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Continental Catering

Five-star finesse: Continental Catering

Catering to South Island’s most exquisite events, Continental Catering Ltd has an unsurpassed reputation, with five-star finesse.


Continental Catering


Known for fine cuisine and exceptional delivery service, Continental Catering also works in partnership with many Christchurch venues. Christchurch Gondola, Tait Technology Centre, The Arts Centre plus the Christchurch Art Gallery all offer fine dining, prepared by the Continental Catering team.

Be it Christmas functions in private homes to corporate dinners, menus are tailored to every occasion with grazing platters, buffets, canapés, or gala dinners. “Our food philosophy and direction are based on respect – respect for our taste buds, bodies, community and planet,” says new owner David Cartwright. His world-class experience and dedication complement Continental Catering’s trusted legacy of over 50 years.

“We source locally produced, premium, sustainable ingredients to produce contemporary cuisine that is memorable, delicious, served with first-class beverages, and delivered by professional, friendly catering staff.” Everything, including dietary requirements, is taken care of – our sumptuous menu selections pleasing the fussiest palates. “Our reputation is based on first-class service, food and outstanding value. We are often referred to as the #trustedcaterer.”


Visit for the extensive list of venues.

Continental Catering
Ph 0800 426 684


Geraldine Summer Fete

It must be fete! Geraldine Summer Fete

Begin Cup Week celebrations early, with a relaxing country day out at the Geraldine Summer Fete – the annual event that attracts a large crowd from all over New Zealand.


Geraldine Summer Fete


Geraldine is a 90-minute scenic trip from Christchurch. On Thursday 1 November from 9:30am to 4pm, nearly 200 stalls will showcase amazing products and gift ideas – from gorgeous jewellery to handmade furniture, and delicious food stalls. Dress up in summer fashion and make a day of it with friends, or for this year’s Christmas function. Live music will serenade among four acres of glorious park-like surroundings, at Stover farm on Geraldine’s Main North Road.

At the fete, find the perfect Cup Day accessories from Geraldine’s own Talbot Silver. Beautiful, unique pieces in the timeless quality of sterling silver will finish a Cup Day outfit with finesse – or perhaps find that perfect Christmas gift.
Tickets are $15 per person (under 15 free), which can be purchased on the day or through Eventfinda.



Māia Health Foundation

Help land the helipad! Māia Health Foundation

Don’t just launch your summer in style, help land the helipad! Māia Health Foundation’s Garden Party at the historic Tea House at Riccarton Park is on again this year.


Māia Health Foundation


It’s on 17 November, which just happens to be New Zealand’s premier race event: Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup and New Zealand 1000 Guineas day. This fabulous occasion combines the glamour of that great day, with the buzz of raising funds for the new future-proofed rooftop helipad.

Your day includes a complimentary Gordon’s Pink Gin, lunch and nibbles throughout the day, entry to all members only areas, Tea House reserved VIP parking, on-site tote and big screens, with a selection of premium beverages to purchase.
There are fabulous live and silent auctions, with your ticket price also contributing to helipad funds.

Dress code is racing finery, and the day is yours to move between the elegant Tea House, watching races and mingling in the members’ enclosures. The Māia Team is hosting and Chief Executive Michael Flatman says, “It was a tremendous day last year, and promises to be a fantastic day again”. Fundraising and Marketing Manager Anna Galvan says, “With only $400,000 remaining to complete the fundraising for the helipad, this amazingly fun day is going to be even more exciting”.



Tickets for the R18 event, which runs from 11am to 6pm, are $175 per person and are available from Be quick – numbers are limited.

For more information contact Anna or Jo at
03 378 6134.


The Ellesmere Spring Fling

Have a spring fling: The Ellesmere Spring Fling 2018

For lovers of beautiful gardens and anyone wanting a glorious day out in the fresh country air, The Ellesmere Spring Fling 2018 country fete on Sunday 7 October is a must.


The Ellesmere Spring Fling


Held at Broadfield Garden from 11am to 4pm, 250 Selwyn Road, which is only 10 minutes from Hornby, these award-winning landscape gardens span 10 acres. Owner David Hobbs will host guided tours around his impeccably tended spring wonderland on the day. Restful live music will waft through the trees and there will be artisan stalls, plant sales and great food and beverages. Horticulturalist Michael Coulter will be demonstrating some clever gardening ideas, including growing tomatoes in containers, welcoming any gardening problems or questions too.


The Ellesmere Spring Fling

This is the eighth year Community Care Lincoln has organised the event, to raise money for the health and wellbeing of residents in the Selwyn community. “We had around 800 here last year, and the day is run completely with voluntary help from the community and the Rotary Club of Lincoln,” says organiser Janice Burnett.  “Our principle sponsor is Intelligro at Weedons, for garden supplies and taking the guesswork out of gardening.”


