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Editor's Note Building a future

A recent survey has shown that building and construction costs have “normalised” (see page 68), which is good news.

Canterbury has a plentiful number of construction companies, architects, structural engineers, and clients associated with the building industry, not to mention their subcontractors. From new

commercial, civic, and residential builds to renovations and refresh projects, the build industry impacts across all walks of life.

Many companies took a hit with supply shortages, thanks to Covid-19, so it’s good news that slowly yet surely the industry is finding its feet again. Building consents have slowed, supply disruptions have decreased, and most costs have stayed relatively stable since the end of 2023, meaning less pressure on those in the construction field.

Flatter costs mean builders can price jobs more accurately, and consumers can be more confident that their final price won’t have spiralled by the time a job has been completed.

Spiralling costs is one reason why not just houses, but also projects such as the Christ Church Cathedral reconstruction have been reassessed, and either mothballed or downsized. That’s another reason to be thankful that costs have stablised, at least for the immediate future. If you are planning on buying, or building, now might be a good time to do so.

This issue is full of news, and advice relating to homes, living, and building, along with its regular fashion, health and cuisine sections. Sit down, relax, and enjoy your read.

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Described as well-respected and a seasoned arts executive, Gretchen La Roche is multi-layered, like a well-written play.

Returning to Christchurch to lead

The Court Theatre as its new executive director, Gretchen is understandably keen on plays, and all things theatre, yet she balances work with a love of books, baking (cakes especially), and taking relaxing walks in the hills around Ōtautahi.

For Gretchen, coming home to The Court Theatre was an easy decision. She has been an enthusiastic audience member of The Court, at both the Arts Centre and The Shed, and has long admired the vision, tenacity, and courage of the company, acknowledging “the hard mahi from many over the years,” that has enabled The Court to reach an exciting time in its history.

“Moving back to the city is a watershed moment for The Court, and to be able to play a part in helping shape its vision for the future is something that I am immensely proud to be a part of,” she says. “I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to lead and be a champion for the organisation.

A passionate advocate for new music, Gretchen was a founding member of 175 East, an Auckland-based contemporary music ensemble that commissioned and premiered many new works by both New Zealand and international composers. In 2003, 175 East were the recipients of the KBB/CANZ citation for services to New Zealand music.

Her long music career includes being director of the Gisborne International Music Competition, helping to develop the Holdsworth Prize for the best performance of a New Zealand work, and being awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Looking to the future, Gretchen wants The Court to be a place where everyone feels at home and can enjoy outstanding theatre and story telling.

Moving back to the [central] city is a watershed moment for The Court Theatre.

“With The Court Theatre about to achieve its long-held vision for a purpose-built theatre in the heart of the city, the opportunities a orded by this exceptional facility are significant. Not only for the organisation itself, but for the communities of Christchurch, including the wider theatre sector locally and nationally,” adds Gretchen.

Stepping into her new role won’t be easy, given previous sta ng problems, however she is confident that many of those who have supported the organisation throughout its 50-year history will continue to do so.

“The Court Theatre has been so successful because of the many people who have supported it. This includes the public that love coming to The Court, the many supporters, donors, sponsors, funders, and our Friends, and of course our talented team of artists and sta at The Court.”

Coming from a role as Senior Manager, Arts Development Services with Creative New Zealand, and previously working at The Court as a Sponsorship Liaison Coordinator, Gretchen knows The Court Theatre well.

She also brings with her a deep knowledge of both the local and national arts landscape, and strong connections to key stakeholders throughout the country. And she has been actively involved in fundraising and networking with foundations and donors, and has experience establishing partnerships between arts organisations and iwi.

A former Chief Executive O cer of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Gretchen is also an accomplished musician, holding the position of Principal Clarinet previously with the orchestra.

“I love the way the arts can bring people together, give voice to thoughts and ideas we otherwise may not hear or think about, and provide moments of absolute joy and wonder,” she explains.

Giving her joy at the moment is her favourite book, The Wasp Factory, and her favourite food, a classic Indian biryani.

And Gretchen’s favourite play? That accolade goes to Tusiata Avia’s Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, in which six Samoan characters make their lives between two cultures: playing, gossiping, enduring, enforcing the patriarchal status quo and carving out powerful new identities.


The Court Theatre is New Zealand’s largest theatre company. It is a diverse and dynamic company of permanent sta plus hundreds of artists and artisans who produce 15-20 productions each year. More than 100,000 ticket buyers enter The Court each year to enjoy a varied o ering of theatrical works, most of which are created and produced on-site.

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Moving forward is an impossibly heavy task after losing a partner. For Kirsten Ellis, it became the only way out of losing herself to grief. Soon, she would become a business scholarship award-winner and triple her business’ revenue, all while navigating parenthood alone. She tells Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker how.

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Losing her husband Austin to suicide in 2018, Kirsten’s life quickly swerved away from destination ‘happily ever after.’ Somehow, she found a way through it, holding close the term radical acceptance. “I needed to grieve, to have a moment and then turn it around and go okay, what do I still have,” Kirsten explains. While the experience felt impossible, she focused on support that built her up, rather than cocooned her into sadness. “If I kept moving, even if it was really slowly, I could get back on my feet.”

Between Dr Lucy Hone’s Resilient Grieving and Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, she focused on mindset and perspectives, adopting a fresh approach to a harrowing experience. Life became about accepting that this wasn’t the path she wanted, “but you can choose to grow and be resilient from it.”

Stacked on her own grief, Kirsten watched her children undergo the same heartbreak. She helped them search for the safe space they needed. For her son, it was a new school and a fresh slate, while her daughter benefitted from the normality of the life she already knew. “Chaotic, happy, busy, but a really positive place,” is how Kirsten describes her home now.

When she heard news of becoming The Icehouse and Frank Accounting Women in Business scholarship award-winner, for the business she took over from her husband in his passing, Global PC, Kirsten was in shock. Excited, grateful, and nervous about the pressure that came with it, bottled into one. “If I do it, and I win, then I have to commit to doing it.”

Through a seven-month course, Kirsten would gain invaluable advice, tools, and skills to propel the Christchurch-based business, forward, as a company and as a leader. She says the best part of it is the peer network she will gain. “As a business owner, you don’t always have peers. That network will be brilliant.”

hand looking after her kids. “From day one, my family, neighbours, and community were there for us. Our corporate clients said to us from day one, ‘we are not going anywhere.’”

Kirsten recognised early that her coworkers had lost their boss, while the community had lost a friend. “In both spaces, I was able to talk really openly about my grief,” she explains.

“When I went to pieces at home, I went to work, and when I went to pieces at work, I went home.” With no desire for anything else, her work life and family provided everything she needed.

“It was just a little bubble for quite some time where that was it.”

Kirsten soon moved away from retail, branching into the space that fuelled herself and her team better. “To run a business that you’re not overly passionate about is really tricky, and we loved business IT but not retail,” she explains. Over the nine-month switchover, Kirsten’s general manager Alan Boxall and his wife emphasised their trust in the decision, and in Kirsten, coming on board as shareholders. Kirsten, Alan, and additional business partner Mark Howat have now been at the forefront of Global PC for the past four years.

A workplace of close-knit sta , most with young families, Kirsten stresses how important work-life balance is. “There’s never an issue if you’re late because you were dropping your kids to school or you’ve got to take them to swimming lessons. We go hard but there’s no begrudge when you want to put your family first.”

“When I went to pieces at home, I went to work, and when I went to pieces at work, I went home.”

At the beginning of her career, Kirsten studied tourism and business before finding herself in Wellington, Sydney, and Melbourne for work. She returned to New Zealand for a tourism information technology (IT) company, yet life had another plan. Within two weeks of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, Kirsten was flown to Auckland to be delivered the as-expected bad news. She, along with many others, would be made redundant. Kirsten accepted it. “It was a really sensible decision on their part. They were ahead of the game in understanding how a ected the tourism industry was going to be.”

Her late husband then encouraged her to join his team in retail, that was soon to pivot into business IT. With a good hand in sales and management, Kirsten studied to become an accountant, to make up the last piece of the puzzle she lacked to understand the business entirely. After losing Austin, Kirsten took over the business, honouring her husband and the commitment she made to herself to move forward.

In an emotional interview, Kirsten is the definition of resilience. She explained accepting help was a dealbreaker in making life easier, from cooked meals arriving on her doorstep, to getting a

As a business owner, Kirsten has always felt the stigma that comes with being a mother and a business leader. From a young age, Kirsten knew she wanted to see herself at the top of the ladder. So, when she first took maternity leave, she returned to work as soon as she could. “I was determined not to lose my spot. It’s harder being a female because people expect you to prioritise your family. I don’t think males in the workforce have that same pressure. We’re not defined by being a parent or a female.” Kirsten adds her wish for a better balance between juggling parental and workplace responsibilities. “We have a career that is 40 years, and it’s only a juggle for such a small part of it. We need more leniency for parents of both genders to make that juggle.”

Through restless nights, work became her saving grace. “Trapped,” at home with young children and no desire to be social, Kirsten got out her laptop and worked. After a few weeks, she realised that burning the midnight oil was what was keeping her daily to-do lists so small. “I take that forward now, because when I’m really under the pump, if I get up at four in the morning and do a couple of solid hours, the whole day is di erent.”

Overcoming the trauma, Kirsten hopes the example she’s setting her kids is to find fulfilment. Understanding that success does not look the same for everyone, she encourages them to focus on goals that make them happy, rather than what society deems successful.

While it is not the life she envisioned, Kirsten and her children walk each day with resilience, her husband, and their father walking silently aside them too.

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After 42 years in education, St Andrew’s College Rector, Christine Leighton, is very clear about the privilege of spending a career dedicated to the development of young people.

Teenagers are wired to test boundaries and while this has not changed over the last few decades, the world surrounding them has. Schools are places where character is developed, attributes and attitudes are formed, interests and passions are created, and skills and knowledge lead to meaning and understanding. I cannot think of a better place to spend my working life,” says Christine.

For the last 17 years, Christine has been at the helm of St Andrew’s College, following on from nine years as the Principal of St Hilda’s Collegiate School in Dunedin. Attracted to St Andrew’s as a coeducational school, Christine enjoys the variety, energy, positivity, and sense of purpose in leading a community of over 1600

students (from Years 1–13), over 300 sta , and around 13,000 Old Collegians.

“I cannot think of a better place to spend my working life.”

As an independent school, St Andrew’s has the ability to resource its campus with facilities that are fit for purpose and support the wide range of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities for which they are well known. Over $130 million has been spent on the St Andrew’s campus over the last 17 years, the latest development being the new Ngā Toi Performing Arts Centre which houses dance studios, a Black Box Drama room and the Gough Family Theatre, with capacity for a 265 seated audience.

“This impressive facility is the final piece of the puzzle of a campus transformation which will ensure current and future students enjoy top-class facilities at St Andrew’s for decades to come.”

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Enjoying sports and culture

With little time for personal rest or relaxation, Christine feels fortunate to take great enjoyment from supporting students’ sporting and cultural activities. “Watching young people perform on the field or stage, you are witness to their formation of character and resilience. Learning to compete, win with humility, and be gracious in disappointment, is such an important part of life,” reflects Christine.

When she does find time, a good book (her latest being The Covenant of Water), a thought provoking movie or theatre performance, time with family and friends, and a routine of regular exercise, are all Christine needs to make her life complete.

Developing top students

StAndrew’s College is the South Island’s only independent co-educational school o ering Pre-school to Year 13 education.

“This year we celebrate 32 years since St Andrew’s became co-educational, with the percentage of girls across the College as a whole now 45 percent,” says Christine.

