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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.

Fun with power


THE MITSUBISHI 20MY OUTLANDER HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE DRIVES I’VE HAD THIS YEAR.

 

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) gave a range of 55km and the average person drive 32kn a day in Christchurch, according to Christchurch Mitsubishi Fleet Sales Manager David Boyce. The sunroof was great and the drive was fantastic.

So I was looking forward to moving into the ASX VRX. 2.4L in Sunshine Orange.

No sunroof but a moonroof option – most of the roof is glass! Priced at $34,990 with cool alloy pedals and 18-inch alloy rims, plus 125kW and 226 Nm, it gave me a wee thrill to drive.

It also has some cool little fender side guards, Apple Car Play with six speakers, and elegant leather seating.

Now this is the top model with the lesser versions, the LS and XLS, coming in with a bit less flash and grunt but overall its got a pretty great feel to it…. other than Sunshine Orange. I mean I know it’s a press model, but as someone said, you have to be brave to drive that colour.

There’s also LED lighting and an 8-inch touch screen which, coming in at that price, equates to a lot of bang for your buck.

The piano black and satin grille is nice, and I like the lighting set up. It’s a bit old fashioned with a manual handbrake but then again, I’m a bit old too.

Yes the Outlander 20MY PHEV may have stolen my heart for a fun, well-powered SUV in a hybrid model, but I’m not complaining about the ASX…. just the colour. It’s time to take it for a test drive!


 

Summer Hotspots


It’s official; summer has hit! We’ve checked out the coolest little spots to make the most of the summer sun.

1. Ben & Jerry’s
The brand spanking new scoop shop at Riverside Market offers plenty of euphoric flavours, from sunrise to sunset, that date back to their original 1978 classics.

There are even decadent dairy-free options!

But part of why this is the coolest place to hang out when exploring the CBD is the window seat that looks out across the river – it’s the ultimate for people watching.


2. Abberley Park
In the heart of St Albans, this park is so much more than a cool picnic spot; there’s a super fun pool for the kids, a children’s playground, mature trees (some dating back to the 1860s)… and even a scented garden!

The paddling pool is open from mid-November to 31 March every year.


3. Woodham Park
It’s the coolest picnic spot you’ve never heard of!

Tucked away rather inconspicuously along Woodham Road in Linwood, the park comprises of three major lawns, bordered by shrubs, a variety of specimen trees in the English park style, with a kids’ playground, paddling pool and aviaries of exotic birds!


4. Quail Island
Dust off the kayak and hit the road… destination: Lyttelton!

A day exploring Quail Island is a day well spent. It may be a former leprosy colony, but don’t let that sway you, there’s plenty of history and wildlife to discover.

The small beaches are great for picnics and swimming, and you can also make your way there with the Black Cat Cruises Quail Island Ferry or Lyttelton Kayaks.


5. Beach Bar
There’s nothing quite like dining al fresco in the summer and when it comes to deciding where to go, the sights of Sumner Beach make Beach Bar one of the hottest places to head for lunch – both figuratively and literally.


6. Unknown Chapter
You need a good breakfast to fire up the energy levels in summer, and the smell of freshly roasted coffee is enough to draw anyone into Unknown Chapter.

You know it’s good when it’s this busy!

The eggs benedict with hot smoked Akaroa Salmon is one of the hottest options on the comprehensive breakfast menu.


7. Washpen Falls

Just a one-hour drive from the city, nestled in the midst of a working sheep, cattle and deer farm, Washpen Falls offers breath-taking views of the Canterbury Plains.

There’s a small fee which includes a track guide and use of walking sticks, but mid-way through the loop track, you will stumble across the spectacular falls.

Don’t forget the camera!


 

Back to the Streets


 

It’s the hottest historic festival in the country and it’s about to get even hotter, with Nostalgia Festival’s line-up preparing to turn up the heat in February.

