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t seems despite the years disappearing before our very eyes, what has endured the passing of time is the sense of anticipation for the annual pilgrimage to St Nick. In fact, my own eager excitement ahead of the forthcoming silly season has further strengthened over time. For me personally, this has been more evident since having children. There’s something pretty special about seeing their faces light up with delight, and not just when it comes to opening up presents! Children derive so much joy from the act of giving. Gift giving is a custom that can be found in all cultures and evidence of its existence dates back to prehistoric cultures; the symbolic giving and receiving of gifts being the social glue that makes possible the friendships, loyalties, alliances and coalitions upon which all human social organisations, ultimately rest. Let us not forget however, the true beauty of Christmas – the reunification of scattered family and friends, the additional time to do so with annual work breaks, ABCthe AUDITED opportunity to provide a physical imitation of one’s love and also a reminder of the importance of all of the above. After all, according to Peg Bracken, “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas”. On behalf of the entire team at Metropol, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and AUDITED a happy New Year. Metropol will be back with you on 17 January, ready to embrace all of the wonders that await in 2019.

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Queen of

Musical Theatre By Melinda Collins

Elaine Paige, the queen of musical theatre, is heading to our southern city with a show at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal on Monday 21 January.


he English singer and actress has built a stellar career, with some laudable performances, including the role of Eva Perón in the first

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production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita in 1978, which made her a household name. We caught up with Elaine to discuss her illustrious career.

What attracted you to singing and performing? Academically I was not that interested; I was always much more about the vocational things in life. Singing was something I knew I loved; I was in the school choir, did the end of school productions. Dad asked me if I would like to go to drama school. I’m always grateful he made that suggestion. I’m not altogether sure I would have come to that myself. From a middle class family, we knew nothing about drama schools or anything of that ilk. Pretending to be someone else appealed to me, so I went to drama school and that’s how it all began. What are some of your career highlights? Evita will be one of the major highlights. Having the opportunity to originate the role of Eva Peron gave me a career in musical theatre, so that will always be the one that

is most special to me. I was able to pick and choose after Evita what roles I wanted to play. I was very fortunate to find myself in a very privileged position that gave me a career and choice. You’ve performed at some of the biggest venues around the world, what are you looking forward to about performing in New Zealand? I’ve come ‘Down Under’ to New Zealand and Australia several times during my career, although I haven’t been your way in half a dozen years. So I’m really looking forward to visiting and seeing the changes. Equally it’s like coming home really because New Zealand is so similar to England. That’s what I like about it. People are always very welcoming and in the past have come out to see me, so I’m hoping I can enjoy the same this time around. What do the next 12 months have in store for you? I’ve always worked very hard, many hours, done many different things. Next year I’m coming to see you in January, then when I come back to England there’s some television on the cards, a play I might be doing and in the summer I’m looking to do a new album with Cliff Richard. I’ve been having a quiet year this year, jumped off the bandwagon for a bit, smelled the roses and next year is looking to be quite busy.

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Can you tell us a bit about the concert series and what Christchurch audiences can look forward to? It’s a concert series that will be celebrating song writers that I love and people I grew up listening to, such as Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Carly Simon. It’s really celebrating their music and a bit of a soundtrack of all our lives really, from the late 60s to 70s. It’s a show that has something for everybody.

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This New Year’s Eve will kick off with family entertainment from 6pm with Mullet Man, free activities, fairies and a special kids countdown at 8pm, then continues with DJs and live bands, including headline act, The Jordan Luck Band who will rock you into the New Year. New Year’s Eve 6pm - 12am, Monday 31 December North Hagley Park

Ali is once again bringing some Christmas Joy to Canterbury. After her popular Christmas Joy concerts the past two years, Ali has put together another beautifully festive concert celebrating this special time of year. Sunday, 16 December 3pm and 7pm The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street Bookings 0800 333 100

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New Zealand’s love affair with Rock n Roll Hall of Famers, The Hollies, is about to get a whole lot hotter this summer with the legendary band’s The Road Is Long Tour. Sunday, 24 February 2019 Horncastle Arena | 0800 842 538




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Bryan Adams

This new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece will visit 16 cities nationwide in April and May. It will be the first major theatrical performance at the $127.5 million refurbished Christchurch Town Hall. Saturday and Sunday, 13 and 14 April 2019 Town Hall | 0800 842 538

Armed with a career spanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Bryan Adams is returning to New Zealand with his ‘Shine A Light’ tour Sunday, March 17 2019 Hagley Park

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This summer Christchurch is playing hostess with the mostest, with musical acts and artists from near and far hitting the city. These are some of the hottest tickets in town.


Golden Girl By Melinda Collins

Sophie Pascoe has taken adversity and turned it to gold. We catch up with the inspiring Canterbury medallist about finding your ‘why’ and making history.

You received an MBE when you were just 15 and continue to kick goals. How does it feel to be part of the history books as one of the country’s most successful women? It’s humbling to be one of the country’s most successful women, by doing something I love every single day. I love what I do; I love the challenge and the thrill. To see me as one of the best in the country alongside some of the most

incredible women; my disability hasn’t defined that. I’ve gone and done that myself. When you’re young and have a goal to be the best in the world, you never really intend to create history with that. Now I want to be a successful female and leave a legacy, so others can see that if you put the hard work in, you can achieve.

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Being a high achieving sportsperson not only requires the ability to push yourself physically, but also mentally. What has it taken to get where you are today? It’s taken so much more than just myself to get there. People might see just me, but man do I have a support team around me! There’s times I have to make – I don’t want to use the word ‘sacrifices’ – but there are decisions I have to make in order to make myself successful, even just whether to go out on a Friday or Saturday night, knowing how that’s going to impact the following day or week. As an athlete, you have to think how you can be better than the rest of your competitors and remember what your ‘why’ is. Every day you get up and tell yourself ‘why’ you are doing this. You have athletes that don’t make it and those who do; those who do are that special breed that questions themselves on every single move; they become perfectionists. It’s about routine but you’re still human, not a robot. There’s days you might fail, days you don’t ask why. You have to learn from that, come back the next day and do it better. You’ve been taking a break to recover from an operation on your leg, how does it feel to be back in the pool? A forced break is never treated as luxurious. It’s been challenging getting back in the pool. It’s been hard, it’s taxing on the body

and mind trying to get your body back to a high standard. I love being back though. I know what my ‘why’ is and I’m back with my support team. It’s great, but it has been challenging. It’s always hard to come back into it after a bit of time off, but that’s a great challenge in being able to see the rewards of the hard work pay off - hat’s what makes training enjoyable. How will the next two years look as you prepare for the world para-swimming championships in Kuching, Malaysia, next year and then Tokyo? The World Champs in August is my pinnacle event for next year. It’s also the stepping stone leading into Tokyo in many ways, not just in qualifying, but seeing who is new coming into the sport. When you are the ‘expected’, retaining that is bloody hard. There’s always going to be those hunting the expected but it’s about being prepared for the ‘expected’. The next two years will be full on, but exciting to know time is ticking down towards Tokyo. I’m really looking forward to it. How does a regular day in the life of Sophie Pascoe look? I train a couple of times a day, swim sessions that are two hours in the morning, an hour and a half in the afternoon. I have a gym session x3 during the week, along with prehab (a personalised maintenance programme for athletes to prevent injury) every morning. I get the recovery in there by having a nap every day - that’s vital for an athlete, not luxurious. There’s some yoga in there and recovery physio and massage during the week as well.. Why do you think you’ve been able to be such an incredible success? Again it comes back to the reason why. I have many whys – I love what I do, I love winning, I love making my parents proud and I love being something more than ‘the girl that’s missing a leg’. Those are pretty powerful impacts for the reason why I do this. Holding those close and making them work with my goal is what makes me successful. We learn from the times we fail and get back up. We, as a family, were struck with adversity at two and a half years of age. It’s about overcoming adversity and that’s how you find success.


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You’re the proud winner of nine gold medals and six silvers across three Paralympic Games. What have been some of your most defining moments, not just as a sportswoman, but also as a person? So many accidents happen on a daily basis that change lives forever. This definitely changed my family’s and my own. Every time I go out and achieve and have my family, in particular my dad, who was part of my accident, in the stand, seeing this typical Kiwi bloke who doesn’t share a lot of emotion, shed a tear, that’s my defining moment. That two minutes up in the podium listening to the national anthem takes everyone back to the moment it started. I wouldn’t have had this life if it didn’t happen, but I don’t want to be defined by my disability.

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Summer Sweeteners The city comes to life in the summer months, as we emerge from hibernation mode and prepare for some fun in the sun. Canterbury doesn’t disappoint, with a wide range of events to sweeten up the summer. So get your glad rags ready with our range of summer sweeteners.


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TWILIGHT IN THE CENTRAL CITY 14 December, 2018 The central city is buzzing with the festive feeling so head in and soak up the warm summer days as you tick off your gift list, from 6pm to 8pm. The central city will be buzzing with festivities and magical Christmas elves will be out in full force. Follow the Pockets of Awesome Facebook page for more information.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 1 December to 22 December, 2018 Completely sold-out for the last two years, The Court Jesters’ fun, family-friendly and interactive version of A Christmas Carol is quickly establishing itself as a must-do Christchurch Christmas tradition at the Pub Charity Studio at The Court Theatre. Find out more at LEIGHS CONSTRUCTION OUTDOOR CINEMA 25 to 26 January, 2019 The beloved summer tradition of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema returns to the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora for another sizzling season. Films for all ages will be screened on two dates each summer month in the picturesque North Quad – immersing cinemagoers in one of New Zealand’s landmark locations surrounded by stunning heritage buildings.

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CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT 13 to 15 December, 2018 The Court Youth company presents Children of the Night. Brought to you by the co-creator of the original Christchurch Ghost Walk, this is an immersive horror experience where you accompany the characters from the greatest vampire story ever told as they hunt down the monster that became a legend. Tickets from ARMSTRONG PRESTIGE HAGLEY PARK POLO CLASSIC 27 January, 2019 The Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic is returning to Christchurch. More than 2,500 attendees headed in for the first year and for 2019, this is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. Visit

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Jody Direen Our Country Queen By CĂŠline Gibson

Shania Twain might have been her idol, but it was all down to her grandmother that New Zealand’s reigning Queen of Country, Jody Direen, is where she is today.

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Jody has already released three albums; next year she will release her fourth. Signed to Australian labels ABC Music and Universal Music, Jody spends much of her time between New Zealand and Australia. “I’ve come to think of it as one big country now. One night I might be performing in Christchurch, the next it will be Sydney. It gets hard sometimes, but I’ve got a great core band; we’re there for each other. I couldn’t do it without them.” When not writing, recording or on the road, Jody’s overseeing iHeartRadio Top Paddock Music Festival, a yearly New Year’s Eve event held at Wanaka’s Lake Hawea that was created by Jody. “Top Paddock gives me the chance to pay it forward to my artist friends by giving them a stage, a venue and a hugely appreciative audience.” Jody reflects on what would be the pinnacle of her career. “To have bigger shows and venues would be fantastic, and perhaps a collaboration with a pop group, because the lines between pop/rock/hip-hop and country are becoming increasingly blurred – Nelly and Tim McGraw’s Over and Over, for instance. I’d love to do something like that!” For a woman of such drive, passion and massive talent as Jody Direen, it can only be a matter of time.

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randma was very musical. She’d bring her guitar whenever she came to visit; I’d try to wrap my hands around it to strum a few notes. She taught me my first song – Pistol Packin’ Mama. The sensation of being able to play guitar and sing at the same time was amazing! Hats off to Grandma – she was my inspiration.” When Jody was five, the family moved from Mosgiel to Wanaka; it’s still her base, but she’s seldom home for long periods of time. “Music’s been my fulltime career for around six years now. I’m very lucky to be making a living doing something I love.” Jody has travelled to Nashville to write and record her songs, and has also performed there. “Nashville’s considered the mecca of country music. There’s nothing like it, but it’s also extremely competitive. I remember going into this bar along Broadway, this woman was singing – an amazing voice… think Tina Turner on steroids – and she was singing for tips!” In 2014 Jody performed at Nashville’s Country Music Association Festival (CMA), in the Global Artists Showcase category. “The CMA Festival is one of the biggest country music festivals in the world; to be selected to perform there is the opportunity of a lifetime!”

