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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.

Kenneth F. Weaver

For the benefit of others: Kenneth F. Weaver is the amazing man who has been providing Christchurch pensioner’s low-cost housing for 45 years

When Kenneth F. Weaver first started providing low-cost pensioner housing in Christchurch 45 years ago, he was amassing joy. Daughter Karen and son Craig talk of how thankful and contented their dad has made many older Cantabrians.

Kenneth F. Weaver
Kenneth F. Weaver

Prospective tenants of their one and two-bed units are eligible if they’re over 60, have less than $25,000 to call on and experience genuine housing need. Once there, they can relax, knowing their comfortable accommodation is secure for life. Often such peace would have been impossible to find. Generally tenants leave only if they require rest-home care.
Now numbering 29 units, and in locations including Abberley Crescent, Barbadoes Street, Hills Road and Trist Place, the Kenneth F. Weaver Trust Inc. homes all boast heat pumps, good insulation and tidy garden surrounds. There’s a tenant waiting list for when a unit becomes vacant. The accommodation is now managed and maintained by the next generation of the Weaver family.

Kenneth F. Weaver

It’s obvious that Kenneth F, now 83, had great foresight in establishing such housing, as the need for it has always remained steady. His charitable work was celebrated in 2005, when he received the Queen’s Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to the community.
Find out more by visiting www.kennethfweavertrust.co.nz.

Harcourts Cancer Society Ball

Harcourts Cancer Society: a big hearted ball

Kicking up your heels takes on a very special meaning at the annual Harcourts Cancer Society Ball. One of the most exciting and prestigious events on the city’s social calendar, it has consecutively broken fundraising records for the past three years, with $208,000 raised last year to support the charity which supports Cantabrians living with cancer.

Harcourts Cancer Society Ball
Photo credit Nayhauss

Horncastle Arena is the major host of this year’s event, which is being held on Saturday June 23. Although currently resting a broken ankle, one of New Zealand’s favourite broadcasters and television personalities, Hilary Barry, will be there to MC the event – cast or no cast!
For its 2018 incarnation, the Cancer Society Ball is turning up the noise on the dancefloor. Sweet Mix Kids – which has toured with Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, and even played at Coachella for the last few years – will be on hand, along with much loved locals The Eastern, and Simon Kong and Byllie-Jean.
But the piece de resistance of the eve will be the Harcourts Live Auction and this year a new selection of money-can’t-buy experiences will be on the table, including Singapore Airlines business class flights for two to anywhere in the world.
Meanwhile, Vbase chef Dan Shanks will be pulling out all the culinary stops with a brand new three course gourmet dining experience, alongside an elegant and sophisticated late-night Chivas Regal Whisky Lounge, Noble and Savage Tea Retreat and Coffee Supreme Station.
For more info and to purchase tickets visit www.cancersocietyball.co.nz.

The charitable social calendar

The charitable social calendar: local events with a community or charitable trust

We share our city with some incredible people who put heart, mind and soul into the support of philanthropic endeavours, so much so that we couldn’t possibly hope to list them all.

The charitable social calendar

What we can do however, is list some of the upcoming events on the local social calendar which have been formed to support the vital charitable services that are at the heart of a strong community. We hope you enjoy.

Battle of the artists

Art Battle is live, competitive painting where 12 of Christchurch’s top artists have just 20 minutes to paint a canvas. The audience votes for the winner and all artworks are available by silent auction on the night.
But what is perhaps the most exciting aspect of this endeavour, is that it supports the charity ‘Just Peoples’ which was set up to connect Kiwis with the means and desire to join the fight against global poverty with small, locally led micro-projects across Asia and Africa.
Sunday 6 May from 5:30-9:30pm
Sixty6 on the corner Peterborough and Durham Streets
For tickets visit www.eventbrite.co.nz

Philanthropic fare

It’s an iconic mystery dining experience and it’s all in support of Ronald McDonald House. Arrive with your guests at the pre-dinner function and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapes. This is where excitement builds with a live auction, before you find out where you will be dining for the night with a live mystery dining draw.
From exclusive local restaurants to private chefs at unique dining destinations, Supper Club Christchurch is sure to impress your dinner guests.
Friday 15 June from 5:30pm until late
Pre-dinner location to be revealed soon, mystery dinner location announced on the night
For bookings contact Robyn Medlicott on 027 225 5221 or robyn@rmhsi.org.nz

