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A loveable rogue

Many try but few succeed to reach the holy grail of hospitality – longstanding popularity. Rogues of Rotherham has achieved just that: finding a place in the hearts of locals, it is also a destination for visitors; it is a mecca for those who love food, fine wines, and cocktails, but is as appropriate for families as it is for corporate functions. Rogues of Rotherham is a true classic.



Open all week from 8:30am to late, you can head in for breakfast, brunch, snacks, lunch and dinner, and there is a gluten-free menu for each.

The selections for any time of the day are as extensive as they are delicious, and be warned – you will struggle to choose.

For example, at breakfast you could be served the definitive Eggs Benedict, the always-welcome-but-some mornings-more-than-others Bacon Buttie with Rogues’ own recipe sauce, or the set-you-up-for-the-whole-day Balsamic Beef Cheek.

Lunch and dinner menus feature a full range of pizzas, pastas and risottos along with casual dining fare, so bringing the whole family is always a good idea.

A meander through the all-embracing wine list takes you on a trip around the world – France, Italy, Australia, and California all feature alongside Canterbury, Hawkes Bay, Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson, and Martinborough.

Functions are always fabulous in Sneaky’s speakeasy-style bar behind the mysterious white door.

There are food and wine specials all week: Locals Shout, Pizza Takeover, Cocktail Heaven, Sangria Fridays and Bloody Mary weekends.


Get your running fix


Hanmer Springs is the go-to hub for all things sports – so what are you waiting for? Slip on your running shoes and prepare to get your sweat on with one of these upcoming sporting events.

  1. The Hanmer 4 & 8 Hour Mountain Bike Races
    Saturday 21 March 2020
    Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
    Rally your mates for a race or ride solo through the picturesque Hanmer Springs Forest and surrounding rolling hills with the Hanmer 4 & 8 hour Mountain Bike Races. Prepare to get muddy! Register yourself or your team now.
  2. Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon
    Saturday 2 May 2020
    Hanmer Springs Domain
    Join the Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon in celebrating 40 years! Starting at the Hanmer Springs Domain, the race will take you through the scenic Hanmer Springs Forest and finish up at the race village for a party!
  3. The Old Forest Hanmer 100
    Friday 15 May 2020
    Woodland Walk Recreation Reserve
    Want to try off-road trails for the first time? Or want to challenge yourself to a 100km run? The Old Forest Hanmer 100 is for you! Choose from 21km, 50km, 50 mile (80km), 100km or 100 mile (160km) distances – all set on a 10km figure-eight loop within the historic section of the Hanmer Springs Forest. Entries close 6 May.


Personalised Love

The zeitgeist of ‘you do you’ extends even and perhaps especially, to that most unifying of life’s milestones; the point at which the one you love becomes your pair-bond from this day forward unto the great hereafter.



Modern couples understand a successful marriage allows the individual essence of both parties to thrive and this is mirrored in their selection of personalised wedding rings.

The days when wedding rings matched – just because – are a relic of a more prescribed era. Personal taste, colouring, and hand dimensions now drive the choice.

A delicate rose gold and diamond ring can join in matrimony with a solid platinum – the combinations are as varied as the wedded bliss they symbolise.

The team at Via Sollertia believes every wedding ring should represent the unique brand of love and honour its owner brings to the union.


New Year, new you!

It’s not only a New Year, but it’s a new decade, making makes 2020 the ultimate time to turn heads with a courageous new look.



What could be more courageous – and exciting – than being a silver siren?

Because today, going grey doesn’t mean letting yourself go, V For Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says. “We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more.”

The V For Hair and Beauty team ‘gets’ silver grey hair and has all the latest techniques and products to make embracing your grey easy, with ongoing training keeping them at the top of their silver grey hair game.

Rather than leaving a harsh regrowth line, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look and easy maintenance regimes will keep your silver grey hair looking amazing.

Head in for a complimentary consultation and seize this exciting time to reinvent and trademark the new era.


Add natural vitality to your family’s health

Now taking its rightful place in the global spotlight as a ‘cannonball of goodness’, the humble blackcurrant was once known mainly for its high vitamin C values and as the basis of the free wartime children’s drink, Ribena. Turns out, vitamin C was only a small part of blackcurrants’ superpowers.