Hitting the town

Reminiscing after a trip to America, Caroline and Murray Ireland realised one of the most enjoyable aspects of their holidays abroad was meeting the locals, who provided a more personable city tour. “They were run by friendly, engaging personalities, who made it really fun and memorable – so we decided we could do the same here in Christchurch,” says Caroline.


he well-travelled Cantabrian couple established Caroline’s Kombi tours, providing a unique way for visitors to explore Christchurch, while showcasing and supporting local businesses. “There is so much to offer in the city now and many exciting opportunities to come with the rebuild – we’re not focusing on the earthquakes. It’s also a chance to include Christchurch’s heritage, combined with quirky history facts, Kiwi culture, and a lot of fun.” Murray is the tour guide, while Caroline drives the cute mint-and-white Kombi vans, Judy and Moira – which seat six people each, for an even more personable tour. “The vans are named after my mother and aunt, who both had a great passion for life,” Caroline says. “And the iconic Kombi van represents adventure and brings back many happy summer holiday memories for us – people connect with them worldwide.” The vans have been meticulously worked on by local VW specialists, Mark and Tony

from The Metric Nut, to ensure they are of the highest standard for comfort, quality and safety. Caroline’s Kombi tours include the CBD Tour, featuring a must-see list of attractions such as the Christchurch Art Gallery, Kate Sheppard Memorial, Rutherford’s Den, Scape Public Art, Solidarity Grid, Bridge of Remembrance and the Cardboard Cathedral, as well as showcasing the city’s renowned street art, before heading to Cashmere hills for stunning views of the Southern Alps. During the summer, the guided tours will extend to Governors Bay to visit the garden of international significance, Ohinetahi, as well as other sights outside the CBD. Food tours, Super Senior tours and tailored tours for special events or corporate outings are also available – whether groups of friends or colleagues want to visit Diamond Harbour, Sumner Beach, or Lyttleton. Business partnering with ChristchurchNZ, the company

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fully supports #explorechristchurch, encouraging fellow Cantabrians back into the city centre. “The tours are also a great way for local families who have visitors in town to truly experience their city and have some fun.” Caroline and Murray provide a fun-filled experience, sharing wonderful stories and fun facts, along with their extensive local knowledge. “We love new experiences and meeting new people, both locals and people from all over the world. We take great pride in providing our customers the best possible experience.” Visit or phone 027 600 4502 for more information.

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ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE CHARITY GOLF DAY VIPs and special guests Chris Harris, Corey Flynn, Scott Robertson and Garry Moore attended the successful event at Clearwater Golf Club which raised funds for St Andrew’s College girls’ football and the Chalky Carr Trust. 1. Adam Reece, Corey Flynn, Brett Gamble 2. Miranda Newbury (Golf Tournament Sponsorship Manager, St Andrew’s), Frank van Schaijit (John Jones Steel, Major Sponsor) 3. Alastair Miles, Don Reed, Chris Harris, Dougal Cockram 4. Stephen Tubbs, Hamish Doig, Scott Robertson, Miranda Newbury, Peter Adamson, Jo Morrow (Girls’ Football Manager, St Andrew’s) 5. Hamish Doig, Peter Adamson 6. Andrew Wyllie, Andrew Stratton, Chris Kerry, Gordon Cullem Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event.







HARCOURTS GOLD CUP DAY BREAKFAST Fascinators, gorgeous dresses, sharp looking suits and bubbles were on tap at the CUP DAY breakfast celebrations for the team at Harcourts Gold. 1. Clare Beer, Deb Harvey, Chris Fitzhardinge 2. Cameron Bailey, Lynette McFadden 3. Mary Turnbull, Jodi & Mark O’Loughlin 4. Elise Schwass, Tony Grimshaw, Angela Boyle 5. Courtney Chenery, Caleb Griffioen 6. Jenny Fowler, Doug & Debbie Soper Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event. Metropol December 13, 2018 17

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lmost-summer is as good a time as any for some Aussie urbanity; some Melbourne time. Wake up here, and things could definitely be worse. Straight from New Zealand, there are a couple of extra hours before the alarm, for starters. It’s becoming a repeatable luxury that I would highly recommend…. to station myself in the midst of a bustling city a

few levels up off the street (for views and interest, allowing reasonable airspace from traffic sirens) to observe life, think, walk, read, eat and drink, then sleep and repeat. Did I mention the shopping? As someone whose cultural norm was unfailingly to ‘get away from it all’ beside the sea or into the mountains whenever possible, city breaks are a new burst of neon. Occasionally there’s something

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kefta, Persian cherries, smoked almonds... plus a truly global range of craft beers and inventive, otherworldly cocktails. Other well-patronised, gloriously centrally-located eateries included Sezar, an Armenian establishment with a geographically extensive winelist; Tonka, with its ‘clean, punchy flavours’ of modern India, and Taxi Kitchen with its fabulously brash marketing (announcing unequivocally that you’ve arrived) and its inventive Aussie-Asian-fusion menu. The latter is perfect for savouring local fish, meat and a flavour-kaleidoscope of dumplings. Other favourite haunts include the Peruvian Pastuso, (particularly noteworthy for its fab spirits menu, drawn from all over the globe), and the South-East-Asian Red Spice Road with artfully presented fresh fare and mind-blowing taste hits. The conclusion? Any cuisine in the world can be found here, lovingly crafted; likewise any fashion. Alternatively, sit riverside on the South-Wharf boardwalk and do nothing. There’s no compunction to consume. Being somewhere different and just thinking is a re-boot too.


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proffer whimsy and edginess. Trams are yet another reason to love it here, giving so many such ease of access; a domino to the city’s vibrancy. The State Library of Victoria seems enough proof that Melbourne has a silken lining of learning, heritage and high culture. It’s beautiful architecturally; the fourth most popular library in the world, according to the city’s official visitor guide. The La Trobe Reading Room has that hushed, grandiose feel you get from a mix of history, the patina of quality timber, big airspace and gracious balconies. Melbourne is a true meltingpot culture and notably one with incredible menus, globally sourced. I conducted a proper scientific straw poll, questioning two local dedicated gastronomic consumers on their favoured city establishments. Checking these out online showed a plethora of Trip-Advisor back-up and hearty recommendations. In a city this size, that equals booking weeks ahead. If a weekend ‘Spice Journey’ appeals, try booking at Maha, which bills itself as an ‘unrestricted Middle Eastern’ eatery. Duck-fat hummus, preserved lemon, charred chicken

Christmas Gift Guide

Small group, personalised wine tours to Waipara with your local wine savvy guide. Full day tours including lunch. Visit Mention Metropol Magazine to receive $100 off total tour price when booking for 4 or more in December for our Explore Waipara wine tour.

CHRISTMAS GIFT PACKS The perfect gift for that ‘hard-to-buyfor’ friend, colleague or relative. Gift wrapped and ready for under the tree - ONLY $15. Pack includes Gordon’s 4 most popular products in the ‘Ready for Table’ 400/420g range.

THE PICKLERY - Retail Shop

Contact Kaye Souter - 027 212 1221

1 Timothy Place, Wigram Tel 3480 223, Open weekdays 8am – 4pm, Eftpos available.

Curiosity Gin has a style for everyone available at our newly opened distillery shop and tasting room. Choose the perfect bottle or play the field with our new Four Gin Tasting Pack.

Yumm. is your favourite go to place to shop this Christmas with everything you’ll need for those hard to buy for people in your life. Yumm. is your friendly food supplier using locally grown produce and goods baked fresh daily. A great range of luxury pantry items and kitchen equipment from well-known NZ brands with friendly staff on hand to help!

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Redcurrent Turkish Towels are the ultimate Summer accessory. Use them at the pool, picnicking at the beach, or even as a sarong! Wherever the weekend takes you, you’ll be glad you packed a Turkish towel. Redcurrent Merivale Mall, The Colombo Westfield Riccarton The Landing Queenstown

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Fake News Game Fun for all the family and the perfect gift for the person with everything! Guess if the cards are true or FAKE NEWS!!! $12.99

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Charming rustic deli. European classic cheeses cut to serve. Authentic raw milk French Brie, Roquefort, Manchego, Parmigiano and more sit alongside a fine selection of NZ artisan cheeses. Cheeseboards made to order for stunningly simple entertaining. Tastings always available. The Lincoln Pantry The Noble Merchant Cnr Eastfield Drive & 132 Opawa Rd ChCh Edwards St, Lincoln Follow us on Facebook. Open daily – a must visit!

Lucite Round Candle Holder (set of 2) An easy and elegant way to add a touch of modernity to your home this Christmas. The set of two Lucite Candle Holders would make a stunning addition to your Christmas table! Frobisher Interiors 322 Manchester Street. 03 355 2628

The art of good shopping. Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store is stocked up with an assortment of treasures, including exclusive art products and innovative artist collaborations, unique to Ōtautahi Christchurch. Plus, while stocks last, you’ll get a free Gallery tote bag with each purchase over $100. WEB INSTAGRAM chchartgallerystore

Christmas Gift Guide

Give the Sweetest Christmas ever to Family and Friends. A delectable range of traditional and modern sweet treats and designer gift hampers. Plus J’aime Les Macarons, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Queen Anne Chocolates. Gift Vouchers for our amazing Fresh Donuts, Cakes, Italian Gelato & Sorbets. Something for everyone at

Sweet Société

363 Colombo St (inside Colombo Mall) Open 7 days Ph. 0272900977

Poetry Reading’ by Deb Powell, a gift for the bookish loved-one in your life. Available at Little River Gallery Main Road, Little River 03 325 1944  

Ali’s Lemons

Fresh, traditional, distinctive Just like the Little Drummer Boy, “Our finest gifts we bring!” What better than tangy lemon drinks to celebrate the Festive Season? Limoncello Riserva to toast! Lemon Fresh to revive! Available at Christchurch Farmers’ Moore Wilson in Wellington, and now in store at Ballantynes. Contact Ali:

Our NZ Famous West Coast born

Glasseye Creek Wild Meat Sauce

is still the number 1 sauce in our meat lovin’ country as a gift for the bloke in your life. Available from most butchers and good supermarkets.


Stanley has everything you need to keep your drink and food hot or cold as well as stackable steel tumblers. Built to last since 1913.

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Fred the Brass Balloon Dog $249


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Are you having trouble finding a Christmas Present? What about a voucher from the Totally Gluten Free Bakery. You choose the amount: $10, $20, $50, or any combination you prefer. Totally Gluten Free Bakery 290B Colombo St, Sydenham Phone 03 341 1172

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LOUIS CHAMPAGNE MELBOURNE CUP PARTY Bubble, bubbles and more bubbles were abound celebrating the Melbourne Cup after party at Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar. 1. Sue & Robert Webster, Yvonne Coddle 2. Jodi & David Masterton 3. John McConchie, Graeme Dods, Walter Scott 4. Jane Howe, Karl Dixon, Hannah Small 5. Mike & Janelle Pritchard 6. Jacinta Hutchinson, Karen Peat, Kim Lawrenson, Georgina Bell Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event.







MOLTO BELLA OPENS IN RANGIORA Molto Bella European Clothing Boutique has opened a store in the heart of Rangiora showcasing the exclusive range of stylish and beautiful clothing. Guests enjoyed an evening of bubbles while viewing the natural fibre clothing. 1. Alex, Eva and Maria Robinson, Annette Drewery 2. Susan Jennings, Tracey McIntyre 3. Malcolm Campbell, Rob Patterson, Graeme Drewery 4. Jenny Boman, Wendy Wormald 5. Sue and Emma Collins 6. Lyne Patterson, Kym Campbell Photos by Brendan Holt. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event. 22 December 13, 2018 Metropol

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THE GERALDINE SUMMER FETE 2018 The sun was shining for The Geraldine Summer Fete which was held at a beautiful South Canterbury property, Stove Farm, on Thursday 1 November. There were over 190 stalls with the finest homes, garden and lifestyle products, local produce and live music to relax and enjoy. 1. Gail Lewis, Ellen Grant, Anna Burns, Robyn Walker 2. Michelle Davidson, Lucy Kirwan 3. Gilly Cleland, Rowena Paddon, Sally Lainge 4. Katrina Cook, Philly McMeekan, Sarah Jolly 5. Charlotte Manson, Michelle Marshall 6. Isobel Hobbs, Angeline Kemp, Fiona Hobbs, Agnes Goddard, Hugo Pullar (front) Photos by Nicky Robertson. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event.







ORIGINAL SIN CUP DAY Guests thoroughly enjoyed CUP Day Champagne breakfast ‘Original Sin’ style with prizes for best dressed and an after races tipple or two. 1. Jacqui Joyce, Michelle Ling, Anna Lawrence 2. Phil & Stephen Begg 3. Michelle Jones, Leianne O’Brien, Sally Frahm 4. Jason Telfer, Tom Quin, Markus Gabrielle 5. Kirsty Hynd, Suzanne Lawrence 6. Mark Hastie, Caroline Russi, Martin Westley, Elijah Denman, Chris Odell, Stephanie Langer, Cameron Paul Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event. Metropol December 13, 2018 23

arts & recreation

Out of the box fun At face value, recreation has a somewhat physical connotation, which may conjure up images of triathlons or a midsummer swim.


owever, defined as a discretionary activity of leisure, recreation is about so much more than sport and Canterbury is lucky to

1. Paint the town red An art studio with a twist, Paint ‘n’ Sip is a clever concept that is about having a relaxing evening painting over a glass of wine and is a delicious reason to head out on a summer evening.

have a wide range of out of the box options on its recreational doorstep. We’ve hunted out some of our favourites.




Become an escape artist Escape rooms are the latest feature on the recreational calendar, they’re a great option for company team building, a family outing or a somewhat unusual date night.

A flipping good time! Trampoline arenas are an increasingly popular way to spend a day – for both children and the young at heart. There’s a few places in the city, all that have a flipping good time on offer.

Off the wall Clip ‘n Climb revolutionised the indoor climbing scene when it hit the local scene in 2006. Offering options for children, through to experienced climbers, it’s a fun way to keep fit.



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Visiting Barrington from 14 – 24 December, 11am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 4pm daily.