A charitable cook

Life Education Trust Canterbury is very lucky to have the opportunity to host a fundraising event alongside Annabel Langbein.
Ticket proceeds will go directly to Life Education Trust Canterbury, enabling this talented team to continue delivering health educational lessons to 20,000 primary and intermediate school children in Canterbury each year.
During this exclusive event the second volume Essentials cookbook will be launched and Annabel will share stories from her free-range life as well as top tips and tricks to help you become a more confident and creative cook.
Monday 7 May from 6:30-8:30pm
St Margaret’s College, Charles Luney Auditorium
Tickets are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz

Wham Bam Author Jam

We have a lot of talented authors in this beautiful country of ours, and Addington Raceway wanted to create a place for the public to meet them and perhaps find their next favourite!
The event will feature local authors and even some from further afield, with ticket and raffle proceeds supporting the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. So, grab the family, grab your friends and head to Wham Bam Author Jam!
Saturday 24 November, 10am-4pm
Addington Raceway 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington
Tickets are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz

Harcourts Twiss Keir

Community driven success: Twiss Keir Realty gives credit for achievements to the support they get from locals

The growth of the Twiss Keir Realty team is impressive. Established more than 30 years ago, it recently boasted five branches – Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast and The Palms.

Harcourts Twiss Keir

With the recent purchase of Four Seasons Realty – with offices in Hornby and Rolleston – there are now seven offices, 91 salespeople, 33 staff and management and 10 in property management, with a franchise area that stretches throughout North Canterbury, Selwyn and Christchurch’s outer suburbs.
“We are the largest sales team in our market with the largest property management portfolio. We sell on average one in every three residential properties in North Canterbury and one in two lifestyle properties. But it is not our size that defines us – we are a dynamic and varied business designed to cater to all from the smallest property to multimillion dollar estates.
“We pride ourselves on client results. We see ourselves as the most effective sales team with a genuine focus on keeping our clients happy. We have experts in residential, commercial and rural as well as business brokers, a farm specialist and the only known viticulture specialised salesperson,” licenced business owner, third generation realtor James Twiss says.
It is inspiring seeing business growth such as this and the team does it with heart. In the past five years it has supported the Harcourts Foundation and given more than $150,000 to local community charities in North Canterbury and the Selwyn district. “We are regularly amazed and humbled by the support our communities have given and continue to give us.”

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

The powerful virtues of Medical Research: pioneering the future at Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

To a large extent, the longer life expectancy we enjoy owes to pioneers of modern medicine in our midst. Canterbury Medical Research Foundation is one of eight research organisations playing this vital role in New Zealand. It is second only to Auckland in size.

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Focused on transitional science, to identify a very clear nexus between what’s being done in the field of research and the outcome for the patient, the real ethos of the foundation is around legacy – what it can do to make a better life for future generations and in turn, ensure less suffering for people with chronic illness and their families.
While trying to reduce the bureaucracy that frustrates so many in the field, the foundation’s assessment process for its research is no less rigorous than any other. “The key is that we are not just some faceless funding agency; we develop a meaningful relationship with those we support,” CEO Kate Russell says. “With the likes of the Universities of Canterbury and Otago, we feel a great deal of responsibility, friendship and goodwill towards them, because they are doing a brilliant job.”
An important part of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation’s remit focuses on health issues important to New Zealanders and those with a local relevance to Christchurch such as depression and anxiety, particularly post-quakes. “We also support the ADHD work of Dr Julia Rucklidge at University of Canterbury, Prof Frank Frizzell and his team working on colorectal research and so many others. The work of our own NZ Brain Research Institute is an important part of what we do.
“The Brain ‘Centre of Research Excellence’ (CoRE) that our institute participates in, has been given a very clear focus – to push the beginnings of cognitive decline out by five years. Most people, if they live long enough, will experience some level of cognitive decline, so if we can delay this, it affects the whole trajectory of the disease.”
One of the main reasons it exists is to fill a very important gap. “We are niche funders who commit to small and interesting projects to help them become large and interesting projects.
“The reason Professor Don Bevan started our foundation is because we have a huge hospital base here, a medical school and the University of Canterbury. We have a lot of lovely, young, bright minds fresh out of study with their PhD, and if they are not supported or given opportunities, they go overseas and we risk permanently losing that intellectual capital.”
With $1.6 million given away annually by Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and a goal to give away $2 million annually by 2020, Russell says the foundation wishes to sincerely thank all its generous donors.
“We have been so blessed in the generous bequests received. A lot of people think, ‘I don’t donate because surely they are only interested in big donors’, but actually, it is our hundreds and hundreds of small donors who give us what they can that helps us push our reserves up. There are a lot of worthy charities in New Zealand and we’re so thankful because the only reason we can do all of this is because of our generous community.”
Tomorrow – 16 March – Canterbury Medical Research Foundation is partnering with the Cancer Society for its annual Russley Golf Club Tournament. Also on the agenda this year, is its annual Wine and Art Auction where $100,000 is guaranteed to be raised to support a selected project. Applications for project funding have also just closed, so keep an eye out for further news.
Visit www.cmrg.org.nz.

