Why is it that when licking an ice cream, we instantly feel so darned good? James Wasley and Laura Proudman can answer that one. It was five years ago in a Stratford-Upon-Avon pub that a shared love for Mint Choc-Chip ice cream soon found James and Laura falling in love and setting off for Continental Europe to travel… and sample more ice cream.
Eventually Laura returned home to New Zealand – and brought Englishman James with her.
Settling in Methven, they then decided to do something about their passion for ice cream, so they bought a 1920s-style tricycle, called Evelyn, and launched The Rollin’ Pedaler.
Evelyn can store and serve up to four flavours from a range of New Zealand’s finest, award-winning, premium sourced ice cream. She comes with her own props and wardrobe, has a rechargeable battery freezer, enjoys both indoor and outdoor settings, and loves keeping her professional serving staff busy.
With James and Laura kitted out in matching tweed caps, bow ties and braces, they make for a delightfully novel addition to any event.
“We do everything – weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, Christmas parties, bridal showers, corporate events and sporting events; whatever is put to us, we’ll be there,” James says. “We’re fun, quirky, something a bit different and we’re affordable. We like to think we make every occasion or event just that extra bit special.”
All prices include free-flowing ice cream servings, waffle cones and/or bowls, along with additional toppings.
Some of the greatest musical talent of all time is hitting New Zealand’s shores this September – the perennial Fleetwood Mac!
The legendary band’s original members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie will take the stage at five concerts throughout the country this September. They will perform alongside newcomers Mike Campbell and New Zealand’s very own Neil Finn, who replaced vocalist, lead guitarist and key band member Lindsay Buckingham when he was axed from the band in early 2018.
The beloved group say they are thrilled to welcome the talents of the calibre of the two new additions to their cast, and will be performing all their popular classics, as well as a range of tracks from their historic musical catalogue.
Following a 50-show tour of the US, the band will perform shows in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before crossing the ditch to rock Auckland’s Spark Arena on 12, 14, 16 and 19 September. They will then head south to perform their last show at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 21.
A pop rock band like no other, Fleetwood Mac’s enduring spirit has stood strong for more than five decades despite an unstable cast, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their best-selling album Rumours has shifted more than 40 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in history.
Tickets are still available but snap them up quick! Visit www.eventfinda.co.nz for tickets and more info.
Described as New Zealand’s biggest and most popular country fete, The Christmas Country Fete 2019 promises to be the best yet as it celebrates the securing of a permanent home at the beautiful Lyddington Garden, only 40 minutes from Christchurch.
Mike Sheppard, Owner of The Christmas Country Fete, says having Lyddington Garden as a constant hosting venue means that not only do people get to leisurely browse for Christmas gifts in a relaxed and spacious location, but they also get to view one of North Canterbury’s most picturesque and spectacular gardens for some tranquil time out.
With easy access, free parking, the central wine and food area, wonderful shade and shelter spots to sit and soak up the live music and entertainment, this isn’t just a perfect day out – this is bliss!
The Christmas Country Fete 2019 features over 160 stalls (comprising a mix of familiar, previous stallholders and new stallholders) showcasing their unique, artisan, pure New Zealand made wares that will be cherished gifts for years to come by those who receive them.
Last year’s fete brought a bit of inclement weather but Mike remains perkily upbeat. “We’re praying for sunshine this year – it’s going to be great!”
To plan your brilliant and blissful day out, download the online electronic programme before leaving home, and like their Facebook page. Ticket sales now online.
North Canterbury has plenty of markets and fetes to keep the weekends – and pantries – full. Check out our itinerary.
Rangiora Church Street Market Saturday 1 June 8am-1pm
St John’s Anglican Church, 355 High Street, Rangiora
The market is open on the first Saturday of each month. Café, indoor craft, garage, white elephant sales, outdoor car boot sales and sausage sizzle. www.facebook.com/rangioracommunitymarkets
Midwinter Christmas Market Saturday 8 June 10am-3pm
Rangiora New Life School, 2 Denchs Road, Southbrook, Rangiora
You’ll find more than 30 market stalls in this indoor Midwinter Christmas Market, including a PTA cake stall, hot food and featuring a silent auction – fun for all! www.facebook.com/rangioranewlifeschoolmidwintermarket
The Christmas Country Fete Thursday 31 October 10am-4pm
Lyddington Farm, 891 Mount Thomas Road, Rangiora
Join thousands of people from around New Zealand in attending the country’s biggest and most popular fete. The day features over 200 stalls, bursting with hundreds of gift ideas, along with fresh food and wine, live entertainment and demonstrations. www.thefete.co.nz
Hanmer Springs Fete Friday 1 November 10am-4pm
Queen Mary Hospital Grounds, 1 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Fete is set to become North Canterbury’s finest shopping event, with more than 100 high quality stalls for a day of indulgence with live music. www.hanmerspringsfete.co.nz
There’s a new brewery that’s opened its doors at 8 Bath Street with some great history and a stunning pilsner.
Lighthouse Brewery was started in Nelson by Dick Tout 21 years ago before he retired from the brewery business and listed the business for sale after finishing his last brew in July 2017.
