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Fendalton Retirement Village

One big family: Fendalton Retirement Village

It’s been something of a hidden secret in Fendalton, but the residents of Fendalton Retirement Village love its boutique size, its garden surroundings and its truly family atmosphere. The staff of the village are especially attentive to those residents who require a little more individual care.


Fendalton Retirement Village
Fendalton Retirement Village residents Shirley Edwards and Lex Dyet enjoy a catch up in the village’s communal lounge.


There are different levels of care at Fendalton for people who no longer wish to cook for themselves, or who may need assistance with showering and other personal routines. The 24 hour rest home offering permanent, respite and day care, comprises 35 larger than standard single rooms, each with ensuite bathroom, private phone and access to television.

Quality and continuity of care for all rest home residents is assured by a registered nurse and trained health care assistants. Should someone require hospital level care, residents at Fendalton have priority to Elmswood Hospital. There are also 12 larger rest home level studio care suites, each with ensuite bathroom, kitchenette and sufficient room for a dining table should residents like to start their day with a leisurely breakfast in their room. Lunch and dinner are served in a private dining area for 12 people. Several studio care suites step out into the gardens.

There’s fun to be had at Fendalton with a large communal lounge where there is plenty of entertainment and activities taking place, like the recent Mad Hatter’s Tea party, which was simply hilarious and enjoyed by everyone involved.


See the team at Fendalton Retirement Village – 73 Bryndwr Road. Phone: 03 351 5979. Email or phone Donna Monk 021 241 9979.




Ian Macpherson

Meet the Principal 2018: Ian Macpherson of Medbury School

Ian Macpherson
Ian Macpherson Headmaster of Medbury School

“While Medbury School enjoys a strong reputation as a progressive preparatory school for boys locally, nationally and internationally, the School has, at its core, an engaging family feel, which extends within and beyond the school gate. Traditional Christian values, supported by a strong emphasis on manners and respect, underpin the School’s mission ‘to unlock the potential of every boy’.”

It was this unique blend of Medbury’s long history of educational achievement, community engagement and its focus on core values that most appealed to Ian Macpherson as he accepted the position as Headmaster of Medbury School for the commencement of the 2018 academic year.

Medbury School

“Medbury School has successfully balanced the strong traditions established throughout the past 95 years, with innovation in teaching and learning, as it strives to be one of Australasia’s leading preparatory schools,” Mr Macpherson says. “I am looking forward to building on Medbury’s firm foundations of commitment to excellence and living the twelve Medbury values in both thoughts and deeds, as the school prepares to celebrate its centenary in 2023.”
With almost 30 years as a specialist in boys’ education, he has seen first-hand the difference a boy-friendly approach has on maximising academic engagement, as well as social and emotional development. “A boy with values is a boy set for life. The School motto, Play the Game, reinforces the standard for all student behavior and attitudes, whether in the classroom, on the playing field, in social interaction and activities, or beyond the school gates.
“Helping boys master skills, which help them tackle greater obstacles and ask more ‘why’ questions, drives our curriculum development and implementation programmes. We also value the learning opportunities that take place beyond the classroom and Medbury boys are blessed to be extended in so many ways.”
The School’s Boarding House is an integral part of school life and home to 43 boarders from different areas of New Zealand and overseas. Medbury boys are challenged in a supportive way, which adds to their resolve and resilience, and provides a long and successful list of traits from which they can draw upon.
“When a Medbury boy leaves for secondary school, he does so with an education equipping him for life in the 21st century. He will leave us a well-rounded individual; a motivated and independent learner and a critical thinker with high self-esteem, who reacts to others and the changing world around him, with confidence and good grace.”


Fredrick Ashley and Little Freds

Twin treasures: the fashion delights to be found at Fendalton’s Fredrick Ashley and Little Freds

Twin stores Fredrick Ashley and Little Freds at Fendalton Mall are bursting with treasures for you to discover. Winter 2018 in both stores indulges with the richness of wool, velvet and faux fur in coats, knits, ponchos and wraps.

Fredrick Ashley and Little Freds

Uncover luxurious winter cocktail and wedding dressing, sport luxe, work and snuggly Sundays, in these two Aladdin’s caves of clothing, accessories, giftware and homewares.
The gorgeous clothing is priced from affordable to investment, so you can style a hi-lo look, or unearth a fabulous special on the end of a rack. Both Fredrick Ashley and Little Freds cater for all ages and the littlies don’t miss out on the treasure hunt with the stylish and practical children’s ranges at Little Freds.
The helpful and experienced sales team know the ranges well and can help you put looks together. The philosophy is to help you find pieces that absolutely suit you and your style. Individuality is key, and between the two stores there are only ever a few of each piece in varying sizes and colours.
Mother’s Day gift buying is covered at Fredrick Ashley and Little Freds, stocked with accessories and homewares to delight all tastes. If you’re unsure about what mum would like, the gift vouchers can be used at either store. There is a 24-hour appro service and layby too, so come in; explore, adore!

1940s Fendalton home

An exceptional Fendalton renovation: Fitz Consulting’s latest triumph

Fitz Consulting, a boutique project management company owned and operated by Paul Fitzsimmons, has recently completed a major renovation of a 1940s Fendalton home.