 

 

Cassels & Sons Nostalgia will showcase an eclectic mix of artists across three stages, featuring acts from around New Zealand and beyond.

Leading the largest line-up yet is multi award-winning and globally celebrated singer, writer and producer Ladyhawke, who will be joined by

  • Lord Echo
  • Troy Kingi
  • Holly Arrowsmith
  • Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders
  • Tiny Ruins
  • Marlin’s Dreaming
  • Mermaidens
  • Mousey
  • Archer & Flora Knight
  • Skyscraper Stan
  • Ever Lovin’ Jug Band
  • Beacon Bloom
  • Eyes Down Sound
  • Pikachunes
  • Hauswerk
  • MUDD

    – with more acts still to be announced.

 

“The range of acts for the 2020 festival is unprecedented, from the modern soulful roots of Troy Kingi and the Latin disco, African soul and techno vibes of Lord Echo (performing as a six-piece) to treasured artists like Tiny Ruins and Holly Arrowsmith,” festival founder Johnny Gibson says.

The daytime event, nestled at the base of the Port Hills in Heathcote, is unlike any other in New Zealand with its focus on providing a family-friendly atmosphere and exceptional offerings of great food, drinks and craft beer from festival partner Cassels & Sons, with a focus on sustainability.

“For the first time we’re moving into the some of the Heritage Park buildings, bringing them to life with two pop-up restaurants, a bakery and a new performance space,” Johnny says.

“This is all part of continuing to create new offerings and unique experiences for festival-goers.”

www.nostalgiafestival.co.nz

 


 

Summer’s getting hot!


It’s summertime and the living is easy, so we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for what to do in the Garden City.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Let’s all celebrate and see in the New Year at Christchurch’s biggest NYE party, with The Edge’s New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday 31 December, 6pm to 12am in North Hagley Park.

The Court Jesters will start the night off with interactive fun for the whole family and a kid’s countdown at 8pm. Plus DJ Spinal will be mixing and bringing the crowd favourites throughout the evening.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a huge fireworks display, brought to you by Fireworks Professionals. There will be some of the hottest homegrown talent on-hand to rock the night away.

To check out the artists, visit www.theedge.co.nz

 


 

 

LAZY SUNDAYS
12 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY

Deep South Lazy Sundays have offered us a great way to enjoy the Garden City and this year’s line-up is no different, from 12 January to 16 February, 3:30pm to 5pm.

Put summer into your Sundays by bringing a picnic and your blanket and spending the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good food, music and friends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy what makes Christchurch so special.

Deep South Lazy Sundays venues:

Rauora Park:
Sunday 12 January

Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens:
19 Jan – 16 Feb

 


 

 

INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL
BOXING DAY – 16 FEBRUARY 

Interislander Summer Festival promises a fun-filled day out for a group of friends or the whole family. Watch the horses gallop and dash around some of New Zealand’s most spectacular racecourses, with 30 events running across the country.

Enjoy the classic Kiwi summer’s day out with plenty of action on-track and off. Racegoers will experience all day long entertainment while excitedly cheering on their favourite racehorse or relaxing in the sun with a picnic.

The day will be filled with activities galore, including the More FM Kids Go Racing Area, tug of war and sack races for the children.

Live music will create an upbeat atmosphere between races, and local food will be onsite to tease the taste buds.

To book tickets visit, www.summerfestival.nz

 


 

Orange chairs & big hearts


There was a time when we were able to tell ourselves that homelessness happened everywhere else in the world but here. But that was yesterday.

 

 

Today, in 2019, there are 41,000 people experiencing homelessness in New Zealand. It’s a staggering statistic, but that tally is being challenged and dealt to on a daily basis with the help of an orange van equipped with showers, washing machines, six orange chairs and amazing people with big hearts – people like Eddie Uini of the New Zealand operation, Orange Sky.