Bella the Barrington Christmas Fairy will also be making an appearance throughout the day between 17 – 21 December (excludes weekends). Santa and Bella will be spreading Christmas cheer and random acts of kindness to all. Selfies Welcome!

FOR THAT PERFECT GIFT Gift Vouchers available from our Centre Management Office located upstairs between Subway and Maxwell Drycleaners. 256 Barrington Street, Christchurch 8024

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In the city Nicholas Henare


I’m fortunate enough to be on the coal face of the development within the city and of course spent some time going over the new Town Hall.



can’t say that I’m not excited by what will be my first visit for a function. Tim Beveridge is bringing his acclaimed The Music is Bond to the Christchurch Town Hall on 16 March. The sexiness and fun of 50 years of James Bond comes to life in an exceptional show featuring the best in musical talent from Canterbury with a superb cast including Jackie Clarke, Ali Harper, Caitlin Smith and backed by the magnificent sound of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Tim says, “I am very excited to be returning to the Christchurch Town Hall. It’s probably going to be a bit emotional to be back there after having had so many wonderful experiences

performing there with the CSO”. “I also first met my wife there!” I stood amazed the last time I saw Tim belt out a stunning rendition of Tom Jones’ Thunder ball and every piece is stunningly crafted by the Christchurch symphony Orchestra to perfection. Yes, it’s true I’m a BIG James Bond fan but the music here is timeless. With the talented performers debuting this music in Christchurch’s stunning new performance venue there’s no better excuse to come and check out what the new Town Hall has to offer. Book early at www.ticketek. and have a few martinis, shaken not stirred, before you go.

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in the city Murray Dempsey - Publisher

Tracey Edwardes - Reporter

Sarah Jarvis - Managing Editor

Liam Dempsey - IT Support

The home of local news The Christchurch App is your home for community news and information and now it’s free to download on your smartphone.


etropol Magazine Publisher Murray Dempsey is the driving force behind the Christchurch App and is thrilled to be sharing his passion for hyper-local news. “There’s been a move away from community news reporting here in Canterbury and we believe there is a need for a news site focused on delivering relevant local news and events,” he says. “It’s easy to forget what is going on in our local communities with so much attention being focused on what’s happening at a national and international level.” Murray has employed former Fairfax

Editor Sarah Jarvis and journalist Tracey Edwardes to drive the news component for the app. “Everyone has a story to tell and we will be happy to tell that story,” Sarah says. “Let’s start focusing on what’s happening in our own backyard and give residents a domain to share their stories.” Sarah says as well as news stories, the Christchurch App will cover sport and events. “Our aim is to cover inspiring, informative and thought-provoking stories but to also inform our readers on things happening daily.” Non-profit organisations and community groups can also list their events for free.

“We understand non-profit and community groups don’t have the money to advertise so we are more than happy to support them with a free listing and story when needed,” Murray says. As well as information on local events, there will be a detailed business and trade directory. The Christchurch App is a free downloadable app available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. To contact the Christchurch App team email or call 027 2133 179. For event listings email liam@metros. or to advertise email Murray at or call 021 639 994.

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If you’re a small business owner you’ll understand exactly where investor Mark Cuban is coming from in saying a successful business “is not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing”.

he business year is full of doing and doing, and doing some more; often a summer holiday is the only breather you get to sit back, pause and reflect on the bigger picture. Are you still passionate about your business? What do you want to be doing in two to five years? Is it time for a change? Tabak Business Sales understands that being in business has to be about more than just the bottom line and considering where the market is: it’s about passion and engagement; about being excited to get up in the morning to go to work. If your appetite for your enterprise has dulled a little recently, Damien Fahey and Sam Cherry, brokers at Tabak, are the people to see about the sale of your cherished business to a new and enthusiastic owner. Damien says their process is comprehensive. “We assess the value of your business, write up a clear and very inclusive Information Memorandum for potential buyers, take buyers into due diligence and make the sale, occasionally in just a matter of weeks – but more often it can take 2-3 months.” Tabak have statistics going back 15 years comparing assessed valuation with actual sale price, and are extremely proud that on average the sale price fell is within 5 percent of the valued price. “We always justify our valuations to the business owner by way of market and other data, and we never waste time bringing

unreasonably low offers to our owners,” Sam says. The Information Memorandum tells the fullest story possible. It sets out the history of the business, then examines the future, the business plan going forward and, “more importantly, the future opportunities for the business,” Sam says. “We aim to produce the best Information Memorandum you’ve ever seen and we can answer potential buyers’ questions, often without going back to the owner. Their role is to keep the business running smoothly, not to be concerned about the sale.” Discretion and confidentiality are key: potential buyers sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) for each business, rather than relying on a blanket NDA over a period of years. “Eighty percent of the businesses we sell are through our database and we regard that as our intellectual property,” Sam says. “We can sell a business before the whole world knows it is on the market, so privacy is protected for vendor and purchaser.” Sam and Damien will also meet off site and after hours to protect confidentiality. “It is part of what we do and who we are. We love helping people so we don’t mind it being a 24-hour service,” Damien says. “Our referrals come through satisfaction, our reputation is our hallmark, and we will only ever represent quality clients.” Metropol December 13, 2018 29

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Looking for something special for a coffee lover this Christmas? Please come and see our gift range of home barista equipment and stock up on coffee for the holidays. 60 Hayton Road, Wigram 03 341 5040

The Picklery - Retail Shop Gordon’s Pickled Gherkins – whole gherkins in a unique brine with a distinctive dill flavour; versatile and delicious! Perfect for the holiday’s salads and platters. 1kg ONLY $4.20. Call in and see Michelle to Open weekdays 8am – 4pm, sample – try our relish and Eftpos available. pickled onions too. 1Timothy Place, Wigram (off Sonter Rd)

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It’s no secret, craft beer is yum, but sourcing the best can be a bit tricky. Luckily NZ’s best is right here nestled in Wigram’s growing village. With trophy winners like our Ace Smokey Porter, Wigram Brewing satisfies any beer lovers palate with their stunning range from Pale Ales to Stouts fresh from our Tap Room.

At the Artisan Bakehouse, Wigram, we believe in using the best ingredients to produce high quality products. Come and visit our factory store to see the array of garlic breads and speciality garlic butters. Pop in for our Beer Bread Friday specials.

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Brod Kvas – award winning all natural, wild fermented, probiotic beverages with a smooth, refreshing flavour.

FREE 100g pesto when you spend $20 at our factory shop Great for entertaining, bbqs, picnics or enjoy with your favourite fresh pasta

Available in classic Russian style Brod Original Rye, citrussy Brod Lemon, sophisticated wild rosebud and cardamom Brod Rose, Brod Brown with coldbrew coffee, cinnamon and clove, and superfood health boosting organic beetroot ginger and turmeric Brod Ruby. No artificial ingredients. Vegan.

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Business Excellence Recognised Coffee Worx recently won the North Canterbury Business Excellence Award for Hospitality and Tourism. Owners Deb and Ian Riach were thrilled to have their hard work, and that of their team, recognised with the judges describing their “good food, good coffee and a great business strategy” as impressive.

How to have P a happy holiday With the arrival of guests – expected and unexpected – at Christmas, and kids home from uni or overseas who always seem to be on the prowl for food, suddenly there’s no time for relaxation, because you’re too busy fretting about what to conjure up for the next meal.

he Canterbury-based coffee roastery produces premium blends, which have also won several coffee awards, for distribution and supply around the South Island. It partners with many businesses to help them make their coffee stand out from the crowd in the competitive hospitality industry. Deb and Ian are veterans in the dynamic coffee industry, and pride themselves on their long-term commitment to the Canterbury hospitality scene over the past 22 years. Their funky, retro industrial Coffee Worx Roastery Café in Rangiora is a very popular destination, and their stylish industrial espresso bar in Hayton Road serves top notch espresso and cabinet food weekdays. Deb and Ian have made it their mission to offer freshly roasted premium coffee and high quality made-on-site food, including their exclusive freshly baked, authentic bagels. They also sell their award-winning coffee in retail bags at both of their cafés, with the ability to fill your own containers and have coffee freshly ground to order, and will be adding coffee pods to their range by Christmas. If you have a coffee lover on your Christmas present list, then check them out, as they also have a range of coffee equipment for home use and gift vouchers. Visit

asta Vera at Unit 1, 2 Musgrove Place removes all that anxiety. Pop into the factory shop to stock up your fridge and freezer with fresh pasta, homestyle lasagne, and mouth-watering calzone and gnocchi. For barbecues their selection of pesto, sauces and hummus are delicious accompaniments. So now you’ve got the long-term sorted, what are you going to do about the

scary immediate and the fact your unpredictable teenagers have invited all their friends over for tea tonight? Not a problem, grab a tray of Baked Lasagne, a tray of Macaroni Cheese, and just to be on the safe side, add in some Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni (available in 10 x 140g servings) and those kids are fed. And because you’ll only have enough energy left to open a bottle of wine, the re-heat and serve Chili Con Carne has your name on it. For those with special dietary requirements there is a delectable range of gluten free lasagne and gnocchi; and for vegetarians, the vegan lasagne is scrumptious. With ample parking outside the factory shop, the holiday season is starting to look pretty good! Visit, follow Pasta Vera on Facebook or www.pasta. for updates and shop specials. Metropol December 13, 2018 31



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There are sartorial treasures hidden throughout the city. We’ve hunted out our favourites.



Has time keeping ever looked this hot? THE HEART,



Step out in style with this opentoed summer stunner. SEMPRE DI SHOE,



A sleek leather clutch that always looks polished. THE BELLE BAG,



Exquisitely crafted using smooth leather, step out with elegance and style this Christmas. THE BELLE BAG,




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Be the beauty on the beach this summer. SEAFOLLY LAS PALMAS CAP SLEEVE MAILLOT 10-14, 207 Fendalton Rd & 360 Colombo St



Summer has never looked so fun. TRELISE COOPER SILK SNAKE CHARMER DRESS,


hat trick By Tracey Edwardes

It’s great to see hats making a confident comeback. Once upon an era they were a mandatory item, while more recently just reserved for occasions, sun protection and bad hair days. No longer. The latest looks seen out and about are head-turning – beautiful in form and function.


abulous wide brim hats, shielding our precious complexions and shoulders, add balance to an outfit and silhouette. For everyday elegance, they are structured with florals, colour, neutrals and sashes, or are more nonchalant in summertime straw, floppy or fringed. Another brimmed beauty is the fedora, straight out of the movies, be it embellished cowgirl or gangster style, to black and white sophistication. Bucket-style hats are a surprising statement from the catwalk. There is 1920’s

style with vintage florals so flirty with sundresses - to gingham and cute prints in every imaginable material. A new-look beret for summer is of leather and perched slightly askew. Sun visors have been snatched back from the ’80s. From funky vinyl to slinky suede, they can be a dressy accessory. As sportswear merges with fashionwear, a designerlogo baseball cap easily partners a pair of heels. Hats of all shapes, attitudes and sartorial cloth entice everyone to don their most favourite.

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Christmas Style By Tracey Edwardes

Decorating for Christmas doesn’t just have to be about adorning your home. We have some clever ways to bring Christmas into your wardrobe. Whether subtle or celebratory, taking the Christmas spirit to the streets will bring cheer to one and all.

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etallics are this season’s fashion star. Harness this timely coincidence and exude celebration. Silvery blues, shimmery blush pinks, and lustrous lilacs are metallics at their most beautiful. Mimic decorative baubles and adorn in over-sized pearls. Put on a filigree snowflake pendant, crystal drop earrings, sparkly diamante hair slides, and a dress and heels in materials of ethereal fairy-like lustre. Certain colour combinations are Christmas on a candy stick. Go bold with gold against anything red, or pair shiny silver upon beautiful blue. Try ultra violet - this hot-right-now hue will fall in love with anything metallic. A white satin belt cinching the waist of

a white cotton shirt dress teams great with silver shoes. Last season’s star prints can even come out to shine. Pick out this season’s florals of rich red blooms and green foliage. Cute cherry patterns on everything is vogue right now in Europe, but ironically a bowl of juicy cherries epitomises Christmas day to us. It’s the same with pretty strawberry prints. Vintage pinup style dresses often sport Christmasy patterns or red Polka dots. Think red and white gingham or elf-green anything – just search amongst Santa’s colour wheel. Saying someone is dressed up like a Christmas tree is not normally a flattering compliment, but for the next few weeks, go for it – with bells on!




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By Tracey Edwardes

Sometimes bold accessories are what’s needed to give your wardrobe a seasonal pick me up.


ccessories are certainly getting braver. They can create a statement of personal style. Seize the opportunity to splash out on the vivid side of the colour wheel, even if you prefer plain fabric. Wear a mishmash of gemstones, something that shimmers or shouts from your wrist or your collar, or perhaps invest in a funky original piece from a local artist that’s a conversation starter. The little black handbag is temporarily overshadowed

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by colourful prints, metallic embellishments and floral features. Even with elegant blush pink, there’s most likely a glamourous adornment attached somewhere. Wide corset-style belts create hourglass silhouettes – perhaps contrast the colour for a fashionable impact. Hair is daring in dazzling diamantes, feathers and crystals for hair-slides and clips, on the catwalk this season. Knockout nails continue to bedazzle and statement scarves

are the go-to accessory. You might be feeling a little bored of your favourite summer dress. Just put on an outthere pendant in azure blue or molten metallic and voila, a fresh new outfit. Oversized earrings also glam up a look. Jewellery especially, exudes the effervescent part of ourselves. Demure or daring, it paints a 1. 2. 3. 4.

picture of how we are feeling. If you are off to a party, a standout geometric necklace, a multi-beaded choker, or a collection of beguiling bracelets, will get you in the festive summery mood. It’s the season of celebrations and frivolity, and absolutely nothing is going to look too loud or too lavish.



