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Sporting innovation: Apollo Projects

Selwyn is one of New Zealand’s fastest–growing districts and its forward- thinking council aims to meet both the current and future needs of the rising population. The soon-to-be-opened Selwyn Sports Centre at Foster Park in Rolleston is a prime example of Selwyn District Council’s innovative improvement plan.



Overseeing the construction of this eight court facility has been Apollo Projects – a leading New Zealand commercial design and build company. “This has been a really cool project for us,” says Iain Ansell, Apollo’s Business Development Manager.

“We have considerable sports and recreation expertise in-house and we secured the project contract through a design competition working in collaboration with Warren and Mahoney. We are really passionate about sport and are up with the play on leading –edge developments in the field.”

Two such developments incorporated into the sports centre are a 240m indoor walking/running track on the mezzanine level and an interactive games wall.

“This building is a real game changer for New Zealand sport. It shows just how much can be achieved when putting the emphasis on functionality. We have provided a solution to the council’s requirements, not simply a building.”

Part of the new sports centre has been named after former New Zealand cricketer and administrator, John Reid, who has strong links to the Selwyn District.

“John Reid advocated to the Selwyn Council for a sport and recreation centre and we feel proud to have been able to deliver a facility that will serve the community for many years to come.”

Contact Apollo on (03) 358 9185 or via the website.


From the land: Selwyn District Council

Selwyn is only 10 minutes from central Christchurch and a gateway to wild scenery, producers of food lovingly made from the land, and is steeped in Canterbury’s agricultural history.



Bordered by the stunning braided rivers of Waimakariri and Rakaia, the waterways provides fertile ground for farmers and adventurers alike.

Exhilarating jet boat rides are available on either of the rivers, passing through breath-taking gorges along glacial waters. Both rivers are favourite trout and salmon fishing destinations.

Stunning walkways and tramping spots are plentiful along the banks and around the lakes. Kura Tāwhiti (Castle Hill) and Cave Stream are great family destinations, some will recognise the scenery from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Lincoln, Tai Tapu, West Melton and Rolleston have weekly markets showcasing local produce and crafts. While visiting, pop into the art galleries at Lakeside and the Liffey in Lincoln.


• Country experiences – farm tours and farm stays
• Touring routes – The Great Alpine Highway and Inland Scenic Route • Unique food producers and farmgate sales • Country lodges • Fishing
• Hiking, biking and camping



• Meet Us in the Country: October to November, highlighting country experiences and showcasing Selwyn in spring.
• Hororata Highland Games: November 7
• Kirwee/Courtney Show: November 21
• Cedar Park Gardens Open Day: October 24


Meet the Principal: Selwyn House School

Dr. Lyn Bird – Principal

At Selwyn House School, the critical skills of creativity, self-regulation, empathy, adaptability, innovation and collaboration are infused throughout the Selwyn House curriculum, culminating in a unique senior leadership programme that prepares all students for their future lives. Our students develop deep discipline knowledge across subjects and then use their ability to collaborate and innovate to solve complex real-world problems. Employers across the world have emphasised the need for today’s young people to possess both deep knowledge and critical human skills, a combination that is commonly termed ‘T-shaped’ professionals – Selwyn House is developing young ‘T-shaped’ students. Their ability to utilise their ‘T-Shaped’ attributes and deep knowledge results in powerful thinking and problem-solving – skills and attributes that are in high demand today and in the future workforce.



Selwyn House School is a leading girls’ school for Years 1-8, with an onsite Boarding House and co-ed Pre-School.

It features modern facilities, outstanding resources, and a rigorous future-focussed curriculum implemented by highly qualified, expert teachers.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which focusses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing intellectual, social, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs.

Their students achieve excellent results in their core subjects and internationally perform significantly higher than the international student cohort.

They consistently achieve at local, national and international competitions, with 73 recipients of national and international awards between 2017 and 2019.

As well as being able to explore their passions in specialist subjects including Science, Mechatronics, Spanish, Music, Visual and Performing Arts, and Physical Education, students undertake future and community problem solving tasks and leadership initiatives.

Selwyn House School has a proud tradition of offering an innovative education that continually adapts to meet future challenges.

The strong ‘STEAM’ programme at Selwyn House School uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Their STEAM Hub provides every student from Year 1 to 8 access to state-of-the-art equipment including 3D printers, a kiln, a laser cutter, sewing machines and Virtual Reality headsets.

Mechatronics, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are Selwyn House subjects that ensure students are equipped with 21st century skill sets and fully prepared to lead in a future that is heavy in technology.

The school provides exceptional educational opportunities for girls, in a stimulating and nurturing environment.

Their focus is on developing globally minded learners and leaders who will become confident and capable young women.


Wigram Health

Patient-centered care: Wigram Health

Compassionate care for all those who walk through the door is the cornerstone value at Wigram Health, soon to open a practice in Vernon Drive, Lincoln.

Wigram Health

“We are very serious about our patients receiving the best treatment possible,” Dr John Ko says on behalf of Wigram Health’s large, multi-disciplinary medical team.
The idea of true caring might sound old-fashioned, but nothing could be further from the truth. Wigram Health – both in Skyhawk Road and soon at the new, Lincoln practice which opens in spring – has embraced every advantage that cutting-edge medicine and its attendant technology can bestow.
However, on walking through the doors of Wigram Health in Skyhawk Road, a person could forget they were at the doctor’s. There’s plush, vibrant interior design and a dispenser of hot chocolate and other drinks in reception. It’s not a white-paint-and-steel clinical vibe; rather a personable, enveloping one.

