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The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

What a wonderful few weeks it has been in Christchurch. We’ve hosted royalty and we’ve revelled in the Canterbury Anniversary events that bring the region together each year. In my mind, there is no better place to be in the spring than Christchurch.


Christchurch Mayor

It was an honour to welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Christchurch. I was delighted to host them on a walkabout in Cathedral Square where many people turned out to greet them.

During their visit to Christchurch they got to see Tūranga and the Riverside Market – two attractions which have breathed new life into our central city and helped make it  vibrant place where people want to be.

The vibrancy of Christchurch was also on show at the New Zealand Cup meetings at Addington and Riccarton raceways and at the New Zealand Agricultural Show.

I was thrilled to be able to present the winner’s trophy at Addington to the connections of Cruz Bromac. But the real highlight for me was standing alongside Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett, whose horse Dee And Gee won the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Riccarton. I had the honour of presenting them with the Trainer’s trophy.

Four years ago, Terrill was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and given just four and a half months to live. Through sheer determination, support from Peter, and her passion for their horses, she has battled on and defied the odds.

Their story was an inspirational note to end Cup and Show Week festivities on.




Master of Millinery

Fresh from the races and heading into the summer season, award-winning Christchurch designer Susi Meares, of Seventh and Figg, won best young designer at Riccarton Park Races this year and her avant-garde creations made the front page of The Press.


With the races done and dusted, we caught up with the busy mother and entrepreneur to chat all about the hat.



How long have you been a milliner?
I started professionally seven years ago but I have always been a lover of hats and I made my first hat for myself many years ago. I think a hat/headpiece completes an outfit just like the icing on a cake.

What does Seventh and Figg mean?
The name came from my travels as a young girl in New York. I was standing there wide-eyed and looked up to see a sign that read ‘Corner of Seventh and Figg Street’ and never forgot it.

What inspires your creations?
Anything from the materials I source to a beautiful fabric or amazing flowers. I often look at milliner Philip Treacy who has changed the perception of what a hat should look like and given me the confidence to know that any creation is never too much.

How did you feel that morning after the Addington Races and saw yourself on the front page of the paper?
For both Michael Stanton (pictured with Susi on the cover) and I, it was a huge thrill and wonderful achievement. Michael and I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional fashion and the response was extremely positive. People love to see something different which is what keeps fashion alive and new.

Do you have a few favourite pieces from over the years?
It is so hard to choose a favourite as I still love pieces from today and many years ago. I am currently using an all-natural material called jinsin that forms artistic lines that I am loving at the moment. The wonderful thing about most of my hats is they never date – they’re timeless.

What does 2020 have in store for Seventh and Figg?
2020 for Seventh and Figg will be full of some great opportunities. I will be featuring in a book about creative women in New Zealand. I will continue to work with WORLD, making this my third year with the brand; Francis Hooper has some amazing ideas. I also have clients already making contact for race day 2020!

What do you offer your clients that keeps them coming back?
I am very fortunate to have the most gorgeous clients. Some have been coming to have hats made with me for many years and once you know your client well enough, you know exactly what their style is and what sort of hat they would like. It’s my responsibility as the milliner to make sure the hat is just perfect for the client’s personality and outfit.

What hat tricks can you give our readers to be confident and comfortable when wearing a hat?
I think the trick to wearing a hat is that there is a hat for everyone; it just has to be the exact hat for them; something that they, as the wearer, are confident in and which also brings out their personality, whether it’s avant-garde or classic. If you think you are not a hat wearer, then my advice is to start small and grow from there. Also wearing the right hat can grow your confidence enormously. You can have so much fun wearing an amazing hat!



A very fine fete: Geraldine Summer Fete

This year marks the 10th birthday of Canterbury’s finest fête. Begin Cup Week celebrations early with a relaxing day out at the Geraldine Summer Fête.



On Thursday 7 November from 9:30am-4pm, 200 stalls will showcase amazing products and gifts – from gorgeous jewellery to handmade furniture and delicious food – even Pimms!

Dress up in summer fashion and make a day of it with friends or for a Christmas function. Live music will serenade among the glorious park-like surroundings at Stover Farm on Geraldine’s Main North Road.

At the fête, find the perfect Cup Day accessories from Talbot Silver – beautiful, unique pieces of sterling silver will finish a Cup Day outfit with finesse, and Beyond the Faerie Tree will entertain the children with delight. This promises to be the greatest day out!

Tickets are $20pp (under 15 free), purchase on the day or through Eventfinda. To be in to win tickets, visit




Getting a fabulous fit: Blackwell’s Department Store

The perfect foundation will set off every Cup Day and special occasion outfit. When investing in fabulously fitting lingerie, the results will be a flawless shape.





Blackwells’ lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says, “it’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit”.

Lynn works closely with every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup. “We can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to complement your outfit.

It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.”

Blackwell’s has an outstanding variety of lingerie brands, including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi collections, designed specifically for fuller busts. Blackwell’s also offers a selection of leather dress shoes, ties, hats, women’s fashion and gorgeous jewellery, to complete a winning Cup Day ensemble.




Sanitation sorted: Dakins Group

Husband and wife team Diane Dakin and Jay Ritchie of the Dakins Group are proud and passionate of their reputation for providing portable toilet and bathroom facilities for more 60 years.




The family-run business covers all kinds of events in Canterbury and beyond. “The largest events we provide portable sanitation for are the Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show and of course, Christchurch’s famous Cup Week events – the races and the A&P Show,” Diane says.