First and foremost, St Andrew’s is a place of learning, with a focus on developing a growth mindset and a love of

learning. That focus is proving highly successful. In the 2023 NZQA Scholarship examinations, students achieved an impressive 64 Scholarships, with six of these at the Outstanding level. “Students’ NCEA results were also pleasing, with achievement across all three levels in the 98 and 99 percentile.” Christine is quick to acknowledge her dedicated and professional teaching sta who ensure their students are known as individual learners and provided with the skills and knowledge to achieve their own personal excellence.

“Taking part in our broad co-curricular programmes, whole-school celebrations, and service activities also helps our students to learn many valuable skills and attributes, which complement their academic learning,” says Christine.

In 2024, St Andrew’s is focusing on whole school initiatives of well-being and character development, sustainability, Mātauranga Māori, innovation, and student leadership. In striking a unique blend between the traditional and the innovative, the College has built a brand of education which adapts quickly to the demands of the present while holding true to the values of its founders.

“This gives our young people a combination of freedom and boundaries which we believe results in graduates with roots and wings to flourish in an ever changing world.”

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Inspiring tomorrow’s generation with

Julie Calder

Developing young minds, and instilling strong foundations has always been such a rewarding career for Selwyn House School principal Julie Calder that she wouldn’t consider any other.

Building those strong foundations during the early years is pivotal for academic success in the future, says Julie.

“As a full primary school, our unwavering commitment to these year levels aims to provide every child with the necessary support and opportunities to excel.

“As a school dedicated solely to primary education for girls, we provide an environment where each student can thrive—whether as a performer, creator, inventor, or athlete—laying the foundation

“...they discover who they are, how they learn, and what they aspire to achieve in the future.”

for limitless future possibilities and encouraging them to construct their own path with confidence and purpose.”

and challenge themselves while developing resilience and self-worth.

Metropol catches up with leading educationalist on helping to prepare our young people to step out confidently into the world.

Julie says the school’s wellbeing programme reinforces a safe, nurturing environment where students can explore

“Each aspect of our primary school experience builds upon the next, ensuring that by the time our girls leave Year 8, they emerge as courageous and resilient. Through small class sizes, personalised learning, leadership opportunities, inventive showcases, creative performances, and inclusivity, they discover who they are, how they learn, and what they aspire to achieve in the future.”

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Inspiring global thinkers

The renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is central to the school’s educational approach.

“This curriculum promotes inquiry, action, reflection, creativity, and critical thinking. Students take charge of their learning and engage with real-world issues in a local and global context. This ensures we develop students who recognise their potential to e ect positive change,” Julie explains.

engaging, relevant learning experiences that place students at the forefront of their education.

“Our educational ethos emphasises balance and diversity.

“...we develop students who recognise their potential to effect positive change.”

“Through a future-focused curriculum grounded in the IB framework, we integrate subjects such as Mechatronics, Robotics, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts, alongside core subjects.

“Our specialist teachers ensure

“From literacy to numeracy, science to the arts, we ensure robust foundational knowledge while fostering essential attributes like empathy, curiosity, and problemsolving skills.

At Selwyn House, we take an holistic approach to a child’s development, addressing their intellectual, social, physical, and cultural needs. Girls thrive at Selwyn House because we take immense pride in developing tomorrow’s problem-solvers, leaders, and critical thinkers, Julie adds.

An IB education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global curriculum framework. The ‘Learner Profile’ is at the heart of what the IB stands for, and represents the values and attributes that IB students will develop. IB learners strive to be:

• Inquirers who nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.

• Knowledgeable across a range of disciplines and in issues of global significance.

• Thinkers who use critical and creative thinking skills to solve complex problems.

• Communicators who can express themselves confidently in di erent ways and languages.

• Principled with a strong sense of fairness and justice.

• Open-minded so that they seek and evaluate a range of points of view.

• Caring with the desire to make a positive di erence in the lives of others.

• Risk-takers who are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

• Balanced intellectually, physically, and emotionally.

• Reflective and work to understand their strengths and weaknesses to support their learning and personal development.

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Girls Years 1–8 and Co-educational Pre-school

H mer for the holidays

If you are in desperate need of a spot that fosters relaxation while stimulating adventure, Hanmer Springs has it all.

For a week, a weekend, or just a day, it is a quintessential Canterbury holiday location, one we will never get sick of. Serenity and leisure make up the atmosphere in Hanmer, while the thrill is there if you take it. So much so that it was crowned the most relaxing spot in Oceania, and seventh in the world, according to a 2023 study by UK-based travel company, The study collated all of the times the word ‘relaxing’ was used in an online review, to find the top locations to be when life calls you to unwind.

From the charming views and tranquil ambience to the array of activities, accommodations, and cuisines catering to romantic and kid-friendly needs, there is little wonder as why to Hanmer Springs ranks so highly.

Let o steam with one of the many exercise

opportunities available, such as the scenic trails suitable for walking or running, mountain biking the hills, or even a horse trek.

Make it extra exhilarating with a nearby thrill, from jetboating or whitewater rafting down the Waiau river, strapping into a bungee to take the jump, or hopping on a quad bike and o -roading the outskirts.

If you do not have kids or have opted for a romantic weekend away, book a stargazing tour or unleash your inner competitiveness with a mini golf challenge.

Taste the local dishes or take a picnic when exploring, and make sure to save those options not tried for the next time you visit.

Keep a few hours, or an entire day if time permits, to browse the shops and enjoy the feeling that comes with being on holiday.

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The cooler months are a time to break out the knitting needles, jigsaw puzzles, and books, and rug up warm inside.

If craft of any sort takes your fancy, in Hanmer all roads lead to Mickey Raes, a treasure trove of creative ideas. Owner Wendy Lamont has been supplying customers with their craft needs, haberdashery, toddler clothes, and even books for six plus years now.

Mickey Raes has a huge range of quality baby and toddler clothing labels, and the same goes for wools and yarns, quilting and other fabrics, and haberdashery. From buttons to bows, novels to knitting, and an extensive range of jigsaws, the choices are inspirational.

In store you’ll find that stock changes regularly, so whatever your fingers are itching to do, you’ll find the right supplies. “I aim to have items in my shop that are truly unique, and I’m always changing up my stock, so come in and see for yourself,” says Wendy.

Visit the store in the Boulder Point Precinct, at 4/6 Chisholm Crescent, Hanmer Springs, call Wendy on 03 315 5383 or message her via Facebook.

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What’s on

Stay close or venture far, with the array of events coming to Canterbury in the next few months.



See the world premiere of the feature-length architectural documentary Maurice & I, by Christchurch-based filmmakers Rick Harvie and Jane Mahoney, at the Christchurch Town Hall.


Laugh through the tough stu with Metropol interviewee Dr Jo Prendergast’s ‘tumour humour’, with stand-up, skits, and cartwheels at the Good Times Comedy Club.


Feast on a four-course fire-cooked meal, matched beverages, and live music, all wrapped up inside Nordic tipis, family style. Travel to the o -grid Waipara location by bus, and make a day of it.


Add to your collection, sell your surplus items, or just admire the great toys and models on display, at the Caledonian Society Hall, 5 Michelle Road. 10am-2pm, with $5 admission.


Join singer-songwriter Nick Dow in celebrating both Mother’s Day and New Zealand Music Month at The Piano, for captivating and beautiful sounds.


A tale following an eclectic group of British retirees embarking on a new life in India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy play filled with risks, romance, and second chances.


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Local venues will each host winemakers and transform into urban cellar doors, with this self-guided Christchurch wine trail. Choose who you will enjoy it with, and the spot you will start at, and taste wine after delicious wine.


The award-winning hit tribute show is coming to James Hay Theatre. Sing and dance along with Cam and Sam as they perform the greatest hits of Elton John and Billy Joel live.

Our smart dartboards use cuttingedge tech to track your throws in real-time, making the game more exciting than ever.

With fun games for all skill levels and a lively, social atmosphere, DUEL is the place to be. Come join us, throw a dart, have a laugh, and experience the future of fun!

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Whatever life throws at us, from its highest to its lowest moments, it is often the gift of flowers that touches the heart more intensely than the spoken word.

To know that we are not forgotten, and more importantly, that we are loved, brings the greatest happiness.

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Leanne Lovell of Victoria Florists knows well the power of flowers. A florist for over 40 years, Leanne says her work brings her the utmost joy.

“It is a privilege to serve the community in this way. We see people experiencing real life moments – from those happy times, such as births and weddings, through to those devastating times of losing a loved one. Nothing speaks to the soul like flowers. They come from a place of love, which is why we go above and beyond to create bouquets that speak to the life of the person, because everyone’s life story is unique.”

When at a loss for words, a visit to Victoria Florists and a consultation with Leanne or the lovely, experienced team, provides all the inspiration you need to let that special person in your life know you care.



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Fresh wine and delicious food are on many lips when asking what North Canterbury is known for.

Lock in a warmer day with the family, whether that be with work family or your own, and venture north to the wine region. There is more to enjoy than just a wonderful day for your taste buds, with vineyard tours and scenery that o er a new perspective into the industry. Local tastes and lived experience add to the charisma of each North Canterbury winery, a diverse community of growers that are expert in their craft, and in telling their story.

Complete the journey with a quick trip to the shops to stay up-to-date on the latest. As the region gains a speciality in quality and eccentricity, boutique stores filled with homewares, fashion, lifestyle, and new tastes continue to pop up in North Canterbury, and you don’t know what you don’t know.

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The results of MYOB’s Annual Business Monitor for 2024 show that Canterbury-based businesses are feeling more optimistic and expecting a stronger performance in the year ahead.

The nationwide survey of 1000+ SME business owners and leaders revealed that New Zealand SME confidence has improved markedly on this time last year.

More than a third (36%) of business owners and decision-makers in Canterbury believe that the New Zealand economy will improve over the next 12 months, while 28% expect it to stay the same and 36% expect it to decline. In comparison, nationally, 37% of SMEs believe the New Zealand economy will improve over the next 12 months, while 22% expect it to remain the same, and 40% believe it will decline.

When it comes to their business revenue, Canterbury businesses are tracking above the national average, with 29% reporting that their business revenue is up on this time last year, while 39% say it has remained the same, and 29% have seen a decline. Looking ahead, a higher proportion of SMEs in Canterbury (than other regions) expect improvements in revenue for the year ahead – 35% expect their revenue to be up in 12 months’ time, 46% expect it will stay the same, and 15% are expecting their revenue to have dropped.

However, other insights from the Business Monitor highlight that Canterbury businesses aren’t immune to the challenging market conditions a ecting businesses across the country.

While 44% say their profitability has remained the same over the past three months, only 16% have seen their profitability increase over the last three months, and 40% report a decrease in profitability

Canterbury SMEs surveyed are also marginally less positive (than the overall average) when describing their current cashflow levels – while 39% describe their cashflow as ‘good’ up to ‘very good’ (national: 43%), 46% describe it as ‘satisfactory’, and 14% as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ – the latter of which is encouragingly lower than the overall average (17% ‘poor’).

1. Location. A highly visible main thoroughfare site should promote better performance and brand awareness than more obscure premises. Having complementary businesses nearby can make it more convenient for customers to shop with you. Good access and parking facilities are also important.

2. Condition of premises: Well-presented, or money to spend to bring them up to standard?

3. Term of lease: Choose premises which have a long (10+ years) lease, or a shorter lease

rights of renewal to provide a longer total term. Normally a lease can be exited at a time of renewal without penalty. Conversely, a longer lease term is advantageous if you consider selling in future.

4. Other conditions – check rent, operating expenses, marketing and maintenance requirements are sustainable. A lease guarantee and bond may be required. ALWAYS seek legal advice to ensure that you understand your obligations, and your needs are being met.

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The Iron Triangle

Yes, it’s possible to have a business delivering fast, affordable, and good products and services.

