Amid the concrete and glass of Christchurch’s sparkling new city, the CBD is emerging as a space that packs a culinary punch. Because, although deciding where to have dinner can be a tough decision, the central city has become a hotspot for the hungry with all types of foods and cuisines including Thai, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Japanese and everything in between.
The city doesn’t just have a plethora of cuisines to offer hungry people, it also has unique options that give customers a different dining experience. For instance, The Little High Eatery, located on Saint Asaph Street, is a classy food court that houses eight local and family-run businesses. Basically, it’s a one-stop shop for filling your mouth with tasty food – Thai, sushi, pizza, burgers and more!
Just around the corner on High Street, The Monday Room is another eatery that has made a splash in the central city dining space. You’ll feast your eyes on a range of elegantly prepared, meat and seafood-focused dishes such as braised lamb shoulder served with a mouth-pleasing mixture of orange, watercress, mint and pomegranate.
The establishment encourages its patrons to have a social dining experience while they savor shareable-sized meals. Its distinguished ‘Trust the Chef’ menu, where the chef crafts special dishes for each customer, sets it apart from other establishments in the area.
Meanwhile, a couple of blocks down, Welles Street too is making its culinary mark after local firm Box 112 repurposed six former industrial buildings, including a former blacksmith’s workshop, transforming them into a complex of artisan businesses known as The Welder after a former tenant.
Interesting, quirky and raw, the spaces in The Welder are engaging and authentic, headed by operators who have a shared vision for raising the standard of healthy, locally produced food in the city.
New Regent Street too is a culinary destination worthy of its prestige, with cafés, bars and restaurants making their commercial homes here, including 27 Steps, Moko Café, Caffeine Lab, Sushi Sachi, Shop Eight Food and Wine, Coffee Lovers and The Last Word.
Keep in mind that these are just some of the examples of the many eateries around the central city. Christchurch’s inner circle has a lot to offer, you just have to be willing to experience it. So the next time your stomach starts rumbling, step out of your comfort zone and into the CBD to try something new.
Maureen Taane is the head of a creative empire – more than 200 artists, craftspeople and businesses behind design store, HAPA. On the executive board of the Central City Business Association, she is a fierce advocate of the space that makes up our CBD. Metropol talks to Maureen about HAPA’s triumphant return to its central city roots.
At the heart of HAPA is the desire to showcase local creative talent, how did you come up with the concept?
did you come up with the concept?
I’ve been part of the local creative industry for more than two decades and in the aftermath of the earthquakes I was mourning the fact that we had lost many of our showcase spaces, galleries, retailers and exhibition spaces; yet another issue to overcome in the complex myriad of issues we all faced at that time.
There was a palpable desire to ‘support local’ as Cantabrians understood that we needed to reach out to each other and the rest of the country looked for ways to support our recovering city. Showcasing local talent started out as a business case, a necessity and a personal passion. It’s now the core focus of our offering as we support more than 200 local businesses.
Internationally the craft/local design movement and appreciation grows stronger as people react negatively to mass produced and imported goods and increasingly value handmade, handcrafted, and locally produced quality items. That is our HAPA happy place!
One of the early adopters of the Container Mall concept, how did it feel to take a leap and get on board with something so unique and innovative?
I had a strong feeling it would be a success because we were all so desperate to reclaim the heart of our city after eight months of being locked out and there were numerous successful examples of this style of project internationally. It sure felt crazy to be building a colourful container mall in the dust and debris of the fallen CBD, under army cordon and in the shadow of buildings that were still to come down.The day Re:Start opened was the first time that the people of Christchurch were able to see what was left of the CBD and I’ll never forget it… 25,000 people came through that weekend. We felt a little bit like pioneers on a frontier… a tiny oasis in the middle of utter chaos. The Re:Start mall outlasted the critics and become a force in its own right; a destination for tourists and locals alike, and was eventually demolished in January 2018 to make way for the new Riverside Farmers Market.
You’re on the executive board for the Central City Business Association, how important is the central city to you?
I’ve been on the board since its inception more than 10 years ago, because I believe a strong central city heart benefits the wider city as a whole. I have lived in and worked in the CBD for more than two decades and our daughter went to school right here in the heart of the city too. It is indelibly etched in my heart as a tūrangawaewae.
