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Time to end domestic violence

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of reported violence against women in the world – yet accordingly to the Ministry of Social Development, 76 percent of family violence incidents are not reported to police.



As part of Zonta International’s campaign to stop violence against women and girls, the Zonta Club of Christchurch South recently held a fundraising breakfast at the Elms Hotel, supported by more than 100 people.

The keynote speaker was Jan Logie, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Justice (domestic and sexual violence issues).

Jan has worked for a number of social causes, including Women’s Refuge before entering parliament in 2011.

She also has a proud history as a volunteer – for Youthline, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line, Wellington Rape Crisis Board and others.

In parliament she has been a champion for people and families affected by domestic and sexual violence.

She initiated a select committee inquiry into funding for specialist sexual abuse and social services, and her Workplace Protection Bill is designed to protect victims and reduce the significant economic impact of domestic violence.

“We are committed to changing society, but it’s going to take all of us,” she says.

Powerfully, a true survivor in every sense of the word then took to the stage.

Sharon Kerr is a Peer Support Specialist for Aviva – an organisation committed to making New Zealand violence-free through supporting social and personal change.

“What that means is I bring lived experience of overcoming family violence to my job,” Sharon says.

Change is coming and it’s happening through the powerful determination of individuals and organisations like these.


Female entrepreneur event kicks off

A number of New Zealand’s leading lights in the purpose-driven entrepreneurial space are coming together to offer Kiwi women thought provoking, possibly life-changing, action packed events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.



The March events are guaranteed to inspire, engage, connect and help participants better understand their true purpose and how important this is, not only for everyday living, but specifically for entrepreneurship.

With ‘purpose’ listed by the New Zealand Institute of Directors as the second most important issue for directors in 2020, international businesswoman and founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Catherine van der Meulen was inspired to run the event series for current and would-be Kiwi entrepreneurs.

She had met many during her business travels since moving to New Zealand from Sydney last year.

Each event is jam-packed with keynote speakers, networking opportunities, hands-on sessions, including a passion with purpose workshop, networking connector session and a range of inspiring speakers from Kiwi female entrepreneurs walking the talk.

“There are more Kiwi women in New Zealand than ever before launching their own businesses and this event series will champion these women, offering advice, training and coaching to help them reach the next level,” explains specialist trainer and coach, and B Corp Ambassador for New Zealand, Tim Jones from ‘Grow Good’.

“The Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose events will also inspire and support women who need help taking their first steps to turn a business dream into a reality.”

The Christchurch event is being held Wednesday, 11 March at the PwC Centre, Level 4, 60 Cashel Street from 9am-1pm.

Tickets cost $150, plus booking fee, with $50 from the sale of each ticket going to the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand to support the Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific.


Get your running fix


Hanmer Springs is the go-to hub for all things sports – so what are you waiting for? Slip on your running shoes and prepare to get your sweat on with one of these upcoming sporting events.

  1. The Hanmer 4 & 8 Hour Mountain Bike Races
    Saturday 21 March 2020
    Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
    Rally your mates for a race or ride solo through the picturesque Hanmer Springs Forest and surrounding rolling hills with the Hanmer 4 & 8 hour Mountain Bike Races. Prepare to get muddy! Register yourself or your team now.
  2. Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon
    Saturday 2 May 2020
    Hanmer Springs Domain
    Join the Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon in celebrating 40 years! Starting at the Hanmer Springs Domain, the race will take you through the scenic Hanmer Springs Forest and finish up at the race village for a party!
  3. The Old Forest Hanmer 100
    Friday 15 May 2020
    Woodland Walk Recreation Reserve
    Want to try off-road trails for the first time? Or want to challenge yourself to a 100km run? The Old Forest Hanmer 100 is for you! Choose from 21km, 50km, 50 mile (80km), 100km or 100 mile (160km) distances – all set on a 10km figure-eight loop within the historic section of the Hanmer Springs Forest. Entries close 6 May.