Challenges arise, however, due to the trade-o s involved, commonly referred to as the “Iron Triangle”. This concept suggests that improving one aspect may compromise the others, for instance, o ering a service quickly and at a low cost will impact the quality.

With good bigger picture planning, customer focus, adapting a process mindset to continually improve the e ciency of your processes, and properly utilising technology, a business can have it all. This means products and services that customers truly value, high or highest quality in your market, lowest possible operating costs, and customers happy to pay your prices.

The outcome is a business that runs smoothly, without ongoing drama, and achieves higher than average margins and profitability.

How is it done? It’s not easy, yet it should be something every business owner aspires to, particularly in tight economic times. Maximising the productivity of your people is key. Aligning your products and service into the changing market place is critical for profitability and ongoing sustainability. It’s about understanding where your business needs to meet and exceed the market expectation.

As a business owner you will need to be at least as good as your competitors in two of the three aforementioned areas, while in the third you must be better than they are to “exceed the market expectation”. Understanding this aligns your key business strategy and highlights your unique selling points.

At EBI we can focus your thinking, provide you new ways to see things, and work with you to make the changes in your business that you desire. To make your business truly work for you, give me a call.

Now is the time to review your will and enduring power of attorney.

It’s not something that we like to think about, but having an up-to-date will is as important as renewing your home insurance policy.

We cannot predict when the worst might happen, and without a will the Administration Act 1969 dictates asset distribution that may not align with your wishes. This may result in a lengthy, complex, and costly ordeal for your loved ones.

My advice is to review your will every five years. Many significant life events can happen within that timeframe, and they may have an impact on how you intend to distribute your assets.

The key is to prepare your will for the present –there’s no point anticipating what your assets or wishes will be in 10 years from now.

The good news is that the team at White Fox & Jones are specialists in this area, and make the process of updating your will very straightforward.

While wills focus on what happens after you have passed, an enduring power of attorney (EPA) provides reassurance while you’re still here.

If you were to lose capacity through an accident or illness, well-prepared EPAs ensure someone can step in to act on your behalf. Many assume family can make decisions about care or finances for you, but without an EPA this is not the case.

Whatever your life stage, an up-to-date EPA and will are essential documents that provide peace of mind for you and for your family while you’re here, and when you’re not. Give me a call to discuss your needs.

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Well, the property market never sits still.

The past few weeks have brought significant changes, with the OCR holding at 5.5% as of 10 April, providing more stability to the market. As the rates hold, we can expect them to come down towards the end of the year.

Other changes include notably the Bright-line test reduction from 10 years to two years, e ective from 1 July and the possible changes to the Debt-to-Income Ratios. We’ve been keeping our clients in the loop, and now that the Government has put these changes into action, we expect this will make significant impacts on the market.

Investors will be coming back to the market and here in Christchurch, if you’re looking at buying an investment property, locations in the outskirt regions such as Ashburton, Selwyn, and North Canterbury are going to be especially appealing.

The team at NZ Mortgages is always here to help you navigate the ever-changing property market in New Zealand. Reach out to our team at or call 0800 100 300 for expert assistance in finding the best mortgage.

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If you’re looking to implement AI in your business, and don’t know where or how to start, Ricoh o ers an AI Readiness Assessment to identify opportunities tailored to your needs.

Our AI Readiness Assessment is the way forward. We pinpoint processes ripe for AI, ensuring clarity and confidence in your automation journey. We help you choose wisely for measurable outcomes and clear ROI, and our experienced consultants o er unbiased expertise for optimal process selection.

Key benefits to the assessment are that it identifies “quick wins”, helps to prioritise e ectively, optimises ROI, and assists in embracing transformation within the workplace.

In today’s business landscape, embracing AI is no longer just about keeping up with the latest industry jargon; it’s a vital part of any business transformation strategy.

The evolving AI terrain o ers technologies that are increasingly accessible and applicable across diverse business domains. Understanding AI and its integration into business operations is crucial, not as a one-o solution, but as a continuous process that can significantly enhance operational e ciency and provide a competitive advantage.

Let us guide you through integrating AI solutions e ciently. Reach out to learn more about how Ricoh can support your AI journey. Email me at or call me on 027 828 5335.

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According to research conducted by Property Council New Zealand, as of 31 December 2023 there have been 1307 Build to Rent (BTR) homes delivered across New Zealand. Additionally, 850 BTR homes are under construction and a further 3395 in the development pipeline.

Auckland leads the way with 1096 units completed, with a further 742 under construction and 3350 in the development pipeline.

The March launch of a dedicated BTR tracker to check the quarterly progress of such projects, means the property council can now measure the status of this new housing model, says its chief executive Leonie Freeman.

Produced in collaboration with JLL, Colliers, Savills, CBRE and Bayleys, the tracker highlights the opportunity of BTR in providing quality, long-term rentals for Kiwis across New Zealand.

“Build to Rent has the potential to deliver significant new housing supply in our cities, and the potential to transform smaller centres where tight rental markets have made finding a home, particularly one that o ers options for long-term occupancy, very di cult for renters,” says Leonie.

“In Australia and the United Kingdom, Build to Rent is the fastest growing type of residential accommodation. We know there is an appetite for similar growth and investment here, however, potential overseas investors are currently being

hampered by restrictive and uncertain regulations. Getting these settings right is critical to enabling growth in the Build to Rent sector.

“From a legislative standpoint, we believe we are more than halfway to truly unlocking Build to Rent in Aotearoa. Last term saw the establishment of an asset class and the restoration of interest deductibility. The new government has recently honoured their commitment to introduce amendments to the Overseas Investment Act into Parliament as soon as possible. Alongside this, access to depreciation for Build to Rent properties and ensuring the Residential Tenancies Act is fitfor-purpose remain crucial.

“This combination of legislative levers will help fuel new housing supply, giving Kiwi renters far greater choice and security of tenure,” says Leonie.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about certainty. The more certainty we can give potential investors, the more likely they are to invest in Build to Rent in New Zealand, and the more housing options renters will have. This goes for both overseas investors and hardworking Kiwis whose KiwiSaver funds are invested in the sector – it really is a win-win-win situation,”

“Back in 2021, our modelling suggested that with the correct settings in place, Property Council’s members could deliver up to 25,000 new homes over a decade. The best time to do something was yesterday, the second-best time to act is today.”

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The Gut Foundation celebrated its 30th birthday in late March, championing the research and education from its past, present, and into the future.


Time watches as we change our facial expressions, and as our faces gradually alter when we age.

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Anstice Optometrists have embraced the timeless, yet progressive Masunaga range of frames, established in 1905, in Japan.

Louise, Dispensing Optician at Anstice believes that “partnering with quality craftmanship that compliments your unique identity gives life to a frame, and life to a face”.

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Stepping up your boot game for the cooler months is a no-brainer. To protect and prepare against all weather and terrain without sacrificing style, look to this renowned shoe brand.

Think stylish yet practical, classy yet unique. ECCO Shoes’ latest collections, Sculpted and Metropole, are crafted with premium luxurious leathers, ‘Ideal for the modern woman looking to elevate her look, but with a desire for comfort at the forefront.’

“We’re o ering smart and elegant boots with a contemporary look, designed with ECCO’s signature comfort,” the team says. Designed following the recent shifts in lifestyle globally, and the move toward more convenience and value, the collections bring together simplicity and class, with upgrades to be worn season after season. Crafted with high-quality, lasting, and comfortable materials, these styles can be worn all day, all year. 1, 2 & 3. ECCO Women’s Metropole Amsterdam. 4. ECCO Women’s Sculpted LX 55. 1. 2. 3. Metropol quarter Page_ECCO 18 April 2024.indd 1 27/03/2024 5:38:35 p.m.
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1. Estilo Boutique, Juxtapose with playful prints and make life exciting with the Clemmie Coat in ballerina check, and Happiness Dress in bloomy print. 2. Rangiora Shoe Lines, the Andrea Biani Hush boot, a classic style with a pop of pink. 3. The Fitting Room, Elegant and timeless, the Fantasie ‘Saint Lucia’ Twist Front one piece. 4. Sophie Divett Jewellery, Cybele leaf ring in 14kt white gold with light blue zircon. 5. Belleza Boutique, the Dina Cape from Noa Noa. Warm, stylish, and unique.

6. OFI, most loved timeless classic white shirt.

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Fine footwear specialists

Combining quality, comfortable footwear sourced from leading European shoemakers with local values and a love for their customers, Mikko Shoes is growing as a go-to in the industry.

The Mikko team sat down with their founder, Michaela Longsta , to discuss Mikko Men’s, Christchurch’s newest dedicated men’s footwear retailer, and what’s new for their first winter collection.

What can you tell us about Mikko Men’s?

Mikko Men’s is a New Zealand family-owned footwear business dedicated to o ering footwear for the contemporary man who values quality, sophistication, and long-wearing comfort. We have a range of styles from international brands that we consider the best in the world, many of whom are exclusive to Mikko in New Zealand.

We prioritise authentic craftsmanship, superior design, and the latest innovation. Our men’s range delivers incredible value and reflects the sense of community we share with our heritage shoemakers. Comfort is non-negotiable with orthotic and wide-feet friendly options available. What can we expect from the winter collection?

Mikko Men’s is armed and ready for winter from the feet up, embracing all of life’s possibilities even in cooler weather. There is much on o er from the ultra-versatile hybrid, robust boots and elevated sneaker styles, to elegant, dressier options. This season’s key feature is waterproof styles with technology such as Gore-Tex, which provides additional protection from the elements. Excitement is brewing about the introduction of the iconic well-known Spanish brand Camper, and Mikko is an exclusive stockist this season. We are also ecstatic to announce the arrival of three new exceptional European brands Arche, Rieker, and Toni Pons.

We are feeling the love here in Christchurch with both Mikko Women’s and Mikko Men’s side by side. What can people expect from our stores?

We love our Christchurch customers and this beautiful city. Inside both our men’s and women’s stores, you will find a relaxed in-store experience with our friendly and approachable team, who are professionally trained in fitting the right shoe for you.

Visit Mikko’s two new Christchurch stores at 134 Victoria Street, or shop online.

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Trending hair styles

A hair makeover is an easy way to up-style your look, and keep up with current trends.

Whether you want a subtle change, or a completely new look, both cut and colour can help achieve these.

Several styles wowed on the catwalks at the Paris Fashion Week AW24 shows, including the butterfly cut, shaggy bangs, and layered long bobs (or LOBs).

BUTTERFLY CUT – layered to resemble the wings of a butterfly, this style works for almost all hair types, adding flair and lots of bounce.

LAYERED LOB – A timeless classic cut, the long bob is chic and easy-to-manage. Layers add movement, and the style suits most face shapes.

SHAGGY BANGS – A choppy, textured style which complements various hair lengths and types, shaggy bangs work well with layered, more natural looks.

SOFT HIGHLIGHTS – A natural, lowmaintenance style, blending subtle variations in blonde shades to produce a soft, relaxed look.

CONTOURED CUTS – Precision cutting that enhances facial features creates a modern and sophisticated look. Each cut is individually styled to the client.

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In 2004, Teo Munro returned home from overseas with a dream to create a forever salon against any odds.

Iwanted a salon solely dedicated to organic products, so clients had access to safer and healthier options.”

Shambhala Hair Design opened its premises above Alice in Videoland. Though lacking advertising funds, word soon spread and the salon thrived for seven years until the earthquakes wrote it o .

A five-year tenancy at lower Cashmere’s Swan Lake followed, but Teo’s desire to return to the CBD saw the salon re-open in St Asaph Street’s trendy BOXed Quarter.

Teo loved the location, but when Covid-19 hit, everything changed again. Customer parking became di cult, yet this obstacle was to prove fortuitous for Teo.

