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Pink Ribbon High Tea at The george

High tea temptations: stick your pinkies out for the Pink Ribbon high teas at The George

The new Executive Chef of The George, Antony Page, recently filled us in on the new 50 Bistro winter menu heading our way, when the discussion moved to a charity function that runs close to Metropol’s heart – the Pink Ribbon Breakfast, supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Pink Ribbon High Tea at The george

The George is getting behind this very worthy cause by throwing a Pink Ribbon High Tea until 15 June. Now you’ll be able to have the opportunity to enjoy something as decadent and delicious as a high tea at The George, while supporting research into breast cancer, with the goal of getting zero deaths from the disease.
You can start your High Tea with a Nautilus Rosé, or tea and coffee. Culinary options on offer include chicken, cranberry and brie sandwiches, carpaccio of beef and horseradish, and smoked salmon and herb cream cheese rolls. Or perhaps you’ll be tempted by the sweet treats like raspberry macaroons, strawberry custard tart or cherry chocolate brownie.
The choices on the menu are extensive yet, with one of Canterbury’s top chefs, Kelly Te Mete, behind the menu design, how could it possibly be anything but stunning? Why not get your BFFs together and make a date from mid-morning till late afternoon by calling The George to book your table?
Any time is a good time for that convivial catch up with the ladies over high tea when you can join with the George in supporting the wonderful endeavour that is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

The former Christchurch Re:START Mall

Container mall’s new northern home: Re:START makes it’s way up the coast to quake stricken Kaikoura

Right from square one, the Re:START mall was an out of the box response to the urgent post-quake need for retail space in the city’s heart. And, although only ever intended as a temporary solution, the ‘container mall’ concept’s 2011 opening struck a local chord.

The former Christchurch Re:START Mall
The former Christchurch Re:START Mall

The brightly coloured containers quickly became an internationally-recognisable symbol of post-quake innovation before they were removed to make way for the Riverside Farmers’ Market due to open early next year.
Now upcycled shipping containers from the popular mall have found a new home in Kaikōura’s main street. Known as Uplift Kaikōura, the container mall’s northern incarnation is the brainchild of local business owners whose buildings were damaged in the Kaikōura quake in 2016.

UPLIFT
UPLIFT

The precinct opened at the end of last year on an empty site in the centre of town and is home to Gecko Gearz, Paper Plus and Ocean Arts, with a fourth business joining in soon.
Gecko Gearz owner Penny Betts says Uplift stands on the site where the grand Adelphi Hotel stood for 96 years before being demolished after the 2016 quake.
“We are so fortunate to have these containers in Kaikōura,” Penny says.
“A good mix of travellers are shopping at the site and we’ve had very positive feedback and support from locals and Kiwis travelling through.”
Much like its former incarnation, feedback has been extremely positive. “People are constantly telling me it has given the town life, a really good vibe and shows we are moving forward and staying positive albeit challenging times,” she says.
“There’s a lovely green area in the centre, which has some picnic tables and a giant Connect Four game. It is great to see people relaxing in the area and quite a few of the local teens come and play the Connect Four.”
Uplift was predominantly privately-funded with some public donations from a Givealittle fundraising page.
Meanwhile in Christchurch, the Riverside Farmers’ Market is expected to be made up of five low-rise buildings with more than 80 market stalls, with 10,000 square metres of floor space and balconies overlooking three new laneways.
Inspired by European markets in cities like Copenhagen, the $80 million plan headed by developer Richard Peebles includes restaurants, food stalls and shops, fashion stores and offices, and is expected to be a breakthrough for the western end of Christchurch’s retail precinct.
“Farmers’ markets are the heart and soul of a city,” Peebles said when he unveiled plans for the development. “It’s where people naturally congregate and come together as a community.”
Building commenced earlier this year, with the complex earmarked for completion by 1 November 2018. The quick build time aims to minimise disruption for central city retailers.

Winter activities

Winter wonders: nine things guaranteed to get you out and loving Christchurch this winter

The temperatures have begun their downward descent and winter is on the seasonal horizon. But that’s no reason to hunker down at home.

Winter activities

Without the evolutionary need to hibernate like our animal ancestry, there’s still plenty to do and see to make the most of the chilly season. Here are our top picks!

Rise and shine

The sun rises a bit later in winter, giving you plenty of time to get up in the morning and make your way down to the beach. Just before the sun rises, the temperature drops and the sand freezes over, creating beautiful patterns. Definitely an Insta-worthy sight!

