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?
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.
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.
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.
Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.
“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
or visit rwrangiora.co.nz
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.
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.”