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Farmers market a fresh,new vibe Since the earthquakes devastated large swathes of the central city’s retail area, the Re:Start Mall in Cashel Mall – now operating as the Container Mall – has provided an attractive alternative retail environment that has proved hugely popular with Christchurch residents and tourists alike. However, it was always a temporary fix, and following the removal of the remaining container shops in January next year, the site will be prepared for the construction of a two-level, approximately 3500sqm building designed to house the new Riverside Farmers Market, plus neighbouring retail buildings. The project is being developed by Peebles Group, with

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construction due to start early February from the suburban mall shopping 2018. environment, the market is expected to boost trade for neighbouring businesses Seen as an important aspect of the as well. revitalisation of the central city, the Riverside Farmers Market will be a It will be open on two late nights a seven-day operation, with stall holders week, encouraging central city workers offering a huge selection of locally to linger in the city for longer, with sourced organic, fresh produce. It will buskers and street performers adding to give local growers the opportunity to the atmosphere. sell directly to a large pool of customers Based on visitor numbers to current in a central location, and with around 30 per cent of the stalls being available on markets in Canterbury, the developers a short-term basis, the market will be an expect up to 10,000 people a day to outlet for seasonal fruits and vegetables. visit the Riverside Farmers Market, and potentially 15,000 a day at weekends. Not only will the Riverside Farmers With very low barriers to entry, the Market introduce a new and different vibe to the CBD, adding vibrancy and colour market will also act as a business while creating a point of difference incubator for small businesses by

providing them with a place to try their food-related businesses out in the market before making substantially higher investments in permanent establishments. As well as providing economic benefits for stall holders and other central city businesses, the market will offer environmental benefits, too. These include natural and organic food production, the minimalisation of packaging and waste, the minimalisation of food miles and consequent reduction in carbon footprint with everything being produced, sold and purchased locally. Story continues on Page 2


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Fa r m e r s m a r k e t a F r e s h , new vibe Continued from Page 1 And with the substantial growth in organic and local market sales predicted to continue and accelerate as carbon footprint and global warming issues become more pronounced, the new market has the potential to become a key player in the central city’s ongoing economic growth. Research has shown benefits to both farmers market producers and consumers alike. For example, British Columbia Farmers Market research from 2006 and 2012, showed an increase of 147 per cent in sales from $69 million to $170.5m.

Corporation’s research paper entitled ‘Understanding the Characteristics of Australian Farmers Markets’ stated that Farmers Markets are: “An opportunity to innovate and present, test and improve food products directly with consumers. The direct contact with consumers was reported to this research study as the most important aspect of farmers’ markets.” And for consumers they were seen as providing “Exposure to a variety of foods and the opportunity to learn abut how the food was produced and made as well as how to use it.”

Offering similar benefits to Christchurch, the Riverside Farmers An Australian Government ‘Rural Market is expected to open for Industries, Research and Development business November 1, 2018.

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2017 a turning point For the city business owners and property owners, so for them being part of the city is an The year 2017 marks a turning point for ongoing commitment in terms of both the central city, according to chair of money and time. the Central City Business Association, “With our membership we are starting (CCBA) Brendan Chase. to build a business and arts community “The population is growing, the big in central Christchurch, so there are firms are coming back, which has many dimensions. What makes cities been happening last year and this, and so interesting is the concentration of by the end of 2017 the city is going to humanity. Our membership is growing, look remarkably different to what it has as is the central city population. been,” Mr Chase says. “One of our objectives is to work with “The Justice & Emergency Precinct the authorities to find a way of providing will have opened, as have other low-cost, short-term accommodation government department buildings, The for smaller businesses. Having those Crossing development will be open smaller businesses back in the city will for Christmas, and with international add character, and hopefully it will be retailers like H&M and Zara setting up in a stepping stone for small businesses the city, this will help create something and arts organisations into permanent that’s unique and therefore enticing for accommodation.” people,” he says. Mr Chase says CCBA has a constructive The CCBA was established in 2007 relationship with the council, Otakaro, due to concern about the decline in and other entities involved with the retail in the central city, with the growth central city’s redevelopment, and an of suburban malls. Its aim was to act as a important aspect of the organisation’s collective business voice for businesses advocacy role is to provide feedback in the central city, promoting it and on the effects of what they do on advocating with the authorities on any businesses. issues of concern that impacted on “We bring a commercial viewpoint to members’ businesses. the situation and the council values our “We provide a collective voice for our feedback. We’re providing a consistent members and a positive approach to message and we bridge the gaps in resolving issues. Our members are all communication. There has been so stakeholders in the central city, both much negativity around the rebuild,

