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Addington Cup Week is on – join the party


Addington Cup Week is getting ready to be the most exhilarating event on the spring calendar.

 

“This year, we are more than ever looking forward to sharing Addington Cup Week with Canterbury,” Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson says.

“We are excited that on Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 of November, we will be able to offer Cantabrians the opportunity to dress up, enjoy live entertainment, celebrate life with friends and colleagues, and experience the very best of harness racing action.”

Planning is well underway with enquiries running hot to secure some amazing hospitality packages.

There’s no grander occasion to celebrate, network and thank staff, clients and friends, than at Australasia’s biggest harness racing event of the year.

For a crowd of 40 or more, private marquees reign supreme. These stylish individual marquees can be branded and are well-positioned, offering an indoor-outdoor flow to your own courtyard with a scrumptious ‘taste of spring’ luncheon and their own private bar.

The most popular Johnny Globe Marquee – located on the outer track – is a fast seller. Not surprising, with all-day Lanson champagne, fantastic food, an MC, band and prime viewing of the home straight.

The Boot Party gets glammed up with individual boots and personalised number plates, always the hot favourite. With MC and a band, this is the indoor/outdoor pad to party in, with great home-straight views.

To soak up the entertainment and access personal mini marquees, Emerson’s Village rocks a backyard brews and BBQ vibe.

Lanson Champagne will be flowing in the Blossom Lady Lounge on the newly renovated top level of the Metropolitan stand. Floor to ceiling windows look over the track and winning post – with a bird’s eye view of the fashion awards.

For single and casual crowds, the inclusive hospitality at Spectators is perfectly positioned on Metropolitan’s ground floor for intimate race action.

For friends and fashionistas who wish to mingle in a more social area to enjoy the races, dance, and clink glasses, the lively Lindauer Lawn and roof top party is back again.

And for revelers who like to be amongst it all, with a larger, party atmosphere, The Edge Public Village is where the action happens.

“This year we see our responsibility to create an amazing event even more important. We’re in need of a good time here in Christchurch and Cup Week at Addington has always provided the ability for Cantabrians to celebrate.”

Brochures are out, so it’s a race to book your hospitality packages which have traditionally sold out for Addington Cup Week.

General admission and the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop will be capped this year, and go on sale 1 September. Addington Cup Week 2020 will be a sure-bet sensation! Join the party!

Email Joanne McMaster to book your spot joanne.mcmaster@addington.co.nz


 

An exceptional update: Elmswood Retirement Village


“Our residents are just so excited. They can hardly wait to see their refurbished serviced apartment or studio and move back home after being off site,” Elmswood Retirement Village sales consultant Donna Monk says.

 

 

Donna is equally thrilled about the makeover renovation that is happening in the Avon Wing at the village.

“Twelve serviced units are being updated with new carpets, new lighting, new tapware, beautiful benchtops and tiled bathrooms – a stunning fresh look. These Avon Wing serviced units will be ready for occupation in mid-September and we have three available for purchase.”

The large serviced units with stylish furnishings have been designed to enhance the living space – “plenty of room to entertain guests” – while at the same time retaining original features.

“One of the great advantages of the serviced units is that they are all on ground level and open out to their own private patio and the village’s gardens. Being able to walk straight outside easily is extremely important for many residents.”

Another innovation of the refurbishment is that a cosy social area has been incorporated into the design. “This fully utilises all the available space in the wing and gives the residents another option to meet with friends and family.”

Another six serviced units will be refurbished following the completion of the first stage.

“It’s all part of a major project for the whole village that will include the rest home as well.”

To find out more about the serviced units for occupation, phone Donna Monk on 03 351 0974 or 021 241 9979.


 

A blissful day out: Country Christmas Fete


Festivities will have a floral feel at this year’s annual Country Christmas Fete on October 29, which has secured a new venue at Amberley House.

 

 

Just 40-minutes from central Christchurch, Amberley House’s splendid and seldom open-to-the-public gardens will be open to tour.

There’s even more space for extra stalls, with an adjacent carpark, mobility access and bus parking. The Starlets will also be back entertaining the crowds this year.

Stall applications have been extended to assist those struggling with the effects of COVID-19, but there’s already at least 35 products which are brand new to The Country Christmas Fete, Fete Director Mike Sheppard says.

He says the event could be one of few opportunities to have a great day out as we head into summer and towards Christmas.

“With the shutdown of events caused by COVID-19, including the Canterbury A&P Show, the Fete is likely to be the first real opportunity for people to be able to enjoy a day out.
“With fabulous Christmas shopping from many stalls offering unique New Zealand made products, it’s a great opportunity to get into the festive spirit and catch up with friends for lunch from the wide variety of food offerings, and then enjoy a Pimms or wine to finish the day before heading home.”
Great mobile coverage means Eftpos will be available and ATMs will be on site when gates open at 10am. Entry is off Amberley Beach Road and there will be plenty of signage from just before Amberley.
Purchase tickets online and save $5 off the gate price and enter faster.