John explains that the way forward for medicine allows people more control. It’s information-sharing rather than paternalism; not like old school general practice where the doctor is God and patients should prepare to wait an eternity before appointments.
“We understand people are busy; also that when they really need a medical investigation, time is of the essence. That’s why we see acute illness and injury patients on the same day if they call or book online before noon.”

And because the surgery is open for extended hours of 8am to 8pm, and also for reduced hours on Saturday, getting timely medical help is what routinely happens here.
“Optimal medical service is always available,” John says, and he believes this service-oriented approach to general practice underpins Wigram Health’s unprecedented success.
Having just celebrated the practice’s two-year anniversary, staff can look back at exponential growth, 7000 enrolled patients, and a continuing enrolment rate of 200 people per month.


Top patient care in Selwyn

The Lincoln practice still in its final construction phase looks likely to begin a parallel patient enrolment-rate, mirroring that at Wigram Skies.
John says the same culture of customer-service focus will be engendered in the new facility, which has been designed very carefully for all age-groups with this in mind.
“There’s a really neat, funky children’s play area, with seating in the wall and well-maintained toys, which will appeal to the young families in Lincoln. In fact around 20 percent of the Selwyn district’s population are 17 years or under,” John adds.
Patients enrolled in one of the Wigram Health practices will be able to attend the other, with no extra charge or paperwork required.

Art Couture NZ

Crazy, creative couture: Art Couture NZ is set to bring back last year’s wildly successful wearable art show to a new Lincoln location

A fabulous excuse for crazy, wild creativity in a wearable form is once again being offered to all New Zealanders.

Art Couture NZ

Following last year’s Canterbury-based wearable arts show at a Tai Tapu vineyard, Art Couture NZ’s planning for this year’s event is a happening thing. Scheduled for 13 October, new entrants are still welcome to enter until 4 August, according to founder Kim Strange.
Kim and three key organisers have chosen the Lincoln Events Centre for 2018’s larger, yet still intimate show. “We’ve received nationwide entries including many from Canterbury,” Kim says.
She lists off a raft of entry categories. It’s obvious all ages and design incarnations are accommodated, with more than $2500 available in prizes. “We think this year’s event will take the whole artistic venture to the next level,” Kim says.
The motivation for the arty event is about creativity, participation, inclusivity and fun. One category attracting a good number of entrants involves receiving a ‘Sow’s Ear’ bag of fabrics and assorted materials.
Kim says that people can, but don’t have to model their own creations. Often family members and friends become the designer’s models. Alternatively, designers can choose to have a model provided.
A range of tickets are available; some include North Canterbury wine labeled ‘27 Seconds,’ which donates profits to help stem the third world problem of human slavery. “It’s a way for us to support a great cause that touches all hearts,” Kim says.
Visit and Facebook for details.


Rolleston’s funky new space: Industria branches out

Industria now has its name in bright lights at burgeoning Rolleston Square.


The design and gift store specialist with a spacious funky fitout opened a second location last month – the ultimate for practical, well-made and quirky designer items and furniture. Serving the Selwyn region, owner Janine Reese, along with Bronwyn and Mel, are proud Rolleston locals who know just what customers want.
“More people care about buying sustainable and ethical than ever before,” Janine says. “LilyBee reusable, beeswax-lined food wraps, made in Hawkes Bay, come in incredible designs. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks.”
There’s stainless steel straws, Joco glass reusable cups and S’well bottles for hot or cold drinks on the go.
Most items are New Zealand made or designed – from jewellery ranges such as JHD Designs to amazing artwork from New Zealand artists and affordable gifts.
A click and collect option on to pick up from Rolleston Square or The Colombo in Sydenham, makes life even easier.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The perfect way to start your day: Lincoln’s The Famous Grouse Hotel

For residents of Lincoln, the Famous Grouse Hotel needs no introduction. Standing proudly at 2 Gerald Street Lincoln, it has been the epicentre of culinary eats, thirst-quenching beverages and great local tales for many a moon.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The building itself has had many names since completion way back in 1868 however, since 2010, the Famous Grouse Hotel has instilled a sense of unparalleled loyalty from its patrons. The hotel offers accommodation, a main bar, garden bar and separate restaurant, serving up a fabulous gastro pub style hearty breakfast, a mere 20 minutes from the centre of town.
Talking of the breakfast menu, dishes like the Sweet Corn and Feta Fritters or the aptly named Breakfast Burger, provide the perfect way to start your day. Plus those with bigger appetites should give the hearty Farmers Breakfast a go. Containing two sausages, grilled tomato, batard, mushrooms, bacon, baked beans, hashbrowns and two free range eggs cooked to your liking, you can’t get more Kiwi than that.
The hotel itself is the perfect place to stay. Whether an overnighter or for weeks on end, the nine modern rooms are available for bookings, along with hire of the conference room and facilities.
So, whether you intend to stay, eat, drink or soak up the history of a venue that looks to the past but embraces the future, the Famous Grouse Hotel has all this and more. For more information or to make a booking, visit or call
03-325 2408.

Two Fat Possums

Your West Melton local: for pure pleasure and delight head in for a wood fired pizza at Two Fat Possums

Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.

Two Fat Possums

With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit or phone 03-421 6481.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: The Gift Box of Lincoln is full of warm and fluffy things to brighten up your winter wardrobe

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: looking forward to colder weather with help from The Gift Box of Lincoln

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.