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From the deputy editor: 7 July 2022

Women’s rights New Zealand is internationally recognised and praised for leading the way in creating a safe and equal place for all people to live. And although we still have a long way to go in some areas, thankfully safe and necessary healthcare is something we have committed to providing for women in Aotearoa. While […]

Feed your mind

The chill of midwinter is the ideal time to renew your relationship with visual art by visiting a local gallery. A warm, dry, and calm oasis, a gallery sojourn offers an escape from everyday stresses, inspires and feeds our minds, and can boost our own productivity. Christchurch’s newest art destination is located opposite Margaret Mahy […]

Book your girls’ getaway: Mickey Raes Gifts & Crafts

Imagine a few days away with your best gal pals, shopping, swimming, spa-ing, stitching, sewing, and crafting to your heart’s content. You can do it, and now’s a great time to round up the girls and head to Hanmer Springs for some craft and retail therapy, some relaxing and some pure indulgence. The Alpine Winter […]

A cosy retreat: Clear Ridge Apartments

We are now well into winter and it has certainly thrown a few curveballs our way. Great for the ski fields though and the alpine areas of our country can be stunningly beautiful at this time of the year. So why not celebrate that fact and enjoy a little luxury at the same time. Luxury […]

Give your baby the best: Baby Hub

Quality baby products are the most priceless investment. Your little ones should never be compromised when it comes to safety at home and in the car. With Rangiora’s new baby store, Baby Hub, the best baby brands are available at affordable prices. Valuing child safety, it offers free car seat installs by certified child restraint […]

The final fashion touches

Often the final touches to an outfit, accessories help pull everything together. In winter, your accessories might add some warmth, or a simple pop of colour to brighten a dull day. A fun pattern or detail can make a statement, while more classic neutral tones are the perfect accompaniment to a cosy layered outfit. Here […]

Tatt who?

Tattoos aren’t for everyone, and it appears more and more women are either having them removed or covered over. Australian-based laser tattoo removal specialists Removery recently reported an increase in people wanting to remove their tattoo in the lead up to their weddings. They say 70 percent of customers are there for a tattoo removal, […]

A passion for pilates: Studio Pilates

There’s no denying the fact that Pilates is having a serious moment, and with very good reason. By no means a new form of exercise, the practice has been around for over 100 years after it was founded by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. One woman who can attest to its power is Taryn Currie, […]

15 beautiful years: Beauty Progress

For today’s working professionals, facials are not always about luxurious pampering in distant spas at exorbitant prices; nowadays facials are considered as essential as a daily shower. All skin types experience some dryness and dehydration in winter. Low humidity removes moisture in skin so its natural barrier function is weakened. Beauty Progress uses GERnétic products […]

Try minimalist

Using less makeup doesn’t mean looking any less glowing, feminine or gorgeous. Going minimalistic is all about making the most of natural features, using fewer products, but in smarter way. Luckily there are oodles of tantalising products to buy and try. If in doubt, talk to your favourite beautician and have them do a trial […]

Coping with chronic pain

One in five adults suffers from chronic pain. In older people, the number rises to three in five. Most of these people don’t realise they don’t have to settle for a survival-based coexistence with their partner or bury their hopes for success and joy under a mountain of heat packs or duvets. So writes author […]

Breastfeeding, it’s not always easy: More than Milk

Breastfeeding is a natural part of life but often doesn’t come naturally at all. Most women struggle at some point in their breastfeeding journey, and few mums manage to achieve the recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding. With new mums inundated with the public health message ‘breast is best’, the pressure and feelings of failure […]

Meaningful change made possible: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Research that aims to improve the lives of people living with the experience of disability is now one step closer to creating real, much-needed change right here in Christchurch. The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) recently announced the recipient of their inaugural Emerging Researcher Fellowship, Dr Johnny Bourke from The Burwood Academy. It is without […]

Tonal marble mural living: RESENE

After two decades of cool greys and whites being the preferred neutrals, there has been a sharp shift. Today, it’s warmer taupes and greiges such as Resene Double Thorndon Cream, Resene Cougar and Resene Craigieburn that have skyrocketed in popularity as the base hues of choice for grounding colour schemes. And it’s understandable; as our […]

Cuisine

Waipara truffle hunt

From June to August in North Canterbury, it is time to go truffle hunting. Dollar for dollar, truffles (aka Black Gold) are one of the most expensive luxury foods you can buy, taking years to cultivate, and only available during a short season. North Canterbury is home to Kings Truffles, where the team, led by […]

