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Wigram Health

Patient-centered care: Wigram Health

Compassionate care for all those who walk through the door is the cornerstone value at Wigram Health, soon to open a practice in Vernon Drive, Lincoln.

Wigram Health

“We are very serious about our patients receiving the best treatment possible,” Dr John Ko says on behalf of Wigram Health’s large, multi-disciplinary medical team.
The idea of true caring might sound old-fashioned, but nothing could be further from the truth. Wigram Health – both in Skyhawk Road and soon at the new, Lincoln practice which opens in spring – has embraced every advantage that cutting-edge medicine and its attendant technology can bestow.
However, on walking through the doors of Wigram Health in Skyhawk Road, a person could forget they were at the doctor’s. There’s plush, vibrant interior design and a dispenser of hot chocolate and other drinks in reception. It’s not a white-paint-and-steel clinical vibe; rather a personable, enveloping one.

John explains that the way forward for medicine allows people more control. It’s information-sharing rather than paternalism; not like old school general practice where the doctor is God and patients should prepare to wait an eternity before appointments.
“We understand people are busy; also that when they really need a medical investigation, time is of the essence. That’s why we see acute illness and injury patients on the same day if they call or book online before noon.”

And because the surgery is open for extended hours of 8am to 8pm, and also for reduced hours on Saturday, getting timely medical help is what routinely happens here.
“Optimal medical service is always available,” John says, and he believes this service-oriented approach to general practice underpins Wigram Health’s unprecedented success.
Having just celebrated the practice’s two-year anniversary, staff can look back at exponential growth, 7000 enrolled patients, and a continuing enrolment rate of 200 people per month.

 

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The Lincoln practice still in its final construction phase looks likely to begin a parallel patient enrolment-rate, mirroring that at Wigram Skies.
John says the same culture of customer-service focus will be engendered in the new facility, which has been designed very carefully for all age-groups with this in mind.
“There’s a really neat, funky children’s play area, with seating in the wall and well-maintained toys, which will appeal to the young families in Lincoln. In fact around 20 percent of the Selwyn district’s population are 17 years or under,” John adds.
Patients enrolled in one of the Wigram Health practices will be able to attend the other, with no extra charge or paperwork required.

Art Couture NZ

Crazy, creative couture: Art Couture NZ is set to bring back last year’s wildly successful wearable art show to a new Lincoln location

A fabulous excuse for crazy, wild creativity in a wearable form is once again being offered to all New Zealanders.

Art Couture NZ
MADAM BRIDE DESIGN BY LEANNE DAY

Following last year’s Canterbury-based wearable arts show at a Tai Tapu vineyard, Art Couture NZ’s planning for this year’s event is a happening thing. Scheduled for 13 October, new entrants are still welcome to enter until 4 August, according to founder Kim Strange.
Kim and three key organisers have chosen the Lincoln Events Centre for 2018’s larger, yet still intimate show. “We’ve received nationwide entries including many from Canterbury,” Kim says.
She lists off a raft of entry categories. It’s obvious all ages and design incarnations are accommodated, with more than $2500 available in prizes. “We think this year’s event will take the whole artistic venture to the next level,” Kim says.
The motivation for the arty event is about creativity, participation, inclusivity and fun. One category attracting a good number of entrants involves receiving a ‘Sow’s Ear’ bag of fabrics and assorted materials.
Kim says that people can, but don’t have to model their own creations. Often family members and friends become the designer’s models. Alternatively, designers can choose to have a model provided.
A range of tickets are available; some include North Canterbury wine labeled ‘27 Seconds,’ which donates profits to help stem the third world problem of human slavery. “It’s a way for us to support a great cause that touches all hearts,” Kim says.
Visit www.artcouture.co.nz and Facebook for details.

Industria

Rolleston’s funky new space: Industria branches out

Industria now has its name in bright lights at burgeoning Rolleston Square.

Industria

The design and gift store specialist with a spacious funky fitout opened a second location last month – the ultimate for practical, well-made and quirky designer items and furniture. Serving the Selwyn region, owner Janine Reese, along with Bronwyn and Mel, are proud Rolleston locals who know just what customers want.
“More people care about buying sustainable and ethical than ever before,” Janine says. “LilyBee reusable, beeswax-lined food wraps, made in Hawkes Bay, come in incredible designs. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks.”
There’s stainless steel straws, Joco glass reusable cups and S’well bottles for hot or cold drinks on the go.
Most items are New Zealand made or designed – from jewellery ranges such as JHD Designs to amazing artwork from New Zealand artists and affordable gifts.
A click and collect option on www.industria.co.nz to pick up from Rolleston Square or The Colombo in Sydenham, makes life even easier.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The perfect way to start your day: Lincoln’s The Famous Grouse Hotel

