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Beautiful timber furniture: Gavin Cox Furniture

Bespoke signature pieces make a house a home and, in that arena, Cantabrians are lucky to have ready access to a nationally renowned furniture craftsman, right here in Sydenham.




From a new showroom at 19 Elgin Street, Gavin Cox Furniture produces beautifully crafted furniture fit for the best homes.

If it can be created from solid timber, then owner Tim Cridge and his team can make it for you.

The company has been producing high grade furniture for more than 37 years, with Tim – a former long-serving employee – taking it over in 2005.

“Along with a fantastic range in traditional and contemporary designs, we can also help you with any custom-made furniture requirements,” he says.

“Email or call me and I can turn your ideas and requirements into reality.

All our furniture tends to be signature pieces in the home, with a demand for feature dining table and chairs, console tables, sideboards and entertainment units.

From bookcases to buffets, chairs to coffee tables, dining tables and chairs to entertainment units, hall tables to hutch dressers and now beautiful stairs too. If you want it, we can create it.”



A finger on the pulse: Life savings skills made fun and enjoyable

A first aid course that’s fun, unique and engaging, means those life-saving skills remain top of mind. TriEx has its finger on the pulse, offering unrivalled training.


The nationwide occupational health, safety and wellness solutions company of 30 years, tailor-makes flexible group classes for companies, including industry or workplace requirements. It also operates popular day-long public courses from the Sydenham premises, for individuals or groups in class sizes of up to 16.
“We get lots of feedback from people saying they were blown away – it’s not dull or boring as they were expecting,” Health and First Aid Manager Craig McGuigan says.
Chest compressions timed to the beat of Queen’s song ‘Another one bites the dust’ and the latest equipment, such as mannequins which light up, make for a memorable learning experience.
“Our engaging trainers teach the latest best practice. We have a former paramedic, a first responder, and a New York fire fighter, all with teaching excellence under their belts, sharing personal stories. They go beyond just compliance.”
Craig says realistically everyone should be trained. “Although most companies are required to have first aid representatives, they are not always on site and might even be the person injured. First aid skills are invaluable outside of the workplace too.”
A six-hour refresher course offers the chance to learn variety and new protocols, even if someone initially trained with another provider. “As a local and privately-owned company, we can respond to changes very quickly.”
Four-hour psychological first aid courses are also taught, for mental health wellbeing in the workplace – providing the tools to recognise and talk about it.

Total Food Equipment

The craft of cookware: local culinary experts Total Food Equipment share their passions

The season for hygge is well and truly here and, if you’re a foodie, or just someone who likes to get cosy with the family and a bowl of homemade soup, then a visit Total Food Equipment is a must-do before you hunker down.

Total Food Equipment

The store is a gorgeous trove of all things cooking and baking. From oyster forks to cinnamon oyster tins, whatever is on your wish list, you will find it here and more besides. The baking section alone is extensive – a home baker’s heaven of tins and moulds to dream of, including friand, mini madeleines and, of the moment, donut tins.
A range of cast iron cookware made in France by Staub comes in red, orange, black, grey, and blue. It’s a lifetime gift to yourself or a friend and its strength and beauty goes from stove to table. You can braise, roast, cook, stew or fry with the range, in-oven or on the stove top with the frying pans, rib grills and mussel pots. The cocottes are round and oval, and the divine pumpkin and tomato shaped casseroles will redefine your batterie de cuisine goals forever.
Are you picturing a warm candlelit scene, the table alive with family and friends, good conversation and wine set off with a tasty display of tapas and sharing plates? At Total Food Equipment, the ranges available mean you’ll find a set to match your flair and flavours.

Total Food EquipmentThere is the versatile and ever-stylish cast iron option: small dishes in different sizes and in round and oval. Or bring colourful artisan élan to your table with the Regas range, made in Spain since 1821 from high quality fire proof terracotta clay. The cazuela is one of the oldest cooking vessels, used since pre-Roman times and still in use today in every Spanish kitchen.
It is used as a frying pan over direct heat on the hob, an open fire or barbeque. It is also oven-proof and makes a great baker and roasting dish for sweet or savoury. The organic nature of terracotta adds flavour to the food and the dishes go from oven to table. Choose from round, oval, rectangle, bowls and handled bowls, there is a choice of exterior colours too.
If the lashing rain and wind outside means mulled wine to you, take yours to the next level with The Herb and Spice Mill sachets of all-natural ingredients. The range of food safe presentation dishes of all types is huge at Total Food Equipment, so make it your first stop for themed parties or catering this winter too. Total Food Equipment is at 218 Moorhouse Avenue, with parking outside the door.


Scrumptious selections: two best mates opened an awesome mobile cafe called “Banter” in Sydenham

Banter, a busy mobile Sydenham based café that’s got the recipe perfect, is run solely by two talented best mates.


