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Winning days each way: Addington Raceway

The thrill of sport, glamour of fashion, fun of socialising and luxury of hospitality come together for a day at the races. And this extraordinary Cup Week, Addington Raceway has two excitement-filled race days to look forward to.


Tickets are selling fast – and some areas are sold out for both the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day and the Show Day Races.

With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington is sparing no effort to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.

The IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday, November 10 is the infamous mid-week party of the year – and 2020 is shaping up to be even more standout.
Capacity may be reduced, but organisers have added bespoke cocktail bars, live music, DJs, delicious cuisine offerings – and even a rooftop party.
Five of the seven hospitality areas have already sold out by early October, with tickets also selling fast to the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, too. TAB have upped the stakes, and are offering new users of its app bonus bets of up to $100. No walk ups, so get your tickets before they sell out. Visit for more information, to buy tickets and to check out The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition prizes.

The Show Day races on Friday November 13 is a fun family day out on Canterbury Anniversary Day. There will be no surcharges despite the public holiday, and entry will be via gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.
All attendees can relax on the Lindauer and Lanson Lawns, and in the Christian Cullen Lounge, or purchase entry to a hospitality area – one of which is already sold out. A free kids entertainment area includes bouncy castles, face painting, bungy and petting zoo.

• Hospitality areas for the ultimate hosting experience, 5 areas sold out • Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party, $70 per ticket, 70% sold out, cocktail lounge, live music from the Sweet Mix Kids, access to The Edge Public Village • The Edge Public Village, $35 per ticket, bespoke cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, food trucks, The Edge DJ party area, Speights Lawn

• Hospitality areas, 1 already sold out • Free general admission with gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation • Free kids entertainment zone, with bouncy castle, face painting, petting zoo and bungy • Free access to Lindauer and Lanson Lawns and the Christian Cullen Lounge


An extraordinary race day: Addington Raceway

It’s a highlight of Christchurch – and New Zealand’s – annual sporting and social calendar, and 2020’s IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day is shaping up to be something very special. With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington Raceway is pulling out all the stops to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.


Spread across two distinct areas, the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, 2020’s guests will not only enjoy the exhilaration of horse racing – but an exciting mix of new flourishes designed to surprise and delight even the most enthusiastic punters.

While Covid-19 restrictions means reduced capacity, it has also been extra motivation for organisers to ensure racegoers have an exceptional day out.

From bespoke cocktail bars, live music and DJs, to fabulous fashion, delicious cuisine offerings and even a rooftop party – this is no ordinary day at the races.

Packages begin with The Edge Public Village, where guests still have prime positions for watching the action, as well as cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, the Speights Lawn and a courtyard of food truck dining options.

Those in the elevated Lindauer Lawn option can not only stylishly roam The Edge Public Village area, but also enjoy premier views of the raceway and winning post, plus touch up their hair and makeup throughout the day at the glamerous pamper bar.

Guests also have access to the Lindauer Rooftop where DJs the Sweet Mix Kids will keep the party going – and they will also be surprised with some special treats throughout the day.

One lucky group will have the opportunity to win the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn Experience with their own private area and delicious treats. Keep an eye out on Addington’s social channels to be in to win.

Check out the full range of offerings online for the November 10 event, and don’t forget – numbers are limited.

Tickets on sale now at

• Early bird $25 until October 13 • $35 from October 14 • Bespoke cocktail bars • The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition
• Food courtyard • Speights Lawn • The Edge Public Village DJ party area

• $70 • Exclusive access to the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party • Free drink on arrival • Prime view of the racing and winning post • Cocktail lounge • Pamper lounge • Live music by the Sweet Mix Kids at the rooftop party • Charging booth stations
• Upgrade for 10 people to the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn • Access to The Edge Public Village


A happening hotspot: The Pedal Pusher

The Pedal Pusher – Addington’s local favourite – is gearing up for a busy summer season, celebrating good food and good times!



Known for its chilled, relaxed atmosphere, sensational menu and friendly service, this little hotspot has been encouraging visitors to escape the rat race and join them for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 2011.

The popular gastropub and café, located at 286 Lincoln Road, sources South Canterbury meat and produce, and the chefs and owners are passionate about serving free-range and organic ingredients to their diners.