A former social worker, Eddie previously helped South Auckland’s homeless wash their clothes by partnering with a laundromat in Manurewa. He managed to fundraise almost $50,000 personally for this project, before joining Orange Sky as their sole New Zealand employee and operator, committed to delivering “the best laundry service New Zealand has ever seen”.

The three-pronged service provides a safe place to access showers, a clean change of clothes and genuine conversations. “The first things out of our van are six orange chairs for people to sit and talk. Awesome friendships have been forged on those chairs,” Eddie says.

Orange Sky was founded in Australia in 2014 by two 20-year-old friends, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, who installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van and visited parks around Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free; they saw it not only as a way to improve hygiene standards, but as a way to restore dignity to people doing it tough.

 

 

The rising number of homeless people in New Zealand prompted Australia to reach out to their friends across the Tasman and, in October 2018, the New Zealand branch of Orange Sky was launched in Auckland. With a team of 1,600 volunteers and a fleet of 28 vans containing mobile showers and laundry facilities, they help wash more than eight tonnes of laundry per week – for free. To date, they’ve now washed over 4,700 kilograms of washing, provided 1,686 showers, and had around 2,500 hours of non-judgemental conversation with the homeless of Auckland in 13 locations.

Eddie says a huge reality check for him was the day he found himself washing the clothes of a guy who was in his class at school. “Things can go badly wrong for people for any number of reasons. It made me realise you can’t take anything for granted.”

Wellington is next in the sights of Orange Sky, and Eddie recently met with our Christchurch City Mission and heard some heartbreaking statistics. He says that ideally, and depending on fund-raising efforts, he hopes to see Orange Sky operating in Christchurch soon. “Kiwis have big hearts and are known for their generosity and supporting their community. We would love for people to continue to support Orange Sky’s mission through simple things like sharing our stories, donating and, most importantly, participating in genuine and non-judgmental conversations with our friends on the street.”

Visit www.orangesky.org.nz.

 


 

Hot Business Property


Christchurch is embracing the burgeoning international trend of co-working, with savvy businesses snapping up shared spaces throughout the city.

 

 

Businesses both big and small are taking up the clever co-working concept, which can prove to be a more simple, cost-effective and flexible way of operating.

 

1. Evil Genius Bar & Lair
Unit B, 1091 Ferry Road, Ferrymead
Situated on the estuary, this coworking lair is said to inspire creativity, productivity and collaboration. There is no slouching with an outrageous selection of ergonomic office furniture, plenty of parking, endless wifi, free printing and scanning as well as wickedly cool breakout spaces.


2. Regus
6 Hazeldean Road, Addington and Awly Building, 287-293 Durham Street, Christchurch Central
Rent an office, desk space or meeting room for an hour, day, month or years, or establish a business presence with a virtual address – it’s all here to rent between these two innovative spaces.


3. Christchurch Community House
301 Tuam Street, Christchurch Central
So much more than just a shared space, Christchurch Community House Trust is a group of non-profit organisations committed to making a difference through modelling a strong, connected community, with ‘hot desking’ for community groups, and a range of tenancy options and bookable rooms.


4. C-Lab
270 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
C-lab is Christchurch’s co-working space for start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Here you’ll find desks and meeting rooms in the vibrant Boxed Quarter laneways. The roof-top balcony is an added bonus.


5. GreenHouse
146 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Central
An innovation hub for start-ups, scale-ups and small businesses with 40 desks, meeting rooms and an open event space for up to 100, offering tailored support, programmes and events.


6. Awesome HQ
192 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Provided by the Ministry of Awesome, this co-working space is designed to support start-ups, freelancers, small businesses and individuals.


7. The Collect
Suite 1, Level 1, 185 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central
Offering desks and meeting rooms, its founders wanted to create a home for freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs to ‘create a diverse community where our workspace continually inspires us’. Not just any ordinary shared workspace, The Collect has been painstakingly curated to achieve an inspiring place to work and collaborate.


