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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



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.


Facelift for Historic Pump House

The Pump House on Tuam Street is one of “those” places. If you revel in entire buildings of curios, collectables, movie props and salvage items such as timber, iron gates, windows, doors, kitchens, church pews, baths and toilets, you will already be a Pump House fan!



“These are architectural antiques,” says Paddy Snowdon, co-owner of City Salvage Contractors, which operates The Pump House. It’s a collection of buildings built in the 1880s as the central focus of Christchurch’s (then) modern, new sewerage system. By the 1950s, the plant was no longer needed and in the late 1980s Paddy and wife, Jackie, bought it.

Earthquake repairs started in late 2017 are nearing completion. “We’re pretty happy with the progress,” Paddy says. “Higgs are doing a great job.” Higgs Construction Project Manager Johnny Clark is managing the work and says, “we’ve done quite a lot of masonry improvements and cosmetic work over and above the earthquake strengthening”.

The restoration was not in the strengthening strategy, but Paddy says once work started it was apparent that it urgently needed doing. In addition to their own investment, Paddy and Jackie are grateful for grants from the CCC Heritage Incentive Grant Fund and the Govt Heritage EQUIP fund enabling the project to go ahead.

Due for completion by the end of the year, The Pump House remains open for business, with Sales Manager Bruce Nikolaison keeping the yard ticking over and still enjoying the challenge after 30 years in the job. The new look Pump House will continue to be a part of Canterbury history, purveying architectural antiques. It’s a labour of love. “I’ve just got a passion for old buildings,” Paddy says.


Ivan Iafeta: The Influencers

Since submitting the draft Regeneration Plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor for consideration by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Regenerate Christchurch has provided advice to the Crown and Christchurch City Council on leadership and governance of the area.


Regenerate Christchurch CEO

We have recommended that an independent charitable trust be established to provide strong governance and independence from central and local government, while allowing local community input and influence, to support confidence and certainty in the future of the area.

The trust would be a single point of contact for private sectors and community interests. But to be successful, it would require a clear mandate established through empowering legislation and a skills-based board that would consider how best to engage and include local community leadership, iwi and local institutions.

We have also recommended that ownership of land in the regeneration area belonging to the Crown and Council be transferred to the independent charitable trust.There are examples where regeneration projects have benefitted from special, collaborative governance arrangements – particularly where this is backed by bespoke legislation. A local post-earthquake example is the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Act 2015.

Legislation also sets aside Hagley Park as a public reserve. Conversations between the Crown and Council about leadership and governance of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor are already underway. But a real sense of momentum is required to ensure current proposals and expressions of interest in the area do not become lost opportunities.






John Bridgman: The Influencers

‘Building places for people’ is Ōtākaro’s mantra and through this mild autumn it’s been satisfying seeing locals and visitors alike enjoying the public spaces we have created.


Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive

We have been especially heartened by the public response to the new City Promenade, our conversion of two kilometres of Oxford Terrace from a conventional street into a shared space, primarily for pedestrians, cyclists and the ubiquitous scooters.

The Promenade really accentuates the river waterfront as a key feature of central Christchurch. A nurse at Christchurch Hospital at the western end of the Promenade told us how much she enjoys her stroll to and from work along the Promenade and the owner of a local backpackers says he gives his guests directions to many city attractions like the Botanic Gardens, Art Gallery or Antigua Boatsheds in relation to the Promenade.

It was great to see the Promenade used as an event space during ChristchurchNZ’s wonderful Lantern Festival. We now have a large events area that links Cashel Mall with the ever-popular Victoria Square, which we restored earlier last year.

In the East Frame, we are also seeing more people in Rauora Park, particularly cyclists and pedestrians using it as a thoroughfare, and new businesses and other amenities are helping to create activation around the lanes and gathering spaces in the South Frame.

There is still much work for us to do to complete the Crown-led anchor projects and we are very proud of our contribution to creating a vibrant CBD for the people of Christchurch.




Dr Megan Woods: The Influencers

One of the things I’m most proud of being able to help deliver as part of our Government is Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow – a new mental health programme that gives every young person in Canterbury access to a mental health worker through their school.


Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister

This policy is now fully rolled out, with 219 different primary and intermediate schools in Canterbury now being part of the programme. This offers children who need it one-on-one and group sessions to help them deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

We know that mental health is a major issue for our young people. The shock of the earthquakes and the trauma of the slow, grinding years of recovery have seen demand for mental health services amongst young people in our region reach twice the national average.

Teachers and parents will have seen this for themselves – young people unable to learn because of anxiety and developmental delays. That’s why we’ve invested $27m in getting every child in Canterbury the support they need.

In just one year, Mana Ake has supported 942 children individually and 578 children in groups. That’s a lot of children that have been listened to and had their issues taken seriously. We’ve also heard from parents who tell us Mana Ake was a huge help for children in the wake of the 15 March attack.

This is a Government that is taking mental health seriously, investing in our children’s wellbeing and tackling the big, long term issues in our community.






James Gough: Christchurch City Councillor

Results for the Christchurch City Council’s Life in Christchurch survey are out for 2019 and nearly two thirds of respondents say they feel positively about our central city.


Christchurch City Councillor

This is good news and probably in-line with expectations given the progress we have seen over the past 12 months. Hospitality tenancies on The Terrace are performing exceptionally well and The Crossing’s retail offering is equally popular.

The EntX cinema complex is proving to be a significant drawcard along too with the two major completed council projects, the Central Library (Tūranga) and Town Hall. The final piece of the retail precinct is just around the corner with the Riverside Market set to open this spring – something I am very much looking forward to.

Understandably 93 percent of respondents feel the central city provides a range of restaurants, bars and cafés; 70 percent feel it is safe for pedestrians; 76 percent of respondents would consider living in central city terraced housing compared to 65 percent in low-rise apartments.

The trends are often more interesting than the numbers themselves and encouragingly, whilst only 20 percent travel to the central city 2-4 times per week, this is up from 13 percent the year prior. The importance of expediting the remaining anchor projects cannot be underestimated nor can incentives for increasing inner city residential developments and residents, which is key.

There are certainly some encouraging signs but it is clear we are going to have to step up and do things differently if we are to be anywhere near satisfied when we see the 2020 survey results.





Leeann Watson: The Influencers

There is no doubt that our region has been through some challenging times over the last few years, so coming together for something positive has never been more important. That’s why we are so excited about our upcoming Westpac Champion Business Awards.


Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

The Chamber has been organising these business awards for over 16 years now and we are proud that they continue to be an opportunity for the Waitaha Canterbury business community to come together to showcase their success. They are a real celebration of our region’s best, recognising and rewarding the organisations that embody innovation and excellence and ultimately help to shape the future of Canterbury and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The awards are a fantastic way for businesses to showcase their team’s achievements, and even just being nominated can contribute to a positive, engaging culture. It’s always so heartening to see the immense pride on the faces of all those involved at the end of the programme.

If you are a local business or not-for-profit, we encourage you to enter your organisation in these awards. To reflect the truly diverse nature of our region, there is a whole range of categories this year, including social enterprise, so there is something there for everyone. We also hope you will be able to join us and over 1200 other local business people at the awards ceremony on 18 September to help us celebrate what drives success in Canterbury.








Marian Johnson: The Influencers

At Ministry of Awesome, we support innovation and high growth startups because we know that a dynamic startup ecosystem will transform this city with future jobs, industries and global relevance.


Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

For NZ startups, it’s been challenging to access the capital required to scale global from NZ. But the fundraising landscape is changing quickly. Our angel networks are getting stronger, new funds are being established and interest in NZ startups is gaining ground.

According to New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF), total annual investment in NZ early stage ventures was around $100m in 2018 – an extraordinary rate of growth compared to the $30m invested in 2007.

Then there’s the brand new Simplicity KiwiSaver fund managed by Icehouse Ventures – a fund completely designed to help Kiwi startups accelerate and go global. This means that everyday Kiwis can fuel and benefit from homegrown startup growth rather than external investors who frequently require Kiwi startups to relocate to wherever the fund is. This means NZ loses out on the upside of their success including the creation of new jobs and innovation.

Later this month, the official opening ceremony of Christchurch’s Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth and Innovation hosts Mark Bregman, a prominent California based venture capitalist. Mark is currently raising a $40m fund for NZ tech startups and his interest seems to herald a wave of global interest in our country’s startup and innovation landscape.