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Quilters Quarters

Sew perfect! – Quilters Quarters

It was just over nine years ago that Pauline Forrest changed her career and bought a business in the township of Rangiora. It was a business that Pauline, a self-confessed “handicrafty kind of girl”, had a passion for and, under her management, Quilters Quarters has gone from strength to strength, providing the best and latest in materials and craft and haberdashery supplies.


Quilters Quarters


Quilters Quarters stocks some 4,000 bolts of fabric, including the classic and timeless Liberty of London and top international brands such as Stof Fabrics, Moda, Tula Pink, French General and Kaffe Fassett. “We are committed to keeping up with the latest overseas trends in fabrics, colour and design,” Pauline says. A recent addition is an excellent and increasing selection of woollen yarns, and knitting and embroidering supplies. “We pride ourselves on being the go-to one-stop-shop, where everything to do with handicrafts can be found under one roof, including sewing machines,” Pauline says.

“We are agents for Elna, Husqvarna and Janome, and we’re very fortunate that we have an excellent mechanic available for servicing sewing machine repairs.” For those wishing to upskill their crafts, or for those who have a desire to learn, but have had little or no experience, Quilters Quarters has a bright and spacious classroom in store, from which they run classes and workshops that coincide with the regular four term school year. Tutors from throughout North Canterbury teach a variety of projects and techniques at all levels, from beginner to advanced.


Situated at 9 High Street, Rangiora. For more information, phone 03-313 6765, email or visit


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.




A tipple of truffle

A tipple of truffle: The whopping 1.37kg black Périgord truffle

It’s bottoms up as a record-breaking New Zealand truffle has infused a tasty new brew. The giant truffle unearthed in North Canterbury has found its way into a special-edition local ale.


A tipple of truffle


The whopping 1.37kg black Périgord truffle was dug up by Jax Lee, General Manager of Kings Truffles in Waipara, after her five-year-old dog Freddy sniffed it out beside an oak tree. It is the largest truffle found in New Zealand on record.

“At first it didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary, but once I got it out of the ground I was gobsmacked,” Jax says.
“We seem to have a handful of big ones every season, but not to this scale. I think the good amount of autumn rain helped this one along.”
The next challenge was to clean it up, extremely carefully and make sure it was put to good use. Jax had just the place in mind.

The family-owned Brew Moon Brewing Company, started by Kieran McCauley and Belinda Gould and located down the road in Amberley, has now added shavings from the record-setting truffle to a golden ale.
“My husband and I consider Brew Moon our local, so have always pestered them about making a truffle beer and having truffled pizzas on the menu,” Jax says.

When the chance came up to use one giant truffle in a special brew, Jax finally managed to twist their friends’ arms over a couple of beers at the taproom. The rest she has “left up to the brewing experts… but with the odd tasting of course”.
Oscar McCauley, who works with his parents at the Brew Moon, says there are unique challenges in working with an ingredient the brewery has never used before – and an expensive one at that.


New Zealand’s best breweries are producing all sorts of weird and wonderful beer styles.

“We want to find a point where the truffle character is clear and complements the beer, but also not add too much. The flavours marry up nicely, so now it’s just a matter of adjusting the amount of truffle to find that sweet spot,” he says.
It’s not the first time Kings Truffles has collaborated with a brewery. “We found a large one a few years back that went into a porter – Nerissimo – done by Garage Project,” Jax says.

However, she is happy to see this one being used so close to home. The brewery released the extra-special ale at Beervana in Wellington on August 10 and 11, Oscar says. “New Zealand’s best breweries are producing all sorts of weird and wonderful beer styles, so it was a great opportunity to see how this brew stacked up.”
And the Brew Moon might even consider doing it again, he adds.

“There is a great truffle scene here in North Canterbury, so it would be amazing to be able to make this a yearly seasonal brew. We [just] can’t promise that we will be working with such an enormous truffle next time.”

Oxford Observatory

Star light star bright: Oxford Observatory

On Friday, 7 September, when North Canterbury skies will be their darkest under a new moon, the Oxford Observatory at Oxford Area School will host a public open night to view our closest celestial neighbours.


Oxford Observatory


Between 7pm and 10pm, anyone can view four planets up close. On 31 July, Mars came its closest to earth since 2003, a mere 1.4 million kilometres away. People will be able to see it in detail, along with a bright crescent Venus, Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn’s unique rings. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, won’t seem so far away through the Meade 250mm Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, the school became the proud owner of in 2000, with a Lion Foundation grant.

“We took this opportunity to build an observatory at the school, which was completed in 2006, after Mars was the closest to Earth in 60,000 years in 2003,” says James Moffat, a passionate astronomer for 18 years. “There was a huge response from community.”

He was assisted by the school’s former physics teacher Eric Vermatt and the late Clive Rowe. Clive was a well-respected, notable star in the astronomical community, who had the dome modelled from a fibreglass mould that replicated Dunedin Observatory.

