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Silly Season Celebrations

Silly Season Celebrations

Ashburton has put on its Santa hat and is playing prestigious host to a wide range of events that capture the spirit of the silly season. We’ve curated a collection of our festive favourites, so whip out your social planner and mark some dates.


Silly Season Celebrations


Marvellous Markets
On Sunday 9 December from 10am to 3pm, the Marvellous Mayfield Christmas Market will be making its magical mark on Mayfield, at the Mayfield Memorial Hall, State Highway 72. A delightfully relaxing Christmas country market, close to 60 stalls will feature giftware from wooden crafts, antiques and collectables, through to fabric crafts, clothing and jewellery.


Christmas Carols
On Friday 14 December, all the songs of Christmas will be making themselves heard at the St Stephens Church, 64 Park Street from 12-1pm and then from 5-6pm. Tickets are available on the door for $5 before the Mid Canterbury Choir rocks your Christmas socks off.


An Extravagant Affair
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone, bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows & games on Sunday 30 December from 9am to 5pm at the Ashburton Domain.


ABBAsolutely fABBAulous
This may just be the best early Christmas present yet. Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town! Held on Saturday 8 December at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, it’s a full-scale theatrical production featuring more than two hours of live musical performances.


A Broadway Beauty
Just think of the brownie points on offer if a loved one was to open tickets to one of the world’s best loved musicals on Christmas Day? Performed around the world numerous times, Cats is coming to the Ashburton Trust Centre on Monday 15 April from 7:30pm to 10pm.


Ice Ice Baby
We may not get to experience a white Christmas in our little corner of the South Pacific, but ice skating in March is the next best thing, right? Held at Allenton School, 110 Harrison Street, Ashburton from the 18 to 24 March, this has to be one of the coolest events around


A Colourful Experience
Lake Hood, Huntington Park, Tinwald, Ashburton will be playing prestigious host to a colourful day – the third Get Coloured by CanInspire colour fun run. Make someone else’s Christmas by getting in behind this event, with proceeds helping CanInspire Charitable Trust continue its wonderful work in the Mid-Canterbury community. From Sunday 7 April from 10am to 12pm.


Ready set, let’s go!
If you’re wanting to stick to the resolutions that come into effect when the clocks tick over to the New Year, Arrowsmith Station, Hakatere Lake Heron Rd, Methven will be the place to be on Saturday 30 March from 7am to 4pm for a 42.2 km High Country Marathon. Just contact Simon 027 274 6573 or



A fabulous fundraiser!

A fabulous fundraiser!

What ho, ladies and gentlemen! One of the most prestigious events of the year is but two days away – A Day at the Polo!


A fabulous fundraiser!


Presented by Ronald McDonald House South Island and the Port Hills Polo Club, partnered with Lion, Continental Event Hire and Lincoln University, A Day at the Polo features New Zealand versus Australia at the Port Hills Polo Club, Gilmours Road, Tai Tapu. This is the second year Australia has competed against New Zealand; no wonder this exclusive event is all but sold out already!

However, there’s another fab component to A Day at the Polo and that’s the Digital Auction. Yes, it’s back and it’s live – right now!
Simply text to 3840 then key in POLO2018 plus your full name to register, or visit There are incredible prizes up for grabs, so make sure you get in on the action. Tell your friends, your workmates and whoever else loves an auction. The live and silent auctions are fundamental to fundraising goals for this wonderful charity; support through donating prizes is warmly welcomed.

Every cent raised goes directly to Ronald McDonald House South Island, whose motto, Keeping Families Close, says it all. Your generosity supports families when their child is in hospital.


To donate a prize for the digital auction, contact or call the House on 03 377 3311.

Okay, so you’ve registered your bid – what now? Pull out the picnic hamper, you’ve your own polo party to produce, dahling!


2019 Dream Believe Succeed Big Break Award

Dream, believe, succeed: 2019 Dream Believe Succeed Big Break Award

Young, motivated entrepreneurs in Christchurch and Canterbury are advised to get their applications in now for the 2019 Dream Believe Succeed Big Break Award.


2019 Dream Believe Succeed Big Break Award


This is the opportunity of a lifetime for 15-23 year olds to win a 100k business start-up package. The Dream, Believe, Succeed Foundation was launched in 2018. It was established to give business-driven youth the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial spirit by providing a funding start up, together with a service and mentoring package to commence their own business or grow their existing business with the goal of becoming a successful business person.