Tickets are $15 per adult on Eventfinda, Lincoln New World, Community Care Lincoln, Paper Plus Hornby and Ballantynes. On the day gate sales will be available for $20 per adult and school-aged children are free. Follow the Ballantynes Facebook page for a ticket giveaway competition which goes live 1 October.


Full Swing into Spring

Full Swing into Spring: North Canterbury’s spring social calendar

Every year North Canterbury’s spring social calendar gets more exciting. Spring is in full swing, and so is every weekend in Waimakariri. Visit for the low down on what’s happening, where to be and when.


Full Swing into Spring


For the sports fans:

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cycling Championships Team Time Trial is Saturday 29 September, with the Road Race on Sunday 30 – both at Loburn School. The Points Race is Monday 1 October at Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

For the book worms:

Sniff out a great read at the Book Fair fundraiser at St Bart’s Church Hall, Kaiapoi, 28 and 29 September.

For the theatre buffs:

On Sunday, 29 September, the Wind and the Willows will be performed by the junior department of Hartley School of Performing Arts, at Rangiora Town Hall.

For the nature lovers:

The 2018 Breeze Walking Festival runs from 2 to 14 October, kicking off with the Twilight River Bird Discovery, and then leisurely social sanctuary, reserve and coastal park walks.

For the foodies:

The 3rd annual Oxford Farmers Market Amateur Cheesemakers Competition at the Farmers Market, is on Sunday 21 October.

And for a little bit of country:

The Rangiora (Northern) A & P show starts Friday 19 October for the equestrian events and Saturday 20 showcases a diversity of family entertainment.




Hohepa Canterbury

Art with heart: Hohepa Canterbury

With 92 percent of its artworks sold at last year’s Hohepa Art and Sculpture Exhibition, Hohepa Canterbury has every reason to be excited about this year’s exhibition.

Hohepa Canterbury


Opening Friday 28 – a ticketed event – with Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September open to the public – free admission – the exhibition features established, returning and new artists.
Prominent guest exhibitors are acclaimed NZ pop artist Dick Frizzell (of the 4 Square Man and Mickey to Tiki works), who is exhibiting five artworks, and Christchurch sculptor Llew Summers with five sculptures – two of which weigh around one tonne each.

Local artists Sandy Gottermeyer and Svetlana Orinko are just two of the returning exhibitors. Gottermeyer’s works evoke the atmospheric pre-impressionist landscapes of Turner, while Ukranian born Orinko’s paintings have been described as visual poetic language.
Amelia Davis, Marketing and Fundraising Manager of Hohepa Canterbury, says they’re thrilled that two thirds of the exhibits are from new artists.
Amelia cites printmaker and mixed media artist Ben Reid, self-taught artist Philip Beadle, and sculptors Don Service and Julie Ross as just some of those whose works will be showcased for the first time.

“The exhibition also supports five artists with intellectual disabilities. Peter Chou, for example, has quite a following,” Amelia says. “His works are unique in that they often give a very detailed, bird’s-eye view of landscapes and buildings.”


Proceeds from the exhibition go to Hohepa’s Wellness and Community Participation Programmes.
For more information and online ticketing, visit


A Powerful Pledge

A powerful pledge

The recipient of proceeds raised at an event to celebrate 125 years since women were given the vote has its own special connection with the suffrage movement.


A Powerful Pledge


The YWCA Christchurch, which is a part of a national and global mission that has been empowering and supporting women for more than 130 years, had Kate Sheppard on its management committee for several years during the 1880s.

Kate spearheaded the suffrage movement, which resulted in women being given the right to vote in New Zealand on 19 September 1893. A special event was held in Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 13 September, with the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, as the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the ticketed event were given to YWCA Christchurch, to help support the organisation’s work.

The YWCA Christchurch provided emergency housing and support to vulnerable women who arrived during the early settler years, a legacy which continues today, with the charity still providing emergency and transitional housing to women in need and access to health and social services.

Many children stay with their mothers and the on-site team ensure they are well-fed and have transport to school. So far this year, 2500 meals have been provided to tāmariki staying at the YWCA and more than 200 breakfast and lunch making sessions have been held. Wrap-around support services include guest speakers and skill-building activities to ensure their success as they move on from the facility.

The charity is supported by local philanthropic funders and partners and is always on the lookout for volunteers – maybe even some future Kate Sheppards.



Laugh, cry & sing

Laugh, cry & sing: The Court Theatre

September heralds New Zealand Theatre Month with The Court Theatre inviting audiences to laugh, cry and sing along with the O’Reilly clan in Mum’s Choir.


