Embracing change: Harcourts Gold

Flexibility in our work, business practices and in our personal lives is the most important trait to embrace in 2021, say realty duo, Milena Bartlett and Andrew Swift. August’s Alert Level 4 lockdown meant a scramble for most Kiwis to sort life out on multiple fronts, including Milena and Andrew of Harcourts Gold, who had […]

Trust your gut instinct

Ruth Coppard was diagnosed with breast cancer last October, aged 61. Now in recovery, she shares her story to encourage other women to be proactive about their breast health. Coming face to face with the issue of my mortality was my first hurdle. I loved and wanted to be with my grandchildren in their formative […]

Full-blooded and feel good: The Court Theatre

Spring’s here, and it’s time to escape! Where better than somewhere you can laugh, meet new people and forget reality? The Court Theatre has you covered, because Seymour, Audrey and Audrey II are going to transport you away. Larger than life and twice as fun, Little Shop of Horrors* is the full-blooded, feel-good hit of […]

Prepping for a successful sale

While the universe throws curveballs into the mix of life, a reassuring constant presence is the buoyancy of the housing market. Houses continue to sell quickly, prices are still rising, and there are plenty of buyers about. Entering the market as a seller is a step to be taken thoughtfully, with an agent that understands […]

Rookie realtor’s love of tourism

When Dilan De Silva switched careers, little did he know how successful he would become. Dilan, a former hotel general manager, decided, just prior to New Zealand’s 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, to try his hand at real estate, specialising in tourism businesses and properties. Since exiting 2020 lockdown, the proud South Island resident has sold 33 […]

Jazz, blues & classical piano

Leading New Zealand musicians, classical pianist Michael Houstoun, jazz trombonist and bandleader Rodger Fox and special guest, acclaimed blues vocalist Erna Ferry, are coming to Christchurch in October. Houstoun and Fox were the headline act at the recent Wellington Jazz Festival and are long-standing friends. A chance meeting in Christchurch in 2014 led to an […]

Know-how for grandparenting

Grandparents are increasingly involved in raising their grandchildren, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. Now there’s a new book out that may help. Local author, part-time lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Canterbury, Dr Tessa Grigg has teamed up with Australian Dr Jane Williams to produce Grandparenting Grandchildren. Dr […]

Meet your financial adviser: Alistair Bean & Associates

A regular face-to-face meeting with a financial adviser is essential in today’s world. That’s the advice from Alistair Bean & Associates – Financial Advisers who believe this is the most important service that their firm offers. “In a recent survey, New Zealand clients were asked how often they met with their financial adviser. Concerningly, less […]

Digital inefficiencies cost millions

A new survey shows that Kiwi mid-market businesses lose millions of dollars annually because of ineffective digital solutions. The MYOB-commissioned survey says Kiwi employees waste an average of 12.5 hours weekly (75 working days annually) on manual or repetitive tasks due to digital inefficiencies. For businesses with 100 employees, that’s roughly $2.2m per business, per […]

Top chefs at Cancer Society fundraiser

Three award-winning Canterbury chefs will entertain guests at the Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division’s fundraising dinner event “Too Many Cooks” at the Majestic on Durham on Saturday October 9. “We wanted to take the traditional fundraising dinner and add something special,” the Division’s Manager for Fundraising, Communications and Relationships, Heather Locke says. “We approached Jimmy […]