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that’s why we’ve been advocating below Mr Chase sees that as an example of the radar. people doing good and interesting “Christchurch is our biggest things in Christchurch Central. marketplace in the South Island. If you “Those early people who committed ask when will the new city centre be to Re:Start were quite courageous. With really here, it will be when Christchurch Re:Start the strategy was that it had to people visit it more – to shop, recreate, be different from the suburban malls, dine. That will help mitigate the adverse and it worked, and that distinction will effects of the rebuild.” continue.” The Poster Child for post-quake retail Now operating as the Container Mall, in central Christchurch, of course, has been the Re:Start Mall, which it remains an attractive destination was initially managed by then CCBA point for city shoppers, even as the new manager Paul Lonsdale, before he left central city developments spring up the CCBA to become a city councillor. around it. AVA AWAITING COPY with ORiGiN™ Theatrical ILAB CO By Arrangement LE O N SENIO behalf of R&H Theatricals N EV CE Ad Number:OnJF8900 S R ERY SEA SIO SHOWBIZ Artwork: JF8900 T& PER NS CHRISTCHURCH FOR Size: 18x4 PRESENTS MA NCE Description: SHOWBIZ CHRISTCHURCH - NEW Account: Colour: F Filename: JF8900

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a F e a s t o F s h ow s l i n e d u p F o r the city Never short of entertainment options, and the National Academy of Singing the central city will play host to a diverse and Dramatic Art (NASDA). range of exciting performances and An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein shows over the coming weeks. Classics will feature many of the The Cavell Leitch New Zealand much-loved show tunes such as Some International Jazz and Blues Festival, Enchanted Evening, The Sound of Music which runs from May 24-28, will include and Younger Than Springtime; rousing 31 performances at 10 venues across choruses from shows such as Oklahoma Christchurch, including several within and South Pacific; and iconic anthems the central city. that are known and loved worldwide including You’ll Never Walk Alone. Headlining this year’s festival is American jazz great Kenny Barron with Conducted by Richard Marrett and his trio. He will be playing two shows at directed by Stephen Robertson, this new venue for the festival, The Piano in major concert is sure to be one of 2017’s Armagh Street, on May 26 and 27. favourites. The ever-popular Jazz Dine is back There will be two evening at The George and Hotel Montreal with performances at the Isaac Theatre Royal two nights of soulful music, matched on Friday, May 26, Saturday, May 27, with with fine food and Black Estate wines a 4pm show on Sunday, May 28. on May 24 and 25. Those among you who believe that Other highlights this year include the music of the ’60s remains the bestJazz for Lunch at The Piano, and an ever will be waiting in line to book for a impressive four-hour band concert show celebrating one of that decade’s when over 100 of Christchurch’s top most defining groups, Cream, with The high school jazz musicians perform at Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary Christ’s College on May 27. Full details Tour. of performers, dates and venues are at Fifty years after the release of the debut album from Eric Clapton, Ginger The Isaac Theatre Royal will be Baker and Jack Bruce, representatives presenting the most beloved works of of their bloodlines will be paying tribute Rodgers and Hammerstein with a full to the legendary, four-album reign of live Broadway-style orchestra on stage, Cream. Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack, Kofi featured soloists and a chorus of over Baker, son of Ginger, and Will Johns, 100 singers from Showbiz Christchurch nephew of Eric and son of Zeppelin/

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c o u n c i l p ro j e c t s pa rt o F t h e rebuild mix Central Library Construction of the new 9850sq Central Library, on the corner of Gloucester Street and Cathedral Square, is well underway, with its steel structure visible to passers-by. Council staff are currently focusing on developing the services that will be available at the 21st-century knowledge centre. They are working alongside partners Spark, TSB and Southbase.

