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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!


The Ardrossan subdivision

Tai Tapu’s Best-Kept Secret: The Ardrossan subdivision

The Ardrossan subdivision is located in the beautiful township of Tai Tapu with its meandering Halswell River, mature oaks, silver birch and beech trees, the historic stone church and library, all with a back drop of the sweeping Port Hills.


The Ardrossan subdivision


As the developers, John and Grania Ryan, have sold the first two stages already, the third and final stage in Ardrossan is now presented to the market, providing one of the last chances to capture the lifestyle on offer in this quaint semi-rural community. There are 13 lots to choose from with section sizes ranging from 701m2 to 1,002m2 which ensures you can craft anything from a low-maintenance home to a more substantial family-size property. Position yourself amongst the selection of quality properties that already occupy the subdivision and enjoy the idyllic vista that spans from the Port Hills across to the Southern Alps.


The Ardrossan subdivision

The Tai Tapu township enjoys a real sense of community and is home to numerous amenities including wineries, the rail trail, golf courses, the local hotel and the ever-popular café, The Store. Presenting the perfect backdrop to raise a family, Ardrossan is within walking distance of Tai Tapu village and school, and in close proximity to Lincoln High School and Lincoln University. Being positioned at the gateway to the Banks Peninsula tourism and recreational district, Tai Tapu holds strong appeal to those with a passion for outdoor pursuits.

The Ardrossan subdivision


Due to the exclusivity of the subdivision and the desirability of the area, high levels of interest are anticipated and there is also real potential for future gains. A high quality finish has been achieved at Ardrossan with beautiful stone entranceways leading you into these boutique sections. Secure one of the few remaining opportunities to construct your dream in a relaxing village setting while still being within a 15 minute drive of Christchurch city.



Lansdown House

Music at Lansdown

After Mozart’s Don Giovanni on St Patrick’s Day, ‘Lansdown Summer’ concludes its 5th festival at the beautiful heritage property at 132 Old Tai Tapu Road, with its second ‘narropera’ – a narrated format of opera. Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’, The Devil’s Marksman will be held on 25 and 31 March.

Lansdown House
Lansdown House, the venue for Lansdown Summer

Narropera reduces an opera to its musical and storyline essentials. Performances last 85 minutes and are without interval, as mesmerising as a ‘Who dunnit’.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Wellington’s Evening Post wrote, “The great event of the operatic season, Der Freischütz, took place last night. The applause was immense… such cheers hardly ever have been heard before in this theatre.”
Fifty years later, the same newspaper wrote of another performance, “Lovers of operatic music will welcome the performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz, next Saturday. The best cast of soloists to be obtained in the Dominion has been engaged”.
The NZ Herald described a third performance of Der Freischütz as “one of the most beautiful compositions in the repertoire of operatic music, too well known to require any detailed statement of the plot”.
It is hard to believe that a work that was so loved and admired in early New Zealand is now unknown. So, head to Lansdown and discover the exquisite music and wonderful story of Der Freischütz, for yourself.
When and where: Giovanni 17 March; Freischütz 25 March and 31 March, The Golden Room, Lansdown House, 132 Old Tai Tapu Road at 8PM, parking in grounds.
Bookings, location map and more are available from or c/o Box Office, Court Theatre 03-963 0870. Take a picnic, gates open at 6.30pm.

The Tai Tapu Hotel

Historically Unique: The Tai Tapu Hotel’s rich heritage

The Tai Tapu Hotel, or ‘The Tap’ as it is better known, has been at the forefront of social activity within Tai Tapu ever since inception way back in 1856. Strongly rooted in the history of Canterbury, The Tap has been the definitive place for eats, drinks and functions.

The Tai Tapu Hotel Talking of functions, the team at The Tai Tapu Hotel is happy to make yours truly memorable. Encompassing all that is the country, The Tai Tapu Hotel Function Venue built on the old stables site is a popular venue for weddings, celebrations, parties, anniversaries, dances, promotions, conference dinners, cocktail evenings, product launches, quiz nights, fundraising shows, etc. If these walls could talk, oh what stories they would tell.
At the front are spectacular cedar doors are, to the rear bi-fold doors which open onto the magnificent private patio and grassed outdoor. The venue overlooks the picturesque Tai Tapu Golf Club and the Halswell River.
Available to hire for your private or business function, features and services include fully licensed bar and experienced friendly bar staff, all glassware, catering options, interior and patio furniture and heaps of character.
For more information or to book your next function, call 03-329 6819 or visit the website

Narropera at Lansdown

Magical Music: Narropera at Lansdown

Narropera at Lansdown

March is a musical month at Lansdown, with its festival tradition of presenting opera as entertainment and enjoyment. Short-winded and mesmerising, this is ‘narropera’ – narrated opera presented in word and song for 85 minutes.

Enjoy Mozart’s magical Don Giovanni, on 11 and 17 March; revel in Weber’s wonderful romantic opera Der Freischütz (The Devil’s Marksman), on 25 and 31 March.
Narropera’s success lies in beauty and brevity, clarity and passion. Its surroundings are altogether impressive: ‘Lansdown’ is one of the oldest and most cherished properties in Canterbury, situated between Halswell and Tai Tapu, just 11 kilometres from Cathedral Square.
A fairytale atmosphere of exotic Victorian trees, majestic architecture and a performing room of great elegance and size awaits the visitor. Enter another world and enjoy listening to the beautiful German soprano voice of Dorothee Jansen, to the fine musicianship of the Narropera Trio and to the dramatic narratives of Haydn Rawstron.
Leave Lansdown with a much deeper knowledge of these two operatic masterpieces. And, as a curtain-raiser to the narropera season of performances, the fifth Lansdown Summer festival presents a glorious evening of Schubert songs – The Fashion Journal Songs – also with narratives, this Saturday evening, 3 March. All performances are from 8pm to 9.30pm. Tickets from $42.
You’ll find the venue at The Golden Room, Lansdown House, 132 Old Tai Tapu Road, parking in substantial grounds. Details (bookings, artists’ biographies, location map) at or c/o The Box Office, Court Theatre 03-963 0870. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance, gates open at 6.30pm.