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What’s happening in North Canterbury?


North Canterbury is putting on exciting events to round off summer in 2020. Everyone is heading north for the fresh air, fun times and family get togethers.

 

 

Guy Cater Comedian Magician and Hypnotist
22 February
Head to Rangiora for some hilarious stand-up comedy and hypnotist talent at the Rangiora RSA this week. The show starts at 7:30pm at the Rangiora RSA. Tickets $25.
www.hypnotist.co.nz


Wellbeing Festival
29 February
Even bigger than last year, the Wellbeing Festival offers healthy new experiences and activities, from yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations to sampling of delicious fare. Invest in wellbeing. Head to Kaiapoi Food Forest, on the corner of Cass and Meadow Streets from 10am to 3pm.
For details contact the Kaiapoi Food Forest Trust on 03 327 0066.
www.kai.net.nz


The Philippines comes to North Canterbury
29 February
Cultural events celebrating the diversity of the community will enlighten Waimakariri in 2020. Beginning the celebrations is the exciting exhibitions and presentations of traditional dance, music and food of the Philippines. The free event is from 11am to 3pm at Rangiora Town Hall Cinema.
Email denise.wiggins@wmk.govt.nz or phone 0800 965 468. Bookings are essential.
www.townhallcinemas.co.nz


Miscellaneous – an Art Exhibition
29 February to March 8
Three local artists – Jan Campbell, Nikki Parker and Mandy Palmer will showcase a collection of their artworks, aptly entitled Miscellaneous at The Brick Mill’s exhibition room, 1473 Main North Road, Waikuku from February 29 to March 8. Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm, Saturdays and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz


Ashley River Ramble
1 March
Get a group together for a fun run, walk or cycle 12 kilometres along the Ashley-Rakahuri River – from Waikuku Beach to Ashley. Registration is from 8:30am for a 9am start, with spot prizes and refreshments at the Rangiora end of the Ashley River Picnic Grounds. All proceeds go to Koru Care Christchurch.
Contact the Rangiora Lions Club 03 310 6102 or 021 312 230.
www.ashleyriverramble.nz


Kaiapoi River Carnival and Boat Show
1 March
Jet boats, dragon boats, raft races, jet skis and classic boats are just some of the on-water action, including fun for the kids such as bumper boats and bouncy castles from 10am-3pm on Kaiapoi River. For information email kaiapoirivercarnival@gmail.com.
www.facebook.com/KaiapoiRiverCarnivalandBoatShow/


Swannanoa country fair
1 March
A fun day out with children’s rides, games, farming demonstrations, sheep shearing, gumboot throwing, craft and trade stalls, a plant stall, white elephant bargains, classic cars and fabulous food. From 10am to 3pm at Swannanoa Domain, $5 adult and children are free.
www.swannanoacountryfair.co.nz


Kaiapoi Fun Run
8 March
Whether it’s 5km or 10km, the fun run starts at 9am at Kaiapoi Borough School, Raven Quay, with spot prizes. Tickets can be purchased from the Kaiapoi i-site or on the day.
www.alltogetherkaiapoi.com


 

Tying the knot in 2020


You’ve got your something old? Something borrowed? Something blue? Well if you’re still running around trying to find your something new – we’ve got you covered. Who says the rhyme must only apply to what the bride is wearing down the aisle? We investigate the upcoming trends of tying the knot in 2020.

 


  1. Green thumb: Being sustainable is trending and Mother Nature would give that a big seal of approval.

    Reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint by purchasing a pre-loved wedding dress, adopting an heirloom ring, avoiding bottled water or even refraining from printing out hundreds of paper invitations (opt for online).

    If you’re feeling bold, why not try a zero-waste event… it might just give your guests the push they need to try it at their own wedding.

    You wouldn’t dump rubbish onto your guests as they’re sitting down at your wedding, so don’t forgot about one of the most important guests there – Mother Nature.


2. Party of two (or a few): Who says extravagant weddings are essential to a lifetime of happy marriage (the rom-coms don’t count)?

Forking out the big dollars for people who were even umming and ahhing coming to the event may seem silly, but it happens.

That’s why limiting your nearest and dearest to 40 – or even less – is starting to become a regular occurrence. Less people means the budget per guest is higher, this leaves room for personal and even elaborate touches – this is one trend that is all about quality over quantity!

