The ‘suite’ life: Burlington Village Care Centre

It was excitement all around at the opening of the new Burlington Village Care Centre on Saturday 4 May at 171 Prestons Road, Redwood.



With the fabulous Janice Gray singing and entertaining the visitors, it was a great atmosphere and a wonderful opportunity for not only looking though the new Care Centre, but also for viewing eight architecturally designed standalone houses which will be ready for occupancy by the end of May. Burlington Village will eventually have around 200 luxurious houses, with a range of designs, including both single storey and two storey options.

The Care Centre is a single storey building comprised of 60 care suites, all of which have outdoor living in which to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Marketing Manager Jemma Appleton says the suites in the new Care Centre are generously proportioned with the smallest suite being twice the size than the norm; the biggest suite is 40 square metres.

The completed Burlington Village will have beautifully landscaped grounds and three hectares of man-made lakes, making it, undoubtedly, one of the most picturesque retirement villages in Christchurch. It will offer a comprehensive range of accommodation options: independent houses, serviced houses, serviced apartments, dementia care, as well as rest home and hospital-level care.

For more information, visit, phone Burlington Village Sales on 03 383 0333 or visit


A sought-after location: Russley Village

News about the fabulous lifestyle available at The Russley Village has travelled fast and, as a result, there are only four brand new apartments left in the gorgeous Sefton Apartment complex.



Located next to the Homestead which hosts the excellent facilities of the Village, these sought-after apartments are in the heart of the village, and the Sefton Apartment block itself is home to the glorious 15m x 9m heated indoor swimming pool and spa pool. Apartment prices start at just $495,000 and anyone who is interested in moving to The Russley Village should contact the village team without delay. “These apartments have been snapped up,” says Village Manager Wayne Thompson. “We would hate for anyone who is really keen to miss out”.

In The Russley Village’s warm and inclusive community there’s always something happening. There is a first-class array of facilities at the Village, including the heated pool, gym, cinema, billiard area, plus the newly resurfaced bowling green, which is multipurpose and is also used for croquet and mini golf. The fully licensed Abode café is open to both residents and their guests and is proving extremely popular for brunches, lunches and dinners, meetings and celebrations.

The Russley Village continues to set high standards for retirement villages in physical design, architectural individuality, social variety and soon with the completion of our boutique care facility, Ashley Suites,” says Wayne. “But it really must be seen to be appreciated.” Book a visit, see the standard and size of their apartments, the amenities and the award-winning gardens, and finish with a coffee in Abode café.


Silver/grey is the new black: V For Hair & Beauty Merivale

Going grey gracefully and letting yourself go… there is an enormous difference! In fact, according to Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee from V For Hair & Beauty Merivale as seen on TV, you don’t have to be on the far side of 65 to be a ‘silver siren’!



Getting tired of the time and expense of getting hair coloured as soon as the greys show? Want to avoid the chemicals used to colour your hair? Perhaps you’re travelling more and don’t want to find a new hairdresser in every port you visit or maybe you’re ready to embrace your maturity and its natural beauty, now’s the time to rock your silver locks.

“Social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram feature women of all ages proudly wearing silver-grey hair with blending tones, soft shades and beautiful hues like sand, iris, silver, dove, lilac and silver ash – at all lengths too,” Vicki says. “Get inspired, search the net, talk to your stylist and have a change!”


Bespoke eco-conscious jewellery: Via Sollertia

Via Sollertia Jewellers has been making sustainability a top priority long before it was at the forefront of customer demand.



At every stage of the jewellery-making process – literally from design right through to the final product – special care and attention is taken to ensure their footprint on the earth is as light as possible. It’s been a prominent philosophy of the independent jewellers, located at 11 New Regent St, since the beginning.

From using handmade recycled rimu in their packaging, to creating stunning bespoke designs made from re-refined New Zealand-sourced gold and fair-trade diamonds, they’ll even go one step further and hand deliver your items.

“We’re aware of our footprint on the earth, this is something we can do,” says designer Clare.  “It doesn’t leave here from design to the finished product… they’re not only beautiful, but sustainable as well. We all have to start making a difference.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit for more information.


New central city accommodation: GriffBuild

GriffBuild’s Tony and Nick Griffiths have ticked off another central city development, completing the new Bealey Avenue motels on time and under budget.



The new accommodation houses 39 rooms over two storeys and is centrally located next to the Bealey Ale and Steak House. Nick says the project was smooth sailing from start to finish. The eye-catching design, with its architectural clean lines, is an appealing combination of plaster cladding and cedar exterior. Both Nick and Tony say being able to hand the keys over on time was down to a dedicated team and the reliability of their sub-contractors, many who they have worked with for 10 years.

The Christchurch brothers have made a name for themselves in the city’s rebuild, having worked on internal fit-outs and project management of Kong Cocktail Bar, Fat Eddie’s, The Bog and Original Sin Restaurant.

They established GriffBuild in 2007 and to this day it remains a family-owned and operated business which takes immense pride in quality workmanship and attention to detail. They also specialise in extensions and alterations, working alongside the client to ensure the job is completed to the highest standard.

The team at GriffBuild are happy to provide free quotes for any of your building queries, so contact them today at



Utilising Valuable Space: Garage Carpet Pro

How much use do you get out of your garage in the colder winter months?



Ever thought about making the most of this valuable extra space by converting it into your own private gym or games room? Or maybe create a warmer place where you can escape the chill to work on hobbies and projects. Perhaps you have an outdoor sleepout or office that could be better converted into a much more productive space?

