Solid reputation: Jennian Homes North Canterbury

Jennian Homes has been building top quality homes in the larger Canterbury region for more than 20 years. Part of a nationwide franchise company, Jennian Homes, is a Registered Master Builder and provides a 10-year Master Build Guarantee and a 36-month maintenance warranty.

Jennian Homes Canterbury North

The company has a solid reputation of design quality and customer satisfaction. Canterbury North General Manager, Dwayne Prendergast and Operations Manager Paul Jenkins uphold that reputation by overseeing all projects from sale to completion of the build, through to handover.
Jennian Homes Canterbury North offers several build choices, including house and land packages, and design and build options, all over Canterbury. “We want to make the building process as easy as possible for our clients,” says Client Liaison Sue Prendergast.
The company has a presence in several well-established subdivisions such as Faringdon in Rolleston, where there is a display home at 7 Lemonwood Drive. There is also a display home at 9 Westpark Drive Rangiora. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm and are great examples of the stunning homes that can be produced.
It is proud to be one of the preferred building companies in two of Canterbury’s newest subdivisions, Ravenswood in North Canterbury, and Halswell Commons, in Christchurch. There are also many house and land options available in the greater Canterbury area as well.
“At the moment, we have house and land packages from $550K, superior quality family homes, in Halswell Commons,” Sue says. “We can also do design and build. We help you find the perfect section, and you tell us what you want in your home.”
Contact Dwayne on 03-741 1436, or via email at

Lifting the bar: Dream It makes the imagination of Christchurch’s hospitality industry a reality

It may be a commercial art and theming company based on the northern edge of the city, but Dream It Ltd has been helping to raise the bar for nightlife throughout the city, both in the figurative and literal sense.

Dream It

When hospitality owner and developer Max Bremner wanted to renovate Yellow Cross in Sol Square, he approached owner of Dream It, Dean Johnstone. With the ability to conceptualise and create themes, the company has completed about 23 bars. And, although the earthquakes put paid to the Yellow Cross renovations, they opened up the opportunity for another job, three years later.
When Max rebuilt popular Irish bar The Bog on Victoria Street, he tasked Dean with the radical new ‘steampunk’ themed décor, before the contract extended to include the signage and overall interior theme, including the back bar whisky displays etc.
“Dean did an absolutely magnificent job,” Max says.
“He’s an extremely talented man I wouldn’t use anyone else. The success of our bars has very much come down to his artistic talent.”
When Max went on to purchase and develop the building alongside the Strip with Richard Peebles last year, Dean was tasked with the theming of the three hospitality venues which made their commercial homes here – Fat Eddies, Kong and Original Sin, working alongside Architectural Designer John Ayers.
“It was a great opportunity, with its challenges, creating three completely unique environments,” Dean says.
The latest fitout for Max has been the new Bealey Ave Steak and Alehouse earlier this year. Previously part of the Speights Alehouse brand with its Dunedin specific branding, Max has created a Christchurch focused theme, with Dean responsible for bringing his plans to life.

Dream It “The Bealey was particularly challenging because it was a live bar,” Dean says.
“While the work was being carried out, people would be drinking at the bar and you know we’re all experts when we’re having a few,” he laughs about the unsolicited advice from patrons.
“On a more serious note, we did what it took to work around a functional bar, building throughout the night, early in the morning and doing what we could off site. That’s the range of capabilities we have.
“We’ve had a seven-year long relationship with Max and it’s still going strong.”

Apartment collaboration: M2 Developments is in the business of giving homeowners back their homes

A multi-unit project in Edgeware came together seamlessly – thanks to thorough communication between the three insurance companies, PMO, the four homeowners and the main contractor.