The Great Gatsby Party 2020

Pull out your headbands and dust off your flapper dress because the exclusive Great Gatsby Party is back and better than ever. Whether you’re a glamour goddess like Daisy Buchanan, a people watcher like Nick Carraway or even if you just thrive off parties like Jay Gatsby, live out your Great Gatsby fantasy at Kong Bar Christchurch.



This popular 1920’s inspired event was a hit with esteemed guests last year, getting nothing but rave reviews.

But why listen to reviews when you can experience it first-hand?

Is there really a better way to spend your Saturdays than with flaming cocktails, glamourous guests and dancing the night away to the sound of toe-tapping tunes?

Dress to impress and be the envy of all your friends in your Gatsby get-up – gather your friends, pop the champagne, and enjoy delicious food and a fabulous night like no other!

Date: Saturday 22 February
Location: Kong Bar
Time: 5pm till late

Limited tickets are available. For more information, contact Anna on 03 281 8999 or email

Sponsored by


What’s happening North Canterbury?


Waitangi Day in the Waimakariri
Make a beeline to Rangiora for a full day of affordable fun with the family, which promises action aplenty this Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February.

All things inflatable in a kaleidoscope of colour will be bouncing about at Victoria Park in Percival Street, Rangiora, on 6 February.

Jump for joy among the obstacle courses, paddle boats, water walkers, bouncy houses and castles, carnival games, cliff jumps, slides, mini golf and more.

Refreshments after all that action will be on-hand at Food Truck Alley and Mr Whippy – and some special guests will surprise the crowd.

Tickets are $15 per child for a wristband which will give access to all the crazy, amazing activities for up to five hours.

Adults will only have to pay if they join in and play! Presented by Fun HQ and friends.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite or phone 021 191 0103 for information.

Interislander Summer Festival Rangiora Harness Races
This Waitangi Day it’s Rangiora’s turn to saddle up for race day.

It is tipped to be a relaxed family day out at Rangiora Raceway in Lehmans Road, starting at 10:00am.

The setting is an unsurpassed casual country atmosphere, with fantastic live music and fun entertainment for the kids, in between the nail-biting racing action.

Feast from the food stalls or unwind in the sunshine with a picnic on the lawn.

To book a range of packages for groups and other options visit for more information.

Outstanding Oxford
Celebrate the new decade in the charming town of Oxford with its word-class backdrop of the Southern Alps.

Only 40 minutes from Christchurch – it’s a relaxing summer’s day drive to a special spot of North Canterbury countryside.

With its museum, divine cafés and unique boutique shops, Oxford just gets more enchanting by the year – and staying overnight is even quite tempting.

Oxford Farmers’ Market
The Oxford Farmers’ Market is a country farmers’ market where the stallholder is very likely to be the grower and producer.

Main Street in Oxford, from 9am to 12 noon, transforms with the sights, tastes, textures and smells of artisan and locally grown produce.

There is an appetising range of meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, flowers, preserves and sauces more than 15 stalls.

Don’t forget to grab brunch and a coffee while you’re there! The market is burgeoning, so the increasing diversity of local artisan craftspeople makes it a must to discover, while supporting local businesses.

Visit the Oxford Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings, all year round, come rain, hail or shine.

Arts in Oxford
Catch the last few days of Oxford Art Gallery’s biggest exhibition, running until Saturday 26 January. Over 20 artists’ work are showcased, with local artist Amy Hoedemaker among the talent.

The gift shop is full of original handcrafted artwork such as pottery, jewellery, cards and books.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 2pm and Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Phone 03 312 1639 or email


Designing beautiful spaces

To celebrate their new Christchurch studio, Ignite Architects hosted clients and industry partners at their innovative Sudima Laneway home.


At the event, Ignite commissioned local artist Mario Luz to create a live art work for a charity auction, with proceeds going to the Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury.

The studio is part of a mixed-use project designed by Ignite, with the stunning new 5-Star Sudima Hotel complementing the commercial and hospitality spaces.

During the opening, Ignite Managing Director Jeremy Whelan told guests, “We’re very proud of our contributions to the urban design fabric of Christchurch and the ongoing development of the South Island region. This year, we’ve invested further by opening our Queenstown studio.”