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Construction of the new Central Library is well underway. Photos courtesy Christchurch City Council

Along with the myriad of commercial construction projects happening around the central city, the Christchurch City Council is forging ahead with its own construction and restoration projects. Here is an update on where they are at…

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the Limes Room are being restored. The former Boaters restaurant is being rebuilt. The re-levelling of the Limes Room, which overlooks the Avon River and Victoria Square, was completed in February this year and concrete works in the auditorium are due to be finished in June.

Level working platforms are being created across the Convention Centre site to enable the Main Works contractor to make a swift start on the facility’s construction around the middle of the year. The preliminary design of the Convention Centre was recently completed. The main entrance to the Centre opens out to Oxford Terrace and the Avon River, and has been designed to reflect the fluid curves of Canterbury’s braided rivers. This will give visitors easy access to Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct and creates a space for civic powhiri and welcoming events.

Restoration of this treasured civic facility A time lapse camera has been installed is due to be completed in mid-2018. As part of a three-year conservation in the Town Hall. You can check out Victoria Square project, the Town Hall’s auditorium, what’s happening on the site at www. The restoration entrance foyer, James Hay Theatre and in ‘The Rebuild’ section. damaged Victoria

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More than 150,000 new pavers will be laid in the square and many of the old ones will be reused in The Commons on the corner of Kilmore and Durham streets. The restoration is expected to be completed by March 2018.

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The further extension of the partially constructed tramway is not currently funded, however the Council has set aside $102,000 in the 2017/18 Draft Annual Plan and is also planning to spend $72,000 the following year. This funding would be used to finish off works for the existing operating extension, which of earthquake- terminates in High Street at the corner Square is also of Lichfield and Manchester streets.

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s h a r p - w i t t e d a rt i s t p r e s e n t s new exhibition A new exhibition by Canterbury artist Wayne Youle has opened at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Featuring high-energy, sharp-witted artmaking, the exhibition, entitled Look Mum No Hands presents new, recent and sitespecific works by Youle. From a glistening cobweb in faux-gold chain, to a supersized tyre swing, handknitted balaclavas and cast-bronze gumballs, Look Mum No Hands combines classic Youle works with new pieces delivered from his studio or painted directly onto the gallery’s walls.

themes in his practice, such as the challenges and ironies of cross-cultural interactions and the thorny issue of artistic appropriation. Other works take a cheeky swipe at the business of artmaking, such as Holy Grail, a framed section of wall studded with a single red pin – the art dealer’s signal a work has sold. A more personal thread runs through Youle’s recent pieces, Milburn says.

About the artist Wayne Youle (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whakeeke, Ngāti Pākehā) completed a Bachelor of Design at Wellington’s Polytechnic School of Design. He works as a sculptor, printmaker, painter and installation artist, frequently making use of found materials, and commenting upon and critiquing issues around biculturalism. He was the recipient of the 2010 Rita Angus Residency and exhibits nationally and internationally, including America, Australia and the United Kingdom. His work is held in the collections of Te Papa

Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery. Wayne Youle: Look Mum No Hands is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery from April 14 to September 3, 2017. Entry is free. A programme of free events is associated with this exhibition, including a sock-puppet-making event for families and kids (May 14), and two 30-minute ArtBite presentations by Warren Feeney (May 19, 12.30pm) and Felicity Milburn (August 11, 12.30pm), both being held in the exhibition space.

“There’s the 28 metres of orange wool that resulted when he asked his mother to knit for a year, That’s 2 hours the documenting of his by Wayne Youle “Wayne Youle’s works ageing father walking one can be made out of – and into kilometre, and references to the – almost anything,” curator Felicity difficult balancing act between work Milburn says. and family life. “What makes them instantly “A meticulously finished, but recognisable is their attitude – a high- impossible-to-ride, seesaw cutting voltage blend of insight, provocation through a section of wall, and the and humour – and how they invite us plywood treehouse and supersized tyre to reconsider our everyday ideas and swing in the gallery’s foyer all convey a behaviours.” kind of yearning for the simple pleasures In Look Mum No Hands, Youle’s of childhood, but they also carry an works traverse a range of concerns, awareness of how the passage of time some of which have been recurrent gradually alters our perspectives.” From whence ethic comes (walking out) by Wayne Youle

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