It’s an unprecedented time in the CBD right now – the changes are coming quickly as the retail precinct takes shape; workers are returning to the central city, new apartments are underway and Ao Tawhiti (Discovery Unlimited School) is returning… the buzz is building. It’s joyful and infectious!
Tell us about your new store open in the BNZ Centre?
We opened on the 11th of May, with a beautiful, sustainable fitout by local duo Frontal Lobe! It’s wonderful to be back in the heart of the city, in the busy bustling space that is the BNZ Centre. We feel very lucky to have secured a space in this quality precinct with some of our Re:Start friends too (Scorpio Books, COSMIC and Simply NZ are our neighbour friends). We are also super lucky to be right opposite the most amazing café Little Brews Espresso – best coffee and banter in town!
What’s the most fulfilling aspect of what you do?
I feel immensely proud that we showcase beautiful, functional, well-made items that mostly have a very small footprint. One example is dear Keith Partridge who is in his 80s – a master craftsman who makes native wood products that he brings in while driving his electric car! Or the lovely Nadia from Shakey Smiles who makes a range of wonderful creatures from recycled woollen blankets. People love to see the maker’s mark and feel the warmth that exudes from items that are handmade, locally designed and a little bit different to mainstream gift ranges. I also design some products for HAPA that are only available instore, with a Te Reo Māori focus, in a push to ‘normalise’ Māori language in the retail gift environment.
The season for hygge is well and truly here and, if you’re a foodie, or just someone who likes to get cosy with the family and a bowl of homemade soup, then a visit Total Food Equipment is a must-do before you hunker down.
The store is a gorgeous trove of all things cooking and baking. From oyster forks to cinnamon oyster tins, whatever is on your wish list, you will find it here and more besides. The baking section alone is extensive – a home baker’s heaven of tins and moulds to dream of, including friand, mini madeleines and, of the moment, donut tins.
A range of cast iron cookware made in France by Staub comes in red, orange, black, grey, and blue. It’s a lifetime gift to yourself or a friend and its strength and beauty goes from stove to table. You can braise, roast, cook, stew or fry with the range, in-oven or on the stove top with the frying pans, rib grills and mussel pots. The cocottes are round and oval, and the divine pumpkin and tomato shaped casseroles will redefine your batterie de cuisine goals forever.
Are you picturing a warm candlelit scene, the table alive with family and friends, good conversation and wine set off with a tasty display of tapas and sharing plates? At Total Food Equipment, the ranges available mean you’ll find a set to match your flair and flavours.
There is the versatile and ever-stylish cast iron option: small dishes in different sizes and in round and oval. Or bring colourful artisan élan to your table with the Regas range, made in Spain since 1821 from high quality fire proof terracotta clay. The cazuela is one of the oldest cooking vessels, used since pre-Roman times and still in use today in every Spanish kitchen.
It is used as a frying pan over direct heat on the hob, an open fire or barbeque. It is also oven-proof and makes a great baker and roasting dish for sweet or savoury. The organic nature of terracotta adds flavour to the food and the dishes go from oven to table. Choose from round, oval, rectangle, bowls and handled bowls, there is a choice of exterior colours too.
If the lashing rain and wind outside means mulled wine to you, take yours to the next level with The Herb and Spice Mill sachets of all-natural ingredients. The range of food safe presentation dishes of all types is huge at Total Food Equipment, so make it your first stop for themed parties or catering this winter too. Total Food Equipment is at 218 Moorhouse Avenue, with parking outside the door.
Ballantynes has long been the haven for everything beautiful, across fashion, lifestyles and homewares. But as the main store began its rebuild along Lichfield Street post-quake, its homewares departments were temporarily relocated into new premises.
A temporary building opposite the South City Mall at 520 Colombo Street was set up to house most of these offerings for the past seven years. Now the department store is celebrating the homecoming of its homewares departments, on their return to the city mall store, with the Home Edit store at 520 Colombo Street now closed.
Recognising its customers wanted all the store’s departments under one roof while the rebuild project is underway, Ballantynes made the decision to bring them home and they have made room within the existing footprint to house the different homewares departments.
