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Enjoy a new kitchen: Kitchen Concepts

The kitchen is somewhere we spend a lot of time and is the heart of the home – you should love what you see. There’s nothing better than having a kitchen that both works well and looks great. With 2024 underway, it’s a great time to update your kitchen and create something that you’ll love […]

Sandwich styling

The latest trend to hit the fashion world, one that promises to make getting dressed that much easier, is the ‘sandwich’ method. It is the act of using colour or texture to invent a seamless outfit. Matching your shoes to your top, or your pants to your headband or sunglasses. In doing so, you’ll have […]

A sculptural experience like no other: Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden

“Where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the studio by studying the model, everywhere except in the schools.” — Auguste Rodin This March, visitors can admire, discuss and come to understand sculpture for themselves when Tai Tapu Sculpture […]

Award-winning musical extravaganza: Kinky Boots Showbiz Christchurch

A spectacular new stage production, starting in Christchurch in April, is bound to have you kicking up your heels in delight. Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Kinky Boots, will grace the stage at the Isaac Theatre Royal from 19 April to 4 May, and promises to be an unforgettable experience for theatre enthusiasts and fans alike. […]

Ripe 2024: the Wanaka wine and food festival

Glendhu Bay, Wanaka will be pumping on Saturday 23 March when Central Otago’s finest wine and food producers present Ripe 2024. Ripe is about the passion and energy for the best wine and food from the region. Festival goers can meet the makers—world-class Central Otago wine and food producers—and enjoy wine tastings, live music, great […]

A benchmark in braces: Orthodontix

In just a few short years, the astounding and technologically brilliant LightForce braces are the new standard in orthodontics. Quickly recognised by the American Association of Orthodontics with an Innovator Award in 2022, Christchurch Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Ronald M. Sluiter, of OrthodontiX, also brought LightForce to his Christchurch clinics. Entirely personalised, fixed, and fast-working braces, […]

A resplendent event: Amuri Estate

Two top priorities when planning any milestone event or function are the venue and its location. Abreathtaking interior space plus exquisite rural vistas set against majestic mountain ranges, equals an enchanting and unforgettable experience. Amuri Estate is one such captivating destination, and lies only 10 minutes from Hanmer Springs. It is the idyllic, quintessential venue. […]

Bespoke Canterbury furniture: Gavin Cox Furniture

When it comes to purchasing a new item of furniture, you want something that has been hand-crafted and built with the highest attention to detail – a piece that will stand the test of time. In their Sydenham showroom, the expert team at Gavin Cox Furniture lovingly craft solid timber furniture—offering a range of contemporary […]

Passionate plasterers: Redrock Plastering

With any construction or renovation project, plastering often emerges as the unsung hero, shaping the essence of architectural design aesthetics. Carefully balancing tradition and innovation, plastering remains a craft that can transform mere walls into masterpieces. Aprecise craft, it demands perfection and luckily the passionate team at RedRock Plastering do too. “Customers can engage with […]

Enjoy a taste of Te Pae: Ross Steele

It has been fantastic to see the influx of visitors around our city over summer. Our city is now welcoming a wide variety of visitors, including cruise ship passengers, leisure travellers and those visiting for business. In recent weeks, it has been great to see the support for our “Taste of Te Pae” Food Truck, […]

Plan and reflect: Phil Mauger

It’s February already, and we are straight back into it. February is when our council puts together our draft Long Term Plan (LTP)—the city’s budget for the next 10 years. This plan proposes council’s priorities for the next decade. We, all 17 members of council, have been working hard to strike the right balance between […]

Love all courtside

The summer tennis season brought with it a resurgeance in several fashion items associated with the game. Long considered one of the world’s most fashionable sports, tennis has elevated several key fashion items from on court to everyday. Think sneakers, flip skirts, V-neck polo knits, cute dresses, and the most iconic example the tennis bracelet, […]

A one day holiday

While a simply serene place for a weekend getaway or Easter escape, never underestimate the beauty of a day trip to Hanmer Springs. If you’re short on time and dreaming of that holiday feeling, take the short, tranquil drive to this beloved destination. Keep these ideas as a reference for your next trip to Hanmer […]

Eyewear excellence: Matthews Eyecare

Nothing is quite like putting on that new dream pair of frames. The allure of finely crafted, designer eyewear, is undeniably addictive. As eyewear enthusiasts ourselves, we confess – it awakens something within you,” say the team at Matthews Eyecare in Riccarton. To overcome the challenge of finding eyewear that’s both practical and unique, they […]

Cuisine

The richness of rumtopf

Numerous recipes exist for rumtopf (or rumpot as many call it). Mostly this fruity offering is made with fresh fruit, however I have found it superb for turning dried fruits, especially strawberries, into delicious dessert toppings. Use only first grade fruit, and if fresh wash and dry thoroughly as any water will cause fermentation. Ceramic […]

A smooth start

Blueberry smoothie Ingredients: (makes 2-4 glasses) 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 banana (frozen) 1 Tbsp honey 1/2 Tsp vanilla essence 2 Tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional) 1 cup spinach (optional) Method Add the milk to your blender, then the rest of the ingredients. Blend, starting on […]

Abundant apricot pie

As the apricot season nears its end, stock up on these delightful orange fruits and indulge in that tart stone-fruit flavour, in pie form. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tsp salt 1 cup butter 6 Tbsp water, or as needed Filling 1 cup white sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 Tsp ground cinnamon […]