Café culture

The natural next step to ‘rise and shine’ is, of course, coffee! There’s a strong café culture in the city, so we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a favourite, but Black & White Coffee Cartel, Room 205, Villa 23 and 43 Degrees Café are just some of ours.

Star light star bright

When it comes to silver linings, the fact that winter is one of the best times of the year to observe the stars is just that, with frosty mornings creating stunning clear nights. The view from the Godley Head Reserve or the Sugarloaf is a beautiful spot to enjoy the night sky.

Let there be light

Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights is a mid-winter light extravaganza, which transforms the harbour into a magical space with lights, art, music and festivities on 29 June. The famous Street Party on London Street has a spectacular parade, buskers, performers, music, an outdoor street market with winter warmers, quality art and craft and an epic fireworks display.

Show-stopping spots

Christchurch is somewhat of an attention seeker when it comes to the social scene, in the very best of ways, of course. We are lucky to have theatrical options right here in the city. Top spots like the Isaac Theatre Royal and The Court Theatre will keep you warm this winter. Or try one of the many boutique cinemas in the city to enjoy the latest films.

‘Next-level’ fun

The highest point on Banks Peninsula, Mt Herbert often has a sprinkling of snow on top, while the view over Lyttelton Harbour and the Port Hills, with the Southern Alps standing proudly behind, is next-level fun, in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.

The ’coolest’ attraction

When it comes to getting your winter fix, there’s nothing cooler than the International Antarctic Centre. There’s nowhere else you get to survive an Antarctic Storm, bounce along on a Hagglund and hang out with Little Blue Penguins.

On thin ice

One of the coolest of winter sports, ice skating can be a whole lot of fun. Alpine Ice has been operating in Christchurch since 1985 and offers casual skating sessions, as well as holiday programmes.

Blooming beautiful

A neo-classical conservatory in the heart of the Botanic Gardens, Cunningham House is always full of colour – even in the winter.

Riverside Reinvention

Riverside reinvention: Oxford Terrace comes alive again

Few developments signify the greater rebuild in the way the bars opening up along the Avon River in the central city do.

Riverside Reinvention

Although the post-quake incarnation of ‘The Strip’ was conceptualised by Antony Gough, it was the building alongside on the corner of Oxford Terrace and Hereford Street purchased and developed by Richard Peebles and Max Bremner which was first off the starting block, with three businesses now raising the bar for nightlife in the city – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.

Riverside Reinvention Fat Eddie’s, a popular jazz and blues bar in Sol Square before the tremors, while downstairs two new businesses – upscale restaurant Original Sin and 1930s-themed cocktail bar Kong are taking a big bite out of the hospitality market.
With extensive experience running clubs in both Sydney and New York, Manager Stuart Black is charged with the running of all three venues, while Executive Chef David Nicol utilising ideas from his 20 years working in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As such, cuisine is at the heart of this hospitality trifecta, with pizzas the piece de resistance upstairs at Fat Eddies.

Riverside Reinvention Architectural Designer John Ayers and the clever hand responsible for translating his vision into the art and theming, Dean Johnstone, have created a space of many faces.
Twice the size of its former incarnation, Fat Eddies can accommodate 320 customers within its confines, that feature a dark interior, velvet-covered booth seats, wrought iron, high ceilings and chandeliers all tying this Christchurch institution to American jazz legends and prohibition-era rebellion, layered with slices of New York and New Orleans.
Although original Fat Eddies style pays homage to the scarfie flat, its latest incarnation has given this concept an upmarket makeover, with the use of fabric and colour, hand-blown neon, poster originals, and a 1960s television cabinet, all designed and made by Dean and his Dream It team.
Meanwhile, taking its name from the 1933 movie King Kong, Kong is a swanky cocktail bar, with an art deco feel designed to reflect the glamour of the 1930s. Purposing an escape from the 21st century mundane, John and Dean lose you in a glamourous age when style and panache peaked.

Riverside Reinvention The back of the bar is designed as a radiogram, and the lobby doors are the doors to a 1930’s lift, complete with lit floor indicator dial. Brass beading on furniture, authentic lighting and the general essence of luxe will have you screaming like Fay Wray at closing time.
Seating 140 people, inside and out, Original Sin is a powerful temptation, offering a fine dining experience in the heart of the city, with an immaculate fit out and menu to match.
Although the Christchurch earthquakes dealt the city’s nightlife a serious blow, with iconic hotspot affectionately known as ‘The Strip’ perhaps the biggest casualty, the riverside reinvention is reinvigorating the city’s social scene in no small part.

