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From the editor: 14 October 2021

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson We all need hope, especially when times are tough. Hope comes in different guises. As the days become warmer, many hope that they can head out and enjoy some of the exciting events on Ōtautahi Christchurch’s […]

A city in full BLOOM

A key part of BLOOM is the ‘bouquet’ of fun spring activities for young and old, including: Explore spring flowers – you can’t help but trip over daffodils, cherry blossoms and a host of other beautiful flowers as you travel around Christchurch. Head to Hagley Park or the Kurashiki Gardens in Halswell to enjoy some […]

Big band bash

Just in time for warmer weather, The Christchurch Big Band Festival is celebrating its 15th year in Ōtautahi this October. The festival brings fresh, musical vibrancy to Christchurch streets and venues in spring, attracting thousands of listeners to exciting, toe-tapping entertainment all around the city. Most of the performances are free events and there are […]

Dress to impress

The season of special occasions is here. Be it weddings, festive parties or race day; spring and summer are party season at its very best. It is always exciting to get dressed up for an occasion, especially if that means shopping around for a new dress, suit, heels, or pretty accessories to complete the look. […]

Head to Hurunui & Hanmer

October is a happening time in the Hurunui/Hanmer area with two big events scheduled for the end of the month. The Hurunui Garden Festival runs from October 28-31, while the Hanmer Springs Fete is on October 29. The third annual fete will showcase the very best in food, music, and artistic creations. Located on the […]

Prevent pet post lockdown blues: Ourvets

Shifting down the lockdown levels can be challenging for our furry friends. The current pandemic poses stressors for our much loved furry members of the family, our puppies and dogs. One of the largely positive aspects of Covid-19 lockdowns is that we are fortunate to be at home spending quality time with our pets. They […]

Stoddart exhibition opens

A special exhibition is now on, marking the anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Aotearoa New Zealand in September 1893. University of Canterbury art collections curator Lydia Baxendell has curated a special exhibition of watercolours by Margaret Stoddart, shown at the former home of her fellow student at the University’s School of […]

At home movie feast

Going to the movies used to be the only option to see the newest film releases, however a popular option now is to stay home and go online to see some of the latest and greatest. Film festivals are one way to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy cutting edge and also controversial […]

Long and luscious: Hair Art & Beauty

If you’re after some extra length or volume for your next big event, why not think about Great Lengths tape in extensions? Quick and relatively low maintenance, tape-in extensions are perfect for short-to-medium term use. Tape-in extensions are installed by sandwiching thin sections of hair between two extension pieces, using a medical-grade adhesive strip. The […]

Getting to the guts of it: Pacific Radiology

Cutting edge research plays a vital role in today’s medical field, determining which treatments work best, new treatments, and ensuring existing treatments are used in the best possible ways. Aside from diagnosing diseases and health problems, medical research provides insights that give us hope that there is a chance to lessen the impact of health […]

Cuisine

Discover the flavours of spring: Barker’s Foodstore

With the arrival of spring and warmer days, a weekend trip to Barker’s Foodstore has never been a better idea. The iconic Kiwi brand has created the perfect destination for escaping the hustle and bustle. Barker’s Foodstore and Eatery is a purpose-built landmark, set on the picturesque banks of the Waihi River in Geraldine. On […]

gin gin’s simple delights

With warmer weather arriving, and longer, lighter evenings upon us, gin gin is in the full swing of spring. More than just a dining experience, the restaurant and bar has established itself as a destination offering exquisite food and drinks, and an atmosphere like no other. Their focus on local, fresh and refined food shines […]

Indulge in classic Greek cuisine

Dining out should always be a memorable experience. Comfortable surroundings, real hospitality, good wine, cocktails and mouth-watering cuisine all combine at the Athens Yacht Club making it an enjoyable occasion. This is “The Athens Experience”. Its specialty is Greek cuisine, offered with professional service and a family vibe. They have recently introduced a fresh, vibrant […]

