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Eliza’s is back on the scene: Eliza’s Manor

Following extensive renovations, Eliza’s Manor is back on the scene as one of Christchurch’s most intimate and historic wedding venues to choose for your big day.



Marking its 160-year anniversary, this iconic Manor at 82 Bealey Avenue radiates old-world charm and ambiance from the very moment you step through its doors.

Eight bedrooms are the perfect accompaniment for the bride and her entourage to relax and enjoy wedding day preparations before the ceremony, and for the bride and groom and guests, to retire to for the night. Staff are on hand to make it the most memorable day of your life.

Guests will enjoy silver service while dining on a delicately inspired French-styled menu or alternatively a cocktail party with canapés afterwards to take in the atmosphere at the bar.

If you are planning a wedding, book in a high tea or lunch and see what all the fuss is about.

Eliza’s Manor. Like always. Like never before.


It’s getting hot in here! The Court Theatre

A Christchurch institution for 50 years, The Court Theatre continues presenting world-class entertainment this May with the classic Kiwi comedy Ladies Night.



The story follows Barry and his friends, who are down on their luck after getting kicked out of a nightclub on a Saturday night. When they find out male strippers are performing at their local pub, living the good life, they decide they can do it too, with hilarious results.

What starts as a drunken joke, rapidly becomes a challenge they can’t back out of…an all-male strip show!

Featuring a stellar cast and with group discounts on drinks and tickets, get your party crowd together for a night out to this raucous home-grown treasure.

Running at The Court Theatre from May 1 to June 5 2021. Book your tickets via the website.


Going, going, sold! Mike Pero Real Estate Northcote

Experienced Mike Pero Real Estate agents Annette Pendergast and Sahab Hussain know a thing or two about selling property. They share five key elements which help to ensure the best outcome in a quality campaign and successful sale.



How much is my property worth?
“After viewing your home, a market appraisal using a comparison of properties of a similar age, size and presentation, and what they are selling for is provided.”

What documents do I need?
“Depending on the legal structure, we need to verify the identity of each owner. We source the title, LIM and council property documents for you, and need any EQC and insurance claim details, along with your current insurance policy. Building and testing reports may also be required.”

How do I prepare my property for sale?
“Presentation is key, however it may not mean capitalising on renovations. Based on expectations of buyers, banks and insurance companies, we can advise on preparation to ensure the smooth sale process. And we guide on presentation for photos and open homes to drive the best selling price.”

How long does it take to sell a home?
“Every property has a different campaign, and we provide a timeline for preparation, photography and presentation, open homes, offers, contracts and settlement date.”

How does the advertising work?
“Every property is considered uniquely and not just offered an off the shelf package. We discuss the ideal method of sale – auction, deadline, price by negotiation etc, to reach of your potential-buyers first home buyers to down-sizing retirees, families to investors or developers, and ensure invested advertising reaches the correct demographic.”


Never too old to play with toys: Christchurch Toy Hobby Fair

For Carville Stewart, toys are not just a hobby, but a way of life. “I am a certified toy collector,” he laughs. It’s this enthusiasm which led him to create the annual Christchurch Toy and Hobby Fair four years ago.



Supported by trades, collectors, hobbyists and modellers, items for sale include diecast model cars, trucks, tractors, buses, fire engines and aeroplanes, trains, film and TV related toys, teddy bears, dolls, books and much, much more.

“I created the toy and hobby fair as there was nothing like it in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes,” says Carville, who has also written a book on the definitive history of New Zealand made model cars.


“It’s a great opportunity for like-minded collectors to buy and sell to the public and to each other.”

The fair gives the public a great chance to see toys and models on display that will be of interest to all transport enthusiasts.


Sunday May 2
10am to 2pm at the Caledonian Society Hall, 5 Michelle Road, Wigram.

$5 per admission, with proceeds raised going to the Christchurch City Mission.



A model agent: Sally Pomeroy of Harcourts Grenadier

Sally Pomeroy of Harcourts Grenadier Ferrymead loves the ocean, a cold beer and fashion. She does a bit of modelling for New Zealand Brand Orlando and even sashayed on the catwalk at last year’s NZ Cup Week.



When it comes to her work, helping people achieve their dreams is a major reason why she does what she does. Sally knew from an early age what she wanted, and her first big dream was owning her own home.

“I got a job in our local dairy when I was 14 and started saving for my first house, which I purchased when I was 24. That was the beginning of my real estate journey, now it’s a passion which extends through to a love and appreciation of great architecture and design.”

The mark of her success is the repeat business and constant referrals she receives from past clients.

“Working alongside my clients to help them reach their goals is a privilege and a pleasure. Their trust in me has driven the very best results all round.”

In one call you’ll know she’s onboard with your dream right from the start. Call Sally Pomeroy at Harcourts Grenadier Ferrymead on (03) 384 7950, 022 074 079 or email


Delivering proven results: Karen Glassey

Karen has been demonstrating her skill and ability successfully selling property for several years now – and every single property that she has listed, has sold. Karen works hard for all of her clients, she recognises that buying or selling a home is one of the biggest investments and financial commitments we can make.

