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The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

Our crown jewels.

We’re blessed in Christchurch to have some fabulous heritage buildings in the heart of our city centre.

Christchurch City Council, Mayor

They need to be protected and looked after because they help tell the story of Ōtautahi Christchurch and its people. Since the earthquakes, we have carried out a massive programme of repairs and restorations, but there are still some high profile and beloved heritage buildings needing work.

I am delighted that as part of the Long Term Plan, the council approved a new heritage targeted rate that will be used to help fund restoration work on several buildings, including the Canterbury Provincial Council buildings, the Old Municipal Chambers and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery.

Work has already started on the restoration of the Old Municipal Chambers, which is why the building is currently shrouded in white plastic. I can’t wait to see the transformation when it finally emerges from its cocoon next year.

As part of the Long Term Plan the Council also approved a new targeted rate that will be used to pay for a $5.5 million capital grant to help complete the current restoration work at the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

The Arts Centre has long been a hub for arts, culture and creativity in Christchurch and a real jewel in the city’s crown.



The Influencers: John Bridgman

Bring on the visitors.

With the distinctive flowing lines of its tile façade, the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, which is emerging in our city centre, is an impressive sight.

John Bridgman

It’s a large facility, with 28,000sqm of useable floor space, although it will eventually have some sizeable neighbours with up to four taller hotels planned for the precinct area on the southern side.

Physical work has yet to start on those hotels so in the meantime we are landscaping that space to make it an attractive area for locals.

Much of the talk about Te Pae Christchurch centres on the economic benefits that it will provide to our city and region. The 74 events currently confirmed for the venue will provide about $43 million of direct economic gain. Business event travellers typically spend twice as much as leisure tourists, so it will be great for local hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.

Pre-quake, Christchurch hosted more than 20 percent of national business events. Our new facility seems to be putting the city back on the map, with a number of national events coming to Te Pae Christchurch and other local venues.

Te Pae Christchurch will also be a great facility for Cantabrians. Those 74 confirmed events are likely to attract about 120,000 visitors through the doors. Interestingly, about 20,000 of those will be conference attendees, with the remainder coming to other events. One expo alone is likely to attract 10,000 visitors.



The Influencers: Peter Townsend

A healthy move.

If you happen to be wandering around Te Papa Hauora, you will notice intense construction activity in the Health Precinct.

Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council, Independent Chair

A five-floor 1600m2 building is well underway at 12 Oxford Terrace. This is planned for office and service provision and due for completion later this year. At the other end of the Precinct, early site work has begun at 38-44 Oxford Terrace.

This building is designed for clinical provision and support and is likely to be a three build programme. It is a major construction comprising 11000m2 over eight floors and will make a bold statement on the eastern Precinct boundary.

In mid-June, the University of Otago gave its final approval to the construction of a $178 million project in the heart of the Te Papa Hauora Christchurch Health Precinct. This is the biggest single construction ever undertaken by the University and will be the new home for 500 staff and more than 1000 students.

The Christchurch campus is a training base for medical students, as well as a research-intensive campus. Planning is well advanced, and the building is expected to open in 2025. These three new builds will add significantly to an already well established Health Precinct. Exciting times for Christchurch city.



The Influnencers: Scott Thelning

Taking a stand.

We are lucky that our students have an outward looking view, strong convictions and stand for what they believe in.

Cathedral Grammar School Principal

Mike King, founder of The Key to Life Charitable Trust, recently provided a clear and definitive example of this philosophy to us all when he made the decision to surrender his membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Mike King has been campaigning for a number of years for better access to mental health care for our children and teenagers and in 2019 was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and named as New Zealander of the Year for his work within this area.
Due to his belief that the situation in New Zealand has not improved, he felt the honour no longer sat comfortably with him and so would return his medal.

I have both admiration and a feeling of sadness for Mike. I admire his strong conviction, and for staying true to who he is and what he believes in. I am equally sad that as a country we have not enabled the necessary change to happen that is so badly needed for our youth, and therefore, subsequently led to a ‘champion’ like Mike feeling the need to return his medal.

Strong convictions, outward focused view, standing for what you believe in.  A great lesson for our students at Cathedral Grammar.