Cellaring wine at home

Wine enthusiasts dream about having their own cellar and often it is easy enough to turn dreams into reality. A home wine cellar may be as simple as a spare hall cupboard, a section of the pantry or the garage, an upcycle sideboard, or as complex as a complete purpose-built room. Before deciding where to […]

Red, red wine

Sipping a sauvignon takes on a whole new meaning when we’re talking about cabernet sauvignon. Arguably the most widely planted red grape variety, cabernet sauvignon is many people’s first venture into the world of red wine. Why red? Research suggests that drinking an occasional glass of red wine is good for you. It provides antioxidants, […]

The art of High Tea: The Crowne Plaza

For too long high tea has been dismissed as an ancient, somewhat formal affair but now — just like your mum’s beloved vintage bell bottoms — high tea is chic again. Crowne Plaza has returned to the Christchurch high tea scene with a classic three-tiered offering available every day in it’s expanded 1851 Social lounge. […]

Fashion & Beauty

The final fashion touches

Often the final touches to an outfit, accessories help pull everything together. In winter, your accessories might add some warmth, or a simple pop of colour to brighten a dull day. A fun pattern or detail can make a statement, while more classic neutral tones are the perfect accompaniment to a cosy layered outfit. Here […]

Tatt who?

Tattoos aren’t for everyone, and it appears more and more women are either having them removed or covered over. Australian-based laser tattoo removal specialists Removery recently reported an increase in people wanting to remove their tattoo in the lead up to their weddings. They say 70 percent of customers are there for a tattoo removal, […]

A passion for pilates: Studio Pilates

There’s no denying the fact that Pilates is having a serious moment, and with very good reason. By no means a new form of exercise, the practice has been around for over 100 years after it was founded by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. One woman who can attest to its power is Taryn Currie, […]

15 beautiful years: Beauty Progress

For today’s working professionals, facials are not always about luxurious pampering in distant spas at exorbitant prices; nowadays facials are considered as essential as a daily shower. All skin types experience some dryness and dehydration in winter. Low humidity removes moisture in skin so its natural barrier function is weakened. Beauty Progress uses GERnétic products […]

Home & Living

Give your baby the best: Baby Hub

Quality baby products are the most priceless investment. Your little ones should never be compromised when it comes to safety at home and in the car. With Rangiora’s new baby store, Baby Hub, the best baby brands are available at affordable prices. Valuing child safety, it offers free car seat installs by certified child restraint […]

Pulling the curtain

Curtains are a great way to decorate your space, as well as increase warmth and privacy. If you are looking to purchase new curtains, here are a few tips and tricks. Look and feel The curtains you choose will change the mood of the room that they go in. Ask yourself a few questions to […]

Tonal marble mural living: RESENE

After two decades of cool greys and whites being the preferred neutrals, there has been a sharp shift. Today, it’s warmer taupes and greiges such as Resene Double Thorndon Cream, Resene Cougar and Resene Craigieburn that have skyrocketed in popularity as the base hues of choice for grounding colour schemes. And it’s understandable; as our […]

Sleep right, sleep tight: Dreamwool Beds

A good night’s sleep is vital for humans to function properly, and given most of us spend one third of our lives in bed, it is essential to invest in the very best. An average person sleeps for eight hours in a day. That means that on average they will sleep for 229,961 hours (one […]

Build

Third bridge on Avon River corridor

Pedestrians and cyclists now have better access to enjoy the Avon River corridor with the recent opening of Snell Bridge, pictured. The last of three pedestrian and cycle bridges connecting the wetlands and the neighbouring communities, the Snell Bridge is accessed from Snell Place in Dallington. The other two are the Avondale Bridge which crosses […]

Greater design oversight needed

An international architect and urban planning specialist is calling for the reinstatement of a century-old government agency to provide strategic design oversight as New Zealand’s largest cities enter a period of rapid housing intensification. The position of “Government Architect”, which headed the Ministry of Works and Development’s architectural division, was disestablished 20 years ago when […]

Think local: Moore Construction

The construction industry is doing it tough right now, with kinks in the supply chain combined with a market slump for labour. Local suppliers, always a useful but perhaps undervalued resource, have emerged as heroes, keeping projects moving when the international players are meeting barriers. One such local superstar is Moore Construction. A Commercial Piling […]

A solid foundation: Cook Costello

The Canterbury earthquake sequence highlighted the importance of geotechnical investigations followed by a good foundation design. When building a new house or extension, there is as much engineering input required as there is architectural design. A myriad of aspects needs to be considered, from the state of the land on which the house’s foundation sits, […]

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