If you’re worried about not enough people seeing the ceremony, they can see it all online when you post about it (we’re sure you will!).


3. Help yourself: One of the great things about a wedding, as a guest, is the open bar.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to be polite.

Most of us know the process of going up to a bar, ordering a drink and walking away.

Make this part of the night a fun experience for everyone by including a self-serve refreshments area.

Wall mounted dispensers, punch bowls, a jampacked bar of pour-over drinks accompanied by some garnishes to top off the drinks; we’re yet to hear a negative.

No need to think of signature cocktails because every guest will be able to create one of their own.

Although it may pay to have one of the staff helping to occasionally cast an eye over the set-up… just in case Uncle Jim starts to drink enough for himself… and five others.


 

The Bespoke Specialists


The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.

 

 

The talented team at Via Sollertia are the bespoke specialists, delivering a personal design and creation service for clients who want a unique piece of jewellery.

“We design and craft creations fully by hand – without using CAD (computer aided design) or cast and assembled design – which is the true meaning of bespoke,” says designer Clare.

There is also a stunning selection of timeless, unique pieces showcased at the store – all beautifully crafted by the on-site jeweller.

Located in the heart of the city on iconic the New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget.

“Good service is our number one priority and we’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.


 

The Influencers: Marian Johnson


Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

The second month of the year has almost gone and there is no better time than the present to make good on the resolutions you’ve made for yourself.

Whether you’re thinking of launching your own startup, joining an ambitious new startup team, or really getting into the Christchurch and Canterbury innovation scene, you’ve got some incredible opportunities coming up to meet your new tribe.

Dip your toes in by coming along to the startup ecosystem fixture – Coffee & Jam.

Coffee & Jam takes place on the second Tuesday of every month from 12:30pm to 1:30PM at EPIC.

Here, you’ll find a broad cross section of people all focused on entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation in our region.

Just Google ‘coffeeandjam’ to find upcoming event details.

Also check out Canterbury Angel’s Pitch & Pizza event.

Canterbury Angels had a record 2019 with $845,000 raised and nine deals done.

2020 looks to surpass if momentum is anything to go by.

At Pitch & Pizza, you’ll get to hear some practice pitches from local startups then eat pizza with the crowd afterward.

Check it out at www.canterburyangels.nz.

Finally, if you’ve always wanted to be part of a startup team but didn’t have an idea (or a team), we’ve got you covered!

This year’s ultimate intro to entrepreneurship, Startup Weekend, will take place on 22-24 May.

Christchurch is a city that has rolled out the red carpet for startups and innovators – so get amongst it! We’re looking forward to meeting you.


 

Strength to strength


Fraser Thomas Ltd needs no introduction when it comes to the best professional geotechnical, civil engineering, land surveying and land development projects in Canterbury.

 

 

With a core team of civil engineers and surveyors led by Christchurch Director and Geotechnical Manager Mason Reed, Fraser Thomas Ltd offers a one-stop-shop for civil, environmental, geotechnical and structural engineering, not to mention resource management, surveying and land development.

Now with the addition of offices in Central Otago and Hawkes Bay, more families and businesses than ever before can benefit from the professionalism and attention to detail that Fraser Thomas brings to every project.

The company’s new Central Otago office, headed by a tightly knit team of engineers and surveyors, is situated in the ever-growing community of Cromwell.

Many structural, civil engineering and land development projects can now experience the Fraser Thomas treatment like so many in Canterbury.

The same can be said for residents of Napier, where Fraser Thomas’s Hawkes Bay office has been leaving its mark on cutting-edge projects thanks to a team of highly qualified engineers and surveyors.

With more offices on the cards throughout New Zealand, Fraser Thomas Ltd is going from strength to strength.

For more information on Fraser Thomas Ltd and the engineering and surveying services they provide, visit the website.


 

Distance no barrier to achieve inspiring architecture


Whether planning a new home in Canterbury or further afield, a consistent quality design process should be achievable. Architect Craig South, of Allfrey + South, suggests distance need not present any impediment to success.

