It doesn’t get any more Kiwi than a plate of fish and chips, unless of course, you’re throwing in a side of Māori language lessons.
The popular casual eatery and seafood restaurant in the heart of Wigram Skies has introduced free te reo Māori classes and the first event earlier this year attracted more than 600 people. “I was brought up speaking te reo Māori at home and primary school but it wasn’t until I got to high school that I realised how unusual I was,” Fush owner-operator Anton Matthews says. “It’s one of Aotearoa’s three official languages and the preservation and normalisation of it is very dear to my heart. I only speak to my children in te reo Māori and we’ve always made it a part of the Fush culture too. Now, I want to give our community a chance to learn the basics for free.
“The feedback has been overwhelming,” Matthews says. “We might well have created a bit of a beast! But isn’t that so cool?” The team at FUSH had to find a bigger venue, so they booked out a local auditorium and couldn’t believe the turnout. “We had our first lesson and we were just so stoked, people are coming back for more which is just so awesome.” “We expected probably a dozen or so people to turn up, but when we put it online the feedback and demand for the lessons was overwhelming.”
FUSH is a whānau (family) owned business that opened in 2016 with the goal to sell the perfect fish and chips. Manaakitanga (the way in which you show hospitality towards your guests) is important to Anton and the team so everyone is welcomed like one of the family. The restaurant features a menu in both English and te reo Māori and table talkers with basic Māori words to encourage diners to speak Māori to each other while they wait for food.
Te reo Māori in New Zealand is experiencing a renaissance with free classes across the country becoming popular with young and old people looking to reconnect with their culture or learn more about the indigenous Māori culture. Ngahiwi Apanui, the Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori (Māori Language Commission), says children are again using their language at home, in places where a 1970’s study had shown effectively no intergenerational transmission of te reo Māori was occurring.
“It’s like seeing green shoots appear in a burnt-off landscape. Māori language is alive and is bursting through into new domains,” Ngahiwi says.
Italian film director Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta”. It’s an observation that gourmet pasta wholesale and retail business Pasta Vera would heartily agree with; after all, this company has been a top pasta producer for the past 17 years.
“Our pasta is fresh and Canterbury made, and we are the preferred supplier to restaurants and hotels around New Zealand,” says owner operator Phil Bennett, who works with leading chefs around the country to create specialised pasta for their restaurants.
Attached to Pasta Vera’s new custom-built factory is the factory shop. “People from all over Canterbury come here, including busy mums, sports people, singles, retired couples wanting tasty meals in the freezer, fund-raising organisers looking for a healthy fundraising opportunity… and of course, our passionate pasta people!”
Most popular is the baked lasagne range, available as a single serve meal, or as a 3kg catering tray. Other products include delicious pestos, fresh egg pasta and gourmet ravioli filled with traditional spinach and fresh ricotta, to more exotic fillings such as pear and gorgonzola, prawn and crab, or leek and walnut. A recent addition is the new vegan lasagne and vegan/nut-free basil pesto.
Located on the corner of Wigram Road and Musgrove Close with easy off-street parking, why not magic up your life with a tasty bit of Italian? Keep up with weekly factory shop specials and recipe ideas on their Facebook page.
Winter hours weekdays 8am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Visit www.pasta.co.nz/factory-shop.
Coffee Worx Espresso Bar is situated at 60 Hayton Road in the heart of Wigram’s busy industrial area.
This funky little industrial espresso stop is the perfect filling station for the discerning coffee lover; either to get a takeaway coffee, delicious freshly made cabinet food including the famous bagels, or to buy freshly roasted coffee for home use.
Coffee Worx has had a long history of roasting and serving premium quality coffee blends for the Christchurch market and has now created the perfect marriage, combining its coffee distribution centre and a fast service coffee bar.
The company has been distributing coffee to its many customers around the South Island from Wigram for the past 10 years, but until recently was housed in a cul-de-sac without a street frontage.
However, many people would call into its industrial building asking if they could get coffee to go, which wasn’t possible in that situation. So, when the owners Deb and Ian Riach saw a building come available on Hayton Road, they jumped at the opportunity to open a small café at the front, making it possible to make their sought-after coffee available to the public.
This has worked very well and they now have a regular and growing market of coffee connoisseurs getting their daily coffee fix and fresh roasted, award winning coffee beans from Wigram. They have several blends available in 1kg and 200gm bags, but they are happy to grind and pack to order.
