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Bluebells Cakery


With Christmas right around the corner, Bluebells Cakery is excited to announce its range of festive treats for the holiday season, which are available for the first time nationwide.

 

 

The festive collection brings together a combination of iconic Kiwi classics and Christmas novelties. Favourites include Bluebells Cakery’s most-loved shortbread, biscuit amaretti, rocky road, marshmallows and more.

 Perfect for those last-minute season events, Christmas day or as a gift for that tricky someone.

 

Bluebells Cakery

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Red & Black Construction

Clean lines, Clear winner: Red & Black Construction


Grant Waghorn, Director of Red & Black Construction is thrilled as a first-time entrant not only to win Reserve Gold in the NZ Master Builders House of the Year competition for his Thornycroft Street build, but to bring home the National Award for Heart of the
Home – Kitchen.

 

Red & Black Construction

 

The five-bedroom north-facing contemporary home was a challenging but exciting project for Grant. “Building on a long narrow section that backs onto a stream brought a logistical challenge, the delivery and storage materials were carefully choreographed before building began.”

 

Red & Black Construction
Clad in cedar with plastered concrete block, the build had to meet the homeowner’s desire for a suspended concrete floor slab for the second storey, minimising sound in the house while maximising ceiling height for the floor below. Designed by Nott Architects, Grant loves the spacious feel of the home, the clean lines with luxurious edifice finishes. “The totara ceilings are amazing. It’s a smart home and a lot of thought and precision construction went into it.”

 

Red & Black Construction

The design centres on the kitchen with all surrounding living spaces connecting to it, and “is a cook’s, entertainer’s and families’ dream,” according to owners Craig and Rochelle.  Flooded with natural light, Interior Designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors enhanced the illumination, tying in the white walls and stone bench tops with timber cabinetry and engineered wooden floors. The ensuite won the 2017 Trends International Design Award for Angelique with its stone bath, twin stone vessel basins and Hansgrohe rose gold bathroom fittings.

 

Red & Black Construction

The natural stone fireplace and bespoke timber joinery by Advanced Joinery are design statements, along with the floating engineered timber staircase. A state of the art heating system with many chambers has been carefully constructed to be hidden from view, while outdoor living is central in the design and construction.

 

Red & Black Construction

 

The black cedar fins that connect the deck to the roof are a visual delight, while Grant says the spa area is a favourite, with a complex timber-clad electric retractable deck that covers the spa when not in use. Building for 20 years, Grant loves crafting quality homes, working to ensure the client gets the best quality home and has a great experience too.

Led by foreman Mike Baker, Grant says the tight crew thrived on the meticulous craftsmanship challenges of this Fendalton home.

 



 

Trevor Hone Builders

Huntsbury Heaven: Trevor Hone Builders


As a first-time entrant, Trevor Hone Builders was the Mid and South Canterbury Region House of the Year New Home over $2 million winner, before making the list of the country’s top 100 home builds, as a national Reserve Gold finalist in the House of the Year Awards for 2018.

 

Trevor Hone Builders

 

 

Director and Master Builder Trevor says the Huntsbury Hill house was a phenomenal building challenge, but one of the the best things about this intense build has been the interaction with the owners and their happiness with the finished product. Designed by Cymon Alfrey Architects, the house is a melange of angles and detailing, about as far from a box on a hill as you could imagine.

As with every project, Trevor was “passionate about realising the architect’s vision: if you’re not passionate you can’t do it. The complex architecture and engineering details have to be absorbed, understood, questioned and implemented”.

 

Trevor Hone Builders

Engineered to the latest requirements the house has a reinforced concrete spine. The tricky steep, all-rock hill site has a foundation that has multiple layers, cut into the rock. The tiered retaining landscape walls form part of the foundations too. The roof is clad with Coloursteel tray roofing and a Viking Enviroclad roof garden, while the wall cladding is a combination of pitched Basalt stone, Alucabond, Cedar and tiles.

The interior of the three-bedroom home again utilises the Basalt Stone, with floors tiled and carpeted. The striking Mondrian style front door gives way to the art-gallery feel of the entrance hall that is tiled on both walls and floor. North facing decking runs the length of the upper and lower levels, with glass balustrading to ensure uninterrupted views.

