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metropol THE SHOWCASE MAGAZINE FOR THE BEST
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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
FIVE MINUTES WITH DAVE & LIZZIE
Restoration a labour of love Rebuild blueprint wins awards Messing about in boats
FASHION 27 32 33 36
Scents for summer Antidote for tiredness & stress Overcoming life’s challenges quickly Summer clothing range for active kids
CANTERBURY BRIDAL 39 39 40
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CHRISTCHURCH CAFE OF THE YEAR
The gift of giving The cocktail chef
IDEAS & ABILITY AT PITCH 2014
IN THE CITY
BE CREATIVE, EMBRACE COLOUR
A little luxury in Lincoln It’s swimwear season: Stephanie Rumble
REBUILD BLUEPRINT WINS AWARD
DECISIONS FOR THE BIG DAY
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Great hair for the golden girls The whisper of luxury Seasonal flowers
CUISINE Edgy nightclub & gastro pub Discover the world’s finest teas Talk of the town Recipe: Scottish shortbread sundae with blueberry ice cream
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Be creative, embrace colour Transforming empty spaces Kitchen of your dreams What we value in our homes
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metropol THE SHOWCASE MAGAZINE FOR THE BEST Publisher Metros Publishing Group Ltd Managing Director Trevor Laplanche firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising : Tracey Prince email@example.com
eeping connected with all that our chic little city has on offer is what makes a life of living here one of quality, excitement and style. Metropol explores our city’s local talent, innovative businesses and entertainment hot spots. It encapsulates our city’s unique culture from fashion to food, destinations to designers, socialising to services and more. Metropol is quintessential Christchurch designed to inspire the discerning. A massive 30% increase in circulation over the last quarter brings Metropol readership to an est.* 180,000 readers. We welcome all new readers and businesses to the ‘Metropol Experience’. *Est. x 4 per copy.
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f you were asked to describe your year in a single word, or a short sentence, what would you say? With Christmas fast approaching 2014 is almost history. I find the end of a year is always a good time to reflect so that you can leave any low-lights behind, celebrate the highlights, and move into the New Year with purpose. This issue of Metropol is full of positive articles that we wouldn’t have seen reported this time last year. The city really has changed an amazing amount in the past year and Cantabrians have worked incredibly hard to rebuild their homes, lives, businesses and buildings. Some of the highlights for me in this issue are the Arts Centre coming along with the turret now restored, the Isaac Theatre Royal complete and magnificent, news of expansion at The Colombo – that trendy European inspired shopping centre, The Tannery with its expansion and grand Victorian style, the huge number of shops, boutiques, cafes and bars that have opened or reopened, and the fabulous new buildings that are being built with passion and true vision. It’s wonderful to feel like we live in an (almost) normal city again – where we can go out for a drink or bite to eat in a fabulously fitted out restaurant and not feel like it’s a temporary stop-gap. Where we can shop again in luxury places like Quinns and Dodds, be impressed by the tenacity and verve of the smaller fashion boutiques and be pampered in beautiful salons. So as we conclude another big year in Christchurch I think we should all pat ourselves on the back for staying, for being positive, tolerant, patient, for rebuilding this city and creating a strong new ethos, and for collectively bolstering the unique and inspirational spirit of our city that may have flickered but has never waned.
The team at Metropol wish you all a very happy Christmas and care-free, fun-filled holidays – you certainly deserve it!
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Bringing fashion to the field
1. Kylie Curry, Meri Wynen and Shelby Huntley (Ronald McDonald House) 2. Matt Mark (CEO), George Forbes 3. Karen McGrath, Andrea Parkinson, Sarah Davies 4. Kirstin Biggs, Robyn Mauger 5. Anna Osborn and Diane Kimber (Fertility Associates) 6. Hilary Totty, Genevieve Kirwan 7. Fraser Bremford, Craig Pickett 8. Di and Kipp Alexander 9. Ollie McKenna, Thomas Smith, Jessica Deacon 10. Brodie Archer, Jane Robb, Sally Goldsmith 11. Trevor Laplanche and Emma Dyer (Metropol)
Thursday December 11 was all about Fashion on the field â€“ the polo field that is. Featuring the latest fashion, bubbles and live music from Mandy Pickering, all proceeds from the event went directly to Ronald McDonald House South Island.
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FIVE MINUTES by Angela Bennett
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avid Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache are actors, circus artists and variety entertainers who are clearly multi-talented in the world of performance art. Bring them together in their Mr and Mrs Alexander performance and their chemistry is breathtaking. Between them the two, who produce their original work from their home in Lyttelton, have performed at over 50 festivals across nine countries, and their company ‘Rollicking Entertainment’ is the current holder of the Iron Chicken – the World Buskers Festival’s prestigious critics’ choice award. Their physical skills include juggling, ladderwalking, psychic illusion, escapology and sideshow stunts. Cantabrians will be able to catch Mr and Mrs Alexander during the 2015 SCRIT World Buskers Festival, 15-25 January. www.worldbuskersfestival.com.
How old were you when you discovered your love of acting and stunts? Lizzie: Hmm, I’ve never NOT wanted to act but for the stunts bit… I remember being 9, getting my sister to tie me up with rope and time how long it took for me to escape. David: At 10 years old my mum took me to the Moscow Circus and when I saw a dozen clowns come tumbling out of one tiny car, I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Did you ever dream then, of making performing arts a career choice? Lizzie: Yup. Mum was an actress and Dad was a stand-up comedian so it was the natural choice. David: At the time, no. Then much later, a careers officer assessed me at high school and decided I’d only ever be good at two things - drama or psychology. In a way these days I use both.
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Dave & Lizzie How dangerous are some of your acts and how do you feel during an extreme performance? Lizzie: Replicating anything you see on stage would be a terrible idea. In this show I hammer nails into my face and stop my pulse, David gets intense with a whip and there is a bone crushing animal trap. Other times we’ve eaten fire, jumped off roofs, walked on glass… If one of the dangerous acts went wrong, you’d be looking at a trip to the hospital. Even after countless shows in various countries, we still get nervous before each show and double check everything. Three times. David: While putting Lizzie into a trance in a show in Ottawa this year, we hypnotised an audience member by accident - she was fine but it was a good reminder that we are playing with some really powerful stuff and you have to be careful (knowing what to do, we brought her back into the room quickly and the crowd thought it was part of the show). In fact we got a standing ovation that night. But you've got to be prepared. Why did you decide to focus on comedic performances? Lizzie: Daddy issues, probably. David: Early in my career I got a lot of work with outdoor Shakespeare companies in Australia, and during the day we used to do comic, old time medicine shows for the families. You quickly learn that Donald O’Connor was right: “You can study Shakespeare and be quite elite. You can charm the critics but have nothing to eat. Just slip on a banana peel, the world’s at your feet- make 'em laugh make 'em laugh make 'em laugh!”
You are both involved in theatre, busking and dare devil feats - what is your favourite genre of performing arts? Lizzie: Whatever we’re working on! The great thing about our job is the that it is always changing - you can be a naughty French maid one night, MC a comedy show the next, and be rehearsing for a mainstage show at The Court Theatre during the day. Travelling for festivals is a massive perk and has taken us to some incredible places - a research trip this year took us to Vegas and New Orleans, and we got engaged on a day off in Barcelona.
David: A multi-genre show like Mr and Mrs Alexander is different every single night, which keeps you on your toes - you never know what you’re going to get. That’s my favourite. Any given night while performing the show and saying our lines, as well as what you see, we are also silently juggling the predicted behaviour of at least three audience members, trying to influence the behaviour of four more, sending information to each other and setting up illusions. Because it is such a live wire, and so dependent on each audience, it is an incredibly rewarding and exciting project. What other creative endeavours do you enjoy? Lizzie: I play basic guitar, write songs in my spare time and am involved in various slam poetry events. We’re constantly up-skilling: developing more circus and sideshow acts, researching and writing for the next production. David: Any spare moment I like to pretend I’m still 17, grab my board and go for a skate. On a more personal note what music are you enjoying at present? Lizzie: A lot of Sia and A Tribe Called Quest. You can never go wrong with The Front Lawn (or basically anything with Don McGlashin in it), and we’re spoilt for choice with live gigs in Lyttelton - Delaney Davidson, The Eastern, Runaround Sue, Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers, Unfaithful Ways, Lindon Puffin…. David: Yesterday we had a massive dance around our living room to Janellle Monae.
WHILE PERFORMING THE SHOW, AS WELL AS WHAT YOU SEE, WE ARE ALSO SILENTLY JUGGLING THE PREDICTED BEHAVIOUR OF AT LEAST THREE AUDIENCE MEMBERS, TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE BEHAVIOUR OF FOUR MORE, SENDING INFORMATION TO EACH OTHER AND SETTING UP ILLUSIONS. What are you like at parties? Lizzie: I usually manage to keep my pants on. David: You’ll always find me in the kitchen. What’s next on the wish list? Lizzie: We’re putting together a UK tour so wishing for massive crowds, standing ovations and to not come home bankrupt. David: Sunny skies on our wedding day. Lizzie: Oh yeah, that too!
If you could go back and tell your teenage self something what would it be? Lizzie: “Take a deep breath. Will it really matter in 10 years’ time?” David: The same thing I tell myself today! “Stick to your guns, you can actually do it mate. But for crying out loud stop comparing yourself to other people.” What is your proudest achievement? Lizzie: David saying yes when I asked him to marry me. David: Lizzie liking me enough to ask me to marry her. Which is your favourite café, bar or restaurant in Canterbury? Lizzie: The Bodhi Tree is hands down best food in town. David: I have a soft spot for the darkroom on St Asaph Street because of everything they’ve done to keep variety entertainment alive over the last few years. Also they have great beer. What would you like to see in the ‘new’ Christchurch? Lizzie: Lots of green spaces. More community gardens. There can never be too many! David: An established, council sanctioned busking pitch in the heart of town. Having just returned from New Orleans it’s clear to see that recovery is about people (locals and tourists) enjoying life in the heart of a place. Not just bricks and mortar. What is one thing that Metropol readers would be surprised to know about you? Lizzie: I love wild meat (wild venison, wild pork, rabbit…) partly because it’s delicious and partly because dealing with introduced pests by eating them is both environmentally and ethically awesome. BUT I’ve never shot my own food, so that’s my goal by this time next year: slowly morph into the New Zealand version of Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall… David: I am both excited and terrified about Episode VII. Metropol December 18, 2014 7
Diamond Club is a girl’s best friend The Champs-Elysées Day Spa Diamond Club, an exclusive 12 month day spa membership, recently held its quarterly event at Coco Gifts’ Rutland Street store. An evening of wine and canapés was enjoyed by all.
