New Zealand is no stranger to seismic activity and Christchurch residents know only too well the importance of structural integrity. Widespread liquefaction has affected countless building foundations in the region, including the Kamahi Apartments, an eight-storey residential apartment building in Merivale.
When Bruce McDonald from KCRB Ltd purchased Kamahi Apartments, geotechnical engineers confirmed that the building needed to be re-levelled and structurally strengthened to meet the New Building Standard (NBS). Due to the building’s height, Bruce wanted absolute confidence when taking steps to achieve 100 percent NBS. Having remediated hundreds of structures affected by seismic liquefaction, including the Christchurch Art Gallery, ground engineering specialist Mainmark had proven longevity, expertise and trusted solutions.
“Mainmark came up as being the major player based on reputation, results and confidence in a good outcome,” Bruce says.
Thorough geotechnical investigations of ground conditions identified there was adequate stability to proceed with re-levelling the building, which had suffered differential settlement. Mainmark technicians worked around the clock to achieve the required level tolerances across the entire building’s footprint, completing works before Christmas 2017. This then allowed extensive renovation and refurbishment of the Kamahi Apartments to be completed, preparing the building for occupancy.
Based on his experiences, Bruce recommends avoiding assumptions when it comes to structural safety. “Make sure you ascertain the current capability in the ground as well as the building, so you can get the right people to quote the right remedies relevant to your site. If you try to take a shortcut that needs to be fixed retrospectively, it can be very costly.”
For the best Cup Week party atmosphere dished up with great food, beverages and a friendly professional service head to JDV in Merivale.
Cup Week kicks off `under starters orders’ on Monday November 12 with rosé tasting, Veuve Clicquot and food matching. A special Veuve Clicquot breakfast welcomes in NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday November 13 before the `A Day Not at the Races’ celebrations begin. Avoid the crowds and spend the day with JDV instead.
View all the action from Addington on JDV’s big screen and celebrate until late. Throughout Cup Week, dinner will be served up until 11.30pm every evening so there’s no excuse not to celebrate well after the sun’s gone down. With music throughout the week, patrons are also invited to head upstairs to boogie the night away at the Verandah Bar where the Moët & Chandon champagne cocktails will be flowing. It’s all about having fun and great service and that’s what JDV have been giving people for the past 18 years.
JDV’s `intimate food’ experience in a relaxing environment allows you to enjoy truly a memorable occasion. The week-long party at JDV encompasses a Ladies Day on November 14, Sail Away with Cloudy Bay and the Royal JDV Yacht Squadron on November 15, Canterbury Anniversary Day celebrations on November 16, Gallops Day on November 17 and a Recuperation Day on Sunday November 17.
With delicious locally sourced produce and a tempting menu, JDV is setting a high standard and leading the way with its 11:30pm late night dining.
Senior clinician Thomas Gu now leads the team at Merivale Denture Clinic with his highly specialised expertise and down-to earth personality.
He is already providing his patients with the finest quality handmade dentures that are comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing and those patients are very happy with his work.
Tom studied and worked at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry in Dunedin for more than 10 years. He led various departments in removable prosthetics, including partial dentures, full dentures, implant supported prosthetics and orthodontic appliances. His additional few years working at a private clinic in Christchurch prior to joining the Merivale team, support his extensive and wide array of experiences from complex and highly specialised hospital cases, to conventional dentures and prosthetics.
“For me, spending a good amount of time with each patient before starting the treatment is crucial. This allows me to make a thorough and comprehensive diagnosis to identify the needs and requirements necessary to produce the highest quality dentures. Dentures aren’t something you can pick off the shelves and away you go. They are oral prosthetics. They should be designed to the specific conditions of each patient’s mouth to adequately restore essential functions such as speech, and the abilities to eat and smile, which a lot of us take for granted.”
To book a complimentary, obligation-free consultation, phone 03 355 4704.
Kudos Hairdressing is a beautiful, warm and inviting space in the heart of Merivale and not surprisingly, because this is a team which recognises that, whether a hairstyle or your business, first impressions really do count.
This attention to detail extends to far more than the physical face of the business, with a talented team at the top of its professional game. “Our team is highly trained and extremely motivated, with strong creativity and a deep love for what we do,” Senior Stylist and Director Michelle Farmer says.
It certainly explains the loyal clientele the growing team continues to accumulate. Laura has recently joined the salon and specialises in cutting and flawless balayage. With more than 15 years’ experience, she fits right in at the dynamic salon where you are always greeted with a smile, a choice of beverage and the latest glossy magazine.
Kudos has recently started using System Professional products, a range based on the recognition that everyone’s hair is as unique as their fingerprint. “All our treatments are 100 percent customised and the results are fantastic,” Michelle explains.