After extensive clinical research blackcurrants, and more specifically New Zealand blackcurrants, have been found to contain a key nutrient vital to brain and whole body health – enhancing cell growth and slowing age-related cognitive decline.

The nutrient is a neuropeptide called cyclic Glycine-Proline (cGP).

When available to the body in high enough quantities, cGP regulates the availability of an essential hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1).

With New Zealand’s proud tradition of biotech innovation, Associate Professor Jian Guan of Auckland University discovered cGP in the early 90s.

Research shows our levels of cGP decline as we age.

If cGP is in short supply, then IGF-1 cannot function sufficiently, and neuro-degenerative illnesses are more likely to occur and be severe.

Sufferers of Parkinson’s disorders and stroke have been observed to have low levels of cGP.

Administering cGP to stroke patients within 12 to 48 hours after a stroke greatly reduces brain damage and speeds up recovery.

Our bodies’ need for cGP is beyond dispute, with benefits for all ages, from babies in utero, to infants, children and adults.

Anecdotal evidence from large numbers of people suggests cGP improves not just neuro degenerative disorders, but symptoms of Angelman’s, Autism and ADHD. In a published paper on Rett Syndrome, administration of natural cGP showed significant and ongoing body and cognitive function improvements.

North Canterbury’s own Vitality NZ has captured cGP from blackcurrants in capsule form and, for obvious reasons, named it Brain Shield™.

Director David Eder is one of the most long-standing growers of blackcurrants in New Zealand, while Managing Director Jim Grierson, an agronomist with 38 years in the blackcurrant industry, knew there was something special about the health benefits of NZ blackcurrants.

“We know what goes into Brain Shield and it is in a very natural form,” Jim says.

The blackcurrants are grown, processed and made into the capsules here in Canterbury.

“Brian Shield delivers an average daily dose of cGP via your brain signalling pathways and whole of body function. New Zealand blackcurrants are truly a superfruit when you understand the benefits you get from them,” David says.

Brain Shield is the only product in the world marketed with cGP under a full Novel Patent.

“There is no pharmaceutical equivalent or alternative, it is unique to the blackcurrant species,” Jim says.

“Each capsule delivers an average daily dose and it is very safe – you cannot overdose,” David adds.

Vitality NZ has five further products in their health and wellnes product range – Active, Digestive, Eye, Omega, and Women’s Health.


Making medication easy

Embracing innovation and technology, Unichem Prestons’ new robotic packing machine will result in many benefits for patients, including compliancy and convenience.



Owner Ed Dawwas has been operating a Robotic Dispensing Machine at the Woodham Road Pharmacy for the past two years, and was so impressed with the impact of this medication sachet system on patient compliance, that he decided to bring it to Prestons.

He says the system is an excellent way to manage a patient’s medication and ensures that patients take the right medication, at the right dose, at the right time.

Medications are conveniently packed into the sachets at the appropriate dose times, and each individual dose is labelled with the patient’s name, dose time and the medicines to be taken at the specified time.

“The medication sachet system is especially good for making it easy to remember to take your medications, customers who are on multiple medications or complicated regimens, customers who are travelling or needing to take medications away with them (for day trips, lunch excursions) and safety as all medications are in one place and can be easily stored.”

It also provides patients with a continual supply of medications, so they never feel like they’re going to be caught short without them.

When they are due to pick up a new supply of medicines, patients receive automatic reminders, and there’s flexible, daily delivery options for the local community.

“We have a great community, and we would like them to benefit from this service,” Ed says.

For more information, phone 03 281 7889 or email


Dentists with a Difference

Fast becoming leaders in their field, we asked Christchurch Boutique Dental why they stand out from the rest.



What’s your point of difference?

We do everything in-house.

From general dentistry to complex procedures, such as implant surgery, complex root canals, cosmetic gum surgery, Botox and fillers.

Procedures are done under a microscope; with 30 times the magnification, we can work on things not visible to the human eye.

Also, because of our expertise, we’re able to offer patients a more holistic treatment plan that covers all of the bases.

The clinic has a bright, spacious vibe. How did you get it so right?

Our vision was for a dental clinic that gives a positive, uplifting experience, in which the needs of our patients are paramount, from their initial one-hour bespoke consultation through to their final appointment.

What about your fees?

We’ve structured our fees at an affordable level, with a view to stabilising the dental condition.

We build a solid foundation for dental health at a very reasonable price.