Jason Revell relocated the brewery to Christchurch on Labour weekend in 2018 where he has been brewing for Ferrymead Night Markets, private weddings and now for the bar at the brewery site.
Beers from Lighthouse Brewing Company will soon be available at bars, restaurants and sports clubs.
The brewery site will continue with events and is available for private functions, special brew days and off licence will be available soon.
William Wegman: Being Human is on display at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 6 April to 28 July 2019.
William Wegman: Being Human, is the artist’s first and only New Zealand exhibition and tracks three decades of relationships between the enigmatic American artist and his iconic dogs.
Man Ray, Fay Ray and her offspring are collaborators in Wegman’s photographic and video projects, which focus upon what it is to be human in the most enduring and deadpan way.
It’s a little bit different and a whole lot of fun so check it out at our local gallery soon.
On 8 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal, The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show.
It’s a unique concert experience with two of the stars of the hit TV show The Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.
Anyone born in the 60s would have grown up with these tunes so it’s going to be a real flashback.
This will be the first time Mike has appeared in New Zealand since 1977, so be assured the shows will highlight many of his compositions, including some that have never been performed live.
A culinary collaboration is coming to town! The Pescatore collaboration dinner will be two dinners in Pescatore on 10 May and a second dinner on 11 May, featuring some of Australasia’s best chefs – Cory Campbell, head chef at Vue de Monde in Melbourne, and Peter Gunn from Ides in Melbourne who was a sous chef at Attica in Melbourne and, of course,
Ryan Henley from The George.
Everyone is invited to attend The Little Gems Project for Cholmondeley – where the theme for the night will be ‘Denim, Diamonds and Dancing’.
Saturday evening May 4 at Sixty6 on Peterborough is the chance to dig out the denim, put on some sparkle and join MC Jason Gunn for an evening of live entertainment, delicious canapes, a live auction and plenty of dancing.
“The Little Gems Project is based on the concept that Cholmondeley believes there is a diamond within all of us,” Cholmondeley’s Fundraising and Marketing Manager Tanya Cooke says.
“We want to bring out the inner sparkle in every precious Canterbury child – our Little Gems.”
Cholmondeley Children’s Centre provides short-term emergency and planned respite care and education to children aged 3-12 years who have families that are experiencing stress or crisis. “Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is a charitable organisation that is 80 percent community funded, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses. The Little Gems Project for Cholmondeley will raise funds so we can continue our vital service and to support our Little Gems and their families.”
Get ready to sparkle for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, at The Little Gems Project, on Saturday, May 4 at 7pm, at Sixty6 on Peterborough. Tickets are available at www.littlegems.org.nz.
The Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce held an exclusive luncheon with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier this month.
This was the third luncheon of its kind for The Chamber, with previous events fronted by Winston Peters and John Key. It was fitting the event was held the day before International Women’s Day. Jacinda captured the attention of around 660 members and non-members of The Chamber at the Air Force Museum in Wigram.
“What a crowd,” Jacinda said as she commenced her speech, commending Christchurch’s growth and spirit “in spite of the hurdles”.She praised our newest buildings, such as the central library and the “beautifully refurbished” Town Hall, said she was “jealous” of her partner Clarke Gayford enjoying the Shapeshifter performance last week and assured our awaited new stadium “will have a roof” to watch the Crusaders in comfort during winter.
She covered most poignant topics including export, and a fairer tax system, transitioning to a “clean green carbon-neutral New Zealand” and being ready for a global economic downturn. Wellbeing and mental health are top priority for the budget, noting the repercussions of both for the business world.
Chamber of Commerce CEO Leann Watson says she was pleased Jacinda confirmed her commitment to Christchurch is still a priority, including our anchor projects, and commitment to tourism and trade relationships.
The annual event was sponsored by the Christchurch Casino. CEO Brett Anderson says it was the best speech he had heard from her. “She didn’t avoid any issues and spoke what was on everyone’s minds.”
Dave Dobbyn is said to have written the soundtrack of the country, with a list of iconic Kiwi hits to his name. Heading to Christchurch to join Bryan Adams on the stage on 17 March, we caught up with him to discuss a career of hits.
You’ve been said to have written the soundtrack of New Zealand, with some of the country’s biggest hits under your commercial belt, what have been some of your own favourites?
Well that’s always a hard one to answer because it’s my job to think of my next song as the favour-ite. For me anyway, that’s what drives me – to come up with a better song. If I didn’t believe in that, then I would just be repeating myself and that’d be fruitless and sad. So at the risk of not answering the question, I can’t have any favourites yet.
Out of all the artists and musicians you have worked with, who has had the biggest impact on your music career?
All of them. I’m serious. I have learnt so much from writers, artists and players, that my gratitude is huge. Firstly, I learned that you do not give up – that if you decide to be an artist and musician then you must commit your life to it. Otherwise it isn’t truly, authentically you. This way the art you come up with will have meaning. So collectively, all the artists I’ve worked with have had a huge impact on me.
What do you consider are some of your biggest career highlights?