The former Willows Café in Opawa, had been bought by Rudolf Steiner School and Teo approached them with her business proposal for an organic salon.

It was a successful meeting and two years on, with seven stylists inhouse and Shambhala flourishing at 275 Fifield Terrace, Teo’s vision for the business has grown well beyond her dreams.

“I call this my “forever salon”; it has been a long journey to get here and I now look forward to the next 20 years.”

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The Oreo effect

As Coco Chanel said, sometimes the beauty of colour is the absence of it.

Well known in a work wardrobe, and easily teamed with luxe accessories for a glam night out, the ways to wear black and white are continual. In patterned shirting and dresses or arranged on top of one another for a bold e ect, your choice can be as eccentric as you like. Plus, you can wear these classic hues without breaking Anna Wintour’s number one rule: never wear just black.

There’s a reason that you will see these two shades married together season after season. They just work, and they always have. There lies a synergy between them, complementing each other instead of competing.

Easily add a pop of colour through an exciting lipstick or shoe, although often the striking e ect black and white produce is more than enough.

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Shades of silver and grey

When regrowth keeps creeping up on you, you might feel it is time to embrace the grey. “

Just because you have silver hair coming in, and you want to go grey gracefully, doesn’t mean it has to be a silver colour,” says Vicki Ogden-O’Fee of V for Hair and Beauty. The team are experts in finding the style that suits you best, both in colour and shape. Whether it be a shade of platinum or butterscotch, or strawberry and silver tones, the stylists are available all the way from consultation to your new look. Vicki encourages all to pop in for a chat, regardless of whether you are a client. “It doesn’t matter to us. We are just passionate and want to see you enter the most confident version of yourself.”

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funding from July

Pharmac has announced that continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps will be fully funded for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) from July this year.

Dr Rosemary Hall, Endocrinologist and President of the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes, says this is “arguably the biggest day for people with diabetes ever in Aotearoa since the arrival of insulin. There will be great excitement amongst the diabetes community. The technology is life-changing for people with T1D, reducing diabetes distress and medical complications”.

When CGMs and insulin pumps are used in combination, they function as an artificial pancreas. Glucose levels are easier to manage and the lives of people with T1D and their whānau are transformed. The high cost of this technology means it has been out of reach for many, increasing the gap between those who can a ord it and those who cannot.

“New Zealand conducted research shows that when all people have access to these devices, outcomes become equal. After years of campaigning, and seeing increasing inequity for people with T1D, we now have the devices to provide the best standard of care for all those with T1D in Aotearoa New Zealand,” says Dr Hall. With anticipated demand for CGM and insulin pumps to be high, diabetes services will be working hard to build the workforce to maximise the potential of this technology.

The proposed funding options will be open for public consultation for one month. The NZSSD encourages all people with an interest in these technologies to participate in this consultation.

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Feeling your age?

“If you would seek health, look first to the spine.” - Socrates

Ageing is an inevitability, yet the rate at which it occurs certainly is not. We all know 40-year-olds who look and function like they’re 60, we all know 60-year-olds who look and function like they’re 40.

Why is that? “We are all a representation of our life experiences, and in response to these experiences our body responds physically. It could be exposure to prolonged stress, a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, significant emotional stress, bad posture, or very physical work environments,” explains Dr Matthew Wild, of Connect Chiropractic, in Ferrymead.

“The most common and obvious response the body makes to these ‘threats’ is to protect itself, almost as if the body is adopting a ‘fetal position’. Our muscles are recruited to tighten up, and our joints are ordered to lock down. Hence the feeling we get is a feeling of tightness and sti ness, a feeling we all associate with ageing,” he says.

“How many times have you heard someone say, ‘When I get stressed, I really feel it in my neck and shoulders.’ Or have you noticed people who have a sedentary lifestyle often complain of low back and hip issues?”

Dr Wild says that by the time people start experiencing pain, the problem has been building up under the surface

for a while. “It starts with muscle tightness, reduced range of motion, sti ness and then once it crosses a threshold that’s when the brain ‘rings the alarm’ and gives you pain. “It’s like the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Pain is the way our brain tells our conscious self that there’s something we desperately need to intend to. The worse the dysfunction, the stronger the symptoms.”

That’s where a chiropractor can help, he says. “A chiropractor’s main focus is the spine, how it moves and how it a ects the nervous system.

“When a chiropractor makes an ‘adjustment’, they are working to restore normal function and movement of the spine. When your body has been in a ‘protective’ state leading to pain and dysfunction, the best thing we can do is to get things moving properly again.

“When your spine moves properly, it heals better, it’s better connected to your brain, and there is less reason for your brain to ‘ring the alarm’ and give you pain. If everything is moving and functioning the way it’s supposed to, there’s no reason for your brain to give you pain.”

Whether it’s purely just to move and function optimally, or there is a pain that won’t go away, seeing a chiropractor is a great place to start.

Common signs of spinal degeneration

• Sti ness and general loss of movement

• Aches and pains

• Di culty getting comfortable at night

• Sciatic pain

• Acute episodes of sharp pain and disability

Call 03 376 4610 or visit the website below.

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At Fertility Associates, we understand the joy babies bring as well as the difficulties faced by many who struggle to conceive.

As medical professionals, you understand the joy babies bring as well a s the difficulties faced by many of your patients who are struggling to conceive .

We also believe that providing exceptional care goes beyond just medical expertise. Our team of compassionate and experienced professionals is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you feel safe, heard, and valued.

By referring your patients to Fertility Associates, be assured tha t they will receive the highest qu ality c are an d t he m ost a dvanced f ertility p rocedures a vailable.

Seeking fertility advice can be overwhelming. With our experienced professionals, you can be sure that you will receive the guidance and information you need to make informed decisions. You can make an appointment with any of our fertility doctors, you don’t need to have a GP referral.

Your patients can be confident that they are being cared for by New Zealand’s pioneer in fertility m edicine w ith excellent live b irth r ates* t hat are am ong t he highest in Australasia.

Early r eferra ls g ive y our pa tients t he b est c hance an d, together, w e c an he lp them achieve t he f amily o f t heir dr eams.

If you feel that you’re not quite ready to book a doctor’s appointment, you can always make use of our Free Nurse Consult service, where you chat to one of our qualified fertility nurses for 15 minutes. They can answer your questions, talk about your unique situation, and map out some possible options.

Get in touch, and start your journey to parenthood today. where life begins

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Future proofing your fertility

Egg freezing is an opportunity. It’s a small task now, that sets up your future self with the option to choose.

There are a lot of professional women, who are ‘head down, bum up,’ building their careers. As a result, the biological clock ticks away in the background,” Fertility Associates’ Val Graham says.

Choosing when to start or continue a family is incredibly unique. The magical thing about egg freezing is that the age at which the eggs are taken stays frozen in time. This means the egg quality won’t worsen over the years, o ering the time and energy now to focus on finding ‘Mr Right,’ pursuing a career, or waiting for any other reason. When it is right, the eggs will be there and waiting. “If things happen later down the track, the options are there,” the Fertility Associates team confirm. Having the knowledge that you have eggs waiting to be used at a later date takes the pressure o busy careerfocused women.

The method involves all the steps of an IVF cycle, including egg collection, before freezing by vitrification.

The team explain that the degeneration of genetic material that comes with ageing is an unfortunate thing. Aneuploid embryos and chromosomal structural rearrangement, amongst other genetic issues, can greatly impact implantation and fertilisation. From age 37 especially, these problems are much more likely

to arise. A helpful tool is their biological clock online. This easy accessory gives an indication of natural conception abilities per month with no fertility issues, IVF success rate at the same age, and when to seek help after months of unsuccessful attempts. It answers the nagging question, providing the reassurance on what your next steps should be.

Egg freezing saves you money later on in life, if fertility issues are to arise, and gives choices.

In addition, egg and sperm freezing can make a huge impact for women or men going through cancer treatment. With radiology damaging genetic material and gametes, and in some cases causing complete sterilisation, Fertility Associates can freeze eggs and sperm prior to chemotherapy. Further, the government pays for this process for those going through chemotherapy.

“They will have a better chance of being able to have a family one day. Sometimes, you won’t lose all function, but very often you do,” the team say.

Getting started shouldn’t add any extra pressure.

The Fertility Associates Christchurch clinic have multiple fertility specialists to book a consultation with, to discuss and form the plan ahead.

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Getting back to working

If you have had an accident or experience chronic pain, returning to a regular work schedule may seem impossible.

Loss of confidence, feeling stressed, depressed, or out of control because of pain, compound the di culties experienced in committing to a work schedule.

Fortunately, local company EnableWorks holds the licence in New Zealand for an excellent work rehabilitation programme called Abilita. “Dr Pam Garton, an occupational therapist, developed the programme in Australia,” says Randa Abbasi, director of EnableWorks. “Abilita o ers a pathway to building resilience to barriers to working, and to gaining fulfilment at work.”

The team has brought Abilita to organisations throughout New Zealand. “We have worked with a range of companies which have identified concerns relating to employees’ mental and physical wellbeing with respect to their rehabilitation into the work environment,” says occupational therapist Ngaire Allan.

Ngaire cites a recent client whose pain improved, but even more so her sense of coping, being in control, and understanding her emotions. The 45-year-old woman was employed full time as a butcher, as well as being a mum. “She was experiencing pain as she was lifting, carrying, bending in the shop. She very often found herself unable to come into work,” says Ngaire. “It resulted in a pattern of consistent absenteeism.”

The first assessment enabled Ngaire to establish the degree of pain and the e ect it was having on her client’s life. “That first snapshot covered all aspects. We discovered her sleep pattern was terrible and a big reason for her not getting out of bed in the mornings. She also disclosed that

while separated from her husband, he still lived in the home and subjected her to physical abuse.”

The Abilita programme educated her on physical pain, and her brain’s response to the pain. In talking about her thoughts and feelings, the client experienced the ‘Aha!’ moment the programme always produces. The client’s final assessment showed a 62% improvement in confidence, understanding of emotions, as well as physical pain. She was able to get up in the morning, remove the abusive husband from the home permanently, and change the family’s functioning. Sleep, energy, and relationships all improved and she was able to return to the workplace.

“Pain can cause a fight, flight, or freeze response”, says Ngaire. “The Abilita programme creates the ‘Aha!’ moment, where you understand pain and its broader e ect on you. It is a collaborative process that helps you relax and understand what is really going on in an ordered and statistically proven way.”
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Healthy skin with skinimalism


a few years ago, having hundreds of different products and targeting every possible skin issue was all the rage. Now, ‘skinimalism’ is in.

Rooted in the idea that ‘less is more’, skinimalism strips away the unnecessary steps in your skincare routine in favour of products that are more e ective and e cient. It’s like applying the Marie Kondo method, but to your skincare routine. Sometimes, the latest revolutionary ingredient might sound wonderful and problem-solving, yet it may be unsuited to the specific skin issues you face, and possibly irritate them more.

Catered to with the rise of consumer culture, and the subsequent social media craze driving people to do more and buy more, those 12-step skincare routines quickly became expected. Yet, like many of the trends in the fashion and beauty industries as of late turning into just micro-trends, it looks like these excessive regimes are on the way out.

Whether it comes from the majority finding issues, such as irritation, breakouts, and that ‘clogged’ feeling, from product overuse, or the

general shift to minimalistic ideals, skinimalism is a win for our skin. There are more benefits than just avoiding overwhelmed skin. With less overconsumption and packaging comes a smaller carbon footprint, while your wallet will thank you for the extra cash. Plus, morning and night routines become simpler, earning you another 10 minutes with your book or family, or instead, to understand all the new words and trends popping up on the beauty side of social media.