Coffee hit for new Ballantynes boutique
allantynes recently celebrated the opening of its new Nespresso Boutique, filled with all of the premium blend coffees, limited edition varieties, machines and accessories, with coffee specialists on hand to reveal the mysteries of Nespresso’s exceptional coffee.
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he original low-carbohydrate eating plan, the Atkins Diet, has been reformulated and launched as the NEW Atkins Nutritional Approach. The refreshed approach has been developed in conjunction with the Atkins International Science Advisory Board (SAB) – comprising experts in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, physiology and food science – to create a programme which trains the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates by eating a diverse range of nutrient-rich foods including lean protein, fibrous vegetables, fruits, dairy, natural fats, whole grains and legumes. There’s a wealth of support available to participants via the New Atkins Australasian website (www.atkins.com) which features recipes and a meal planner, recipe guide and an on-the-go carbohydrate counter, as well as top tips and advice from the experts.
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Life-saving real estate
reast Cancer Cure is giving you the chance to get your hands on some life-saving real estate, two-square metres of it, in fact. Designed by Dame Trelise Cooper, the Pretty Wendy House has been specially created to help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer and at the same time, raise awareness about this life-threatening condition. “Five years ago 1 in 10 women would be diagnosed, now this number is 1 in 9. The lives of over 660 New Zealand women of all ages and all walks of are being lost each year and we want to do something about this!” says Phillipa Green of Breast Cancer Cure. “The Pretty Wendy House makes a wonderful gift for the special girl in your life, offering the perfect place for
girl talk, hideouts, making house or telling stories in the moonlight under the stairs. At the same time, it raises the important funds that will help protect our next generation of women against breast cancer.” Available to purchase from Harcourts, the Pretty Wendy House has an RRP of $139 and all proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Cure. But as with any real estate, you best act fast as the houses are part of a limited edition line.
A winning match
ust when you thought the tennis couldn’t get any better, Moët & Chandon announces the ultimate champagne lounge experience with award winning Masu by Nic Watt at the NZ Festival of Tennis from January 5 – 17, 2015 in Auckland. Based in the heart of the excitement, the elegant space will be serving up a pairing of gastronomic bliss. The collaboration between Moët & Chandon and Masu invites spectators to indulge in a range of fresh Japanese fusion dishes, which have been expertly crafted to match a range of Moët & Chandon champagnes. Guests are invited to experience all the action live at the ASB Classic (5-10 January 2015) and Heineken Open (12-17 January 2015) from the Moët & Chandon Champagne Lounge, which can be accessed by all tickets and ground passes.
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Restoration a labour The conservation and restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal’s gigantic dome is certainly the crowning glory of the recently completed $40 million reconstruction and makeover of the entire building.
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nd for art conservator Carolina Izzo, who was in charge of the domerestoration team, the most important aspect of the project was its positive connection to the people of Christchurch. Even now, a few weeks after the reopening of the theatre, Carolina and her team are still experiencing a strong reaction from the community as people learn what was achieved. Carolina says it has reconfirmed her belief in the power of heritage conservation to connect people, especially those who have shared a traumatic experience like the Christchurch earthquakes. To her, restoration is more than just a matter of putting material things back together. “It’s an acknowledgement of people’s cultural identity” she says. Awareness of this admirable project is now also spreading overseas. In November, Carolina gave a speech about it at the International Art Conservation Conference in Florence, Italy.
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CAROLINA SAYS IT HAS RECONFIRMED HER BELIEF IN THE POWER OF HERITAGE CONSERVATION TO CONNECT PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE SHARED A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE LIKE THE CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKES. The number of people working on the 16month dome project varied from nine to 12 and included two conservation colleagues from overseas. The team made sure there were also local people involved, like the contemporary artist Julia Holden, who could not resist being involved in the restoration of this piece of Christchurch’s artistic heritage. Carolina is an internationally renowned, Wellington-based conservator who trained in Florence, with more than 16 years’ experience working on earthquake-damaged objects. Carolina moved to New Zealand in 2001 and worked for six years as a painting conservator at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa before setting up her own conservation business.
Having worked on the Teatro de San Carlo in Naples, which opened in 1767 and is the oldest continuously open opera venue in Europe, she was delighted to be asked to work on Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal by Naylor Love, the principal contractor for its restoration. Carolina was joined by fellow Italian Emanuele Vitulli, with his experience in conserving quake-damaged objects and buildings, who stayed with the team for the first two months. Other enthusiastic co-workers were Stefano Pessina, who did the quantity surveys and Lucia Dori, who helped with the painting conservation.
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of love The painting within the dome that needed restoration is made up of eight overlapping canvases featuring dream-like scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, including characters like the mischievous elf Puck; Titania, Queen of the Fairies; and Bottom, whose head has been changed into that of a donkey. The damaged dome was first removed from the theatre’s ceiling in 2012. It was then wrapped in Tyvek high-density polyethylene to protect it from further damage and re-suspended inside the theatre’s Green Room for its restoration. The overlapping painted canvases were then removed from the dome, revealing a lot of damage to the underlying plaster. The team’s challenge was to repair and restore the original shape of the plaster and then cover it with eight pieces of carbon fibre the same shape as the canvasses, which were then to be attached to these. However, mould was also found underneath the polyethylene that had been wrapped around the canvasses for protection. The mould was laboriously removed from the front and back of the canvasses. Eventually, the paintings were also meticulously restored. Other work undertaken by the conservation team at the theatre included restoration of the marble stairway, which has been at the theatre since 1928; and the gilding on the walls, columns and ceiling of the auditorium. We conducted the last part of our interview sitting within the theatre, looking up at the magnificent dome. Carolina then asked to be left alone, so that she could quietly scrutinise every detail of the enormous task she and her team had only recently completed there.
THE PAINTING WITHIN THE DOME THAT NEEDED RESTORATION IS MADE UP OF EIGHT OVERLAPPING CANVASES FEATURING DREAM-LIKE SCENES FROM SHAKESPEARE’S “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”, Photo: Centuri Chan
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By Cheryl Colley
Chill out with cool fun The coldest, driest and windiest continent on Earth - that's Antarctica. Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit this wild, yet beautiful place, but we can gain deep insights into its history and life forms at the International Antarctic Centre.
here is always something happening at the centre and improvements being made to its displays, exhibits and interpretation. It really is “the coolest fun in Christchurch.” Right from the moment you walk though the entryway you feel the realistic chill of the environment surrounding you and you know you have left New Zealand behind to delve into the secrets of the world's southernmost continent. Snow falls as you move further into the heart of the centre and the spectacle of the astonishing aurora australis quite takes your breath away. Over the next six months the Time Tunnel from the Ice Fest will be a new feature at the Antarctic Centre where you can learn about Antarctica from 50 million years ago and through to today. Another new exhibit allows you to experience a little of what flying to
Antarctica is like sitting in the tube and webbing seats of a C17 Globemaster aircraft. The Antarctic Gallery covers an impressive range of topics. You can spend a whole day there, or tailor your visit to suit your timetable, with a break perhaps in the well-stocked café, enjoying a light meal and your favourite beverage.
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AS WELL AS THE ICE VOYAGE, THERE IS HAPPY FEET 4D WHICH IS REALLY POPULAR WITH CHILDREN. DON'T MISS THE HAGGLUND RIDE EITHER. IT'S NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED, BUT THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO PUT THE HAGGLUND THROUGH ITS PACES IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.
Try to time your visit for the feeding of the little blue penguins (10.30am and 3.30pm) in a specially designed habitat. You can watch from surface or underwater level and learn more about these birds, the world's smallest penguin. If you are keen enough, you can experience the very real effects of an Antarctic storm in the safe all-weather indoor polar room. This area was opened in 2003 by Sir Edmund Hillary, who explained that, with the wind chill factor getting down to minus 18 degrees it was very close to the real thing. Nicki Dawson,
Manager of the Antarctic Centre, says families love to challenge each other as to how long they can stay in the snow and ice experience. Then there is a stimulating 4D movie experience – a ride in a ship complete with ice floe collisions, drifting snow flakes and curious wildlife. As well as the Ice Voyage, there is Happy Feet 4D which is really popular with children. Don't miss SNOW the Hagglund ride either. It's not FALLS AS YOU for the fainthearted, but the course is uniquely designed MOVE FURTHER to put the Hagglund INTO THE HEART OF through its paces in a safe THE CENTRE AND THE environment. SPECTACLE OF THE In fact there is ASTONISHING AURORA something at the centre AUSTRALIS QUITE for everyone - young or TAKES YOUR old; intent on gathering BREATH knowledge, or just happy for a wonderful outing with lots of AWAY. amazing things to do and see.
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Distinctly European Already well-established as a major retail, food and entertainment centre in the downtown area of Sydenham, The Colombo will soon grow further with the addition of a new retail concept for Christchurch, further homeware and fashion shops, a magazine and bookstore and even a cooking school.
he 1000sqm expansion will take place at the car-park end of the main atrium, in the corner to the side of the food hall. Marketing & Development manager Caroline Cooper-Dixon, who owns The Colombo with her mother, Lilly Cooper, explains that they have been waiting for this area to become available before making this second-stage development. Formerly occupied by Postie Plus, this corner will be expanded alongside another 400sqm and will have an atrium of its own.
“THE COLOMBO HAS ITS HARMONIOUS BLEND OF RETAILERS, INCLUDING AN ARTS CINEMA, EUROPEAN-STYLE BARS, DECADENT CULINARY PROVIDERS AND MANY UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL FASHION, BEAUTY AND HOMEWARE BOUTIQUES.
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With the foot-traffic figures steadily increasing, Caroline is enthusiastic about the future of The Colombo, which is adding to the region's iconic and organic character with a distinctive, European-inspired niche that indulges in world class trends. “The Colombo has its harmonious blend of retailers, including an arts cinema, Europeanstyle bars, decadent culinary providers and many unique and individual fashion, beauty and homeware boutiques. We're aiming to provide people with a good quality concept and experience in retail which you could find anywhere around the world, we want the Christchurch standard to be up there with the trends we see globally,” says Caroline. In order to get that right mix of businesses, Caroline and her mother travel to Europe each year during the warmer months of June and July, to check out the latest industry trends
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and ideas, so that they can forecast what is to come for Christchurch along with Australasia. This year, they visited Berlin, Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, France and England. While in London, they called in on Jamie Oliver's office where they met members of the chef's team of 300 personnel who look after everything from Oliver's restaurants to homewares, books, website and TV programmes. The Colombo has one shop selling his wood-fired ovens. The Colombo's European influence also extends into its first-class food hall and wining and dining outlets, featuring the finest international flavours made with fresh ingredients from local, trusted growers. And, there is also some Asian influence among the wide range of food bars, which
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include The Serious Sandwich, Potsticker Dumpling Bar and Mr Sushi, complementing sweet snacks from J'aime Les Macarons, revitalising juices from Pure Pulp and deliciously fresh food and organic produce from Coopers & Co. Tantalising tastes can also be found at the onsite Belgian Beer Café Torenhof, Three Six Three Café & Bar and The Underground Coffee Company, all of which provide a their own unique menus in modish settings. “We work our formula and try to provide a variety in everything you see in front of you, this goes all the way to the food which adds another element to the shopping experience,” says Caroline. There are still some long-time retailers at The Colombo like Spotlight, and there is also continuous change going on. At the Colombo Street entrance, the Annah Stretton fashion shop has just expanded, while the Underground Coffee Co has been purchased by Allpress Espresso. There are also the continuously changing pop-ups, which recently included the Lava Gallery, Mrs. Smith Loves and The Foxes Den. There certainly is always something going on at The Colombo!
