My kids bought me a voucher for Father’s Day. Because they both work in the city, they purchased it from a retailer in Auckland’s Queen St.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the city for a series of meetings, so I took the opportunity to drop in to the store to check out what I might buy. My old sports sunnies are scratched, so a new pair was top of my list.

The store in question is what you would call a mid-tier sports and lifestyle brand. They’re outdoorsy, but not over the top like the other retailers at the bottom end of our most famous retail street.