Last year’s contest winner, Oliver Hunt, has gone on to launch Medsalv, a single use medical device reprocessing business that saves costs for both the healthcare system and the environment. Dream, Believe, Succeed was founded by Steve Brooks, who began his first business at just 12 years of age. At 14 he qualified as New Zealand’s youngest real estate agent and at 16 he purchased his first rental property. Steve’s goal was to be a millionaire by 21; he achieved this at 19.

Steve had always determined that once he reached his goal, he would start an award to inspire young entrepreneurs; something that was not available to him when he was starting out. Contest entries close December 16. Finalists will be announced on December 21, and then they present their business plan in the Dragon’s Den, February 2019.


For more information:
Press enquiries Hannah Burnard,, phone 021 952 121.


The Heart of the City

The Heart of the City

Home is and always will be so much more than where the heart is, particularly as it relates to the Garden City. It is this strong sense of patriotism that is propelling Christchurch clothing company DUAL into the sartorial spotlight.


The Heart of the City


Described by its owners as “the last man standing of New Zealand manufacturing”, Dual operates from a factory in Lichfield Street. Owners Stuart Montgomery and Phillip Sunderland are dedicated ambassadors for the quality denim brand and strong advocates for locally made products. A tagline, ‘Always Aotearoa’ perfectly captures the sentiment bestowed at the very heart of the business.
“We are in the unique position of being New Zealand’s only denim brand made right here in Christchurch,” Phillip says. “We don’t outsource to a third-world country. Everything is made here (has always been) and will continue to be made locally.”

The duo is supported by 90 staff, each with industry-related skills. “There are lots of designers who want to design but very few are willing to sit at a machine and learn the process. Designing a garment and knowing how it’s constructed are two different things.”
The pair is well versed in hard work. “Making it in the New Zealand fashion industry is hard work and we are all on the boat trying to stay afloat. We believe in our vision and keeping our industry alive but people need to buy New Zealand made – if they don’t, we all go out of business.”


The Heart of the City

Like the edgy, robust structured denim products they produce, Dual has stood the test of time and now is located at 5/181 High Street, in the Little High Lanes. At the industrial looking store, which shares a roof with Not Without You wine bar, there are a range of products, including the popular trench coats, jeans, skirts, overalls and soon to be released summer shorts. The next year promises to be a busy one for Phillip and Stuart who plan to ‘flesh-out’ their story further by taking their apparel to a larger market outside of Canterbury and New Zealand. “The most difficult part for us is finding stores that suit our brand values. We will be hitting the road to get our name (and story) out there.”

While Dual’s products are popular with all ages, Phillip says its biggest supporters are those who are not interested in mass-produced items and wish to support New Zealand made products. Nobody knows that more than Dual Designer Gina Lee. “Everyone here is like a family. We help each other out and I love working alongside the staff in the factory. “Producing a pair of jeans takes team work and takes time. Each garment that leaves here has had many people working on it, helping construct it.”Even though the margins are small, according to Phillip, Dual won’t compromise on quality or its ethos. “If people actually saw where some of New Zealand’s top designers have their brands made, they wouldn’t buy them.


The Heart of the City


“Ours is a story that is local – an authentic New Zealand story.”
For further information, email, phone 03 925 9786 or pop into the retail shop next to Little High Eatery.


Culture Comforts

Culture Comforts

It’s during the silly season that the Garden City puts her best foot forward. We’ve got the low-down on all the seasonal must-dos that you should be adding to your recreational calendar over the coming weeks.


Culture Comforts


Christchurch’s summer events programme kicks off with a bang on December 2 as the city welcomes the iconic Multi Media Communications Santa Parade back into the central city for the first time in eight years, with more than 100,000 spectators expected to join in the free fun, excitement and entertainment at this iconic community event. Grab the picnic basket and pull up your blanket, as the Arts Centre celebrates summer with another series of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema events for the whole family. With films screening on two consecutive nights in December, January and February in the picturesque North Quadrangle, get ready to snuggle up at one of Canterbury’s most unique and beautiful locations.