Via Sollertia

Coloured gems get their sparkle back: Via Sollertia’s colourful collection of gemstones

At Via Sollertia on New Regent Street, Clare and the team are adding sophisticated sparkle – and colour – to their clients’ lives.

Via Sollertia

Ever-evolving styles are ushering in a new era of striking coloured stones and Via Sollertia is at the forefront, with an exceptional and exquisite selection. “We’re noticing a strong trend of people choosing something with colour versus the traditional white diamond,” Clare explains.
“Sapphires and diamonds are the most common stones used in engagement rings, but I’m not sure everyone would know that sapphires are available in not just blue.”
They also come in green, yellow, orange and pink. Even rarer sapphire colours include the padparadscha sapphire – a deep peachy pink. “Diamonds don’t just come in white either; they come in champagne, chocolate, yellow, pink and even grey/silver!”
Tourmaline is also winning affections as an affordable stone that comes in a range of colours. “They come in varying shades of green, pink/red and blue. The designs you can create around a coloured stone are fun and interesting and you can hand-select a particular stone yourself. We have a large range in store as well as fab suppliers who can send us particular stones for clients to view.”

EntX Entertainment Central

City’s world-class cinema complex: Calder Stewart takes the lead on EntX Entertainment Central

A world-class venture by Calder Stewart will soon showcase a very unique entertainment and dining experience in the CBD. The Cantabrian icon with the X-factor is on schedule, on budget, for a September 21 launch – in time for school holidays.

EntX Entertainment Central

A first for New Zealand, EntX Entertainment Central will house the state-of-the-art Hoyts complex extending between Tuam and Lichfield Streets, with seven cinemas on the first and second stories, and 18 restaurants and bars on the ground floor of a triple-height, 15 metre high atrium.
“After losing Regent on Worcester and the Hoyts 8 complex, Hoyts desired a new inner-city flagship cinema complex. Nothing could compare to this site’s location,” says Calder Stewart’s Project Director Mark Weaver. “It fits well within the overall scheme of the city and will become a popular entertainment destination.”
The base build, incorporating a total floor area of 10,500m2, commenced in February 2017, the Hoyts fitout has commenced and the dining tenants’ fitouts will begin in July.
Mark says the overall design incorporates a Canterbury landscape theme to create a large glade space and a more enclosed grove area . Supporting columns and the use of recycled timbers reflect the dark forest tree trunks of native Canterbury forest, all weaving amongst an eclectic maze of dining and socialising spaces. “And a spectacular lighting feature will soon be unveiled,” he says. Full-height glass windows link into the outside city vibe, a vibrant vista whilst descending the escalator from Hoyts’ first floor entrance.

EntX Entertainment Central “The ground floor comprises a dining precinct with 18 restaurants representing all four corners of the globe, seating over 400 people comfortably,” Mark says. “It’s a great place to meet friends for a meal, watch a movie, or just people watch.”
EntX expects to be buzzing day and night with every type of dining environment from sociable bar leaners to soft leather couches by a cosy fireplace; world class – with a regional eclectic feel. The design and build project is headed by Mark, Project Manager Matt Peterson, Constructor Manager Jeff Sutherland and their talented team of carpenters.
Outside, the undulating canopy reflects the contours of the Port Hills, harmonising with the roof line of its adjacent neighbour, the Christchurch Bus Exchange. CS Roofing Canterbury was commissioned to supply and install the architectural wall cladding. The premium product, Euro Tray Angle Seam, was used to create the lightweight wall cladding of the atrium sides of the complex. Vertical lines varying in subtly changing shades emulate Canterbury plain’s patchwork landscape. “We used our highly skilled, experienced team on time and to budget, using this high-quality product, and met the challenges in the attention to detail required, from measuring and installation to sign off,” says Project Manager Shane Johnstone. “We are proud to be involved with such a prominent Christchurch Landmark.”
Hoyts cinemas incorporate more than 940 electric reclining seats with super spacious leg room across seven luxury cinemas – two extreme screens with Dolby surround take cinema to an exhilarating new level. For those special occasions, try one of the intimate 40 seat LUX cinemas with a restaurant to seat service.
AMT Mechanical Services strict acoustic requirements within the cinemas was one challenge, including delivery of conditioned air, to maintain patron comfort levels, while meeting very specific noise criteria. This includes large noise attenuators within duct runs, and developing alternate methods to support ducting around acoustic ceilings and walls. “The project has been fully BIM (3D) modelled via our in-house CAD engineers, allowing us to complete clash-analysis early on,” says Area Manager Chris Green. “To date we’ve commissioned four of the cinemas, and are installing mechanical services for the Hoyts kitchens and hospitality tenancies. Preliminary HVAC design commenced in June 2016. and we’re extremely excited see the project unfolding and very proud to work with Calder Stewart.”