 

Trevor Hone Builders

The curved spine of the house, clad in pitched Basalt, which forms the main structure, runs externally and through the house, creating a spectacular feature. Trevor says this is one of the stand-out builds of his 20-year career for the level of technical difficulty and the stunning end result.

A perfectionist himself from the foundations up to the minute finishing details, Trevor acknowledges the commitment to an outstanding result from his team, and subcontractors JPM Contracting, High Spec Electrical, AVI Automation, Greg Sutherland Roofing, Whitehead Plumbing and Gas, Application Specialists, Metro Performance Glass, Dyer Decorating and Monarch Aluminium, for the aluminium joinery as well as the spectacular Mondrian front door.

 



 

The General Store

Eco Christmas: The General Store


If you’re into conscious consuming – and aren’t we all – you’ll feel right at home browsing The General Store’s Christmas collection.

 

The General Store

 

Wondered where those plastic bags go, the ones we’re all trying to reduce the usage of? We found Blue Q which is right on point, repurposing plastic to make groovy shopper bags that are tough; one percent of sales go to support environmental initiatives around the globe.

We also spied bamboo plates, handmade soaps – good for planet and body – candles, eco cups and reusable lunch boxes.
And then there’s the cheeky, fun stocking fillers that this store is known for! Good to know click and collect is available on the website for convenient browsing.

There is also the new Afterpay payment option. Download the app and then it’s so easy to pay by four instalments, available at checkout in-store and online.

 


For more information, email info@thegeneralstore.net.nz or visit thegeneralstorechch.vendecommerce.com.


 

Woman Climbing

Out of the box fun


At face value, recreation has a somewhat physical connotation, which may conjure up images of triathlons or a midsummer swim.

 

Woman Climbing

 

However, defined as a discretionary activity of leisure, recreation is about so much more than sport and Canterbury is lucky to have a wide range of out of the box options on its recreational doorstep. We’ve hunted out some of our favourites.

 

Paint the town red
An art studio with a twist, Paint ‘n’ Sip is a clever concept that is about having a relaxing evening painting over a glass of wine and is a delicious reason to head out on a summer evening.

 

Become an escape artist
Escape rooms are the latest feature on the recreational calendar, they’re a great option for company team building, a family outing or a somewhat unusual date night.

 

A flipping good time!
Trampoline arenas are an increasingly popular way to spend a day – for both children and the young at heart. There’s a few places in the city, all that have a flipping good time on offer.

 

Off the wall
Clip ‘n Climb revolutionised the indoor climbing scene when it hit the local scene in 2006. Offering options for children, through to experienced climbers, it’s a fun way to keep fit.

 



 

Making the Cut!

Making the Cut!


There’s no doubting the innovation and restoration that is at the heart of the rebuilding city and now these attributes have been recognised in a more formal capacity, with the city coming out on top at this year’s Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year Awards.

 

Making the Cut!

 

Christchurch has been the proud recipient of both Supreme Awards, for a Redwood home and Merivale renovation. Christchurch company Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) was awarded the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme House of the Year for the home in Redwood. It also took out the national category win for the New Home over $2 million Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award.

 

Making the Cut!

 

Meanwhile, Takahe Construction Ltd won the title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Renovation of the Year, for its superb renovation of a Merivale home. The company also took out the national category win for the Renovation over $1 million Award and the Outdoor Living Award.

 


HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Judges were impressed with MBL’s clever and balanced design, with this home showing a considered approach in every respect. “The large home sits boldly on a rural site, but peacefully in its landscaped environment. The impeccable crafting and attention to detail demonstrated by the builders and subcontractors is truly exceptional.

“The collaboration between client, architect and builder has made this a home that perfectly suits the needs of the growing family. It is a deserving winner of this award.”

 

Making the Cut!

 

CHRISTCHURCH HAS BEEN THE PROUD RECIPIENT OF BOTH SUPREME AWARDS, FOR A REDWOOD HOME AND MERIVALE RENOVATION.

