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PASSION PLUS: Mark Robinson whips up a coffee at Il Magro.
By ABBIE NAPIER
IN A little hole in the wall, on a
main road yet off the beaten
track, returned Cantabrian
Mark Robinson has opened an
Il Magro (Italian for the
skinny'') has opened its pepper-
mint green doors in a converted
storage room inside butchery-
deli Rare Fare.
The espresso bar is compact
but with great potential, nestled
in a hub of businesses and com-
muters just off Main North Rd.
It's hard to find, but if you
drive through the Mobil service
station forecourt, you can spot
Rare Fare in a hidden parking
lot just behind.
Mark Golly'' Robinson got a
one-way ticket back to Christ-
church when the quakes hit.
Born and bred here, the desire
to be home'' again was powerful
when friends and family were in
their darkest hour.
A rugby coach by trade, Mark
left Christchurch to pursue an
international career aged 19.
After struggling to find palat-
able coffee in London he began
haunting a coffee roaster friend,
picking up the tricks of the trade
and the perfectionist approach
favoured by the best and the
brightest in the industry.
I just developed a real love of
coffee and got right into it,'' he
He convinced his rugby club-
rooms in England to put in an
espresso machine, and dabbled
in making coffee for a few years.
When he came back to Christ-
church about 18 months ago, the
time came for him to take up his
passion as a career.
He and wife Carly ran the
Coffee by Golly mobile van in
Papanui for a year.
He was on the lookout for per-
manent premises when word of
mouth pointed him in Rare
They had an empty storeroom
and were looking to add coffee to
their long list of specialist
products and deli foods range.
For Mark, a small spot was
the perfect step up and he took
on the massive task of refitting
out the grubby wee room -- a
process which took six weeks.
A month ago he was ready for
business, despite a bench top
not arriving and concreting
needing to be done outside.
The response from the sur-
rounding businesses has been
fantastic, with people coming
back time and again.
It's pretty tiny now, but plans
are afoot for an outdoor seating
area and bar stools inside.
Il Magro is open Monday to
Friday, 7am till 3pm, Sat 8am till
2pm. See neatplaces.co.nz or
drop by in person.
DANCE OFF: Akorn (Aron Mahuika) brought his best game to the national finals.
for New Zealand
CHRISTCHURCH IS once again
representing New Zealand in break-
dancing and competing for a chance
at the world championships.
Last year New Zealand hosted the
Asia Pacific qualifier for the Red Bull
BC One -- the most respected B-Boy
(breakdancing) competition in the
The best B-Boys in New Zealand
competed last weekend for the natio-
nal title and the chance to go to the
qualifier, which is in Japan later this
Last year New Zealand hosted and
was allowed two national entrants --
Christchurch's David McCavitt
(Grub-D) and Aron Mahuika
This year, the best of the best bat-
tled against each other for the one
and only national qualifying spot.
Akorn proved the best this time
around and edged Grub-D out of the
top spot. Akorn will represent New
Zealand in Japan.
The qualifier will see 15 dancers
from the Asia Pacific region put it all
on the line for a chance at worlds.
The world breakdancing finals will
be held in Seoul, Korea, later in the
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