Aside from hosting educational school groups, interested parties of up to 20 people can arrange a night of close encounters, for a nominal cost.

Booking is not required for the open night, just a $2 donation. In case of cloudy conditions, Oxford Observatory’s Facebook page will advise beforehand or contact James on 022 364 1959.


To market to market

To market to market: Markets around you

When the weekend hits and the sun is shining, there’s nothing more fun than taking a stroll and browsing the stalls at your nearest market.


To market to market


Luckily for you, North Canterbury is the home to a wide range of tasty and tempting options, from farmers’ markets to local arts and crafts so you can shop until you drop.
It’s a great way to fill up the pantry while supporting local farmers and artists and really, what’s not to love about that? Here’s a few to help you plan your weekend.


With more than 25 stalls, the Oxford Farmers’ Market has it all including fresh flowers, fish, vegetables, meat, fruit, coffee and baked goods. Need I say more?
Located on Main Street, Oxford and is open Sundays from 9am until noon.


Ohoka Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest in the area as it opened its doors in 2009. Support local growers and feast your eyes on at least 50 stalls during peak season. Not to mention, you can even grab a bite after you’re tired of shopping.
This market is located at Ohoka Domain, Ohoka, Waimakariri and open Fridays from 9am until 12:30pm.


Mosey down to the scenic Kaiapoi Farmers’ Market and snag yourself some fresh fruit, free-range eggs, vegetable plants, crafts and more. This is a community-based and not-for-profit market.
This market is located at Morgan Williams Reserve along Charles Street and is open Saturdays. Times vary, so check the website for more details. Visit


If you want to get to know a community, the best way to do so is to visit the area’s local market. The monthly Rangiora Community Market features a variety of stalls, so make sure to bring your wallet!
Located at 353 High Street (St John’s Anglican Church Hall) and open from 8:30am until 1pm. The next monthly market is 2 September.


While you’re in Rangiora, check out the Rangiora Sunday Market for knitted crafts, woodcraft, jewellery, local honey, plants, food and more. Kids won’t want to miss the opportunity to munch on some fairy floss.
Find this market at the Blake Street car park and shop from 10am until 3pm.

Artistic Attraction

North Canterbury’s Artistic attraction

As an escape from any urban existence, North Canterbury is perfect. Not only spectacularly beautiful, it boasts pure mountain air and hot pools; forest or alpine walks and mountain-biking. That high-adrenaline sports happen here is obvious when driving the last stretch over the precipitous Hanmer bridge.
Artistic Attraction


Home to a great gourmet and shopping scene, the alpine village of Hanmer Springs has long been foodie and fashion heaven, plus an outdoor adventure base.
Long-standing resident Grum Frith was “cycling solo around the world” in recent years when an idea emerged. Hanmer Springs had potential not only as a sporting playground-cum-holiday rest cure. It was also an ideal getaway-venue for cultural pursuits. Accordingly, a music and arts trust was formed.
Over the past 18 months things have gained momentum. Musicians and artists have begun to visit and perform here. Workshops in song-writing, singing, drama, photography, upholstery, sculpture, dance and film have been planned.

Music and Arts Hanmer Springs Trust community facilitator, Grum, says parts of the old Queen Mary Hospital have been sanctioned for use for specific events. For instance, last Labour weekend local artists held an exhibition in the hospital’s Soldier’s Block.
On 11 August, an internationally acclaimed violinist will offer a performance and masterclass in the village. Next, a pre-Christmas play is proposed by local thespians. See details of upcoming events at

Northern Neighbourhood Events

Northern Neighbourhood Events

There’s no shortage of things to do in our northern neighbourhood. We’ve put together some of our favourites to keep you occupied.

Northern Neighbourhood Events

5 August
A tempting trail

Oxford township, Main Street, Oxford
The Great Oxford Garage Sale Trail is an extravaganza of new, recycled, second hand, vintage treasures, odds and ends in and around Oxford. Over 30 sites where you can fossick and bargain hunt. Starting at 9am, maps can be obtained from the Pearson Park Oval for a gold coin donation until 11am and then by the Pine Tree Main Street.



6 August
Calling all groovers

Rangiora Methodist Church, 176 King St, Rangiora
Zumba Zing is excited to announce a new Zumba Kids class for 8+ year-olds starting Term 3. Featuring the famous Zumba Fitness music, rhythms and beats along with Zumba choreography broken into kid-friendly routines, it’s the perfect recipe for fitness fun. Mondays from 4:40-5:30pm. Term starts on 30 July and runs for 8 weeks.

Phone Jules 021 678 858


8 August
Next-level networking
Artisan Rangiora Bakery, 18 High Street, Rangiora
One of the hardest things for people to do is network with strangers, Elite6 Business Networking is a friendly and supportive group designed to help people develop their networking skills, help grow each other’s business and become friends. On Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30am.