1940s Fendalton home

The company brought its expertise and a range of talented teams together to provide its client with a truly outstanding finished product.
KOBE Construction worked closely with Fitz Consulting on the Fendalton renovation, carrying out all the general carpentry and construction of the new extension and remodelling of the existing structure.
“We have a very diverse workstream which has enabled the Kobe team to develop a high level of expertise throughout all building and general construction envelopes,” Blu from Kobe Construction says.
“Whether we are building executive architectural homes, fitting out restaurants and cafés or offices, repairing and upgrading commercial buildings or just renovating, we have the skills, experience, and product knowledge to deliver bespoke high-quality results every time.”


1940s Fendalton home

Paul really gets to know his clients personally and treats each project as if it’s his own personal building, his strong empathy to people’s needs and understanding of the family dynamic enabling him to make suggestions that makes their lives easier.
“Our company has been working with Fitz Consulting for a few years,” says Laszlo Meszaros from Euromaster Painting.
“We feel proud to be involved with him and it was a pleasure to see how fantastic this Fendalton project turned out. We hope everybody loves the result as much as we do. We completed the drywall stopping, interior and exterior painting. The luxurious, beautiful wallpaper was also applied by us. Our company specialises in spray painting and we strongly believe that we can create the best quality coatings for your home or commercial building.
“Paul turns clients into friends which speaks volumes of his character, work ethic, ability to always pick up the phone for any question big or small and, of course, the excellent finished project.”
Fitz Consulting is very active in the commercial strengthening and fitout arena as well, with projects in the CBD and outlying industrial areas. Currently, he is bringing back to life the ‘City Church’ building on Manchester Street, fitting out a boutique gym and three other warehouse/office buildings, each at separate locations.

1940s Fendalton home

Paul’s knowledge of build prices and how to provide the best deal for his clients, as well as his ability to get his hands dirty getting things across the line faster and more smoothly, is an asset to any project. Paul and his team of experts started this project with the EQC dispute and followed it all the way through to Code of Compliance.
Visit to see the before and after photos as well as the video walk through of the Fendalton renovation.

Project Partners

  1. Fitz Consulting
    Ph: 021 270 2309
  2. Kobe Construction
    Ph: 021 581 999
  3. Euromaster Painting Services
    Ph: 021 039 7542
To Be Continued

A beautiful birthday: Fendalton’s To Be Continued celebrates one year of helping people find beautiful, unique clothing

Circle the date on your calendar; flag it in your diary – 14 April is the date To Be Continued in Bryndwr Road marks its first year of business. “We want to thank our customers and the local community who have embraced our store,” say Amanda and Martin Stirling-Exon, the owners of this classy pre-loved, vintage and new clothing shop.

To Be Continued

“Building great relationships with our customers and providing the very best customer service we can is at the heart of our approach to retail.”
There will be nibbles and drinks from 10am to 6pm and some special deals, because it’s little wonder customers from all over the city and as far afield as Ashburton have embraced the store, with its reputation spreading rapidly. This is a store that belies its unassuming suburban location with an elegant layout and the quality of the clothing. “We offer really lovely clothing that has been well-looked after, if even worn at all – clothing that deserves its life ‘to be continued’.”
More often than not the clothes here are beautifully cut designer pieces at a fraction of the cost. Amanda is very strict about the as-new quality of the pre-loved clothing and the cleanliness of everything in store, where pre-loved items for women and men line the racks alongside the new.
Besides clothing, the store stocks distinctive and often quirky gift items. “We love to have a bit of fun and our customers appreciate that too.”
Open seven days at 48a Bryndwr Road – until 5.30pm on weekdays and from 10am to 4pm on weekends.

Chris Beer Architectural Builders

Made to be loved: Chris Beer Architectural Builders is in the business of crafting homes and good memories along the way

Chris Beer Architectural Builders builds exquisite homes. The company has a profile publication full of images of stunning properties to showcase its passion for architecturally-designed homes. But even more than the actual houses it builds, the team at Chris Beer cherishes the relationships established with clients and the trust and empathy that develops throughout a building process.

Chris Beer Architectural Builders

We take immense pride in crafting homes for them that will be real homes and that they will love to live in,” Chris Beer says. “We work by the mantra ‘crafted by hand; made to be loved’ and that is what we deliver.”
One of Chris Beer Architectural Builders’ latest projects – a 480sqm home on the Mona Vale Stream – encapsulates every facet of the company’s operating philosophy. “We have walked each step of the path of this build process along with our clients, from the insurance claim, to the house design by Noordanus Architects, to the build itself and then to the handing over of the keys. It’s been a two-year journey made easier through open and transparent communication. What we are most proud of is that our clients are simply delighted with their home and know it will be a pleasure to live in for years to come.”
The Fendalton home is a masterpiece of both exterior and interior design, making features of different materials and custom-made fixtures and fittings. The house is clad in bluestone, copper and composite metal. A double-height entrance way and copper front door make a truly impressive statement and is just a tempter for the beauty of the interior where attention to detail is everything. Many of the special elements of the home have been created as one-off pieces, designed by the architects, created by Chris Beer Architectural Builders to the highest of standards.
The outcome of the build is breathtaking. “You don’t get a second chance with a project of this calibre. It has to be right. Of course there were challenges, but our strength as a team is the way we deal with these, talking through any issues and possible solutions with the clients and keeping the communication channels open. The result – happy clients.”