Jasmine Mears and Emma Croxson have been friends for five years and have always dreamed of merging their chef and organic horticulture backgrounds to open a business together.
By 6am the cabinet is crammed full with scrumptious food including vegan and gluten free options and they use organic, local and seasonal where possible.
As well as the ready to go toasties, bagels and salad bowls with homemade sauerkraut, the girls offer a porridge with toppings such as cinnamon apple crumble with custard, as well as a daily soup served with Grizzly bagel toast from around the corner.
Serving Supreme coffee, Mikaku tea organically grown in Banks Peninsula, as well as a fresh lemon, honey and ginger, there is a hot drink choice to satisfy everyone. Superfood smoothies are also a winner if you are in need of a vitamin boost.
Although super convenient for a takeaway, just by the overbridge, there are woolly blankets and hot water bottles for those wanting to hang out.
Open 6am-2pm weekdays, they also offer workplace deliveries Wednesday to Friday. You can text your coffee order through to 021 0820 9942, and plenty of on street parking makes it easy to swoop on by at 500d Colombo Street, right next to The Drawing Room.

Beauty Progress

Indulgent beauty and relaxation: Beauty Progress

Clients stepping into Waltham Road’s Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa are assailed by wonderful aromas and gentle music in a cocoon of warmth.

Beauty Progress
Fiona (L) and Wendy (R)

This haven of calm is where beauty treatments by leading therapists Wendy Barker and Fiona Edwards are administered.
Both Wendy and Fiona have extensive beauty and spa experience. Wendy established a well renowned Spa in 2000, before opening Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa in 2007.
Rapid growth has meant that Wendy recently welcomed Fiona Edwards to the team. Fiona’s experience as a therapist also spans decades, as does that of Thai-massage therapists, Anne and Orn.
The team uses naturally formulated, plant-based ‘GERnetic’ products, which originated in France to heal third-degree burns. The fine molecular structure and efficient delivery system of these products allows percutaneous penetration, similar in activation to slow-release medical patches.
Wendy finds GERnetic superb for sensitive or sun damaged skin and for those susceptible to eczema. It’s especially great as a skin-defence system for those suffering reactions to the recently-chlorinated Christchurch water.
Also ideal for mature skins, GERnetic’s anti-ageing properties have produced spectacular results; firming skin, lifting facial contours, improving skin tone and reducing fine lines and blemishes within a few weeks.
In celebration of Fiona’s return to the spa, Wendy is promoting her Pure Indulgence Treatment; a holistic hour and a half of rejuvenating tension-relief massage for feet, face, back, neck and shoulders.


Built to last: After 125 years local book-binders and print finishers McHargs have certainly become masters of their field

Business has existed in some form since the early barter systems of ancient civilisations. Yet despite the long history, few have mastered the key to corporate longevity.

Johnny, Debs, Jo and Tim McHarg

As local family owned business McHargs celebrates 125 years in the print finishing industry, it’s clear this is one business that has truly been built to last.
Established in 1893 by Samuel Irvine McHarg, it is one of the oldest businesses in Christchurch still owned and operated by the founding family, an illustrious occasion which was marked with a cocktail party last month for 150 clients, suppliers, staff and friends.
A well-known identity in the New Zealand industry, Stuart McHarg has run the business since he was 18 years old and continues to work in the business with his wife Christine.
Their sons – the fourth generation of McHargs – General Manager Johnny McHarg and Factory Manager Tim McHarg, continue to run the business, which offers traditional book binding and the largest commercial print finishing operation in New Zealand.
Moving with the times has enabled McHargs to stay ahead of the commercial game and, during the past three decades it has become fully automated, using modern folding, collating, guillotining, stapling, wiro and perfect binding, with continual investment in the latest machinery supporting these abilities.
Binding and restoring books is a tradition and a skill which has earned the company recognition at the highest levels in the country, including supreme runner up at the Pride in Print Awards for a fully cased Christchurch earthquake book in 2017.
McHargs is bound by tradition but equipped for the future. Visit

Dreamwool Beds

What dreams are made of: Dreamwool Beds will have you wondering why you didn’t replace your bed sooner

Dreamwool Beds has snuggled into its new sun-lit premises – a paradise for slumber, showcasing the innovative bespoke bedding that dreams are made of.

Dreamwool Beds

No glues, foams or polyesters are used – only New Zealand wool, Australian fabrics, spring systems from Denmark and quality Vietnamese latex. “Health revolves around diet, exercise and sleep,” Director David Henderson says. “Sleep affects weight, mental wellbeing and simply the ability to function the next day.”
The original company, Clegg Brothers, pioneered in 1934 from a Brighton garage, was ironically located across the road from the current premises 40 years ago. David’s father bought the business in 1974, renaming it around the millennium to reflect the transition from entry level to a top end wool-based product. David is hands-on in the new Sydenham showroom, where customers are also welcomed by Nicky, company ‘camp mother’.
The European-aligned, custom-designed mattress and slat-bed system visually takes up less bedroom real estate. David likens bulky standard mattress and base systems to “a big chocolate sponge cake,” compared to a Dreamwool bed – “a piece of chocolate brownie”. It’s quality without the bulk – finer, lighter, but exceptionally comfortable and supportive.