 


RENOVATION OF THE YEAR
Judges remarked on the amazing quality of the Takahe Construction Ltd’s renovation of the house, which was extensively damaged in the Christchurch quakes. “Originally built in the 1990s, the client chose to engage the original architect to complete a full re-design, whilst retaining the elegance of the original home. A collaborative approach between client, architect, engineer and builder made this project a success. The quality demonstrated in both the rebuild work and the overall renovation is a credit to the team involved.

 

Making the Cut!

“This is truly a spectacular home, which the builder should be extremely proud of.” Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says, House of the Year epitomises building excellence and showcases Master Builders as the custodians of quality and innovation across all types of homes and price brackets.

 

Making the Cut!

 

“Residential building continues to fuel the construction boom, and while these homes need to be built quickly and cost effectively, it must not be at the expense of quality. House of the Year sets the standard of what is possible, both in quality and innovation.“The craftmanship demonstrated within all of our finalists shows that our members are building quality homes for all New Zealanders. From the luxury homes, to the cost-effective builds, to apartments, these homes are some of the finest in the country.”

 

Making the Cut!

 


For more information about the competition, visit  www.houseoftheyear.co.nz.


 

Rising from the rubble

Rising from the rubble


A new book, Rising from the Rubble: A health system’s extraordinary response to the Canterbury earthquakes, reveals untold stories of courage, compassion and creativity.

 

Rising from the rubble

 

Based on interviews with those who lived and worked through the Canterbury earthquakes, Rising from the Rubble is co-authored by Dr Michael Ardagh and Dr Joanne Deely and published by Canterbury University Press. It gives a compelling account of staff working in the Canterbury health system who rallied to maintain and rebuild essential health services, ensuring continuity of care for the most vulnerable, as well as managing the significant increased demand for services to support the ongoing impact on the mental health and wellbeing of Cantabrians.

Dr Ardagh says he and Dr Deely felt there was a lack of information about the enormous role played by people in health during and after the earthquakes and that it was vital to record the experiences of patients and staff. “We wanted to capture their stories in a book that would be accessible to the general public as well as to health staff.”

Stories about the immediate disaster aftermath include accounts of emergency medical teams successfully managing a huge influx of patients, blood bank (transfusion services), staff maintaining uninterrupted services despite working intermittently by torchlight and also ankle-deep in water, and the maintenance and engineering staff striving to keep the hospital functioning despite the ravaged infrastructure.

“Most people would have run for the hills rather than stay underneath a concrete building. It was typical that staff chose not to flee, but to fight – to stay at, or even return to, work.”

 



 

Beauty Progress

A feel-great festive season: Beauty Progress


The festive season is joyful, social and busy, and most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. But it can also be stressful and, if you’re feeling the pressure, your body will soon let you know.

 

Beauty Progress

 

Neck and shoulder aches from long hours at the computer delivering those jobs everybody wants completed before Christmas; feet painful from pounding pavements and malls in search of the elusive perfect gift, and skin showing the stress of wondering how you’ll seat 15 at your table for 8 can be unwelcome additions to your Christmas lists.

Beauty Progress Thai Massage Spa, a specialist in massage, facials and quality skin treatment products, is the guardian angel of your feel-good festive vibe. The team is offering a Christmas Massage Special – it is a delicious full 90 minutes of massage for the amazing price of $99 and includes a full body massage, a head and scalp massage, and foot reflexology massaging.

While you are there, double down on your stress reduction by stocking up on Christmas gift vouchers for loved ones who have been especially good this year. The vouchers come in any value from $30 to $100, or can be gifted for a specific treatment. Beauty Progress is open over the holiday period, so visiting friends and family can use their voucher to come in and de-stress, or you can come in together and experience the relaxing bliss as a bonding exercise!

The facials at Beauty Progress are something special. The team uses a product range exclusive to them in Christchurch. Ten years ago, Gernétic approached Owner and Skin Therapist Wendy Barker. “I proceeded to do in depth research on friends and family, and discovered the range to be the best I have used in 30 years of skin therapy,” Wendy says.

“The range, which is French, was first developed to treat burns in Paris hospitals, so the products contain 50 to 80 percent active ingredients, as opposed to the 20 to 30 percent that you can buy over the counter.” The full and final answer to your festive prayers is received when you discover Beauty Progress is open seven days from 9am to 7pm and there is parking at the door.