Character study: RESENE

Let rebooted neutrals bring a multidimensional minimalism to your bedroom.

Styling by Vanessa Nouwens | Photography by Bryce Carleton. FURNISHINGS: Black frames from Kmart, art from Etsy/Art Design, duvet cover from Home Republic, pillowcases and cushions from Adairs, chair from Freedom Furniture, throw, cushion and rug from Città.

What are ‘character neutrals’ when they’re at home? You’re looking at a few of them. The Resene Tea paint used on this wall is one such colour, as is the floor in Resene Blanc.

The former is a complex river-boulder beige that’s perfect when pure white seems too harsh. The latter is a restrained Parisian white also available in versions from stronger-hued Resene Triple Blanc to the palest Resene Eighth Blanc.

Sitting perfectly within this palette is the warmed green-beige Resene Bison Hide on the bedside table and lampshade. The vase and frame in smoky, understated grey Resene Tapa bridge the gap between these paler character neutrals and the contrasting dark bowl and lamp base in ebonised Resene Black.

Painting accessories such as these is an affordable way to layer colour in an interior scheme and provides a satisfying creative project even a novice DIYer can pull off. To give an old bedside lamp or thrift store find a new attitude, remove the shade, bulb and fitting from the base, then gently sand
the base to give your paint something to stick to.

Painting your lampshade will be even easier – all you need is a brush and a Resene testpot. When choosing a colour, remember it’ll have an influence on the light the bulb casts. In a neutral sleep space such as this, a colour that’ll impart a warm, enveloping glow will maximise your character neutrals’ chameleonic potential and be the difference between blah and ta-dah.

Background in Resene Blanc with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Eighth Fossil, Resene Tapa, Resene Bison Hide, Resene Tea, Resene Blanc, Resene Antidote and Resene White Linen; bowl in Resene Double Gravel; and vases in (from top) Resene Sandstone, Resene Quarter Drought and Resene Sandal.



Kiwi travel list

Kiwis are experiencing more of their own country due to travel restrictions and, thanks to various overseas surveys, we have a list of Aotearoa’s top scenic spots.


New Zealand often ranks #1 in United Kingdom travel awards as the place to visit, and now Canada’s has gone further and named its top 12 Kiwi must-sees:

  1. Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Queenstown
  4. Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park
  5. Rotorua
  6. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
  7. Abel Tasman National Park and the Abel Tasman Coast Track
  8. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
  9. Napier, Hawke’s Bay
  10. Auckland
  11. Coromandel Peninsula
  12. Kaikoura

Unforgettable Travel’s most searched Oceania bucket list travel experiences are:

1. Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
2. Watching a show at the Sydney Opera House
3. Seeing New Zealand’s Hobbiton
4. Visiting the monolith of Uluru, or Ayers Rock
5. Staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
6. Touring New Zealand’s Waitomo Glow Worm Caves


E-bike festival coming to Arrowtown

Riders will descend on Arrowtown in November for a weekend of curated trail experiences, in New Zealand’s inaugural Cyclorama.

On November 13 and 14, e-bike riders from across New Zealand will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for bespoke adventures and fun trails curated to complement the natural surroundings and regional heritage.

Event organiser Dave Gibson says that while international travel is still restricted, Cyclorama is the perfect chance for the growing number of Kiwi e-bike riders to take part in an event that is specially designed for them. “We are offering a weekend with a great mix of fun activities, unique experiences and the chance to experience the incredible rivers, lakes and mountains that Arrowtown and its surrounds are famous for,” he says.

The festival will boast nine different trails and rides themed around birdwatching, art, beer and wine tasting plus a special ‘Tour de Gourmet’. More adventurous riders will be able to stretch themselves with a mountain ride dubbed ‘Cyclopath’.

Complementing the rides will be a weekend of trade stalls and entertainment based on Arrowtown’s Butlers Green, where bike retailers will showcase bikes and accessories.

The weekend will also offer a special orienteering event for families taking place on Sunday afternoon, themed around Arrowtown’s goldmining history.