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Finding that perfect gift and reducing your waste this silly season is easier than you think. Founder and CEO of The Rubbish Whisperer, Helen Townsend shares her favourite environmentally-friendly spoils ideal for under your Christmas tree this year.


Waste-reducing household items One of the best gifts you can give friends or family is helping them on their waste-reducing journey. Reusable coffee cups, stainless steel straws, reusable produce bags and water bottles are all pretty sweet options – either individually as stocking fillers or bundled as a plastic-free lifestyle starter kit.

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House plants Who doesn’t love a great plant? They have been proven to lift your mood, make your home more beautiful and the air cleaner. Share a plant you’ve grown and place it in a beautiful pot you’ve picked up at the second hand shop– or if you’re short on time, support your local nursery by buying one instead.




Homemade pampering products Creating a personalised lotion, candle, unpackaged soap or a set of bath bombs is a great spoil to give. Use scents you know they’ll love to make it special. Glass mason jars or homemade fabric bags are impactful ways to package the pampering products beautifully. Fun experiences Experience-based gifts are thoughtful ways to really show how much you care this Christmas. Think dance lessons, scuba diving for beginners, massage training, knitting classes or yearly passes to a local attraction. For kids, think of awesome annual memberships Unlimited visits to an aquarium or zoo is (almost) every child’s dream! Think about the child’s interests when selecting the perfect place to gift. If you’re buying for a niece/nephew or a friend’s child, this is the ‘extra’ expense parents will appreciate being covered as well. Reusable water balloons Keep the kids busy all day with reusable water balloons. They are a fantastic gift – especially for Christmas stockings. Simply dunk each reusable water balloon into a bucket of water and throw! You don’t need to pick up little bits of balloons at the end of the day. Plastic-free store vouchers Gift vouchers are still a firm favourite – opt for an electronic voucher code rather than a plastic card. Treat friends to a voucher from their favourite store or brand, and if you have tween or teen children, a gift voucher allows them to select exactly what they want. Donate to a charity on their behalf Make a monetary contribution to an initiative your family member or friend is passionate about or support a family in need with a food hamper on their behalf is a meaningful way to give. A stunning piece of clothing for the vintage lover We all have that friend who simply rocks statement vintage pieces. Shopping second hand is an ethical and sustainable way to buy clothing – it not only has no packaging, but also provides an opportunity for an item to have a second life. Wrap it well When it comes to wrapping your gift, forgo expensive printed wrapping paper and sticky tape and use reusable gift wrap instead. Get creative and reuse fabric or brown paper you have at home.

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Canterbury Bride

Bridal Makeup Magic By Tracey Edwardes

Cameras, kisses, champagne, sunshine and tears of happiness – bridal makeup must last through it all.


bride’s beautiful face is by far the most unforgettable image of the big day. Weddings might have become a more casual affair for many, but makeup really needs to be perfectly faultless. With a pre-wedding ritual all of its own, it requires the calm creative touch of a professional, who will ensure stress lines don’t feature! There is much to ponder before picking out colours and products. The weather, the venue, skin type, the dress and, most vital of all, your unique personality. Thankfully, it’s a fanciful era of everything goes for wedding beauty. Nude shimmery lips or matte rose-red pouts, cat’s eyes or doe eyes, sun-kissed skin or a pale porcelain complexion. Choosing a makeup artist is like finding a bridesmaid, you’ll be on a personal journey together. A good consultant will ask you everything – as absolutely loving your look is number one. Browse Instagram,

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Pinterest and magazines until you spot that certain image you adore and aspire to. This guarantees you’re both on the same page. An invaluable trial makeup session is now the thing to do. This ensures you’re feeling comfortable, have made the right choices, your skin won’t react, and you can test out how the products last on your skin. You can buy the lippy for touch ups on the day, or the consultant often has sample sizes. Don’t do anything drastic or dramatic to your eyebrows near the time that you haven’t tried before. The makeup artist can create them with gels, pencils, or powder on the day. However, microblading is a refined process in stages, with a flattering outcome such as beautifully arched brows akin to Audrey Hepburn. The timelessly feminine winged flick on the eyelids is a photogenic look this lady also rocked so well. Specialist makeup brands, such as hypoallergenic Lauren & Louise Cosmetica,

ensures luminous photo-worthy effects. Primers for complexion and eyelids are so important for a long-lasting coverage that won’t melt away. Mineral powder and cream blushes appear softer and it’s a bridal trend to highlight the cheekbones. Careful makeup to the décolletage will limit any high-colour flushing and ensure this skin area matches your complexion. Shimmery shadows are so fine and delicate these days – any age can wear them. Pinky golds are a romantic choice, and the new emeralds and violets for shadows and liners emulate jewel-like fantasy. Gold is also staring, for all over goddess-like glamour. High definition cameras mean an overall softer makeup effect is essential, as deeper tones can be too harshly accentuated. The wedding makeup artist will work their technical magic so you and your bridesmaids look picture perfect both on and off camera.

The team at Via Sollertia understands that the ring becomes a part of you, an extension of your essence and simply being stunningly beautiful just isn’t enough anymore.

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esign innovation is as elemental as air and water to Via Sollertia and Clare loves “that we have created something beautiful to solve a problem”. She is talking about Via Sollertia’s own diamondshaped ring keeper necklace. The ring keeper necklace was forged by the desire of women who do physical work, or jobs requiring continuous handwashing, to keep their precious ring completely safe,

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aster Stylist Vicki O’Fee, of V for Hair and Beauty upstairs in Merivale Mall, says women often start to grey by 35, or even earlier – and many are now loving the look and making the most of the change. It’s important to choose a shade that suits your skin. Sultry hues of silver, sand, dove, iris and lilac for hair can also be incredibly feminine and flattering.

yet still wear it. You can display the necklace and ring, or tuck it safely into your top. When your ring is nestling on your finger, the necklace stands alone as a fabulous piece. “We were challenged to design a product and it has become desirable in its own right,” she says. The ring keeper necklaces are bespoke to you, plus sizing and angles ensure your ring stays put. Doctor, drainlayer, dishwasher or busy mum, you need this clever little beauty.

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Silly Season Celebrations North Canterbury has put on its elf hat and pointed shoes and is playing perfect host to a wide range of events that capture the silly side of the season. We’ve found a collection of our favourite festive events, so get out your social planner and start making plans.

1. Christmas Tree Festival A fundraiser for the Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club & St John, pay a gold coin donation and vote for your favourite tree. The council foyer will be donned with many differently decorated trees – it really is a must see! Open for the Santa Parade too from 12:30 to 3:30pm. 7 December to 20 December 2018 9am to 4:30pm Waimakariri District Council Foyer

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2. Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade/ Christmas Party in the Park The Rangiora Toyota Santa Parade is one of the biggest parades in the South Island outside of Christchurch and each year more and more floats enter this community Christmas celebration. Head into town for a wonderful day of entertainment and see your community come together to enjoy the magic of Christmas. Toyota Santa Parade starts at 2pm. 9 December 2018 12 noon to 6pm Rangiora CBD and Victoria Park

3. Ice Breaker A fun day of racing dragon boats over 200 and 500 metre distances including a 1km turns race. A great day for the whole family with coffee and food vendors available as well. 9 December 2018 9am to 4pm Pegasus Lake

4. International Migrants Day To celebrate your nationality, bring a favourite cultural plate of food to share with others, in the relaxing grounds of the Kaiapoi Community Garden. 18 December 2018 11am to 1pm Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Kaiapoi




Have yourself a very clever Christmas!



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If you’re just a bit over the congested crowds of Christmas shoppers and hellish parking, and you’re desperate for time out, then hop in your car and tootle to the Cust Hotel, 1709 Cust Road; here you will make a startling discovery – Christmas shopping can actually be a relaxing, rewarding experience! fter you’ve enjoyed a slap-up pub lunch, wander through to the original dining room and delight in the quality retro, vintage and antique wares at Done and Dusted. Owners Jay and Barbara will give you a warm welcome while you browse at leisure. Marvel at the World War II Bombardier compass, a rare military piece for that special person. For dining/kitchen gifts, you can’t beat Kiwiana classic and collectable Crown Lynn, or maybe some fine Royal Doulton or exquisite crystal ware for the lovely ladies in your life? Admire the antique brassware and beautifully bound books; imagine those

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wrapped in some gorgeous vintage linen and presented as a gift. Unsurpassable! There’s furniture – from Retro to Rococo – to feast the eye, and cabinets and pottery that are definitely worth an inspection. Don’t forget to check out the barn (circa 1864) that’s part of Done and Dusted. Here you will find gorgeous garden bric-a-brac, stuff for the Man Cave… and maybe even something for the She Shed! As you head back to Christchurch with your car full of presents, try not to look so smug! Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4:30pm. Find it on Facebook or visit Done and Dusted at the Cust Hotel, phone 021 025 14694.

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IVORY BAR RANGIORA GRAND OPENING On Saturday 3rd November, Rob and Ruth Beulink proudly opened “Ivory Bar� doors to VIP guests in the newly refurbished Northern A&P Association Heritage Building. The Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers cut the ribbon allowing celebrations to begin. 1. Maxine Shanks, Kay Shanks, Peter and Karen Gardyne 2. Peter Coleman, Julie Monk 3. Louis Beulink, Catherine Lochead, Ali Holmes, Sarah Beulink 4. Mayor David Ayers, Marilyn Ayers, Ruth and Rob Beulink (owners) 5. Uma Bhana, Brent Rainbow, Di Laidlaw 6. Nikki Connors, Lorraine Frampton, Barbara Graham Photos by Nicola Simon. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event.







THE ROWDY KITCHEN CHAMPAGNE EVENING Bubbles were aplenty for the Champagne tasting event hosted by Hancock Wine, Spirit and Beer Merchants. Guests enjoyed learning the difference between the styles of sparkling wines which were expertly matched with the delicious food made by The Rowdy Kitchen. 1. Blair & Gabe McIntyre, Dave Kininmonth (Hancocks Wine & Spirits) 2. Karen Browne, Lee Southorn 3. Lejorben Lutters, Louise Johnstone, Linda Newsome, Linda Poulsen 4. Britney Aldridge, Jade Harrison-Best, Maddy Muirson 5. Emma Watson, Fleur Kelso 6. Liz Gillon, Jeannie Burrell, Kath van Peer Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Facebook for more from this event. 46 December 13, 2018 Metropol

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Christmas mince pies are a festive favourite for foodies. Why not add this to your silly season spread?



NZ Christmas mincemeat 175g raisins 150g sultanas 100g mixed peel 150g currants 30g blanched almonds 1 lemon, grated zest and juice 1 orange, grated zest and juice Quarter cup brandy Quarter cup sherry Half tsp allspice Half tsp ground cinnamon Half tsp ground ginger 75g butter 150g brown sugar 2 ripe bananas

ME THOD Place raisins, sultanas and peel in a processor and pulse well. Add to a large bowl with currants, almonds, zests and juices, brandy, sherry and spices. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over low heat and stir in brown sugar. Add sliced bananas to the butter and sugar, mashing them in well. Continue cooking until thick and smooth. Add to the remaining ingredients, stir well and cover. Leave at room temperature and stir again the following day, before placing in a covered plastic container in the fridge. Can be left up to several weeks to mature. Add to pastry parcels, decorate and bake accordingly.




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Christmas Trifle INGREDIENTS It simply is not Christmas without a trifle; it makes such a great table centrepiece. The best thing is you can invent your own trifle layers using your favourite sponge or meringue – mix and match fruits, creams, jellies and inclusions – there really are no rules. This trifle is entirely made up of recipes from Chefs Host Christmas.


Just go for it! I’m using cherries here because they are AMAZING but use whatever you fancy as a fruity substitute.


The best part about this, apart from the taste, is that it can all be made in advance. Knock this out on Chrissy Eve and you’ll be winning.


25 minutes (plus overnight setting and 1-hour chilling on the day)



500g cherries in vanilla syrup 500ml moscato jelly 720g white chocolate + vanilla cream, whipped 2 x chocolate brownie discs, 18cm diameter 75g dark chocolate, melted 360g custard 200g champagne sabayon

Fresh cherries Cherries in vanilla syrup, extra, drained Meringue dots Dark chocolate shards Edible gold leaf



For the trifle, you will need a 2.5 litre glass bowl with a diameter of 18–20 cm to fit all the layers.


Drain the cherries and reserve the syrup. Arrange the cherries in the bottom of the glass bowl. Slowly pour the melted jelly into the bowl to cover the cherries. Place the bowl in the fridge and leave to set overnight.


The next day, spoon half of the white chocolate and vanilla cream onto the jelly and spread it out to the edge of the bowl with a spoon. Drizzle half of the reserved cherry syrup over the top of the cream.


