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New cafe the place to be: Taste of Kiwi

A delicious stop-off on any drive through Springfield, Taste of Kiwi café is a new venture for Cam Clark and Kristina Squires. And the couple are overdelivering on their pledge to serve the best of Kiwi cuisine, community, and hospitality.



Not only are the couple determined to create a hub for the community to gather and host events, but they have created a mouth-watering menu and tempting cabinet food offerings, all within a fresh and modern new space.

“Taste of Kiwi was born through a love of travel and a passion for people,” says Cam.

“Kristina and I have travelled throughout the world, and everywhere we have been Kiwi hospitality has been famous for its genuine people, tasty food, and beautiful coffee. We have aimed to create a space for locals and visitors to come together, enjoy good food and relax.”

Serving a full breakfast and lunch menu – which includes the famous Kiwi Breakfast, classic eggs benedict and a modern take on mince on toast which consists of house-made beef mince, rosemary potato cake, free range poached egg and toasted ciabatta – the café has a tempting selection of cabinet food, too. With fresh baking daily, gourmet pies, and many gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options.

Kristina, who grew up in Springfield, says her and Cam are enjoying supporting local events, supplying catering and bringing new passion to the community. They enjoy meeting travellers from Christchurch or further afield.

Stop into Taste of Kiwi at 5666 West Coast Road, Springfield, follow them on Instagram @tasteofkiwi_nz or visit the Facebook page below for more information about opening hours, events and the menu.


The Influencers: Marian Johnson

Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

I’m sure all of you – alongside every other person in New Zealand (and the world!) – are looking forward to a long-deserved break from the turmoil of what has been a very difficult year.

There’s no guarantee that 2021 will be easier, but the best prescription will be recovery and rest with whānau and friends.

We work with the high growth entrepreneurs at our startup hub in the centre of the city, Te Ōhaka, where 20 or so high-growth startups are building ambitious and innovative dreams.

This means is we are surrounded by optimists. And – even in this hellish of all years – it has been incredible to see how these founders have dealt with the lemons that just kept coming.

To be an entrepreneur is to be a world-class optimist. But – to be a startup founder is to be a next level optimist.

A startup founder believes that, not only have they got an idea, their idea is so good the whole world will want it.

There’s huge risk in being a startup founder and being vulnerable to the inevitable and daily twists and turns of growing a business, never mind in a global pandemic.

We are so proud of the startup founders we’ve backed this year at Te Ōhaka alongside ChristchurchNZ, Ara, Wynn Williams, and EY. All 20 startup founders here have not only successfully picked their way through the minefield of 2020, they’ve knocked the year out of the park.

Meri Kirihimete all you dreamers and stargazers of Christchurch!


The Influencers: John Bridgman

Ōtākaro Limited
Chief Executive

Because Ōtākaro Limited was born out of the response to a natural disaster, we’ve never lived in a “business as usual” environment.

This inherent agility has enabled us to continue to make good progress on Christchurch’s Anchor Projects in a year that ranks right up there with the most unusual the world has known.

To regain momentum, contractors got back to work post-lockdown quickly, successfully implementing social distancing measures on sites where nationalities and languages are as numerous as the façade tiles on Te Pae.

This rapid return to work allowed us to keep funnelling millions of dollars into the community through a nervous construction sector, at a time when many people were worrying about their jobs.

So, while the doors may not have swung open at the convention centre this year as planned, it has still served us well.

This year the Metro Sports Facility has sprung out of the ground.

It’s a towering steel skeleton reminding all who travel along Moorhouse Ave that Christchurch will be home to one of the country’s top sports and recreation facilities.

The South Frame is now close to 90 percent complete and 95 percent of the first 172 homes in the East Frame have been sold.

There’s also a 100 percent chance the award-winning Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct will be finished next year, when we open the North Frame pedestrian bridge.

So even though it may be through a mask, there has still been plenty of progress to smile about this year.
Happy holidays.


The Influencers: Peter Townsend

Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council
Independent Chair

Christchurch is home to some real superstars who are making contributions to their communities, recognised far beyond our city boundaries.

Two key players in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct (TPH) have just received high recognition from their respective institutions.

Professor Gail Gillon, a founding member of the TPH Council, has received the University of Canterbury’s highest research honour for her internationally renowned work aimed at improving children’s learning and wellbeing, the UC 2020 Research Medal.