You’ll now find the Stationery, Home & Living, French Country, NZ Gifts, Bed & Bath, and Childrenswear & Toys departments on the lower ground floor of Ballantynes in the city, with the Cook & Dining department on the ground floor.
Ballantynes is also celebrating its annual home event. On Wednesday 27 June, there will be an evening of home inspiration, food tastings, entertainment, giveaways and exclusive deals. To secure a place, phone
0800 656 400.
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.
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.
With a strong interest in bringing new therapies to New Zealand, Southern Clinical Trials Group is excited about its relocation to the stylish new Forté 2 building, centrally located adjacent to the Forté Hospital at 132 Peterborough Street. This purpose-built medical facility enables the group to continue its valuable contribution to advancing medical knowledge and patient care.
In a clinical trial, human participants receive specific interventions or treatment according to the research plan or protocol. Participant safety is always paramount, Southern Clinical Trials Group Medical Director, Dr Simon Carson says.
Before conducting a clinical trial in New Zealand, approval must first be obtained from an Independent Ethics Committee. In New Zealand this is a centralised function conducted by one of the five Health and Disability Ethics committees. All the parties involved with the development and testing of the study medication must follow the study protocol, as well as a specific set of international guidelines called Good Clinical Practice (GCP). GCP puts participants’ rights, safety and welfare at the centre of the whole trial process.
All possible risks are advised beforehand and, before a clinical trial can begin for a treatment, medication, or device, it has to have already shown promising results in laboratory tests.
All trials have guidelines about who can participate and the criteria might include age, a specific medical condition and previous treatment history. For any participant in a clinical trial, the process begins with health checks from the team of health professionals, followed by specific instructions for using the treatment, medication or device.
The team monitors the participant throughout the trial. In some trials the participants can access new treatments before they are generally available. Director of Clinical Trials, Julia Mathieson, says participants are able to leave the trial at any stage before it is completed. Participants’ GPs are kept informed of their participation and any significant findings or results.
Southern Clinical Trials Group has four further privately owned clinical trial sites, so you don’t have to be Christchurch-based to participate. All are well equipped research units, staffed by experienced primary health care practitioners that have established relationships with specialists for the more complex studies.
If you are considering becoming a research volunteer, contact 03-337 1979, or you can add your name to the volunteer list online at www.sctrials.co.nz.
Back to back hits from two of the biggest names on Broadway, Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be performed at the Isaac Theatre Royal, with four performances from 13-15 July.
American born Porter wrote more than 800 songs across a five-decade career, conquering both Broadway and Hollywood. His soaring melodies, offset with urbane and witty lyrics, gave rise to his signature musical genre known as ‘the Cole Porter song’. Iconic musicals like Anything Goes, Can Can and Kiss Me Kate remain stage and screen classics, finding new audiences with every decade; his greatest songs covered by modern stars from Michael Bublé to Lady Gaga.
British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the best-known name in modern musical theatre. The first composer to have four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway since 1953, he has written some of the world’s most loved and successful musicals including Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and CATS.
Broadway Hitmen features favourites from these two musical theatre hit makers performed by an onstage orchestra under the baton of Ravil Atlas, along with soloists and a large chorus.
Amongst the soloists will be West End singer/actor Nic Kyle, who toured with Elaine Page in 2012; soprano Charlotte Taylor who has performed with NZOpera and Showbiz; jazz and blues artist Kate Taylor of the All Girl Big Band; and Kira Josephson who recently played Nessarose in the Showbiz production of Wicked.
Bookings through Ticketek, 0800 842 538, www.ticketek.co.nz/showbiz or www.showbiz.org.nz/broadway-hitmen.
Many Cantabrians have said that central cities come to life with essential services placed in top locations. That’s now happening. One great example is the new Unichem Cashel Pharmacy, right opposite Ballantynes.
This year the retail heart of Christchurch is back to teeming with life. Cashel Mall, BNZ Square, and The Crossing have everything city dwellers want or need during lunch breaks. Plus, a visit to the Unichem Cashel Pharmacy holds more time-saving value than ever before. It now offers medical aesthetic services, so people can boost their wellbeing on the fly.
Not only for collecting your prescriptions, the pharmacy – which also boasts a Post Shop – offers booked appointments with a registered nurse. Flu jabs are administered here, as are initial complementary skin consultations. These then can lead onto service-oriented appearance medicine, such as dermal fillers, collagen-inducing needling, or simply a spot of nutritional counselling.
