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Culture April 4, 2015


People will have an opportunity to get their groove on 1920s-style at Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out on April 19.

Live jazz, along with a sparkling array of classic cars from the days of flappers and swingers, will make Highwic – the Heritage New Zealand property in Newmarket – a hot spot for people wanting to let their hair down in true art deco style. “Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out is one of Newmarket’s annual stand-out events,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“There are thousands of Aucklanders who have an affinity for things deco, and the fun nature of this event brings many deco fans back every year.” People are encouraged to pack a picnic, put on their roaring 20s glad rags (if they have any – no problem if they don’t, says Cheryl) and enjoy dancing to live jazz or just soaking up the pleasant ambience of Highwic’s beautiful garden to the sound of music from the Gatsby-era.

The pop-up Cupcake Café will also operate on-site, selling light refreshments to punters looking for a pick-me-up. “There’s nothing like a bit of jazz al fresco to set your feet tapping – and for many people, the wonderful world of art deco provides the ultimate in feel-good nostalgia,” says Cheryl.

“April 19 is a great opportunity to relive this amazing era when fashion was hot, jazz was a blast and everyone swung,” says Cheryl.

Art Deco Day is supported by Westfield 277. For more information on Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out, visit…



Highwic, the Heritage New Zealand property in Newmarket, is the place to be these school holidays!

Kids at a loose end can take part in a range of fun activities that will keep them occupied and amused through Easter and well into the two-week school break. A highlight of the holiday season at Highwic will be two performances of The Puppet Man’s Amazing Marionette Circus Show presented by Auckland puppeteer John Rew.

Inspired by a cowboy marionette he was given as a boy, John began making his own puppets and over the years has built up a miniature circus. “The challenge is always to see just what you can do with strings and wooden characters as you make the inanimate come to life,” says John.

“Children really love the show and afterwards they get to have a turn with a simple puppet themselves.”

The two sessions start at 10.30am on April 9 and 16 and will kick off two traditional Fun Days at Highwic, which will include supervised indoor games like Blind Man’s Bluff, musical cushions and more. Depending on the weather, children will also be able to take part in egg and spoon races, sack races, three legged races and other timeless outdoor games. The Fun Days will finish at 3.30pm.

Things take a different tack with two sessions of Arty Easter Eggs and Biscuits on April 8 (10am-12.30pm and 1-3.30pm) in Highwic’s kitchen. Kids, adults and ‘kidults’ will have the opportunity of baking their own biscuits on our coal range, and then – in keeping with the Easter season – decorating an egg to eat here or to take home.

Highwic’s beautifully restored coal range will be fired up a week later on April 15 for another kitchen-based activity – Soldiers Biscuit and Poppy Making. “We’ll be running two sessions for this activity too, in which kids will be able to make their own Anzac biscuits on the range – just like their great- grandmothers did to send to soldiers overseas during the First World War,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“And if that’s not enough, our Peter Rabbit Trail will run through the holidays from April 5-17 which will help keep children amused for hours,” she says. “Kids can hunt for images of Peter Rabbit hidden in the house and grounds, and everyone who completes the trail will go into the draw to win a beautiful Beatrix Potter children’s book.”

Places are limited for some activities and people are encouraged to book early. For more information on activity times and dates, admission charges and bookings, visit:

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