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1. Janelle Brooking, Lauren File, Laura Dugan, Catherine Lee 2. Jackie Rozynski, Lanette Shute, Karen Hamilton, Dave Clearwater 3. Andy Spargo, Letitia Morettini, Peter McInnes, Rachel Astle 4. Sarah Fuller, Justin Rafton 5. Anabel Darby, Ian Yee, Simon Darby 6. Ricki Jones, Sheree Dixon 7. Graeme Rose, Justin Wallace 8. Neil Blanchfield, Suz Baker
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Vbase recently launched its newest event venue, Hagley Oval Pavilion. Home to Canterbury and International cricket, Hagley Oval Pavilion also caters for meetings, ceremonies and dinners from 10 to 200 guests, you will be bowled over by this venue offering.
ifty craft breweries and cider producers will gather in Hagley Park on 29 March 2015 for the fourth instalment of the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, the largest beer festival in New Zealand. With over 300 brews on tap, the Great Kiwi Beer Festival is a day-long outdoor celebration of brewing in New Zealand – hosted by industry experts and craft beer aficionados. More than 40 gourmet food producers will join the breweries for a day of gastronomic delights. Features of the festival include a Craft Beer Academy, cooking demonstrations, a home brew competition and live music all day. This year’s music line-up features 80’s new wave band Pseudo Echo, legendary Kiwi rockers Hello Sailor, supported by Sola Rosa, Thomas Oliver and Summer Thieves. VIP, Hoptimized and Early Bird tickets are on sale now through Dash Tickets www.dashtickets.co.nz For more information, visit www.greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz or the Great Kiwi Beer Festival Facebook page.
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he results of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards have been announced, with two Christchurch breweries coming out top from 351 entries to win ‘Best in Class’ medals. Wigram Brewing Co. came out top in the ‘Specialty Lager’ category with its Munchner Dunkel (rrp $8.99), while the Three Boys Oyster Stout (rrp $9.99) was named best for its style. “Having that medal sticker on award-winning beer and cider instore means people can try different styles with confidence that the brew is going to be a great example of its type.” says Chair of Judges Neil Miller
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euve Clicquot is bringing Clicquot Mail to Christchurch just in time for Christmas this year. Throughout the month of December, Christchurch foodies will be able to put pen to paper on tailor-made Veuve Clicquot postcards then post them free of charge to loved ones, using a Veuve Clicquot Mailbox inspired by the vintage American mailbox with a Clicquot twist. Diners at JDV, Bloody Mary’s, Chinwag Eathai,
Strange & Co and Sugar Horse who buy a flute of Clicquot will receive one postcard and if they prefer a bottle they will get four postcards. Each restaurant will have its own Clicquot Mailbox that will be cleared regularly, distributing the handwritten Clicquot Mail across the
country. The public can also go in the draw to win one of twenty Clicquot Mailboxes by Instagramming a photo of themselves sending their postcard using the hashtag #clicquotmailnz. Clicquot Mail will be available at selected Christchurch restaurants until 31 December 2014.
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Summer is wedding season and there can be little more delightful than a summer wedding at a venue in the country. Around the Lincoln, Prebbleton, Rolleston and Tai Tapu areas there are a number of stunning venues to choose from, such as Rossendale, Pemberton, Cossars Wineshed, Trents Estate Vineyard and Hampton Lea Gardens.
Every Sat 10 am to 1 pm Local Farm Fresh Fruit/Vegetables/Produce, Delicious Artisan Baking and an array of Unique Handcrafted Gifts.
he questions then arise as to where the guests can stay that is conveniently located close by; or where the bride and groom might have their wedding night? The answer is Lincoln Motel, the only motel in Lincoln. This is a stunning and luxurious complex of 21 units designed to exemplary standards. Just two years old, no expense has been spared when it comes to guest comfort. The decor of the spacious rooms, chosen by owners Craig and Colleen Beswick, is stylish and elegant featuring Lincoln's red and black colour palette. Able to accommodate some 80 guests in either studios or one or two bedroom units that have full kitchen facilities, this is the perfect place for a wedding party pre or post the ceremony and reception. A bride and groom will be pampered here too, staying in a onebedroom spa bath unit replete with a bottle of wine and chocolates thoughtfully provided by the moteliers. Lincoln Motel welcomes guests to other functions in the surrounding area as well. It may be a family reunion, a birthday, an anniversary or even a golf tournament or a kapa haka competition. Craig and Colleen will provide their friendly and hospitable care to everyone. “We love meeting new people,” Craig explains. “This industry allows us to meet people from all walks of life and from all around the world and to provide them with service of the highest standard and professionalism.”
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Rebuild blueprint wins award Mother Nature, in all her audacity, tore from us the physical shape of a city we had been so carefully cultivating since the Canterbury Association settled the surrounding province and gave the city its name in 1848.
hile we may have lost brief control over the changing shape of our central business district, the control is all back in our hands and the resulting form is an award winning one. A consortium of architects and designers from multidisciplinary architecture firm, Warren and Mahoney, landscape architects Boffa Miskell, architects Woods Bagot, RCP and Sheppard and Rout Architects were given 100 days to come up with a plan to rebuild Christchurch's severely damaged central city after the devastating earthquakes of 2010/2011. The subsequent Christchurch rebuild blueprint has just been announced as the winning entry of the World Architecture News
JUDGES WERE “BLOWN AWAY BY THE SCALE OF THE PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR CENTRAL CHRISTCHURCH”. Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct concept
Christchurch City taking place in the Council's creative and city's post-quake innovative approach to environment. the rebuild – has won Plans for another the prestigious key central city Guangzhou International creation are also Award for Urban ramping up, with Innovation. international interest in Councillor Paul the $500 million Lonsdale, who Convention Centre represented the Mayor venue three years out, Cr Paul Lonsdale and received the award according to on behalf of Christchurch at the Christchurch & Canterbury ceremony in China, describes the Convention Bureau manager win as testament to the great work Caroline Blanchfield.
(WAN) Urban Design Award, part of the world's largest architectural awards programme, after judges were “blown away by the scale of the proposed framework for central Christchurch”. Judges described the Blueprint as providing a “strong, innovative and legible response to the urban issues facing the city and its rebuild. The city's transitional projects have also been recognised on the global stage. 'Christchurch: Our Ever Evolving City' – the
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IN THE CITY
By Cheryl Colley
Messing about in boats… There can be little more idyllic a setting for a long and leisurely lunch, than on the deck at the Antigua Boat Sheds overlooking the Avon River as it murmurs and meanders its way towards the Montreal Street Bridge. Eating delicious food, sipping a glass of wine or a cold ale, laughing at the ducks paddling against the current, and watching people “messing about in boats” is about as good as it gets on a summer's day in Christchurch.
IN THE RAFTERS OF THE BOAT SHEDS YOU CAN SEE AN ORIGINAL 130-YEAR OLD ROW BOAT FROM THE FIRST DAYS OF THE BOAT SHEDS.
he Antigua Boat Sheds have been part of Christchurch's history for over 130 years and are classified as a Category 1 Historic Building. They were erected in 1882 by two Lyttelton boat builders - Messrs Albert Shaw and J.T. Tidd - for the express purpose of providing recreational facilities for the citizens of Christchurch. The facilities charmingly included a ladies' waiting room and a gentlemen's dressing room! Fast forward 130 years and the sheds survived the Christchurch earthquakes extraordinarily well thanks to strengthening and re-piling work that had been carried out in 2006. Consequently the sheds were closed for only six weeks and were one of the first businesses to be up and running again in the CBD. The Boat Sheds are still home to that traditional and iconic pastime – boating – that retains all the trappings of Edwardian England. They are also home to an excellent cafe and catering service. Indeed the Boat Sheds offer a complete experi ence for visitors. Mike and Sally Jones, and until just a few years ago Sally's family, have owned and operated the Boat Sheds for decades. Back in the 1980s today's fully-functioning cafe was known as the Antigua Milk Bar. But as we know times have changed and tastes have become more
sophisticated. So Mike and Sally extended and developed the cafe into the relaxed and inviting venue it now is where guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch. Why not try breakfast cla ssics such as French toast, eggs Benedict or pancake stacks or perhaps some of the cafe's lighter breakfast fare? The lunch menu offers a tasty cafe-style take on a great range of Kiwi favourites such as toasted sandwiches, fish and chips and ground
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EATING DELICIOUS FOOD, SIPPING A GLASS OF WINE OR A COLD ALE, LAUGHING AT THE DUCKS PADDLING AGAINST THE CURRENT, AND WATCHING PEOPLE “MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS” IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS ON A SUMMER'S DAY IN CHRISTCHURCH.
beef nachos, in addition to more up-market dishes such as risotto, salt and pepper squid and souvlaki. There is a wide selection of slices and cakes in the cabinet too, for that sweet morsel to complete a meal. All the food is prepared daily onsite by the team of four experienced chefs and a baker. There is also a children's menu and a gluten-free menu. The breakfast menu is available all day from 7am and the lunch menu up until 3pm in the afternoon, though the cafe itself is open till 5.30pm in the summer.
The Boat Sheds continue their original 1882 function, offering a range of boats for hire for small and large groups, couples and families. In the rafters of the Boat Sheds you can see an original 130-year old row boat from the rst days of the Boat Sheds. So enjoy an Avon River adventure in a single or double kayak, a Canadian canoe or a row boat or paddle boat, perhaps pulling up at the river bank for a picnic. There are also bikes for hire so you can embark on an urban adventure discovering the city itself or exploring nearby Hagley Park, taking along a boxed lunch from the cafe. If rowing or paddling seems too much like hard work and you would much rather lie back in a punt dangling your hands in the cool Avon, then Punting on the Avon operates its business from the Boat Sheds. The Antigua Boat Sheds are denitely one of Christchurch's top visitor attractions run with a strong sense of integrity and tradition. See for yourself at 2 Cambridge Terrace. Phone (03) 366 6768.
