Canterbury’s market: A vibrant, exciting hub

Have you been to Riverside Market yet? Given its meteoric popularity and the numbers already through the doors, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in a minority if you haven’t.     Following a ‘soft’ opening in late September, on 5 October this extraordinary new feature of the CBD was officially opened. Richard […]

Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day: Behind the scenes

On Tuesday 12 November, more than 20,000 people will descend on Addington Raceway which plays prestigious host to the 116th Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day. But for the team at Addington, the preparation begins in February and ramps up in May each year. Peter Walker caught up with some of the team and was […]

Historic buildings’ revolutionary twist

Two of Christchurch’s oldest, cherished buildings are set to take on a revolutionary twist; home to New Zealand’s first cannabis social enterprise.     Whakamana, the New Zealand Institute of Cannabis Education, Research and Development, will be based in the enchanting Shands Emporium – the city’s oldest commercial wooden building – and also the historic […]

Making a sustainable statement

When Christchurch artist Joel Hart created the mural for a new café in Rangiora three years ago, a name for the café literally emerged from the artwork. So, ‘Fools of Desire’ was born, as was the next chapter of the fantastic hospitality journey – 12 years and counting – Elisa Leach and partner, and also […]

A Sustainable Hempire

“Hemp seeds are safe to eat, nutritious, and do not have a psychoactive effect,” said Food Safety Minister, the Honourable Damien O’Connor, in a Beehive press release in November 2018, regarding changes made to the regulations controlling the production and sale of hemp seed food products.     This was no surprise to those who […]

Superhosts on scooters

Superhosts on scooters

There are many sights to see in Christchurch and as many ways to see them.     The latest way is an initiative by bffs Julia Malley and Julia Strelou. Friends, work colleagues, and now tourism entrepreneurs, they have teamed up to provide guided tours of some of the spots of interest in the CBD. […]

What's in the building?

What’s in the building?

Peter Walker checks out the architectural renaissance taking place in the central city and what we can expect to find in these pockets of awesome.     You can’t possibly miss Deloitte House in your meanderings along the Avon River. With office space filling up down town and the commercial lifeblood of the city flowing […]

Wigram

Mix of old & new: Wigram

Wigram is expanding, not only culturally and historically, but geographically too. Awatea Green, a new living place, offers shared green spaces, playgrounds, meandering pathways and cycle lanes to take you all the way to the city. Wigram Primary School’s new campus is open and exciting. New restaurants, retail outlets and community services are operating and […]

Head North for Valentine’s Day

Head North for Valentine’s Day

Whether glamping in the wilds near Cheviot, fine dining in Rangiora, or a day picnicking at the Ashley River, the countryside north of the Waimakariri offers a wealth of activities, sights and fun, no matter what you like getting up to.     With the celebration of Valentine’s Day upon us, for those who have […]

The secret’s out!

The secret’s out! Alcohol’s hidden secrets

At the height of the 1920s prohibition era, when the possession, purchase and consumption of alcohol in the US was illegal, there were as many as a hundred thousand illicit booze joints in New York alone!     Speakeasies, as they came to be known – because they were only spoken of quietly – sprang […]