Since 2014, Garage Carpet Pro (a division of The Pro Group) has rolled out 215,000sqm of specialised carpet to create useable extensions in more than 6000 double garages. The Belgian product, made by one of the biggest carpet manufacturers in the world, turns cold concrete garage floors into cleaner, warmer spaces, with no more slippery tiles to worry about, or dust and dirt billowing throughout your home.

The space can be further protected from temperature extremes by insulating both the garage door and ceiling. A range of other flooring options are also available. Once you’ve installed the carpet and tidied up the area into the liveable, workable space you’d been hoping for, you can also check out their range of high-quality cabinets, shelving and wall mounted hanging systems to make sure everything remains perfectly organised and functional.

The Pro Group prides itself on quality service that is reliable and customer-focused, with the project personally managed by the franchise owner. For a no obligation free quote, phone Tim today on  027 349 0527, or visit


Impact of Liquefaction

You’d be forgiven for not knowing what the word ‘liquefaction’ meant pre-quake. It’s just one of the new vernacular that has emerged in the rebuilding city. Now, visitors to Canterbury Museum’s earthquake exhibition Quake City can play in the city’s coolest sand pit to learn about the science behind the phenomenon of liquefaction.



The museum has added a hands-on interactive model to Quake City at 299 Durham Street North that demonstrates how the ground liquefied in parts of Canterbury during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, burying streets and sinking buildings. Commissioned by the museum especially for Quake City, the model pumps air into a bed of sand, causing it to shift and liquefy much like the ground did during the earthquakes.

Blocks representing buildings sink into the liquefied sand, while lighter plastic balls float to the surface, as happened with some of the city’s buried infrastructure. Visitors can understand the benefits of building on piles by placing the model buildings and balls on metal poles to stop them sinking into the sand.

The model was funded by Tonkin + Taylor. Mike Jacka, Senior Geotechnical Engineer and part of Tonkin + Taylor’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery team, hopes the model might teach people how to build a more resilient city. “I think this is a great investment to inform and educate visitors and locals alike, and raise awareness of how we can better plan and build our homes, towns and cities to be resilient to nature’s challenges,” he says.


Bespoke Timber Beauty: Timber Tru

Although the team at Timber Tru has been making quality timber joinery for more than twenty years, they possess between them more than fifty years of experience in the discipline.



Tony van der Plas, owner and co-founder of Timber Tru, has been in the industry since his youth and offers his experience and advice to clients through personal service. Personal service at Timber Tru means working directly with the client.

At the consultation, you can expect to sit down with Tony or a team member to discuss the architectural plans of your project or start from scratch and help you put your ideas down on paper. While reflecting on the process of client consultations, Tony asserts, “It’s always good to sit down with the client to draw things out. It’s so they can visualize what they want, what they couldn’t see before.”

There’s a season for everything and winter is the time for internal work. The craftsmen at Timber Tru have plenty of experience modernising kitchens, storage spaces, windows and doors, but they take a particular joy in producing bespoke joinery for the restoration of historical buildings. The team at Timber Tru has the skills and experience required to start new builds and successfully restore historical buildings.

To request a free consultation, call 03 389 2986 or email Tony at


Goodbye to Glare: Tint a Window

Do you have a problem with too much glare, heat, or UV coming in through your windows that make it hard to view a TV or computer screen? Or maybe the sunlight is fading those expensive furnishings in your home? Is privacy and security an issue? If the answer to those questions is yes, then you need to call the team at Tint a Window.



With more than 27 years of experience and expertise, the highly trained staff at Tint a Window can solve these problems with the world’s most advanced window films. A special layer can be applied to existing windows or ranch-sliders that will block 99 percent of ultra violet and up to 75 percent of heat, as well as reducing that annoying glare by up to 83 percent.

They also offer security, safety, anti-graffiti, multi-layered crystal clear films that act to reinforce glass against shattering on impact. Frosting films are a great solution to add that extra privacy where needed and come in plain, sparkled or patterned designs.

For commercial properties, such as restaurants or banks, computer-generated full colour images can actually be applied to the glass to enhance the beauty of the space or emphasise corporate branding.

With branches spread throughout New Zealand, Tint a Window is trusted and recommended by clients ranging from government departments and corporations to residential homes. For all your window tinting needs, see their website or phone the team now on 0800 368 468.


Classic nostalgic nosh: Purple Weka Cafe and Bar

Remember those traditional, tummy satisfying meals from childhood that made winter wickedly wonderful? Purple Weka Café & Bar is the place to go to reconnect with those delectable dishes we’ve all but forgotten.



For that perfect weekend treat, sip a wine while savouring old-time favourites like lamb’s fry and bacon with slow roasted tomato and red currant jelly; or Ma’s Mince (owner Stewart McDougall’s mother’s recipe), a combination of savoury mince topped with a soft poached egg and served with five grain toast; their Eggs Benedict – two poached eggs on toasted ciabatta with a choice of crispy bacon or smoked salmon, smothered in hollandaise sauce – is classic nostalgic nosh.

If it’s soup you crave then grab your friends or work-mates and hunker down over steaming bowls of homemade creamy mushroom soup, old-fashioned vegetable soup, or pumpkin and spinach soup – nutritious and delicious! Purple Weka’s Big Breakfast of streaky bacon, sausages, hash browns, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and two eggs is a must, while their corn fritters, three egg omelette, and creamy mushrooms soothes those rumbling tums.

For a fast-fix breakfast, nothing beats their toast topped with the sweetest selection of homemade jams and marmalade, all of which are preservative and additive free; you can even buy a jar to gift to your mum, she’ll be well impressed! So, with loads of parking, what are you waiting for?

Find Purple Weka at 48 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch Central. Open Monday to Friday 6am to 4pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am to 3pm, phone 03 366 0258.