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Ideas and ability at PITCH 2014 There was no shortage of bold new ideas at PITCH, CPIT's annual fashion runway show, but it was the workmanship of tailoring and construction that really impressed the crowds in 2014.
There was no shortage of bold new ideas at PITCH, CPIT's annual fashion runway show, but it was the workmanship of tailoring and construction that really impressed the crowds in
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fter three years of hands-on training, the third year CPIT Fashion Technology and Design students were out to impress the fashion industry with their PITCH collections. And impress they did. The industry judges this year were Denise Le'Strange-Corbet from World and Megan McKee from Contemporary Lounge Ballantynes and their choice on the night was Natalie Weaver's collection Tough. Denise Le'Strange-Corbet was taken with the “exquisite tailoring, flawless construction and beautiful fabrics” in Natalie's collection. Tough was inspired by Natalie's mother and featured a neutral palette and echoes of pyjamas and dressing gowns, taken to sophisticated new levels with the soft fabrics folded, layered and draped in unexpected ways. Ethel Chang was highly commended with a very bold and highly technical collection of oversized dresses and suits that were reminiscent of clowns and dress ups, an effect accentuated by the models' white lips and eye shadow. As their training is largely practical, the students must conceptualise, design and construct their ensembles from start to finish and then organise models and choreograph the runaway show. Some go as far as creating their own prints as well.
AS THEIR TRAINING IS LARGELY PRACTICAL, THE STUDENTS MUST CONCEPTUALISE, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT THEIR ENSEMBLES FROM START TO FINISH AND THEN ORGANISE MODELS AND CHOREOGRAPH THE RUNAWAY SHOW.
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THE INDUSTRY JUDGES THIS YEAR WERE DENISE LE'STRANGE CORBETT FROM WORLD AND MEGAN MCKEE FROM CONTEMPORARY LOUNGE BALLANTYNES AND THEIR CHOICE ON THE NIGHT WAS NATALIE WEAVER'S COLLECTION TOUGH. Natalie Weaver’s collection The third and final year students present an entire collection, which is their second collection for the year. While the mid-year collection is designed to a brief from industry partners they have completed work experience with, the brief for PITCH allows for imaginations to run wild, especially amongst the first and second year students who have more freedom to explore. And while creativity was abundant on the night, CPIT fashion programme leader Nicola Chrisp said she was pleased to see workmanship shining through. “Our
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programme has a strong focus on technical ability and this year showcased the skills the students have achieved. We want them to hit the ground running with confidence in any workroom in New Zealand, or overseas, and the calibre of our graduates does suggest we are achieving that,” she said. Many graduates have already secured employment with top labels such as Karen Walker. Former graduates of the programme have launched their own labels, such as Georgia Currie with her successful Georgia Alice label.
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By Rachel Smith
Scents for summer Fragrances of the summer months: the heady smell of Christmas lilies, freshly mowed grass and pine needles, they all bring back memories of summers past.
“IT'S THE FIRST COFFEE FLORAL FRAGRANCE, IT'S GOING TO BE HUGE FOR SUMMER.”
or your own personal summer fragrance Dodds Pharmacy in Merivale has a selection of top scents for men and women. The newly released Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, is a fresh take on their Opium of the 1980s. It is a very different experience from its oriental scented predecessor - with first notes of coffee, pink pepper, pear, followed by orange flower, jasmine, floral, and final notes of cappuccino, vanilla and cedarwood, it is Dodd's pick for the scent of the season. “It's the first coffee floral fragrance,” says Hannah from Dodds Pharmacy. “It's going to be huge for summer.” YSL describe their new fragrance as a vibrant sensual and addictive contrast of light and dark, creating a fragrance very different from any other through many years of collaborative work. Black Opium Eau de Parfum is available in 30ml, 50ml and 90ml, and also in gift sets with mini mascara and eyeliner with the 30ml, or a mini purse size fragrance with the 50ml. For the men, Spicebomb by Victor & Rolf, have released a limited edition copper metallic finish to their
distinctive grenade style bottle, especially for Christmas. Spicebomb is the male counterpart to the women's fragrance, Flowerbomb, with its scent a mix of spice and freshness. It includes notes of chilli and saffron, leather and tobacco, and vetiver, bergamot and grapefruit, and is available in 50ml and 90ml bottles.
Gift sets for Spicebomb include shower gel and after shave gel, with the traditional smoky glass grenade styled bottle. Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs is the latest fragrance to join their Daisy Collection. It includes another distinctive bottle, decorated with delicate white daisies. Daisy Dream offers a light fresh floral for summer,
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Recreated in the spirit of A passion for the history of Christchurch was the incentive to bring new life to an old industrial site. “It was a really intact 100 year old building,” says Alasdair Cassels, founder of The Tannery. “The building really did tell the history of Christchurch.”
lasdair has learnt much more about the history of the area since he purchased the old tannery site 20 years ago. Built in 1841 it was one of the primary industry sites set up along the Heathcote River – a river which allowed access to the newly formed city of Christchurch. The importance of the long neglected Heathcote River plays an integral part of The Tannery's future plans. “It needs its mana back,” says Alasdair, who has been talking with local runanga to bring new life back to the river. Work to clean the river has been underway since 2011, when The Tannery began their six monthly rubbish removals. It has become something of a community event, with staff and locals rem oving huge amounts of rubbish including heaters, car bodies, TVs and couches from the river, with support from Christchurch City Council. $400,000 has been earmarked for upgrading the river over the coming years, including building a bridge, a wharf and an art trail along the Towpath walk way. Funding for the project will be coming
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directly from The Tannery, and corporate sponsorship, with the Christchurch City Council providing planning and engineering support. Consultation is also underway with the Department of Corrections, to use the project as a work experience opportunity for skilled prisoners who are close to release. Alasdair intends the bridge to be much more
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than just a crossing point for the river. With a Victorian look on one side and Maori carvings on the other, he sees it as a metaphorical bridge, which is both a work of art and a connection for the city and the people. An unused building at the rear of The Tannery site is to be used as a carving and welding workshop, with the intention that it will continue
as a home for traditional carving. The Tannery itself is also evolving, with two picture theatres to become part of the emporium next year. There are now 70 businesses on site, in The Atrium with its soaring Victorian ceiling, and along The Boardwalk. These consist of 56 retail stores providing everything from homeware and fabrics to owers and good books, as well as17 fashion stores. Most of the stores are owner operated, meaning that those who have chosen to be part of The Tannery bring with them a passi on for their own products as well as the site itself. “We've created a unique boutique environment,” says Alasdair, with many of the tenants those who were misplaced
from the High Street area of the city, as well as new businesses. These include fashion store Alchemy Equipment, a new arrival in July this year, with co-founder Campbell Junor saying The Tannery provided the ideal home for their business with its need for a multi-use site. Like DEVal, who manufacture their garments on site at The Tannery, they provide a connectivity between the customer and the product, with both fashion lines designed on site. Campbell sees The Tannery as containing a carefully curated collection of stores, with the story of what Alasdair has created felt as soon as people walk into The Atrium. “Customers come here specically for our ethos,” says Alasdair.
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hen this is why a visit to Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa for a facial and Thai massage could be just the antidote you need to re-energise your mind, body and skin. With three treatment rooms available including doubles (yes you can have a facial and massage with your partner) you can enjoy a truly therapeutic experience. One of the most popular wellbeing treatment packages for both men and women at Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa is the Age Defying Facial, concentrating on nourishing and hydrating the skin, plus the Thai Therapeutic Massage, concentrating on the relief of specific stress points and muscle tension in the body. To celebrate Christmas they are offering a special promotion on the Euphoria Package. These two hours of euphoria is for hard working and tired faces and bodies incorporating a onehour soothing facial using high quality GERnetic skincare to hydrate, nourish, and smooth the skin. Included is an eye rejuvenation treatment for dark circles and puffiness and a foot massage to ease those sore and tired feet.
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Overcoming life's challenges - QUICKLY What makes an engineer change professional direction to become a therapist and personal development coach? In Sahera Laing's case it was initially intellectual curiosity about how techniques such as hypnosis, energetics and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) actually work.
hen she found herself so fascinated with the idea of using these skills to help people re-evaluate their lives or to overcome issues, that it became her calling. “I take quite a different approach to therapy.” Sahera says, “I help my clients fix their situations fast and accurately - it’s the engineer in me. Giving my clients an awareness and the skills to use in their lives, which means they can continue to make positive life-lasting change” “Many times I have run into clients, years later. and still they are reaping the benefits of the work we did together - improvements to their health, relationships, careers and lifestyle.” Her work incorporates elements of counselling, life coaching, hypnosis, quantum psychology and NLP to enable clients to move from where they are to where they want to be, taking the shortest possible route.
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THEY LIKE HER NO-NONSENSE APPROACH AND THAT SHE TELLS IT “LIKE IT IS”.
Working with Sahera is brief and strategic. Two engineering degrees and experience as a consultant engineer for the military in the UK as well as to large corporates in the US, gives her a real advantage in working with male clients. They like her no-nonsense approach and that she tells it “like it is”. Yet being a mother herself, her feminine side allows her to relate and work well with women. Whether it is dealing with stress-related matters, overcoming phobias, weight loss, smoking addiction, improving health, pain management, career progression or relationships and confidence Sahera doesn't just sit and listen. She helps clients strategise an effective way of moving forward as quickly as possible and with unwavering confidence. “Life is too short to live in the past.” It's that toolbox of hers that enable Sahera to deal with such a wide range of challenges and she keeps adding more tools and skills all the time. Sahera provides her services in a totally private environment independent of any organised clinic. “I offer a place where people can speak their minds openly, honestly and in complete confidence about any subject they wish.” Sahera Laing can be contacted on 027 207 7262. Her website is www.sahera.co.nz. Call her now to get your life moving in the direction you desire. You can learn more about her approach to therapy from her radio show on Compass FM (104.9) on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm.
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ink Sugar has only been open for two months, but already all the signs suggest that this vintage high tea specialist is set to become an iconic fixture on Oxford’s Main Street. Guests from near and far are loving the unique experience owner Sally Sergeant has created – tables are full, people are returning and the reservation book is filling up. Pink Sugar is an extraordinary experience that promises not to disappoint. In the gorgeously detailed premises, complete with crystal chandeliers, floral feature walls and a beautiful tea garden, you can enjoy an exquisite high tea served on delicate fine china, as well as a delicious selection of cupcakes, tea sandwiches, savoury treats, and light lunches. Each luxurious high tea option below comes with a beverage of your choice (reservations required):
Vintage High Tea ($27) – a beautifully presented selection of savoury pastries, fresh finger sandwiches and delicious sweet treats. Devonshire Tea ($12) – freshly baked scones served with berry jam and clotted cream. Sweet Delights ($12) – a selection of four delicious petite sweets, including a cupcake, scone, tart and chocolate treat. Savoury Tasting Plate ($12) – a selection of four tasty mini pastries with gourmet fillings of the day. Tea Sandwiches ($12) –a selection of petite sandwiches with the day’s fresh fillings.