 

Architect Craig South

 

Given all the advantages of connectivity in today’s world, overcoming distance to achieve great architecture is a challenge that architects can readily embrace, provided they have the right client-focussed systems and practices in place.

At Allfrey + South, we approach each new project with the same high level of care and attention.

We are committed to ensuring everyone can access our unique style of architecture, regardless of site location.

While we are based in Christchurch, we can design for sites throughout New Zealand.

Wherever the site, the fundamental steps required to achieve inspiring results remain the same.

We do not treat a project involving a distant site any differently than a site close at hand.

In either scenario, site visits are of key importance in order to gain first-hand experience of conditions such as sun and wind exposure, local weather and other factors that could influence design decisions.

Equally important is the need to gain a clear understanding of the client’s priorities and their lifestyle aspirations.

We also try to keep in mind architectural vernacular, as this can sometimes vary quite significantly from region to region.

Not all design work at a distance involves new home projects.

For example, some people may require help to upgrade or update an existing holiday home.

Again, our process involves getting to know and understand what’s on site and spending time with the client to ensure they get the best possible result.

While much can be achieved online or through video-conferencing, we find there is no substitute for meeting with clients in person as they fine-tune their brief.

We would never expect a client to draft a brief from scratch and send it through to us.

We also like to meet directly with clients when presenting design concepts, as we believe the best architecture evolves out of a personalised process.

There are exceptions to the rule but, where possible, regular face-to-face meetings are always a key part of how we work with clients.

If this involves having to take a flight or two to meet with them, then that certainly presents no barrier for us.

It only requires a little flexibility on our part to accommodate a day or two travel out of the office, (and we always make sure to offset our carbon emissions).

Logistics are a big part of the equation for designing at a distance.

We like to seek out good relationships with builders, consultants and local councils at the locations where we will be working to make sure we have a sound appreciation of associated build costs, as well as local planning rules and regulations. Ideally, we also try to source local office space where we can meet with those involved in the project.

Sometimes we work not just with distant sites but also with ‘distant’ clients who live elsewhere in New Zealand or even overseas.

Having robust processes in place, including good communication plans, ensures design work can proceed smoothly, no matter where either site or client is located.


 

Must-see exhibition


Giant birds and ancient crocodiles are taking over Canterbury Museum these holidays in an exhibition that has to be seen to be believed.

 

Canterbury Museum curators Dr Paul Scofield and Dr Vanesa De Pietri with a life-size model of Mannering’s Penguin, a 1.2 metre penguin that lived around 62 million years ago.

 

Ancient New Zealand: Squawkzilla and the Giants is the result of more than 20 years of collaborative research by scientists working in Central Otago and North Canterbury, to uncover the animals that once roamed our land.

One of the most exciting discoveries was a metre-tall parrot Heracles Inexpectatus – nicknamed Squawkzilla by scientists – which lived in New Zealand about 20 million years ago.

The bones of Squawkzilla, and a life-size model, have been put together for the exhibition, so visitors can now come face-to-face with our past in never-before-seen detail.

Also on display are giant penguins that inhabited the oceans near what is now Waipara more than 60 million years ago. At a Central Otago site with fossils from around 20 million years ago, they uncovered many different types of birds that have never been seen in New Zealand before; bats that walked along the forest floor as well as crocodiles and turtles.

The exhibition runs from 13 December 2019 to 12 July 2020.

“It will be a summer blockbuster,” Museum Director Anthony Wright says.

“We think visitors will be blown away when they see the life-size models of the penguins, the parrot and the crocodile. While the exhibition will be entertaining, it’s grounded in science and we hope people will come away having learnt a little more about the ancient past of Aotearoa New Zealand.


 

Rocking the stone look


Using exquisite materials like Italian stone, marble and granite, talented craftsman Shane Boyd has become highly skilled at creating functional works of art for the home.

 

 

Specialising in benchtops, fireplaces, tables and feature pieces, Shane and his team of five staff are becoming known across the South Island for their stunning designs, quality finishes, and attention to detail.

While they’re Canterbury-based, recently they have been in high demand with projects keeping them busy in Queenstown and Wanaka.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, Shane has spent time in Australia and the UK where he has worked as a head mason at Buckingham Palace and the homes of celebrities.

With all this experience and know-how, the best part is, if you chose to work with the company, you’ll deal directly with Shane throughout the building and design process.