Skincare professionals say in most cases, all that is needed is a good moisturiser, serum, and SPF. With many expert dermatologists and estheticians in the local industry, a consultation might come in handy to define any problem areas and which products your skin would benefit from, to then construct a minimalistic routine your skin will appreciate.

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fresh and frozen meals, soups and desserts. Order online, through the Richard’s Real Kitchen App, or call to find out how it all works. Have your meals delivered, or pick them up. Lots of choice. All carefully cooked ready to make your dinners easy and super delicious.

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Events made easy

Searching for a suitable space for a function can sometimes be the most time-consuming and taxing part of organising an event.

What’s needed is somewhere that has both the flexibility to accommodate groups of di erent sizes and delivers delicious food that makes a function memorable for all the right reasons.

The search can stop at No. 4 Bar in Merivale. This attractive gastropub has a charismatic vibe and can cater for up to 60 people in a variety of di erent sized spaces to suit. There is the private courtyard, the restaurant itself, the Red Corner, or The Library, all of which have their own atmosphere and style. Just choose the one that works for your event.

The venue can cater for a beautiful full dining experience or for casual drinks and nibbles. There are several function set menu options available with di erent numbers of courses and price points, available online for browsing pre-meal. There is something for everyone, but if you can’t decide what to devour, try one of No. 4 Bar’s renowned plank platters.

If your function is for morer than 60 people, contact the functions team directly. The team will help you create the function you want your guests to remember, with a great deal of pleasure for a long time to come.

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Grilled Prawns with Miso Butter

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

500g Sea Cuisine Raw Prawn Cutlets (defrosted)

2 Tbsp Butter (melted)

3 tsp Miso paste

1 Tbsp Mirin

2 Tbsp Japanese sake (optional)

1 tsp Fresh ginger (grated)

Garnish: toasted sesame seeds, spring onion, chilli flakes

What to Do:

In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, miso, mirin, sake and ginger, mixing well. Add in the prawns and marinate for 10 minutes.

Trim and portion the spring onion into 50mm batons, these can be grilled at the same time with the prawns.

Cooking Options:

FLAT PLATE BBQ GRILL: Heat your grill on medium high heat. Grill the prawns on each side for approximately 1 to 1.5 minutes or until cooked through.

What you need:

COOKING ON STOVE: Heat your grill pan over a medium high heat. Add the prawns and grill each side for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until cooked through.

COOKING IN GRILL OVEN: Turn your oven to grill and move the rack to just below heating element. Using a suitable grill or baking tray add the prawns. Grill for 1 to 1.5 minutes each side or until cooked through.

TO SERVE: Divide the grilled prawns into four separate bowls or present on a platter. Finish by garnishing with toasted sesame seeds, grilled spring onion batons, chilli flakes.

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467 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023 • Phone: 022 154 0044 Indian Street food that you will fall in love with! Your experience is our top most priority when dining with us which is why we make sure you always leave smiling. Dedicated to authenticity helps us build flavours that deliver sensational moments with every bite.

Fabulous figs

Plump, soft, and naturally sweet, figs are believed to have several health benefits, including as a source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin K, and helping to relieve constipation. On the downside, dried figs are high in sugar, and may interfere with blood thinning medication.

On a menu, they’re versatile, whether eaten fresh or dried, enjoyed on canapés, in salads, desserts, or on their own. Try these delicious canapés.



8 figs

100g goat cheese

3 Tbsp clear honey



Autumn’s cooler temperatures and shorter days are a signal to fruits such as feijoas, figs, grapes, pears, and quinces, to ripen.

Preheat the oven to 200 deg C, fan 180 deg C. Cut figs in half and place, cut-side up, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cut a shallow cross into the middle of each fig, and lightly squeeze to open up the crosses.




Crumble 100g soft goat cheese over and into each fig, pressing it down a little if needed.

Drizzle the honey over the figs, and bake for 5 minutes, until soft.

Serve warm.


• Try creamy goat cheese, topped with chilli spiked, salted honeyed walnuts, served on crispy crackers, topped with a slice of fresh fig and a drizzle of honey.

• Fresh, quartered, in a salad with rocket, chopped apples, dried cranberries, pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic dressing.

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Being NZ’s first authentic Moroccan restaurant, we feel a great responsibility to introduce the wonderful flavours and hospitality of Morocco, providing an unforgettable dining experience. Savour the many layers of herbs and spices, infused oils and fragrant waters, the sweetness of syrups, honeyed fruits and nuts, the pungent saltiness of preserved lemons and olives. So, take time to share the pleasure of eating at Mosaic by Simo.

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From our family to yours – we bring you a lifetime of bakery know-how to offer a wide variety of cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, doughnuts, breads, pies, sandwiches and slices. Edible images for any special occasion also available.

Catering available for morning and afternoon shouts, and office catering a speciality. Shop in-store or online.

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Mother’s Day High Tea Boxes!

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Spread joy to all mothers this Mother’s Day! Pick up 11am – 1pm, 11th May.

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At Route 72 Café & Emporium we provide healthy, wholesome and high quality meals. The kind and committed team happily caters for special dietary requirements with gluten and dairy free variations on the menu. From lighter bites, including sandwiches, through to heartier eats including gourmet burgers and meals with Oriental accents, Route 72 will spoil you for choice. Open Wed-Sun. Closed Public Holidays.

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Being disqualified from your first cake baking competition aged eight because the judges simply didn’t believe you could make something so good, might deter many a budding baker from ever picking up a whisk again. Not so Michael Johnson.


Country Delicious edibles

A trip out to the country for brunch or lunch is a wonderful respite and tonic away from the daily grind of the city.

When that brunch or lunch is combined with some fabulous shopping, the recuperative therapy is complete.

Route 72 Cafe Bar Emporium in Cust Village does indeed combine the best of shopping and food served up by friendly sta all in one establishment. Owners Steve and Annette Thomson say that their cafe is one of the few places in the country that has a true à-la-carte menu available at lunchtime.

As we head towards winter, they have delicious new dishes to tempt the taste buds. Try the citrus crusted fish of the day, baked and served on a red curry coconut cream, or the manuka smoked duck breast sliced on char-grilled vegetables with a zesty orange and tarragon glaze. Perhaps the grilled salmon fillet, calamari, and steamed mussels in a spiced tomato and red wine salsa might be more to your liking. There are also three di erent homemade soups on the menu every day.

Replete with food, you can “hit the shop” with its superb selection of homewares and gifts. There is a clearance of kitchen items, utensils, knives, oven gloves - at great prices, and the Helga May linen clothing range is as popular as ever.

Michael says he wasn’t very good at school, but his skills kicked in when he was working with flour and other ingredients. “My Mum used to say I had my ‘brains in my fingers.”

Fast forward a few years, the ownership of his first bakery in the UK at 22 with his wife Carol, followed by a move to New Zealand and ownership of several bakeries in North Canterbury. Then at 45, Michael hung up his apron and wooden spoon to take on tutoring Foodstu apprentices. The call of the beater was too strong, however, and once again, Michael started his own business at Naturally Delicious in Fendalton Village with a second shop soon to open in The Colombo.

Michael’s focus now is on creating a ordable cakes of all sizes and styles and for every occasion. Give him a photo of anything and he will recreate it in edible form. The business also makes pies, sandwiches, slices and naturally fermented breads and is working to further develop a range of gluten-free and dairy-free options. Ask them about their finger food bu et catering service.


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has passed on his love of baking to his grandchildren.

Tasty artisan meats

From paddock to plate, grass-fed, ethically produced and processed by on-site butchers – top quality meat does not get better than this.

You would expect to pay a premium for such artisan products, however the meat from Glendhu Farm in North Canterbury comes direct to you at a ordable prices as there’s no middleman involved.

At both its stores on Dyers Road in Bromley and Blenheim Road in Sockburn, Value Plus Meats has a truly amazing selection of every cut of meat you can imagine – and then some.

Beautiful fillets of beef, rib-eye and rump steak rub shoulders with butterflied lamb, leg roasts and lamb racks. If the cut you are looking for is not in the cabinets, the on-site butchers will cut it for you. The sta say that the full-flavoured beef mince produced here is the best in town. Indeed when the business started some three years ago, the founder was very hands-on making the mince himself.

Of course, chicken and pork are sold there also, sourced from other local Canterbury farms that follow the same ethical production methods as Glendhu. The chicken, for instance, is antibiotic-free and not hormone-fed.

Raw pet food, especially for dogs, is made on-site as well, from the o -cuts of fresh meat. No supplements are added,

See the website for the full product range and to order. There is free delivery in the Christchurch area for purchases over $100.

Pink Ribbon High Tea

Sunday 12th May

Seatings from 11:30am

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Auntie Niks brand new coffee and food trailer. Same yummy coffee from Crafted Coffee Company. New grill for toasted sandwiches and bacon butties etc. Also same deep fried chips, hot dogs anything else deep fried. To book, call Auntie Nik: 021 412 746



Come and try our hand crafted meat pies. Slow cooked shredded meat with Barb’s gravy. Beef, Pork, Lamb, plus Bacon & Egg and our now famous Sausage Rolls. Full range of barista made coffees.

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Have you tried this amazing flavour?

Pick up delicious black garlic from: Fresh Choice Merivale, Mediterranean Foods, Piko Wholefoods, Ballantynes, Harbour Coop and Frances Nation. Gluten-free, easy to use.


A healthy outside starts form the inside! Find only the freshest and most delicious fruit and veges at amazing prices at Rolleston’s very own 7-day Farmers Market .

Locally owned and operated, supporting our local growers and producers.

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Come down and try our tacos and loaded fries at 352 Manchester Street. We can cater for any kind of event, big or small.

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Why do some walnuts taste so good? It’s all about freshness! At Trickett’s Grove, our walnuts are freshly cracked just before packing, preserving their optimal taste profile. Unlike walnuts cracked and stored long before making their way to New Zealand, locally grown nuts will always leave you amazed.


Celebrate Mother’s Day with an elegant French Lemon Meringue Tarte from Ōtautahi’s newest Boutique Pâtisserie. Made with fresh squeezed lemon curd and baked almond paste incased in a Damier Sablée shell, topped with torched Swiss meringue. Preorder now. $55. Serves 6. 122 Riccarton Road Opposite Westfield Mall




Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too.

Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too.

Fine. Food. Fast.

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Takeaway Cafe and Delicatessen

Mon-Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

Takeaway Cafe and Delicatessen Mon-Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too. Fine. Food. Fast. Takeaway Cafe and Delicatessen.

Mon-Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

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As temperatures drop and frost sets in, wrap up in one of our cosy hand-knitted creations, simmer a pot of soul warming soup filled with our winter’s bounty. There’s nothing quite like the warmth of good food and cosy comforts to lift your spirits.

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cosy colours

Decorating to add a cosy feel to home interiors during winter doesn’t necessarily mean splashing hot colours around.

Red may add the illusion of heat, yet so too will darker blues, greens, browns, and even purples will add a feeling of warmth, and help to create a more intimate atmosphere. Think deep, rich jewel colours such as sapphire, amethyst, ruby, and citrine.

Refreshing your walls, furniture, curtains, throw rugs, art, accessories, and even floral arrangements with autumnal and winter hues are some ways to bring warmth to rooms. Warmer colours create a feeling of cosiness, often associated with sitting in front of a glowing fire.

Most traditional palettes include neutral grays and browns, as well as deep plum, earthy terracotta, warm reds, deep golds, and leathery browns.

In the year of the dragon, red is undergoing a revival, especially in dark wine shades and burgundies, balanced with soft midnight hues.

Other colours to try:

Teal – blurring the boundaries between blue and green, this sophisticated colour brings a touch of luxury and warmth to living rooms, and bedrooms especially. Ochre – an earthy, rich gold, it works well in high activity areas, and in bedrooms, and is easy to incorporate into existing colour schemes. Golds pair well with almost every other hue.