COMPLETE WITH CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS, FLORAL FEATURE WALLS AND A BEAUTIFUL TEA GARDEN, YOU CAN ENJOY AN EXQUISITE HIGH TEA SERVED ON DELICATE FINE CHINA, AS WELL AS A DELICIOUS SELECTION OF CUPCAKES, TEA SANDWICHES, SAVOURY TREATS, AND LIGHT LUNCHES.
Pink Sugar is the perfect place for a pre-Christmas catch-up with friends or family. Soak up the elegant atmosphere inside or head outside to the sheltered deck and garden for those days it’s just too gorgeous to be inside. For something extra special, you can enjoy your tea and treats inside Crumpet – Pink Sugar’s vintage 10-foot caravan, which has been lovingly restored with a retro feel. Crumpet is also making a name for itself as the go-to girl for kids’ birthday parties.
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For just $20 per person, five to six girls can enjoy a kids’ high tea, cupcake decorating and games, and even take a cupcake home with them. While Pink Sugar is proving popular for birthday celebrations, it is perfect for any special occasion – anniversary, baby shower, bridal shower, Mother’s Day and more. Private functions are welcome and Sally and her team ensure every event is memorable. While Sally obviously adores everything floral, pretty and tearela ted, it’s the people she gets to meet that inspire her. “The best thing about Pink Sugar for me is all the lovely people I get to meet each day. I have been blown away by the kindness and positivity of our customers – it's such a joy to go to work and meet people who love the specialness of what we have created. I like to think that the memories being made at Pink Sugar will last a lifetime.” After you have sipped the last of your deliciously aromatic tea and savoured every last morsel of your freshly baked scone, be sure to take a peek at the gift shop. Pink Sugar has a
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lovely range of giftware to suit all budgets. Great for Christmas gifts are the two exquisite ranges of teas direct from England: Harney & Sons and Whittard of Chelsea. Whittard of Chelsea has the most beautifully packaged gift teas and a wide range to please even the most discerning tea lover. There is also a range of caffeine-free fruit teas. And what would Christmas be without chocolate – at Pink Suga r you’ll find luxury white hot chocolate and milk chocolate in gorgeous packaging. Visit Sally and her team at Pink Sugar, 76 Main St, Oxford, (03) 312 1416. Open every day from 9am to 4.30pm. Open until 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays for private bookings of 10 or more.
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Eureka Clothing, a former designer and retailer of children's clothing, has returned with a bright new summer range, a new website and a new and exciting brand.
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ur brand is all about providing quality clothing for children in New Zealand to support their lifestyle need for 'adventure' and 'independence'. We're aiming to help children 'clothe their imagination' with clothes that are durable, affordable, comfortable and fun,” say owners Oliver Mander and Alex Hill. Eureka was formed in 2007 and stopped trading in early 2013. “We're really pleased to be able to bring Eureka back to the New Zealand market, serving the clothing needs of 5-14 year old boys and girls. We are solely focused on children's clothing, from the design phase
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right through to retail.” Oliver and Alex have lived in Wellington full time since 2011 and 2012 respectively. Oliver has a long background in the oil industry in Europe, Australia and NZ; his two very active boys are now aged 13 and 11. Alex immigrated to Wellington from the UK in 2012, with a background in event management. She has three children, aged 9, 6 and 3. Eureka sells its new range via their website www.eurekaclothing.com. They explain that having no stores means they can keep prices relatively low, while ensuring they maintain high quality standards.
Exercise crucial for children A visiting health professor and a world leader on research into school children's physical fitness gave a public lecture about making children healthier at the University of Canterbury.
bout 11 percent of New Zealand children up to the age of 14 are considered obese. Another 20 percent are overweight and at risk of obesity. Professor Mike Metzler says the data on United States children is about the same and, in both countries, the rates go way up for kids at the lower socio-economic end. “Only about 20 percent of US high school students are active for more than 60 minutes each day. The latest New Zealand data will be released soon. In 2007 only about 11 percent met that standard. “There is much concern that this will be the first generation to have a shorter average life span than their parents. Much
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of that is due to diseases attributable to sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits. Professor Metzler's lecture focussed on what schools can do to increase children's physical activity as advocated by the US Institute of Medicine in their 2013 report. The US Institute of Medicine report says scheduled time in physical education alone cannot achieve the daily physical activity goal. It is imperative that all teachers, administrators and certain community agencies must be involved in working towards this goal. Physical inactivity is a key determinant of health across the lifespan. A lack of activity increases the risk of heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression. Emerging literature suggests that in terms of mortality, the global population health burden of physical inactivity approaches that of cigarette smoking. The prevalence and substantial disease risk associated with physical inactivity has been described as a pandemic, Professor Metzler says.
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No wedding feels complete without flowers. Whether formal or contemporary, large arrangements or small touches, they bring something very special to a wedding day.
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or the summer season there is a huge array of choice, with local flowers at their very best over the warmer months. â€œSeasonal flowers are best,â€? says Ian Harvey from Flower Bazaar in Mairehau, providing great value and the freshest blooms. With the wedding season stretching from September to May, there are floral highlights for each month, such as the soft scent of lily of the valley and bright peonies. The statement floral arrangements are of course the bouquets for th e bride and the bridal party, with many opting for traditional buttonholes to match for men, and a touch of colour for mother of the bride.
Classic roses are always popular, says Ian, with a wide variety of rose colours available these days. David Austin roses provide a very old fashioned look, with the outdoor bloom cultivated under glass, in soft antique shades. Many opt for classic shades of soft pink, peach and white. For those looking for a little more colour there are roses and peonies in bright shades of coral, or shocking pink gerberas, as well as baby roses and sweet peas. Lilies are in plentiful supply over the summer, as are the fuller roses of the Avalanche series, with these and peonies perfect for larger table arrangements.
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Christchurch’s Café of the Year A Burnside café has been judged the Christchurch regional winner of the Café of the Year Award for 2014. Terra Viva Café & Deli in Roydvale Ave owned by Juliet and Peter Worsp has taken the title ahead of other finalists Phillipstown’s Purple Weka Café & Bar and Savoire Café & Wine Bar in Merivale.
owever, for the second year in a row a South Island café has been judged the nation’s best. Dunedin’s Ironic Café has taken out the supreme Café of the Year title for 2014 from 18 finalists from throughout New Zealand. Last year Tasman’s Jester Café was the winner. Ironic Café was built from scratch and is owned by Sue Moller and Steve Wilson who opened it in 2007. For their win, in addition to the kudos of running the country’s best café, Sue and Steve drive home a sporty Renault Clio R.S. 200 worth more than $30,000. Their winning dish was a Spring Stack comprising sautéed fresh local asparagus, chorizo and fresh spinach served with roasted tomato, poached free-range eggs and vibrant avocado crème on Ironic’s freshly baked ciabatta.
Terra Viva Cafe’s winning dish: Hot smoked salmon & bacon jam, textured salad, tomato compote, nuts, spinach, beetroot crisps
Local winner Terra Viva Café & Bar’s winning dish was hot smoked salmon and bacon jam textured salad served with tomato compote, toasted nuts, spinach, beetroot crisps curried crème fraiche & marinated couscous. Regional winning cafés each receive $1,500 worth of Goodman Fielder and $1,500 worth of Wattie’s products. Head judge Kerry Tyack said, “A pleasant surprise awaits you as you enter this popular Christchurch eatery through a darkish door into a light and airy space beyond. Wafting aromas of food being prepared on site mingle in with those of freshly brewed coffee. “Staff are friendly and pleasant encouraging guests
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to sit a while, read and take in the relaxed atmosphere. The food from both the cabinet and off the menu is visually appealing and is well presented and tasty. Coffee is excellent and overall experience very positive.” Marisa Bidois, CEO of The Restaurant Association of New Zealand says with record entries this year the competition has been tough. “The café culture is such an important part of our ethos here in New Zealand and it’s wonderful to see such a diverse representation in the finalists. A big congratulations to our deserving winners.”
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Culinary hot spots
or vegetarians and open minded carnivores, The Lotus-Heart on St Asaph Street, offers a vegetarian dining experience. Priding themselves on conscious living and healthy eating the menu is solely vegetarian, with daily options for vegan, gluten-free and raw food diets. Menu options include masala dosa, a South Indian rice crepe filled with potato masala, and a range of burgers such as the Sun Burger with its sunflower seed pattie. There are also over 120 beverages from which to choose, from kombucha to organic herbal teas, and strawberry chia drinks. Closed on Mondays, The Lotus-Heart is open Tuesday to Sunday from 7.30am to 3pm, with dinner service on Friday and Saturday until 9pm. Phone (03) 377 2727 www.thelotusheart.co.nz
ew options for inner city dining come in the form of Argentinian flavours at The Polo Bar. The Polo Bar is the dining experience at Hotel Montreal, located on Montreal Street, with a menu of Argentinian inspired sharing plates on offer from 3pm daily. The plates feature smoked and chargrilled meats, with lighter options including mini bell pepper stuffed with feta, pine nuts and spinach, and snacks of spiced caramelised almonds to be enjoyed with a quiet drink. The Polo Bar, with its polo themed interior, offers a relaxed dining environment, as does their sunny outdoor space. Hotel Montreal is also open for breakfast daily, with a continental breakfast buffet and a la carte menu. Phone (03) 943 8547 www.hotelmontreal.co.nz
is'tretto Cafe, located at the St Albans end of Barbadoes Street, provides a family-friendly atmosphere with great food and coffee. The café uses Ris'tretto Espresso beans for all their coffee, an award winning fair trade organic blend, and their deli style food includes comfort favourites such as lasagne and macaroni cheese, as well as gluten-free kumara cakes, salads, filled bagels and a good selection of sweet treats. With the café designed to cater for the whole family, there is an enclosed child's play area at the rear of the café as well as a sunny outdoor space at the front. They also offer free 'fluffies' for their younger diners. Ris'tretto Café is open seven days – Monday-Friday from 8.30am – 4pm, Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm. Phone (03) 385 8670 www.ristretto.co.nz
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Here's Metropol's round up of some great foodie hot spots to enjoy…
here is a wide selection when it comes to Chinese restaurants in Riccarton, including Joyful Restaurant. In its roomy new building Joyful offers Chinese flavours, and is well suited to catering for groups of any size. The menu includes favourites such as deep fried wontons and dumplings, a huge range of chicken, pork, seafood and beef dishes, as well as vegetarian and tofu options, with their fried rice well recommended. With generous servings they are more than happy to bag up leftovers for customers to take home, and also provide a takeaway service. Joyful Restaurant can be found at 102 Riccarton Road, open daily from 11.30am, until 9.30pm on weeknights and 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Phone (03) 341 6883 www.joyfulrestaurant.co.nz
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here are Italian flavours at Baretta, a stylish inner city restaurant and bar on St Asaph Street. The fare includes tastes of Italy, from pizza and mains to salads and pasta, with their great antipasto mezze plate providing a selection of cheese, cured meats, pickles, vegetables, dips, seafood, bread, grissini, balsamic and olive oil. With the main bar and restaurant decorated with a decadent European look, their piazza styled courtyard area out back features live music and DJs and is busy until the small hours of the morning. Baretta is open daily from 11.30am, until 1am Sunday to Wednesday, and 3am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Phone (03) 260 2600 www.baretta.co.nz
How to make a Pisco Sour The national cocktail of Chile and Peru, this drink may have evolved from the Pisco Punch, which was all the rage in San Francisco during the 1849 gold rush. Pisco is a clear brandy distilled from grapes in the wine-producing regions of Peru and Chile. If you can’t lay your hands on a bottle, cognac is a good substitute, but it will change the colour.
