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A decade to remember

Next week, a national remembrance service and free community concert will mark a decade since the devastating February 22 earthquake which changed Canterbury forever.



The national memorial service will be held at Oi Manawa – The Canterbury National Earthquake Memorial from 12.30pm on Monday, February 22.

On Sunday February 28 there will be a free concert – Ōtautahi Together – on the Archery Lawn of the Botanic Gardens.

The concert, which will conclude the commemorations, will feature Bic Runga and other Christchurch performers.

Both events will be live streamed so those people around the world who are unable to attend, can still take part, says Christchurch City Council Civic and International Relations Manager Matt Nichols.

“We want people, no matter where they are in the world, to feel part of the commemorations,” he says.

“We are mindful that the Covid-19 pandemic means that many people who would normally travel to Christchurch for the 10th anniversary of the earthquake will be unable to do so.

“They will, however, be able to join us from afar through the live-streaming of the two big events that are being organised for this significant anniversary.”

The Council has worked closely with the Quake Families Trust on the programme for the service, which will acknowledge those who died, the bereaved, the severely injured, the traumatised, and everyone who endured hardship or lost something of value to them.

The service will also honour those who helped in the immediate aftermath of the quake and in the city’s ongoing recovery.

On Sunday February 28 the family focused Ōtautahi Together, kicks off at 2pm until 4pm.

In acknowledgement of the 10th anniversary of the earthquake, prominent landmarks across Canterbury will be lit up white.

There will also be no cost for those wanting to visit Canterbury Museum’s special Quake City exhibition on the day of the quake anniversary.


Clean environments enrich productivity: Dirty Dozen Cleaning

We all know that a clean and tidy environment is essential to human well-being. Grime and clutter impede progress, while ordered surroundings not only please the eye, but help us to think and function so much better.

Dirty Dozen Cleaning Services is a locally owned and operated business.

Its reputation as being a leading cleaning service is evidenced by the loyal customer base it has built over the years.

This is a cleaning company that recognises there’s a vast variance in client needs and thereby tailors its cleaning services to the commercial, office and residential sectors.

Because it’s not a franchise, clients are assured of direct dealing with the company. All staff are security vetted and thoroughly trained to the highest professional standard.

For the bigger picture on the comprehensive range of services provided by this quality assured cleaning company, it’s recommended to visit the website (see below) to find which cleaning service best fits your requirements.

And yes, if you’re wondering about that famous film, owner Michael Munemo thought it the perfect name for the business he owns with wife Elshinah. Dirty Dozen Cleaning Services, it’s the name you just can’t forget.



Call Dirty Dozen Cleaning Services on (03) 3413103 or email via


Creative Catering

Family business Twentyfour Catering Co has a strong commitment to providing a personal experience for every client, ensuring the highest quality cuisine and service.



From catering for everything –from an intimate anniversary dinner to a corporate event or grand wedding of over 200 guests – no event, size or location is too challenging.

Owner/executive chef Chantelle Quinn works closely with clients to ensure their event features the tastiest fare, all with that trademark exemplary service she is well-known for.

While previously running a restaurant and coming ninth in the third season of MasterChef New Zealand, starting a catering company was a natural progression for Chantelle.

After being asked to cater for a wedding seven years ago, her services became so sought-after that she started focusing purely on catering, quickly building a loyal following of return clients.

“We meet with our clients and create a menu perfectly tailored to their event and unique preferences. We don’t just turn up and serve food, we ensure all bases are covered and every event runs smoothly.”

Using the freshest and best local produce, the company specialise in classic New Zealand fare.

Whether you’re after beautiful canapés or a three-course menu for your wedding, birthday lunch or corporate event, TwentyFour Catering can create a truly sublime feast bespoke to you, using locally sourced, natural ingredients.

Check out their sample menus at or phone Chantelle on 027 356 1212.