With two decades of experience and expertise supplying gherkins and pickled onions to many of New Zealand’s largest and most recognisable food service customers, Gordon’s Pickles has now launched an impressive range of ‘ready to serve’ quality products available to you, direct from the factory door.
Owner and Manager Janice Burnett knows her onions when it comes to tickling taste-buds; she’s passionate about producing the best food for customers. “Our pickles are like a vintage wine; they get better with age.”
Production Manager Dean Thomas has a focus on quality. Long slice, cross slice, crinkle cut and whole gherkins are available, plus the old favourites – chilli and honey, old school and posh party pickled onions for that special platter. Enjoy the tangy flavour of mum’s favourite gherkin relish.
If you want to create your own favourite recipe then ‘Pickle Your Own’ peeled pickling onions and whole gherkins are also available for purchase.
Browse the shop and chat to ‘Pickle Personality’, Michelle Kittelty, to discover Gordon’s products for sampling, platter ideas and free recipes. Michelle has gourmet-gorgeous gift packs ready-to-go for that last-minute gift. Speaking of gourmet-gorgeous, check out their Hororata Foods Hot & Cold smoked salmon… they sure are smokin’!
There’s fabulous off-street parking and easy access, so customers experience a truly stress-fee, mouth-watering, experience. Yum!
The Picklery retail shop is open weekdays 9am to 3pm at 1 Timothy Place, Wigram. Phone 03-3480 223, email gordonspickles @xtra.co.nz or visit www.gordonspickles.co.nz
Flavour sings over winter at Wigram – whether it’s cooking with a stout or porter or pairing them with your favourite cheese board, the winter fare is accentuated by the stunning range of hearty beers at Wigram Brewery.
With sumptuous darks and their rich, malty, earthy flavours that add such depth to stews, BBQ marinades and even chocolate cakes and puddings.
Chocolate notes, brought out by the complex dark beers, balancing sweetness with malty, nutty flavours, dark ales pair well with cheeses. Yes, even baby cheeses love beer.
Drop in to see head Brewer, Andy. Have a tour of their brewing facilities and really immerse yourself in what Wigram Brewery is all about. With 15 great beers available at the brewery and the team there to explain each one, why wouldn’t you drop in on Monday to Saturday? It’s the best way to get to know this local brewery.
If you can’t pick up your favourite winter supplies from your local New World Supermarket. If it’s too cold and the snow drifts are keeping from leaving the warm fire, then if you’re in the Christchurch Metropolitan area, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03-343 4493 for a local courier to deliver to your door.
I’m sure when you’re cooking with beer this good, you’re in for some great meals but I’m pretty sure if you put aside a pint or six to drink with your scrumptious meal, that will be great too!
Nothing beats a piping hot homemade pie with a succulent filling to warm up a winter’s day. And Gorgeous Food in Wigram takes this hearty Kiwi favourite to the next level.
Owners JoAnne and Pete will enter this year’s New Zealand Bakels Pie Awards – last year they came seventh in the ‘Boutique’ category for their chicken and leek pie. The real beef and cheese and the pepper beef are popular with the hard-working regulars that are known by name here. There are pies and quiches too in the freezer to take home for tea. The latest addition to the pie warmer is handmade savouries, previously only for their catering customers.
Pete and Kayla make an amazing Vivace coffee, with dairy-free options including velvety almond milk, coconut, rice and soy. A real mix of customers, from workmen to office locals, come from Prebbleton and beyond for the fast and friendly service.
Office shouts of lunches and morning teas are a speciality. Sandwiches are made with a larger McKenzie loaf slice, and bacon and egg paninis are breakfast heaven. There’s raspberry and white chocolate and blueberry muffins that are ‘chock full’ – JoAnne promises they won’t disappoint. “I enjoy taking pride in what I make.”
Gorgeous Food, 66 Springs Road, has the cabinets full for a 6am opening Monday to Friday, until 3:30pm. Saturday hours are from 7am to 1:30pm, so you can grab a hot pie and coffee before or after the sports game. Phone 03-344 6043.
Art is a creative journey that is experienced differently for each of us. From the creative edge of street art, to upmarket abstract painting, no matter which way your creative taste swings, Christchurch’s largest art show is designed to have something up your artistic alley.
With quality original artworks from established and emergent New Zealand artists, there really is something for everyone at the Christchurch Art Show. Featuring hundreds of artists and thousands of artworks priced from $50 to $6,000, there is a wide range of styles and mediums on sale and, once purchased, you can take your new artwork home with you.