M2 Developments

M2 Developments Limited won the competitive tender to rebuild 160 Geraldine Street, from the remedial groundwork to completion. “We provided a comprehensive breakdown of costs with no hidden surprises,” says owner Matt Anink, whose company has been prominent in the residential rebuild with its competent team of carpenters and labourers.
Commencing in November with TC3 ground remediation, the project required additional excavation work and the capping of an artesian well prior to the relevelable RibRaft foundations. “We absorbed this unanticipated extra work within the project programme to keep to our pre-Christmas target of a roof on for the holiday break.”
Cam Sheppard, M2’s project manager, was at the helm throughout. “He handled ongoing negotiations with everyone involved, from the council to insurance companies – he was great,” Matt says.
Three 90sqm units, separated by firewalls, are single level, with the fourth above the group’s garages. The original dwellings were similar to the Summerhill Stone units next door. Looking fresh and contemporary, the new units stand solid with James Hardie Linea weatherboard in silt-grey tones of Resene’s Half Delta and Alabaster trim.
“Owners were engaged throughout the project and could choose to upgrade and personalise their mid-range fit-outs,” Matt says. “Two opted for stainless steel kitchen benching. One chose a wallpaper feature wall, black door handles and tapware.”
Exposed-aggregate driveways and new fencing completed the project before the keys were handed over to very contented clients.

Kiwi as: funky little haven of good old fashioned Kiwi hospitality at the Purple Weka Cafe

It’s definitely ‘Kiwi as’, from its traditional ma’s savoury mince dish to the rustic recycled fence planking around its servery counter. And of course there is the name and its association with a cheeky Kiwi flightless bird, the weka – though you may not find any purple ones in the wild.

Purple Weka Cafe

Being Kiwi is the essence of the Purple Weka Café and Bar’s charm. It’s owned by a Kiwi family and offers great Kiwi hospitality, service and food. That’s why people from all over town who have discovered the café keep coming back, especially in the weekend, to enjoy a lazy breakfast, brunch or lunch among convivial company. Many customers have met over the café’s substantial hearty food and become friends for life.
Great comfort food, great coffee and a warm friendly atmosphere are what we look for in a café as we come into winter. The Purple Weka is in its element at this time of the year. How better to warm yourself up than with a serving of hot cakes with lashings of maple syrup, or creamy mushrooms served on toasted ciabatta, or one of the café’s famous soups?
Perhaps a big breakfast with all the trimmings, a steak sandwich, or even a generous serving of blue cod and fries are more to your taste. The Purple Weka knows the way to a Kiwi’s heart is through tasty food, cooked and served superbly well, all at very reasonable prices.
Another plus for the cafe is the abundant parking right outside the door at 48 Fitzgerald Avenue – not something you generally find so close to the CBD.

Your local laundry: Quality Laundry Services

American comedienne Phyllis Diller is famously said to have quipped “I’ve buried a lot of my laundry in the back yard”. Rather than Christchurch businesses having to resort to that radical means of dealing with soiled articles Quality Laundry Services Ltd offers a personalised package – pick-up, laundering and drop-off. No need to take the staffroom tea towels home to wash. They will come back pristine clean, folded and ironed.

Quality Laundry Services

Owner Paul Gray says Quality Laundry Services is a small business doing work for other small businesses. “We like to stay small and personal. Clients really like that and our helpful staff members, many of whom have been in the laundry business for years and years. Our company began back in 1995 so we do know a thing or two about washing and ironing and how to treat each and every item. We can handle whatever businesses send our way – from table clothes and napkins for cafés and restaurants, overalls, uniforms and high-viz vests for construction and the trades, or towels and sheets for motels.”
Quality Laundry Services uses specially-formulated eco-friendly laundry products which allow them to achieve perfect results at lower temperatures, saving energy and cutting out potentially harmful chemicals at the same time. Stain removal is a specialty, without resorting to colour-fading bleach. The largest of the company’s washing machine fleet manages a massive 70kg load and the Huebsch dryers automate the perfect drying time.
Visit to see a complete list of services. Email or phone 03-374 2188.

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New kid on the block: the 27 year old entrepreneur behind Brendan Murray Construction

Brendan Murray is a young guy with a solid future. At just 27 years old, he’s been building for ten years and operated his own building company, Brendan Murray Construction, for nearly three years.

