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Fine-figured wedding day: looking at lovely bridal lingerie for your wedding at Blackwell’s Department Store

Anything great must always start with the perfect foundation. With impeccable lingerie the foundation to your wedding dress will be flawless and ensure you are picture-perfect for your big day.

Blackwell's Department Store
Blackwell’s lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says, “It’s what’s underneath your gown that really enhances the whole outfit”.
Lynn works closely with each and every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup. “Once you have the perfect dress, we can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to compliment your outfit. It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.”
Blackwell’s lingerie department has an outstanding variety of brands, including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi Collections, designed specifically for fuller busts.
Visit Blackwell’s Department Store Kaiapoi,, email or phone 03-327 8029.

Kaiapoi Port

Ship-sized silver lining: The end of the MV Tuhoe and the start of an exciting historic research project

In 2015, the historic MV Tuhoe ship hit land near North Canterbury’s Waimakariri River mouth. It was the final destination for the 30-metre, double-masted, triple-skinned, kauri schooner which was built in 1919. Unable to be re-floated, she was later destroyed.

Kaiapoi Port

But if silver linings can come in ship-sized packages, this could well be one, with the ship’s demise spawning a historical account of the Kaiapoi Port.
Developed soon after Kaiapoi was established in the 1850s, the Port of Kaiapoi became one of the busiest coastal ports in the country, but its 175-year history was at risk of being lost.
When the ship met its untimely end, the MV Tuhoe Kaiapoi Trust took up the challenge of preserving its history. Rebranding itself as the Kaiapoi Maritime Heritage Trust, it set about commissioning a book to detail the port’s colourful past.
“We wanted to do something to recognise the history of the port and the boats that sailed in and out of it for all those years,” explains trust member Andrew Blackwell.
Writer Colin Amodeo and trust member Paul Croucher captured the changing fortunes of the port that was once the centre of commerce for North Canterbury in Taking the bar – A history of Kaiapoi Port.
It was a labour of love for Colin, a maritime historian with ancestors who have been seamen. “It is the kind of book which will appeal to ship lovers elsewhere and not just to Kaiapoi residents. My intention had been to place Kaiapoi port history in a wider framework of New Zealand history,” Colin says.
Taking the Bar is available from Blackwells Department Store in Kaiapoi. For a full list of stockists, please visit