Your fillings have a 10-year warranty! How does this happen?

We utilise the first teaching in dentistry – the rubber dam.

The dam isolates moisture from the patient’s mouth; combined with the precision of the microscope, we can perfect our procedures from every level.

Without the dam, the tooth will never be restored to its full potential.

Find Christchurch Boutique Dental at 105 Wainui Street, Riccarton Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Phone 03 925 9929


Love is in the air

“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence,” so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century, and perhaps this pithy but somewhat profound statement encapsulates best why the rose has, for centuries, symbolised love and is the flower most given on Valentine’s Day.



Allan Jarden of Central City Flowers is a passionate floral designer who goes that extra mile to create fresh and stunning arrangements certain to captivate and charm every heart; The recipient of a Valentine’s bouquet created by Allan and his team of fully qualified florists is lucky indeed.

Should roses not be the flowers you choose to woo with, then pop online to browse beautiful bouquets for some inspiration; alternatively, if something with a touch of understated allure is more your style, then a Phalaenopsis orchid in a ceramic vase, for instance, makes for an elegant and enchanting gift of love.

But for the ultimate heart-hit of Cupid’s arrow, consider a delivery of flowers, chocolates and something sweetly scented, such as a pamper pack of botanic and fruit fragranced goodies, a rose scented soap or a divinely perfumed candle, to your loved one’s door.

You never know, by this time next year, you might be clutching another bouquet from Central City Flowers and repeating after the minister those two magic little words – “I do!”

Find Central City Flowers at 92 Colombo Street (corner Colombo Street and Fisher Avenue), phone 03 961 8165 or email


New Year, Better Skin with Microneedling

Make 2020 your year of Skin Fitness!



It’s hard to believe it’s a new decade, which makes us all feel a little older.

While some of us love to embrace aging, there’s no harm in wanting skin that looks a bit younger and plumper.

If you’re after a less invasive alternative to injectables, Dermapen microneedling could be just your ticket to a glowing and more youthful complexion.

The treatment uses a pen-like device with tiny “microneedles” which make very small punctures in your top layers of skin (a fraction of a millimetre deep), which stimulates your skin’s natural healing process.

The result is a rejuvenated complexion of plump and firm skin, which will continue to improve for the next few months as your skin builds new collagen and elastin.

Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa is a Dermapen Gold Authorised Treatment Provider, meaning you can rest assured you’ll be getting superior results and safety using only the most advanced microneedling device, the Dermapen4.

To find out more about Dermapen microneedling and the SkinFit buy three get one free promotion, visit:



City’s newest super sleuth

A day at the office can mean interviewing gang members or quizzing politicians for young journalist Katie Harris, one of the city’s newest super sleuths.


Katie, who grew up in Hillsborough, Christchurch, has just won the DW Bain Prize as the top student in the University of Canterbury (UC) Postgraduate Diploma of Journalism class.

She first broke a story about the first all-female chapter of Waikato’s Mongrel Mob Kingdom while she was still a student.

UC Media and Communication Senior Lecturer, Tara Ross, says Katie was outstanding from the beginning.

“She stood out early for her curiosity, drive and hunger for news. She was unafraid of tackling hard stories and, I don’t doubt, can go far in journalism.”

Katie has already found work as a journalist for New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) at Newstalk ZB in Wellington, and this month she is travelling to Jakarta, Indonesia to work for six weeks after being awarded a media internship through the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

“I knew I wanted to be a journalist as soon as I started studying Media Communications at UC,” she says.

“I don’t know what other job I could do because I think I would get bored. This job is always changing and it’s always exciting. It’s definitely a tough industry but it’s good.”

Katie is drawn to “hard news” and first made contacts with Mongrel Mob Kingdom members from Hamilton when they came to UC to give a lecture to Criminal Justice Programme students in September 2019.

“I was never really an academic person before but I feel like I’ve found my niche and it shows anyone can succeed at what they do if they find something they’re passionate about and they work hard.”

Her dream is to one day work as a foreign correspondent and, with that in mind, she has been learning Arabic in the hope that she might one day be based in the Middle East.

She spent a month in the Czech Republic in August 2018 studying a paper in foreign correspondence journalism.

The adventurous young woman is also a keen surfer and she edited a youth magazine launched earlier this year called Yo, Vocal.