This is a no-nonsense, caring place where health, nutrition, beauty and cosmetic medicine align within a highly medically-regulated pharmacy setting.
All consultations and treatments happen in confidential, private surroundings, with intensively trained, experienced registered nurses. Pharmacist owner Annabel Turley has introduced this service three days a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cosmetic medicine treatments such as botox and dysport injections are administered in a private room and clients’ initial consultation includes a full assessment of a client’s skin requirements, and his or her overall lifestyle and health.
Aging naturally, yet gracefully is something we all aspire to achieve. Registered Cosmetic Nurse, Louise Highet will help you achieve both skin health and skin beauty.
From a nursing career which has included both hospital and primary health care, Louise then pursued the field of dermatology and cosmetic medicine. Optimising skin health and confidence quickly became her passion.
As a result, Louise now offers her wealth of knowledge and over five years’ experience of cosmetic medical injectables and other advanced aesthetic procedures. Safety and education is her top client priority and she personalises each client’s treatment plan accordingly, from her upstairs, boutique premises in High Street.
Louise sees many clients who all seek hydrated, youthful and glowing skin. Some of this, she says, is an inside job, requiring hydration, adequate sleep and nutrients; Louise takes a holistic approach to skin health and beauty.
Louise aims to leave her customers walking away feeling and looking refreshed, natural and well rested, with results that last over time. Providing a range of non-surgical treatments of dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, clinical grade skin-care and peels, along with sophisticated platelet-rich plasma and dermal needling treatments.
Not believing in administering skin interventions in isolation, Louise realises that educating clients throughout their aesthetic journey is key. She shares her top recommendations on keeping your skin in a beautiful state of health, leaving you feeling refreshed, and confident. Visit louisehighet.co.nz.
Architect Craig South explores an alternative to the norm when it comes to central city living.
Architecture is typically viewed as a whole – the exterior lines, the internal layout and the fit-out. And while it is all of that, if we were to strip it back to a considered shell, we have what is known as Naked Architecture – a term being used overseas to describe buildings being designed and built with no preconceived ideas around their internal layout and use; buildings that the end-user is able to individually tailor to suit their needs.
This is not to say that the cornerstones of architecture are ignored. The roles of the developer and the architect are still vital throughout the process. Each unit or apartment needs to be the result of considered design; crafted for its individual location and placement within the overall structure in order for the building to be a success. The developer and architect are equally important during the fit-out stage, ensuring the end result is a well thought out, bespoke home.
By offering buyers this ability to buy ‘shell space’ and fit it out to suit their personal needs, we are creating end-user buy-in in terms of what they are wanting, giving buyers the opportunity to stake a claim and invest, beyond financially, into their purchase.
Where someone might spend more on floor tiles and fittings, another occupant will spend less. One may have an ‘entertainers’ kitchen and one large living area, while another will have multiple living spaces and sleeping options to suit their family – allowing everyone to create a home that falls within their budget while meeting their personal needs.
Having been seeking an inner city living option for my family, it has become apparent that finding the perfect solution is hard. Our decision to move into the inner city has been driven by the high level of amenity and the incredible opportunity Hagley Park offers as a borrowed landscape, ensuring that no matter where we move in this central neighbourhood and what size our floor plan, we have this vast green space on our doorstep. This ensures we won’t be compromising on the Kiwi backyard, rather opening up the opportunities that come with living within close proximity to such an under-utilised offering.
Personally, we would jump at the chance to convert a ‘shell’ into spaces that reflect our family’s needs both now and into the future. And what is exciting is that someone else could create something completely different in the adjacent space. This is a concept that allows for individualisation of style, budget and layout, creating a cross section and diversification of people living in our city.
This type of development is not an unknown concept in New Zealand, or even Christchurch. We commonly adopt it in the design and build of commercial buildings, so the question is, why not do it for personal living spaces?
We tend to look to Europe for passive design learnings and other design concepts, so why not look to them for inspiration to encourage families into our inner city?
With our central city neighbourhood bursting with amenities, yet slow to attract residential development post-earthquake, it is time to think beyond ordinary and offer a new and unique way to encourage people back. www.caarc.co.nz