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In the market: Ray White


It’s a hot market right now – housing market that is. Experienced real estate consultant Marijke Sheppard of Ray White in Rangiora is an astute observer of trends in real estate and shares her advice for potential sellers.

 

 

“A key reason behind the current activity is supply and demand. There had been a noticeable decrease previously in the supply of property coming to the market. People are now more confident to list their properties because all they are hearing in the media is how good the market is.

“The Waimakariri region however is still short on supply. Pressure on demand here is due to New Zealanders returning home, people moving from outside the region, first home buyers and investors. All are attracted to the good quality, reasonably priced properties in the district as well to as the lifestyle.”

Marijke adds that the situation is not what we all predicted would happen after lockdown. She says although it feels like it is a seller’s market in Waimakariri at present, buyers and sellers should be aware the market could change rapidly, without a great deal of warning.

Marijke believes the method of sale is the most significant consideration for owners looking to sell in this type of market. “It would take a brave agent to be willing to price a property in the current market without testing what the market might pay.”

Having an agent you can trust is also an even greater priority.


 

Bright & vibrant in Rangiora: The Station


A curated selection of giftware, clothing and jewellery bring a fresh offering to Rangiora at The Station Café and Shop.

 

The former train station turned café and beautiful gift store is under the new ownership of Steve and Vivienne King who have lived in and loved the North Canterbury area for two years now.

Vivienne says the store was an opportunity to offer something a little different, with its stylish mix of refined-bohemian clothing, including much loved Australian label, Olga de Polga, as well as Down Lights candles, Linda Tahija jewellery and locally repurposed furniture.

“We wanted to provide a point of difference in Rangiora” she says. “I love vibrant colours, patterns and designs, which is evident in the clothing, homeware and giftware in our shop.”

With the season of giving well and truly on our doorstep, it’s an opportune time to head to 2 Blackett Street, Rangiora and browse the beautiful selection for yourself.

The gift shop of course compliments the café, which serves fresh Allpress coffee, an exciting breakfast and lunch menu along with a delicious deli cabinet food selection.

The Station is also available for functions, from birthday parties to work events, or to celebrate the end of 2020 or start of 2021.


 

Shoes and so much more: Rangiora Shoe Lines


When Rebecca Barker became proprietor of Rangiora Shoe Lines in June, she was thrilled to be taking on a respected business with a long and loyal clientele.

 

Rebecca Barker

 

The iconic shoe store is an independent business that’s been in the heart of Rangiora’s shopping precinct for over five decades, with previous owners Jill and Sandra retiring after 35 years.

Dedicated to sourcing the best in shoes from all over the world, every shoe is a carefully curated product – handpicked and tested for fit, style, quality, detail and, most crucially, comfort.

Belle Scarpe Rottino Sling Back

Shoe labels such as Alfie & Evie; Django & Juliette; Bresley; Minx; Hispanitas; Josef Seibel and Ziera, to name but a few, give customers immediate assurance their feet are in the best possible hands.

Colour trends this summer see shoes splashed in the brightest prints, while accessories, like Briarwood bags in chocolate and gunmetal, team beautifully with linens.

Platform sneakers are very in vogue (thanks to devotees like Trinny Woodall of What Not to Wear) and Rebecca says the platform sneakers from Minx have taken the concept of the casual shoe to a whole new level.

 

Top End Siobhan

Visit Rangiora Shoe Lines at 162 High Street Rangiora, online, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RangioraShoeLines or phone on (03) 313 8444.


 

Stepping out!


After 35 years of owning and operating Rangiora Shoelines, sisters Jill May and Sandra Blackadder have decided it is time to move on and begin a new chapter in their lives.

What started out as a passion for footwear and handbags, soon turned into a busy little business that has consistently kept on top of all the latest fashion trends and styles throughout the years.

Today, the shelves are lined with popular brands like regular bestsellers, Josef Seibel, Kacper and Minx and new autumn lines of stylish ankle boots, textured leathers and heel treatments of veneer, perspex and wood are flowing into the store daily.

The new owner has been confirmed as local resident, Rebecca Barker, who will continue operating Rangiora Shoelines with the same well known and loved brands.

Sandra and Jill would like to thank customers for their support and loyalty over the years.

“It’s been an amazing experience and journey,” Jill says.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them! It was a tough decision to leave but we’re stoked it’s remaining an independent store, and also in very capable hands.”

So it will be business as usual in this well respected and loved footwear store.

“We’re high heeling it out of here, but come in before we ‘shoe’ off to say your goodbyes,” Sandra and Jill laugh.