Too many to list here, but a few examples: playing in prisons; singing for a dying man and his fami-ly; playing for the Hyde Park Memorial in London; playing for the Pike River Families; touring with Th’Dudes & DD Smash; touring with my band now……the highlights keep coming.
What are you most looking forward to on the Bryan Adams concerts?
Having supported Bryan before it is an exciting thing to play to his audience again. It’s a big buzz to meet him and his great band. We’ll rise to the occasion very well. I’m proud of my band and we will assuredly rock you. It’ll be grand.
Where do you draw your inspiration for songs from and how often do you put pen to paper now?
I’m always dreaming and I’ve learnt to explore them as they contain songs and a kind of deep un-knowable advice. So I listen to that in some way which drives the creativity – the need to articulate feelings and mood. It is often when you’re not looking that a song will pounce on you. The work is in finishing the jolly thing.
Out of all your hits, have there been any that surprised you with their success – and why?
Yes, I was pleasantly surprised that ‘Welcome Home’ made such a mark. I was thrilled that people responded to the kind of peacefulness that it aspired to. It was Christchurch that inspired that song. It grew into a very useful song that carves its own path now.
How does it feel both as a songwriter and as a performer, to have had such an influence over the music of a country, iconic songs that have touched lives?
It makes me feel a responsibility. It is an honour to be able to write and perform for an audience that I love in the land we all love. I’m still amazed at the freedom of that reality.
If you hadn’t found success as an artist, what do you think you would have done?
I think it would be a creative job. Probably making simple things. Two of my brothers are gifted craftsmen and make amazing wooden things with deft accuracy – so maybe I can still learn to make something cool.
How does a day in the life of Dave Dobbyn look these days?
It begins hopefully at 7:15am. Feed dog and cats, make sure dog doesn’t steal cat food by glaring at him, gently. Once the first cuppa tea has hit the spot and I hear my wife sigh happily with her tea mug at her lips, it’s into the studio for news, NYT crossword, emails and more tea (trying to quit sugar). I’m learning a lot online these days – audio production stuff especially – and political /philosophical stuff.
Play guitar and piano. Learn lap steel guitar. Mostly I’m dreaming up music and tinkering with sound. There’s always a new learning curve to take on, so now I’m learning how to use our new mixing console that sounds so darned musical I’m jumping for joy. I have a deep feeling I’ll be producing more music than ever in the next few years.
What does the rest of 2019 have in store for you?
Looking pretty good. I’ll be releasing new music later in the year so I’m working on that. There are a few surprises coming and some gigs locally and abroad. Keep an eye out for me and I’ll keep an eye on you.
It’s the hottest event on the North Canterbury social calendar and this year is no different, with the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival set to bring some seasonal sizzle to the tail end of summer.
On Sunday 10 March, Waipara Valley’s Glenmark Domain will be hitting the social sweet spot, as thousands pack it to the brim with fun and festivities. In fact, the organisers of this North Canterbury gem have a little habit of making things bigger and better every year, with this year’s event proving no exception. For 2019, three new elements are being introduced, along with food and wine galore – the Long Lunch, Meet The Makers and a festival High Tea.
Seated at long tables under the oaks, the Long Lunch will feature four small courses of seasonal delights, from the finest local chefs, paired with four North Canterbury wine tastes. The ultimate laidback way to experience the flavours of the region, culinary favourites Inati, Jonny Schwass and Barrys Bay Cheese will be pleasing palates
You’re in it for the wine and food – and we get that – but this year with the help of Rekindle, you can get into a bit of ‘making’ under the Glenmark Oaks too. Meet the makers and have a go with whittling techniques, rope and string making, and doll making workshops.
At this year’s inaugural High Tea, gourmet blends from Nobel and Savage Tea Merchants will be paired with homemade baking from Glenmark Parish in a fabulous fundraiser for the local church, where the festival began 25 years ago! Expect vintage linens, floral china and a slice of slow living.
The North Canterbury Wine Festival has thought of everything – even transport! Why not take a bus to the festival, so you can chill and enjoy all the good stuff on offer? Bus transport is available to and from the festival from Hanmer Springs, as well as from Christchurch and Lincoln.
Nab your tickets at www.ncwineandfood.co.nz and we’ll see you at the coolest little wine festival in the country on Sunday 10 March!
North Hagley Park was awash with colour on Saturday 2 February, as more than 12,000 people gathered to celebrate the Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours.
A traditional Indian celebration of diversity that is globally recognised, it was especially pertinent in the lead-up to Waitangi Day, according to event co-organiser Hitesh Sharma of Revel Events. “The Indian practice of throwing powdered colours symbolises everyone becoming equal, no matter where they come from and whether they are friends or strangers, which couldn’t be more fitting in the lead up to our national day.”
This year’s event treated festival-goers to an explosion of music, dance, colours and food. Indian fusion performances and other elements of New Zealand culture were included, alongside a variety of other cultural performances and music, with an array of food and craft stalls and family activities that include traditional Indian games.
A spectacular aerial flower petal drop saw petals of different colours dispersed from a helicopter to signify the friendship and harmony between New Zealand and India and to highlight the event’s charitable focus this year, with proceeds of an optional gold coin koha at the event helping to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.