A total curl range delivering up to 48 hours of defined, moisture locked curls, the new Sebastian Professional Twisted range is another popular addition while, for those after a sleek, straight look, a Keratin Express blow out can last for up to six weeks. The salon also stocks Quay Australia sunglasses, a cutting-edge brand Kylie Jenner has collaborated with.
Keeping up with current trends is all part of the fun and fuels the team’s creativity. So, while you may leave with a new look or some new shades, either way, you’ll leave looking fantastic.
Beautifully styled grey hair is turning more heads than ever before in a growing trend towards natural beauty – enhanced with a little salon magic.
Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee, of V for Hair and Beauty upstairs in Merivale Mall, says women often start to grey by 35, or even earlier – and many are now loving the look and making the most of the change.
It’s important to choose a shade that suits your skin. The grey colour palette in clothes fashion has never dated, so sultry hues of silver, sand, dove, iris and lilac for hair can also be incredibly feminine and flattering.
Like any change in hair colour or style, it’s a transition, so planning ahead for special occasions is vital. V for Hair and Beauty’s stylists offer a complimentary consultation and may suggest going lighter with a base colour, highlights, age-blend colours to soften obvious lines, or weaving in lowlights for darker hair. Visit www.vforhair.co.nz.
For more than 40 years, the team at Merivale Denture Clinic has been transforming the smiles of thousands of denture wearers. Situated on the corner of Papanui Road and Mansfield Avenue, and with a branch in Nelson, patients come from far and wide based on the clinic’s reputation for making superior dentures.
Whether you are a first time or experienced denture wearer upgrading, have teeth and gum failure in your twenties, or are middle aged with missing teeth, the team at Merivale Denture Clinic can explain your options, the creation and fitting process, and put you at ease.
Practice Manager Ottilia says new full or partial dentures transform the look of your face: people often don’t realise the effect of aging or worn dentures, or missing teeth. A 20-year-old set of dentures might fit like favourite old slippers, but they won’t necessarily look great and could cause problems, which can take longer to correct if left untreated.
These days there is so much importance placed on having nice teeth and there is no need to put up with a gappy smile with so many budget-friendly solutions available. Modern technology and techniques mean that adjusting to new dentures is easier than in the past. The team makes sure your new dentures look natural, enhance your smile and facial structure, and have optimum function. Ottilia says it’s very rewarding to see the improvement in every patient.
Phone for a complimentary consultation on 03-355 4704 and visit the website
With a wonderful year of Centenary celebrations now behind St Andrew’s College, Rector Christine Leighton says the StAC community has its sights set firmly on the future. “We look forward to new horizons, as we honour many of our old traditions, yet also create new ones which will inspire future generations. The essence of being a St Andrew’s College student, however, remains the same. The pride of wearing the thistle, the stirred emotion in hearing the pipes, the sense of belonging, and the shared values of truth, excellence, faith, honesty, generosity, compassion, hope, respect and responsibility, which underpin everything we do at St Andrew’s College.”
Christine became the first female Rector at St Andrew’s College when she was appointed to the role in 2007. She is proud to lead the only independent co-educational school offering boarding in the South Island, with its vibrant, engaged learning environment. “I was educated in a co-educational school myself and believe it is the best way to prepare young people for their future. After all, life is co-ed.”
Students at St Andrew’s are encouraged to strive for excellence in their academic, sporting and cultural pursuits, with their many successes widely celebrated. However, the students’ well-being and helping them to flourish are equally important at the College, Christine says. “The latest research shows learning is profoundly affected by well-being. We guide our students to not only cultivate their intellectual minds, but to develop a broad set of character strengths, virtues and competencies, which together support their physical and mental well-being.”
These values are also part of the High-Performance Sport and Elite Studies programmes at St Andrew’s, which are delivering some great results. “Recent successes include our Senior Boys’ and Girls’ A Volleyball teams both winning Canterbury Championships, our Mixed Tennis team finishing runners-up at national level, our rowers making nine A finals at Maadi Cup, and our athletes winning eight titles at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships.”
In the innovation space, Christine says St Andrew’s is looking forward to the opening of The Green Library and Innovation Centre in June, where students will be able to read, research, explore emerging technologies such as 3D printing and robotics, share ideas, and innovate. “This development is one of the exciting new ways we are helping students to embrace, and engage with life in a rapidly changing world,” Christine says.
“‘Everyday Superstars’ is the theme chosen for the St Margaret’s community for 2018 by our Year 13 cohort. For true wellbeing we all need to be a vital part of something bigger than ourselves and to feel needed and valued. The girls define an ‘everyday superstar’ as someone who contributes to the wellbeing of the community through regular small acts of helpfulness and kindness.