The team in the South Island continues to grow and the diversity of their experience and strong team culture allows them to take an integrated, holistic design approach to projects of varying scale and complexity, both local and international.

“Our point of difference is a rigorous design process that marries creativity with functionality. We pride ourselves in our ability to work empathetically and collaboratively with all stakeholders,” Ignite Director Grant Armstrong says.

“And we’re very happy to share this milestone with our community here in Christchurch.”











Canterbury Home Show Celebrates 40 Years

It’s hard to believe that the Canterbury Home Show will celebrate its 40th birthday this month.




As the oldest and longest running Cantabrian Home Show, the team will once again produce an event delivering on inspiration and innovation.

The Canterbury Home Show remains a premier destination for homeowners and leading businesses – the strong demand has been creating a loyal following for decades.

Three main reasons for visiting the Canterbury Home Show are exclusives and new releases, meeting and talking with experts, and inspiration and innovation.




Exclusives and new releases
Businesses often use Canterbury Home Show to give attendees a peek at new or future product ranges, or a chance to grab an exclusive product or item from a limited range. This is why an expected 10,000 people will visit the three-day event – to hunt for exclusives and take advantage of show specials!


Meeting and talking to experts
Having access to expert advice from over 150 leading experts and suppliers in one location is a rare opportunity.

“Meeting with these experts in person means they can pass along top tips and advice that would be hard to come by otherwise,” Marketing Director Jenny Murfitt says.

“Bring your ideas, plans and photos along with you to get your project off to a great start!”

As part of the free seminars, sponsored by Resene, experts on home renovation and interior design will speak throughout the day on subjects such as landscaping, kitchen renovation, new innovations and technology – bringing homes into the future.


Ideas and inspiration abound
“When you want to tackle a home project, but have no idea where to start, it can be daunting. With everything under one roof you can see a range of products, styles and items to suit most tastes and budgets,” Jenny says.

“Decorating and furnishing are made simpler with insights on the latest colour palettes, trending styles and furnishings, for the home comfort and design you dream of.

“The saying ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ is never more true than at the Home Show. It offers the latest in home technology solutions to solve problems you might not know you have – making life easier, more fun, or just looking and functioning better.”


Bonus reason #4: Prizes and other goodies
Heading to the Canterbury Home Show means leaving with more than you came with – whether it’s free samples or products, special show-only deals, goodie bags packed with information and surprises, or even a prize!

“If you’re currently renovating or building, love a good home project, or just dreaming about home improvements, it’s a fun day out for everyone including families, come rain or shine.

“You’ll leave with a huge smile on your face and something extra for you or your home. Be part of the birthday celebrations and come see the thousands of new products and ideas to renovate your house, both inside and out.”





Canterbury Home Show at is on at Horncastle Arena, Addington on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October, from 10am to 5pm daily. Adults $6 online ($8 on the door), seniors $6, and children under 18 are free. See for exhibitor directory, timetables, ticket sales.

We have two double passes to give away. Check out the Metropol Facebook page to find out more.




Where the action’s at: Ashburton Boulevard Day

More than 40 years ago, an enthusiastic member of the Ashburton business community – Russell Anstiss – started the now-iconic Ashburton Boulevard Day as a way of promoting the rural town and its CBD.

Today, the event hosts over 120 fantastic stalls with an amazing range of shopping delights, say local business owners with a wild enthusiasm for the town, Sue Cooper and Bob McDonald, who run the event.

From plants, crafts, food and entertainment to clothing, jewellery and skincare, a wide range of local businesses from both the CBD and smaller boutiques attend the event; as well as charity and service groups who are passionate about giving back to the community.

The event is so popular that many stallholders attend from throughout the country. Rain, hail, wind and snow have never stopped it from happening, with between 10-15,000 visitors every year.

Ashburton Boulevard Day is on 23 September, East Street from Havelock to Moore Streets, from 9am-3:30pm.



Canterbury Women Unite

The poignant words of Martin Luther King Jr who once said, “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” could have been purpose-written for the 15 March attack.