The Dakins Group offers everything from single unit port-a-loos to luxury facilities, and also has the South Island’s largest selection of 20-foot and 40-foot portable toilet and bathroom blocks.

For events of some significance in size and crowd numbers, the Dakins Group brings its expertise in the necessary planning, implementation and staffing experience to provide safe, secure and hygienic sanitation.




Adorn it with flowers: Ilam Florist

Renowned for their flowers and quality service, Ilam Florist brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise to customers in Christchurch and beyond.



They have a beautiful and wide selection of flowers for all occasions, be it births, weddings, bereavements, corporate events, anniversaries, flowers of congratulations, or even just to treat yourself to gorgeous flowers for your home.

With Cup Day just around the corner, a lady never looks lovelier than with pretty, sweet-scented flowers adorning her hat or fascinator; and a gentleman’s suit should never be seen without a flower at the buttonhole. Take your thoughts along to the lovely team at Ilam Florist and see what magic they can weave!

Be inspired by their stunning website and take advantage of their same-day flower delivery by ordering before 2pm.

Find Ilam Florist at 203 Waimari Road, phone 03 358 5396 or 021 262 9980. Email, visit or Facebook,




Kick off the Cup action: Savoire Cafe

If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale’s popular Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus experience.



The occasion has become an important event on the calendar for the local eatery, situated on the edge of Merivale Mall.

From 9am on 12 November, a set menu will offer delectable options, such as the Savoire Café Cooked Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Corn Fritter Stack, Hot Cakes with Bacon, Banana and Maple Syrup, and a Fruit Platter. The $40 per person price includes a flute of bubbles, with staff and guests encouraged to dress to the nines.

Following breakfast, a bus will pick participants up from the café and transport them to the races at Addington, in time for the first race.

So, gather some friends and make your booking for the event today by contacting Savoire Café of Merivale on 03 355 5645. Bookings essential.




Breakfast of kings: Universo

Breakfast is of course the most important meal of the day on Canterbury’s most highly anticipated race day of the year, and beautiful Universo will set you up in style.



Tuesday 12 November launches the Christmas and summer social season and we must start as we mean to go on!

A glass of French champagne, a free transfer by bus to Addington Raceway and breakfast à la carte, or canapé-style while you mix and mingle with your squad in the bar area or al fresco, is yours for just $50 per person at Universo from 9am.

You will be transported from Universo just after 11am, arriving in plenty of time for the first race – the perfectly stylish, delicious and hassle-free start to a glorious day of fashion and racing. Reservations are essential – so phone Universo on 03 379 5214 to reserve your place.




Showcasing race fashions: Kjole Style

Race day – Melbourne Cup Day; New Zealand Cup Day. So very exciting, but what to wear?




The panic; the anxiety. Relax – Kjole Style in Hanmer Springs has it all in hand. At their Melbourne Cup Day event in the village they will showcase race day outfits, especially a favourite label of theirs – Soaked in Luxury.

To wear this international label is to be on trend, feminine, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Yet it’s also affordable with many great easy-to-wear styles in different colours and fabrics featuring creative detailing. Soaked in Luxury is all about being individual, about being yourself and achieving that by creating your own personal style.

See the range and other up-to-the-minute Danish labels at Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cafe on 5 November. Come along at 4pm for the running of the Melbourne Cup itself followed by a three-course meal and fashion show by Kjole Style.




Race Day Round Up

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for. From horseracing and entertainment through to fashion and food (not to mention bubbles!), Christchurch’s most iconic event on the sporting and social calendar is creeping closer. Here’s a curated collection of some of the hottest happenings to help you celebrate Cup Week in style.




Bubbly Breakfast
The Tannery, 12 November, 9-11am
The Tannery’s Atrium will be transformed into a Cup & Show breakfast celebration, with shared-style breakfast – think croissants, danishes, fruit salads, granola, spiced sausages and more, alongside bubbles, beer, mimosas and juices!

The Crossing’s Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition
The Edge Public Village, Addington Raceway, 12 November
If you’re a fashionista looking to become Christchurch’s fashion icon of the year, this is for you! Entries are now open for both Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man, so fill out a form and purchase a gate entry ticket – head to

NZ Trotting Cup Day After Party
Louis, 123 Victoria Street, 12 November, 5pm-1am
After a fun-filled day of fashion, food, bubbles and racing, you’ll need something to keep you partying the night away… Head along to Louis for an after party like no other, complete with live music, magnums of Mumm (at the standard bottle price) and fabulous food!

Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus
Savoire Café of Merivale, Merivale Mall, 12 November, from 9am
If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale with a delectable set menu? Bookings required.

Cup Day Breakfast and Bus
No.4 Bar, 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale, 12 November
No.4’s legendary Cup Day Breakfast and Bus sets the day up nicely. Not only does the bus get you there in style, it brings you back in plenty of time to continue the celebrations into the evening, with a lot happening back at No.4 all week for those staying behind as well.

Show Day Races
Addington Raceway, 15 November, 10:30am-7pm
Check out all the racing action at the Show Day Races, a fun day out for the whole family! Hang out on the Lindauer Lawn and enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks and a free kids’ entertainment zone (with a petting zoo!)

The New Zealand Agricultural Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park, 13-15 November, 8am-5:30pm
The New Zealand Agricultural Show returns for 2019, complete with fairground rides, demonstrations, competitions, live entertainment, the iconic Hazletts Farmyard, woodchopping, gumboot throwing and all things food and retail.