Forest green – a calming colour, with strong biophilic links, green brings a sense of the outdoors inside to create tranquil spaces. The dark tone of forest green adds a sense of drama, making it perfect for moody, sophisticated spaces.

Amethyst – if using amethyst as an element in your room, take your inspiration from the colour tones of the natural mineral, pairing it with glowing coppers, bronze or gold to give the overall aesthetic a sense of depth and warmth.

A rainbow of reasons to find your dragon!

Step 1: Find a dragon. Step 2: Wrap it around your arm. Step 3: Slay your enemies.

Your fidget dragon is not just a practical twisty toy but also a beautiful piece of decor.

Whether you have it in your busy hands or patiently waiting for you on your desk, your new friend will always draw attention.

Made in New Zealand from a special biosourced and biodegradable hard plastic, it is a wonder of 3D printing.

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Reimagine, repair,

As winter approaches, now is the time to tackle those little jobs too long postponed, such as re-upholstering projects.

Dust o the cobwebs from furniture stored away in dark corners, then step back and reimagine it after a makeover - no longer shabby and tattered, but an altogether eye-catching and stunning piece.

McDonald & Hartshorne, established in 2004, is a leading furniture and upholstery business excelling in the repair and restoration of tired, worn furniture into beautiful pieces that enhance a room and complement the surroundings.

Customers can simply email a photo of the item to the o ce for evaluation, then discuss their vision with business co-director and sales manager, Keith Hartshorne, at a followup consultation.

Keith brings his years of experience in the furniture and upholstery industry to every job, and being the first point of contact, customers are assured they have all the information they need as to their repair requirements.

Co-director, Steve McDonald, is the expert upholsterer behind the business and he, along with his experienced and qualified team, love the small repair jobs just as much as the larger projects.

Admin co-ordinator Neke McDonald explains further, “Be it loose or ripped cushions, changing up dining-room chairs, repairing broken legs, inserting new zips or smartening up outdoor seating for springtime – you name it, we do it.”

Another service available is help with furniture insurance claims. This straight forward process usually sees Keith visiting the customer’s home to assess the piece before giving his insurance quote.

Regardless of the obvious pun, everything is covered here at McDonald & Hartshorne. So rather than adding to the landfill, think sustainably and give that neglected piece of furniture the grand restoration it deserves.


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forPlanning Success

With the end of the latest financial year, I’m finding myself on the cusp of that most critical of business habits; business planning.

A business plan is the foundation for how to analyse, articulate and manage the business you hope to grow and generate in the year ahead and over my 30 years of doing them I’ve noticed considerable changes – and good ones at that.

It’s no longer a matter of ‘numbers’ only. There’s a much greater appreciation for – and use of – strategies that consider everything an individual faces as they endeavour to move forward in a challenging profession.

Today’s plans usually start with a review of where you find yourself from a holistic perspective, sometimes challenging the writer with questions such as: are you living the life you want to be? And then moving into different life fields which can then be further divided into various categories.

Right at the top is health.

This can include fitness, sleep, diet, overall wellbeing (both physical and psychological), as well as connection with others. Essentially, the ‘Pillars of Health’ that must be in place for us to flourish.

This is a long way from the plans I did many years ago. Nobody appreciated then that sleep is a cornerstone to health and wellbeing, and that the absence of great sleep hygiene will absolutely jeopardize your ability to function at a high level in business.

I know there’s always someone who will say they don’t need sleep and a

lack thereof won’t affect them, but science disputes this and the best plans encourage thoughtfulness in this area.

Fitness is also deeply relevant and beautifully nuanced in the following sentences written by an acknowledged real estate guru:

“You need to cultivate a physical practice (think exercise)

Because it centres you

Challenges you

Because it hurts

Because it’s a form of rest and because it Makes you a better agent.”

So, today’s plans include these elements before moving into a large analytical and financial section.

The best plans challenge the writer to analyse in depth the business they were able to generate in the previous year. The actual numbers of appraisals, listings and sales that they attempted and completed.

Doing this gives an insight into skill levels and where greater development needs to occur, and from this you can then determine what needs to happen and the results that can be achieved if you follow through.

My biggest tip here is consistency. Nothing beats it – not even spasmodic brilliance.

If I’m involved in facilitating business planning for our large team of consultants, I also like to include a portion of research and last year that

included a concentrated dive into a book by author Les McKeown called Predictable Success. Said to help get organisations and individuals onto a growth track, it provides current and valuable insights into the seven growth stages in any business.

The other thing I find useful is including practical breakout sessions on subjects such as social media and its influence, winning rituals, daily habits and exceptional service, etc.

Our approach to planning is always developing, as it should be, with the aim of educating and enabling people to run great businesses whilst having a more balanced life.

If it sounds like a load of nonsense, I can only say that if success leaves clues then following this framework could be worthwhile. We currently have the top residential office in the country (Papanui) for our brand, Harcourts, and the top office for all brands in New Zealand, the top office for income and incomeper-sales-consultant, the number-one office for auctions and the numberone franchise for earnings-per-salesconsultant, and we are the recipient of numerous acknowledgements for giving back to our communities with financial help and innovation.

So, if you think a plan’s not necessary, maybe think again, and if you’d like some help, I’m a phone call away.

Happy Autumn.

Lynette McFadden

Harcourts gold Business Owner

027 432 0447

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New owners for Christchurch interiors brand

For lovers of Hamptons and coastal style, there is one showroom in Christchurch that embodies this distinctive aura.

Adestination for classic luxury, OneWorld’s collection is luxe in both quality and elegance. With each new range, the possibilities to take the showroom’s sanctuary of style to your own home gets easier.

Heather and David Fine, pictured, are thrilled to o cially be the owners, after holding up the OneWorld management fort proudly for many years. Everything remains the same, yet di erent, as they prepare for an exciting future as a Christchurch owned and operated business, delivering across New Zealand.

The arrivals lined up for the months ahead are gorgeous and enticing, while OneWorld continues to o er the stunning pieces in their ever-popular ‘Hamptons’ and ‘Coastal’ ranges.

Heather believes it is their reach across the globe that

sets them apart. “Our relationships enable us to bring in new, innovative designs from the factories, while still focusing on our philosophy of carefully selecting items that are classic luxury and won’t date.”

In the showroom, feel the luxurious sofas with feather fills and see the quality of the furniture. Products of complete timelessness, you will find great peace of mind in deciding to bring a OneWorld item home.

“It’s all about creating comfortable, stylish, and personalised spaces, so your home is uniquely yours,”

Heather adds.

The OneWorld showroom and retail store at 114 Carlyle Street in Sydenham, Christchurch, is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and has everything you need to create a home you will fall in love with.

Heather and David look forward to seeing you.

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C fort for every season

“I first explored using micro-coils in our mattresses when my wife was experiencing menopause,” says Dreamwool director, David Henderson. “

My wife was having a di cult time sleeping and she would often wake up drenched in the middle of the night. I knew then that we needed to support the many women like her who struggle with sleep during that phase of their lives.”

Dreamwool crafts top-of-the-line, luxury latex and pocketspring mattresses that o er both maximum breathability and climate control, qualities that can be especially beneficial for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. “Unlike foam, which gets hotter and loses its form overnight, our products contain only the finest, all-natural fillings for optimum comfort and coolness,” David says.

“Our pocketspring mattresses are the superior choice for many customers, but every Dreamwool mattress features thick layers of all-natural merino wool, ensuring that all of our customers can enjoy maximum temperature control and comfort, achieving a deeper, drier sleep, faster.”

Customers who are experiencing sleep discomfort associated with menopause are reaping the benefits.

“My personal experience with Dreamwool Beds has been fantastic,” says Sandy from Amberley. “I am in my mid-50s and going through menopause. With sleep often being a challenge during menopause, having a bed that kept me cool in the

summer and retaining warmth in the winter was a lifesaver, giving me a good night’s sleep all year around.”

Jen from Woolston agrees. “Rather than sleeping on it or in it, the experience is more akin to becoming a part of it. The mattress gently supports my ageing frame in a way that makes physical relaxation possible,” she says.

“Dreamwool mattresses are so well made that they give me a restful and supportive sleep every night,” says Vicky from Whitianga. “Their construction from quality, breathable materials also means that I don’t get overheated.”

The key to hot and restless sleepers finding greater comfort, David says, is to manage the microclimate of the sleeping space. “We often hear about people trying to better manage the temperature of their bedroom with fans and air conditioning, but we rarely talk about changing the microclimate of the bed in which we’re sleeping.

Deep comfort and restful sleep start with a luxurious, breathable mattress and Dreamwool is providing that. While we know we can’t cure menopause, we absolutely can provide women with greater comfort for every season of their lives.”

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An arty day out

Exploring contemporary art at a local gallery offers a splendid opportunity for a day out with a companion.

During the first weekend of May, Windsor Gallery will host its bi-annual Art Show. This grand event promises an impressive showcase of 300 plus artworks, contributed by over 50 artists. With such a diverse array of media, motifs, and dimensions, you are sure to discover pieces that align with your space, style, and spirit.

From the timeless elegance of bronze and stone sculptures to the allure of abstract compositions, captivating photography, meticulous photo-realism, and exquisite woodcraft, the exhibition boasts a delightful variety that caters to every artistic palate.

Co-owner Tracey Wynands says, “The majority of the exhibited works are crafted by talented artists from New Zealand, complemented by select o erings from overseas.”

With all art for sale, it is an occasion not to be missed by lovers of contemporary creativity and home decorators alike.

Exhibition details

4 and 5 May

10am – 4pm

Free entry

Windsor Gallery

386 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

Knowledge is Power, Sue Syme, 690x1000mm.

Knowledge is Power, Sue Syme, 690x1000mm.

Decorating in style

Carefully collecting and curating gorgeous, unique treasures adds to the delight of creating your own special décor vision.

Help to do so comes from Jackie Henry, owner of stylish Belish Boutique, in St Albans.

For discerning clients, Jackie has handpicked a stunning array of furniture, art, and home décor that is luxurious, inspiring, and high quality.

“Bring in photos of the space you are working on and we will help you pull your vision together,” she says.

“We have a range that will add interest, and colour, to any home, whether it is a hand-crafted Belish one-o or limited edition statement furniture piece, or layering your existing furniture with cushions, throws, sheepskins, and rugs, or even art. Visit 8 Cranford St or the website below.

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Lisa Jepso, Love You Moor & Miss You Moor, 60x45cm

1. Beautiful Bespoke Furniture, custom-made at Gavin Cox Furniture, 2. A wonderful range of Mother’s Day gifts, available at Exquisite Gifts by AJ, 3. Proudly restoring your loved pieces of furniture, Seaton’s French Polishing & Furniture Repairs, 4. Art & furniture with a definite wow factor, available from Belish Boutique, 5. Life in Seasons - Winter/Spring, by Inspirations, available at Art & Frame, 6. New Zealand-made feather inner cushions, available at Alena Designs, shop

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Most of the time, below freezing is too cold for cats or dogs, and any temperature under seven degrees means pets should be kept inside during the day or night. Consider the coat type and size, as double-layered coats and bigger pets will hold heat longer. Treat them to a warm winter with an

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Ziggy Sherpa forest pet bed Find Me: Adairs. 2. Quilted dog blanket Find Me: Peter Alexander. 3. Cosy Calming cream pet bed Find Me: Charli & Coco. 4. Skive Cat Cave Find Me: Charli & Coco. 5. Pets Piper Corduroy Sherpa pet blanket Find Me: Bed Bath & Beyond. 6. Medium kennel Find Me: Cosy Kennel. 7. Merino wool dog sweater Find Me: Sebastian Says. 2 3 4 5 6 7 03 366 3448 Prompt, efficient and professional. Sharp was able to accommodate my schedule and work around my appointments. Everything done on the spot including a cat door. Much appreciated. I have had such great experiences with Sharp Glass. They were super friendly and they have gone out of their way to help. So when I needed a glazier again they were my first choice. Well recommended. See the pet door experts 0274 663 293 • Peaceful home euthanasia for your beloved pet If you need help deciding if it’s the right time for a home euthanasia for your pet, talk to us today for advice. It can be confusing knowing if it’s time to make a decision about euthanasia. Call, email or text for a free, 20 minute quality of life telephone consultation with Dr Nic from Our Pet’s Goodbye and discuss your pet’s individual situation.
insulated kennel or cat house, pet bed, or plush blanket. With the likes of sherpa, wool, and
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Stiffness, slowing down, reluctant to walk?