Uniting Canterbury Women event organisers: (Back) Zahra Hussaini, Rebecca Parnham and Naeema Masud, with Vaea Coe from All Right (Front) Amber Johnson, Hafsa Ahmed and Jo Bailey.


Six Canterbury women of diverse backgrounds and cultures have come up with a plan to continue the feelings of goodwill and connection which arose out of the tragic event. For the last two months they have been organising an event called Uniting Canterbury Women, which is taking place in the beautiful Centennial Chapel at St Andrew’s College on Wednesday 10 July from 7-9:30pm.

Christchurch writer and author Jo Bailey who conceived the idea, hopes it will help to forge new understanding and relationships. “We are very excited about how the event is coming together and are grateful to all of the women who have contributed their time and energy in so many different ways to make it happen. It will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our community and spread a message of peace, love and compassion.”

The event is being MC’d by Ali Jones and will include a waiata and welcome, with guest speakers including MP Dr Megan Woods, Ngāi Tahu board member Jo McLean and widow Ambereen Rashid, along with the powerful stories of four migrant women.

Women of all races, cultures, religions and backgrounds from across Canterbury are invited to this free event and every woman in attendance will receive a gift bag with some beautiful treats generously sponsored by Brigit Blair, Linden Leaves, Lynette McFadden from Harcourts Gold and Alli Husband.

Numbers are limited. Find out more and register on the Uniting Canterbury Women Facebook page.



Singin’ the blues

He’s the biggest name you’ve never heard of. Billy Childs has as many Grammys in his professional arsenal as Celine Dion and Mariah Carey – at 16 nominations and five wins – for his instrumental composition and arrangement.



Now the jazz pianist and composer is bound for the land of the long white cloud, as he prepares to headline the 2019 Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival, where he will be performing with his quartet in the newly revamped James Hay Theatre at Christchurch Town Hall. New Zealand’s biggest combined jazz and blues event is returning to Christchurch for its 24th year, with 26 shows across five city venues this Queen’s Birthday weekend from 30 May to 3 June.

Festival Director Jodi Wright describes Billy as one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. “We are thrilled to be hosting Billy for the first time in New Zealand.” He will be joined at the festival by another international master, New York-based guitarist Miles Okazaki, who will be playing a selection from his 2018 album, Work, the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar, on Sunday 2 June at The Piano. Miles will also host a free Jazz Workshop at Ara Music Arts’ Doug Caldwell Auditorium on Friday 31 May for all musicians interested in improvisation and composition techniques.



“Importantly, our festival is also focused on promoting local musicians,” Jodi says. “We’re lucky to have a superb array of Christchurch artists who have put together shows specifically for this year’s festival. Adam McGrath, Oval Office, Naomi Ferguson and Jennine Bailey are just some of the talented performers we have lined up this year.” Revered Kiwi artist Midge Marsden and his band will kick off the weekend with a rhythm and blues spectacular on Friday 31 May at the Christchurch Town Hall’s James Hay Theatre, with a sensational opening set by Harry Harrison’s new blues band, Bon Ton Roulet.

Folk and blues lovers will have the chance to be part of a special live audience for Adam McGrath, as he records live at The Piano, joined by Australian singer Claire Ann Taylor and New Zealand poet Hadassah Grace, on Thursday 30 May.
Naomi Ferguson is set to sing some of the best from her musical mentors: Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin, on 31 May. High energy band Oval Office will deliver a Motown and Soul Session with special guest vocalist, Victor Hawkins-Sulfa, on Saturday 1 June.



Neo-soul singer Sacha Vee performs high-powered vocals for Friday lunchtime jazz at The Piano on 31 May. Christchurch favourite Jennine Bailey sings Eva Cassidy for a Sunday afternoon at The Piano on 2 June. For the festival finale, Tribalincs will reunite with Mark Vanilau for one special concert of Pacific jazz and soul on Monday 3 June at The Piano.

The complete Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival programme is available to download on Tickets to Billy Childs on 1 June are available through Ticketek, or email to reserve a place for Miles Okazaki’s Jazz Workshop.