The full programme is on the website


Rug up: Bowron Sheepskins

The cold weather has arrived, it’s time to bundle up and stay warm in style.


Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you cannot beat a decorative sheepskin. Instantly recognisable, a natural sheepskin has long been a staple in Kiwi homes.

Operating out of Woolston since 1879, Bowron takes pride in delivering an extensive range of sheepskin rugs, throws, washable infant car seat and stroller liners, homewares and accessories.

From simple dyed and natural coloured sheepskin rugs and throws to fine, crafted design rugs, Bowron has stylish and versatile interior accents to suit any space.

The original sheepskin, or more exotic items like the stylish Icelandic Arctic Fleece or decorative Nomad Tibetan Lambskin cushions, there is something for every home.

Collapse into one of its enormous Colossus Beanbags and appreciate true luxury, nothing compares to the feeling of natural fibre!

Not limited to interior design, Bowron is proud to supply Kiwi families with a variety of infant rugs and pram liners for ultimate hygiene protection. Durable, cosy, and washable,

it is no surprise that Bowron has provided generations of families with the softness and comfort of a Bowron baby
care rug.

Drop in and see the team at the factory shop, 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday at 2/12 Long St Woolston. Or shop online


Hellishly entertaining

It promises to be a thrilling, electrifying night when the curtain rises on The Court Theatre’s production of Frankenstein.

Described as a “hell of a production” by The Times, the play first opened to London audiences in 2011, penned by British playwright, Nick Dear, who adapted his play from the novel by Mary Shelley.

The Court Theatre’s Frankenstein is directed by Holly Chappell-Eason, and the one similarity to the National Theatre’s production is that the two lead actors, James Kupa and Wesley Dowdell, will be alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. The Court Theatre’s production will be unique, with its five professional actors joined by 15 NASDA actors as the ensemble.

This adaptation, contrary to many previous ones, tells the story from the creature’s point of view, rather than his creator’s. The play sees young scientist Victor Frankenstein bringing to life a man-made creature, sewn together from dead body parts with little thought to the consequences.

Abandoned by his maker and treated as an outcast by those around him, the Creature becomes intent on finding Frankenstein to strike a bargain. After being betrayed, the Creature is then determined to make Frankenstein pay.

This international hit explores the eternal themes of humanity, good versus evil, and what happens when we blur the line between life and death.

Frankenstein runs from August 7 – September 4 at The Court Theatre.

For bookings call 0800 333 100 or visit


A musical feast

On July 24, the Go Live Music Festival will fill the Christchurch Town Hall with the music of more than 16 new and established Ōtautahi performers. Julia Strelou talks with one of them.


Pop/jazz sensation Emily C Browning, who released her new single ‘I Wasn’t Into You Anyway’ in April, is one of those taking to the stage.

After blowing up on social media, Browning found herself playing to sold-out crowds in the USA, yet despite international fame, the Christchurch local says she is looking forward to playing at the Town Hall. “I have always loved the Town Hall ever since I was a kid. Go Live Festival will be my first time playing in that building (aside from high school choir), so it’ll be a pretty special gig for me.”

Browning also released her video for ‘I Wasn’t Into You Anyway’ in April, devouring a real Habanero and a Ghost Pepper provided for her by the SpicyBoys at Riverside Markets as part of it. “For this video, I wanted to be in some kind of pain and do something self-deprecating and kind of silly.”

The song is about the sting of rejection, a pain that is universally relatable, but the playful nature reflects how ridiculous the heart can behave when it feels unrequited love. “It represents the stages of getting over someone – swinging back and forth between desperation and total denial. And the whole thing is so silly because we barely spent any time together! It wasn’t even a thing, but feeling rejected just makes everything seem more dramatic.”

Charlie Rose Creative

At the end of the clip, Browning douses herself with oat milk, relieving herself of the sting left by the chillies and signifying moving on. “The milk served as a kind of climax to the story, which I suppose represents me losing my cool and then pulling myself together again right at the last second.”

Fans can expect to see Browning perform the song at the festival, and she adds there is music on the horizon. “A new single is on the way! I’m currently trying to cook up a new music video to match the energy of the last one, which is proving to be a good challenge.”