Heads up! – Hair Art + Beauty


 Hair Art and Beauty has a new stylist. We caught up with Sharon Screen about a career that has taken her around the world.

 

With years of experience I find myself still absolutely passionate about all things ‘hairdressing’.

I’ve travelled the world, creating and showcasing fabulous hairstyles from London, to Italy, France, Japan and even on the catwalks of New York.

Having been an educator to top hairdressers around the world, I’m now loving being back on the salon floor with clients in a great environment as a member of the fabulous Hair Art and Beauty team.

Wether it’s cutting, styling or technical colouring that is required, I’ll enhance your look, create your point of difference and reflect your personality.

As a stylist with exceptional avant-guard cutting skills, technical expertise as a colourist and natural flair, I’ll create looks that are totally on-trend and suited to you.

I offer a very personalised and professional service.

When not in salon, you could well find me consulting clients on their gardens as a landscape architect (BLA Hons), or perhaps I might be helping couples shape their perfect wedding day…. doing all the flowers and venue stylings as I’m also a registered marriage celebrant.

Keeping active is always important, golfing, playing tennis or jumping on my bike for a quick fix and enjoying my family and friends helps make it all worthwhile.

When it comes to hair, my philosophy has always been ‘it’s more important what we leave behind than what we take off!’

Come and find me at Hair Art and Beauty on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I welcome new and existing clients.


 

Best business resources


These last few months have been tough for everyone. But it’s arguably our local small to medium enterprises that have felt the strain of quarantine the most. Thankfully, there are some resources available for support and we’ve collated a list of places you can go for help, advice or support.

 

CANTERBURY EMPLOYERS’ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Collates all of the official information on COVID-19 as it relates to business operation and puts it all in one place. Their team of experts also offer great business advice during these unusual times.

OTHER BUSINESSES: Sometimes the best people to turn to are the those that are in the same boat as you. Reach out to other companies in your trade and see how they’re coping and what you can all do to support one another.

SOS CAFÉ: This not-for-profit initiative was set up to support local businesses, specifically cafés, restaurants, bars and eateries, through the purchasing of vouchers. These can be redeemed later, when it’s safe to do so.

MINISTRY OF AWESOME: This is the starting point for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in Christchurch, which means they’ve got the support, guidance, capability training and networks entrepreneurs need to succeed.

COVID COLAB 20: A public Facebook page that was set up to support the community and the business industry, it is all about collaboration and bouncing off each other creatively.

CHRISTCHURCH SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE CENTRE (CSBEC): CSBEC offers a range of services to start-up and existing micro and small business owners. These include business facilitation and consultancy, marketing advice and reports, management planning and budgeting, finance advice and training courses.


 

A smokey eye: Holy Smoke


We aren’t talking about the latest in eye makeup but rather a brand that has an eye for all things smokey; Holy Smoke. Whilst the smoked salmon on offer reigns supreme in their product range, the key word in that sentence is range. Holy Smoke has a variety of smoked goods on offer!

 

If you’re a fan of their salmon you’ll love their smoked sea-caught New Zealand white fish from United Fisheries, smoked aged cheddar cheese, dry cured smoked bacon and smoked flaky sea salt.

All items are artisanal, good quality products smoked in small batch smokers (manuka smoked, dry cured) and are hand sliced and hand cut – ready for eager customers.

While they do have a large range of smoked goods, there’s also a need to give credit where it’s due.

Their NZ smoked salmon is some of the best on the market and here’s why.

It starts by sourcing the best local sea salmon, natural air drying, then using manuka wood they gently smoke the salmon in their tailor-made, small batch smokers.

These time-honoured methods pay off with distinctive colour and infusion of flavour.

Holy Smoke products are available at the United Fisheries factory shop on Parkhouse Road and Little Fish Co at Riverside Market so you can have top quality smoked goods at home.


 

Grilled Prawns with Miso Butter Recipe: United Fisheries


Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Serves 4

 

What you need:

500g Sea Cuisine Raw Prawn Cutlets (defrosted)
2 Tbs Butter (melted)
3 tsp Miso paste
1 Tbs Mirin
2 Tbs Japanese sake (optional)
1 tsp Fresh ginger (grated)
Garnish: toasted sesame seeds, spring onion, chilli flakes

What to do:

In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, miso, mirin, sake and ginger, mixing well. Add in the prawns and marinate for 10 minutes.
Trim and portion the spring onion into 50mm batons, these can be grilled at the same time with the prawns.

Cooking Options:

FLAT PLATE BBQ GRILL: Heat your grill on medium high heat. Grill the prawns on each side for approximately 1 to 1.5 minutes or until cooked through.

COOKING ON STOVE: Heat your grill pan over a medium high heat. Add the prawns and grill each side for 1 to 1.5 minutes or until cooked through.