She is the founding Director of the UC Child Wellbeing Research Institute.

Her research is acclaimed here and around the world and is informing policies to reduce inequities in the New Zealand education system.

Professor David Murdoch, a TPH Council member and Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, has recently been awarded the University of Otago’s Distinguished Research Medal, the university’s highest honour.

He is a recognised world leader in the study, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases.

We can all be very proud of having such respected and acclaimed leaders in their fields living, working and researching in our city.

Te Papa Hauora has just hosted the Health Research Society of Canterbury’s 2020 poster event, an opportunity for researchers to display their research achievements and mix with fellow Canterbury researchers.

You can be sure that amongst those presenters, there are more outstanding leaders in research that will shine here in Christchurch and beyond.

TPH is planning to showcase more achievers in health throughout 2021, all of whom contribute to a remarkable regional health system.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel

It’s hard to believe 2020 is finally coming to an end.

At the same time, it doesn’t feel like a year has passed with the dramatic changes that Covid-19 has forced on us.

I’ll be forever grateful to be part of the team of 5 million that acted together to prevent the spread of this coronavirus, in a way other places have not.

I think of us entering the holiday season with the confidence to celebrate with family and friends, as well as enjoying those places special to us at this time.

I’ll be spending Christmas and Boxing Days with family, as well as at the City Mission lunch, which I’m really looking forward to. I will also be spending the New Year with close friends in Coromandel as I usually do.

Many people travel overseas in this holiday period, so we can expect to see people from all around New Zealand visit Christchurch. Let’s make them feel welcome.

I get a lot of feedback from people who absolutely love the vibe of the central city. And I have to say I’m making the most of my annual tram pass.

It’s been a tough year for many people, but I am hopeful that next year is a good one for us all. I will be back in time for the Duvauchelle and Little River A&P Shows and Bread & Circus Backyard Buskers Festival – proving that our own entertainers and performers are world-class.


The Influencers: Leeann Watson

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

As I write my final Metropol column of the year, the last twelve months seem to have flown by.

And what a year it has been – one that none of us could have predicted and one we certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

So I’m pleased to be able to end the year on a positive note. The latest in retail spending suggests our community is heeding the call to support local and to spend to accelerate our economic recovery.

In October, more than half a billion dollars was spent at local retailers and eateries – an increase of seven percent from the same month last year.

Spending in the central city also increased for the same period, up 12 percent to $39 million. This shows that despite Covid-19, consumer confidence is high.

I have no doubt this trend will continue over the summer, with several events coming up which will help to support our economy.

Such as the University of Canterbury graduation ceremonies currently underway, the Bread & Circus Backyard Buskers Festival in mid-January, the Council’s SummerTimes events programme, and the cricket (a personal favourite!).

Not to mention the Great Kiwi Beer Festival at the end of January, and the Nostalgia Festival in February.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of these events – and support our local businesses in the process.

With Christmas just around the corner, I wish you Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) and a safe summer season.


Inaugural show home wins gold: Clark Brothers Construction

Their first show home and it won gold in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year for Canterbury. Imagine the surprise and pride felt by Jarryd and Shannon Clark of Clark Brothers Construction.




“We were pretty confident we had designed and built a really attractive home with a high-calibre finish,” says Jarryd Clark. “But we still didn’t expect to win an award. So it was a very cool feeling to learn that we had achieved that milestone.”

The four-bedroom house in Rolleston is truly deserving of its success. Designed for Clark Brothers by their go-to architect, Luke Seaford of LMS Design, the cedar, schist and white plaster home has a great deal of eye-catching street presence. Inside is just as beautifully-crafted with the fine attention to the finishing details which is the hallmark of Clark Brothers Construction’s work.

“Our aim is always to strive for perfection,” says Jarryd.

A feature schist wall in the entrance way echoes the stone of the exterior pillars. The entrance opens through to a separate lounge complete with cathedral ceilings and over-height windows. A double-sided gas fire creates ambience in the living areas and natural light floods in through automated skylights in the high-stud ceilings.

The kitchen lacks for nothing any gourmet cook would dream of. Warm wood and black tones lend an air of sophistication and crisp white Corian benchtops, a walk-in pantry, a built-in breakfast bar and copious storage complete the picture.

