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It’s a wonderful life: Elmswood Retirement Village

It’s been a well anticipated start to 2021 for residents of Elmswood Retirement Village as the newly refurbished Avon wing reopens and is now ready for occupation. Twelve serviced units have been given a fresh, high-spec makeover.



These spacious units have been designed with luxury living and entertaining in mind. Elegant furnishings blend beautifully with original features to set the tone, giving each room that extra touch of warm, welcoming ambience.

A big bonus in these serviced units is that they’re all built on ground level amongst well-established gardens and mature trees, giving residents that important indoor-outdoor flow between apartment and private patio; something we kiwis take as our fundamental right, irrespective of age!

Another benefit of these serviced units is in the care package, which allows residents freedom from the dreary chores of cooking or cleaning for themselves. Hallelujah!

A cosy social hub has been incorporated into the design of the newly refurbished wing, for residents to meet up with friends or family, relax with a magazine, or just sit and watch the village comings and goings in absolute comfort.

While large retirement villages have much to recommend, there’s a lot to be said for the smaller sized villages, like Elmswood. Smaller villages mean it’s easier to meet people and form friendships. A popular meeting place is the newly established picking garden where you can pick your own flowers.

The beauty of Elmswood Retirement Village is that it feels like a community. Just to give and receive a smile from a familiar face in passing, makes life wonderful; that’s the true community spirit.

To find out more about independent living, the Avon wing serviced units and continuum of care, phone Donna Monk on (03) 351 0974 or 021 241 9979.

Check out the virtual tour at the website below.


The Great Gatsby Party 2020

Pull out your headbands and dust off your flapper dress because the exclusive Great Gatsby Party is back and better than ever. Whether you’re a glamour goddess like Daisy Buchanan, a people watcher like Nick Carraway or even if you just thrive off parties like Jay Gatsby, live out your Great Gatsby fantasy at Kong Bar Christchurch.



This popular 1920’s inspired event was a hit with esteemed guests last year, getting nothing but rave reviews.

But why listen to reviews when you can experience it first-hand?

Is there really a better way to spend your Saturdays than with flaming cocktails, glamourous guests and dancing the night away to the sound of toe-tapping tunes?

Dress to impress and be the envy of all your friends in your Gatsby get-up – gather your friends, pop the champagne, and enjoy delicious food and a fabulous night like no other!

Date: Saturday 22 February
Location: Kong Bar
Time: 5pm till late

Limited tickets are available. For more information, contact Anna on 03 281 8999 or email

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What’s happening North Canterbury?


Waitangi Day in the Waimakariri
Make a beeline to Rangiora for a full day of affordable fun with the family, which promises action aplenty this Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February.

All things inflatable in a kaleidoscope of colour will be bouncing about at Victoria Park in Percival Street, Rangiora, on 6 February.

Jump for joy among the obstacle courses, paddle boats, water walkers, bouncy houses and castles, carnival games, cliff jumps, slides, mini golf and more.

Refreshments after all that action will be on-hand at Food Truck Alley and Mr Whippy – and some special guests will surprise the crowd.

Tickets are $15 per child for a wristband which will give access to all the crazy, amazing activities for up to five hours.

Adults will only have to pay if they join in and play! Presented by Fun HQ and friends.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or phone 021 191 0103 for information.

Interislander Summer Festival Rangiora Harness Races
This Waitangi Day it’s Rangiora’s turn to saddle up for race day.

It is tipped to be a relaxed family day out at Rangiora Raceway in Lehmans Road, starting at 10:00am.

The setting is an unsurpassed casual country atmosphere, with fantastic live music and fun entertainment for the kids, in between the nail-biting racing action.

Feast from the food stalls or unwind in the sunshine with a picnic on the lawn.

To book a range of packages for groups and other options visit for more information.

Outstanding Oxford
Celebrate the new decade in the charming town of Oxford with its word-class backdrop of the Southern Alps.

Only 40 minutes from Christchurch – it’s a relaxing summer’s day drive to a special spot of North Canterbury countryside.

With its museum, divine cafés and unique boutique shops, Oxford just gets more enchanting by the year – and staying overnight is even quite tempting.

Oxford Farmers’ Market
The Oxford Farmers’ Market is a country farmers’ market where the stallholder is very likely to be the grower and producer.

Main Street in Oxford, from 9am to 12 noon, transforms with the sights, tastes, textures and smells of artisan and locally grown produce.

There is an appetising range of meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, flowers, preserves and sauces more than 15 stalls.

Don’t forget to grab brunch and a coffee while you’re there! The market is burgeoning, so the increasing diversity of local artisan craftspeople makes it a must to discover, while supporting local businesses.

Visit the Oxford Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings, all year round, come rain, hail or shine.

Arts in Oxford
Catch the last few days of Oxford Art Gallery’s biggest exhibition, running until Saturday 26 January. Over 20 artists’ work are showcased, with local artist Amy Hoedemaker among the talent.

The gift shop is full of original handcrafted artwork such as pottery, jewellery, cards and books.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 2pm and Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Phone 03 312 1639 or email