 

Summer in North Canterbury


The weather is heating up – and so is the events itinerary for North Canterbury! Here’s a few fun events you can look forward to from now until the end of the year.

 

 

 

Kaiapoi Community Garden Open Day
Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Sunday 10 November, 10am-1pm
Enjoy a slice of nature while listening to live music at the Kaiapoi Community Garden Open Day! A children’s corner featuring a mud kitchen, sand pit and garden bed will keep the littlies entertained while you have a bite to eat, check out the food demonstrations and browse the seedlings and preserves for sale.
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Women’s Adventure Film Tour
The Heritage Hanmer Springs, Saturday 16 November, 6:30pm-8:30pm
This fun evening of entertainment features a series of short films celebrating the extraordinary things women are doing in the name of nature.
www.musicandarts.co.nz/event/adventure-film-festival

Rangiora Christmas Celebration Night 2019
High Street, Rangiora, Friday 22 November, 5:30-9:30pm
With most retailers open til 9:30pm and a bunch of quality market stalls to browse, Christmas Celebration Night is your chance to get those Christmas gifts sorted! Have a family photo taken with Santa, be entertained by talented street performers and end the night with a fireworks display.
www.rangiorapromotions.co.nz

Ohoka Garden Tour & Fete
Ohoka School, Sunday 24 November, 10am-4pm
This biennial fundraising initiative is a wonderful day out featuring a self-guided tour of six stunning gardens, complemented by a beautiful country fete filled with local stallholders, food, raffles, entertainment – and the ever-popular Pimms tent.
www.ohokagardentour.co.nz

Mandeville Craft Festival
Mandeville Sports Club, Sunday 1 December, 10am-3pm
Relax in the summer sun and revel in an exciting array of top-quality arts and crafts stalls. Enjoy yummy eats, live music and free off-street parking.
www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

Amberley Christmas Festival
121 Carters Road Amberley, 5 December 2019, 4-8pm
Jot this one in your diary – Amberley is set to sparkle this Christmas with a festival featuring market stalls, carols, buskers, Christmas cookie workshops, and Kiwiana style Santa photos with a Kombi van!
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Wardrobe staples for Cup Week: Country Lane


Rangiora’s iconic women’s fashion store Country Lane has been showcasing New Zealand and international fashion labels for almost 30 years, bringing you timeless wardrobe staples alongside some of the latest trends.

 

 

If you’re off to the races this Cup and Show Week, or you’re heading to a wedding, you need to see the range of Moss & Spy, Closet London and Loobie’s Story pieces. These labels offer a mix of modern elegance and classic styles in beautiful quality fabrics.

Match these with an Olga Berg clutch, jewellery by Pilgrim and Four Corners, and footwear from Kathryn Wilson, all of which you can find in store.

If for you Show Week is about relaxation, barbecues and catching up with friends, the store a great selection of New London and Zhrill denim that you can match with an Elk top or Elm tee, and finish your look with a Superga sneaker or an Emporio slide for effortless comfort and style.

To guide you, Country Lane has passionate and experienced staff who share the vision for premium customer service in a no-pressure environment. They’ll help you find something that not only looks fabulous, but will make you feel amazing too! After all, their motto is; “life is too short to wear boring clothes”.

Located centrally in the heart of Rangiora at 140 High Street, Country Lane is the perfect shop to relax and try on items at your own pace. Also, head online and keep up-to-date with the range of new styles at www.countrylanefashions.co.nz.

 

 


 

A passion for real estate: Ray White Rangiora


Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.

 

 

Now a team of three, Marijke Sheppard and PA Nicola Stokes have welcomed Amy Sheppard to the team. Amy joins Marijke as a salesperson for Ray White Rangiora after six years as a website designer and developer, bringing with her a degree in Visual Communication, which Marijke says is ideal in this ever-changing world.

Although new to the industry, Amy has a serious passion for the North Canterbury area and her strong work ethic, coupled with her social media and marketing skills, make her a valuable member of this dynamic real estate team, adding another dimension to the group.

The team endeavours to provide the very best service they can. With Marijke’s experience, the team’s attention to detail, plus the diverse collective skillset they offer, this team provides a professional 10/10 experience for all clients, from the very first point of contact to the final sign off.

“It is important that we, as sales professionals, are knowledgeable, up to date, well-informed and can be trusted to communicate effectively to our clients,” Marijke says. “Our goal is to ensure that all of our clients get the very best,” she adds.

For more information, phone Marijke (pronounced Ma-rye-ka) for a chat on 027 461 6127, email marijke.sheppard@raywhite.com or visit raywhitemorrisandco.co.nz

Morris and Co Real Estate Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008).