Glassware Usually served in a martini glass, several types are available. Personally we prefer using Luigi Bormioli Bach Martini glasses available from Total Food Equipment, which are an elegant fluted glass.
Recipe 60ml pisco or cognac 40ml fresh lime juice 40ml Simple Syrup 1 large egg white Ice 4 drops of Angostura bitters
Put all of the ingredients except the ice and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake for 10 seconds. Add ice; shake for 10 more seconds, then strain into a chilled coupe. Dot the drink with the bitters and draw a straw through the drops. Bloody Mary's is now online so check out www.bloodymarys.co.nz where they will be publishing all the Mary's Mixologist recipes on their site for easy reference.
verlooking the estuary in Ferrymead is Café Metro, for great dining on the east side of the city. They offer a wide selection of café style food options, as well as good coffee, with indoor and outdoor seating options. The views out across the water makes the outdoor area a wonderful option on a sunny day. For sweet tastes with your morning coffee their berry muffins, almond croissants and walnut slice are highly recommended. Lunch includes their range of fresh daily salad options. Café Metro is located at 23 Humphreys Drive and is open for breakfast from 7am until 5pm. Stress free parking. Phone (03) 384 0062 Metropol December 18, 2014 43
Edgy nightclub & gastro pub 'Raising the roof' is a popular expression used to signify a party that's off the charts. And, although the city's new Cook Brothers' bar can't raise the roof, it's not for lack of the 'cool factor'.
hristchurch's first rooftop bar has hit the nightlife in a very big way since the long-awaited Engineers and Merchants opened on St Asaph St next to Baretta in November. But what puts the hot in this hot spot is its 'best of both worlds' atmosphere. Owned by Cook Brothers Bars from Dunedin, Merchants – an edgy nightclub with dancing and music – is downstairs, while Engineers – a gastro pub style restaurant and rooftop bar – is upstairs. And, while upstairs is all about good food and atmosphere, downstairs caters to the late-night dancing crowd, open 11.30am until late at 178 St Asaph St. Cook Brothers' Bars cut its teeth on the iconic Dunedin student pub the Captain Cook Tavern before expanding into other hospitality ventures in Dunedin, Auckland and Queenstown. The company's Christchurch venture was named after the building itself, originally occupied from the 1920s by the company Engineers and Merchants. “We have always had Christchurch on the radar and the premises, leased prior to the earthquake by the Fu Hua Chinese restaurant, appealed to us because of the opportunity to create a roof top bar and fill a gap in the bar and the night life scene in the downtown area,” Cook Brothers' Bars CEO James Arnott explains. “It is a great building with a fantastic feel to it and its original use has inspired the name Engineers while the smaller downstairs bar will retain the Merchants name.” Engineers incorporates a range of dining zones both inside and on the roof top featuring a varied menu and bar snacks. “We are planning live entertainment on the roof top bar and inside late at night DJ's will set up and the space will transform into a dance floor,” James says. “Our focus is on providing a fun venue which is in line with our other outlets throughout the country.” When it comes to nightlife, Cook Brothers' Bars has been around the block, after launching in 2004, when Arnott and partner Richard
MERCHANTS – AN EDGY NIGHTCLUB WITH DANCING AND MUSIC – IS DOWNSTAIRS, WHILE ENGINEERS – A GASTRO PUB STYLE RESTAURANT AND ROOFTOP BAR – IS UPSTAIRS.
McLeod bought the Captain Cook tavern as 21-year-old students. The pair later opened the Alibi bar in Dunedin's Octagon along with the Velvet Burger gourmet burger chain. “We have a successful formula and we are looking forward to our venture into Christchurch,” James says. “It is exciting to be offering the first roof top premises and we expect Engineers will create a lot of interest amongst Cantabrians keen to enjoy themselves day or night.”
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DISCOVER THE WORLD’S FINEST TEAS The perfect gift for the discerning tea connoisseur can be found at Christchurch tea emporium, Teasme.
t is owned and operated by Taiwanese born tea aficionado Shih Yen Chen who has been importing and sharing his personally selected range of teas from around the world, which includes a range produced by his own family in Taiwan, alongside others from China, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Japan. Tea workshops hosted by Teasme manager, Eng Eu Poh, aim to demystify the vast selection of over a hundred varieties, guiding the uninitiated, and enabling lovers of fine teas to expand their horizons. Embark on a fascinating journey through the wonderful world of tea to deepen your understanding and appreciation of tea and reap the rewards from the associated benefits for greater physical and psychological wellbeing.
The most common variety is black tea, which accounts for around 75 percent of the world’s tea consumption. Typically rolled and fermented, then dried and crushed, most black tea can be served without milk, in order to experience its full flavour and isn’t at all bitter if brewed correctly. Black tea helps lower cholesterol levels, and has the most caffeine of all tea varieties. Green and white teas have the most antioxidants, which offer a range of health benefits including improved brain function, fat loss, and lowering the risk of cancer. Because herbal and fruit teas are not technically part of the tea family, they contain no caffeine while offering a long list of health benefits. Combinations of dried fruits, flowers, and herbs, some which can be served hot or cold, have pungent aromas and equally rich flavours. Eng Eu’s three-hour master class flies by thanks to his gregarious and engaging personality and concludes with a traditional Taiwanese
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POP INTO TEASME, AT CHURCH CORNER OR SOUTH CITY MALL, WHERE THERE IS A DAILY BREW AVAILABLE FOR TASTING OR VISIT THEM ONLINE AT WWW.TEASME.CO.NZ FOR A FULL SELECTION OF TEAS AND HANDMADE VESSELS AND TEAPOTS.
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tea ceremony. You can taste a variety of teas of your choice which are brewed by Shih Yen while he explains the various customs, brewing methods, and talks through the range of different tea accessories, leading to deeper appreciation of tea and its purpose in society. Pop into Teasme, at Church Corner or South City Mall, where there is a daily brew available for tasting and their popular chilled ‘bubble tea’ for takeaways, or visit them online at www.teasme.co.nz for a full selection of teas and handmade vessels and teapots.
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fresh & fruity, crumbly & creamy
Natasha MacAller, author of Vanilla Table – The essence of exquisite cooking from the world’s best chefs, shares Duff Goldman’s blend of fresh, fruity and rich flavours which are brought together in this delicious dessert that’s perfect for a summer treat…
Scottish Shortbread Sundae with blueberry ice cream Serves 4-6 Ingredients Blueberry Ice Cream 3C Blueberries (fresh or frozen and thawed) 1C white sugar 1/2C water (you might need more, but start with this) 2 tsp lemon juice 2C half ‘n’ half, or half amount of cream and half of milk 3 Tbsp vanilla paste Scottish Shortbread 1C unsalted butter 3/4C powdered / icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla paste 2½ C plain flour Hefty pinch of sea salt Crème Chantilly ½ C whipping cream 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp wildflower honey ½ a vanilla pod Crème Fraîche Sauce 1 C crème fraîche 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out; save pod for another use 3 Tbsp white sugar To Serve 4-6 cherries 1 Tbsp chiffonade or lemon verbena leaves or edible flower petals
Method Blueberry ice cream Put the blueberries, sugar and water in saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes while keeping an eye on the water. Don’t let it get too dry and burn, but don’t leave too much water either. Add lemon juice and puree in a blender until smooth. Chill in the fridge overnight. Stir in half ‘n’ half and vanilla paste. Freeze in an icecream maker until it looks like soft-serve, then scoop out and put in the freezer until set and frozen. Scottish shortbread Preheat oven to 190C Cream butter, sugar and vanilla paste. Beat until smooth. Sift dry ingredients together, then GENTLY fold into the butter until the mixture is homogeneous. Press dough evenly into a 20x30cm square pan. Mark into smaller squares by pushing the tines of a fork about ¾ of the way through the dough. Bake in preheated oven 23-28 minutes. Cut along markings while still hot but let it cool in the pan. Turn out and store in an airtight container. Crème Chantilly Heat the cream with syrup, honey and vanilla seeds until hot. DO NOT BOIL. Chill in the fridge 3 hours or up to overnight. Whip to soft peaks when you are ready to serve. Crème fraîche sauce Combine all ingredients in a bowl, whisk together until smooth. Let sit for at least an hour, chilled, before serving. Give a quick whisk right before serving. To serve Pool the crème fraîche sauce on the plate and place one square of shortbread on top. Scoop a small sphere of blueberry ice cream and place on the shortbread. Spoon a dollop of crème Chantilly and put the cherry on top. Lightly scatter the lemon verbena or flower petals.
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Talk of the town
Everybody is talking about the new Coriander's restaurant and bar at 222 St Asaph Street. Driving down the one way street, the striking two storied white building, with its wide veranda, and – come evening – glowing lights, it's unmissable.
TO SIT ON THE SPACIOUS VERANDA WITH A FEW DRINKS AND A STARTER OR BAR SNACK, ALL SERVED WITH DRAMA ON SIZZLING PLATTERS, IS AN EXOTIC EXPERIENCE.
nside it's all about authentic northern Indian Cuisine and hospitality from 11am till late, with dining, elegant bar, private dining options, and evening entertainment. Famed for its authentic dining and takeaways, this new CBD Coriander's offers patrons even more. Owner Amardeep Singh has launched a new lunch and bar menu. Available from 11.30am to 4.30pm the bar menu is tempting: Deep Fried Chicken, chicken Seek Kebabs, Chicken on Fire, Amritsari Fish and cocktail sized Pakoras are all just $9.90. To sit on the spacious veranda with a few drinks and a
starter or bar snack, all served with drama on sizzling platters, is an exotic experience. The lunch menu includes traditional favourites - Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Marsala, Lamb Rogan Josh, Lamb Korma, Vegetable Jalfreezy and Dal Makini, plus briyani options and Chole Bhatura, a Punjabi dish of thick leavened Indian fried bread with either chickpeas or chicken. At $14 lunch is very affordable.