Stiffness, slowing down, reluctant to walk?

• reluctance to go up or down stairs

• reluctance to go up or down stairs

• difficulty getting up and down

• difficulty getting up and down

• struggling jumping or climbing

• struggling jumping or climbing

• less active behaviour

• less active behaviour

• loss of stamina

• loss of stamina

SYNOQUIN can help your dog or cat.

SYNOQUIN can help your dog or cat.

To find out more contact your veterinarian.

gardening Gorgeous winter colour

The best gardens are those that have colour of some sort, during all four seasons.

Iam a flower fancier, so need a plentiful supply to pick during spring, summer, autumn, and especially winter. From beautiful patterned bark, red berries, and colourful blooms, autumn and winter trees and shrubs add bursts of beauty during darker days.

Many trees, such as paper birch, Tibetan cherry, paper bark maple, and crepe myrtles, have beautiful bark. Crepe myrtles (Lagerstroemia) also have colourful late summer blooms, and check out the red barked dogwood (Cornus alba Sibirica), which produces a mass of fiery crimson stems.

When it comes to berries, crab apples standout with their bright fruit, and they’re great for making crab apple jelly. Holly is a traditional winter berry bringer, especially in colder areas. Other shrubs with bright winter berries include Nandina, Skimmia, Hypericum, Mahonia, Viburnum davidii, and white snowberry (Symphoricarpos).

Magnolias, yellow daphne (Edgeworthia), camellias, rhododendrons, banksias, grevilleas, proteas, and leucadendrons are all popular winter flowering species.

Hardy erica varieties are excellent in colder regions, in a range of white, pink, red, and lilac, and don’t forget our natives. Manukas (Leptospermum) flower from late winter into spring, and the dwarf cultivars are ideal for small gardens or mass planting, available in a range from white through to pinks and reds. Many hebes flower in winter, as does the kōwhai, bringing bright bursts of yellow to gardens.

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Stylish townhouses near Riccarton Bush

Ever since the Deans family first settled the historic Riccarton Bush area, it has been a sought-after precinct in which to live.

Properties don’t often come on the market there, so they’re quickly snapped up when they do. Even more rare is the opportunity to acquire a lovely new-build home in an older, established area. Inspired by beautiful design, Tao Meng, director of Tao Homes is proving himself a master at slotting gorgeous homes into desirable neighbourhoods, while also adding to their aesthetics. The latest editions to Tao’s portfolio can be found at 17A and 17B Rimu Street.

“This location is stunning because it overlooks Riccarton Bush, and is just a few steps away,” says Tao. “We knew we had to have something extra special both to complement, and take full advantage of, the amazing setting.”

The homes follow the team’s ethos of never building anything that is copy and paste. “We design for the area and the site. The result has to look amazing, but I am determined

to ensure it is also a ordable, liveable, and makes its owners happy,” says Tao.

To have new-build homes that impress with their beauty, their high-end specifications, and their contribution to a desirable lifestyle, is like gold dust, and quick to attract attention. “There has been so much interest in our build project right from the beginning,” says Tao, “we strongly suggest people register their interest as soon as possible because the homes will go quickly.”

Architecturally designed by MOAA, they also feature appliances by Miele. Ideal for families of all ages, the three-bedroom and three-bathroom homes are zoned for Christchurch Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools, and are a short stroll to Westfield Riccarton.

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Situated opposite the University of Canterbury Priced from $625,000 44 CREYKE ROAD, CHRISTCHURCH Highly sought-after area in the best school zones. 1 or 3 Bed options. Architecturally designed by Buchan Group. Completion due July 2024. P. 021 086 88000 E. *Terms & Conditions Apply HURRY! ONLY 3 UNITS LEFT!

The Garden City

Christchurch isn’t called the Garden City for nothing – and it definitely keeps that title when autumn rolls around.

The leaves are turning red and yellow, and starting to fall (we’re sweeping them out of the drains, don’t worry), and the weather is starting to cool o .

There’s still a lot going on around the city and on Banks Peninsula – festivals, markets, you name it. The region is buzzing with life.

Autumn’s a great season to spend some time in one of our outstanding parks or reserves - little slices of nature around town.

So, it really bugs me that plants have recently been stolen from places like Mona Vale. These areas belong to everyone in Christchurch, and the plants are there for us all to enjoy.

When someone comes along with a wheelie bin on a scooter or digs them straight out and takes them, it ruins it for the whole community.

What has been great to see is the public really getting behind us to stop these incidents.

Recently we had a resident spot someone pulling out plants in Mona Vale again. They stopped them to ask what they were doing, which scared them o , and they haven’t come back.

Let’s keep working together to protect these green spaces and keep them looking good.

It’s on all of us to keep our parks safe and beautiful. They make life in the Garden City even better.

The power of mentoring

Christchurch is a great place to do business. We have a unique innovation ecosystem where companies collaborate and support each other.

The city’s size and the cooperative mindset of our people create an environment where everyone chips in to help each other succeed. Which is why the nationwide Business Mentors programme works so well here. Starting a business can be overwhelming – with limited time and resources, it’s hard to tick every box. That’s where having a mentor becomes invaluable. A mentor can guide small business owners through those early steps, saving them time and e ort. If you’ve ever considered giving back to the community, being a business mentor is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive impact. Thriving businesses benefit not only the individual owners but also the entire business community in Christchurch.

By providing experienced guidance, you can significantly flatten someone else’s learning curve and maybe help them avoid some of the pitfalls you encountered on your own business journey.

Likewise, if you are starting out in business and think having a mentor would benefit you, then I’d also encourage you to get involved with the Business Mentors programme.

We are an independent bunch in Canterbury, but asking for help is one of the smartest things you can do in small business. Visit and let’s keep Ōtautahi Christchurch a place where we value collaborations as much as we do competition.


Working together

The last few weeks have been busy again as we advocate on behalf of Canterbury businesses.

Recently, Ali Adams (CEO, ChristchurchNZ) and I flew to Wellington for a whirlwind tour of the big business ministries including MBIE and MFAT. The purpose of the trip was to reiterate Canterbury’s position as a powerhouse regional economy – with GDP and employment growth well above national averages – and significant capacity for further economic and population growth.

One of our messages we left the Government O cials with was: “If you haven’t visited Christchurch in the last three years, you haven’t visited Christchurch.”

While I was in Wellington, I also kicked o my quarterly meetings with the Prime Minister. Mr Luxon repeated his messaging I have heard in a few interactions now, which is that he expects his Government to have an adult-adult rather than a parent-child relationship with businesses.

His expectation is that businesses will be ambitious and proactively work with the Government in an equal partnership.

Here in Canterbury, we will also be presenting the Business Canterbury submission on the Christchurch City Council draft Long Term Plan this month.

We expect a significant focus for the council over the next 10 years to be improving its engagement with businesses, understanding the impacts of decisions on them, a greater focus on value for money for ratepayers including driving e ciencies, and more ambition for our city.

Gathering big ideas

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city that punches well above its weight on the international stage on many fronts. This is not by coincidence.

It is hard mahi and collaboration between various organisations with common interests that drive success for our city.

Te Pae Christchurch, in collaboration with ChristchurchNZ and educational institutions such as the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Lincoln Agritech, and Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct, have worked together on many bids to bring international conventions and major business events to our region.

Convention centres like Te Pae Christchurch are usually predicated on the economic impact that a conference delegate brings to the city. Yet conferences provide so much more value than just economic impact. They provide an opportunity for technical leaders to showcase their expertise, grow big ideas, and forge new connections.

Hosting conferences in Christchurch shines the spotlight on our local educators and industry experts, which results in growth of their standing on the world stage, and exciting new opportunities for these people and their organisations.

Over the past year, Te Pae Christchurch has collaborated with various local education institutions, winning the right to host many conferences for our city in industries such as medical, agritech, transport and aerospace. Each event showcases our leadership, knowledge and talent in these sectors and, as a result, the spotlight is on Ōtautahi Christchurch. It’s also wonderful to see that conference delegates are exploring and experiencing all that we have to o er in this region, as Christchurch continues to make its mark as a world-class business events destination.

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$30million urgent funding needed for cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL) has four months to find the project a new funding pathway, or it will be “mothballed” indefinitely.

Chair of CCRL Mark Stewart announced, early in April, that the group has until August this year to secure a funding pathway to reinstate the iconic cathedral, largely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. If funding is unsuccessful, the rebuild will stop for an unspecified period.

“This is an incredibly challenging position to be in, particularly when we are more than a third of the way through the entire reinstatement,” says Mark.

The decision follows a comprehensive review of the costs and timeline of the reinstatement programme. March last year was the first time full access to the inside of the Cathedral was granted since the earthquakes.

The review showed that continuing the original project work plan would be too expensive and present too much risk.

Following the review team, the CCRL Board decided to reduce the scope, cost, and risk of the project by removing the deep foundation for the tower and the lower courtyard, thus mitigating that risk.

“By doing this, the overall cost of the project is now $248 million,” says Mark. “We are confident we can raise a further $26 million, on top of the $24 million raised so far. The Bishop has committed to securing

additional contributions from the Anglican Church of $16 million, leaving a funding gap of $114 million.

“Our urgent need is a funding stream of $30 million that we can access by September 2024 so we can continue the strengthening. We then need further funding to allow us to complete the reinstatement by October 2031. We are managing our remaining funds carefully in the meantime to maintain operations,” he explains.

The government has been briefed, and discussion initiated with the Christchurch City Council about funding options.

Christchurch Mayor Phil Mauger says resolving the funding problem will take the combined e orts of the charitable company, the church, the city and central government.

“Many of our residents, businesses and visitors will see the cathedral as the final piece of the rebuild. But we must acknowledge that the financial pressure all of these groups are under at the moment will make this challenging,” says Phil.

“While the Cathedral is a place of worship for the Anglican Church, it is also an important civic and heritage building and a well-used community space. We recently commissioned New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to estimate the total economic value of reinstating Christ Church Cathedral. They estimated that the reinstated cathedral could result in additional tourism spending of up to $20.8 million per year,” adds Mark.

If the cathedral is mothballed, it will be hidden from view, and people will not be able to visit or preserve it, because it will remain a construction site in suspension.

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Contractors Ceres started work on the site in May 2023, stripping out the interiors before starting demolition in November 2023. The heritage buildings are being protected throughout while the site is being redeveloped.

The 1950s Centennial Wing, which housed the Special Exhibitions Hall, and the Garden Court building, home to the blue whale over recent years, are both gone. The 1970s Du Wing, which fronted the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, was demolished in late March. The 2010–2011 earthquakes damaged all those buildings.

Museum Tumuaki Director Anthony Wright says the original plan was to salvage and reuse the distinct exterior panels on the Du Wing.

“Unfortunately, when the project team and engineers looked at them more closely on site, they found they weren’t actually panels, but were instead part of the structure-supporting shear wall. This meant they couldn’t be reused,” he says.