“Most of the work is handmade which results in a far better finish,” he says. “We work with marble, granite and European stone; most of it comes from Italy.”

For more information, visit info@shaneboydgranite.co.nz, phone 021 240 0124, or check out their Facebook page for up-to-date news and details.


 

Summer of discovery in Otautahi Christchurch


Our urban city centre is becoming a vibrant, interesting place. As you prepare for the summer break, architect Craig South, of Allfrey + South, recommends including Christchurch in your plans.

If you haven’t visited the central city for a while, I’d suggest making some time over summer to go and explore it. You’ll find a lot has changed for the better, with so many new buildings and developments up and running.

A good starting point is Tūranga, the city’s new main public library. Tūranga is the largest public library in the South Island, so there is plenty to see and do just in this building alone.

Our practice recently hosted one of our social forums on architecture (ArchiChat) there at Auaha Hīhī (Spark Place), a ground-floor meeting space.

This world-class facility is truly multi-purpose, serving not just as an information hub, but also as a fit-for-purpose centre of engagement and interaction.

Christchurch’s new waterfront is flourishing. The City Promenade – part of Te Papa Ōtakaro/Avon River Precinct – opened just over a year ago, running along Oxford Terrace.

If you do nothing else this summer, do take a stroll along this well-paved riverside walk that passes by the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, the Bridge of Remembrance, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre (scheduled to open in October 2020) and Victoria Square to the Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Along the way, you can stop and visit Christchurch’s hospitality hotspots at The Terrace or the bustling new Riverside Market development that boasts an indoor farmers market, linked with boutique shops, restaurants, cafés and bars.

The market’s lively mix of local growers and small traders makes this place a real stand-out. It’s on an intimate scale that people just love and it certainly makes a change from the suburban malls.

It’s exciting to see Christchurch evolving into an innovative, liveable city that includes these sorts of hubs or small communities of businesses offering something different to the big chain retail approach.

The Welder complex on Welles Street, with a health and wellbeing focus, is another great example of this.

You’ll also find a dash of character in the SALT district, home to some cool heritage buildings and alternative eateries such as Little High Eatery. The inner city is now generally well set-up for shopping, enlivened by Melbourne-style laneways.

Of course, the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum are other familiar drawcards, along with the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Not everything has happened as quickly as hoped in the city. Yet at least the end is in sight for some big projects, such as Te Pae and the new Metro Sports Facility (due to be finished in late 2021). Stabilisation work is soon to begin on Christ Church Cathedral and the council plans to put an investment case to Cabinet for Christchurch’s new stadium by Christmas.

There is much else to be excited about, such as the planned new Court Theatre in the city’s performing arts precinct. While we wait, there’s a nearby colony of black-billed gulls, tarāpuka, in the flooded foundations of the former PWC building site providing quite a show.

If you’re here over summer with family, I recommend adding it to your itinerary of things to see and do in Christchurch! www.allso.co.nz


 

A retail upgrade


Christchurch’s Priority Projects has now completed full earthquake strengthening to the buildings located at Walker Court, with the tenants remaining operational throughout the process.

 

The retail outlet, home to Burnsco and Paramount Pools, is located at 75 Blenheim Road and made up of four units, across single and double levels.

The Canterbury fit-out, design-build and project management company has upgraded the buildings to 100 percent of the NBS code, which includes substantial new structural steel, upgrade of accessible facilities, new roof and fire protection systems.

Project Manager Kim Lowry says this was a complex project, but everything was completed on time with the anchor tenants remaining operational throughout and efforts made to minimise the effect on their trading.

They are now seeking tenants for two lovely vacant units on the same site.

Priority Projects has undertaken some major concept-to-completion strengthening work since the Canterbury earthquakes, namely Go Bus & Flip Out headquarters at 230 Maces Road, Chester Street Apartments, Harcourts Division Street in Riccarton, and significant residential rebuilds for existing clients.

Since 2009, Director Steve Brownie and the team have been offering comprehensive project management of commercial fit-outs, design-builds, feasibility studies, earthquake repairs, rebuilds and new construction projects, that all stick to the core values of priority service, quality, value and results.

For more information, visit www.priorityprojects.co.nz.