Dinner is served from 5pm till late as Indians like to dine later, making it the perfect location for people who prefer late or après theatre dining. The extensive menu is identical to the one that has made Coriander's one of Canterbury's favourite Indian restaurants, with new dishes coming in the New Year. All dishes are prepared by five Indian chefs in the new state-of-the-art kitchen, with two tandoors, viewable through a huge glass window. While during the day and early evening background music is Indian, evening patrons can enjoy an eclectic variety of live late night entertainment and dancing. A salsa dance group was first to perform, and a DJ is available on request. Coriander's also caters for private functions in the atmospheric Bollywood room. Groups can have their own choice of music and can dance from 10pm to 1am. A DJ is available on request. Takeaways can be collected from a discrete entrance at Welles Street, where there is also evening parking for 12 cars. The completed building with restaurant and bar is quite stunning and the Design Team have done a great job.
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Be creative, embrace colour Colour is expressive, creative and fun. It's the perfect way to add character to your home and make it your own, and there's really no excuse not to embrace it with the launch of a new range from Dulux – Go Colour.
THE LAUNCH INCLUDES THE ADDITION OF 360 BOLD NEW SHADES, LARGER COLOUR SAMPLERS, INSPIRATIONAL NEW BROCHURES INCLUDING INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME.
he Go Colour campaign Dulux Mt Dobson & Dannevirke represents a refresh of the Dulux Colours of New Zealand® collection, an iconic range inspired by cherished New Zealand locations. “It's all about celebrating colour in all its forms and encouraging people to consider adding more expressive colour into their everyday lives,” says Dulux national marketing manager Shontelle Crosswell. The launch includes the addition of 360 bold new shades, larger colour samplers, inspirational new brochures including innovative ideas for the interior and exterior of your home along with in-store colour walls. Combine new colour chips with larger swatches, helpful paint scheming ideas and new fandecks and you get the picture. Each innovation is designed to encourage Kiwis to explore the endless possibilities of colour. Continues on following page...
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THERE'S ALSO A NEW DULUX IPHONE APP. IF YOU WANT TO PICTURE A SPECIFIC DULUX COLOUR IN YOUR HOME, SIMPLY TAKE A PHOTO OF A WALL AND DOWNLOAD YOUR CHOSEN DULUX COLOUR TO VISUALISE IT IN SITU.
For example, to launch its new fandecks Dulux commissioned three New Zealand artists to design the covers - using their favourite Dulux Colours of New Zealand shades. The company is also giving away beautiful limited edition prints of the designs. The prints by painter Elliot Collins, typeface designer Kris Sowersby and illustrator Sarah Maxey stand alone or work well as a set and are very collectable. There's also a new Dulux iPhone app. If you want to picture a specific Dulux colour in your home, simply take a photo of a wall and download your chosen Dulux colour to visualise it in situ. Alternatively, while you're out and about you can find the Dulux match to any colour using your phone camera. “The Go Colour campaign is designed to encourage Kiwis to explore the virtually boundless possibilities of colours. Colour reflects who we are, it's expressive, fun and creative and always conversational and it's just got a whole lot easier to be part of that revolution,” Ms Crosswell says. Go forward, be creative and embrace colour – don't be afraid of it! For more information on the new Dulux colour initiatives or to find your closest Dulux retailer, go to www.dulux.co.nz.
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Transforming empty spaces
Pamela Bamforth of the Style File has been somewhat of a saviour for many families and businesses within Canterbury post-earthquakes.
er superior home staging and interior styling skills have helped many residential properties, from contemporary homes to original homesteads, ease through the sale process while enhancing and adding value to the home. Right now Pamela is busy preparing for the move to a new, bigger location to accommodate the growing range of furniture and accessories for hire. Pamela’s love for interior design has flourished over the years. She always enjoyed up-scaling the homes she lived in, so eight years ago she decided to turn her passion into her job and proudly took over the Style File, developing it into an independent design business with a professional styling service and full furniture hire. “I help by transforming empty spaces, making them look and feel like homes again,” she says. Pam specialises in residential properties for rapid sale or rental. Over-the-phone quotes are given on a room-number basis, and going ahead, she visits the property to get an idea of everything from the size, character and colour scheme to ascertain which pieces of furniture will look and fit best in the space. From there she prepares a contract and full inventory and liaises with real estate agents, architects, builders or homeowners to dress the space and utilise its character and charm. As it is essential no damage is done to either
SHE ALWAYS ENJOYED UPSCALING THE HOMES SHE LIVED IN, SO EIGHT YEARS AGO SHE DECIDED TO TURN HER PASSION INTO HER JOB AND PROUDLY TOOK OVER THE STYLE FILE, DEVELOPING IT INTO AN INDEPENDENT DESIGN BUSINESS WITH A PROFESSIONAL STYLING SERVICE AND FULL FURNITURE HIRE.
property or furniture, and that delivery and completion is on time, professional movers are employed and insurance is taken for transportation and delivery. As she shows off the furniture it’s clear Pam loves what she does, and furthermore, doing it with professional distinction. Given it is a relatively rare situation Canterbury homeowners find themselves in, with many having been forced to renovate, rebuild or relocate, Pamela loves being able to help those in need through what could otherwise be a difficult, stressful and drawn-out process. Being a hands-on owner means Pam oversees each project that is undertaken as well as the buying of all stock.
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HOME THE IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF INTERIOR FURNISHINGS SPANS FROM PIECES FOR CHARACTER HOMES AND ORIGINAL HOMESTEADS TO MODERN PIECES FOR CONTEMPORARY HOMES.
Pieces are sourced from New Zealand’s finest manufacturers, as well as smaller items being imported from Europe and abroad, prerequisites being distinct, high quality items that have signature and versatile appeal. “Styles change and you have to be able to change with them – some people want bright and modern, some want traditional – so I am always adding furniture and pieces to the collection to ensure there is enough for all tastes.” The impressive collection of interior furnishings spans from pieces for character
homes and original homesteads to modern pieces for contemporary homes. Lounge suites, beds and bed heads, tables and seating, lamps, linen, cushions, flowers and more make up the portfolio of items to be hired out and used in the professional styling services. As part of their professional approach, all items are inspected and cleaned according to a quality control programme to ensure they remain in pristine condition. As such, each piece, even vintage ones for heritage homes, boasts an as-new look so as to elevate the presence in and of the homes they accessorise. The move couldn’t come at a better time, and Pam loves that it’s a reason to update her offerings and order even more stock. “The difference that adding a touch of quality, colour and personality can make is tremendous, and does wonders in terms of helping sell or rent out properties.” Quite simply, Pam is dedicated to bringing out the essence of each space and
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transforming interiors into inviting, comforting areas to relax or entertain in. Whether hiring out furniture to sharpen up a place going on the market, or interior styling rental properties and show homes, Pam strives to carry out each job with a professional and creative edge. For all enquiries, phone the Style File on (03) 379 9973. www.thestylefile.co.nz
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Preeminent china & glassware available Premium quality china and glassware at great prices are now on offer in Christchurch, with the newly arrived Royal Doulton outlet store.
pening their doors at the end of last month at Dress Smart, the Christchurch shop is only the second in the country. The store provides exceptional value on an extensive range of upmarket homeware brands, with their opening sale offering savings of up to 80% on premium brands and an extra 10% off already reduced prices, until Sunday 28 December. “There is a great choice and variety of selected ranges from preeminent lines,” said Jonathan King from the Royal Doulton store. “We are bringing great historical brands to an outlet format, providing affordable prices for our Christchurch customers.” Names such as Royal Doulton, Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood, Royal Albert, Johnson
NAMES SUCH AS ROYAL DOULTON, WATERFORD CRYSTAL, WEDGWOOD, ROYAL ALBERT, JOHNSON BROTHERS, AS WELL AS MARQUIS BY WATERFORD AND BUNNYKINS BY ROYAL DOULTON, WILL ALL BE AVAILABLE ALONGSIDE CONTEMPORARY LINES FROM THE LIKES OF GORDON RAMSAY.
Brothers, as well as Marquis by Waterford and Bunnykins by Royal Doulton, will all be available alongside contemporary lines from the likes of Gordon Ramsay. Whether you are looking to update your home or searching for that special Christmas gift, there is an enticing array of beautiful products, which are both rich in history and also designed for everyday use. Distinctive pieces include Royal Doulton crystal patterns and exclusive Johnson Brothers tableware, as well as new Wedgwood Harlequin Teaware, Royal Doulton Aromatherapy Reeds and Saturn Nouveau Highball pairs. Visit www.royaldoultonoutlet.com.au for a full listing of offers, give them a call on (03) 349 3551, or visit Royal Doulton Outlet Store at Dress Smart on 409 Main South Road Hornby, open seven days from 10am to 5pm.
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How many of us would say we love cleaning? Very few I would suspect. How many of us would say we find cleaning relaxing? “Even fewer” is likely to be the answer.
et Natalia Duyunova, of Professional Cleaning Services & Resources Ltd, does love cleaning and also finds it relaxing and uplifting. “Even as a child I would grab a mop and just spontaneously start mopping the floor, says Natalia. “I didn’t need my mother to ask me to do this and I also invented cleaning methods that I thought would be more effective.” Natalia is definitely the kind of person we all need to clean our homes, offices, schools and factories. She has years of professional experience in the business, especially in mining towns in Australia with both large commercial premises and very expensive, top quality houses. Now Natalia has brought that background and expertise to Christchurch and surrounding areas. She and her team of fully trained staff at Professional Cleaning Services are passionate about their work. Cleaning is their business and yes, they love every minute of it, no matter the type or size of the job. “You do not get a second chance to make a positive first impression. That’s why we deliver the job to the highest possible standard with rapid response times from the very outset. There’s a good deal of competition in the cleaning market and we want to be the ones who provide the ‘wow’ factor. We have received superb feedback from our clients who are simply amazed at the finish we can achieve in their homes and commercial premises.” Professional Cleaning Services’ expertise covers the full range of commercial, residential and industrial cleaning. They even offer public swimming pool cleaning, workshop cleaning, campsite cleaning, hospital and medical
facilities cleaning, airport cleaning and section clearing. Basically they can clean literally anywhere and anything. They can provide commercial cleaning day and night anywhere in Christchurch and tailor their cleaning plans to fit clients’ specific needs and budgets, whether it is a one-off project or ongoing cleaning. To discuss your cleaning requirements and to request a no obligation free quote contact Natalia at Professional Cleaning Services & Resources Ltd on 027 333 8255 or by email –
Wishing all our customers a Merry Xmas & Happy New Year.
firstname.lastname@example.org. The website www.profclean.co.nz has comprehensive details of all the services offered.
