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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.

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

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.

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.

Rangiora Showline

Rangiora’s heart & sole: go visit Rangiora Shoelines and get excited about their Autumn range

Autumn has arrived, so step into Rangiora Shoelines and check out their new season collection, brimming with the softest pastel colours, metallics, bold patterns and sumptuous leather styling.

Rangiora Showline

The charismatic ownership duo behind the store, sisters Sandra Blackadder and Jill May, are passionate about their footwear collection, which absorbs the latest trends from Europe and local fashion fairs.
Brands include Minx, Josef Seibel, Rieker, Django and Juliette, Gino Ventori, Bresley, Slient D, Ziera, Rollie, Sketchers, Diesel, Galini and Kacper – the latest addition to the store.
“This season, you’ll find beautiful details like striking studs, textured materials and different sole treatments,” Sandra says.
“Our popular Minx and Kacper collection are signature styles which feature these beautiful details.”
The stylish Minx collection comes in a variety of colours and can be paired with pretty dresses, jeans and weekend pants, and even worn in the office, on holiday or at home.
“The Kacper range, made in Poland has a unique phrase – ‘shoes for the soul’. These are designed with comfort and style in mind. They can be teamed with casual or dress attire; finishing off your look for a bold fashion statement.”
Open Monday to Saturday, Rangiora Shoelines is also online rangiorashoelines.co.nz and on Facebook.

Ray White Rangiora

Tricks of the trade: We talk to Marijke of Ray White Rangiora on how to do well at selling your home

Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.

Ray White Rangiora

“We’re all different, because we have different backgrounds and choosing a perfectly suited agent is a tactical step,” says Marijke Sheppard of Ray White Rangiora.
Marijke, a former teacher, believes in dealing with facts and believes this, coupled with ensuring the owner’s involvement throughout the process, is where her success for her clients lies.
“It is important my clients are fully informed and involved, including pinpointing the target market, the advertising and creating a price point,” she says.
Professional photographs are a must. “You have one shot at making an impression – and there’s definitely an art to it. It’s a marginal expense compared to the benefits.”
She believes presentation is paramount and with her experience and attention to detail, Marijke offers those useful and creative tricks of her trade.
“It is important not to leave any stone unturned or cut corners. Be prepared for all scenarios. I provide a full property appraisal; my vendors get honest weekly written reports from buyers who have viewed which include anything that can be improved or changed. Sometimes we have to have those difficult conversations.
“It is important that we, as agents, are informed, up to date with local knowledge, so we can pass this onto our clients. But while these conversations can be hard, it is important to keep positive and always include a little humour! There’s merit in believing things happen for a reason!”
Phone Marijke (pronounced Ma-rye-ka) for a chat on 027 461 6127, email
marijke.sheppard@raywhite.com
or visit rwrangiora.co.nz

Harcourts Twiss Keir

Community driven success: Twiss Keir Realty gives credit for achievements to the support they get from locals

The growth of the Twiss Keir Realty team is impressive. Established more than 30 years ago, it recently boasted five branches – Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast and The Palms.

Harcourts Twiss Keir

With the recent purchase of Four Seasons Realty – with offices in Hornby and Rolleston – there are now seven offices, 91 salespeople, 33 staff and management and 10 in property management, with a franchise area that stretches throughout North Canterbury, Selwyn and Christchurch’s outer suburbs.
“We are the largest sales team in our market with the largest property management portfolio. We sell on average one in every three residential properties in North Canterbury and one in two lifestyle properties. But it is not our size that defines us – we are a dynamic and varied business designed to cater to all from the smallest property to multimillion dollar estates.
“We pride ourselves on client results. We see ourselves as the most effective sales team with a genuine focus on keeping our clients happy. We have experts in residential, commercial and rural as well as business brokers, a farm specialist and the only known viticulture specialised salesperson,” licenced business owner, third generation realtor James Twiss says.
It is inspiring seeing business growth such as this and the team does it with heart. In the past five years it has supported the Harcourts Foundation and given more than $150,000 to local community charities in North Canterbury and the Selwyn district. “We are regularly amazed and humbled by the support our communities have given and continue to give us.”