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Rangiora mural

An artistic acomplishment: new mural graces the wall of the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Rangiora

It’s been said that you’re only ever limited by your imagination. And, although the very premise of this saying is formed on a fictional narrative rather than the ability to supersede physical limitations, it is none the less a sweet concept.

Rangiora mural

And yet James (Jim) Dykes has made good on this notion, not letting his age of 91 years get in the way of the production of an impressive 16.5m mural in Rangiora.
When the removal of a shed left the large grey concrete wall exposed at the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Ivory Street, James’ son, Director Dr Grant Dykes asked his dad for some ideas and he ended up putting his paintbrush wielding hand up for the task.
“I wanted to depict something of the emptiness which is so much of New Zealand,” James says.
“So I thought what better way than to represent the flood plain; the tussock covered riverbed with the sun still to come up.”
The fact that is has taken a year to complete, working just an hour at a time around the harsh sun and reliance on his wife Jean and daughter in law Delia for assistance, just further adds to this impressive feat of determination.
Outgoing Mayor David Ayers was on hand to unveil the masterpiece last month, pointing to the historical significance of Canterbury’s braided rivers and current significance of the region’s arts in his speech.

Misco Joinery

Future-proofed kitchen nirvana: a visit to Misco Joinery’s Kaiapoi showroom

It was 30 years ago that Misco Joinery first opened its doors. And now, nearly a year on from its move to a purpose-built factory, the company’s full potential is being realised – a result of family values, consistent workmanship and solid experience.

Misco Joinery

Director Michael Chernishoff first launched Misco from the farm shed of his family home in Mairehau Road in support of his father’s building business. Glenn Colenso, a Director and Michael’s brother-in-law, started as his apprentice at the age of 17. When work flourished, they just added another shed. However, 12 years ago Michael had the foresight to purchase land at 62 Williams Street in Kaiapoi.
This future-proofed factory is a true kitchen nirvana. The showroom has four kitchens installed so far – showcasing stone benchtops and European hardware from Hafele through to soft closing doors. “As a move from post-earthquake all-white kitchen styling, we’re now seeing more neutrals, blacks and colour,” says Marketing Manager Penny Abell. She’s been part of the Misco family for 10 years.
“We aim to give clients an X-factor kitchen at an affordable price. Make an appointment for a measure and quote with Michael or a project manager. Using their experience and design flair they will create clever ways to use your available space. After clients talk over recommendations and ideas with our designers, and confirm plans and colours, it’s about eight to ten weeks to your new kitchen installation.”
Misco is spreading its wings fast. Kitchen designer Liselle, along with four installers, are now fully established in the Auckland region. While in Wellington the company has just completed the joinery fit-out at a new preschool. However, the loyal residential clientele in Canterbury will always be a family staple.
Visit www.miscojoinery.co.nz.

Action north of the Waimak'

Action north of the Waimak’: a guide to what’s on in North Canterbury

North Canterbury is a hotbed of innovation and creativity, which means there’s never a dull moment. We’ve staked out the land north of the Waimak’ to bring you some of the best upcoming events.

Action north of the Waimak'

ETHEL & BETHEL BINGO BABES
11 May

World famous in Canterbury, Ethel & Bethel are putting on a fun night with raffles, silent auctions and lots of laughs to help the St. Patrick’s School PTA fundraise for the school.

St Patrick’s Church, 61 Fuller Street, Kaiapoi

Tickets from the St. Patrick’s School office, 03-327 7700 or email
pta@stpatkai.school.nz

RANGIORA COMMUNITY CHOIR AUTUMN CONCERT
27May

Head along to the Rangiora Community Choir’s Autumn Concert and listen to some of your favourites, featuring show tunes, gospel and a couple of classics, including guest performers.

Rangiora Methodist Church, 176 King Street, Rangiora

Tickets via eventfinda.co.nz

MID-WINTER CHRISTMAS MARKET
9 June

An Indoor Market & Winter Wonderland, quality market stalls, fabulous food (pulled pork, high tea, American hot dogs, soup and more), live entertainment, the famous PTA cake stall, silent auction and so much more!

Rangiora New Life School, 2 Denchs Road, Southbrook, Rangiora

Tickets via eventfinda.co.nz

SUE NICHOLSON – EARTH, LIFE & BEYOND
21 June

The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her new live show Earth, Life & Beyond. It’ll be a unique, one-of-a-kind learning experience with a difference to enrich your soul.

Rangiora Town Hall, High Street, Rangiora

Tickets via eventfinda.co.nz

A ROCKIN’ GOOD CHRISTMAS
30 June

Amberley Community Preschool and Prep School presents ‘A Rockin’ Good Christmas!’ Forget hibernating at home, grab a babysitter and head to Amberley for a mid-winter Christmas bash! Enjoy hand-crafted platters and live entertainment before the ‘big auction’ and supper to follow.