The city streets never look as colourful as they do at the start of each year. From January 10 to February 3 the Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival takes over town, bringing with it a world class programme of local national and international acts. World-famous busking pitches and exceptional ticketed shows will be complemented by a banquet of delicious local food and beverage offerings to create a stand out month of spectacle. On Sunday 27 January, there will be some horsing around happening in the city, as the Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic returns to Christchurch. With more than 2500 attendees in its first year, there are hopes the second year will reach audiences of up to 5000. Tickets are on sale now at


Culture Comforts

Waitangi Day will go off with a bang at North Hagley Park with the UB40 concert and the much-loved Sparks in the Park fireworks event coinciding with the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets, running from February 6 to 17. Noodle lovers young and old should prepare their senses for a fusion of eastern flavours and Chinese lanterns at this ultimate Asian pop-up market experience. The end of summer marks one of Christchurch’s largest and most popular free events as the South Island Lantern Festival lights up our central city from February 22 to 24. Connecting with the Avon River, Worcester Boulevard and Cathedral Square, the event celebrates the best of Chinese culture, with music, performance, dance, food and vibrantly coloured lanterns lighting up the central city.

By Easter weekend it might just be time to head down south. Music For The People is hosting its inaugural Through The Valley Festival, Saturday 20 April 2019 at Cargo Brewery, Waitiri Creek, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown. The one-day boutique festival features a brilliant musical lineup of class Kiwi acts, headlined by the legendary Dave Dobbyn, in his only Otago show for summer 2019.



Joe Laing

Creating happiness: Joe Laing Mike Pero Real Estate

“There are two things in particular that I enjoy about having a career in real estate,” says Joe Laing, sales consultant and franchise owner with Mike Pero Real Estate.


Joe Laing


“That’s the diversity of the job – every day is different – and meeting and developing strong relationships with people. I really like seeing people happy, both vendors and buyers.”

Joe has definitely brought happiness to many clients and they have responded to his youthful, open, friendly, yet highly professional approach. In 2014 Joe was the recipient of the Mike Pero Salesperson of the Year Award and this year he was named the second top auction lister and the third top sales lister for the company nationwide. “I was delighted with this result because Mike Pero Real Estate has grown considerably since I first started in 2013 and there is so much more competition among the agents. I must be doing something right!”

Diversity features elsewhere in Joe’s life as well. Originally from Newcastle, England, he has lived in Canada, Australia and now New Zealand. He’s a father to a nine-month-old daughter, is an avid football fan playing regularly for a successful local team, and a lover of classic cars, especially old Fiats. And, as if all that was not sufficient variety, he is also a part owner of a central city café. “Everything I have done has introduced me to people from all walks of life and that has been immensely helpful for my career.”


You can contact Joe on 022 697 2388 or at


Distinction Christchurch

The Perfect Place: Distinction Christchurch + Win With Metropol

Location, quality accommodation and scrumptious food are just some of the reasons why Distinction Christchurch is the place to stay in the central city.


Distinction Christchurch


Located at 14 Cathedral Square, the hotel recently opened in March and stands proud amongst a growing vibrant central city.
Watch the world go by as you sit in the comfortable and modern lobby or relax in the Gumption restaurant and bar with its stylish layout. The restaurant has a fabulous and affordable menu with generous portions, rich flavours and delicious New Zealand produce prepared by an internationally trained culinary team – including a specialist pastry chef.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s the ideal sanctuary for relaxing with a pre-dinner drink after a day of business or adventure. There are also conference facilities with plenty of space to entertain colleagues, friends and family. With live music every Friday and Saturday night, it’s the perfect place to start (or finish) your evening, ideally positioned close to the Botanic Gardens, Avon River, Christchurch Casino, The Crossing, Christchurch Library and the Isaac Theatre Royal.

The friendly staff will cater to your needs and make sure your stay or visit is enjoyable and memorable. With valet parking and 179 elegant guest rooms, Distinction Christchurch is truly an attractive 4.5 star hotel option designed to suit everyone.


Win With Metropol

Distinction Christchurch has one night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast for two to giveaway.
To enter, please visit click to select the competitions you wish to enter. Entries close Monday 3 December and winners will be notified the following day.


Pegasus Bay Vine Run

Supporting a good cause: Pegasus Bay Vine Run + Win with Metropol

If you fancy a run/walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay followed by live music and a glass of wine all while supporting a worthy cause then you won’t want to miss out on the Pegasus Bay Vine Run.