American Express Openair Cinema

Events guide: Five things well worth leaving home for

The temperatures may have begun their downward descent, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lock yourselves inside! We’ve gone in search of some of the hottest events around that will be sure to bring some warmth to your autumn.

American Express Openair Cinema
American Express Openair Cinema

Food, fun and flicks:

American Express is bringing the Openair Cinema festival of food, fun and flicks to Rauora Park from 15 March to 1 April.
There will be an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.
Better yet, you can bring along a ‘Doggy Date’! Pampered pooches will receive the VID treatment with a pawfect picnic platter of doggy delights and their own canine couch. Tickets start at $13 and are on-sale now at www.openaircinemas.co.nz.

Jump for charity:

Some of the country’s leading horse and pony riders are getting in behind the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with the second annual Jump for Cancer Hagley charity event at North Hagley Park on 25 March.
St. Margaret’s College students will be collecting donations on behalf of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and food vendors will be selling everything from coffee and gelato to gourmet pizzas and potatoes.
General admission is free with VIP tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.nz. To find out more, head to the Jump for Cancer Hagley Facebook page.

Middle-aged man in lycra!

Following a sell-out premiere season across New Zealand, much-loved Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow remounts for a final ride into Christchurch in the acclaimed one man show, MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra), in all its lurid lycra glory for ‘Le Tour d’Isaac’, from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
Shining as the affable, yet uncomfortably relatable anti-hero in the one-man show, Hadlow commands the stage. With his energetic presence and childlike enthusiasm to the character, he breathes life into the cleverly crafted monologues to delight even the most stoic of MAMIL-phobes.

Colourful fun :

All the colour and fun of a carnival is coming to Cathedral Square on Saturday 24 February.
The popular Latino market is heading into the city from 4pm to 8pm on so you can enjoy a delicious culinary collection of Latin street food, live music, art and craft and, of course, the warmth of the local Latin community.
There will also be workshops, a dance floor and performances with Latin rhythms (including capoeira and samba do Brasil). So bring your most colourful clothing – and your dancing shoes – and prepare for a night of colourful fun.

A catwalk crusade:

Designers and celebrities are set to hit the catwalk on Thursday 12 April wearing the latest New Zealand fashion.
Guests at the annual M Factor Fashion Show will see collections from the likes of Annah Stretton, Augustine, Repertoire, Trelise Cooper and many more to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island.
Held at 7pm on Thursday 12 April at The Transitional Cathedral, tickets are available at ticketmaster.co.nz and are priced at $75 for VIP, $55 for General Admission and $20 for children and students.

It's not just your average fashion show.

Catwalk’s Charitable Twist

How does an evening of glitz, glamour and fashion at the city’s Transitional Cathedral sound? Likely pretty irresistible, especially when it is all in aid of an extremely worthwhile charity.

It's not just your average fashion show.
It’s not just your average fashion show.

Some of the country’s biggest fashion powerhouses are coming together to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island next month.
The annual family-friendly M Factor Fashion Show on Thursday April 12 will treat guests to collections from a range which includes Anna Stretton, Augustine, Repertoire, Sergios, Trelise Cooper, Escape Clothing and children’s clothing labels such as IvyBlu and Little Urban Closet.
After the success of last year’s Fashion Show at The Foundry, owner and event organiser for M Factor Events Maree Harris is looking forward to bringing more glitz, glamour and fashion to this year’s runway, which is back in the Transitional Cathedral, where it was held in 2016.
“It is such a stunning space and works perfectly as a fashion show venue,” Maree says.
It’s not just your average fashion show, with models including families who stay at a Ronald McDonald House, a charity close to Maree’s heart.
“My twin nieces and family spent two months at Ronald McDonald House and it was such a calm, welcoming and family orientated escape for them away from the hospital,” she says.
“It’s a really special charity to me, which is why I am so excited to use my passion to support such an incredible cause.”
Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Mandy Kennedy has been humbled by Maree’s dedication to supporting the charity year after year and says the show is an integral part of the charity’s annual fundraising.
“Last year over 3,700 families from across the country stayed at a Ronald McDonald House and, because we receive no direct government funding, we rely on community support like this.”
The event will be held at 7pm on Thursday 12 April at The Transitional Cathedral. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.co.nz and are priced at $75 for VIP, $55 for general admission and $20 for children and students.
Funds raised from the event will go towards supporting thousands of families who walk through the doors of a Ronald McDonald House every year.