Laugh, cry & sing


The O’Reillys are a vibrant, typical, true-blue Kiwi family striving to fulfil the near impossible final request of their mum: that they sing Fauré’s Requiem at her funeral. Written by Alison Quigan, actor and current Performing Arts Manager of the Mangere Arts Centre, Mum’s Choir was based on Quigan’s experience when her own mother died in 2001. Music is a huge part of Mum’s Choir, with classic songs performed throughout the play such as After You’ve Gone, That’s Amore, Accentuate the Positive, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Hine E Hine, We’ll Meet Again and, of course, the magnificent Requiem by Fauré.

“The play is about the power of family when we all come together,” says Ross Gumbley, Artistic Director at The Court and Director of Mum’s Choir. “The galvanising force in the O’Reilly family is a love of music and song; singing is a must for this family.”
The exceptionally talented Eilish Moran, Paul Barrett, Lynda Milligan, Nick Dunbar, Amy Straker, Julie Edwards and Wiremu Waretini make up the Mum’s Choir cast. “Mum’s Choir is a play which touches your heart,” Ross says.
“It really is a symbol of where New Zealand plays have come from – and how good they are.”



Opening at The Court Theatre 15 September – 6 October 2018. For more information, visit


Jordan Luck

A lucky line-up: New Year’s Eve party in North Hagley Park

Christchurch is in for a lucky line-up this New Year’s, with the announcement that Kiwi music legend Jordan Luck and some of the country’s most talented musicians will help us farewell 2018 and welcome in 2019.

Jordan Luck


The headline act at the free New Year’s Eve party in North Hagley Park on 31 December, the Jordan Luck Band has been entertaining Kiwi crowds for decades. As the front man and song-writer for legendary The Exponents, Jordan has had a hugely successful career with 18 Top 40 singles and countless radio hits. He and the Jordan Luck Band will share the main stage for the New Year’s Eve concert with local groove merchants Dillastrate. During their relatively short career Dillastrate, whose signature sound is a combination of current neo-soul, hip-hop, funk and electronic sounds, has impressed audiences up and down the country.

Also performing on the night will be an up and coming Christchurch act Deep Water Creek and crowd favourite DJ Spinal.
“If you want a fun night with family and friends singing along to great songs like Why Does Love do This to Me and Victoria then Hagley Park is the place you’re going to want to be,” says Council Events and Arts Manager Karena Finnie.

The gates will open at 6pm, there will be a mock countdown to New Year’s Eve for the kids at 8pm just before the bands take to the main stage. At 11.59pm will be the real countdown and the New Year will be kicked off with a fireworks display.



market to table

Finding Spring Fare: All-new ‘market to table’ cooking demonstrations

At the beginning of this month, the Farmers Market Spring Festival launched all-new ‘market to table’ cooking demonstrations. Jax Hamilton introduced the first of these with her usual enthusiasm and flair from the kitchen verandah at Riccarton House.


market to table


The demonstrations will continue from 10-10:30am every Saturday during the warmer months, with chefs sharing culinary techniques and unique ways to utilise produce that can be purchased fresh right from the growers in the market. The recipes will then be available on the website.

“I love Christchurch Farmers Market, it’s my local and I’m there most Saturdays to support my community and the produce passionately displayed,” Jax says.
“Being able to inspire the crowds this spring to create something simple, seasonal and delicious is exactly what I’m about. Food is a gift and what we eat needs to be produced with love.”


market to table

Christchurch Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9am-1pm on the grounds of the historic Riccarton House & Bush. For more details and the schedule of chefs, visit or email
Jax shares one of her favourite recipes.




Lamb Pizza
40g tomato puree
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup tomato sauce
2 x pizza bases
20 slices lamb salami
½ red onion, finely sliced
½ red capsicum, de-seeded, finely sliced
75g cherry bocconcini
100g feta
50g rocket
Handful mint/parsley chopped
Salt and pepper


Mix together the puree, garlic, olive oil and tomato sauce. Add a little more oil if it’s a little thick. Set aside.
Preheat oven to suggested packet temperature. If you have one, pop your pizza stone in too. Dust your bench and take your bases, divide the tomato sauce and spoon/spread all over. Top with salami, onion and capsicum. Rip the bocconcini into bite sized pieces and sprinkle over the top.
Take half the feta, crumble in your fingers and sprinkle over the pizza, drizzle with a little more oil, season with plenty of black pepper and a little salt. When the oven is to temperature, pop in and bake until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden and gorgeous. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle over the rocket, remaining feta and garnish with labneh dressing and chopped herbs.

Labneh Dressing

2 balls labneh
Drizzle of lemon olive oil or regular
Pinch chilli
Salt and black pepper

Whisk ingredients together, taste and season.