EntX Entertainment Central Calder Stewart, predominately involved in industrial design and build development, has its own distribution fleet, access gear, cranes, as well as reinforcing steel, structural steel and concrete panel production plants. This was a cost-effective factor in the $50 million dollar project that utilised 580 tonnes of structural steel.
No stranger to central city development and construction, Calder Stewart also built the new Kathmandu and Vodafone buildings. “Our design and build process is very simple. Tell us what you want to achieve, and we’ll work on making it happen,” Mark says. “Our vertical supply chain means efficiencies and savings are passed onto our clients and our timeframes are shorter.”
As the company transitions from a regional base to a national focus with inroads into the Auckland and Hamilton markets, the latest outstanding new flagship in Christchurch showcases all that can be possible.

Project Partners

  1. CALDER STEWART
    Ph: 03 338 0013
    Web: www.calderstewart.co.nz
  2. AMT MECHANICAL
    Ph: 03 338 0145
    Web: www.amtmech.co.nz
  3. CS ROOFING CANTERBURY
    Ph: 03 338 0400
    Web: www.csroofingcanterbury.co.nz
Riverlands House

Clever corner construction: Riverlands House an outstanding triumph for Warren & Mahoney and ABL Construction

Handsome new commercial build Riverlands House is anchored on the corner of Victoria and Kilmore Streets, with prow pointed like an ocean liner toward the Port Hills. It is a striking addition to this prominent corner and shortlisted for the Commercial Category of the New Zealand Institute of Architecture (NZIA) Canterbury awards. The original building sat back on the site, but new city rules enabled the building to come forward to directly interface with the corner.

Riverlands House
Photo – Sarah Rowlands

Chris Dopheide, Architect at Warren and Mahoney Architects, says the building is a strong example of how to make the best use of a smaller inner-city site, with hospitality at ground floor level, offices in mid-levels and topped off with apartments, to provide living/working units.
Chris says the owner was keen on low maintenance: the external materials are a GRC concrete panel system on the Kilmore Street façade which is lightweight and efficient to construct and maintain. The Victoria Street frontage is faced with striking mesh-pattern panels to control the glare from morning sunlight streaming into the office areas. The top floor apartment is clad in Euroline Seamlock, again a practical, hardy, modular system that can be readily adapted.
Lead contractor for the project was South Island owned and operated ABL Construction (Amalgamated Builders Ltd) and General Manager Canterbury Michael Johnson says the synergies between the two multi-award-winning firms made their involvement a no-brainer.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Warren and Mahoney, especially on such a high-quality project,” he says.
“It was a very collaborative environment, with both companies focused on meeting the highest standards.”

Riverlands House
Photo – Sarah Rowlands

 

Established in 1961, ABL has achieved some of the highest accolades in the commercial contracting sector, including the New Zealand Commercial Projects Platinum Award – bestowed only on those who have won five or more national titles. The ABL team has won national awards across multiple categories including high end commercial projects, working with some of the country’s top architects.
“ABL has been around for 55 years now and during that time, we’ve been focused on open and transparent communication, working closely with the architect and client to ensure we’re delivering the highest quality iteration of exactly what they want.
“The end product speaks of Warren and Mahoney’s professional capabilities. They were brilliant to work with and Riverlands House is a fantastic addition to the city streetscape.”
The design captures quintessential Christchurch views, and the views from the apartment on top are pretty much 360 degrees. Chris’ favourite view is from the master bed and bath over Durham Street to the Port Hills, but the view from the west terrace across Hagley Park to the snow-capped mountains is pretty impressive too.

Riverlands House
Photo – Sarah Rowlands

Project Partners

  1. ABL Construction:
    Ph: 03-341 2160
    Web: www.abl.co.nz
  2. Warren and Mahoney:
    Ph: 03-961 5926
    Web: www.warrenandmahoney.com
Mix & Mingle

Mix & mingle: five activities that are perfect for those who don’t want a night on the town

Let’s face it, bar hopping and dance parties are so last year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some wonderful opportunities to mix and mingle, and kick up your heels in a much more creative sense of the expression.

Mix & Mingle

We’ve collated a collection of some of the city’s more subdued selections when it comes to getting out and about; somewhere you can comfortably take the grandkids out to or head out for some R&R.

Magnificent music

Get back into the heart of the city at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, which offers a regular concert series on Wednesdays, beginning at 1:10pm with optional light lunch available at the Cathedral Café from 12:45pm.