Phone Debs Taylor-Hayhurst 021 863 877, or email


8 August
Wellness warriors
Rangiora Hospital, 161 Ashley Street, Rangiora
Hatha Yoga is a system of pranayama (breathing practice), physical movements through normal range of motion and strength building poses that affect the physical, mental and emotional body. This class welcomes everyone, beginners, experienced, pregnant, postnatal, retired, curious bystanders. Door sales $13 each. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm.


12 September
Waste Free Living Workshop
Ruataniwha Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
Through this exciting seminar you will be inspired, become motivated and take control of your household’s impact on our future. Suitable for all ages and stages, households and flats, in fact everybody should attend!


30 September
A muddy good time
Mandeville Sports Centre, 431 Mandeville Road, Swannanoa
A Muddy Good Run has a new venue, Mandeville Sports Centre, where they will be building mud pits, slippery slides, mud and water slides, cars to climb over, cars to crawl under, containers to scale, hay bales to get over, camo net crawls, cargo net climbs and a run and crawl in between.


14 October
The Cat in the Hat
Rangiora Town Hall, High St, Rangiora
Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel used this formula and only 200 words to write his second children’s book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years later, this zany, imaginative play is coming to Rangiora for some school holiday fun. Spoiler alert: Things run amuck, and quickly.

Louis Who

A fashionable favourite: Louis Who

Eclectic, edgy fashion at Louis Who in Waikuku is a real find for the trendy fashion hunter. Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Moochi, Paula Ryan, Trelise Cooper, Rude Riders and Japanese premium denim Haikure are a few of the brands which adorn the well selected and sourced items on the racks at Louis Who.

Louis Who

It features a mixture of high end preloved clothing, as well as one-off next season samples from Rich and Royal, Crossley and Hannes Roether and other European fashion brands. These have become bestsellers and, with the stock constantly changing due to the high turnover, it’s a great reason to come to North Canterbury’s best kept secret, only 20 minutes from Christchurch.
“New customers are surprised when they first come in; they never knew we were here,” says owner Lisa Willetts, who stocks only high-quality preloved items in excellent condition.
Becoming a regular at Louis Who has its advantages, as Lisa has VIP nights for her best customers when her new stock comes in, giving them the first look before it goes into the store.
Lisa keeps things fresh and exciting, so there’s also a $20 and $50 designated discount area. Catering for every budget, she has a great knack for recommending the perfectly fitting outfit.
Like on Facebook and follow Louiswho1 on Instagram to see the latest arrivals, which are posted as soon as they come in, then make a bee line for Louis Who – within the Twine Antiques store at the Brick Mill – Main North Road Waikuku. Phone 021 804425 or email


Frame me fabulous! – Framemakers

Do you have a special item you want framed? From conventional art, right through the whole spectrum, Framemakers is the name for you.

Finished artwork that commands attention


Owners Lynn and Graham Barr take pride in offering a service which allows you to take the time to choose the various options to ensure that you will be happy with the end product. After all, the framed work will be on your wall for a long time and, in the case of many heritage pieces, can be passed down through generations to come.
With this in mind, the company can offer a printing service, not only for your one-off photos, but can create a collage of images, such as family photographs and can include those special photos you would most love to see on your wall. Think, also, of those unique items of clothing, or embroidery pieces from the past you want to preserve.
Printing can be done on one of the many specialty papers or canvas to create finished artwork that commands attention. Speaking of commanding attention, Lynn mentions the newly available UltraVue Glass, which has all the clarity of museum glass, but at a considerable cost saving. “It makes your precious works look stunning!”
From the shop located at 137 Main North Road, Woodend, Lynn (or Graham, or both) love chatting with clients and offering their expert guidance to help achieve that head-turning framed artwork.


For more information email and visit or view their work on Facebook.

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Foodies’ Culinary route: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium, in beautiful Cust, needs to be experienced to be believed! A relaxing 40-minute drive from Christchurch to this charming North Canterbury village is a pleasure – and the food served up here is legendary.

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium
Owned by Steve and Annette since 2006, the award-winning café just keeps getting better. It is understandably on the culinary route for many a foodie.
Breakfasts from 9am to 11:30am offer sumptuous specialities fit for a king. The Eggs Kiwiana is the classic Benedict with Route 72’s special twist – poached free- range eggs, kumara rosti, spinach, creamy mushrooms on wholesome seeduction bread with tarragon hollandaise, with a choice of smoked salmon or bacon. There’s light fluffy pancakes through to the extra filling farmer’s full-cooked breakfast and tender juicy steak with all the trimmings. There are plenty of equally delectable vegetarian and gluten-free options too.
The café offers a gorgeous setting in the winter with a toasty fire in the café’s downstairs dining area and the upstairs seating offers vistas over the snow-capped mountains. A bonus of dining here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, tasty snacks or great organic coffee, is the Aladdin’s cave of tempting treasures. Here you will find an eclectic emporium of perfect gifts, and unusual finds from jewellery and scarves to home décor.
Route 72 is located at 1697 Cust Road, in the heart of the village, phone 03-312 5595, or visit
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm and Friday nights.