Place one of the chocolate brownie discs on top of the cream and push it gently into the cream layer to half submerge it. Spoon the remaining white chocolate and vanilla cream onto the chocolate sponge. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top using a spoon.

Place the second chocolate brownie disc on top of the cream and again push it gently into the cream layer to half submerge. Spoon on the custard and spread it out to the edge of the bowl before drizzling the remaining cherry syrup over the top.


Spoon the champagne sabayon over the custard, to fill the glass bowl. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour to let everything settle and soak in.


Meanwhile, prepare the decorations for the trifle. Make the meringue dots and chocolate shards.


When you are ready to serve, remove the trifle from the fridge. Decorate with fresh cherries, drained cherries in syrup, meringue dots, chocolate shards and gold leaf.

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AMAZING GLAZE Chris Timbs takes us through the process of glazing your Peter Timbs ham, using this easy and delicious marmalade glaze. For the glaze, you’ll need: 1 cup finely cut orange marmalade 3 Tbsp wholegrain mustard 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice


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hristmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a succulent ham on the bone and nobody knows the importance of tradition like Christchurch butcher and Peter Timbs Meats Ltd part owner Chris Timbs. Like his father Peter, grandfather and generations before, Chris discovered a love for butchery, passionately carrying on the family tradition. It’s a tradition which traces back to 1886 when Samuel Timbs first opened the doors to ‘Timbs and Son’ in Oxford, England, Chris says. “While some things have certainly changed over the past 130 years in the meat industry two things remain the same and that’s our uncompromising commitment for providing quality meat products and our friendly helpful service which is second to none.” For Chris, the quality of the product and

its presentation is paramount. “If it’s good, people will come back – and they do,” he says. Alongside their award-winning bacon and sausages, you’ll find an extensive range of salamis, chorizo, nuremburg sausages and deli goods. Orders are now being taken for Christmas hams. However, there are also plenty of other options for those wanting to have a less than traditional Christmas dinner, with quality Te Mana lamb legs, free range chicken, freedom farmed rolled pork loin and beef fillet steak. With plenty to choose from, you won’t be stuck for choice. Peter Timbs Meats Ltd is conveniently located in Edgeware at 70 Edgeware Rd and in Bishopdale at 129 Farrington Ave. For further information or to view their products visit

METHOD: Stir together the marmalade, mustard, sugar and orange juice. Remove the skin, by gently cutting around the hock end and peeling back the skin. Try to keep all the fat on the ham. Place cloves in nice straight lines, and then score your ham around them, making diamond shapes. Apply the glaze. TO SERVE HOT: Pre-heat oven to 160°C, and start basting your ham every 20 minutes or so. At home, we like to heat the ham all the way through. Once we have the colour we want, we cover it in tinfoil and turn the oven down to 120°C. For a full ham (8-9kg), this will take about 2-2 1/2 hours. Remove, and serve hot! TO SERVE COLD: Follow glazing steps, as above, and remove once desired colour is achieved. Place in fridge. Be sure not to cross contaminate with fresh food. TIP: To give your ham that bright and colourful look, we decorate with pineapple pieces and glazed cherries.

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On a roll By Melinda Collins

The founders of Queenstown’s Rata and four Madam Woo restaurants, Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton have been on a roll, hospitality speaking, with the shared vision and love of food that has seen both dining options become such a success.

GOOD FOOD IS NEVER SILENT! Discover a venue where the atmosphere is social and conversation encouraged. Our contemporary menu, skillfully executed and paired with fabulous wine and beer offers guests plenty to chatter about. CHRISTCHURCH’S LARGEST DECK 14 BEERS ON TAP • WOOD FIRED PIZZA open from 9am daily until late 420 Marshland Road, 250 free carparks (cnr Mashland & Preston’s Rd) 50 December 13, 2018 Metropol

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Where did the inspiration for Hawker & Roll come from? Hawker & Roll is inspired by Malaysian street food restaurants and their ability to consistently serve the gutsy dishes Malaysia is famous for. The hawker roll quickly became a signature dish at Madam Woo. From the minute we opened people were raving about it! It felt like a natural next step to dedicate an eatery to our hero dish. When and where are you opening in Christchurch? We’re now open at the bustling location of 79 Cashel Street. Can you tell us about some of the meals on offer at Hawker & Roll? At Hawker & Roll we’re dishing up our take on Malaysian street eats. The hawker roll is the heart of the menu. Malaysian classics such as beef rendang, sticky pork, soy sesame eggplant, percik chicken, honey szechuan prawn and hoisin roasted duck, wrapped in a flaky roti with fresh herbs and pickles, all bursting full of flavour. We’re all about taste and that means using the freshest quality ingredients. I understand Hawker & Roll is leading the growing emergence of fast-casual dining in New Zealand. Can you tell us a bit more about this trend? Dining is becoming a bigger and bigger part of daily life. As a result, people demand more quality, freshness, variety and convenience, which the fast-casual space provides. Hawker & Roll works so well for people because they get to enjoy authentic, quality food without the fuss of a fullservice restaurant.

How have the two existing branches, one in Auckland and one in Queenstown, been received? We opened our first Hawker & Roll in Sylvia Park last December. Depending on who you ask, that’s either the best or worst time of the year to open in a shopping mall! We had lines out the door from the minute we opened. That momentum carried us through the new year into opening our Queenstown site in April. Both sites are quite different, but it’s been an amazing year for us to test the model and watch the brand grow! Why do you think this Asian fusion offering is such a popular one in New Zealand? Kiwis love adventurous food experiences, which is what we always aim to provide with our restaurants. I think Asian fusion appeals to the masses because it’s the perfect mix of foreign components and westernised flavours – perfect for when you don’t know what you feel like! What do you think sets Hawker & Roll aside from the competition? Sustainability is ingrained into our business. Our customers are only ever given metal or paper straws, menus printed on recycled paper, biodegradable takeaway packaging sourced from Innocent Packaging, and paper or cardboard takeaway bags and boxes. We are also working in some sites with compostable options for food scraps and used napkins. What is the best compliment you have ever received? I can’t recall one in particular but it’s always good when someone lets you know, ‘you are doing a damn fine job!’ Goals for the future? Our plan is to grow to more than 100 restaurants, locally and globally by 2028. The rebrand from Mayfare to the Go To Collection has us even more excited about the future than before.

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ow they’re heading new Asian fusion restaurant Hawker & Roll, which has just hit Christchurch, following on from the success of branches in Auckland and Queenstown. We sat down with Fleur to discuss the new dining destination.




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Entertaining shouldn’t seem a chore. If hosts are having fun, guests have a ticket to relax. Simple catering puts emphasis on friendships; not elaborate food.

t’s great to make a sweet slice ahead of time; even better if it’s flourless for gluten-free or low-carb guests. Chocolate-based recipes that use ground almonds are fab. Next, a trip to the supermarket will do almost all of the food-and-drink prep for you. That’s because a few luxe ingredients are often all it takes to make an occasion feel special and taste delicious. A

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range of different craft beers and wines to different tastes will cater to everyone. Good-quality breads and crackers are ideal. Ciabatta can be fried up in quality olive oil with a little lemon, garlic or chilli seasoning to become the basis for a dipping-platter to accompany drinks. It’s a good idea to research which relishes and salad dressings are your favourites, then simply add sour cream and make dressing bowls to accompany freshly chopped vegetables. Good quality nuts, olives and cheeses, partially dried fruits, naan breads, guacamole, plus pastry nibbles from the supermarket’s freezers are all good investments for the outdoor entertaining season. Cream, full-fat yoghurt, sodas, tonics, limes, lemons and fresh herbs will all be useful when presenting platters and drinks. Creatively concoct mocktails using drink concentrates as the base flavour. If the colour’s gorgeous, all the better. Add napkins and jugs of iced water to your table, and voila!


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The world’s focus is on wellness, but pleasure-seeking tastebuds are in for a satiating year, as health and gastronomy share the table for 2019.

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Wild, wild greens The king of green goodness, kale, hands over the crown to leafy cousins of equal royalty. Dandelion leaves, mustard greens, chicory, chard, sorrel and nettle will adorn our plates. They’ve been around forever, it’s just taken time for our spinachand-lettuce tastebuds to embrace a quirkier bitterness.


Grains and seeds will sprout forth From hippie to hip, watch hemp’s popularity rise in 2019. As a high-quality, sustainable protein, it’s amazing in smoothies, great as a flour, and the seeds produce the healthiest oil. Freekeh is a super grain we’ll see more of. Made from green wheat, usually Durum, it can replace quinoa or brown rice.


Sharing the sumptuousness Sharing platters became a cool thing to do. Now it’s the thing to do. Food envy is passé. Palates can explore, chefs can showcase, and it’s great for group dining. It doesn’t matter if eyes are bigger than bellies, or if someone won’t eat their greens.


Fermented fixations As gut health becomes a focus, microbe-filled, probiotic, fermented food is fast becoming a staple. Tempeh joins tofu’s ranks as a diverse soy product that soaks up flavour, while kimchi and sauerkraut are capable of curing our tomato sauce addiction. Kefir and kombucha are exploding their fanbase - a delicious way to down your probiotics.


Fashionable fungi Canterbury has joined France as a truffle producer, and the taste is enticingly unexplainable. Although ‘black gold’, truffles are affordable in slivers. Infusing oils and dusting seasonings, they’re becoming another Kiwi delicacy. There is also an exotic mushroom movement, as foraging local goes mainstream.


Colour craze It’s healthy to eat from the rainbow, but there’s another reason for the increasing colour on our plates, as tropical fruits to edible flowers become vogue – a sausage stew just won’t get the likes on Instagram!

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Plant loving Vegan eateries are sprouting up fast, especially in burgeoning Christchurch. Plant-based menus are becoming works of culinary craft, seducing the naysayers. Expect vegetarian dishes to be mainstream now on restaurant menus, if not the stars, as chefs utilise meat rivals, like aubergines. Jackfruit is a meaty-textured newbie that absorbs savoury flavours, and vegan icecreams are the desserts to end the decade.


And a side of insects please… Yes, the entrée of crunchy locusts has landed. Cricket flour will no longer raise eyebrows - we’ll be raising our glasses to its protein-packed, world-saving goodness.


Bountiful bowls Budda bowls, breakfast bowls, acai bowls, poke bowls – the list will only increase in 2019. Abundantly packed with balancing tastes and traditions, they’re so easy to eat.

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Quality ham, mutton, spring lamb and turkeys. Rangiora’s newest butchery, with beautiful handcrafted sausages, dry cured meats, wild game and home kill processing available. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service, so come and vist us at our unique boutique butchery.

The Butcher’s Mistress

84 High Street Rangiora. Ph. 03 313 7191

One of Blenheim’s newest Cellar Doors is open 4.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday - Friday, and other times by appointment. Bringing the Awatere Valley to town. In the front courtyard of Dodson Street Beer Garden enjoy vibrant and powerful wines authentically served by a member of the Clark family.

Clark Estate Ph. 021 386 831

We have it all @ I Spy food. Damn delicious pies, seriously good vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Fresh bread and gorgeous cakes. Coffee and a micro roastry onsite.

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Taking your coffee and food to the next service level where the customer is in charge – drive through or sit and enjoy in our courtyard setting Offering you great coffee choices, flavoured Lattes and Hot Chocolates Refreshing Frappes & Iced Coffees Range of fresh ready to eat food Total convenience (Dog refreshment station available) Text thru orders:- 0277 336 439

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Open 7 days our local cafe restaurant & bar offers a wide range of menu & cabinet options with a family area. Treat yourself to our delicious new summer menu with our welcoming staff. Main South Rd, Dunsandel Ph. 03 325 4007

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Don’t miss out on having the best bread for Christmas Day. English muffins, brioche, bagels, ciabatta and more. Pre order with collection from our Hornby office 9am-12pm Christmas Eve. Email for more information.

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Christmas is a sharing time, Gelato Roma Mobile Christchurch have your perfect Christmas day dessert; contact us to make your favourite flavour combination to take home and share with your family.

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Treat your inner bread and pastry connoisseur and fall in love with Jerry & George Artisan Bakers. Our authentic Sourdough Breads and Pastries can be found at Friday: Ohoka Farmers Market and The Colombo Mall Saturday: Mt Pleasant Farmers Market and The New Brighton Seaside Market Ph. 0226 350 332

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Melt your Taste Buds with our Gelato… Artisan gelato and sorbetto served in our boutique gelateria at 5/132 Opawa Road. Opening hours: 1pm - 7.30pm Fri-Sun, 1pm - 5.30pm Mon-Thurs. Gelato also available for events and wholesale to restaurants and cafes.

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“Hand crafted with love” Our pies are full of tender, slow cooked beef, rich, flavoursome gravy, encased in soft flaky pastry.

HALSWELL BAKERY & CAFÉ 346 Halswell Rd Open 7 days Ph. 322-4600

Catering for any occasion Picnics at the beach, boot parties at the races, work shouts, birthday parties, BBQs, or just because! Check out our catering menu online, or pop in and see us.

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Hanmer’s 1950’s style diner The ultimate 1950’s Americana experience is coming to Hanmer, so get ready for a blast of retro culture and a menu bursting with classic diner staples.

