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The Pedal Pusher

Frolic Gastronomic: The Pedal Pusher

There’s nothing like celebrating warmer, balmier days than to wave bye-bye to winter foods, as they head off to their well-deserved hibernation period, and welcome in the lighter, fresh ’n’ flavoursome fare of a spring/summer season.


The Pedal Pusher


Over at The Pedal Pusher, Addington, they’re very excited to present to customers their hot-off-the press spring menu. It’s a taste-bud treat; a veritable springtime, gastronomic frolic of superb Kiwi cuisine. Chef Bevan Ward says the focus of their menu has very much shifted to supporting local people. “For example, most of our meat is sourced locally, from excellent suppliers, such as Ellesmere Butchery.”

A recent introduction to the menu is fat enriched, low carbohydrate dishes, for customers following a Keto diet. “And because we believe that a great restaurant should cater to all dietary requirements, we have six vegan/gluten free dishes on our spring menu,” says owner Rana. Whether catching up with friends for cake and coffee, following the footy with a juicy steak and craft beer, or lingering over a fabulous full-course feast, this is the place to be.

Because of the great location, it’s a doddle to perambulate, or pedal, to nearby entertainment venues, such as The Horncastle Arena, the Addington Raceway, or The Court Theatre. So, pull on over, park up your penny-farthing and pop in to the most pedal pumpin’ pub in town!



The Pedal Pusher 286 Lincoln Road, for brunch, lunch and dinner, open 9am to late. Phone 03 335 0095, email or visit


Talk of the Town

Talk of the town: Entertainment Central

There is no question the Canterbury quakes were a game-changer. They took from Christchurch an iconic identity, one it had been building and nurturing since the Canterbury Association settled the surrounding province of Canterbury and gave the city its name in 1848.


Talk of the Town


With the brunt of Mother’s Nature’s force concentrated in our central business district, it was our city’s commercial heart which took the biggest hit. For many of the businesses that had made their commercial homes within the cleverly confined quadrant of Christchurch’s central city, it became survival of the fittest; a test of our innate fight or flight responses. Thankfully, for a select group of developers, that response was to fight, in a commercial capacity that is. Richard Peebles, Antony Gough, Phillip Carter, Max Bremner, Tim Glasson and Nick Hunt are just some of the city’s brave legacy leaders. Daring to dream big, they have delivered handsomely. And, on the back of their dogged determination, the central city has got its groove back.

This is perhaps best exemplified by the opening of a world-class venture by Calder Stewart that welcomed a very unique entertainment and dining experience into the CBD when it opened earlier this month. Entertainment Central (EntX) is Calder Stewart’s latest central city development and it’s one that is the talk of the town. With three levels of entertainment, we’ll get to enjoy seven cinemas and 18 eateries in the heart of the CBD. Those confirmed are Cleaver and Co, Joe’s Garage, Two Fat Indians, Infinito, Habitual Fix, Hanoi Old Quarter, Leemo, Nando’s, Nourish Pod, Ottoman Turkish Kebabs, Shanghai Dumplings, Roll and Bowl, and Pad Thai Pan.

Under construction for a year and a half between Colombo, Lichfield and Tuam Streets, the $50 million new Hoyts EntX multiplex replaces the eight-screen Moorhouse Ave complex which the cinema chain lost in the earthquakes. A first for New Zealand, the development incorporates more than 900 electric reclining seats across seven luxury cinemas – two extreme screens with Dolby surround take cinema to an exhilarating new level.

It will be the company’s third multiplex in Christchurch and 11th in New Zealand, and the second in the country with large “xtremescreens”, recliner seats and in-cinema dining.
The opening will bring the number of movie screens in the city to 39. Since the earthquakes the only central city cinema has been the boutique two-screen Alice Cinematique with 74 seats. The Arts Centre plans to open a double-screen arthouse cinema next year.

The development is expected to play an important role in the central city’s reinvigoration. The population of the central city is currently a third lower than before the earthquakes, with the New Zealand Property Council calling the council’s target of 20,000 residents by 2024 unrealistic in a recent report. However, a Christchurch City Council committee is considering a newly announced three-year plan aimed at accelerating the repopulation of the space.

Labelled ‘Project 8011’ after the central city postcode and the estimated number of homes needed to house the 20,000 people, it recommends boosting resident numbers through more housing options, through development incentives including low equity loans, rebates on development contributions and investment from the NZ Super Fund.
But in the meantime, developments such as EntX are heading in the right direction to draw the people in.



Made in the Shade

Beckenham’s fashion central: Made in the Shade

Welcome to the new revamp at Made in the Shade – here it’s impossible not to find the perfect outfit, with new stock of the best labels arriving daily. It has become a busy little shop – Beckenham’s fashion central!

Made in the Shade


“Optimum Knitwear has been our great success,” Ali says. It has pride of place in the entranceway. It’s 100 percent non-pilling cotton and I can order any style in any size or colour.”