As each piece sells, a new one is hung in its place, ensuring a diverse and ever-changing selection and making a return visit equally enjoyable across the three days, from the 22 to 24 June at the Air Force Museum in Wigram.
If you’re staring at a blank wall in your home, trying to picture your dream work of art, The Christchurch Art Show is where visions come to life and your home becomes a creative canvas.
You’ll find an on-site, licensed café, Eftpos and credit card facilities, a wrapping room and courier service available, free parking on-site and cash and carry capabilities, with art removed on purchase.
The show is from 22 to 24 June at the Air Force Museum in Wigram. For more information, visit
We recently caught up with Andy Deuchars from Wigram Brewery to discuss some of the company’s fine beers.
With winter upon us, our attention is drawn to those darker brews such as the Czar Imperial Russian Stout, 8.5 percent. A big, black bitter beast.
The red wine of beers that takes your palate on a journey with its mixture of fine components to keep you amused. That end of the night beer, that meal in a bottle.
Can’t you just imagine sitting by a warm fire with some hearty food and a trusty 500ml bottle? Speaking of food, these dark ales go stunningly in dishes such as a hearty venison stew.
The Ace Smokey Porter uses a manuka smoked grain, using Canterbury grown grain of course is perfect for the occasion. The Ace is a robust indigenous Kiwi beast; smooth, mellow, rich and rewarding, it’s pure gold to any bohemian winter slow cook.
Then, of course, the mainstay of Wigram Brewery’s darks, the Dakota Dark; a caramel delight Schwarzbier that’s not too challenging on the tastes but with a beautiful coffee aromatic.
As Andy and I say to the ladies, “don’t be afraid of the dark” and for guys, we always focus on Porters and Stouts in winter, and why shouldn’t we?
When the days are short, and the nights are long it’s time to head for the dark beer. Now is the time to head to Cooking with Gas, The Volstead, Civil and Navel, OGB or head to Southern Dark Fest on Saturday 26 May at 3pm to try this stunning epicurean delight at Wigram Brewery.
The line-up of designs and products Customlight Engineering puts out is nothing short of impressive.
Design Engineer Glen Wykes bought the company three years ago, but he has been in the industry for most of his adult life. With his wife Toni-Jane, he has grown the business from its Treffers Road premises, where it manufactures for the lighting, sheet-metal, signage and building industries, among others. Its clientele covers a broad spectrum, from homeowners to international hotel chains, and from retail outlets to universities and hospitals.
Products range from steel gates for residential and commercial clients to metal staircases, window flashings, and presentation furniture such as computer stands and lecterns at the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and ARA, with home dialysis trollies also made for DHBs.
Glen’s innovative thinking and design skills have seen LED backlit mirrors adorning motels in Melbourne, Fiji and New Zealand, and children running and playing on their custom-built playground at Cathedral Grammar School. There may be no end to Glen’s potential, with lighting units for salmon farms currently under development.
All this and much more suggests Customlight Engineering is the go-to place for all things related to metal fabrication, sheet metal and powder-coating, lighting and signage structures.
Glen is also focused on landscape products such as planter boxes and borders, bollards, gates and fencing. His latest creation is a pizza oven chimney and bench area for a residence in Christchurch. It is the kind of thing Glen hopes to do more of. Many, many satisfied customers attest to the quality and professionalism his company provides. See customlight.co.nz or contact Glen on 03-341 7175.
MrHomes lives and breathes the home building and construction industry. Based in Wigram, the company has earned a sterling reputation for providing customers with quality service and industry knowledge, providing the customer with modern, class leading designer homes at an affordable price.
A dependable contracting service is available, along with house and land packages, design and build options, renovations, plastering, painting and other alterations. If your venture is focused more towards the light commercial side, the company also caters for light commercial projects.
With the vision to modernise the construction industry and the understanding that every individual house constructed is unique, only the finest materials and techniques are used to ensure the finished product is nothing less than perfection.
Once the architectural design is finished, the build process will not begin until every aspect meets with the customer’s approval. MrHomes also guarantees, regardless of your criteria, a shorter design to build process – no more than six months.
The company has proved over countless occasions, it lives up to its sterling reputation. With so many satisfied customers in their dream houses, it’s a popular choice.
For more information or to discuss your project, contact MrHomes on 021 117 1666, 0508 111 666 or email email@example.com.