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he eagerly-awaited Boulder Burger Bar at the Boulder Precinct – Hanmer Springs’ newest café and retail shopping precinct – will open its doors in mid-December. It’s the latest venture by Peter and Cherie, who have owned and operated Hanmer Bakery since 2005 and will now turn their hands to create the ultimate burger experience. Kitted out in a stunningly authentic design, you’ll be able to sit at a booth while listening to the jukebox, as you peruse a tantalising menu, showcasing both New Zealand and American influences that combine old favourites with new delights. A major drawcard is expected to be the customised soft-baked burger buns, complete

with fresh hand-made meat patties. All the sauces, chutneys and hot fudge sauce will be made inhouse. Boulder Burgers will be open daily from 11am, serving fast takeaway burgers, fries, American hotdogs, sundaes, shakes and floats. Keep an eye on the specials board which will be changing regularly to include seasonal and seafood options. The possibilities are endless, and you can guarantee Peter and Cherie will work hard to keep new ideas coming. So, come tap out a tune on the Wurlitzer, or step back in time to marvel at the 1950’s cartoons that decorate the premises. The team can’t wait to create your perfect burger soon.

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Hanmer’s new lease on life Hanmer Springs is Canterbury’s recreational heart, with the natural hot springs to which this tantalising township owes its name offering a respite for bustling city dwellers


ow it’s set to get bigger and better than ever before, with plans for five new thermal pools and a new aquatic thrill ride. General Manager Graeme Abbot says construction on the $4.3 million development will begin in April 2019 and be completed in late 2019. The five new pools will sit among river boulder terraces and native gardens on what is currently a grassed area next to the Rainbow Pools. A lot of time and effort has gone into ensuring plans for the new development are environmentally sustainable. The new 13.5 metre high slide will attach to the complex’s existing hydroslide tower and sit next to the SuperBowl, where the complex’s AquaPlay area currently is.

“Riders will shoot down a winding hydroslide in two-person tubes, before going down a steep drop that propels them up a nearvertical wall for a moment of weightlessness before zooming back down and onto the slide’s finish,” Graeme says. The pools’ have lodged a resource consent application for the development with the Hurunui District Council, this will be a publicly notified process so people can make submissions on the application. “Those we have spoken to thus far are incredibly excited about this development’s potential to make Hanmer Springs even more popular with visitors and boost local businesses.”

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That’s a Wrap! By Melinda Collins

When it comes to sustainable gifting, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up with these chic and earth-friendly alternatives to traditional gift wrap. Happy holidays!


Jarry eyed Mason jars are not only perfect for edible gifts, but they’re also a great option for soaps, art supplies, or other small gifts. Add a bit of fabric or recycled tissue paper and let the gift do the talking.


Fabulous Furoshiki Furoshiki is the traditional Japanese art of wrapping a gift in a beautiful fabric, scarf, or bandana which can be used again and again. The creative twisting here brings sophistication to fabric gift wrap.


Leaf it Adding a touch of nature makes green gifting a more literal affair. Bamboo or banana leaves can be used to cover a small gift, or why not try a holly leaf, birch bark, or a bird feather to add a pretty natural embellishment.

Fresh new house plans out now. Our already huge range of house plan designs is growing, meaning you have even more choice. Simply choose a plan and go with it, or use one as a starting point and customise it to suit. The choice is yours. Get inspired at

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Artistic Accessorising If you’ve been wondering what to do with all the artwork that comes home from preschool all year long, it can have a second life as gift wrap.


Tag team Why not try repurposing Christmas cards from previous years to use as a gift tag for the next gift you give. Punch a hole and tie a ribbon to dress up any present. Or give plantable gift tags a go. Made from paper embedded with seeds, the gift recipient can plant the tag and watch it grow.


Plain Jane Plain packaging is much more likely to be repurposed by its recipient than its festive siblings. So keep it plain, Jane.

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eeping it simple is the company’s philosophy – using power-free, natural processes to treat wastewater. Owner/director of NaturalFlow South, Kingsley Kepple, says the vermiculture system is an alternative to aerating treatment systems which require pumps, electricity and computers – which can break down over time – and there is no noise! “It’s a natural system, which replicates what is done in nature. It’s really economical to run as there are no ongoing pump costs and it works all day, totally on aerobic treatment processes, doing everything for you.” The system is also very flexible, he says. “It’s ideal for the more awkward sites where you can’t get a

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greetings & Property Insights CHRISTMAS

from Lynette McFadden

Harcourts gold Businesss Owner and Inspirational Women’s Ambassador

As a person who sets high (at times ridiculously high) standards, it’s often a relief to get to the end of the year – and this year especially. Along with everyone else, whether working at a breakneck pace or to a simpler rhythm, I find it a good time to reflect on the events of the previous twelve months. The businessperson in me looks to analyse and assess. To attempt to repeat the successes and minimize the falls in the year that’s been and, of course, there have been both. Achieving the highest performing office internationally for the Harcourts brand has been the biggest accolade. It’s seen the Papanui office placed as the number-

one office out of over 900 in 10 countries. Undoubtedly a proud moment, but there have also been the usual conflicts that come with running a successful business whilst managing the various agendas of over 120 people across five offices. It’s also been a year where law changes around Overseas Investment and AntiMoney Laundering have required a new level of compliance and vigilance. 2019 will no doubt see even more training and specialist assistance to ensure the highest levels of professional care are maintained in these very new areas. Personally, the mother in me is adjusting to the new dimension of having two sons mostly living away from home and another Christmas (the seventh) without our eldest son Harry, who will be working in the Japanese Alps. Like every parent, these moments make me thoughtful and

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nostalgic, and probably contribute to the rationale for always having an open house on Christmas Day. We’re a ‘more the merrier’ kind of family and our day is complete with our own quirky traditions and enough food and drink to feed a small army. So, it’s been a great year, a changing market and a changing environment. Adjusting to new price points in different demographics whilst instigating additional support services for the company. The appointment of a full-time social media designer has opened-up a whole new methodology for connecting with potential clients and purchasers, and the year ahead sees us adding to this part of the business. Giving back has also been a constant theme, and children and the vulnerable are the first on our list. So, what will 2019 look like? Like other years, it will probably have its share of challenge and cheer. I’m hoping it means lots of good madness, a caring community, lots of opportunity and more time with the people I love. Happy Christmas!

F One-Stop Christmas Shop It’s the last day of the working year, the office closed at lunchtime and Phillippa was due in town for a Christmas party at 4pm. But first, she needed gifts!

inally leaving her desk at 2:30pm, she still had to do the shopping, change into her party clothes, and be back in town in 90 minutes. Thankfully, she knew exactly where to head. Her first stop was Coco Gifts, located right in the heart of St Albans, just a few blocks from Merivale Mall. Finding a park outside was easy and, while the shop was busy when she arrived,



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friendly staff were on hand to help with gift selection. There was something for everyone, including popular brands, like French Country, Citta Design, Beau Accessories, Four Corners, Helga May, Babu, and Moana Road. Exploring the beautiful range around her, Phillippa was soon ticking items off her shopping list: • Secret Santa – tick • Gift for the woman who has everything – tick • Gift for a candle lover – tick • Gift for a male – tick • Gifts for little people – tick • Gift for a jewellery lover – tick! Next thing, the staff were busy wrapping the gifts and, as she went to pay, a bonus $20 loyalty voucher prints out from the Coco Gifts VIP club. Tomorrow, she can come back and treat herself. At 4:05pm, Phillippa arrives at the Christmas party with the best gifts for all her favourite people and, most importantly, the experience was a breeze. To make your Christmas shopping simple this year, pop into Coco Gifts at 63 Rutland Street, or visit

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For 25 years, Piccadilly Bookshop has made sure quality bestsellers fill the stockings of Canterbury book lovers each Christmas.

o matter who you’re buying for this year, there’s something in stock for everyone. The shelves are packed full of new releases, young adult novels, paperbacks, biographies, magazines, and cover a wide range of specialist topics, like local history, military information, travel, science and sports. Every single book has been handpicked by the staff, a network of

regular contacts from New Zealand and overseas publishing companies, as well as customer recommendations, so you know it’s advice you can rely on. To make your experience even easier, customers can first scour the store’s Summer Reading Guide, distributed to more than 30,000 households, available instore and on the website. Then, pop into Piccadilly Books in Avonhead Mall, where the expert staff can guide you to the perfect purchase. While you’re there, you’ll also discover bargains! A huge influx of new books has meant they’ve had to create extra shelf space, so there’s now permanent price reductions on books at the sales tables, “Last Copy – Last Chance”. It’s not only books on offer this Christmas and holiday season, they also have you covered with Christmas cards, wrapping paper, calendars, diaries, gift stationery and toys. And, they can help to choose, wrap, calculate postage and send your presents from the Avonhead Postshop and Kiwibank in-store. So, support local this festive season, and help celebrate 25 years of expert service with the staff and customers at Piccadilly Bookshop. Visit

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Heart of Stone

side tables look magnificent in marble. Decadent against golds, velvets and rich tones, it also partners stunningly with concrete and gun-metal silver. Other guises of stoneware add drama and quality to living spaces. Plinths, statues, or urns invite at an entranceway, staircase, or patio. A granite coffee table, beautifully crafted onyx bowl, handcarved sandstone sculpture, quartz vase or Romanesque wall art will inspire its surrounds. Design pieces can also blend with other natural elements, such as a clear glass dining tabletop with the juxtaposition of a solid stone base. The contrast of wood, and metal also combine well. Stone is as old as time, but a new and solid trend that will last.

By Tracey Edwardes

The grounding earthiness of stone adds a particular energy to a room that nothing else can. We are increasingly seeing stone wares coming through all areas of the home.


arble, as an interior design element, began beautifying abodes many years ago - and we are craving more. The quirk of this classically white, veined beauty is that it’s equally at

home within a minimalist or Scandinavian theme as it is amongst opulence. Kitchens and bathrooms are havens for its charm. However, the likes of clocks, coasters, candlesticks, lamp bases and





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Colour Craze By Tracey Edwardes

In a world full of neutrals, it is no surprise we are craving colour, as it enhances the senses and heightens emotion and mood. We look at incorporating colour into your home.










Coloured appliances and utensils are simply delicious these days. Colour also means you can find things – they shout from a drawer of stainless steel. With a black kitchen for example, red adds drama, hot pink oozes pizzazz. Akin to the ’50s domestic goddess days, retro pastels that became so chic still charm the benchtops.

Look closely at the towels, they can fade to grey before you’ve realised. A neutral bathroom can so easily have a creative change around every week. Lime green towels with a leafy indoor plant and a quirky frog by the basin, a vintage vase of fuchsia roses against raspberry-red flannels, or a watery world of aqua soaps and icy-blue bathmats.

Cushions; the chameleons of interior design., these plump pops of hue are excuses to show off your personality. If the dining room is dim, utilise lovely yellow. Too hot in midsummer, cool with the blues and mint greens. Follow the palette of the flower garden outside, purple is vogue. Have an object de art in a different colour to everything else – all eyes will be upon it.

Change the duvet for an instant mood lift – it’s a bedroom’s creative canvas. Include colour to relax and inspire in lamps, curtains, headboards and linens. It’s likely to be the first thing you see in the morning, so wake up to your favourite. A. ADAIRS B. MUSTARD MADE C. KAS AUSTRALIA D. WEST ELM

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ondered where those plastic bags go, the ones we’re all trying to reduce the usage of? We found Blue Q which is right on point, repurposing plastic to make groovy shopper bags that are tough; one percent of sales go to support environmental initiatives around the globe. We also spied bamboo plates, handmade soaps – good for planet and body - candles, eco cups and reusable lunch boxes. And then there’s the cheeky, fun stocking fillers that this store is known for! Good to know click and collect is available on the website for convenient browsing. There is also the new Afterpay payment option. Download the app and then it’s so easy to pay by four instalments, available at checkout in-store and online. For more information, email or visit

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Blissful Bathrooms Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage does exactly what it says on the label: working with all things water, plumbing and drainlaying, plus gasfitting as well. Accredited Master Plumbers operating in both the residential and the commercial sector, no job is too big or small for their do it once, do it right ethos.


athroom renovations are a specialty, and the company offers the complete design and build package. Architectural Designer, Licensed Building Practitioner and co-owner, Rochelle Foster (also of Yardley and Foster Architecture) says, “if you’d love a new bathroom, but you’re just too busy to take the project on, we’ll take care of everything”. The process begins with initial free consultation. Rochelle will take you through design concepts and planning, they’ll choose fixtures, select tiles, lighting, ventilation, heating and colours and the in-house quantity surveyor will provide you with the complete cost proposal. Before work begins, Rochelle can show you a three-dimensional image of your finished

product. Aquapro handles all of the consenting required, as well as managing all the subcontractors, through to the final clean. Rochelle’s design approach is clientdriven and sees her create stunning classic renovations for both historic Fendalton homesteads as well as for those who seek something minimalist and clean-lined, or luxuriously dramatic, or practical and easy to clean for a young family. Inspired by New Zealand architects and architecture, Rochelle “loves creating relaxing, yet functional spaces”. She says bathrooms rich in texture and materiality are timeless and is seeing a lot of greenery introduced to the bathroom space, which adds another dimension.