Dreamwool Beds Firm, medium, soft support can be customised to body weight and contouring to each partner, there are nine ranges, from a basic model, up to the Heaven, Paradise and Euphoria ranges – likened to lying on a floaty cloud. “There’s no compromise on quality or performance, just variation in comfort layers and spring systems,” he says. “We use three times the material than the average mattress as we make for comfort, not a price point. Mattresses are manufactured on site and made to order.”
Wool makes a drier bed, is anti-dust mite and anti-microbial, naturally cool in summer and warm in winter. “You can’t sleep if you’re too hot or cold. When you jump out of bed in winter, you won’t have to warm up, as our mattresses warm you to the ‘soul’. You can also unzip the pillow top, and air it outside, letting the UV rays go to work.”
Dreamwool Beds is always improving on perfection. Merino wool will now be used, as well as an ingenious new outer-fabric. Algua was developed in Belgium by a professor from the Lab for Aquatic Biology when researching uses for algae. Microcapsules of spirulina are encapsulated in the top-fabric layer. Its energy-enhancing vapour containing 11 vitamins, 10 minerals and 18 amino acids is released, for the lifetime of the mattress and absorbed by the skin.
When David’s wife experienced menopausal sleepless nights, he researched and trialled another solution, launched in 2017 under the Paradise label, using exclusive tiny micro-coils, within temperate-controlling wool layers, allowing air to circulate. Keeping the body and bed cool and dry resulted in a noticeably more restful night – for everyone.
“If you can’t invest in anything else, then invest in a good night’s sleep – it’s the best decision you can make.”
Visit Dreamwool Beds Ltd, 96 Disraeli Street, Sydenham, phone 03-343 5195 or visit

Caci Clinic

A healthy glow: getting your skin perfect for the big day with Caci Clinic

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! You’ve been planning since the proposal, now it’s time to start working towards healthy glowing skin for the big day.

Caci Clinic
The team at Caci suggests beginning your pre-wedding regime six months prior. Start with a free consultation at a Caci clinic, where the team can recommend the best options for your skin.
Treatments suggested may include microdermabrasion for uneven skin texture, photo rejuvenation for redness and dark spots or sun damage, micro needling for scarring, or appearance medicine for lines and wrinkles.
In your final week, have one final treatment, but be wary of anything new and stick to a treatment you’ve found most beneficial.
Then there’s the big day – make sure to get at least eight hours sleep and follow your normal skincare regime. Leave the rest up to your makeup artist and enjoy your day!
Book your free consultation at Caci today, 0800 458 458 or visit
Caci clinic: Merivale, Riccarton, Rolleston and Sydenham.

Cube Cabins

Clever cube living: you’ve got to check out the Cube Cabins new Colombo St showhome (they can make you a home from only $42,000, seriously!)

Cube Cabins is excited to announce the opening of its new showhome at 488 Colombo Street Sydenham – introducing a whole new way of living with completed, fully compliant tiny homes from only $42,000.

Cube Cabins

Smaller living spaces are rapidly gaining popularity and with good reason. Despite their simple, clean lines, Cubes tiny homes are some of the best specified units available – as well as having some very clever design features built in. Cubes are inexpensive to own, cheap to heat and maintain, easily transportable and with a funky design aesthetic.
No longer the domain of the ‘granny flat’, Cubes small living spaces are being adopted by young couples as first homes, professionals as a low-maintenance apartment alternative, farmers and orchardists looking for affordable worker accommodation, and landlords/Air BnB operators seeking exceptional rental returns.
With four set designs and the ability to customise to suit individual needs, why not pop in for a look, explore online at, or give Cube a call for a no obligation chat on 03-332 0053.
Concurrent with the opening of the show home, Cube Cabins is also proud to announce its support as official construction partner for the Daisy Chain Trust. The trust does fantastic work in our local community around suicide awareness, prevention and recovery. The team at Cube will be showing support with a number of tiny homes for the Daisy Chain Trust’s new retreat in Christchurch. To find out more or to support this amazing organisation, check out the website or Facebook page

RT Motor Company

The automotive destination: RT Motor Company

When it comes to getting new wheels from a car dealership, naturally you want a team who works harder for you and allows you to choose from a range of quality vehicles at a price you can afford. Naturally, you want RT Motor Company.

RT Motor Company

Owner Jack Thompson has simplified the car buying process, allowing the customer to be in control from start to finish. Jack comes from a business and automotive background, so his knowledge of the business and automotive industry is peerless.
With a vast range of quality used vehicles in their indoor showroom at 205 Wordsworth Street Sydenham, RT Motor Company should be your first destination for your next car.
Jack’s mission is to import the highest quality vehicles available at the best prices, each of which he hand – picks personally. Every car must meet his high standard of quality.
All vehicles are fitted with New Zealand radios and are put through a full compliance and warrant inspection before sale giving you peace of mind with your purchasing decisions. Plus, RT Motor Company will endeavour to help you find precisely the right car for you.
With competitive onsite finance, you can get fast finance at better rates at your one stop car buying shop.
To find out more about what Jack and RT Motor Company can do for you, visit the website to view the current range, or call
03-384 4856. You will be glad you did.