 


 

 

Bringing the ritz to Rangiora: Ivory Bar


It is quite simply a gorgeous space redolent of 1920s New York, with its art deco wallpapers, stunning copper ceilings and chandeliers. This is the Ivory Bar in the heart of Rangiora, a reincarnation of one of Canterbury’s few surviving heritage buildings – the former Northern A&P Society premises.

 

 

A national finalist for ‘Best New Business – Food & Beverage’ at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence, Ivory Bar is up against two other establishments, with the winner to be announced on 17 October. It’s not surprising, after all, everything you would expect from a great cocktail bar and restaurant is here.

The resident mixologist has an encyclopaedic knowledge of cocktails, as well as creating his own delicious concoctions. Happy Hour is 4pm-6pm every day while between 9pm-10pm during Ivory Hour, you’ll find cocktail and spirit specials.

On the menu there is something to suit all tastes from tapas and shared platters to burgers and chips, blueberry cured salmon or the signature Ivory Chicken with its secret herbs and spices.

Friday evenings feature talented local musicians; monthly on a Sunday afternoon is the time for jazz. Coming up on 31 August, James Daniels and Sue White from The Breeze will host a retro 80s Neon Night; a fantastic opportunity for a party and to dance “like no-one’s watching”.

The combination of glitz and glamour with a casual modern vibe gives Ivory Bar universal appeal. It’s a wonderful asset for Rangiora and a tribute to the vision of its owners and managers, the Beulink family.

 


 

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 co-owner, Karl Horwarth have been on.

 

 

To say Fools of Desire is unique is an understatement. Innovative, fun, eclectic, diverse, exciting – these are a few words that come to mind while sipping a ‘Bullet Proof Coffee’ – a double shot espresso blended with Karikaas butter and coconut oil.

Locally sourced, organic and healthy ingredients, produce and baked goods all flow from the core values that are deeply important to Elisa. Connection and sustainability underpin everything she does and provides. “Connection with guests, with the community is really important to me,” she says. “We focus on our local suppliers, so we get as much as we can of organic coffee, tea and produce, so that it is aligned with being light on the planet.”

That’s been the Fools of Desire philosophy for the three years it’s been open. Utilising solar energy, aiming to be zero waste by using recyclable and compostable materials, sourcing local beers and ciders, driving the ‘plastic straw-free Rangiora’ movement and housing a thriving bee hive – and using the honey in some dishes – inside the café are just some of the things Elisa and the team are doing to aid the environment.

Another level of sustainability is the consideration of alternative protein sources – good for humans and good for the planet. Hence, in addition to the vast array of vegetarian, vegan, keto, and traditional offerings on the menu, you will find locusts. They’re not compulsory, of course, but they are available for those who want to test their boundaries. “We really want to start a conversation with people about sustainable protein,” Elisa says.

It’s a global conversation. The UN says there are more than 1900 edible insect species on the planet. Locusts and ants are favourites. According to National Geographic, “stinkbugs add an apple flavour to sauces and are a valuable source of iodine.”

“We have some huhu grubs in the freezer,” Elisa says with a grin.

Will they and more insects end up on the menu?

“You never know. Maybe. Probably.”

 


 

Bellissima!: Molto Bella


The atmosphere in clothing boutique Molto Bella is so redolent of all things Italian, from the friendly welcome of three darling dogs to the gentle trickle of fountain water and the large Romantic period etchings adorning the walls, that you cannot help but be charmed by it all. And then there are the clothes….

 

 

There’s a workmanship to these clothes that’s rarely seen and being made from the most delicate of silks, finest of linens, and purest of wool and cottons, you know you are going to look sensational wearing them. Anette Drewery, owner of Molto Bella, is fastidious when it comes to sourcing quality garments that nobody else has.

The predominance of clothing is Italian, followed by French and a small but select representation of exceptionally gifted Australian and Kiwi designers. “Our clothes are simply elegant; they are timeless yet of tomorrow. When a woman wears them, she wears them effortlessly because beautiful fabrics make you feel beautiful,” Anette says.

It’s difficult to draw your gaze from the clothing, but the European leather-crafted handbags shouldn’t be ignored, nor should you bypass the finest napery from Lithuania, or the witty Belgian tapestry cushions featuring character pooches and other animals.

For décor inspiration, European lifestyle magazine, Jeanne d’Arc Living, will enthral you, and yes, those delightful Parisienne ink scrolls on the wall are all for sale! With the online store launching in July, life is indeed bellissima at Molto Bella!

Visit 199 High Street, Rangiora, phone 03 313 1366 or visit www.moltobella.nz.