Established 10 years ago and now with a team of 30, Aquapro has cemented a reputation as an expert in highend architectural work: the technical expertise and the attention to detail. The team works all over Canterbury and in Queenstown, and is delighted with the range of projects that sees them working on full bathrooms for central city hotels, to changing tapware in a residential ensuite. Managing Director and Master Plumber Keith Foster says, “We’re a name built on quality, and we take pride in supplying our clients with the best possible plumbing experience at a reasonable rate”. Visit the website at



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Editor: Melinda Collins

e’re heading quickly into the time of the year when we start making a raft of resolutions that we vow to keep, with whole of life improvement at their very heart. And, despite the fact that few of these goals make it beyond mid-year, their setting maintains its place in our New Year traditions. Despite the questionable nature of their attainment, at the heart of these annual goals is a desire for self-improvement. While our highest aspirations for ourselves often conflict with our daily desires, resolutions are designed to give our aspirations the upper hand. As it relates to our homes – whether it is the cleaning of, the restoration of, or the building of – it’s the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button and start the quest for advancement when the clock ticks over, marking the beginning of 2019. For the goal-focused A-type personalities amongst us, we’ve got all the beautiful inspiration needed to start the New Year off on the right foot in the pages ahead. We really do have something for everyone here – the House of the Year winners for 2018, some aspirational new builds, some hot new products for your renovation and some influencing words of wisdom from some of the country’s biggest movers and shakers. So from the Metropol Build team, have a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to bringing you more inspiration in 2019.








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Seasonal Solutions

Technically, our country enjoys a temperate maritime climate, but quite often climate doesn’t get the memo and it’s just a little ‘too’ something to get the most from your outdoor living space: a little too hot, a little too windy or a little too wet.


he team at Stratco can provide you with the full range of outdoor shelter solutions, bespoke to your home, garden and lifestyle. “The right solution can really extend the amount of time you spend outdoors within the warmer seasons, and also get you out there for more months of the year,” says General Manager David Allingham. Stratco’s large range includes everything from fencing for wind breaks, fixed verandas, sunroofs, fully electronic louvres, carports, pergolas, garden and wood sheds. They’re engineered to withstand the wind conditions of the area, and the streamlined designs complement any style of home and garden. Stratco Louvre or Fixed Veranda systems are custom built to your size and layout to suit your needs – units can be attached to your house or freestanding. Louvre systems come standard with a

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remote control and rain sensors to give you complete control over the weather. Fixed verandas include sheeted roofing to provide strength for wind and snow loading, and add polycarbonate sheets to allow protected light to come through. Both systems create comfortable living spaces in our otherwise harsh environment. Outdoor Product Specialist Steve Cain says, “it works really well when people spend some time over the summer break considering how they would like to make the most of their outdoor spaces”. “In the New Year, we can complete installation within six weeks of the order, so their outdoor time for summer 2018/19 could be extended well into autumn.” The process is simple and stress free: Steve can talk you through the full range of solutions bespoke to you in size and colours. Once you’ve made some choices, the next step is the free measure and

quote. The quote is fully detailed and all-inclusive for plumbing and electrical. “There won’t be any hidden costs,” Steve says. On accepting the quote you’ll receive a fully dimensioned plan. Peace of mind comes from knowing that the team at Stratco offers project management that includes all of the subtrades and, of course, quality control. There is a great range of images on the website at, the Hands Road showroom is open 8am to 5pm on weekdays and Steve carries a working model on his truck. Not just a great looking and fully engineered solution to suit demanding Australasian conditions, all Stratco products come with a full warranty. “We stand by our products. The Stratco brand is focused on quality and service and we are justly proud of what we do,” Dave says.


Incentives for inner city living

By Harcourts Gold Consultant Mark O’Loughlin

About 6,000 people currently live in Christchurch’s inner city; a third less than pre-quake. We have been warned we must speed up central city growth if new enterprises are to survive. The CBD has seen a lot of retail, office and civic developments, but the missing ingredient is people.


believe it’s critically important for the future of the city to have a strong residential component. You need a night-time economy to add to the daytime economy. So I totally endorse the Christchurch City Council’s recently announced three-year plan aimed at

accelerating the inner city population, named Project 8011 after the central city postcode and the estimated number of homes needed for 20,000 people. Incentives in the plan range from working with developers to provide subsidies around the consenting and building

fees charged by the council, to low equity loans, rebates on development contributions and investment from the NZ Super Fund, as well as introducing rating and other financial incentives to encourage people to buy. Its geographical focus is the central city as defined in the Christchurch District Plan – known as the ‘Four Avenues’. I am already seeing keen interest from buyers in apartments, town houses and homes in the specified area; the SOHO Apartments at 118 Salisbury St where prepaid rates and pre-paid body corp fees for up to three years are part of the incentive to purchase, are 60 percent pre-sold. So the new plan is being talked about and is working. To find out more about these incentives and other inner city properties, contact me at

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Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister

Christ’s College Executive Principal


t this time of the year, it’s important that we also help those less fortunate. Not-for-profits are a vital thread in the social fabric of our community. However, they are also often the organisations that are the humblest – the ones that fly under the radar, whispering their success stories, when they have every reason to shout them from the rooftop. That’s why I was so pleased to see the Christchurch City Mission win the Champion Canterbury Community Impact Award for the medium/large enterprise category, and why I am so happy to lend my voice to raise awareness of their Back to School programme. The Christchurch City Mission has seen year-on-year demand increases for their support, which is compounded at this time of the year with Christmas and the significant financial outlay for families at the start of the school year. To help ease this pressure, the Christchurch City Mission offers practical assistance through the purchasing of school related items, such as uniforms, shoes, stationery and other curricular material. In 2012, the cost to deliver this initiative was almost $86,000, which supported 140 people. By 2017, that cost had jumped to over $274,000, supporting 470 people. This increase in demand shows the significant need in our community for this support. So, this summer, we encourage you to show your support – whether it’s through volunteering, donations or funding. The Christchurch City Mission measures success not solely by the statistics, but by the connections made and the self-worth restored to someone’s life, and that’s more than worthy of our support.


t was exciting to see in November that drilling is now underway at the Canterbury Arena site as part of early work to fast-track the project. Geotechnical investigations began in mid-November to determine the condition of the land as part of the Investment Case being prepared for the Arena. In total, 81 separate tests will be undertaken to give detailed information across the entire site. The information will allow the Investment Case to consider the most favourable areas for construction, assess options for the arena layout, develop conceptual designs for the form of the arena and its foundations, and evaluate any uncertainties related to the ground conditions. Early work will ensure we have the best information right from the start to feedin to the design process. We know that similar ground conditions exist across the city, from other work already underway. These tests will help fill in the gaps and provide robust information for the planning process. We’ll be discussing the findings of this early work as part of ongoing workshops and forums with key community and interest groups to ensure we get an arena that meets the needs of our region. This fulfils our promise to get the project moving and to speed up the recovery in the central city. The message we received from people who attended our arena workshop in October was to get started. We heard this call, which is why we’re cracking on with the work needed to get the site ready and get the Investment Case fit for purpose.


ne of the great challenges facing people in education, be it schools, universities or other tertiary organisations, is the impact and influence of ‘new’ technologies that are really questioning the validity of ‘old’ knowledge. The world is changing more quickly than in previous generations because of the digital revolution, and educators are challenged by the ‘relevance’ question more seriously now than ever before. Can we just keep doing what we have been or do we need to fundamentally do something different? When ‘answers’ can be found at the click of a button, perhaps education needs to be more about the question? Where does the balance lie between the ‘academic’ skills of the past and the ‘soft’ skills of the future? For us at Christ’s College, we’ve had a hugely successful year in terms of academic achievements. But our measure of success is equally about our graduate character, in particular, exhibiting what we call our graduate outcome. These are dispositions and attitudes that include compassion and empathy, courage and resilience, and enterprise and curiosity; all linked to our Christian virtues. The mystery of faith fundamentally speaks to the need to be curious. As Dr Stephen Hawking said: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious and, however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.”

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Ivan Iafeta

Fraser Thomas Director - Geotechnical Engineering

Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive

Regenerate Christchurch CEO

t’s hard to believe that it is Christmas time and as always, I realise that the year has once again flown past. I always look forward to Christmas because it is a time when we can spend more time with our friends and family. As a business owner, it is also a good time to step back and to reflect on the business year, in particular to revisit the goals that we set ourselves at the beginning of the year. It is easy, when we are busy, to fall into the trap of working in the business rather than working on the business. Having a break gives us the opportunity to step back from the business and to have a critical look at it. This coming year is shaping to be another busy one for Fraser Thomas Ltd. We are moving into our new offices, which will be more suitable for our expanding workforce. We are working with some inspirational clients, who are challenging our engineering ingenuity and will ensure that we are exposed to some exciting engineering challenges next year. That being said, next year my goal is to try and make more time in my busy schedule, to ensure that I have more time for my wife and kids and also for myself. Success in business typically takes a lot of time and effort, but we also need to try and prioritise working on ourselves, in order to enable us to maintain our health and focus (which ultimately will help to improve our businesses).


s we head into Christmas let me give you a few numbers on Ōtākaro’s projects that help illustrate how far we have come in Christchurch’s regeneration this year – 29,000 plants and 600,000 thousand pavers make up the City Promenade that now lines the Avon River; 97,000 hours went into repairing, widening and reprioritising Manchester Street for buses; 15,000 cubic metres of concrete and 1,450 tonnes of steel are taking shape as Te Pae, the city’s new convention centre, which is now 25 percent complete. A more significant measure of progress may be considering the spaces we can once again use. In February the former site of the CTV building was reopened as a green space for peaceful reflection, as desired by the affected families. Victoria Square emerged from a 13-month restoration in March and the determination to retain its iconic character has recently been recognised with a Civic Trust award. The Bowker Fountain is back to its fully illuminated former glory, and the paths levelled and widened to make the area safer, more accessible and ready for the likes of Carols by Candlelight. In October we opened the fourth and final gathering space in the South Frame Kahikatea Common - complete with native plants, seating and the central city’s first butterfly enclosure. It feels like a year that has gone faster than Santa down a chimney and I hope you have noticed the changes. All the best for the holiday season and I look forward to updating you on what lies ahead for Ōtākaro in the New Year.


ince 2011, plenty has been said about the opportunity Christchurch has to redefine itself. But, as in most cities, conversations about vision can sometimes be overtaken by more vocal demands for immediate action and visible progress. As we near the end of 2018, a year in which there have been significant visible signs of progress, the focus must continue to shift from recovery to the longer-term, ongoing and more complex process of regeneration. While individual agencies deliver value through their individual work programmes, it is the outcomes from the collective regeneration initiatives of the wider public and private sectors that generate the most value. Two examples this year have been the completion and opening of Tūranga, the new central library, and the EntX cinema complex. In just a few months’ time, the Christchurch Town Hall will re-open and, this time next year, the opening of Te Pae (the new convention centre) will be months away. But it is also important to remember that regeneration is not about new buildings and facilities. Attracting more people to Christchurch as visitors and new residents must be one of the city’s core objectives. Unlike Auckland and Wellington, Christchurch has the capacity to grow without the space and infrastructure constraints the northern cities are currently grappling with. However, it will not be a case of ‘build it and they will come’. Christchurch must demonstrate how it is uniquely placed to support the country’s growth and its relevance to New Zealand’s future success. That will be a task for all of us in 2019.

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ision Kitchens is the Christchurch-based sister company of Concept Kitchens, which has more than 20 years of experience in cabinet design and manufacturing in Auckland. The team is an expert in quality construction of all types of cabinetry, including kitchens, laundries, vanities and wardrobes. The business has a huge variety of materials and a wide price range to suit your preference and budget. Every square foot of a kitchen is potential work or storage area, so adequate cabinet space is a huge plus point. Vision Kitchens is also specialised to listen to what is deep down in your heart, to the dream you have for a prefect kitchen. With the company’s expertise, it can absorb your creative ideas and put them into practice in your kitchen. By using local and highquality brands with their professional designing and production team, they can make your dream kitchen a reality. This is a one stop kitchen company. You don’t need to deal with different people or travel around to look for colours and materials. It team can also source splashback tiles, LED lights or special kitchen hardware and everything else to meet all your demands. All you need to do is talk to one of their design team.



the creative process, but the vision is what everyone starts with. While the person providing the services has responsibilities as a contractor to act in the client’s best interests, it’s also the client’s responsibility to make their brief clear.

As mindreading has not become a natural skill for humans and a contractor cannot read your mind, subtle hints do not suffice. If you have a concern, a question or a comment, talk to your contractor, so you can move to the same page. Most people are people pleasers and, when it comes to your contractor, this is their profession. You have their professional livelihood in your hands, so it’s integral that you provide clear, concise feedback to ensure that they can meet your expectations. As you communicate, it is valuable to come to a clear understanding. One of the best things to do after any conversation is to each have a closing sentence, “Now, what I am hearing is…” They will respond with their interpretation and whether any corrections in your interpretation need to be made.

Communication Your construction project can go smoothly, but integral to this is communication and that is critical on both sides.

Get everything in writing Contracts are the legal and final word in a court of law and outline what both parties are expecting.

You have made the decision to build or remodel your home and, while we’re all generally well aware of the fact that there are obligations on the part of the contractor, it turns out there are actually obligations on the part of the customer, also.


