Catering to success: Riccarton Park

There really are so many ways to make your conference a success. Choose Riccarton Park’s event centre and you’ll enjoy a beautiful parkland setting with a wide selection of indoor venues and outdoor areas.

Riccarton Park

The facilities can cater for 10 to 400 delegates. For larger conferences, the modern Club Stand offers 17 rooms across three levels, with WiFi availability. Combined with large indoor exhibition areas,Riccarton Park is the ideal venue for large-scale corporate or public events. There is also a range of hotel options nearby for those requiring accommodation.

With its own professional catering staff and a reputation for exceptional food and competitive prices, it can cater to everything, from breakfasts and morning and afternoon teas, to all day conference menus.

The team can work to your budget, or you can alter or add to the existing menus to suit individual tastes. For more information visit events.riccartonpark.nz.

Craft beer on tap: Brewers Union

Brewers Union is a mobile bar service that comes to your location with everything required to serve top quality craft beers to your discerning guest list.

Brewers Union

Providing unique beers from breweries like Three Boys, Twisted Hop, Ghost, Two Thumb and more, you don’t have to do a thing but raise a glass and say cheers!

With the ability to cater from 30 to 500, its experienced bar staff will make your birthday, wedding, or corporate function a safe, enjoyable experience. If it’s APAs, IPAs, Pilsners or Porters, Brewers Union is there to fill your boots.
Well respected beer aficionado, Chris Ruske is the guy to talk to about the reliable, easy service on 021 0295 8041 or follow on Facebook for updates and information.

Opening at the Riverside market in March 2019, the Brewers Union will be there to cater for your function’s craft beer requirements, now and in the future.

Squisito Gelato! – Gelato Roma

Calling all party and event organisers! Whether it’s a romantic wedding, hen ‘n’ stag party, birthday-bash, baby-shower, Christmas do, or work function, Gelato Roma Mobile will provide delicious treats for your guests.

Gelato Roma

“Whatever the event or party – we aim to delight with our scrumptious gelato,” owners Blair Poland and Margaret Parisi say.
Using creamy, whole milk from Wangapeka Farm in Nelson and fresh, local produce from across the South Island, they create truly authentic Italian gelato – such as the delectable Pistachio, an Italian classic to make your party go, go, go à la Mambo Italiano!
The sorbets are 100 percent natural, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian friendly and pure Aotearoa grown. They’re made with real fruit juices and homemade fruit purees.

“We also make fabulous coffee, should you want a hot boost to follow your gelato or sorbet,” Blair adds.
For more information phone 027 4541983 or email chch@gelatoroma.co.nz.

A memorable conference: Ilam Homestead

A company away-day or two is a chance to foster clear thinking in a place of beauty. The Ilam Homestead, ten minutes from Christchurch’s International Airport, is that sort of facility.

Ilam Homestead

Built with grace and grandeur in 1858 by the man who named the suburb ‘Ilam,’ and twice gloriously reinstated and refurbished over ensuing years, this has become conference gold.
Groups of ninety-five or fewer are comfortably seated upstairs in the dining hall, with all the catering capability and bar services available on site.

A very versatile, large, art-endowed house, Ilam Homestead boasts spaces ideal for more intimate gatherings also, and is configured for think-tanks numbering 12 or 100. Plenty of off-street parking takes the stress out of the logistics.
Spilling out into spacious rhododendron gardens, this warm, peaceful homestead fulfils technological-capability and catering choice wishes. Plus – it’s a perfect backdrop for photos.

For more information, phone 03-364 2499 or visit
www.ilamhomestead.co.nz.

An Elegant Icon: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

It seems rather cliché to suggest that Crowne Plaza Christchurch is the jewel in this city’s conference and events crown – but with the venue’s high-quality offerings and ability to provide ‘the total package’, it’s certainly an apt use of the expression.

 

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

With 204 central city rooms, a range of event spaces, on-site restaurant, wine bar and café, plus the ability to fully customise events or offer a package solution, there’s not a lot that this elegant icon can’t cater to.
The flow between dining, socialising and professional spaces gives the internationally renowned hotel a distinctly local feel, allowing visitors to connect in a way few other conferencing and event venues can.