Karen (left) with a client


Karen makes the whole experience as smooth as possible, she listens and provides results, and is a genuinely warm and friendly person. With exceptional organisational and time management skills, she has an enthusiastic approach and can-do attitude.

Karen values honesty, trust and loyalty and thrives on working with people to help them achieve their dreams.

With the support of the team at Mike Pero Real Estate and the unique marketing packages available Karen is 110 percent committed to making your real estate experience a positive one whilst saving you thousands with a lower commission fee.

027 567 8605 | 0800 527 364 |


Romantic vintage styling: The Vintage Two

When Zoe Gallagher was planning her wedding in January, her sister Cushla Foster-Thorn lent a hand finding whimsical vintage décor. The teamwork sparked Cushla’s business and planning nous and Zoe’s creativity, and The Vintage Two was born.



Now, the West Coast-born, Christchurch-based duo team up with other local businesses, like West Coast Platters, to deliver immaculate, romantic weddings and events throughout Canterbury and beyond.

From retro school chairs, century-old church pews, Turkish and Boho rugs, vintage vases, milk cans, dried flowers, caneware, ottomans, through to the Goldie Suite, arches and 1.2-metre-high Love lights, The Vintage Two can do it all.

Cushla and Zoe look forward to creating your nostalgic dream vision for your dream day. Check out @thevintagetwo on Instagram or Facebook, or contact Cushla to enquire about styling your wedding or event.

@thevintagetwo | 027 5399 768


Never-ending holiday at your place: Lagoon Pools

What is the recipe for a constant holiday in your backyard? Just add water! Julie Hastings, Director of Lagoon Pools, is finding Cantabrians are following the method with great enthusiasm.



“We are very busy with forward bookings so if people are wanting a swimming pool ready for enjoying this summer, then they need to be talking to us now,” she says.

Lagoon Pools are the local Leisure Pools dealer and are proud to offer a superior fibreglass pool with both structural and osmosis lifetime warranties. The pools come in lengths from m to 12m, as well as the 2.9m plunge pool.

“We can fit a pool in any space, and we love to help create that special area and work in well with all involved,” says Julie. “We have installed many pools for people who are desperately missing their Mediterranean holidays.”

There is a range of accessories to choose from, with the hidden rollers which slide the pool cover under the deck particularly popular.

“Fountains and swim jets are also popular; with the touch of a button, you get a turbine effect you can swim against – so you can have a workout on your holiday in your backyard!”

Find your backyard holiday at the website.


Beautiful & boutique: The Vicarage Boutique

The Vicarage has been lovingly renovated and finished with modern comforts by owners Michael and Brigitte Barker – yes, of the condiment dynasty – while retaining its grand historic character.



The Barkers have created a very polished offering, with six deluxe super king bedrooms with ensuites, which can be reconfigured to sleep up to 12 in separate beds.

With two sitting rooms, The Vicarage makes the perfect location for bridal parties or guests to prepare for the big day, or to relax and unwind afterwards.

With a stunning staircase, grand entrance hall, stained glass windows, wood panelling, and close proximity to beautiful Rhododendron gardens and mature trees along the Waihi Riverside Walk, onsite photo opportunities are aplenty.

It is also adjacent to Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery where delicious pre- and post-wedding refreshments can be enjoyed.


In good Gracefield: Jim the Builder

We are accustomed to seeing the perfection of the hill and architectural builds for which award-winning construction company Jim The Builder is renowned. A lesser-known string to their bow, however, is their expertise in earthquake repairs to existing homes.



A picturesque and historic bungalow in the central city was lucky enough to come to the attention of the team at Jim The Builder.

“It was a failed repair which needed to be redone, right from foundation reparation and relevelling through to the finishing character details. We needed to retain as much of the original structure as possible, such as the skirtings and architraves,” says director Jim Stenberg.

Having lived there since the early 1980s, the home owners had no intention of moving on from their cherished home, either before or after the repairs were completed, and were keen to ensure the home retained its authenticity.

“The most challenging part of any earthquake repair is the up-front paper work and agreeing on a scope of works with the insurer. After that, the building work is comparatively easy,” says Jim.

“We have a very strong compliance team working with us including quantity surveyors and project managers as well as lawyers, to ensure correct interpretation of the client’s insurance policy.”

Of course, building regulations have become more rigorous over time, and it is important that the clients receive a settlement including cover for those costs. Jim The Builder ensure that claims are settled in a non-adversarial way.

“We are working completely for the client’s interests and a big part of the job is understanding that clients have been on an emotional roller coaster for ten years,” says Jim.

“We keep that in the forefront of our minds on every project – that there has been pressure in clients’ lives and in their relationships. Only those that have gone through this process in Canterbury, as our team have, can really understand that.”