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Interview more than one contractor Who do you connect with the best? That is your answer and yours alone. Clear Picture Clearly state what you want and any details. You are the one who has hired someone for a job. Be clear in what your goal is, how you see it in your mind and the finished product. There will always be small changes during production as that is

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oyts has returned to the CBD. Since the demolition of the Moorhouse Avenue cinema building, the city has waited patiently for a replacement. The wait has been well rewarded. EntX, on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo Streets, is the entertainment company’s flagship cinema complex, certainly

selections before the movie,” says Location Manager Michelle McConaghty. Arties Bar and Café serves hot and cold food that can be taken into the theatres to make for a unique experience in Christchurch. And if all that isn’t already the makings of a funtastic entertainment experience, on the ground floor is an incredible line up of some of the best casual dining in the city. That accounts for the amazing smells as you enter a large atrium with stylised seating areas, including comfy leather lounge seats in front of a fireplace, bar leaners, benches, and tables and chairs. Each of the eateries has its own seating area, too. Cleaver & Co and Joe’s Garage offer all the gastro-pub and breakfast favourites while Two Fat Indians, Nando’s, Ottoman Turkish Kebabs, Roll and Bowl, Hanoi Old Quarter, and Pad Thai Pan make all the ethnic delights you would expect in such a culinary festival. Infinito, Leemo, Nourish Pod, and Habitual Fix also offer quality favourites such a pizza, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, juices and smoothies, and teas. More food outlets are coming. Whether checking out the latest Oscar hopefuls or meeting friends for a night on the town – the Bus Interchange is just across the road and there are parking buildings close by, making this central city hotspot easily accessible – EntX is the perfect starting point.

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something unique and exciting in a city longing for, and demanding, serious entertainment. The Calder Stewart design and build project broke ground in 2016, facing issues such as a tight, 100 percent coverage site with extremely limited access due to its central city location. What they have delivered is a contemporary movie theatre complex, with seven screens, recliners and state of the art Dolby sound systems. There are two Extremescreens – biggest and best screens and sounds available – and for the ultimate movie experience, two LUX theatres. As the name suggests, LUX is a premium dine-in cinema experience. “Optimised for luxury over capacity,” it means you get to combine fine wine, premium food and comfort while enjoying the latest blockbusters from the guaranteed best seat in the house. From the top of the escalators you enter two floors of an almost futuristic other-world. Self-serve ticketing terminals, bathed in the flicker of a huge screen showing movie shorts, give way to Treat City, an open plan treat centre. Self-serve popcorn, drinks, frozen drinks, novelty cups, sweets and popcorn buckets, and movie merchandise such as hats, soft toys, mugs, Pop! Vinyl figures and more – all on display for purchase. “We’re all about customer interaction, and them having the time to browse and make



There’s no doubting the innovation and restoration that is at the heart of the rebuilding city and now these attributes have been recognised in a more formal capacity, with the city coming out on top at this year’s Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year Awards.


hristchurch has been the proud recipient of both Supreme Awards, for a Redwood home and Merivale renovation. Christchurch company Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) was awarded the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme House of the Year for the home in Redwood. It also took out the national category win for the New Home over $2 million

Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award. Meanwhile, Takahe Construction Ltd won the title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Renovation of the Year, for its superb renovation of a Merivale home. The company also took out the national category win for the Renovation over $1 million Award and the Outdoor Living Award.


HOUSE OF THE YEAR Judges were impressed with MBL’s clever and balanced design, with this home showing a considered approach in every respect. “The large home sits boldly on a rural site, but peacefully in its landscaped environment. The impeccable crafting and attention to detail

demonstrated by the builders and subcontractors is truly exceptional. “The collaboration between client, architect and builder has made this a home that perfectly suits the needs of the growing family. It is a deserving winner of this award.”

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RENOVATION OF THE YEAR Judges remarked on the amazing quality of the Takahe Construction Ltd’s renovation of the house, which was extensively damaged in the Christchurch quakes. “Originally built in the 1990s, the client chose to engage the original architect to complete

a full re-design, whilst retaining the elegance of the original home. A collaborative approach between client, architect, engineer and builder made this project a success. The quality demonstrated in both the rebuild work and the overall renovation is a credit to the team involved. “This is truly a spectacular

home, which the builder should be extremely proud of.” Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says, House of the Year epitomises building excellence and showcases Master Builders as the custodians of quality and innovation across all types of homes and price brackets. “Residential building continues to fuel the construction boom, and while these homes need to be built quickly and cost effectively, it must not be at the expense of quality. House of the Year sets the standard of what is possible, both in quality and innovation. “The craftmanship demonstrated within all of our finalists shows that our members are building quality homes for all New Zealanders. From the luxury homes, to the cost-effective builds, to apartments, these homes are some of the finest in the country.” For more information about the competition, visit


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Rising from the rubble


ased on interviews with those who lived and worked through the Canterbury earthquakes, Rising from the Rubble is co-authored by Dr Michael Ardagh and Dr Joanne Deely and published by Canterbury University Press. It gives a compelling account of staff working in the Canterbury health system who rallied to maintain and rebuild essential health services, ensuring continuity of care for the most vulnerable, as well as managing the significant increased demand for services to support the ongoing impact on the mental health and wellbeing of Cantabrians. Dr Ardagh says he and Dr Deely felt there was a lack of information about the enormous role played by people in health during and after the earthquakes and that it was vital to record the experiences of patients and staff. “We wanted to capture their stories in a book that would be accessible to the general public as well as to health staff.” Stories about the immediate disaster aftermath include accounts of emergency medical teams successfully managing a huge influx of patients, blood bank (transfusion services), staff maintaining uninterrupted services despite working intermittently by torchlight and also ankle-deep in water, and the maintenance and engineering staff striving to keep the hospital functioning despite the ravaged infrastructure. “Most people would have run for the hills rather than stay underneath a concrete building. It was typical that staff chose not to flee, but to fight – to stay at, or even return to, work.”

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Blending form W and function For award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer Sandy Eagle, listening to her clients is the key to the perfect result. Seeking to understand her clients and how they work is integral to creating functional spaces, which she then moulds into the look they want.

ith more than 20 years of knowledge and experience, a huge passion for design, impressive talent and skill, this versatile designer can deliver any design – whether it’s bespoke, country, modern, or industrial. Sandy has always had a flair for creativity. Her background includes years in the construction industry, designing concepts for building companies and working closely

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with architects, builders and joiners. But her true passion is in the detail within the kitchen and bathrooms. The mother of three has not only helped people across Canterbury and the South Island bring their individuality into their homes, but also designed and built her family’s own homes over the years, some of which have won Master Builder House of the Year awards. Clients enjoy peace of mind, knowing they are working with a member of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA), of which Sandy is the Canterbury Region Chairperson. She believes in giving back to her industry and loves inspiring young designers. Recognised nationally with awards for both her kitchen and bathroom designs, Sandy is passionate about design. She believes form and function should blend seamlessly, so spaces look beautiful, while standing up to the pressures of everyday life. Phone 027 710 6900, email or visit


Huntsbury Heaven As a first-time entrant, Trevor Hone Builders was the Mid and South Canterbury Region House of the Year New Home over $2 million winner, before making the list of the country’s top 100 home builds, as a national Reserve Gold finalist in the House of the Year Awards for 2018.


irector and Master Builder Trevor says the Huntsbury Hill house was a phenomenal building challenge, but one of the the best things about this intense build has been the interaction with the owners and their happiness with the finished product. Designed by Cymon Alfrey Architects, the house is a melange of angles and detailing, about as far from a box on a hill as you could imagine. As with every project, Trevor was “passionate about realising the architect’s vision: if you’re not passionate you can’t do it. The complex architecture and engineering details have to be absorbed, understood, questioned and implemented”. Engineered to the latest requirements the house has a reinforced concrete

spine. The tricky steep, all-rock hill site has a foundation that has multiple layers, cut into the rock. The tiered retaining landscape walls form part of the foundations too. The roof is clad with Coloursteel tray roofing and a Viking Enviroclad roof garden, while the wall cladding is a combination of pitched Basalt stone, Alucabond, Cedar and tiles. The interior of the three-bedroom home again utilises the Basalt Stone, with floors tiled and carpeted. The striking Mondrian style front door gives way to the artgallery feel of the entrance hall that is tiled on both walls and floor. North facing decking runs the length of the upper and lower levels, with glass balustrading to ensure uninterrupted views. The curved spine of the house, clad

in pitched Basalt, which forms the main structure, runs externally and through the house, creating a spectacular feature. Trevor says this is one of the standout builds of his 20-year career for the level of technical difficulty and the stunning end result. A perfectionist himself from the foundations up to the minute finishing details, Trevor acknowledges the commitment to an outstanding result from his team, and Please review your subcontractors JPM Contracting, High Spec Electrical, AVI Automation, Greg Sutherland Roofing, Whitehead Plumbing and Gas, Application Specialists, Metro Performance Glass, Dyer Decorating and Monarch Aluminium, for the aluminium joinery as well as the spectacular Mondrian front door.


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Technical competence The vision for Christchurch’s changing skyline has needed contributions from many different areas of expertise to start to bring it to reality. Moore Construction is one such company with its focused technical competence in earthmoving and pile driving.

nvariably the first contractor on a site to prepare the ground for the subsequent construction, Moore Construction has a reputation for being well-equipped to take on complex projects. “A recently finished project at Christchurch Hospital for a bridge linking the old and new parts of the hospital, involved installing screw pile to a depth of 24m into Riccarton Gravels,” says General Manager Nathan Moore. “Our hard working and technically experienced team saw this project through multiple site restraints and complexities to a safe completion.” Another piling project in the CBD was on St Asaph Street for a new commercial building. Here seven days of work saw 24 screw piles installed to 13.5 metres. “With surrounding existing buildings restricting the amount of space for our work on the site and a strict programme, the results are a credit to our team.” Moore Construction constantly looks to expand its resources to provide services for their clients. “A recent acquisition is a compact directional drill from Italy, a light unit ideal for drilling soak holes and retaining walls for residential or commercial buildings.” Versatility is definitely the by-word with this company. You can contact Moore Construction on 027 549 9670 or email


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Advanced Ground Engineering Solutions from Mainmark Help Remediate Upmarket Apartment Complex


amahi Apartments is a striking eight storey residential apartment building located in Merivale. The apartment building was recently given a new lease of life by Bruce McDonald who undertook an impressive renovation project to create a building with unique street appeal that really makes the property stand out. When Bruce, the Director of KCRB Ltd, purchased the Kamahi Apartments, he understood that the building would need extensive remediation work to ensure it would meet the required New Building Standard (NBS). Since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, widespread liquefaction has affected countless building foundations across Christchurch, and the NBS was introduced in 2017 to ensure the seismic resilience of buildings, and future safety of occupants. In order to achieve the required NBS, the building’s structural foundations needed to be widened and strengthened. Bruce consulted with geotechnical engineers to analyse the integrity of the soil beneath the structure, then contacted Mainmark to assist with the important step of re-levelling the building. Mainmark is a leading ground engineering firm with a proven reputation backed by expertise, experience and demonstrated results.

The organisation has remediated hundreds of structures affected by seismic liquefaction including the 33,000-tonne Christchurch Art Gallery. After assessing the ground conditions and structural requirements of the Kamahi Apartments, Mainmark recommended their JOG ComputerControlled Grouting (known as JOG) as the most suitable solution for relevelling.

JOG is a highly advanced and extremely accurate method for raising foundations and can be precisely controlled to provide very small amounts of lift at a time. It works by stabilising the soil beneath the foundations and consolidating weak ground to deliver a highly accurate outcome, regardless of building size or complexity. Since Mainmark introduced the JOG technology to New Zealand, it has become a proven and safe method for treating buildings affected by seismic activity. The grout injections are non-invasive, and controlled using a central

computer to effectively and gently “float” the building back into position with finite control. This process allows the structure to be raised evenly with pinpoint accuracy, while avoiding undue stress on the building as it is re-levelled. The re-levelling project was completed using Mainmark’s proprietary Teretek® engineered resin, which was identified as an ideal solution to underseal the ground floor slab and foundations, for the required Damp Proof Membrane (DPM) Reinstatement. In a process that is likened to keyhole surgery, Teretek® is injected through carefully selected points. The resin quickly expands, immediately filling any voids. Like the JOG solution, this process is fast, clean and unobtrusive. Mainmark worked around the clock to complete works before Christmas 2017, successfully and efficiently re-levelling the building to within the required tolerances, and helping to achieve 100% NBS . “Nothing was a problem for Mainmark. They were incredibly cooperative and worked at a great pace, including one 7-day week, to get the project finished by 22nd December. This enabled KCRB Ltd to do crucial work over the Christmas period and stay on schedule to complete the project in 2018,” said Bruce.

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Are you still Battling Your Earthquake Claims or Defective Repairs? Are you still frustrated with your earthquake issues, still no settlement, faulty repairs, foundation damage or disputes Over the past eight years Whyte Construction have successfully completed thousands of earthquake claims and settlements. We offer a complete comprehensive, professional service supported by leading industry experts and consultants that have achieved successful outcomes for our clients. If you would like to restore your home with confidence and without the frustrations call us to resolve your earthquake issues.

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