Amberley Domain, Douglas Road, Amberley

Contact 03-314 9147 or via www.facebook.com/events/195432094573519/

HOT SPRINGS SALSA ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL
6 July – 8 July

Head to Hanmer for a snowy winter holiday weekend and warm up to the rhythms of salsa, zouk, bachata, merengue and cha, with Latin dance workshops in the afternoon and salsa parties at night, whether you’re a beginner, seasoned dancer or never danced before.

Memorial Hall, Hanmer Springs

Contact info@salsalatina.co.nz or
www.hanmersalsa.com

THE BOOTLEG BEACH BOYS
28 July

A fully costumed show that takes you right from the very beginning of The Beach Boys and through their career featuring classic hits and cult favourites from California’s most famous band.

Rangiora Town Hall, High Street, Rangiora

For tickets phone 0800 ticketek

Ruby Six

A beautifully curated collection: Ruby Six is Amberley’s gem of a store

There’s a new catch phrase that has made it into the local lexicon – lifestyle store – and that’s exactly where Ruby Six owner, Jenni Dobbie, believes the beautiful Amberley store sits. “I feel the term ‘lifestyle store’ captures our ethos at Ruby Six,” she says.

Ruby Six

The carefully curated product ranges include stylish, quality fashion and accessories, beautiful prints, handcrafted ceramics, stunning jewellery and creative gifts for children. Ruby Six is brimming with items you won’t find elsewhere. “We enjoy showcasing NZ made products and proudly support NZ designers.”
This gem of a shop has fine hand-crafted ceramics by Nelson potter Melanie Drewery, funky clay Mayd earrings handmade in Christchurch, and simply cool accessories by Auckland label S O P H I E, along with many other brands that we already know and love.
Ruby Six offers an experience in its own right, tantalising the senses with beautiful aromas and stunning treasures. “Customers are always excited to discover us out here in Amberley.”
Located at 6 Markham Street Amberley, only 40 minutes north of Christchurch, Ruby Six offers a fun, relaxed shopping experience and has become a destination store for travellers and day trippers.

The Butcher’s Mistress

A beautiful butchery: The Butcher’s Mistress is the darling of Rangiora

Beautiful and sophisticated may not be the words you would associate with your local butcher, but then there are few similarities between The Butcher’s Mistress and most others of its kind.

The Butcher’s Mistress

Halena Hitchcock opened the doors of the store in Rangiora’s High Street in October last year and, although the physical store is still in a period of transformation, it’s already clear the attention to detail she brings to the commercial table.
Having been in the industry for twelve years, she recognises the part breeding, health and wellbeing play in creating quality, tasty meat, sourcing off the hoof as much as possible and from farms throughout North Canterbury.
“Traceability is important to me – knowing the animal has come from a top local farm and has been well cared for,” Halena says.
Along with a team of butchers, she offers an exceptional array of locally sourced meat – lamb, hogget and beef, old fashioned dry cured bacon, free-farmed pork, South Island venison and goat, as well as organic Washcreek lamb. For the kids, there’s the ever-popular crumbed sausages, but its high quality gourmet sausages is where The Butcher’s Mistress excels.
“To shop at a butchery means personal care,” Halena says.
“We pay close attention to personal tastes and portion control for families of all sizes.”
Homekill and wild game processing are also available. Halena and her team can guide you through the cuts, hanging time and small goods which best suit your needs. “We’re passionate about what we do and if someone comes in the door, we will do what it takes to source what they want.”
The Butcher’s Mistress, 84 High St Rangiora, phone 03-313 7191.

Coffee Worx

Beautiful bagels: Coffee Worx is serving up bagels you’ll love

If you have ever tried an authentic New York style bagel, you will know the difference between a real bagel and round bread with a hole in it.

Coffee Worx

Coffee Worx has been serving a great range of authentic bagels since it incorporated Yellow Rocket bagels into Coffee Worx after the earthquakes. If you are a fan of bagels, you will know that they are a low GI, low fat and an incredibly filling lunch or breakfast option. Coffee Worx also offers gluten free bagels, so everyone can be immersed in the definitive bagel experience.
Coffee Worx bagels are baked daily and made fresh to order into Sandwiches, Melts and Mega Bagels (with a hot meat filling), or simply split and toasted to be enjoyed with cream cheese. “We have a real fan base for our bagels,” says Deb Riach co-owner of Coffee Worx alongside her husband Ian.
“We are proud to offer such a high quality authentic product to our discerning market.”
Deb and Ian aren’t only proud of their bagels, but also all of their fresh cabinet food made daily on site at their two café locations in Rangiora and Sockburn. However, the true highlight of Coffee Worx is the freshly roasted premium coffee. Coffee Worx roasts its unique blends at Rangiora and distributes its high quality coffee to approximately 120 customers around the South Island.
For more information, visit
www.coffeeworx.co.nz or call 03-341 5040.

Blackwell's Department Store

Fine-figured wedding day: looking at lovely bridal lingerie for your wedding at Blackwell’s Department Store

Anything great must always start with the perfect foundation. With impeccable lingerie the foundation to your wedding dress will be flawless and ensure you are picture-perfect for your big day.