Easily some of the most modern spaces available in Christchurch, Crowne Plaza’s collection includes The Golden Fleece Room which holds up to 150 people and features dual projection screens and built-in audio. Three smaller spaces can be configured to accommodate more intimate numbers, with city views, natural light and ‘the little things’ such as mints, T2 Tea and stationery.

With the latest technology, a highly dedicated and expert Event Management Team, access to quality catering, accommodation and even a cosy first-floor library, it is an ideal place for business minds to congregate and innovate.

Time is of the essence when it comes to planning end of year functions however, with Crowne Meetings Manager Phoebe Zwarts’ 10 years in events, doing so will be seamless from start to finish. Because, much like the spaces and facilities here, service is of the highest quality.

For further information and bookings, visit christchurch.crowneplaza.com

Staging your event: Hang-Up Entertainment Services

Lighting and staging production company Hang-Up Entertainment Services can transform any occasion – from parties, school shows and corporate events, to concerts, tours and theatrical productions.

Hang-Up Entertainment Services

“You don’t have to be anywhere special, because we can make wherever you are special,” says owner Andre Goldsmith, who fell into the industry as an entrepreneurial teenager after attending a Fleetwood Mac concert at Western Springs in the 70s. “I got my first call for a job in the middle of a high school exam.”

He established Hang-Up in Christchurch over 20 years ago, providing the design, install and hire of lights and lighting systems. Operating its own truck fleet, the company has an experienced on-call crew of up to 60. Their ground support and rigging structures are used throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, and the team has considerable experience in large-scale touring concerts and events, including ID Fashion, House of the Year, Canterbury Champion Awards, Rotary and Cancer Balls, The Foo Fighters, One Direction, Kenny Rogers, Elton John, Greenstone Tours and Selwyn Sounds.

Hang-Up has one of the largest ranges of staging in New Zealand – at any height, from camera platforms, to a 115-metre catwalk. All installations conform to OSH requirements and the range includes certified installations on sloping ground, handrails, stairs and wheelchair ramps, risers and rostrums. With almost a century of combined experience, the team has a wealth of knowledge to offer any project or event. “There’s nothing we can’t do.”

Call the team on 03-377 4433 or visit hangup.co.nz.

Celebrate in Style: The Tannery

The Tannery is a function venue unlike any other in the city – versatile enough to be informal and casual in the long bar of Blue Smoke, intimate dining in AGA kitchen or opulent and grand for corporate dinners in the Victorian era Atrium.

The Tannery

Blue Smoke is ideally suited for any reception or cocktail-style event you may be planning, whether it is a family party, a wedding or a more laid-back corporate celebration. With its William Morris wallpaper and oak panelling, it’s a charming and charismatic space made even more inviting with its large deck and outdoor fireplace, as well as its stage for your choice of band.

If you have a more intimate dining experience in mind, the AGA kitchen private dining room is the perfect setting for you. Couple the ‘old-world’ inspired atmosphere of this space with fine food and your guests will truly have a time to remember.

The Tannery

Nothing compares though with the grandeur of a corporate dinner, cocktail party or a wedding in the Victorian era Atrium under the fairy lights. With its iconic French tiled floors, stained glass, translucent roof and iron arches, the atrium is a simply stunning place to hold any event. It’s available for groups from 30 up to 600 and ideal for whimsical winter weddings.

To discuss your next function or, if you haven’t booked your end of the year celebration yet, contact the events team at The Tannery – 0800-4-TANNERY.

Meet, dine or celebrate: The George

The George is New Zealand’s most awarded boutique hotel and, when you’re having an event, you want the reassurance that everything will run as smoothly and as seamlessly as possible.

The professional team at The George will not only make it a personalised, easy experience, but you can rely on their expertise for a polished, well-organised function with the style and flair that only one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top hotels can deliver.

The George

With six meeting spaces, it can cater for a variety of group sizes and requirements. The ideal setting for any function requiring style and elegance, The Residence offers private dining for up to 20. The Boardroom at Pescatore offers private dining space for up to 16 with top chefs providing excellence in food and beverage that can be relied on to cater to the fussiest guest. Parkview caters for up to 90 guests for a sit-down dinner while Treasury Room is ideal for smaller/mid-sized client dinners of 35.