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
373 Manchester Street
Every Wednesday, beginning at 1:10pm
Donation $10 & $5, proceeds to the CBS Building Fund

Denim, Diamonds and Dancing

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is proud to announce its first annual fundraising evening of Denim, Diamonds and Dancing in support of The Little Gems Project. The evening will be presented by television host, Jason Gunn and includes live music, top-class entertainment, delicious canapés, dancing and a live auction.

Sixty6 on Peterborough
Saturday 26 May from 7:30pm
Tickets from $138 available online at
www.littlegems.org.nz

Christchurch chorals

Atlas Voices was established in 2013 and continues to push the boundaries and expectations of choral music by presenting a variety of styles at an exceptional standard under the expert leadership of American conductor, Ravil Atlas. Momentum will showcase the group’s broad range, technical vocal capabilities and superb musicality.

Knox Church
Sunday 27 May, 2:30pm
Tickets $30, available from ww.atlasvoices.nz

Tea-totaller

Why not try something completely unique and experience a traditional Chinese tea making process, while learning the tea culture, history and health benefits of fine tea? Taste the traditional Chinese tea dessert and get a guided tour of Wood Firing Ceramics Exhibition.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery,
2 Harakeke St, Riccarton
Two sessions per day on Sundays
Price $18 per person, bookings
eventfinda.co.nz or 03-341 6276

Four-legged & furry friends

A family exhibition of the best products, services, and entertainment for all those who love pets and animals returns to Christchurch and is growing on its successful inaugural show! The Pet & Animal Expo is a celebration of pets and animals and the positive role they play in society.

Pioneer Leisure Centre,
75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield
Saturday and Sunday 28-29 April 10am-4pm
Tickets from $4 available from
eventfinda.co.nz or 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

The General Store

A stylish range: The General Store is your central city shopping destination

Christchurch’s go-to place for the coolest, contemporary gifts has re-opened in a handy part of town.

The General Store

The General Store is downstairs from 33 Lichfield Street Carpark – opposite the Justice Precinct – with the first hour of parking free. With dual entrance, it’s part of the new development on the south side of Cashel Mall.
After 12 years, from its beginning in Sol Square and until recently the Re:START Mall, owner Sonya Henry has created a unique experience in store – you’ll be inspired to browse the stylish range. “We enjoy stocking brands with a story of great design and responsible ethos,” she says.

“You will be proud to give a meaningful gift from The General Store.”
From a little something for a dear friend to a tasteful New Zealand souvenir, your gift will be beautifully wrapped in one of the many gorgeous papers available.
It’s the perfect place to find your Mother’s Day gift. Visit www.thegeneralstore.net.nz.

Scott Thelning Principal of The Cathedral Grammar School

Meet the Principal 2018: Scott Thelning of The Cathedral Grammar School

Scott Thelning Principal of The Cathedral Grammar School
Scott Thelning Principal of The Cathedral Grammar School

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started and at The Cathedral Grammar School we aim to make that start something extraordinary for your child. Balancing our traditional Christian values with an energy to look forward, our students’ path to excellence begins here. Supported and encouraged by a culture of nurturing, knowing and growing, our students advance on their educational journeys with a solid foundation of academic success and a well-rounded character based on our Anglican character.”

The Cathedral Grammar School is an independent school providing high-quality education for pre-school, primary school and intermediate aged girls and boys.
This is a place of ambition alongside preparation where students learn from the best right from the start. Every year level benefits from the expertise of our high-calibre specialist teachers across multiple subjects. And small class sizes mean a lot of individual attention, ensuring every child’s strengths are identified and built on, with support provided where and when needed.

The Cathedral Grammar School The school structure is unique and designed to ensure students have the opportunity to make the most of their formative school years. The school understands learning happens in different ways at different ages; its students work in both co-educational and single-sex learning environments at times when this best suits their learning journey. In Pre-School and the Junior School, children learn in a co-educational environment. Students in Years 4 to 8 attend either the Boys’ or Girls’ School. Allowing students the best of both worlds, single sex classes offer the opportunity to target and deliver the curriculum in the most effective and interesting style possible, while social skills are developed by sharing mixed-environment break times, specialist classes and activities.
Creativity and culture play a big role here with four choirs and hundreds of individual music, speech and drama lessons every week. It’s also a proud sporting school, providing students with the facilities and encouragement to try their hand at a range of sports and recreation activities.
Ultimately, The Cathedral Grammar School is committed to providing a balance of tradition and rigour, while being curious and adventurous every day. The Cathedral Grammar School – aspiring since 1881.