8. BizDojo
4 Ash Street, Christchurch Central
There are 150 desks, three meeting rooms and an open event space. Marketed as ‘more than just a desk’, insightful people and programmes are on hand to help businesses grow.


9. community101
111 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central
A free co-working space at BNZ in the CBD offering flexible hot-desks and meeting rooms, available for anyone during business hours.


 

Paragon Computers

Handing over the reins: Paragon Computers


“It was hard to let go of a business that I set up and nurtured over twenty-five years.”

 

Paragon Computers

 

Graeme Walcott speaks from the heart. He founded Paragon Computers in the mid-1990s and built it up from a one-man enterprise to become a trusted IT support company specialising in looking after the IT requirements of customers across a wide range of industries. Graeme has now decided it is time for him to retire and to leave the company’s future growth in the hands of his partner of ten years – Riki Browning.

Graeme will be filling his future days, not with internet systems, VoIP services and Cloud Migration, but also with family, golf, travelling and spending time at his holiday home on the West Coast.  “I began my own computing company at just the right time. It was when IBM PC compatible computers were becoming affordable and available to small businesses. I had completed a computer programming course while working in the UK – back in the days of huge mainframes and punch cards being fed into the machines. That was all to change dramatically with the introduction of the PC.”

At first, Graeme’s focus with Paragon Computers was on building home and business computer systems and selling PCs – the 286, the 386 and the 486 – very familiar numbers to people who developed their computers skills on those early Intel processors.  “Over the years we have supplied most Canterbury high schools with computers. At one stage we supplied an order for 140 PCs from Cashmere High School and Burnside High was another major client, but businesses are our main market.”

Competition soon became fierce in the PC market, with large appliance stores being able to supply cut cost computers. That challenged Graeme to expand and evolve the services offered by Paragon into IT support which is the emphasis of the company today.  “We now have a team of eight highly trained technicians who can provide a tailor-made solution that’s exactly right for a business. Our people have accounted for our success in still being around after twenty-five years and over that time we have fostered great working relationships with our customers. I am very proud of what we have achieved in such a challenging and competitive industry. Other companies that started out simply selling computers and then didn’t diversify have disappeared. We are still here.”

Riki Browning, now the sole owner of Paragon Computers, says the company is in good shape thanks very much to Graeme’s innovative approach and committed customer service. “We have some very loyal customers and I intend to both cement Graeme’s legacy and further develop the company. I am sure Graeme will always be interested in what we do. After all it was his baby in the beginning.”

 


 

School of Physiotherapy Clinics

Physio in City’s heart: School of Physiotherapy Clinics


The Garden City is scientifically expanding. The School of Physiotherapy Clinics Christchurch celebrated the opening of its brand new premises at 32 Oxford Terrace. In attendance were leading Otago professors, top performing students and passionate practitioners from the community who all gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Otago University’s latest expansion.

 

School of Physiotherapy Clinics

 

The clinic provides a wide range of physiotherapy services to the public. This brand new location will enlist advanced practitioners and senior students from the Otago University School of Physiotherapy working together to offer you cost-effective and professional treatment in the literal and figurative heart of the city.

Patients not only benefit from excellent facilities, exceptional value and free parking, but also help prepare a new generation of capable young clinicians for their future work in physiotherapy.  Sharon Kearney, NetballSmart Programme Manager and former physio to the Silver Ferns, says the main goal of physio is to improve performance and minimise injury, with injury prevention strategies designed to empower encourage coaches to use resources such as workshops to better understand the ‘why’.

“If they understand this and we work collectively, we are sure to see decreased injuries and an increase in performance over all sports,” Kearney says. The school itself offers a wide range of physio services. All clinic staff have postgraduate qualifications, extensive experience and work together to provide acupuncture, general physiotherapy, older persons’ health and rehabilitation.

 


For more information visit www.otago.ac.nz/physio-clinic/christchurch or phone the clinic 03 332 2627. Both private and ACC clients are welcomed.