 


See more at
www.beautyprogress.co.nz.


 

Serious Entertainment destination

Serious Entertainment destination


Peter Walker heads into the city to check out the new flagship cinema complex and all its delicious offerings.

 

Serious Entertainment destination

 

Hoyts has returned to the CBD. Since the demolition of the Moorhouse Avenue cinema building, the city has waited patiently for a replacement. The wait has been well rewarded. EntX, on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo Streets, is the entertainment company’s flagship cinema complex, certainly something unique and exciting in a city longing for, and demanding, serious entertainment.

The Calder Stewart design and build project broke ground in 2016, facing issues such as a tight, 100 percent coverage site with extremely limited access due to its central city location. What they have delivered is a contemporary movie theatre complex, with seven screens, recliners and state of the art Dolby sound systems. There are two Extremescreens – biggest and best screens and sounds available – and for the ultimate movie experience, two LUX theatres. As the name suggests, LUX is a premium dine-in cinema experience. “Optimised for luxury over capacity,” it means you get to combine fine wine, premium food and comfort while enjoying the latest blockbusters from the guaranteed best seat in the house.

 

Serious Entertainment destination

From the top of the escalators you enter two floors of an almost futuristic other-world. Self-serve ticketing terminals, bathed in the flicker of a huge screen showing movie shorts, give way to Treat City, an open plan treat centre. Self-serve popcorn, drinks, frozen drinks, novelty cups, sweets and popcorn buckets, and movie merchandise such as hats, soft toys, mugs, Pop! Vinyl figures and more – all on display for purchase. “We’re all about customer interaction, and them having the time to browse and make selections before the movie,” says Location Manager Michelle McConaghty.

Arties Bar and Café serves hot and cold food that can be taken into the theatres to make for a unique experience in Christchurch. And if all that isn’t already the makings of a funtastic entertainment experience, on the ground floor is an incredible line up of some of the best casual dining in the city. That accounts for the amazing smells as you enter a large atrium with stylised seating areas, including comfy leather lounge seats in front of a fireplace, bar leaners, benches, and tables and chairs.

 

Serious Entertainment destination

Each of the eateries has its own seating area, too. Cleaver & Co and Joe’s Garage offer all the gastro-pub and breakfast favourites while Two Fat Indians, Nando’s, Ottoman Turkish Kebabs, Roll and Bowl, Hanoi Old Quarter, and Pad Thai Pan make all the ethnic delights you would expect in such a culinary festival. Infinito, Leemo, Nourish Pod, and Habitual Fix also offer quality favourites such a pizza, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, juices and smoothies, and teas. More food outlets are coming.

Whether checking out the latest Oscar hopefuls or meeting friends for a night on the town – the Bus Interchange is just across the road and there are parking buildings close by, making this central city hotspot easily accessible – EntX is the perfect starting point.

 



 

Future Foundations Ltd

Building Your Future: Future Foundations Ltd


Would you pay full market price to build your new house if you didn’t have to? Future Foundations Ltd is a building company that saves you $50,000 to $80,000 on your fixed price build contracts compared to most housing companies in Christchurch.

 

Future Foundations Ltd

 

A breath of fresh air, Director Leon Forde has a wealth of knowledge in the property market and experience in property finance and management. The company offers incredible fixed priced contracts starting from $1500 a square metre however, the value is in the design spec and the direct supply of materials from New Zealand’s largest building suppliers.

 

The benefits of building with Future Foundations are simple:

    • • Leverage the two largest building supply companies in New Zealand and have that cost savings passed directly on to you

 

    • • Contracted builders and installers all through the largest building companies to provide you security

 

    • • Fixed price contracts for security and finance

 

    • • Free concept designs – not cookie cutter houses, all homes are designed to your specific requirement

 

           • Expert project management support from start to finish, making the whole process enjoyable and exciting.

Future Foundations is dedicated to ensuring your first home or second investment property will appreciate in value through leveraging their suppliers and contractors, leaving the equity with you and not the huge construction companies.

 


Visit www.futurefoundations.co.nz or phone 021 774 773 for a free quote to compare or your free house design concept plan.