When location is key and time is money, The Meeting Rooms is the obvious choice for workplace events. Located in the airport complex at 10 De Havilland Way, they are just a short walk from the domestic and international terminals, supermarket, restaurants and accommodation.
The large range of room sizes is suitable for everything from a one-on-one interview to up to 32 seated with tables, or 51 seated theatre style, each room featuring plenty of natural light.
Catering is available from locally celebrated Pulp Kitchen Catering and can be served in the breakout room, in the ensuite, or the two newest conference rooms, or al fresco lunch in the courtyard green is popular. Thirty free carparks are available on a first come first served basis, each room is fitted with electronics equipment and Wi-Fi, with laptops available to hire.
Recent hostings include conferences, industrial training, interviews, mediations, health and safety seminars, recruitment drives for both private and public sector clients, even a Select Committee hearing. The venue has also been used as a safe third-party site for more sensitive workplace meetings.
Rooms can be hired from one hour to weeks at a time and, while in-office hours are the focus, late nights and weekends can be booked by special arrangement.
Owner and problem-solver-in-chief Kaye Malloch says, “Flexibility is our watchword in terms of our range of room sizes and their uses. We’ve hosted airport security dogs in training, role-plays in the hallways, even a part time medical clinic!”
Bryce Gallery owner Min Kim says the paintings of the ‘Tranquil Trio’ exhibition (25 July – 31 August at Bryce Gallery) are examples of exceptional brushwork. “Warm, fine light just comes out of the canvases – it’s amazing work.”
The exhibition features 28 works by South Island artists Allan Batt, Philip Beadle and Sheryl McCammon.
Allan Batt’s paintings are vivid, strong and suffused with such a light, they appear almost photographic. Tidal Margins, for instance, is a large canvas depicting river stones of every conceivable size, shape and colour; its realism has you wanting to reach out your fingertips to touch the smooth, water-glistened stones.
Christchurch artist Philip Beadle focuses on figurative images and our local cityscape. The interplay of light and shadow – such as the glow from a fireplace illuminating a naked woman as she dries her hair, or the beauteous light of a park caught in a curtain of mist – is exquisitely rendered.
Sheryl McCammon’s love of boats and harbour life is evident in her seascapes. Misty Morning is of a boathouse erected on stilts. The vapour of rising mist above the water and the mirrored reflection of a dinghy moored beneath the boat-house brings a deep sense of inner peace and serenity.
“The essential fundamentals of which we all need in our lives are warmth, light and tranquillity,” says Min; in viewing the works of the ‘Tranquil Trio’ exhibition, we are reminded of the profound truth behind her words.
We’re at the tail end of winter, so we’re preparing to throw off the blankets and start venturing out into the big, wide city again. When it comes to markets and fairs, there’s something for everybody, from the foodies to the fashionistas. So we’ve had a bit of a dalliance as detectives and hunted out some of our favourites. After all, fair’s fair when you need something to fill in some weekend hours.
Boulevard Arts Market 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard
A permanent container shop lane and space sited next door on two lawns for casual craft stalls, open 9:30am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
Friday Street Food Market Cathedral Square
One of the most popular spots in the city centre on Fridays, bringing together the best food trucks and food stalls with live entertainment, buskers and more.
Lyttelton Crafts and Treasures Collett’s Corner, cnr Oxford and London St, Lyttelton
A talented and varied array of artisan craft stalls combined with other stalls selling retro clothing and collectibles, adjacent to the famous Lyttelton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
Opawa Farmers’ Market Opawa Farmers’ Market, 275 Fifield Terrace
Priding itself on having the best selection of fresh local produce in Christchurch, there’s a large organic range from well-known and trusted local growers – open Sundays.
Makers Market XCHC, 376 Wilsons Road
Held next on Saturday 25 August, Makers Market is a monthly market hosted by XCHC and Zero Waste Stitching celebrating Christchurch’s creativity. Gold coin entry and café on site.
