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Let’s talk travel


We talk travel with House of Travel Ferrymead owners Mel Hubber and Kim Beswick, in the first of an ongoing column.

You are both working mums, tell us more about your families?
Kim: My partner Tony & I have a gorgeous three-year-old son, Theo, who seems to be in charge at our place as well as my partner’s 21-year-old son. It’s a busy, happy house.

Mel: I am a stepmum to a wonderful 18-year-old, Olivia who we have just helped relocate into the halls at Auckland University for her first year of a business degree. My husband and I have now found ourselves as empty-nesters.

Where was your most memorable holiday and why?
Kim: Such a hard question! Borneo was a wonderful holiday for us, amazing wildlife and scenery. Also, Theo’s first trip when he was a baby and we stayed in a villa in Provence.

Mel: Egypt because I had always dreamed of seeing the pyramids and the Sphinx since I was young. Plus I went there on my own (and joined a group trip) which was scary but exhilarating at the same time.

What destination is on your wish list for 2020?
Kim: This year we are planning to go to London, Barcelona and Dubai for the World Expo in October and a quick trip soon to Auckland to see Book of Mormon.

Mel: Tahiti is just such an idyllic destination quite close to home and no shopping temptations as I just can’t help myself.


 

Coming home…


Having just celebrated its first anniversary, the Nurse Maude Hospital has become home for those needing long-term residential, end of life, complex and respite hospital-level care.

Copyright Neil Macbeth

 

With its large established garden and streamside walk, the residents enjoy warm and secure surroundings, each with their own ensuite, large communal and smaller private lounges.

Nurse Maude’s nursing and medical team works alongside residents and their families to provide the very best individual clinical care with skill and compassion.

That care is based on the values that were established almost 125 years ago when Nurse Maude herself cared for some of the most vulnerable and frail in the Christchurch community.

Having a sense of purpose, fun, meaning, control and dignity are all key elements of the care.

Family and friends are a large part of that, with visits welcome at any time, including those from the family dog.

“This is, after all, the residents’ home and they deserve no less,” Nurse Maude General Manager of Marketing Sue Bramwell says.

Meeting the individual needs of residents, many with complex health needs, takes a responsive, skilled and flexible approach, and the total commitment of nursing staff and specially trained volunteers.

A sense of loneliness or social isolation can be a large part of getting older for some, so along with that nursing care, Nurse Maude makes sure residents get the time they need to be listened to and enjoy the company of others.

“It’s important for our residents, and their families, to be able to trust that we will look after and respect them and never forget they have had full and interesting lives before they came to live here,” Sue says.

“Meeting their desire to be as independent as possible, to continue to be involved and know that they matter is just as important as meeting their health needs.”

Residents at the Nurse Maude Hospital may be fully funded and there is no charge for those needing palliative care.

“We can also provide private and respite care,” Sue says. “And we can step you through the process for funding and admission.”

Situated in the heart of Merivale, and surrounded by shops and cafés, the Nurse Maude Hospital also has its own café where residents and their families can enjoy coffee and great food.

“If you’re thinking of long-term or respite care with us then the best place to start is to ring and ask for a tour of the hospital. From there you can discuss what options are best for you,” Sue adds.


 

Beauty Awaits


We’re all familiar with the idea that we don’t check out our own backyards, romanticising instead the unfamiliar, the great global journeys, the far flung countries, but right next door to Christchurch, our geographical neighbour offers everything you could possibly hope for in a destination.

 

 

Whether investing in a day trip or something a little more substantial, a journey around the beautiful Akaroa and Banks Peninsula will reward you with picturesque vistas at every turn, a thriving artisan culture and a marine environment teaming with wildlife. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the alluring French character of the Akaroa township – a seaside retreat just 90 minutes from the city.

Packed with charm, the nods to its history as a French settlement are everywhere, with pretty French-named streets, lined with historic cottages cloaked in roses. While away the hours browsing boutique shops and craft galleries, and stop for a pick-me-up of fine local food and wine at a café or restaurant overlooking the shimmering waters of Akaroa Harbour. Relaxation doesn’t get much better than this!

This charming township has all the makings for the perfect romantic getaway. Take your pick from a swath of luxurious accommodation options, enjoy a long lunch or lingering dinner at a cosy café or restaurant and stroll hand in hand through the town’s enchanting streets and shops.

So make sure you get a local’s take on what to see and do here. And factor in a few days to enjoy this charming peninsula getaway – it’s much more than a day trip destination, so start planning your weekend getaway today.

 


 

Silly Season Celebrations

Silly Season Celebrations


Ashburton has put on its Santa hat and is playing prestigious host to a wide range of events that capture the spirit of the silly season. We’ve curated a collection of our festive favourites, so whip out your social planner and mark some dates.