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Listening - a key feature in home design Barry Connor's home designs are anything but ordinary. Each is a unique design that's been tailored to the people who will one day be living out their stories there. Well before any actual design begins, Barry spends time listening to his clients' ideas. He also visits the site. “A well designed home has both form and function, meaning it not only looks great, it functions on a very practical level for those living there.
love hearing what clients are visualising for their new home and bringing that vision to life for them. I add in features that build onto that, making the most of the location and enhancing the energy efficiency of the home. The final design comes out of a process of idea sharing, and clients love that.” Having graduated architecture with honours from Kingston University in London, Barry has lived in New Zealand for over ten years. He's also a qualified Home Star assessor, so every new home design carries a Home Star rating
for energy efficiency and sustainability. “I always orientate the design around the natural energy source of the sun, then look at options for insulation, lighting, heating, water efficiency and building materials. A home should be both a pleasure to live in and cost-effective to operate.” From the images of past projects on his office wall it is clear to see Barry is extremely versatile. There are modern townhouses with very contemporary designs, alongside multi-unit dwellings and more classical and heritage styles.
Barry Connor Design is located at Unit 2/473 Brougham Street, Waltham and can be contacted on 021 203 5992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is www.barryconnordesign.co.nz where you can see stunning examples of Barry's architectural designs. Barry Connor Design is also on Facebook.
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Kitchen of your dreams Adrian Kay and his team at Dream Doors Christchurch, New Zealand Dream Doors' franchisee of the year for 2013, have the expertise to ensure that kitchen design and installation is lasting, functional and aesthetically pleasing. What makes kitchen design so important? The kitchen is the focal point of a home, the place where family and friends gather to prepare food, to socialise and to entertain. It is also very often the first room that house buyers will check out. A badly designed kitchen, a kitchen in poor condition or with a dated colour scheme can let a whole house down and make it harder to sell. People want their kitchens to feel open and spacious and to utilise space effectively with excellent function and flow. What can Dream Doors offer someone looking to remodel their kitchen? We offer literally thousands of door combinations and colour schemes to choose from - from contemporary to traditional, from town to country. All doors and units are custom-made in New Zealand from local materials and using European fixtures and fittings which means people get only the best quality â€“ and all of this comes with a ten-year guarantee. We also supply and fit a full range of bench tops, from laminates to granites, engineered stone, acrylics, stainless steel and solid timber. In addition we can supply top brand appliances at very reasonable prices. What is the process for working with Dream Doors? Once someone contacts Dream Doors on (03) 338 1081, a representative will go out to their home with a mobile showroom and sit down with them to start the process of deciding what will work best for them, whether it is designing a completely new
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kitchen, or just a matter of bringing an older home's kitchen back to life. We project manage the whole process from start to finish, including the electrical, plumbing and gas fitting, lighting, splash backs etc, thus eliminating stress and wasted time, and saving clients' money. No more paying separate sub-contractors â€“ all of this is taken care of so that the process is smooth and uncomplicated.
Where can people find out more about Dream Doors? Their website www.dreamdoors.co.nz has an amazing array of door designs and colours, bench tops, splash backs, hardware and complete kitchen designs. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their project and to arrange a home visit.
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What we value in Kiwis put sun and warmth top of the list when it comes to housing. An overwhelming nine out of ten New Zealanders rate good sun and insulation as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ when choosing a new home – far outweighing other factors.
he results from the annual Homestar / realestate.co.nz survey show a rising preference for high levels of insulation and orientation for sun – outstripping expectations. Paul McKenzie, national marketing manager at realestate.co.nz, said the increased preference was surprising. “We knew from the last couple of years that most Kiwis rate good sun and insulation as important – even so, a leap of 8% is pretty substantial,” he said. “This shows the real-life performanc e of a home, rather than cosmetic features, is increasingly crucial. Home sellers wanting to command a top price would be well advised to look at issues such as insulation before they put their house on the market,” he said. Now run over three years, the annual survey gives a valuable insight into not only what New Zealanders rate as important, but how preferences are changing over time. Last year orientation for sun was rated as important by 86% - this year it’s risen to 91%. A hig h level of
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“THIS SHOWS THE REAL-LIFE PERFORMANCE OF A HOME, RATHER THAN COSMETIC FEATURES, IS INCREASINGLY CRUCIAL.” insulation was important to 82% last year, but is now ranked as important by 90%. Alex Cutler, chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council, welcomed the growing awareness of performance and quality over superficial factors. “A home that’s designed and built for health and efficiency has a positive impact for families – bringing lower household costs and better quality of life. These figures show this isn’t a passing trend. New Zealanders increasingly understand that homes should be
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built to capture free warmth from the sun and be well-insulated and ventilated to be healthy all year round.” The research surveyed nearly 1,000 homeowners around New Zealand. Nationally, 77% of respondents said making their home more energy efcient was a priority – a 12% increase on 2013. Around half aim to do this in the next year. Kiwis who are considering selling their homes believe it’s worth upgrading performance – 88% think energy-efcient features have the potential to attract a price premium. Other aspects of energy
Home features Kiwis think are important when purchasing a home. Orientated to maximise the sun High level of insulation Off street parking Ample storage space Located on a quiet street Covered car parking (garage / carport) Energy efcient features - e.g. LEDs, double glazing Number of bedrooms (3 or more) Indoor / outdoor ow Outdoor entertaining area Open plan living A large section / garden with room for fruit and vegetables Close to amenities, e.g. schools, medical care, supermarket etc A home built with sustainable or environmentally friendly materials Attractive updated or gourmet kitchen Renewable energy - e.g. solar PV panels or solar water heating Close to public transport Large or walk-in wardrobes Water saving features e.g. rain water tank
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use and sustainability are growing in importance too. Efcient features such as LED lighting and double glazing was important to nearly three quarters of those surveyed – up from around 50% in the last survey. Roughly half of people think it’s important for a home to be built from sustainable or environmentally-friendly materials, up from a third. For more information see homestar.org.nz.
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Barbeque alfresco Entertaining outdoors is an iconic Kiwi tradition and summer is the perfect time to transform the backyard into an alfresco eatery to enjoy with family and friends.
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TO EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS USE A CHARCOAL GAS GRILL WHICH USES GAS TO LIGHT THE CHARCOAL, PROVIDING A TRADITIONAL SMOKY FLAVOUR WITHOUT THE HASSLE OF LIGHTING COALS.
Hooded barbeques are all-rounders as they can be used as a hotplate, grill or an outdoor oven. The hood traps in heat to give food a fabulous flavour and many hooded barbeques come with extras such as rotisseries, side burners, a built-in thermometer, hood lights and glass windows. Spice up the backyard with a spit roaster to give food a delicious slow roasted flavour. Fuelled by either wood or charcoal, some roasters also include a motor that can turn up to 20 kilograms at a time, perfect for cooking big racks of lamb or beef. Fire up restaurant quality pizza at home with a traditional pizza oven. Pizza ovens are always a crowd pleaser and can also be used for barbequing, roast ing, grilling, smoking and baking.
FINDING A GOOD BUILDER Hiring the right builder is crucial to the whole building experience. People who have been involved in building, repairing or renovating a house typically report that the key factor in making it a happy experience is nding a good builder and subcontractors.
What most commonly soured the experience, for people ConsumerBuild talked to, were: Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ
Poor workmanship Contractors not turning up when promised No communication about variations and other issues that arise Complaints being ignored and problems not being xed Phone calls not being returned (in some cases even by the management of the building companies) Delays which became a nightmare
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When the tenders come in, don’t automatically choose the cheapest. Use a number of criteria to decide, such as:
Price - if a tender is way above or below the others you should question it. Some builders tender low on the initial bid just to get the job - but they'll probably be forced to cut corners, or rely on expensive variations along the way to make the job pay
Examples of their work - ask them if you can talk to someone who has used them to build or renovate, and look at examples of their work. Qualications – nd out if they are qualied. Licensing – check the Register of licensed practitioners to see if they are licensed. A licensed practitioner has shown they have the skills, knowledge and experience to meet governmentbacked national standards. Membership of trade organisations – nd out if they are members of New Zealand Certied Builders Association (CBANZ) or Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF). Guarantees – whether any are offered and what is covered.
In contrast, people who’d had positive experiences reported that the builders they hired all had the following qualities: Ÿ Ÿ
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Skill Honesty and integrity, i.e. someone who tells the truth, keeps promises and accepts responsibility when it is due Knowledge of the housing industry A personality that meshed with their own Patience Sympathy for their goals and budget
Finally, talk to each one and decide if you think you can work with them on a daily basis. You need to be comfortable with them, believe communication channels will be open, and condent they are capable of turning the designs into a high quality/satisfactory house. For more information go to www.consumerbuild.org.nz
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By Lesley Dietschy
Christmas decorating ideas Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t need to be stressful or expensive. Get your family involved and have fun making your home beautiful for the holiday season.
15 Christmas decorating ideas:
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Decorate your house plants by hanging small Christmas ornaments on them. Place a collection of Christmas books on your coffee table. Fill a glass bowl with pine cones and Christmas balls and place on a shelf or table. Wrap your staircase banister with indoor Christmas lights, garland, and bows. To add scent throughout your home, tie 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks together in a bundle using Christmas ribbon. Make as many bundles as you wish and place around your home in baskets or bowls.
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Make simple bows out of Christmas ribbons and attach them to your curtains with pins.
To decorate your table, tie Christmas ribbon to the stems of glasses and/or handles of cutlery. To dress up your chairs, tie Christmas bows around the chair so that the bow is on the back of the chair. Using a small brush or q-tip, paint the edges of pine cones with glittery gold craft paint. After the pine cones dry, place them in a decorative basket. Add Christmas garland to door frames, window frames and mirrors. You can use tape to secure the garland to the surfaces.
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Tie bows around door knobs using festive and colourful Christmas ribbon. Attach garland and Christmas bows to your chandelier. You can also weave strings of red beads in the garland that will dangle down from your chandelier and reflect the light, which will add sparkle. Buy poinsettia plants for your home – they’re traditional Christmas flowering plants that will last throughout the season. Don't forget to decorate your fireplace mantel and bring out your Christmas stockings. A few fireplace mantel decorating ideas are adding garland, different styles and sizes of Santas, and festive scented candles.
Christmas decorating is a great time to create traditions and spend quality time with your family. Happy holidays!
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