Halswell Community Market St John of God Hospital, 26 Nash Road, Halswell
Set in the award-winning gardens of St John of God, Hauora Trust, this is a place for people to connect and support local businesses, musicians, clubs and groups, held on Sundays.
The Tannery Spring Market The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston
Welcome spring with a day of sale tables and store specials. Featuring live music and some of the city’s most talented craft and design stall holders. Saturday 10 September 10am to 5pm
Shabby Chic Market Day Rochester Villa, 21 Connal St, Woolston
Held Sundays, it features heaving trestles with vintage items, linens, clothes, costumes, jewels, collectables, retro, kitsch and kitchen, antiques, craft works and much more. Check out Facebook.
Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. Born into New Zealand’s infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, her life was both heaven and hell, before she fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. “The universe second chanced me a life I never dreamed possible,” she wrote in a blog recently.
Sharing her story last year at TEDxChristchurch, tears rolled down her face. It was a story of survival, but it was also a story of hope, of courage and of empowerment. That talk has since amassed more than 3.5 million views.
She was joined by other inspiring speakers, including a former strike jet navigator turned anti-nuclear advocate and a leading professor on the rights of indigenous people.
Just 220 people were lucky enough to secure tickets to get to see the 11 extraordinary speakers who shared their stories at the 2017 TEDxChristchurch event, the longest-running TEDx event in New Zealand.
This year, The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts will play prestigious host to another carefully curated selection of talks and performances by extraordinary people on 6 October and tickets went on sale yesterday.
Just 320 seats are available this year and tickets for this unique experience are expected to sell out incredibly fast. For those who miss out, there will be viewing parties live streaming the event, so check out the website and social media closer to the day.
Next year will be the 10th anniversary for TEDxChristchurch at the Town Hall and TEDxChristchurch is looking for sponsors with innovative, leading organisations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what sponsorship opportunities may be available to you.
Bringing life to the central city has been the remit of city planners, policy makers and even the public post-quake, as we seek to reinvigorate and reimagine this space.
It’s a brief that has been met by FESTA, the vibrant biennial festival of urban creativity and community, which is set to once again bring thousands back into the city’s heart this Labour Weekend (19-22 October).
This year’s festival explores the interconnections between food and the city. Food has historically been the foundation of our urban spaces and has played a crucial role in bringing life to this central space, with new and relocated restaurants, community gardens and food trucks keeping the city’s fires burning.
On Saturday 20 October the headline event, FEASTA! – a free and spectacular celebration of food and city-making – will be live for just one night in and around the city’s new public spaces. Christchurch’s biggest and brightest street party, it will feature large-scale installations, performances, artworks, activities and lots of wonderful things to eat and drink.
The Associate Programme, which runs over the course of Labour Weekend, builds on the theme of feasting and explores food’s role in the urban fabric through workshops, performance, art, talks, tours, family events and more. Some of the highlights include Freerange Press’s symposium hosted by Simon Wilson, an outdoor film screening put on by The Community Gardens and Food Resilience network, a food foraging tour and a Friday night disco of funk and food.
Save the date and keep your eyes peeled for the full programme by visiting.
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.
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
Is the family pooch getting a little portly, slow and lethargic? Without the usual tail-wagging vigour? There could be an underlying cause – especially if they are not eating more than normal. Unlike hyperthyroidism in cats, an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism in dogs can present with more vague signs and requires specific blood testing, so many dogs remain undiagnosed. Thankfully, a diagnosis and treatment can lead to a full reversal of
this autoimmune disease.
“Don’t assume that because your dog is old and chubby, that this is normal,” says veterinarian Jonathan Busch at Ourvets in Parklands. “There are many vague and (seemingly) unrelated signs, such as a dull facial expression, lack of enthusiasm or tiring easily. Additionally, it could manifest as either vomiting, diarrhoea, urinary and skin changes or lacklustre, coarse, thinning fur. A vet may have done a general blood screen but found no diagnosis.
“To diagnose this disease, we need to do a combination of specific tests. Signs only manifest once 75 percent of the thyroid follicles are permanently damaged.”