Pegasus Bay Vine Run


After a successful inaugural event (earlier this year) the second Pegasus Bay Vine Run will be held on Sunday, 27 January 2019.
Created to raise funds for the New Zealand Brain Research Institute and organised by the Donaldson family of Pegasus Bay Winery, registration for the event is now open. “My father, who is the driving force behind it all, practised as a neurologist in Christchurch for 30 years, while also setting up the winery,” Mike Donaldson says.


Choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option.


“As a founding member of the institute, he decided on a fun family event to raise funds for the cause, where people can choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option, bring a picnic and enjoy a day out.”

Tickets are $75 each and include a bottle of trophy wine to take away. Register for the event on or email Mike at


Win With Metropol

Metropol has two double passes to the Pegasus Bay Vine Rut to giveaway to some lucky readers. Enter at Winners will be drawn Monday 3 December.



Rosie on the mend: Ourvets

This issue, Veterinarian Dr Geoff Mehrtens, shares Rosie’s journey to recovery, thanks to expert care from Ourvets.




Rosie was a happy, healthy six-year-old female Shih Tzu x Lhasa Apso who had become uncomfortable recently when urinating. A general examination of Rosie revealed no abnormalities; however, her owner Bridget had noticed that Rosie was peeing more frequently, often only small amounts and was sometimes forced to urinate in abnormal locations, which indicated that her urge to urinate was uncontrollable. She showed no signs of urinary leakage in her bedding, which was an important piece of information.

Some spayed female dogs develop an increased tendency to leak urine, often while they’re asleep, or very relaxed. Luckily, Rosie did not have this problem, however her urge incontinence required further investigation. Rosie was very co-operative and provided us with a urine sample during the consultation which revealed large numbers of bacteria present. It was late in the evening, so we elected to see her again the next day.

By then, Rosie’s bladder felt smaller and firmer on palpation, which raised a suspicion that perhaps something abnormal was within. Rosie was taken to ultrasound, which revealed a spectacular large, ovoid, smooth stone – the size of an egg – in the bladder. The bladder wall was remarkably normal considering what was rattling around inside it!



With such a large stone, the treatment of choice was surgical removal. Special diets can dissolve bladder stones, but this would have taken far too long in Rosie’s case. The surgery ran smoothly, and within hours, Rosie was happy and comfortable, and actually went home the same day. Her post-op recovery was uneventful, she was the perfect patient and her urinary habits returned to normal within days.
The urinary stone was sent to the USA for analysis.

This is a wonderful service provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Rosie’s stone was found to be composed of struvite crystals. Struvite issues are common in many small breeds and are usually associated with low-grade urinary bacterial infections. Treatment includes surgery and a long course of antibiotics, together with a special diet. Rosie will need careful monitoring to ensure she doesn’t develop another stone, but with care, she will continue to live a happy, active life.


Find out more about Ourvets at


Bread & Circus

The circus comes to town: In the city with Nick

Having been involved in media for the last thirty years, I’m aware this time of the year is a brilliant time to get into Christchurch and soak up the juice that is events in the city.


Bread & Circus


The Buskers Festival has always been a top favourite of mine and the re-invention, Bread and Circus, promises more excitement than ever.

Bread & Circus will run from 10 January to 3 February 2019. The festival kicks off with an intensive 10-day programme full of exciting free events, exceptional ticketed shows, a large-scale spectacle and world-famous busking pitches. The ticketed programme and festival hub will then extend into February.

With more than 50 talented performers from around the world, including 22 of New Zealand’s finest, it’s hard to pick favourites.
Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel says she’s delighted that Strut & Fret are bringing their 20 years plus experience to breathe new life into Christchurch’s beloved World Buskers Festival, bringing Bread & Circus, a festival of world-class performances, to the heart of the city.

“The team at Strut & Fret have promised me that Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival will integrate the old and the new, with elements that everyone knows and loves, and a new range of phenomenal features to elevate the festival to a whole new level.”
This summer’s festival is bigger and bolder than ever before, with 527 performances and 90 hours of roving performers, an increase from 344 performances earlier this year. The number of buskers doing free street performances will double from 14 in 2018 to 29, with talent from New Zealand and around the world.


Nicholas Henare
Nicholas Henare