Kannangara Thomson isn’t your average law firm. Formed only 10 years ago by founding partner, Stephen Kannangara, the firm has grown to be over 30 strong and occupies a modern premises at 575 Wairakei Road.
The firm enjoys a point of difference which the partners believe makes it unique among law firms in Christchurch. Rich in diverse cultures with staff from all corners of the globe, there are an astonishing ten languages spoken at the firm which, at least in part explains the firm’s by-line, ‘We speak your language’.
The by-line is also something of a play on words and intended to portray the fact that the lawyers and support staff at Kannangara Thomson break down the often complicated language of the law and explain your legal issues to you in plain English (or Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Afrikaans to name just a few of the other languages spoken at the firm).
As well as being culturally diverse, the firm provides a wide range of legal services to its divergent client base, with lawyers specialising in business sales and purchases, commercial property transactions, investment property, residential property sales and purchases, estates, asset protection and estate planning involving the use of family trusts, wills, company law, family law and much more beyond.
The partners at Kannangara Thomson have a good grounding in the law having all served their time at much bigger law firms. Part of the ethos of the firm is that it does not wish to replicate the typical law office environment of those larger firms and, with that in mind, staff and partners are not burdened with such mundane daily tasks as time recording in six minute units or fee budgets, as is the case at almost all larger law firms.
Another factor which sets the firm apart from its larger counterparts is that once a fee range is quoted, it will very rarely be departed from, thereby giving clients certainty.
The staff at Kannangara Thomson is respected and well looked after, with occasional unexpected gifts from the partners in recognition of stellar performance, frequent morning teas, flexibility of work hours and arrangements and almost fortnightly lunches provided by the partnership. As a result, the team at Kannangara Thomson is a settled and happy one, able to function at its absolute best to provide excellent legal results for clients.
With ample off street parking available and a convenient location near the airport, the gateway to the south, the new western Belfast bypass and the motorway north, the Wairakei Road location has proven to be one which is very popular with the firm’s client base.
The team at Kannangara Thomson look forward to being part of the Canterbury legal landscape for many decades to come and assisting you with your legal needs.
MYOB’s latest Christchurch office is all about space for promoting collaboration and innovation.
The refurbished building, located at 7 William Pickering Drive Burnside, houses approximately 200 staff, with space for up to 265, predominately working in sales, service and software development for the well-renowned business management software business.
“We’re hugely excited about this space – all 2,700 square meters of it,” MYOB New Zealand General Manager Carolyn Luey says.
“We’re proudly committed to Christchurch and it gives me great satisfaction to see this investment in the community here.”
The new building’s open-plan design contains a wide variety of formal and informal workspaces with comfortable breakout areas and amenities designed to bring people together. “We often talk about the future of work, about how workplace habits and relationships are changing, often through technological transformation. We want this space to be an ‘office of innovation’ to reflect that philosophy.”
The building also houses a co-working space for MYOB’s start-up customers to locate themselves in the crucial first few months of life, giving access to specialised technology and advice to help them grow. Other features include a wellness room, fitness room, library, gaming room, IT Genius Bar and internal training room, while a Microsoft Surface Hub uses the latest collaboration technology.
“Opening up a part of our building to entrepreneurial businesses is an exciting innovation and demonstrates how MYOB is invested in supporting the start-up community here in Christchurch,” Carolyn says.
“We believe our offices should be enjoyable places where our team members can do their best work and have fun in open, friendly environments designed for easy collaboration.”
“The opportunities for luxury living continue to grow at The Russley Village, with foundations about to be poured for The Ashley Suites,” says Village Manager Wayne Thompson.
The Ashley Suites will host resthome and hospital level care and the top floor will contain eight serviced apartments, enabling residents to receive resthome level care in their home if required.
Completed only last December, the Sefton Apartment complex is almost fully occupied with one bed apartments still available. The Sefton Block is home to the glorious 15m x 9m swimming pool and spa pool.
The residents of the existing country estate style 47 villas and 63 spacious apartments (one, two and three bedrooms), have a short stroll to the fully licensed Abode Café and Brasserie, the boutique cinema and the Pavilion which contains cardio room, group exercise space for indoor bowls, low impact exercise classes and dancing. The bowling green is soon to be upgraded which will allow its use for croquet – hoops will be able to be inserted into the green!
“The Russley Village sets a new standard for retirement villages – in terms of physical design, architectural individuality, social variety and quality of care,” Wayne says. “Demand is high, which means people need to plan ahead if they would like to join our warm and inclusive community. So book a visit, finishing with coffee in the café then a stroll around our award-winning gardens.”
Living on the Chatham Islands for many years pushed Delwyn Lanauze to be creative with the resources she had at hand. This might go some way towards explaining the clever flavour combinations of the pies she has lovingly made in her café and bakery, Mrs Dentons, at 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside.
Venison, raspberry and cream cheese; the Chatham Island blue cod, parsley and leek; venison and mushroom are just a few. “We’re also one of the few places to do a scallop pie,” Delwyn says.
“That’s a big hit.”
This innovative take is also evident in the range of chutneys, horseradish and relishes on display, which includes cherry, beetroot and raspberry.
There are always fresh salads and soups – also with delicious flavour combinations such as Thai pumpkin and cauliflower – delicious cold deli options include lasagne, gluten-free frittata and tortilla stacks mean you’re covered for every meal and there are the usual sweet and savoury snacks, such as scones, cinnamon swirls and slices.
“I make exceptional scones and I don’t mind admitting that,” she laughs.
Mrs Dentons is also a stockist of the renowned Fairlie Bakehouse Pies, by Austrian chef Franz Lieber based in Fairlie, with six different flavour combinations to choose from.
Delwyn has also turned her very talented hand to art and there is always a beautiful range of her wares on display.
Mrs Dentons is open six days a week 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside from 7am to 3pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm Saturdays. Phone 03-357 4516.