It’s also a great place to meet friends for one of The Pedal Pusher events, most notably their quiz nights, backpackers game night, and to catch the Rugby World Cup matches on the big screen. Serving New Zealand craft beers and local wines, this is a great place for a night out, but also the perfect place for brunch the next day to relax in the outdoor seating area over a coffee and the stand-out eggs benedict.

If you’re looking for somewhere to hold that next event, The Pedal Pusher is ideal for both groups or parties, and is family-friendly.

The Pedal Pusher is your home away from home. A great place to enjoy coffee, top-notch food and excellent service.

For more information, phone 03 335 0095 and visit to read the menu and make a booking today!




fashionable fun

On Course for fashionable fun: Addington Raceway

A spectacle of racing will entertain the crowds, elegant glasses of bubbles will clink and fabulous spring race day fashion will be seen – welcome to the 115th running of the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington.


fashionable fun



Tuesday 13 November is the highlight event in Canterbury’s social calendar and although there is fierce competition on the track, the fashion stakes are just as high. Addington is on track to bring fashion to the fore, as stylish racegoers prepare for this iconic event. The coveted Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes encourages everyone to go all out and put their best spring race day foot forward and, as such, the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes and The Hits Body Art competitions are more of a head-turner each year with fine details all contributing to give that winning edge.


The 2018 judges are Senior Westfield Stylist Luke Bettesworth, owner of style consultancy Signature Style Jackie O’Fee, and radio DJ Paul ‘Flynny’ Flynn from The Hits Drive Show. Flynny’s co-host, Stacey Morrison, will again be MC for the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes, while MCs for The Hits Body Art competition will be Brodie Kane and Dave ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald from The Hits Breakfast Show. The judges will be looking for that perfect race day outfit that combines style, originality, grooming – and of course the eye-catching head piece. Online entries are open until 10am on Monday 12 November (late entries can be made on the day).


fashionable fun


With more than $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs from Westfield Riccarton, Pascoes, Seiko, Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba, Lancome and Air New Zealand, the competition will be fierce. Courtesy of Air New Zealand, the Westfield Riccarton Best Dressed Lady winner will be winging her way to Hawaii, while a suave Westfield Riccarton Best Dressed Man will win flights to Brisbane.


On the stylish and highly sought-after Lindauer Lawn Rooftop, the headline entertainment is New Zealand’s popular band Sons of Zion who will be living it up with their explosive sets as members seamlessly switch from vocals, to guitar, to drums and then back again. DJ duo Sweet Mix Kids, who have played some of the world’s coolest parties, clubs and toured supporting the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran, will get the party going in the Public Village.



fashionable fun


Get in quick to secure General Admission (with early bird pricing until 31 October) and Lindauer Lawn tickets, or for a supreme Race Day experience there are still limited hospitality options available. This year gates open at the later time of 10:30am and AWOP (Another Way Of Paying) will be an easy cashless option for Lindauer Lawn guests to take care of food and beverage purchases.


To purchase tickets or enter the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes and The Hits Body Art go to
#nzcup18 #bepartofthemagic


Cup Week at Addington

Be part of the magic: Cup Week at Addington

There’s nothing quite like Cup Week at Addington and the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 13 November is not to be missed.

Cup Week at Addington


This year four lucky winners will ‘Arrive in style with Christchurch Helicopters’. Simply purchase your General Admission or Lindauer Lawn ticket before 30 September and you could be in to win. This phenomenal prize includes arrival via Christchurch Helicopters with Richie McCaw, a Westfield Riccarton voucher each to the value of $500 to ensure you are dressed in style, a luxury stretch limousine transfer from your Christchurch home, motel or hotel to the helipad, then at the end of the day from Addington to Christchurch Casino, or home, courtesy of Airpark Limousines.

Your Cup Day tickets will be upgraded to a reserved table in Spectators, with a glass of Daniel Le Brun on arrival, treats from the chef and access to live entertainment and racing action.
Cup Day’s ticket choices ensure there is something for everyone. General Admission provides access to the Public Village and is home to the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes and the Body Art fashion heats and semi-finals. The limited Lindauer Lawn tickets are always in demand as this is the heart of the action.