Enjoy February’s finest: Crowne Plaza

Christchurch is a hub of celebration, love, and indulgence this February. Joining the celebrations is the Crowne Plaza Christchurch, kicking off festivities as a sponsor of the Lexus Urban Polo, with a Champagne Brunch on 10 February. “Enjoy a delightful morning feast and glass of opulence for a luxurious start to the day,” says marketing […]

Fashion & Beauty

Sandwich styling

The latest trend to hit the fashion world, one that promises to make getting dressed that much easier, is the ‘sandwich’ method. It is the act of using colour or texture to invent a seamless outfit. Matching your shoes to your top, or your pants to your headband or sunglasses. In doing so, you’ll have […]

A benchmark in braces: Orthodontix

In just a few short years, the astounding and technologically brilliant LightForce braces are the new standard in orthodontics. Quickly recognised by the American Association of Orthodontics with an Innovator Award in 2022, Christchurch Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Ronald M. Sluiter, of OrthodontiX, also brought LightForce to his Christchurch clinics. Entirely personalised, fixed, and fast-working braces, […]

Love all courtside

The summer tennis season brought with it a resurgeance in several fashion items associated with the game. Long considered one of the world’s most fashionable sports, tennis has elevated several key fashion items from on court to everyday. Think sneakers, flip skirts, V-neck polo knits, cute dresses, and the most iconic example the tennis bracelet, […]

Eyewear excellence: Matthews Eyecare

Nothing is quite like putting on that new dream pair of frames. The allure of finely crafted, designer eyewear, is undeniably addictive. As eyewear enthusiasts ourselves, we confess – it awakens something within you,” say the team at Matthews Eyecare in Riccarton. To overcome the challenge of finding eyewear that’s both practical and unique, they […]

Home & Living

Becoming a cushion curator

An interior trifecta, cushions combine comfort, style, and character. Distributed about your living and bedroom spaces evenly, cushions become the icing on the cake in interior design. If you like changing the style of your spaces from time to time, they’re relatively low-cost and so, a sustainable financial option to redesign without renovating an entire […]

Installation that will floor you: B6 Contracting

Flooring is an essential component to any construction or renovation project in terms of safety and functionality of a building or home. Installing new floors is a wonderful way to upgrade any living space, adding to the overall aesthetic of your property, when done to a high-end finish. These benefits are suitably enhanced when done […]

Luxurious linens

Crisp and luxurious, hotel sheets have a reputation for being particularly top quality, yet anyone can have the same opulent feel at home with a bit of care about sheet selection. Cotton, linen, polyester, silk, bamboo, and in winter, flannel, microfibre and even more options are available. What is important to know when choosing sheets […]

Fire away

As small and tiny homes increase in popularity, so too does the demand for more compact fireplaces. From heating to cooking ranges, fire place designs have become taller, slimmer, and in some cases squatter in shape, while retaining the same basic functions. Slim fireplaces and cooking stoves find homes in garages, caravans, man caves, and […]

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Enjoy a new kitchen: Kitchen Concepts

The kitchen is somewhere we spend a lot of time and is the heart of the home – you should love what you see. There’s nothing better than having a kitchen that both works well and looks great. With 2024 underway, it’s a great time to update your kitchen and create something that you’ll love […]

Bespoke Canterbury furniture: Gavin Cox Furniture

When it comes to purchasing a new item of furniture, you want something that has been hand-crafted and built with the highest attention to detail – a piece that will stand the test of time. In their Sydenham showroom, the expert team at Gavin Cox Furniture lovingly craft solid timber furniture—offering a range of contemporary […]

Passionate plasterers: Redrock Plastering

With any construction or renovation project, plastering often emerges as the unsung hero, shaping the essence of architectural design aesthetics. Carefully balancing tradition and innovation, plastering remains a craft that can transform mere walls into masterpieces. Aprecise craft, it demands perfection and luckily the passionate team at RedRock Plastering do too. “Customers can engage with […]

Enjoy a taste of Te Pae: Ross Steele

It has been fantastic to see the influx of visitors around our city over summer. Our city is now welcoming a wide variety of visitors, including cruise ship passengers, leisure travellers and those visiting for business. In recent weeks, it has been great to see the support for our “Taste of Te Pae” Food Truck, […]

ArtScene

Captivating art beckons: Christchurch Art Show

Philosopher Henry David Thoreau said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Art lovers can let loose their imaginations and view those of others at the annual Christchurch Art Show, Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March. This year’s show will have more than 150 upcoming and established artists exhibiting at Te Pae Exhibition […]

Art is a gift: SCAPE

Check out the 2023 season of SCAPE Public Art before it closes on 14 February 2024. This season, SCAPE presents debut public artworks by exciting artists from Aotearoa, responding to the curatorial theme The Gift. “They [the artists] have carefully considered how gifting can be threaded through their work, not necessarily in the face-value way […]

Spring time is heart break

In the exhibition Spring Time is Heart-break several artists have considered tangata whenua relationships with the land, water, natural environment, and indigenous species. Megan Brady (Kāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Pākehā) has reconnected with her Ngāi Tūāhuriri whakapapa and the Rakahuri river, creating beautiful handmade carpets with flowing patterns that you can rest on. Madison Kelly […]

Experience Ngā Hau Ngā kau: Canterbury Museum

Astounding paintings, carved taonga puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments), and beautiful music have been woven together for the exhibition Ngā Hau Ngā kau (Breath of Mine). T his outstanding exhibition opened at Canterbury Museum at CoCA on 15 December 2023 and will run until 28 April 2024. Talented artists, painter Robin Slow, master carver Brian […]