Blackwell's Department Store
Blackwell’s lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says, “It’s what’s underneath your gown that really enhances the whole outfit”.
Lynn works closely with each and every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup. “Once you have the perfect dress, we can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to compliment your outfit. It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.”
Blackwell’s lingerie department has an outstanding variety of brands, including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi Collections, designed specifically for fuller busts.
Visit Blackwell’s Department Store Kaiapoi,
www.blackwellsdeptstore.co.nz, email blackwellsdeptstore@xtra.co.nz or phone 03-327 8029.

Lemongrass

A unique family business: Lemongrass is a lovely little Thai restaurant in a hazelnut orchard (and how cool is that?!)

Everything about Lemongrass is unique. It’s a Thai restaurant, located off the beaten track, in a hazelnut orchard north of Rangiora.

Lemongrass
YOU MUST MAKE A BOOKING. IT’S SO RELAXED THAT IF THERE ARE NO BOOKINGS, IT PROBABLY WON’T BE OPEN.

It is the true definition of a family business. Sriamorn Reavill and husband Paul bought the Loburn property and house, later building the restaurant onto their home. At Lemongrass you are likely to be waited on by Aaron, 11, or be joined at your table by head chef Sriamorn for a chat.
The children play a part in the restaurant. It’s their business, too. Chelsy, 9, is usually in the kitchen helping mum. She cooks a mean stir fry and makes great spring rolls. Aaron and family friend, Liv, who is 15 and whose mum Shirley also works in the kitchen, often take care of front of house. They are confident and knowledgeable of food preparation, the menu and the foundations of good customer service. In addition to their schooling and sports achievements, they work together the create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, amazing food and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Paul, too regularly chips in in the kitchen.

Lemongrass

There is al fresco dining, or between courses take a stroll in the orchard and relax in the country silence. The food is spectacular, everything you expect Thai cuisine to be – bold flavours, aromatic delights, contrasts of texture and colour, all with a spicy kick.
You must make a booking at Lemongrass. It’s so relaxed that if there are no bookings, it probably won’t be open. When it is, the drive is more than worth it. For bookings phone 03-310-3102.

North Canterbury Musical Society

Dastardly deeds: Jekyll & Mr Hyde (The Musical) is North Canterbury Musical Society’s next thrilling show

As the fog descends footsteps approach – closer, closer. You hear laughter – a chilling cackle; you clutch your companion’s arm… surely there’s safety in numbers? From the mist, a raised arm, a bloodied blade – you scream! Too late… Jekyll and Hyde have already entered the theatre.

North Canterbury Musical Society

Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jekyll and Hyde, the rock musical, opens at Rangiora Town Hall on 10 May.
“It’s a challenging show for our cast, but in a good way,” says Director Paul Johnson. “It’s very much a musical with music entwined, rather than a play with songs.”
Born and bred in Rangiora, Paul is very loyal to his hometown. He has been involved with the North Canterbury Musical Society (NCMS) since 2006 when he played Bernardo in West Side Story. His directing debut came in 2011 with Guys and Dolls. “It’s thanks to NCMS that I am where I am in the performing arts in Canterbury.”
Paul says there’s a great camaraderie within the Jekyll and Hyde cast. “Many of our cast live outside Rangiora, so there’s a lot of car-pooling to rehearsals.”
Musical Director Leanne O’Mahony has done an impressive 10 shows for NCMS and Lance McBride, who plays Jekyll/Hyde, had the lead role in the 2015 NCMS production of Disney Beauty and the Beast, directed by Paul.
Jekyll and Hyde: 10 May to 26 May, Rangiora Town Hall. For more information email director@ncms.co.nz or to book tickets visit www.ncms.co.nz with iTicket.

What's on in North Canterbury

What’s On: Three outings you will love in North Canterbury

Just a short drive from Christchurch, North Canterbury is a bit of a show off – in the best possible way. From its endless unspoiled terrain and natural beauty, to its townships brimming with all kinds of retail and recreational spoils, what’s not to love?

What's on in North Canterbury

We’ve prepared a little social calendar if an excursion is on your radar any time soon:

Ohoka Farmers Market & Artisan Craft Market, 30 March and ongoing

Ohoka Domain is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week it showcases the best the region has to offer by way of gourmet foods, organic produce, gluten free baking and garden plants. All of which can be enjoyed in the serene setting that is the Ohoka township.

Art on the Quay, 18 April

An exhibition of photographic art by Lisa Powers awaits at the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 125 Raven Quay in Kaiapoi. Silence, Stillness and Solitude, is the powerful artist’s latest work. Lisa’s work is celebrated for being ethereal, enigmatic, surrealistic, mysterious and engaging.

Meccano Model & Toy Display, until 1 April

If you have a kid, or still count yourself as one, make a beeline for the Meccano Model & Toy Display being held at the Rangiora Bowls Club facilities this coming weekend. From lego electric trains to a huge selection of model steam engines and K’Nex Models, you’ll be in your entertainment element.