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The Court Theatre

An Odd Couple: The Court Theatre

Ross Gumbley and Mark Hadlow last appeared on stage together in The Court Theatre’s 2010 production Gods of Carnage; now they are to be reunited as mismatched flatmates in the quirky Norwegian comedy play Elling.


The Court Theatre


Hadlow’s Elling is a neurotic budding poet, while Gumbley’s Kjell is a gentle giant who wants nothing more than to have sex. Director Lara Macgregor says that the appeal of Elling comes from seeing two human beings who are struggling with mental health issues trying to survive in a ‘normal living environment’ – and how that challenge brings about a wonderful friendship.

Elling marks Gumbley’s first on-stage performance in almost a decade. Gumbley, who is also The Court’s Artistic Director, says that he and Mark had been looking for a play that could reunite them and when he saw Elling in Australia in 2009, he knew he had found his play. “I thought ‘I’ve never seen a role absolutely begging for Mark Hadlow to play it’.”

Hadlow, one of New Zealand’s most prominent actors, is delighted to be working with Ross again. “We go right back to Flatmates Wanted in the 1980s. It’s wonderful to work with someone you completely trust.” Gumbley says that Elling is lyrical, touching, funny and honest – but also raises questions around underfunding of mental health, which is particularly relevant to New Zealand audiences.

Veteran performers Bruce Phillips, Gregory Cooper and Luanne Gordon round out the cast. Elling – The Court Theatre, 23 February to 16 March 2019.


For bookings phone 03 963 0870 or visit


Allfrey + South Architects

Let’s talk Architecture: Allfrey + South Architects

Architects Cymon Allfrey and Craig South announce a new brand, along with an exciting new group to draw people together with a shared passion for architecture.


Allfrey + South Architects


It is energising to have started the year with a fresh new brand, Allfrey + South Architects and to reflect on what that represents. The name change captures the strong partnership within our practice and gives a renewed sense of purpose for the New Year.
While the name is different, we have the same team of creative people on board who love everything about architecture.

We share a culture of collaboration and a desire to achieve extraordinary results. Wrapped up in our name too, is a sense of social responsibility that means we endeavour to create buildings that are completely in sync with their location and community. Above all, we recognise how privileged we are to be invited into our clients’ lives, to turn their dreams into architectural reality.

In truth, we are all totally passionate about architecture and love talking about it whenever we can and to whoever will listen. Wherever we go, we tend to explore and immerse ourselves in architecture and may easily get distracted by the curve of a wall or a choice of cladding. It’s an occupational hazard!


Allfrey + South Architects

We can’t help but bombard each other and our friends and family with architectural conversation, but last year we had one of those light bulb moments when we realised other people might also be genuinely interested in what we have to say. That moment arose from an open studio session where we met a lovely couple familiar with our work. They wanted to delve deeper into our design theories and hear about our current projects. Their level of curiosity really impressed us.

It got us thinking that there must be other people in and around Christchurch who would love to discuss architecture and would like to get involved with a group that could make that happen.


Architect Craig South
Craig South
Cymon Allfrey
Cymon Allfrey









Armstrong Interiors

The perfect position: Armstrong Interiors

Multi award-winning interior design firm Armstrong Interiors has moved into Merivale where you can now find the company’s sassy new work room at 27 Papanui Road.


Armstrong Interiors


Armstrong Interiors prides itself on offering the latest interior trends and the new office is full of gorgeous samples for you to see and touch, immersing yourself in the creativity of interior design.  The team can help you with all your design requirements, whether it’s for a renovation, or a new build and can fully accommodate you on job size and budget, ensuring you get personalised service and attention to detail.

Working together with your architect, adding value to your home living, whatever your style. Make an appointment for a design consultation and enjoy looking around the much-loved space they have created. Something to look out for every month is the front window which will feature a new interior scheme each month, calling on the company’s favourite suppliers and demonstrating what is achievable.


Armstrong Interiors

The new work room has been a long held dream for Angelique Armstrong, but well worth the wait. “This move has been an exciting way to start 2019,” she says.  “I was looking for the perfect position for nearly two years. Now we are in, I just love the feel of our work room, dedicated meeting rooms and shop front windows.

“I wanted to bring something a little bit different to Christchurch, with bespoke interiors and design. When you walk in the space feels quite eclectic and definitely reflects who I am.”

Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd




Kumara & Zucchini Fritters

Kumara & Zucchini Fritters

For many of us, annual holidays jetsetting around the world are the time to let go and forget about the diet. For others it’s the time to focus on health and wellness. But according to Hayes & Jarvis, we can have our cake and eat it


Kumara & Zucchini Fritters


The travel expert has released a study into the most well-rounded cuisines throughout the world, making it easy to find globalised cuisines that are as healthy as they are delicious.

Although New Zealand ranked slightly lower than Australia overall in eleventh place, it proved to have the best dinner option, serving up kumara fritters. So we hunted out our favourite recipe.

An easy and popular meal option that can be made ahead of time and perfect for the lunchbox, vegetable fritters are a great way to pack some nutritional punch into your day. Crispy and golden brown, these kumara and zucchini fritters can be served as a side dish or appetiser and they’re easy to customise to use up any leftover vegetables



2 medium-sized kumara – grated
1 small zucchini – grated
1/2 onion – grated
2 cloves garlic – chopped
2 tbsp chives – chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper – to taste
Olive oil or vegetable oil for frying

Dill Yogurt Dip
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
Salt and freshly ground pepper – to taste



Combine grated kumara, zucchini, onion, garlic and chives in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in large non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Add heaped tbsp of kumara mixture to hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Press gently with spatula to flatten. Cook until crispy, browned and kumara is tender, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Dill Yogurt Dip
Meanwhile combine sour cream, yogurt, olive oil, dill and salt and pepper, stir to combine.

Serve fritters with Dill Yogurt Dip and garnish with fresh dill.



You Travel Ferrymead

A Culinary Adventure: You Travel Ferrymead

Italian culinary expert Tilde along with Rosie Petronelli from You Travel Ferrymead are hosting a 14 day ‘Taste of Italy Tour’ this August along the Amalfi Coast. Join them on this adventure!


You Travel Ferrymead


You Travel Ferrymead

Where did you learn to cook?
I was born and raised in Naples. During my childhood, my mum and grandmother were in the kitchen cooking delicious fresh food from our garden and making pasta was a daily occurrence.

Learning to roll gnocchi is one of my first memories.  My grandfather passed down the traditions of making wine and growing vegetables, which my brothers continue in our family owned pizzeria, located in Naples.

In 2009 my New Zealand husband and I moved to Sumner, where I started my cooking school. I love teaching Italian cuisine classes which is how I met Melissa and Rosie from You Travel Ferrymead.


You and Rosie are hosting a group to Amalfi in August, what can they expect?
Our group will learn, through hands on cooking classes at my brother’s restaurant, how to make traditional Italian recipes including fresh pastas, ravioli, gnocchi and pasta sauces.

Stuffed authentic zucchini flowers and of course pizza, pizza and more pizza, topped with mozzarella and served with a refreshing caprese salad. Learn the secrets of how to make the best tiramisu in town!


What is the magic behind taking visitors to Amalfi?
It’s my home so who better to have as your guide? Experience a 14 day tour between Naples, Capri, Pompei and the Amalfi Coast.

You will feel as if you are amongst family and friends as you experience Italian culture and cuisine at its finest, mingling with my own family in Naples and the Campania region which is shadowed by Mount

The Amalfi Coast, of incomparable beauty, has landscapes of ancient mythology and hilltop villages. Starting from Sorrento, the Capital of the Liqueur Limoncello, you will be seduced by the architecture of houses on the mountainside with bougainvillea plants growing on the walls, surrounded by orange and lemon trees.

Learn the history of the volcanic eruption of Pompei, a magical city where you will walk the same paved streets that existed over 2000 years ago before the volcano erupted. The village of Positano is a labyrinth of narrow streets and colourful stairs and you can shop until your heart’s content.



Hidden health

Hidden health: Metropol Recipe

The New Year has come and gone and on the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions for many of us is health.


Hidden health

We all know the value of including fruit and vegetables in our daily meal plan. For many people this can be a real struggle.  So why not grate, slice, blend, or cube pieces of fruit and veggies into your favourite recipes and gain the added health benefits without overpowering on their delivery or try out some deliciously unique recipes like our favourite Velvety avo popsicles below!



2 avocados pitted
1.5 cups coconut milk
3 tbs honey
2 tbs lime juice




Place all ingredients into a blender; secure lid and pulse to break down ingredients.

Scrape down the inner sides of the blender to incorporate splattered ingredients and replace lid.

Blend until the mixture is a smooth, creamy consistency without lumps.

Evenly distribute the mixture into six popsicle moulds. The blended ingredients are thick; you may find spooning the mixture into the moulds easier than pouring.

Tap the filled moulds on the counter top to remove air bubbles and settle the mixture.