Modern elegant styling continues throughout the home with black hardware and tapware, tiled showers and LED lighting in both bathrooms.


Additional features include custom cabinetry, a large Kwila deck and thoughtful, inviting landscaping.

Meticulously designed and with flawless execution, the home is the right blend of quality, functionality and styling.


The art of craftsmanship: Greenroom Carpentry

If quality craftsmanship is a passion for you, satisfy your heart’s desires with a conversation with Mike Thomas, Director of Greenroom Carpentry.



“We are a small company, totally focused on creating well-crafted projects at a great price,” says Mike.

“Build costs increase year on year, but lower overheads and realistic prices can still be achieved by using a smaller company like ours.”

You receive a personalised service, communicating with Mike from concepts to handover. While carpentry is in the name, as licensed certified builders, projects come in all sizes and types: architectural homes and baches, extensions, fitouts and space conversions, outdoor living and studio living, repairs and replacements.


If you are stuck for ideas, Mike and his team pride themselves on visualising creative ideas and thinking outside the box.

“Don’t just build another standardised house that looks like your neighbours,” says Mike. “We also work in with a handful of experienced LBP designers and architects to get those ideas on paper, then transform those plans into reality.”

If building is in your future and craftsmanship is key, Mike Thomas and his team would love to hear from you.


End in sight for Te Pae

Construction of the $475 million Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is expected to be completed by the middle of next year – with events ready to be held in the second half of the year. The project was on track to be completed by October, before Covid-19 delays were felt.



Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive John Bridgman says an exact opening date and first event will be confirmed closer to the time.

“Covid-19 has had a major impact on our construction projects, we have a tight construction market and there is some uncertainty going forward, but we are acutely aware business events take time to plan and we want to provide our clients with as much clarity as we can as the end of year draws near,” he says.

“The venue operator, ASM Global, continues to work with the organisers of proposed 2021 events to try to tailor events to their needs, where appropriate, to achieve economic benefits for the city.

“Unsurprisingly, any further Covid-19-related disruptions may change this timeline, but I am optimistic that by this time next year we’ll see Te Pae Christchurch delegates wandering along the promenade to the city’s great restaurants.”

The anchor project is designed by Warren and Mahoney architects with Woods Bagot and with close consultation with Matapopore Charitable Trust.

In recent years, Christchurch has hosted just nine percent of the country’s conventions, but prior to 2011 it hosted 24 percent. Returning to this level could bring a potential economic boost of about $56 million, according to ChristchuchNZ.


The best of design

A grand manor restored beyond its former glory, a moveable community hub and modern beachside dwelling were the three Canterbury-based winners at the 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Awards recently.

The region was well represented across the seven national awards, hosted by Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) and judged by senior lecturers in architecture at AUT, Dr Kathy Waghorn and Dr Anthony Brand; senior architecture academic at Ara, Irene Boles, and Resene Colour Consultant Rebecca Long.

Michael John of AO Architecture won the Resene Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award for his work on Thornton Earl Manor in Cashmere; Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design won the Resene Commercial/Industrial Interiors Architectural Design Award for The Green Lab; and Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture received the Resene Colour in Design Award for his design, Taylors, in Sumner.

Thornton Earl Manor was constructed at the turn of the century by the England Brothers, a renowned architect and builder of early Christchurch.

Simon Larkin, Larkin Design


Simon Larkin, Larkin Design


Simon Larkin, Larkin Design

Judges called the work by Michael, “a very special project” as he re-restored the manor, which had just had renovations completed before the Canterbury earthquakes.

Now, the sprawling home complete with swimming pool and tennis court can be locked into four separate apartments.

The Green Lab is a moveable, multi-use space developed by F3 Design for a local not-for-profit organisation.

Mick Stephenson & Jordan Hampson


Mick Stephenson & Jordan Hampson
Mick Stephenson & Jordan Hampson

The space is the organisation’s flagship; a communal hub, workshop space, classroom, site office and meeting space all in one. Judges called the project, “small but perfectly formed”.

In Sumner, Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture received the Resene Colour in Design Award for his design, Taylors. Judges say the project is “excessive in style and concision” and has overcome topographical challenges to maximise views, sunlight and family living over its 75sqm footprint.


Stephen Entwisle


Stephen Entwisle


Stephen Entwisle