Buy a sweater
A personal passion for animals including her own pretty pup Tūī has led pop singer Benee to team up with Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary, which provides a safe haven for vulnerable animals. Run by husband-and-wife team Helen and Gavin, who focus on the rescue and nurture of pregnant mothers and very young puppies, the organisation has teamed up with Benee and local knitwear stalwart Standard Issue, releasing from today the Standard Issue x Benee Limited Edition Vest supporting Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary, crafted with a zero-waste output in Standard Issue's Auckland workroom.
Featuring an illustration by artist Logan Buchanan, the 100 per cent fine merino wool vests are available in a chocolate brown and blue colour-way with 100 per cent of the profits from this collaboration donated to aid in the building of much-needed infrastructure and resources for the animals. Sizes range from XS to 2XL $199. Standardissue.co.nz
Do a puzzle
A soothing way to wind down at night, puzzles are a relaxing, methodical activity to calm your frazzled brain and keep your hands busy they're also delightfully analogue, so no blue light interference or doomscrolling to disrupt your circadian vibe.
A new local purveyor of jigsaws, Piece House's artful 1000-piece puzzles feature work from New Zealand creatives like illustrator Bonnie Brown. With many people finding puzzles something of a balm to the mind, it's also a nice touch that $1 from each purchase is donated to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. $49 from Piecehouse.co.nz
Listen to Bright November Morning by Don McGlashan
The mundane and the momentous share equal billing in the fourth solo album from our musical living legend. These beautifully realised songs that cover topics like spilled coffee, icecream and sunscreen and the Parihaka invasion are simply masterful. Truly an exquisite listen.
Grab some cake
Sweet tooths should make their way to the inaugural opening of boutique cake shop Sweet Symphony at Victoria Park Market. It's an especially lovely occasion, with the shop teaming up with Zen World gelato food truck for some cold homemade treats. Sunday April 10 from 1pm to 5pm. Shop 28, Victoria Park Market
Visit a flea market
Vintage lovers and those interested in scouring with their tote for treasures: Auckland's Central Flea Market is open this Sunday, April 10, from 8am to 1pm. With what will likely be another day full of stalls boasting vintage, antiques, vinyl, food and more, it's not to be missed.
See The Northman
Tickets are already on sale for the May opening night screening of Robert Eggers's historical epic The Northman, set in 10th-century Iceland as a prince avenges the murder of his wife, and featuring heavyweights Anya-Taylor Joy, Bjork, Willem Defoe, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ethan Hawke. Academycinemas.co.nz
Audrey Diwan's drama adapted from a novel by Annie Ernaux has been hailed since its release in 2021, winning the award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival and Best Film at the Lumiere Awards, and attaining a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film follows Anne, a brilliant young student who gets pregnant and decides to take things into her own hands in 1963 France, when abortion was still illegal. Tickets are available for screenings at Academy Cinemas, starting April 14. Academycinemas.co.nz