Incredible bands have been booked for both areas and will be announced in October.
Addington also offers an exceptional range of hospitality options, including private and shared marquees, prime viewing hospitality and indoor and outdoor choices. Limited availability.


Tickets go on sale 3 September. For full details about how you can #bepartofthemagic, visit


Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant

Taste the difference: Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant is a culinary gem in Addington

With discerning connoisseurs of the finest Indian cuisine, Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant needs no introduction. Located at Shop 9 in Addington Mall at 300 Lincoln Road, it has gained such a large following, that online food and beverage app Menulog chose the venue as 2018’s best Indian Restaurant.

Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant

Whether you go full chicken/beef/lamb vindaloo, tikka masala, or prefer a toned down korma, the range of starters, mains and vegetarian options is prepared with passion and attention to detail. Each dish has its own extraordinary flavour and you can really taste the difference.
The Head Chef has more than 18 years of experience under his hat and will happily cater your dish to suit your dietary requirements. Pepper Bridge continues to provide customers with ever-changing specials and a comprehensive range of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages is on offer too. Plus from Tuesday to Friday, ‘Winter Happy Hours’ from 4:30 to 6:30 gives you curry, naan, basmati rice and King Fisher Premium Beer, all for just $22.
Pepper Bridge also provides a stellar food takeaway and delivery service, and can cater for functions in and out of Christchurch. Plus, a new chef straight from India will soon be joining the team, with new and authentic dishes also on their way.
For more information or to book a table at Christchurch’s Number One Indian Restaurant, visit or phone 03-595 0442.

Ngāi Tahu Property

Tower Junction ticks the boxes: Ngāi Tahu Property celebrates the completion of a year long project to upgrade and improve the Addington shopping destination

Redevelopment at one of Christchurch’s largest open-air shopping complexes is now complete – and developers say all roads lead to Tower Junction in Addington.

Ngāi Tahu Property

Tower Junction owner and developer Ngāi Tahu Property is focused on “providing a shopping destination that can meet the needs of the whole whānau”, Ngāi Tahu Property Chief Executive, David Kennedy says.
“We see Tower Junction as a shopping option that ticks all the boxes – it has great parking, a range of shops that appeal to everyone and is handily located between Blenheim Road and Whiteleigh Ave on the west side of the city.”
Development on the 2,500m2 site has been underway for the past year and includes two new buildings, recently unveiled to accommodate new food, beverage and retail tenants. These include Look Sharp and a new concept store for Bed, Bath & Beyond. Further retailers including Tower Nails, Acquisitions, SuRa and others are open, or will be opening in the coming weeks.
Ngāi Tahu Property has worked closely with Matapopore, a charitable trust incepted after the quakes to ensure mana whenua values and the voice of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu are included in the rebuild.
Kennedy says this relationship has resulted in markers of Ngāi Tahu culture being included in the development. The work of Fayne Robinson, a Ngāi Tahu master carver, and other Māori artists, have been incorporated on site.
“These examples of Toi Māori (Māori art) reflect the stories of mana whenua from this area of Canterbury and acknowledge its Māori history. As a tribally-owned business, it’s important for us to
remember this.”

Soho Hair

Habit of care: making hair care a regular part of your life at Soho Hair salon

Soho Hair salon owner Sarah Marsh believes more people should experience the regular blow-dry in their daily haircare lives.

Soho Hair

“I think there’s definitely potential for people to put themselves a little higher on the agenda,” Sarah says. “Having a regular time to come in, have a coffee, massaging wash and blow-dry just sets you up for the next five days of feeling great,” she adds.
Soho’s ten staff, including three elite stylists with over 15 years’ experience each, still enjoy the loyalty of clients who were pre-quake customers in the central city. In their spacious Addington salon, large sofas and polished floors add a relaxed vibe to the atmosphere.
“People come to us from all over,” she says. Having plenty of available carparks right outside means the weekly haircare session is stress-free.
Sarah would like people to know that blow-dries are not all the same. Some target thinning hair, increasing body and texture; others produce waves; yet others coax out gorgeous curls.
“Our stylists can nurture people’s hair via blow-drying techniques in exactly the way they specify, whether that be to smooth it, straighten it, or help loose waves to form through the ends,” she says.
“And when we look great, we attack our to-do list with more verve and confidence. We just tend to conquer more, with more energy.”
The staff at Soho Hair will always quote first on differing cuts and treatments, along with consulting fully with clients at the outset.

