Book Your Summer Festivals, Sample A Martini & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Prepare for outdoor summer dance, visit a new bakery for the simple pleasure of sourdough, and try Onslow's new tableside service

Idae's new Serene collection. Photo / Supplied

Visit Idae’s first-ever flagship store
The rising label is poised to open its first flagship store this summer in its home of Whangamata. Visit their store, opening in the old cinema building on December 10, and peruse the upcoming collection Serene, featuring beautiful halterneck tops, chocolate suiting, summer-ready dresses and a coterie of bell sleeves. Stop in for some delicious baked goods at Rudi’s concomitant pastry pop-up while you’re there. Opening on December 11 in Cinema Lane, Whangamata.

Check out Florets
There’s a new addition to Grey Lynn’s food scene. Florets, whose sourdough delivery service is a cult favourite in west and central Auckland (it was formerly called Kōpiko) is opening a customer-facing location — exciting news for fans of the micro-bakery’s ethos and flavoursome organic sourdough. Taking up residence across two floors of a characterful, heritage building on Great North Rd, the space — designed by Hatch Boanas — will sell loaves, food, custom-blend by Phytofarm tea and Flight coffee.

For Florets’ new chapter, founder Maya Hendley has partnered with Freya de Beer Smith of Pomona deli goods for toothsome sandwiches — the ficelle with smoked kahawai rillette has our interest piqued — while toast features Slow Jams small-batch preserves (all the cafe’s suppliers produce sustainably). It’s a welcoming place for a delicious, nutritious sandwich, one of life’s simple pleasures — especially during these harried, hustly times. Florets opens Saturday December 11, 596 Great North Rd. Weekly loaf delivery is still available to selected suburbs.

Watch the new episodes of Pen15
Nostalgic, bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, this show has become a cult favourite. Following the trials and tribulations of two 13-year-old girls in the early 00s — played by the show's definitely adult creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, to hilarious effect — the final instalment of its second season (sadly, it's last) has just been released. Watch it on Neon.

Visit Hej Hej's new store
Whimsy, colour and easy silhouettes made from quality fabrics is what underpins the design values of local fashion label Hej Hej, which is now taking things to the next level with the opening of a fabulous permanent flagship store. Hej Hej founders Alice Isles and Kiki Judd worked with acclaimed interior designers Wonder Group, whose previous projects include Duck Island, INCO studio and Wynn Hamlyn, with the space embodying Hej Hej’s trademark love of colour.

“We wanted to create a colourful, fun, elevated space that our Hej Hej community could enjoy,” say the pair. “Think sky blue, peachy pink to butter yellow. It’s fun, edgy, and doesn’t take itself too seriously.” Hej Hej is now open for business from this week at 282 Ponsonby Rd. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Buy some books for a good cause
Cloud Workshop is holding a 'Weird & Wonderful Book Sale', with 100 per cent of proceeds going to its important work, running art workshops for bereaved children and teenagers. Sunday December 12, 10am to 1pm. 1 Dundonald Street, Newton.

Watch Dune on the big screen
Cinemas have reopened nationwide, and we couldn't be happier. We recommend booking a socially distanced seat to see Denis Villeneuve's epic adaptation of Frank Herbert's famous book — its art direction, locations (Arrakis is breathtaking) and stellar cast deserve to be seen in the theatre. Find a screening at

Peruse a pop-up
Penny Sage is hosting a two-day pop-up in their studio store, featuring friends and frequent collaborators Jiho Store, Walk In The Park and Pomme De Terre. Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12. 6a Kirk St, Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Another local brand holding a retail pop-up is Ingrid Starnes — welcome news after the brand closed its retail stores and wholesale operation in 2020, shifting to online only. There will be womenswear, lingerie, fragrance, candles, homeware and sale items. Thursday December 9, 10am to 8pm; Friday December 10, 10am to 6pm; Saturday December 11, 10am to 4pm. Studio R A, Unit 8, 16-18 Taylors Rd, Morningside, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Also with a physical presence this weekend, Bruno's, Waves and Buddy are hosting a yard sale — a great opportunity to pick up summer essentials from these sustainably minded businesses (they focus on upcycling, vintage, and hemp respectively). 1 Cascade St, Freemans Bay. Friday December 10, 4pm to 8pm; Saturday December 11, 10am to 2pm.

Stroll through Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary
Get into the spirit of Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary at the Auckland Art Gallery by adding one or more of these invigorating events to your trip to the gallery. See

1. Friday nights will be the most fun time to check out the exhibition, and you won’t want to miss opening week. Explore the exhibition, set to a live DJ, experience fashion-inspired drop-in drawing sessions and a panel discussion with a revolving line-up of Quant-inspired creatives. Opening week features Maybelline makeup director Gee Pikinga and interior designer and artist Evie Kemp, who will explore the evolution of makeup since the 60s, followed by a live makeup demonstration. This Friday, December 10, from 5-9pm.