Brendan Murray Construction

He’s got a lot of experience, whether in light commercial fitouts or building architecturally designed homes. Brendan works with a team of builders and apprentices and project manages all the jobs he’s involved with.
He also works with designers and architects and has an affinity for constructing architecturally designed houses. They are more challenging and rewarding, he says. “Every day’s a learning curve. But rather than thinking I’m the be all and end all, it’s a much smarter move to seek advice from people that have been doing it a lot longer than I have. Always an apprentice to the trade.” This wisdom he brings to all projects.
His latest job is one such home in St Albans. A 220 square metre two-storey house, he’s worked closely with the designers and is bringing the client’s vision to life. From having the existing house demolished (including some asbestos removal) and the property cleared, to installing 25 14.5m screw piles and constructing the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, Brendan and apprentices Morgan and Jack are on track to finish the project in good time to segue perfectly to his next job, another architecturally designed house in Sefton.
Brendan employs another qualified builder and together they oversee their apprentices, training a new generation of builders. A Site Safe member, Brendan prides himself on customer satisfaction and attention to detail. He can be contacted on 0274 900 592.

Exceptional spaces: Sheppard and Rout’s award nominated fit-out of ChristchurchNZ’s offices in the BNZ Centre

Our work is shaped by our surroundings and office space is vital in business. Often modern offices have a certain sameness – the blandness of a standard corporate look. Sheppard and Rout Architects set about overturning this convention when designing the fit-out for the new ChristchurchNZ offices in the BNZ Centre, a Canterbury regional NZIA awards entrant.

Sheppard and Rout Architects

“ChristchurchNZ is the city’s economic development and profile agency charged with stimulating economic activity and attracting visitors to Ōtautahi Christchurch,” Sheppard and Rout Director Jasper van der Lingen says. “It needed to be a warm and friendly space; conducive to the development of ideas, an interesting and people-oriented place and one which would also showcase products from the region. We were working to a tight budget and had to be creative.”
The resulting 1200sqm space is both efficient and stylish with its mix of open plan work areas and break out/meeting rooms. “Flexibility was key, so there are meeting rooms for all different purposes – from the very small for privacy, up to mini conference size. Because visitors come to these rooms we made sure they were sited for the best views of the city and the Port Hills.”

Sheppard and Rout ArchitectsThe design also makes use of natural and sustainable materials; timber joinery around the meeting rooms for warmth and carpet tiles made from recycled fish nets echo the natural palette of browns, creams and charcoals, creating a calming mood and effect.

Sheppard and Rout ArchitectsOne feature which pushes the boundaries of what can be done with office space is the lack of suspended ceiling. “We simply got rid of it, exposed all the services and painted everything black. It gives a great sense of increased height.”

Structurally sound: structural engineering firm Cephas Rock

Naturally when it comes to structural engineering firms, you want a name you can trust, which is why Cephas Rock Limited should be top of your list.

Cephas Rock

Founded by experienced Chartered Professional structural engineer Joshua Wong in 2010, Cephas Rock Ltd specialises in the property service industry. Joshua and his experienced team are well trained, qualified design and structural engineers, able to provide you with a range of services to cater to all budgets.
Whether you are undertaking a new build or planning an extension on your existing property, you can be safe in the knowledge of Joshua’s experience of more than 500 build projects. Ranging from single storey houses right up to the very best architecturally designed homes, Cephas Rock will meet with you and your architect and go over the design to completion process step by step.
Along with its structural engineering services, Cephas Rock can provide geotechnical reports to determine the ground conditions of your site.
After nearly a decade of seismic activity battering our city, the structural assessments carried out by Cephas Rock are also essential to give you a clear understanding of the potential damage your building has sustained and its repair methodologies etc.
For more information on what Cephas Rock Limited has to offer, visit for more information, or phone
03-338 5387.