Get the look

Take inspiration from Ballantynes and the beauty of the Garden City.         PHOTOGRAPHY: Honey Lens STYLED BY: Ballantynes HAIR: Mod’s Hair Merivale MUA: Ballantynes MODELS: Portfolio Model Agency; Siani, Melanie & Tiaan

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 […]

Family fun in Otautahi Christchurch

Explore the great outdoors with giant swings, playgrounds, shipwrecks, and wildlife. Here are the top seven family activities for spring in Christchurch. 1. Breakfast at Margaret Mahy Playground Pack a picnic breakfast the night before and surprise the kids with breakfast at the Margaret Mahy Playground. Make use of the free electric BBQs and picnic […]

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 […]

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 […]