Giovanni Tiles

A top tiling team: Giovanni Tiles

If you are after premium quality tiles to give your home distinctive flair, then look no further than the 100m2 Giovanni Tiles selection studio at 3 Lester Lane, just off Dean’s Ave, which holds a selection of more than 1000 premium tiles.

Giovanni Tiles

A tile selection studio that recognises the growing interest from homeowners and construction companies alike, Giovanni Tiles has a dedicated team of friendly experts in colour and style to assist you with all your requirements, from tile selection to free measure and quote, and delivery right to your door.
All tiles in the selection studio are sold under the Giovanni brand and sourced from leading tile manufacturers worldwide. “We import our tiles direct which cuts out the middle man, so our prices are very competitive,” Giovanni Tiles owner, Garey Burgess says.
Giovanni Tiles supplies only premium quality porcelain tiles. They feature the latest colours, fashion and textures for every home or commercial environment and, being porcelain means they are durable and keep their as-new look for many years to come.
The selection studio features extensive areas of tile samples from mosaics, to floor and wall tiles, for both interior and exterior environments. Available in all sizes, this gives customers the best possible idea of what tiles are available, and if they don’t have it, they will find it for you!
Giovanni Tiles is able to source other tiles direct from manufacturers and holds more than 40,000m2 on site at all times, so they can deliver to you when you require them.
For more information or to view the comprehensive range, visit or phone 03-423 1696.

The charitable social calendar

The charitable social calendar: local events with a community or charitable trust

We share our city with some incredible people who put heart, mind and soul into the support of philanthropic endeavours, so much so that we couldn’t possibly hope to list them all.

The charitable social calendar

What we can do however, is list some of the upcoming events on the local social calendar which have been formed to support the vital charitable services that are at the heart of a strong community. We hope you enjoy.

Battle of the artists

Art Battle is live, competitive painting where 12 of Christchurch’s top artists have just 20 minutes to paint a canvas. The audience votes for the winner and all artworks are available by silent auction on the night.
But what is perhaps the most exciting aspect of this endeavour, is that it supports the charity ‘Just Peoples’ which was set up to connect Kiwis with the means and desire to join the fight against global poverty with small, locally led micro-projects across Asia and Africa.
Sunday 6 May from 5:30-9:30pm
Sixty6 on the corner Peterborough and Durham Streets
For tickets visit

Philanthropic fare

It’s an iconic mystery dining experience and it’s all in support of Ronald McDonald House. Arrive with your guests at the pre-dinner function and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapes. This is where excitement builds with a live auction, before you find out where you will be dining for the night with a live mystery dining draw.
From exclusive local restaurants to private chefs at unique dining destinations, Supper Club Christchurch is sure to impress your dinner guests.
Friday 15 June from 5:30pm until late
Pre-dinner location to be revealed soon, mystery dinner location announced on the night
For bookings contact Robyn Medlicott on 027 225 5221 or

A charitable cook

Life Education Trust Canterbury is very lucky to have the opportunity to host a fundraising event alongside Annabel Langbein.
Ticket proceeds will go directly to Life Education Trust Canterbury, enabling this talented team to continue delivering health educational lessons to 20,000 primary and intermediate school children in Canterbury each year.
During this exclusive event the second volume Essentials cookbook will be launched and Annabel will share stories from her free-range life as well as top tips and tricks to help you become a more confident and creative cook.
Monday 7 May from 6:30-8:30pm
St Margaret’s College, Charles Luney Auditorium
Tickets are available on

Wham Bam Author Jam

We have a lot of talented authors in this beautiful country of ours, and Addington Raceway wanted to create a place for the public to meet them and perhaps find their next favourite!
The event will feature local authors and even some from further afield, with ticket and raffle proceeds supporting the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. So, grab the family, grab your friends and head to Wham Bam Author Jam!
Saturday 24 November, 10am-4pm
Addington Raceway 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington
Tickets are available on