2. A must-do for budding fashion designers and fans of Project Runway alike: watch as final-year students at AUT’s School of Fashion and Design display their garments and demonstrate their making techniques. Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, 11am-3pm.

3. Sophie Matthiesson, curator of Quant, speaks about the iconic Mary Quant and the current exhibition. Saturday and Sunday, 2-2.45pm; and Friday December 17 and Saturday December 18, 11am-11.45am. Held in the gallery auditorium.

4. Walk the talk. Fashion historian and the founder of the NZ Fashion Museum, Doris de Pont guides a walking tour across the city, sharing stories of key fashion influencers and designers, including Paddy Walker, Jennifer Dean, Liz Findlay, Adrienne Winkelmann and Karen Walker. Saturday 11, and Saturday December 18, 11am-12pm. Email to secure your place.

5. Boutique owner Wendy Hall (nee Ganley), 60s model Di Goldsworthy (nee Cooper) and designer Jennifer Godward (nee Dean) will share stories of modelling, opening Elle Boutique and debuting the topless bikini. $20 includes tea and cake. Saturday, January 23, 2-3.30pm.

6. Artist and interior designer Evie Kemp will be in conversation with up-and-coming fashion designer Havilah Arendse, followed by a live Havilah Label fashion show. Friday January 28, 6-7.30pm

7. Viva’s creative and fashion director Dan Ahwa is in conversation with Kate Sylvester about how Mary Quant influenced her journey, $15 ($13.50 for members), Saturday January 29, 3-4pm.

8. Viva’s Emma Gleason is in conversation with Hej Hej’s Alice Isles on the label’s fashion revolution, Friday, February 18, 6-7pm.

Sample a sip at The Fox
Bar newcomer The Fox opens this Friday, boasting a coterie of UK-inspired tipples in its a “Licence to Swill” cocktail menu, including Hair of the Fox, a Bloody Mary with bourbon, Marmite and full English breakfast, or a Jaffa Martini, complete with chocolate, espresso and Jaffa Cake gin.  85/87 Customs Street West, Auckland

Have a martini at Onslow
The beloved restaurant helmed by Josh Emett sees the arrival of a tableside martini trolley, in collaboration with New Zealand distillery Scapegrace. “I fell in love with the ceremonies of traditional dining after spending my London years at Claridges and the Savoy Grill,” said Emett. “Trolley service was a big part of that style of service and is something that has always stuck with me wherever I have gone. I have found both our guests and staff really enjoy the tableside interaction and believe it elevates the Onslow experience to a whole new level and creates a point of difference in what we do.” Enjoy yours with vermouth or house olive brine for $24. 9 Princes St, Auckland

Check out Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi
A chance to see a comprehensive exhibition of the groundbreaking Swedish artist’s work right here in Aotearoa; there’s also limited-edition merchandise created in collaboration with Kowtow. The exhibition ends March 27. Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington

Peruse Eden Hore: High Fashion/High Country at The Dowse
A fascinating look at the fashion collection of Central Otago farmer Eden Hore, this free exhibition not only catalogues local design history, but also illustrates the importance of following your passions. Ends March 20. 45 Laings Rd, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt


Nest Fest
New Zealand’s indie festival Nest Fest is set to ring in the new year in style with more than 50 acts across six unique stages in sunny Hawke’s Bay, from The Veils, to Marlon Williams and Ladyhawke. Saturday January 15, 2022, Hastings. Visit

The Others Way Festival
Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Rd becomes a hive of activity for this one-off midsummer celebration on Auckland’s Anniversary Weekend with more than 50 acts to enjoy, including Space Waltz, Lawrence Arabia, Julia Deans (of Fur Patrol), Fazerdaze and Troy Kingi.  Saturday January 29, 2022, Auckland

Three-day boutique music festival Splore brings together live music, arts, food and performance as well as the country’s biggest dress-up party for a magical festival extravaganza on the shores of Tāpapakanga Regional Park. Friday-Sunday February 25-27, 2022, Tāpapakanga Regional Park. Visit

Next year’s festival boasts eight stages and a diverse and rich range of talent over three days in March at beautiful Brooklands Park. Expect colour, energy and inclusion with acts Avantdale Bowling Club, Dick Frizzell, Fat Freddy’s Drop, the Topp Twins and more. March 18-20, 2022, New Plymouth, Taranaki. Visit

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