Meanwhile for conferences, The George is equipped with SmartKapp technology – simply link your delegates’ smartphones to the SmartKapp board and enjoy two-way communication and idea sharing.
With Christmas fast approaching, remember to book early to secure the best place. Show your clients that you appreciate them by providing them with the hospitality The George hotel is renowned for. The quality of service, experience and attention to detail are what makes it stand out. Located opposite Hagley Park and the idyllic river Avon, The George is delightfully yours.

Phone 03-371 0255 or email conferences@thegeorge.com.

Retiring in Style: Lady Wigram Retirement Village

The only regret for most new residents of Lady Wigram Retirement Village, is they wish they had come here sooner!” says manager Olivia Cleave.

Lady Wigram Retirement Village,

The words ‘breathtaking’ and ‘retirement village’ don’t usually go together, but when entering the sumptuous foyer of its new Club House, this fine establishment seems no different to a hotel – boutique and sophisticated, yet cosy and homely.
Lady Wigram is part of the Golden Healthcare Group which has a number of facilities in Christchurch and been operating for more than 30 years.

The building was designed by the experienced team at Foley Architects and built by Grace Builders, which has demonstrated a real eye for detail. The contemporary décor was tastefully completed by Georgie Kirkcaldie Inglis.
In addition to the 101 independent villas, the next stage is underway, featuring 14 new apartments, swimming pool, spa and gym. Eventually Lady Wigram will include 73 apartments, a rest home, dementia facility and hospital.

Golden Healthcare

Each compact, but roomy apartment has a full kitchen. Apartments are serviced weekly and lunches, morning and afternoon teas are provided in the social lounge. Here also is where the entertainment happens, such as singalongs with popular local musicians.
The Hangar Bar is manned by volunteer residents who recently gained their Bar Manager licences from Ara. The many social activities include majong and tai chi. An upstairs retreat has a library and stately billiard room where residents can socialise

“It’s a lifestyle decision,” says Olivia. And it’s most certainly living life in style at Lady Wigram Retirement Village, 210 Kittyhawk Ave Wigram.

For enquires, phone Village Manager Sarah Jacobson 03-341 0545, email sales@ladywigram.co.nz, or visit goldenhealthcare.co.nz

Supporting innovative Cancer research: Cancer research trust NZ

Statistics show that almost everyone in New Zealand at some point will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, but with research identifying improvements and more effective treatment, many people are living longer with cancer and many cancers can now be cured.

Supporting innovative Cancer research

Research is the best hope against cancer, according to the Cancer Research Trust New Zealand, which supports innovative research projects designed to detect, treat and prevent cancer. The trust is inviting applications to help get cancer on the run.
“Big things can happen from small beginnings,” Executive Director, Dr Douglas Ormrod says. “We give bold ideas about cancer a chance to grow.

“We fund research and professional development across the cancer spectrum from prevention, through detection, diagnosis and treatment to end of life palliative or hospice care.”
One of the largest cancer research charitable trusts in New Zealand, Cancer Research Trust has funded more than $15 million in research and professional development projects since 2002, with every cent of every dollar donated applied to the work of the trust.
The grant rounds are generally heavily over-subscribed and have attracted some of the brightest minds in cancer research anywhere in the world, who have used the funding to get out of the starting blocks and on to bigger things.

Rutherford Discovery Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology at Otago University, Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee used the Cancer Research Trust grant to fund his work into understanding the biological changes that switch genes on or off to stop cancer cells from spreading and killing people.
“That grant was the springboard to greater knowledge, contributing to a global effort to unlock the secrets behind resistance to immunotherapy,” he says.
“The trust recognised early on how topical and fundamental our work was and the grant substantially helped us push on to gain traction in this new and leading-edge field of research which potentially has a global impact, not just on cancer patient treatments but also other illnesses.”

Another leading cancer immunologist, Dr Roslyn Kemp, also working at Otago University, says the funding from the trust was vital to furthering cancer research in New Zealand.
“I was embarking on a completely new programme and the trust recognised the benefit of sponsoring risky yet innovative research using a brand-new technology to study colorectal cancer tumours. Our research has immediate applicability to patients, as well as providing new ideas in the research field.” Dr Ormrod says the grants cover cancer-related public health or biomedical, clinical, epidemiological or psychosocial fields, as well as education and training for students and health professionals wanting to pursue careers related to cancer care and research.

To find out about the research project, fellowship and professional development grants, the deadlines for applications and how to apply go to cancerresearchtrustnz.org.nz/apply-for-a-grant.