It can happen to any breed, age or sex, with a slight bias toward larger breeds and those over five years old. Jonathan has four patients on hypothyroid treatment that he diagnosed after suspecting the condition. They include two five-year-olds: a once depressed, overweight English pointer cross, without a greedy bone in her body, and a malamute. He’s also successfully treating a 10-year-old staffy cross and a 10-year-old golden retriever, who regained her figure after reducing from an unusually hefty 52kgs.
After an in-depth consultation and non-invasive blood test, a positive result means a twice daily dosage of tablets, easily administered – disguised in a tasty treat! This is the same type of medication a human with hypothyroidism would take. Research into this difficult-to-diagnose condition is ongoing and a new medication is now available that could make treatment even easier. Following initial testing and diagnosis, treatment can completely reverse the condition by providing hormones the thyroid requires to function at full capacity.
“The prognosis is excellent for your dog then to live a full-term, long and happy life.”
Find out more about Ourvets at www.ourvets.co.nz.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go, with a rural heart yet all the fun of the big city, Ashburton is the jewel in the Cantabrian crown. Just an hour south of the city, it is a small town with a big heart.
If you’re a bit of a history buff, the Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum is home to a range of exhibits, including vintage steam locomotives, tractors, implements, stationary engines along with a quaint museum village to take a glimpse of Mid Canterbury’s pioneering past.
If adventure is more up your recreational alley, Skydiving Kiwis can provide you with some of the most mind blowing, heart pumping and adrenalin inducing adventure you will never forget!
If you prefer your adventure with a bit more comfort, Air Rangitata offers scenic flights and charters from this Mid Canterbury base. Its high wing Cessna 206 aircraft has seating for five passengers and provides fantastic views.
Meanwhile, why not hire a motorcycle from CircleNZ and head out on some of the best motorcycle roads the South Island has to offer.
There are plenty of beautiful shops and cafés to catch your eye, or grab a picnic and head to the Ashburton Domain, which features various sports fields, gardens and walks, with a beautiful river running through it.
On Friday 6 July, something a little special took place at Burnett Street. Number 179 Burnett Street, is occupied by Samantha Rose Flowers. Sam, as she is commonly known around the Mid Canterbury region, paired up with Charlie and Esma Hill from CharRees Vineyard and welcomed seven ladies into the store for Ashburton’s very first Foral Arrangement + Wine Tasting and Nibbles evening.
Attendees used deep green foiliage, with flowers in darker pinks and splashes of crisp winter white to create eye catching displays, under the watchful eye of Samantha. The ladies were also guided through a taste sensation of exquisite CharRees Vineyard wines and sustenance was provided from a delectable YesChef grazing plank.
From the laughs and smiles that were heard and seen it seems Ashburton has been waiting for the perfect pairing of passionate entrepreneurs to bring something a little different to a Friday evening.
This July the residents of Fitzroy of Merivale are full of festive cheer as well as the delicious traditional luncheon, served at the annual Mid-Winter Christmas celebration. It’s a highly anticipated event on Fitzroy’s entertainment calendar, along with Cup Day, St Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day, and the programme of concerts and visiting entertainers throughout the year.
Aside from dining at home, the residents go out regularly to enjoy their lunch at various locations around the city. They might take a trip to a museum or gallery, have afternoon tea, or more informal get-togethers.
A boutique establishment with just 29 rooms, the relatively small size ensures that the rest home is more like a community than anything else. Its history and character are enhanced by the grace of the antiques throughout and views of the traditional-style sunlit garden as you move through the establishment. Once outside, it’s just steps to the shopping and services of Merivale Mall, the city bus and taxi stands for residents who value their independence.
Fitzroy of Merivale is unique, not only in its size and great location – it is one of the few privately owned rest homes left in Christchurch. Its owners for the past two plus years, Vanessa and Daryn Pirie are very hands on at Fitzroy. “Everyone knows each other well and the staff and residents truly care for each other,” Vanessa says.
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