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Creating metal magic

Buildings come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and materials, including an increasing number comprising various types of metal.

Copper, roofing iron, and corrugated iron are all popular choices in modern architecture.

Contemporary corrugated iron is extremely weatherproof, so it o ers an excellent, coste ective solution in areas exposed to wind, rain, snow, and hot, dry conditions.

One of the characteristic building materials in New Zealand for more than 150 years, it is technically a light steel sheet that has been galvanised (treated with a coating of zinc on both sides) to prevent rusting, then rolled into corrugations at either 76 or 127 millimetres.

First produced in English steel mills in the 1830s, it was regarded as suitable only for temporary buildings, and indeed many classic Kiwi baches were re-clad in it, along with barns, and eventually homes.

As an exterior cladding for homes, metal has increased in popularity in New Zealand during the last decade, despite an abundance of alternatives such as timber and brick.

Architects say that metal cladding, like those made from aluminium or steel materials, is highly durable and longlasting. It can withstand New Zealand’s often harsh weather conditions, including strong winds, rain, and UV radiation,

without deteriorating or losing its aesthetic appeal. When properly installed and maintained, it can last for several decades giving a great return on investment.

Requiring minimal maintenance, it is resistant to rot, pests, and fungal growth, eliminating the need for regular repairs or treatments. Occasional cleaning is usually su cient to keep the metal panels in good condition, reducing maintenance costs and e orts over the long term.

Better yet, it is architecturally versatile, able to be shaped in various ways that are not possible with other exterior cladding options, allowing creative and unique building designs.

Another advantage is its light weight, making it easier to transport and install. From energy e ciency and sustainability aspects, metal cladding is an excellent thermal conductor, and is mostly recyclable, in addition to often being made from recycled materials.

Disadvantages include high upfront costs for the metal itself, plus its installation, increased noise levels (the sound of rain on the tin roof), the risk of corrosion if not cared for properly, and the need for proper insulation and ventilation to work e ectively.

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When it comes to design and construction, Priority Projects is the home of repeat clients. “We have once again been entrusted by our clients to design and construct a 450-500m2 warehouse, with the requirement for a large hardstand area for truck circulation,” says project manager

The rear site is sandwiched between a factory owned by the team’s client, a leased neighbouring property, and a factory owned and occupied by others. “The location of the site produced some challenges with obtaining FENZ approval, as the fire appliance path is narrow and long,” says Donna, “This created the need for a dry-line hydrant system to meet compliance standards.”

The warehouse is straight forward construction of structural steel framing, concrete tilt slab and iron walls, iron roof, and commercial roller doors. Stormwater is captured into a water recycle system and utilised as part of the manufacturing process in the existing factory. “We are delighted with our contractor’s workmanship and the end result,” says Donna.

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Investing in healthy homes

A healthy home is a must, providing a superior living environment to ensure good health and wellbeing for those residing in it, throughout the life of the building.

New Zealand has healthy home standards that relate to all rental properties, and since 2020, many older homes (private and rental) have been retrofitted to align them with those standards. Now, there’s also a strong movement to start planning for healthier homes right from the design stage, incorporating principles that lead to a future-proof home with aesthetic excellence, superior liveability, and performance.

Many architecture and building companies are specialising in building superior living residences from scratch, and you will find some of them on the following pages.

Their purpose is clear: to design and build energy-e cient healthy homes, that balance functionality and the aesthetic aspects of quality architecture. Good design requires a balancing act of the various important attributes which influence overall liveability.

Each site has individual requirements in the same way that each homeowner has an individual design brief. Well-thought-out designs take all of these aspects into account and can be roughly broken down into the areas of site and location, size and footprint, and universal design.

Passive builds the future

As the demand for more energy efficient housing in Aotearoa increases, the need for “passive housing” builds has never been more vital.

The guiding principles of a passive house include airtight construction, high-quality insulation, triple-glazed windows, heat recovery ventilation, and thermal bridge-free design.

Team Green Architects skilfully blends the passive house model with its unique signature architecture.

Daring a di erent aesthetic approach from the norm, each construct is a triumph of both raw beauty and functionality.

“The architectural component is as integral to our builds as the energy e cient, health and comfort components,”

co-owner and architect, Siân Taylor, explains.

With education and sports facilities growing its portfolio, another recent development is a consultancy service, for architects, designers, and developers.

“For people who just want to improve their homes, be it healthier environments, better heating e ciency, more sun, etc., with our expertise in energy modelling, we can help make those goals really achievable.”

Contact Siân or Mark at Team Green Architects for the ultimate in healthy, comfortable, and low energy homes.

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Safe, healthy homes

The Christchurch and the Kaikōura earthquakes and their aftershocks felt as if they were trying to tear the land in two. The aftermath separated Cantabrians into two groups as well: those whose properties were devastated, and those whose homes came through the trials with little damage.

One home remained completely unscathed following the 7.8 earthquake in Waiau near Kaikōura, despite the home being positioned just 100 metres from the fault line. Many other homes and buildings in the same small town were decimated and in ruins. The location of the fault had been hitherto unknown to geologists and engineers. For those families, life was unsettled for years to come while waiting for attention and then repairs or rebuilds organised through the phases, often covering EQC, insurance, design, then finally construction processes. They moved out and moved in, some of them several times over. They could have done without it.

For the lucky owners of Fraemohs homes, the years after the shakes continued with less stress. Their earthquake proof homes from the Solid Timber range performed exceptionally well during the earthquakes.

“We regularly have owners of our Solid Timber homes contact us or write public reviews saying how safe they felt in their homes during the earthquakes,” says Amanda van der Kley, business development manager at Fraemohs.

One delighted owner says, “Our 1981 Fraemohs home on poles in Mt Pleasant had no damage requiring repair other than a hot water cylinder. Recommend!” while

another reported “We have just moved to a property with a 70s original Fraemohs house, it rolled with the quake but we still felt safe, unlike the Christchurch house that broke apart on February 11,” while a Kaikōura earthquake home owner says “I was in Hanmer in a wooden Fraemohs chalet trying to fix my phone while my wife watched a TV movie when the first big 7.5 hit. I have to say the chalet was great–strong as a boat in a storm as we rocked and rolled. It was built on a good, thick concrete pad and the interlocking beam walls performed perfectly.” There are many more very positive comments from happy Fraemohs home-owners on the website.

“Our homes move with the earth through the interlocking timber system,” says Amanda. “Imagine a formidable athlete who can bench press 10 times his or her body weight yet moves with the grace and elegance of a ballerina. The combination of strength and flexibility is at the core of why our Solid Timber homes perform as they do in earthquakes.”

The team point out that trying to resist nature is a fool’s game. Embracing nature and working with it is both smart and sustainable. “When the wind blows, a tree moves with the wind. If it didn’t, it would break. When the earth moves, our Solid Timber homes move with the earth through the interlocking timber system,” says Amanda.

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Structurally tested

Keen to know just how strong their system really is, Fraemohs decided to have their walls tested with earthquake simulation machinery (P21 testing) at Scion, the Crown Research Institute in Rotorua.

“Their machinery was unable to break our walls on its highest setting,” says Amanda.

After the testing, the timber wall was inspected closely and not a speck of damage was found. “In your mind, compare that to how you expect a regular plasterboard wall would perform in a test like this (or an actual earthquake). A plasterboard wall would probably be in ruins. Even a minor earthquake can severely damage plasterboard walls,” says Amanda. Remarkably, the Fraemohs Homes buildings that performed so well during the earthquakes were from the old range, often decades old.

“We have since updated the design, which makes our homes even safer, warmer, and contemporary in design.”

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ECO Design Advisors

Eco Design Advisors help improve the comfort and health of New Zealanders by providing free independent advice on home performance.

Working for local councils, their advice can range from new builds and significant renovations, to behaviour change and simple retrofits. The service can take the form of a conversation around a table, or a comprehensive on-site home assessment.

EDAs work closely with EECA, BRANZ, MBIE, and Consumer NZ to provide the best available information to homeowners, landlords, tenants, and the building industry. The service was established in 2006, and is a free service o ered by various councils, including the Christchurch City Council.

Those involved explain that before starting a project, it is important for the homeowner to be fully informed about why healthy homes are needed, and the basic principles required to achieve them, and it is essential for designers to understand what the homeowner is trying to achieve.

Healthy home designs mean that the building is viewed as one whole system, comprising several independent systems that interact, such as heating, ventilation, and solar systems, enclosed in a highperformance building that is also a collection of components and systems (foundations, walls, windows, ventilation etc) working together.

Examples of integrated systems thinking include:

• The relationship between the ground and the foundations.

• The relationship between solar PV and storage of thermal energy in the hot water system and its optimal control with a timer.

• As the insulation levels go up, so must the quality of the air barrier system to avoid condensation.

• A well-designed ventilation system tuned to the design and layout of the home, and its occupants’ needs.

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Solve your warmth problems

For bringing warmth and ambience to a home, you can’t beat a bionic fire.

The elemental nature of fire links us across the millennia. We find a depth of meaning and connection in sitting beside a fire that is just not available from any other heat source. The complexities arise when we need an Ultra Low Emission Burners (ULEB) which also meets our desire for something exceptionally beautiful in the home. Until now the range has been limited, but Envirosolve has come to the rescue.

Designed and manufactured where else but Denmark, the stunning Scandi-style bionic fires are fully automatic mechanical and do not require electricity, a fan, or a damper. There is no flue shield either, because the flue only becomes warm when the fire is in operation. Heat energy, usually lost via a chimney, travels down into the double combustion chamber to be reused. This results in a highly heate cient, low emission energy output.

The bionic fire is the ideal fire for a passive or air-tight house, with its moderate output and the necessary external air kit, either through the floor or wall which is needed for a passive house.

“Each fire is custom-ordered upon purchase, with some held in stock and others with delivery expected approximately four months later,” says owner of Envirosolve, Dr Rene Haeberli.

“The standard size can be fixed or swivel, and in black or nickel, while studio size is black, with choices for the glass as well.”

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Amazing architectural fittings

Ah, the house hanker phenomenon. On a voyage through the socials, a flip through a gorgeous glossy, or down the rabbit hole of interior design on the internet, we can find ourselves admiring fabulous architectural fittings that just aren’t available in New Zealand.

If you have been unable to replicate stunning windows and doors that you have seen in overseas homes, life just became that much better. International company

NH Windows & Doors is now bringing the benefits, beauty, and advanced design of wooden doors and windows to New Zealand. Their timber and timber/aluminium-clad windows and doors are precisely engineered, highly secure, and energy-e cient. They require minimal maintenance and have a long lifespan.

“The pine wood used to make the windows and doors is sourced from sustainable forests in North Scandinavia, where trees grow naturally and slowly with no fertilisers used” says Fabian Schneider, architectural designer of NH Design. “Our supplier uses only laminated triple-layer wood, which prevents the window frame from warping and increases the lifespan of the windows. They use radial or half-radial cut for the outer layers to protect window surfaces from wood splitting.”

A variety of wood species is available, including pine (fingerjoint or solid), oak, meranti, mahogany, and other traditional (eucalyptus and larch) or exotic (hemlock, Oregon, and white saraya) timbers. “All timber species are highly stable over time and will provide years of hassle-free service,” says Fabian.

The team provides everything from traditional to unique designs. Their elegant European-style design line features inward-opening products that are highly popular and commonly used across Continental Europe.

“In all our windows and doors, the glass cannot be removed from the outside, while interior beading improves security and is tested to fulfil BS 7950,” says Fabian. “It is also energy e cient, and we have a range of devices to improve sound insulation. We have a range of coating finishes, or you can increase lifespan with our optional aluminium cladding.” For the latest in window and door fittings, contact Fabian on 027 428 5590.

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