For residents of Lincoln, the Famous Grouse Hotel needs no introduction. Standing proudly at 2 Gerald Street Lincoln, it has been the epicentre of culinary eats, thirst-quenching beverages and great local tales for many a moon.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The building itself has had many names since completion way back in 1868 however, since 2010, the Famous Grouse Hotel has instilled a sense of unparalleled loyalty from its patrons. The hotel offers accommodation, a main bar, garden bar and separate restaurant, serving up a fabulous gastro pub style hearty breakfast, a mere 20 minutes from the centre of town.
Talking of the breakfast menu, dishes like the Sweet Corn and Feta Fritters or the aptly named Breakfast Burger, provide the perfect way to start your day. Plus those with bigger appetites should give the hearty Farmers Breakfast a go. Containing two sausages, grilled tomato, batard, mushrooms, bacon, baked beans, hashbrowns and two free range eggs cooked to your liking, you can’t get more Kiwi than that.
The hotel itself is the perfect place to stay. Whether an overnighter or for weeks on end, the nine modern rooms are available for bookings, along with hire of the conference room and facilities.
So, whether you intend to stay, eat, drink or soak up the history of a venue that looks to the past but embraces the future, the Famous Grouse Hotel has all this and more. For more information or to make a booking, visit famousgrousehotel.co.nz or call
03-325 2408.

Two Fat Possums

Your West Melton local: for pure pleasure and delight head in for a wood fired pizza at Two Fat Possums

Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.

Two Fat Possums

With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit twofatpossums.co.nz or phone 03-421 6481.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: The Gift Box of Lincoln is full of warm and fluffy things to brighten up your winter wardrobe

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: looking forward to colder weather with help from The Gift Box of Lincoln

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.

Straight Eight Estate

A unique commemoration: personalised wine bottles for your wedding from Straight Eight Estate

An award-winning range of single vineyard wine with beautifully personalised labels is a unique way to commemorate your special day.

Straight Eight Estate

The friendly, down-to-earth team at Straight 8 Estate can help with wine selection and also organise personalised labels to reflect the bride and groom’s style and theme. “Whether it’s for your special occasion or for a gift, we can custom-make any amount, from small to large numbers,” explain owners Mary Jamieson and James Shand.
Straight 8 Estate opened its cellar door in 2012, offering free wine tasting in a friendly, relaxed environment. Group bookings are welcome and customers can wander around and chat directly with the owners. “There’s always a good special on here or you can buy online and have the wine couriered to your door.”
Straight 8 Estate is located at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, phone 03-347 6878 or visit straight8estate.co.nz.

Ridge Road Gardens

A magical location: take your wedding guests on a romantic journey to the countryside at Ridge Road Gardens

In the lead up to your big day, one of the most essential aspects is deciding where to hold it. If you are looking for somewhere intimate, picturesque and thoroughly romantic, Ridge Road Gardens should be top of your list.

Ridge Road Gardens
Photography by Many Caldwell

Located at 451 Ridge Road, Motukarara, the series of beautiful cottage gardens and landscaped ponds full of colourful plantings is a special setting for when you tie the knot.
Sheltered by huge macrocarpa and poplar hedges, the gardens are the perfect place to set up a beautiful Silk Estate Marquee with options for larger or smaller weddings and even a fantastic archgola area for a small undercover, reception alternative.
The front rooms of the 1880s cottage are available for the bridal party, while the surroundings vistas and garden rooms are ideal for photos. Ridge Road Gardens is a truly magical and tranquil location.
To arrange a visit, or make a booking, visit
facebook.com/ridgeroadgardens or phone 03-942 7089.

Halswell Bakery

Beautiful bridal baking: if you’re planning your wedding catering then talking to Halswell Bakery is a must

Halswell Bakery could be ‘The Wedding Bakery’, with its comprehensive approach to fresh, bespoke and competitively priced cakes and delicious delights for every step of your journey to the altar. “We make everything at the bakery, so every detail can be specific to you and your wedding theme,” owner Ruth Buckley says.

Halswell Bakery
Cakes are modern rustic in style and, along with cupcakes and biscuits, can be personalised to fit in with your wedding theme. The club sandwiches are legendary and would make a great platter to take on your wedding day photoshoot.
Its baked-goods are so budget-friendly you could have everything from croissants with your champagne breakfast, to personalised cakes, cupcakes or biscuits for your engagement or pre-wedding functions, and even bespoke breads for your day-after wedding barbeque. The Wedding Bakery indeed.