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m o r e C a r pa r k s to m e e t d e m a n d in the Central City Spring is in the air and with it comes 2017 shows sites providing for all-day the opening of the Lichfield St car park. commuter parking have high occupancy The car park is expected to open late rates and short-stay dedicated sites October, offering 804 new car parks, are also indicating a steadily growing including 24 disability parking spaces occupancy. and 10 charging parks for electric Several new central city car parking vehicles. Further electric charging bays buildings have opened this year can be added in the future as more including the West End, The Crossing people convert to electric vehicles. and the Hereford St car park, adding to New technology will help drivers the supply of both short and long-term easily locate car parks with electronic parking sites. signage using green and red lights to Changes are also coming this spring show car park availability. to the council’s on-street metered Transport operations manager Aaron parking with a move from a pay and Haymes says the Lichfield St car park display system to pay by plate system. will provide easy connections to Ballantynes, the Guthrey Centre and “We need to upgrade the parking meter City Mall. system to bring it up to international “There are more lifts and pay stations security standards. The pay by plate than the former car park building and system will allow us to take advantage the ground floor will host a range of of new technology to manage parking hospitality and retail businesses. Drivers and provide a quicker, more efficient will be able to benefit from the new system for drivers,” Mr Haymes says. car park location technology, helping “The pay by plate system means you them to quickly and easily locate a park will no longer need to return to your car before taking a leisurely stroll through to place a paper ticket on the dashboard the ground floor shopping precinct.” after paying for your parking. Just The opening of this car park comes at enter your licence plate number into a time when parking in the central city is the machine, make your payment and increasing in demand. you’re away. Payment can be made by An analysis of council-managed sites coin, card (including contactless cards) in the period of May to July in 2016 and or by text to pay.”

Christchurch City Council transport operations manager Aaron Haymes outside the new Lichfield Street car park building

• By October the council will manage 3023 paid central city car parks, including 1194 off-street spaces. Private sector manages 7204 off-street car parks (including parking facilities). • Occupancy in council-managed off-street car parking measured over a three-month period has increased significantly from 2016 to 2017. • The pay by plate system will save 1.5 million tickets or 800 kg of paper annually from entering the Christchurch waste stream and littering streets.

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Freshly roasted coffee draws customers to city cafe Many of Christchurch’s discerning coffee drinkers will by now have discovered the Magnitude Café & Roastery in Tuam Street. Established in June 2016, Magnitude offers excellent coffee freshly roasted on the premises and brewed by their three expert baristas, as well as a choice selection of delicious café-style food, made on the premises, for lunch and morning and afternoon teas. In addition to freshly made sandwiches, wraps and sweet treats, the menu features delicious hot potatoes, which are baked in a King Edward original potato baker and served with a choice of herbs. The café itself has an interesting pedigree. It was the brainchild of David Humphrey, the previous owner of Dunedin’s iconic coffee house, Stewarts, which was

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established by the late Tom Stewart in 1956. An RAF Pilot, Tom flew Lancaster bombers in the famous Dam Buster Squadron 617. Having been shot down over Germany and taken prisoner of war, he was repatriated back to Dunedin where, with friends and his English-born bride, talked about the wonderful coffee houses, commonly called the ‘penny universities’, which they had frequently visited in England. The suggestion arose that Tom should open one here in New Zealand, and so in 1956 Stewarts Coffee House in Dunedin was born. It was the first of many. In 1975, Tom retired and sold the coffee house to David, who continued the established tradition of roasting coffee beans on the premises. David also saw the opportunity to supply top-quality, freshly

roasted coffee to other establishments, and soon had a large clientele of discerning cafes and restaurants buying his coffee. After selling the business in 2008, he found he had time on his hands and he missed the people he had been dealing with. So he bought a building in Tuam St, Christchurch, fitted it out as a roastery and cafe, found a suitable name, Magnitude, and established what today is a destination cafe providing what many agree is the best and freshest coffee available. David's son-in-law, Gerard van Rooy, learnt to roast coffee whilst working for Stewarts and is an expert in obtaining perfection. Apart from enjoying a cup on the premises, many customers buy coffee to take away and enjoy at home or in the office.

MAGNITUDE COFFEE

One of the café’s tasty breakfast items, Eggs Florentine.

The paninis are packed with delicious fillings.

Unit 2, 314 Tuam Street Open Monday to Friday, 7am - 4pm Phone 366 0351 www.canterburyrefreshments.co.nz

Magnitude Café & Roastery is located at Unit 2, 314 Tuam St and is open 7am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Samantha Larsen, left, Gerard van Rooy and Charlotte Mitchell beside the café’s coffee roaster.

The blackboard menu offers a range of food and drinks.

City Centre 19-09-17  

City Centre 19-09-17