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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.


A TAD classy: Pegasus and Papanui boast upmarket duo of boutique fashion destinations

The best designer clothing is supremely comfortable, toasty, and addictive. Ditto with accessories. This describes the wares at TAD. Even the wallets, key-rings and cuffs here have feel-good factor.


For real feather handbags sharing display space with fine sterling silver necklaces, cuddly merino ponchos and wholly desirable LTB denim and Black Orchid jeans, the TAD stores at either Pegasus, North Canterbury or Northlands, Papanui are great destinations.
TAD is actually a bit of a fashion-blogger’s paradise. That’s because cool pieces to coordinate co-exist here. The result? That ‘I just pulled on the clothes hanging over the end of my bed’ look, when you want the appearance of effortless. It’s non-matchy-matchy; authenticity plus attitude.
Even hats here are knubbly knits or that rarely found style essential; the felted, 100 percent woollen panama. And extra fashion points apply for this appearing in navy as well as ubiquitous black.
TAD offers delectable fluffy slide-slippers. There’s comfort mixed with IT-girl nonchalance and enough practicality to justify their purchase. “We buy and stock highly wearable clothes,” co-owner Tracey says.
TAD’s tactile, sensuous stock has labels like Ivy Blu, Naudic, Ministry of Style, Nyx & Min, Mooi, and Silk & Steel amongst many more.

Jennian Homes Canterbury North

Solid reputation: Jennian Homes North Canterbury

Jennian Homes has been building top quality homes in the larger Canterbury region for more than 20 years. Part of a nationwide franchise company, Jennian Homes, is a Registered Master Builder and provides a 10-year Master Build Guarantee and a 36-month maintenance warranty.

Jennian Homes Canterbury North

The company has a solid reputation of design quality and customer satisfaction. Canterbury North General Manager, Dwayne Prendergast and Operations Manager Paul Jenkins uphold that reputation by overseeing all projects from sale to completion of the build, through to handover.
Jennian Homes Canterbury North offers several build choices, including house and land packages, and design and build options, all over Canterbury. “We want to make the building process as easy as possible for our clients,” says Client Liaison Sue Prendergast.
The company has a presence in several well-established subdivisions such as Faringdon in Rolleston, where there is a display home at 7 Lemonwood Drive. There is also a display home at 9 Westpark Drive Rangiora. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm and are great examples of the stunning homes that can be produced.
It is proud to be one of the preferred building companies in two of Canterbury’s newest subdivisions, Ravenswood in North Canterbury, and Halswell Commons, in Christchurch. There are also many house and land options available in the greater Canterbury area as well.
“At the moment, we have house and land packages from $550K, superior quality family homes, in Halswell Commons,” Sue says. “We can also do design and build. We help you find the perfect section, and you tell us what you want in your home.”
Contact Dwayne on 03-741 1436, or via email at

Apollo Projects Mandeville Village

Mandeville’s new heart: Apollo Projects and Ratua Holdings delivers new excellent facility for local businesses

Mandeville Village on Tram Road is open after an extensive five-year rezone, consenting and construction process by developers Ratua Holdings Limited and the main contractor, Apollo Projects.

Apollo Projects Mandeville Village

“Surveys provided an insight into what the community wanted and helped us to provide a village that meets the needs of the locals while providing a community heart,” says Apollo Projects National Business Development Manager and Ratua Holdings Director Bevan Hames, a Mandeville local himself.
Tenants include Sweet Pea Early Childcare Centre, Supervalue Supermarket, She Believed Beauty Salon, Mandeville Fish and Chips, New Delhi Food Junction, Thaiger Mountain Thai Restaurant and the Platform Heineken Bar and Restaurant. Locals also signalled they wanted discount fuel, so a self-service petrol station under the NPD brand completes the village.
The Mandeville Village Facebook page has kept excited locals informed of progress. “The community is right behind the development creating a great atmosphere. We have received a lot of messages of support and the feedback has been outstanding.”
The village will be the biggest employer in the area and employment opportunities from the village businesses have been well received, with a lot of local interest in jobs.
Given his wife Kelly runs the supermarket, Bevan’s favourite feature is a tough call, “I really should say that – although the architectural features make the village unique and really complement the surrounding area, including the cedar cladding and timber pergola with greywacke stone bases. Also, the tenant mix really responds to the local convenience needs.”
This Apollo Projects masterpiece is open and buzzing for the community that has championed it every step of the way.


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.