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A glimpse into Hornby’s future

The concept designs for Hornby’s new $37.5 million community centre have been unveiled and show the multi-use facility will include a library, a number of pools and a spa.



The designs show a lane pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’ wet play area, spa pool and a customer service area, as well as the modern library.

The centre also includes an espresso bar, a creative activities room, and multi-purpose rooms available for meetings and study.

The architectural renders show multiple indoor and outdoor areas, including a lush garden courtyard and sleek decking complete with bean bags.

Christchurch City Council Recreation, Sports and Events Head Nigel Cox says the designs strongly reflect the community’s views, and that the concept design has been informed by discussions with community groups, including the adjacent schools and accessibility groups.


“With all our new facilities, we focus on strengthening the local community,” he says.

“The Hornby community’s input has been integral to this project, from the look of the centre to the exact site and the many opportunities on offer.

“It is very exciting to see the centre take shape, and this first glimpse will drive even greater interest.”

Following Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board and Christchurch City Council approval of the concept designs, the detailed design will be developed, and the project will go out to tender for a building contractor early in 2021.

Construction is due to start by mid-2021, with the centre set to open in late 2022.



The ovens are on!

JoAnne Fryer and the fabulous team at Gorgeous Food are thrilled the business is up and running again from its premises at 66-68 Springs Road, Hornby.


The bakery began in 2005 and, in those 15 years, it has built a large and loyal client base by staying true to its vision of providing delicious, traditional home-baked fare of the very best ingredients, baked in small quantities.

The cold cabinet of filled bagels, paninis and sandwiches, fabulous salads and vegetarian options ensures there’s something for everyone, while hot cabinet savouries and gourmet pies make for heart-warming food as days grow colder. If it’s something sweet you’re after, a delicious slice with locally roasted Vivace Espresso can’t be beaten.

With a current focus on keeping things as simple as possible, the bakery’s family pies are perfect for stocking up the freezer.

“They’re nice and easy – add some veges on the side and you’ve got a tasty and very filling dinner for the family,” JoAnne says.

So, if you’ve been longing for some of the best food in town – the mouth-watering quiches, the oh-so-savoury sausage rolls, the totally satisfying muffins and scones, and Gorgeous Food’s renowned yummy-scrummy Nana’s Fudge and Caramel Slice – your longing days are over.

The ovens are on, the sign is out and the team are waiting.

Open Monday to Friday, 6am-1:30pm and Saturday, 7am-1:30pm. Orders by phone only, 03 344 6043, 03 344 6044, or text 027 344 6045. Contactless payment at bakery Eftpos terminal. No cash transactions.


Those hearing aids are sexy!

The team at Hear Again has been collectively solving hearing problems for over 50 years and thought they had seen and heard everything when it comes to hearing loss and hearing aids – until today! When being shown the very latest rechargeable, made-for-iPhone hearing aids, one of their longstanding clients exclaimed, “Man, those hearing aids are sexy!” This created a great laugh in the clinic: something which happens on a regular basis at Hear Again.


“Many people are really concerned about having their hearing tested and the thought of having to wear hearing aids,” explains Managing Director and NZAS Audiometrist Steve Foster. Because of this, the team at Hear Again are passionate about making the process a fun and enjoyable experience for you. “We hear too many complaints from people about feeling they have been treated as a number, rather than a person,” says Steve. “Never seeing the same person twice and feeling you are being rushed through a process which is an emotional thing for you is not comfortable.”
Director and General Manager Samantha Foster encourages anyone with hearing problems to not delay and have this checked. “A hearing check is free and takes only a few minutes to complete. We even open on a Saturday if you work during the week,” says Samantha.
“We have over 7000 very happy clients who have trusted us with their hearing care and regularly recommend us to their friends and family. We are incredibly grateful for the trust they have placed in us and do everything we can to ensure their ongoing hearing care is a pleasurable experience.”
And the new hearing aids really are sexy! With the ability to stream sound directly from your smartphone or a transmitter plugged into your TV, they become an almost invisible extension to your connected life; all for a great price, starting at only $495 assuming you are eligible for a government subsidy for hearing aids. You may even be entitled to hearing aids at no cost at all, depending on your work history, exposure to industrial noise or military service!
So, don’t delay: contact the friendly, fun and professional team at Hear Again at The Hub Hornby, and get your sexy on!