with clients, as well as local and international visitors, is that there is a lack of good boutique hotel space in Auckland.

Last week I dropped some friends back to the Mercure at the bottom of Queen Street. They weren’t there by choice, but it dawned on me that this was an absolute gem waiting to be re-devleoped. It commands one of the best views in Auckland and is adjacent to some of the city’s best luxury shopping, the Britomart precinct and Waiheke ferries.

It has a rooftop …

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CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY + FLYING NUN
CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY + FLYING NUN

Christchurch Art Gallery continues to impress with some great upcoming events. 

In March, Russell Brown looks at the birth of Flying Nun Records in a city whose music has always been stranger than the rest. In 1980, there were record shops on either side of Cathedral Square. The Record Factory at 719 Colombo Street (I remember it well; I bought my first Blam Blam Blam Cassette there, they were signed to Propellor Records at the time) and the EMI Shop at 731.

Somewhere between them, there emerged a music scene whose influence echoes even now. 

For more details click here . 

 


SHARED SPACE
SHARED SPACE

I am in the March issue of Metro talking about shared space: here is what I said.

As someone with nearly 30 years experience working, drinking, eating, parking and even dancing in the High Street district, I get asked all the time why I don’t support turning it into a shared space. My response is resolute; I don’t believe it is necessarily the best solution and feel there is a whole raft of things that could (and should) be done first that would improve it significantly.

I agree that bits of the street are frustrating and need fixing …

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THE ENGINE ROOM
THE ENGINE ROOM

With new restaurants opening left, right and centre it is easy to forget that great restaurants don’t open everyday and that it takes long hours of hard work, passion and dedication. I was reminded of that last night and it’s why Engine Room consistently rates as a favourite for me.

They have adopted the ‘not broken so don’t fix it’ approach to some of their dishes. Their schnitzel and profiteroles remain exceptional and they don’t seem overly fussed that they still serve fries (although I wasn’t allowed them) and even leave salt and pepper on …

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