Place popsicle sticks or handles into the mixture in the centre of the moulds.

Freeze the moulds for several hours, until the mixture has completely solidified.

When you are ready to eat, run the mould under water briefly to help release the popsicle. Gently pull the popsicle out by the handle and enjoy!



Get Inspired!

Get Inspired!

When it comes to enhancing your home and garden, all the inspiration you need is jam-packed into one exciting event in Queenstown later this month – the Queenstown Home Show.


Get Inspired!


Check out builders, renovation experts, kitchen companies, bathrooms, furniture, appliances, garden designers, lighting, interior design and many more, who are all ready to help you turn your dreams into a reality.

Sometimes, even DIYers need a little help. Whether you are looking for quick advice from a demonstration, the projects you need to get that project off the ground, or assistance from an exhibitor, the home show is the perfect destination for you to get the job done.

Bring your building or renovation specs with you as you grab a coffee and wander through the show, where you can talk to the experts, ask questions, compare ideas, research new products and get inspired! The home show will be held at the Queenstown Events Centre off Joe O’connell Drive, Frankton, nestled in the foothills of The Remarkables from 22-24 February from 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Entry is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children under-15 no charge.


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Unichem Cashel

Beating stress to gain life: Unichem Cashel

According to Annabel Turley, pharmacist and owner of Unichem Cashel Holistic Pharmacy, stress impacts our mental and physical wellbeing in more ways than we could imagine.


Unichem Cashel


“The problem is that people simply don’t realise they’re stressed. Post-quake conditions, for instance, are still a major contributor to stress in this city.” Annabel cites couples seeking to become pregnant as another extremely stressful situation. Having watched a family member going through the emotional trauma that can accompany fertility treatments, Annabel decided she wanted to become more proactive in this area. Soon she begins her studies for the National Fertility NZ Educator Course.

“We have couples attending our Natural Health clinic who are being educated in making those necessary changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to improve their chances for pregnancy; it’s so important to seek infertility advice and treatment early on – don’t waste those precious years, because it can make such a difference to the outcome.”

Annabel says that aside from the usual medical reasons obstructing women getting pregnant, unrecognised and ongoing stress definitely doesn’t help either, and the sooner this is addressed, the better.  “Unichem Cashel Pharmacy is unique in that we have a natural health clinic providing the best advice, education and natural treatments for destressing in this hectic 21st century. To complete my training as a fertility educator means so much to me. I love doing this – helping couples achieve their dream of a successful pregnancy.”


For more information phone 03 595 1289, visit or find at


Akaroa Adventure

Akaroa Adventure

High profile athletes throughout the country are preparing to descend on Akaroa from 10-17 March as preparations for the action-packed adventure race GODZone ramp up in the region.


Akaroa Adventure


It’s the first time the non-stop seven-day expedition-style race, the largest of its kind globally and widely regarded as the best – has been held in the region with the eighth chapter attracting a significant number of teams with high profile multisport backgrounds.

Pre and post-race activities focused around the beautiful coastal township which will also play host to the event finish line. In true GODZone style, the location of the start line will remain secret until just before the race kicks off. The only hint given at this stage is that the start location will be a long way from Akaroa!


Akaroa Adventure

With 70 teams across three racing categories including the full course 600km Pure event and shorter formatted 500km Pursuit and Prime events, the field is expected to take anywhere between five and seven days to complete the journey.
The teams will navigate their own way around the course using a variety of multisport disciplines including mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and pack rafting.

“Competitors don’t know where or when they will receive the race maps but suffice to say there’s plenty of conjecture as to where it might go,” GODZone Race Director Adam Fairmaid says.  “Canterbury is an incredibly diverse region with a lot of contrast from braided and meandering rivers to big, technical mountain ranges. It should be a spectacular race with some interesting twists and turns along the way.”


2019’s Hot Picks

2019’s Hot Picks

It’s a New Year, with a new line-up of hotly-anticipated vehicles on the automotive horizon. While 2018 was pegged as the year of the SUV, it seems 2019 will be all about electrification, with a new crop of hybrid and full EV models in the pipeline.


2019’s Hot Picks


We’ve got our top ten picks that you can expect to see hitting the roads this year.

  1. 2019 Ford Ranger
  2. Mercedes GLA
  3. Audi A4
  4. BMW 1 Series
  5. Audi RS 7
  6. Honda CR-V hybrid
  7. Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
  8. Mazda 3
  9. Lexus LC F
  10. 2019 Mini Cooper