COOKING IN GRILL OVEN: Turn your oven to grill and move the rack to just below heating element. Using a suitable grill or baking tray add the prawns. Grill for 1 to 1.5 minutes each side or until cooked through.

NOTE: Grill the spring onion at the same time with the prawns.

TO SERVE:
Divide the grilled prawns into four separate bowls or present on a platter. Finish by garnishing with toasted sesame seeds, grilled spring onion batons, chilli flakes.


 

Stand out from the crowd: Magazine Designer Clothing


Walking into Magazine Designer Clothing you’re greeted with an array of colours, beautiful predominantly New Zealand-made clothing, exquisite accessories and most importantly, friendly staff. The store thrives on helping their customers find the perfect style, no matter the size, age or occasion you’re shopping for. Metropol was lucky enough to catch up with owner Linda Savage about what makes her beautiful brand so special.

 

Nicola Mcmahon and Linda Savage (owner)

When they say they have something for every occasion they mean it, covering casual all the way to mother of the bride.

With new styles coming in almost daily, “there’s always something new and always something special,” Linda says.

With those special occasions finally happening again, make this your destination for all of your outfitting needs.

They also offer limited quantities, “so you’re not going to walk onto the street and run into someone wearing the same outfit,” Linda says.

Not to mention Magazine Designer Clothing exclusive designs that will really set you apart from the crowd.

But that’s not to say that everything you buy there has to be for an occasion. Maybe you just wish to treat yourself with a very special investment piece.

The store offers wardrobe builders that serve as a strong foundation for your clothing and lots of “trans-seasonal items that enable you to make the most of your wardrobe,” Linda enthuses.

Garments aren’t the only thing the store specialises in. While looking at the accessories as they catch the light, Linda says “This is a magpie’s heaven!”

We tend to think it would be an accessory lover’s heaven. After all, the perfect outfit must be complemented with some jewellery or even a bag. All can be found at Magazine Designer Clothing.

You can find this gem at the Windmill Centre in Riccarton.


 

The breast option: Encore Cosmetic Clinic


Like many things, when it comes to breast reduction, there are numerous options, each with its own list of pros and cons. Much like breast size itself, there’s no one size fits all – it’s about finding the perfect fit for you.

 

Metropol catches up with Dr. Grant Bellaney from Encore Cosmetic Clinic, to discuss breast reduction by Tumescent Liposuction.


What are the ‘breast’ reduction options?

1. Breast Reduction by Tumescent Liposuction (BRTL) performed by Dermatological surgeons such as Dr Bellaney. For before and after photos visit www.encorehealth.co.nz/gallery/

2. Breast reduction by surgery (SBR) typically performed by general or plastic surgeons.


Why opt for the alternative (BRTL) option over surgery?

It is able to give a significant reduction and comes with a much lower complication rate than traditional SBR. It’s also a form of keyhole surgery so leaves very little visible scars.


Is there an age restriction?

Over the age of 40 most women will have at least 40 to 60 percent or more of their breast tissue composed of fat and significant reduction by BRTL is almost always possible. That said, clinicians have found younger women’s breasts are still able to be reduced by BRTL but the technique’s success is definitely less predictable in women under 40.


What is the recovery time like?

Apart from heavy lifting, most normal duties can be resumed within a week for most people. There is usually a bruise-like discomfort for 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure and temporary lumpiness of the breast can persist for 2 to 3 months. Other side effects are either mild or rare and will be discussed during any consultation.


For more information, consult the table on the Encore Health website (link below). Contact the day surgery clinic at 248 Papanui Road in Merivale, phone 03 356 0214.

www.encorehealth.co.nz/breast-reduction-treatments/breast-reduction/


 

Beauty from the outside in: Beauty Progress


The French know beauty and how beautiful skin is the outer reflection of inner health.

 

Wendy Barker travelled to a renowned skincare house in southwest France to meet the man who created GERnetic skincare – the highly effective range chosen for facials and treatments at her Christchurch salon, Beauty Progress.

During his seminar at the Laboratoire Gernetic Synthese at the Chateau d’ Ensoules in Beraut, Albert Laporte explained how the skin reflects what is happening inside the body.

Through the understanding of cellular biology, his products penetrate the skin so the digestive system can effectively synthesise the active elements.

“You will find all the active vitamins, amino acids and oligo elements are in the exact dosage necessary for the body’s daily needs,” Laporte explained to a group of professionals from around the globe.

These are delivered directly to organs such as the liver and can help counteract imbalances in the diet or nutrient absorption.

“It is not always possible to get the right nutrients from what we digest. When these creams are applied with effleurage (circular) movements, the fatty molecules – which are two-and-a-half times larger than a pore – remain on the skin, while the smaller molecules go deeper, entering the blood circulation, to be absorbed by the body.”

Working in tandem with a healthy diet, scientific developments in cosmeceutical products are now providing amazing results, he says – not to mention the pampering.

Find about the GERnetic skincare treatments at Beauty Progress on their website.