A large rack is dedicated to the sumptuous Simply Linen range. Made in Italy, it’s non-creasing, no-iron, wash and wear luxury. Pants are wide and floaty or fitting this season, she says. The latest stripes look great with high waists. Canadian-made quality Lisette L pants are so feminine, and perfect-fit NYDJ jeans can also be ordered to size.

“Whether you’re out for a coffee or at a wedding, Anne Mardell’s dresses, tops and pants always look beautiful, especially teamed with a little jacket.”
Bittermoon dresses are of soft, draping fabric, with great sleeves and a flattering empire line. And Black Stone is another well-loved label.


Made in the Shade


“Sharon, Marion and myself know what will suit everyone that walks through the door. A regular customer recently said: Oh, you are naughty Ali, I only came in for one thing!

Nevertheless, she left very happy with a beautiful new wardrobe. It’s creating a story, where everything co-ordinates.”

Made in the Shade always has sale items and a 70 percent-off sale rack, while the Zsiska handmade jewellery adds that eye-catching finishing touch.

Browse amongst the brights, prints, plains and florals at 151 Colombo Street, or

Phone 03-332 1238.


Crate Escape

Out of the box Attractions: Crate Escape

They’re a growing global phenomenon; escape rooms where players are given a set time to solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, strategy and teamwork.


Crate Escape


Now two award-winning Christchurch filmmakers have turned their attention to real-life drama with a ‘jailhouse escape’ themed game.
Logan McMillan and Andrew Dean, along with McMillan’s brother John, are the trio behind local escape room business Crate Escape.
Logan says Crate Escape’s games are based on four basic principles: discover, decipher, unlock and escape.

The company has two escape rooms in Christchurch – The Misadventures of Max Magnus and The Lost Hut of Antarctica, which are both set in shipping containers on Armagh Street.
Its third escape room, set to open next month, is less of a room and more of a, well… an eerie 300 square metres of former courthouse holding cells.

The buildings are now owned by Science Alive, a charitable education trust, and the city’s court services have moved to Te Omeka – The Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct.

Logan says when the opportunity arose to open an escape room in the basement of a former court building – complete with jail cells, interview rooms, creaking cell doors, moody lighting and suspects’ graffiti, it was too good to pass up.
“Ideally, we have created an environment that makes you feel like you are in a movie or a real-life conspiracy. How many people get to try and escape from a prison?”

Celebrating women’s suffrage

Celebrating women’s suffrage: 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand

Christchurch will host a special event next month to mark the beginning of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.


Celebrating women’s suffrage


This will be an opportunity for local people to celebrate Christchurch as the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel says we’re incredibly lucky to have the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern as the keynote speaker, along with students from local schools taking part in a question and answer session with the Prime Minister.

“This is going to be a very special event for our city. We have such a strong history of female leaders – not only can we lay claim to being the home of Kate Sheppard as she spear-headed the suffrage campaign, Christchurch produced the first woman elected to Parliament in 1933 and the first Minister for Women’s Affairs.

“Christchurch has a proud history of being at the forefront of campaigns for social change. It is part of who we are and what we stand for as a city. “It’s especially fitting to have the Prime Minister speaking at this event, inspiring the next generation of young female leaders in our city,” the Mayor says.

The event will be held at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 13 September 2018 at 4pm with tickets available from Ticketek. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the YWCA Emergency and Transition Housing Programme, for women and women with children. Founded in Christchurch in 1883, 10 years before women got the vote, Kate Sheppard served on the YWCA’s board in the late 1880s.


The Mayor says this is the first of a number of events planned to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The other events will be part of Beca Heritage Week, which runs from 12-22 October 2018.


The Colour Zone Run

Colour to the Red Zone: The Colour Zone Run

Colour and life are being injected into the city’s infamous ‘red zone’ for the first time since February 2011.

The Colour Zone Run


The Colour Zone Run will bring much more than red to the residential red zone, in fact, all the colours of the rainbow will be on display on Sunday 25 November.
The 5km run/walk will see participants blasted with colour from all angles, with the opportunity to roll through colour or just get your friends covered in colour. Fun is after all, the name of this red zone game.

Headed by the team behind 15 action-packed events throughout the city – CJM’s Events – you can expect a colourful day out for the whole family, organiser John Moore says. “It will be full of surprises,” he says of the bursts of colour that could hit you at any moment.
“We were throwing around ideas for where we could hold a colour run and it was a great opportunity to bring some colour and life back into the residential red zone. It’s a great location for something like this. Many people haven’t been back into this area of the city since the earthquakes.”Despite bringing real colour back to what’s been known as the red zone, it is about so much more than just a colour run. John says it will be a great day out for families, with an after-party to remember.

For more information and to enter, visit


Isaac Theatre Royal

Unforgettable Experience: Isaac Theatre Royal

Many people aren’t aware that the Isaac Theatre Royal is available for hire for private performances, weddings, corporate events, functions and so on,” says Freya Alexander, Head of Commercial Events.

Isaac Theatre Royal
There are stunning spaces throughout the venue.