Living in a state of compassionate mindfulness is a proven indicator of happiness and wellbeing. Throughout my ten years of living in the St Margaret’s school family I have witnessed so many acts of kindness and compassion and so many shining ‘everyday superstars’.”
When she first arrived, Gillian likened the campus to a dented, rusty old jewelry box filled with shining jewels. “This school has always been about the people – our shining jewels, our taonga. These people grew closer and stronger, united in saving our great school in the face of unprecedented threats to our very existence in the challenges thrown at us by Mother Nature’s earthquakes.
“That jewelry box is now a new splendid modern version of itself; a tribute to those who seized every opportunity, cared for each other and rebuilt and future proofed our school.”
As a result, St Margaret’s is blessed with a school fit for the purpose of ‘educating young women to live and lead’ into their future. “I believe that never before have all-girls’ schools been so important in growing mana wahine and in nurturing and growing confident, compassionate women to make our world a better place.”
Choosing the school that is right for your daughter is an important decision which no parent takes lightly. St Margaret’s College Open Day offers an insight into how academic excellence and co-curricular opportunities combine for Years 1 to 13, with boarding from Year 7. The emphasis is on learning, combined with wellbeing and pastoral care. Each year group has a programme specifically designed to meet their needs, ensuring customised learning for every girl. The girls are empowered to become strong, resilient young women who relate well to others and have confidence and empathy to build lasting relationships.
Experience the St Margaret’s College difference at the Open Day on Friday 11 May from 10:30am to 1pm. The Principal’s address at 11:45am will feature talks from outgoing Executive Principal, Gillian Simpson, and Diana Patchett who will start in the role at the beginning of Term 3. For further information, visit
“One of my life long aims, as a principal, is to ensure all students are equipped with knowledge, skills and attitudes for their future lives and careers. To ensure students are equipped for their future, it is paramount that a personalised, future-focused curriculum which develops students as self-regulated learners is provided.
Selwyn House School offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which is recognised globally as a future-focused curriculum based on intercultural understanding and respect. In effect, the PYP learner profile attributes we develop embody a future global citizen of the world.”
Core learning in English, Mathematics and Science is complemented by transdisciplinary inquiries and rich tasks, which allow high levels of application, creativity and problem-solving. The development of these skills combined with crucial interpersonal skills, such as self-regulation, curiosity, and tolerance, enable Selwyn House girls to become confident and informed individuals eager to take their part in the world. Learning is further enhanced by the active role that our specialist teachers in Mechatronics, Robotics, Performing Arts, Music, Physical Education, Sports, Visual Art and Spanish invest in daily learning.
Small class sizes ensure learning is personalised and teachers are able to build strong connections with each child and provide clear instruction in learning strategies enabling students to take control of their learning, know themselves as learners, self-regulate, and develop self-efficacy – all life-long learning skills.
Selwyn House proudly encourages students to:
Ask questions and develop strong critical thinking strategies
Analyse complex concepts, work collaboratively and self-direct
Be creative, motivated and determined
Understand traditional arts and humanities while simultaneously having strong skills across all of the STEAM disciplines
Have a strong sense of empathy for others, be a confident leader and persist when facing challenges.
You are invited to visit Selwyn House School to learn more about this future-focused learning environment for girls in Years 1-8, nurturing Boarding House and co-educational Pre-school. Attend the upcoming Open Day on Monday 14 May or call today to schedule a personal tour.
The team at Home Trends Builders is keeping its sunglasses handy and polished as the future keeps getting brighter. Each project is something a little different, driven by co-owners Peter and Elaine DeGouw’s enthusiasm for bringing inspirational, great-looking homes relevant to the Christchurch market, to fruition.
Peter says the company focuses on building, “homes that will be iconic in the future”.
They have just completed one such project in Naseby Street, where the original historic mansion, defeated by the earthquakes, has been replaced by two absolutely remarkable modern homes.
The pair of houses are very different from the usual cookie-cutter architectural homes in Merivale. They incorporate natural materials including cedar, a lightweight designer stone panel board exclusive to New Zealand Brick and Stone, Onyx concrete blocks, with black monolithic louvre blades that transcend two storeys. The overall effect is stunning, people are talking, and one of the homes is waiting patiently for its lucky new owners.
Three Wai-iti Terrace sites host both single and two storey homes, some of which have sold before consent, illustrating Home Trends’ ability to anticipate the needs of the market. Five entries will grace the New Zealand Master Builders House of the Year 2018 competition, including the front house at Naseby Street, Totara and Tui Street homes, plus multi-units at Prestons – a local category that Home Trends won last year.
After 30 years, Peter knows what works and knows the special people that live here. You’ll still find him on site every day, monitoring the builds and making clients happy.
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