 

Silly Season Celebrations

 

Marvellous Markets
On Sunday 9 December from 10am to 3pm, the Marvellous Mayfield Christmas Market will be making its magical mark on Mayfield, at the Mayfield Memorial Hall, State Highway 72. A delightfully relaxing Christmas country market, close to 60 stalls will feature giftware from wooden crafts, antiques and collectables, through to fabric crafts, clothing and jewellery.

 


Christmas Carols
On Friday 14 December, all the songs of Christmas will be making themselves heard at the St Stephens Church, 64 Park Street from 12-1pm and then from 5-6pm. Tickets are available on the door for $5 before the Mid Canterbury Choir rocks your Christmas socks off.

 


An Extravagant Affair
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone, bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows & games on Sunday 30 December from 9am to 5pm at the Ashburton Domain.

 


ABBAsolutely fABBAulous
This may just be the best early Christmas present yet. Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town! Held on Saturday 8 December at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, it’s a full-scale theatrical production featuring more than two hours of live musical performances.

 


A Broadway Beauty
Just think of the brownie points on offer if a loved one was to open tickets to one of the world’s best loved musicals on Christmas Day? Performed around the world numerous times, Cats is coming to the Ashburton Trust Centre on Monday 15 April from 7:30pm to 10pm.

 


Ice Ice Baby
We may not get to experience a white Christmas in our little corner of the South Pacific, but ice skating in March is the next best thing, right? Held at Allenton School, 110 Harrison Street, Ashburton from the 18 to 24 March, this has to be one of the coolest events around
www.iceskatetour.co.nz

 


A Colourful Experience
Lake Hood, Huntington Park, Tinwald, Ashburton will be playing prestigious host to a colourful day – the third Get Coloured by CanInspire colour fun run. Make someone else’s Christmas by getting in behind this event, with proceeds helping CanInspire Charitable Trust continue its wonderful work in the Mid-Canterbury community. From Sunday 7 April from 10am to 12pm.

 


Ready set, let’s go!
If you’re wanting to stick to the resolutions that come into effect when the clocks tick over to the New Year, Arrowsmith Station, Hakatere Lake Heron Rd, Methven will be the place to be on Saturday 30 March from 7am to 4pm for a 42.2 km High Country Marathon. Just contact Simon 027 274 6573 or methvenrace@xtra.co.nz.

 



 

Wonderful Wigram

Wonderful Wigram


Wigram is an increasingly popular place to live, work and play. Peter Walker looks at the history of this happening place.

 

Wonderful Wigram

 

Ninety years ago, Wigram captured international news headlines when Charles Kingsford Smith landed the first successful trans-Tasman flight at Wigram Aerodrome on the morning of September 3, 1928. The flight from Sydney to Christchurch took more than 14 hours and thirty thousand people gathered to witness history being made. Named after English-born Christchurch businessman, Mayor and aviation enthusiast, Henry Wigram, the Aerodrome already had a substantial local history. ‘Sockburn Airport’, as it was previously known, served as a pilot training facility, sending pilots to the British Royal Flying Corps during WWI, helped establish regular mail services, and pioneered commercial aviation in the region.

 

Wonderful Wigram

In the late 1800s, the area was called Plumpton Park. It was a popular horse racing track and regular hare hunting venue. For centuries before that, the wider area was home to and hunting grounds for local Ngāi Tahu. After nearly a hundred years of operation, the airfield was closed to all aviation traffic, finally, in 2009. The full history is spectacularly displayed at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, situated on Harvard Avenue. In 1997 Ngāi Tahu Property purchased the site with a vision. According to a promotional video, “the vision was to create a new suburb. It had a scale to it where it needed a master plan, it needed more than just a residential subdivision, it needed a sense of community. So the vision was to produce that, with some social infrastructure including town centre, sports fields, education, all those things that make up a vibrant community.”

Wigram Skies is that vibrant community. It is a community rich in aviation history, reflected in its landmarks, buildings and street names – Kittyhawk, Corsair, Skyhawk and The Runway. Wide open boulevards give way to intimate neighbourhoods and cul-de-sacs tucked into vast green spaces which include walkways, playgrounds, public transport hubs and rest areas. At the centre of Wigram Skies is The Landing, “a shopping, dining and work destination”. This modern town square is home to office space, community services, and an array of retailers and eateries. From fast-food and cafés to gastropubs, breakfast specialists and ethnic delights, there is something for every culinary desire. With a supermarket, childcare facilities, a large, multi-disciplinary medical centre, retirement homes, and a veterinary service opening soon, Wigram Skies is an ideal living environment for all.

 

Wonderful Wigram

 

Wigram Primary School, Te Piki Kahu, will move to a new campus on The Runway in 2019. Wigram Skies is a diverse and inclusive community. Resident-led initiatives abound – walking groups, yoga sessions, a local newsletter, ESOL classes and language groups. The local Lions Club assists with regular fundraising projects. From the grand landscapes to the smallest details, such as the meaning of the raukura (feather) in the logo and the references to aviation throughout the community, it is obvious a lot of careful thought has gone into making Wigram a wonderful place to live.