Summer fish taco fiesta: United Fisheries

Taco ingredients: 16 small corn tortillas 700g hake/hoki/ Southern blue whiting 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp butter Taco toppings: 1/2 small purple cabbage 2 medium avocados, sliced 2 tomatoes, diced (optional) 1/2 diced red onion 1/2 bunch coriander 1-2 […]

Fashion & Beauty

Dress to impress

The season of special occasions is here. Be it weddings, festive parties or race day; spring and summer are party season at its very best. It is always exciting to get dressed up for an occasion, especially if that means shopping around for a new dress, suit, heels, or pretty accessories to complete the look. […]

Head to Hurunui & Hanmer

October is a happening time in the Hurunui/Hanmer area with two big events scheduled for the end of the month. The Hurunui Garden Festival runs from October 28-31, while the Hanmer Springs Fete is on October 29. The third annual fete will showcase the very best in food, music, and artistic creations. Located on the […]

Long and luscious: Hair Art & Beauty

If you’re after some extra length or volume for your next big event, why not think about Great Lengths tape in extensions? Quick and relatively low maintenance, tape-in extensions are perfect for short-to-medium term use. Tape-in extensions are installed by sandwiching thin sections of hair between two extension pieces, using a medical-grade adhesive strip. The […]

Getting to the guts of it: Pacific Radiology

Cutting edge research plays a vital role in today’s medical field, determining which treatments work best, new treatments, and ensuring existing treatments are used in the best possible ways. Aside from diagnosing diseases and health problems, medical research provides insights that give us hope that there is a chance to lessen the impact of health […]

Home & Living

Creating future heirlooms: Gavin Cox Furniture

Handcrafted furniture brings luxury and beauty to your lifestyle. Special to use as well as to look at, a hand-made piece is a treasure. Carrying the rare signature of longevity and sustainability, a quality solid wood item is destined to become an heirloom. Gavin Cox Furniture has been creating bespoke crafted furniture for almost 40 […]

Photographic works of art: Emma Steel Photography

Multi-award-winning photographer Emma Steel is focused on creating works of fine art that are unique, beautiful, and as full of emotion as any painting. Finding Your Key won a Silver Award at the NZIPP Awards (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography). Emma explains it began with one thought. “Go for what makes your heart sing, […]

Making music together: The Real Music Company

Music is an integral part of our lives. As Plato once said: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Connecting with music comes in numerous guises.Dancing, relaxing, listening, composing and singing all bring music into our lives and there to help make the […]

Clearing the air

In these mask-wearing times, the quality of the air we breathe seems all the more important. Metropol’s gadget guru Ian Knott takes a look at how Dyson plans to ‘clear the air’ in your home. Having spent a few weeks with the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde, my natural cynicism has turned to sheer wonder with […]

Build

A grand revitalisation of Cathedral Square

Prior to the 2010 earthquakes, Cathedral Square was the undisputed heart of Christchurch. Now an ambitious crowd-funded project is set to restart that heart, and again make the Square a place for the people. Christchurch businessman and project founder Darin Rainbird explains … Last month I launched a PledgeMe campaign to support my plan to […]

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

A blooming good idea. I always think it creates a sense of wellbeing when spring is in the air and the cherry blossoms and kowhai are flowering. When I read the spring flowers story on the ChristchurchNZ website and discovered that ‘Hanami’ is a Japanese word that translates to ‘flower watching’, I realised how universal […]

The Influencers: John Bridgman

Central city development. We’ve seen a significant surge in demand for apartment-style living in central Christchurch over the past year. Covid, Christchurch’s comparative affordability and the ever-increasing vibrancy of the central city are all influencing the desires of home buyers. To help the city meet this demand and get more people living centrally as soon […]

The Influencers: Joanna Norris

Helping business boom. Every business should have a mentor. Operating a business is no easy task, let alone doing it through a pandemic. Having an experienced, independent mentor to listen and guide you through some of the challenges can make all the difference. Mentors provide confidential, one-on-one assistance for small business owners, who are trading, […]

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