There are stunning spaces throughout the venue which lend themselves to a variety of events. The Ravenscar Dress Circle Foyer is perfect for a classic cocktail event, the plush lounge style Grand Circle Foyer lends itself beautifully for private dinners or a special birthday celebration and the purpose-built Gloucester Room can be transformed from a corporate meeting setting to an entertainment venue.

The auditorium seats up to 1,290 over three levels; ideal for a conference plenary, with the stage itself being the perfect setting for a welcome dinner, awards ceremony and even a wedding reception. Looking out to the majestic heritage dome ceiling, the opportunities are endless.


For bookings phone 03-260 5252 or email


Explore Christchurch campaign

Explore the City’s Heart: Explore Christchurch campaign

The city’s central heart is changing at an unprecedented pace, as new people, places and events breathe life into the four avenues. Now, city leaders have launched a campaign to encourage residents to reconnect with the city centre and stimulate economic activity throughout the winter months.

Explore Christchurch campaign

The Explore Christchurch campaign encourages residents to get out and about and explore the latest events and offerings within the heart of the city.
ChristchurchNZ General Manager – Marketing, Brand & Communications Tim Loftus says the campaign was launched in response to requests from local businesses to help stimulate economic activity within the CBD.
“The Explore Christchurch campaign is part of our strategy to profile Christchurch globally, by starting at home,” Tim says.
“Winter can be a challenging time for our newest retail and hospitality operators in the central city. We’re hoping to help change that by inspiring our residents to get out and explore our vibrant and evolving city centre.”

ChristchurchNZ launched the Explore Christchurch CBD Winter campaign last month as a collaborative initiative between the public and private sectors to help drive residents back into in the central city.
The umbrella campaign aims to engage and inspire residents by using the popular ChristchurchNZ Pockets of Awesome channel to highlight special events, merchant offers and activities across the city.

Residents are encouraged to include the hashtag #ExploreChristchurch when sharing what they love best about their CBD with friends and across their social networks


CBD a Culinary Hotspot: The CBD is emerging as a space that packs a culinary punch

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 central city has become a hotspot for the hungry

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.

Culinary Hotspot
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.

Culinary Hotspot
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.

The Crossing

Crossing Over in the city: Exciting new spaces continue to open up in the heart of the city

From a conservative post-Victorian city to a bold and innovative urban hot spot, Christchurch has emerged as a province that packs a proverbial punch.

The Crossing
Alfred Wong (L), The Crossing developer Philip Carter and Jimmy Hsu at The Crossing in the central city

The exciting new spaces that continue to open up in the heart of the city are driving this exciting change and commanding attention, not just on a national level but also an international one as the central city plays prestigious host to increasing tourism numbers.
Yes, it’s true; Christchurch has a long way to go, but the metamorphosis at street level is palpable as we witness the rebirth of a cosmopolitan city characterised by buildings and businesses with personality.
We’re certainly not short of inspiration when it comes to finding something to do within the Four Avenues and even more so closer to the city’s heart. The internal courtyards and winding alleys that are emerging within the greater developments, such as the BNZ Centre, are packed with incredible offerings, both large and small, the operators of which are putting heart and soul into reinvesting in our city.

The Crossing developer Philip Carter has played an integral role in this evolution, now his development The Crossing is one of the strongest drawcards within the central space, with more than 60 retail tenancies, combined with hospitality, office space and a 630-space onsite car park.
One of Christchurch’s largest private developments, the $140 million project covers 44,000sqm across different levels within a hectare block between Cashel Mall, and Colombo, Lichfield and High streets. And it continues to grow.
Now two of Christchurch’s most popular modern Asian restaurants are joining the development and returning to the central city seven years after the Canterbury earthquakes, marking almost 25 years of friendship for two local men.

The Crossing is the new home to Alfred Wong’s refurbished Cookai (situated pre-earthquake in Cashel Street, with former sister restaurant Blue Fish in nearby Cathedral Junction), returning to town after operating from premises in Riccarton. Adjoining 80-seat Cookai and its renowned sushi train is Joyful Express, both designed by Alfred’s best friend Jimmy Hsu.
It marks the beginning of the next exciting era for Alfred and Jimmy, who have been friends since the serial entrepreneurs met in the early 1990s as Papanui High School students.
During Canterbury’s rebuild period, the pair made sure they got away each year travelling and gathering ideas for the eventual move back into the city. Jimmy also worked with other restaurant entrepreneurs, designing their refits in Christchurch, Queenstown and South Canterbury, including The Camden Restaurant and Bar in Riccarton Road’s Clyde Building.

When choosing the central location for their new businesses, Alfred says he wanted to get away from what he saw as “vanilla mall culture” parts of Christchurch which had developed during the rebuild, instead yearning for a dynamic space back in the city that matched the vibrancy of the food.
“We’d been offered a number of potential locations, but it wasn’t until we saw the vivacity of The Crossing that we felt that the timing was right for Cookai to return to the city, joined by an adjacent and energised Joyful Express,” he says.
Cookai opens this week followed by the smaller neighbouring Joyful Express, opening in August 2018.