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Jackie Clarke’s southern sounds


We caught up with powerhouse vocalist Jackie Clarke ahead of her 2021 trip down our way for Selwyn Sounds.

 

 

You’re heading down our way for Selwyn Sounds in Lincoln in 2021! How excited are you and what are you looking forward to the most?!
I’m so thrilled to be part of this line-up. This will be The Lady Killers’ second time to Selwyn Sounds; we’re honoured to get a re-call as honestly it’s one of the best gigs of the New Zealand summer, such a great vibe. This time round the bonus for us is it’s going to be like a big family party on stage. Suzie’s son Andy will be there, as will my good friend Nathan King, and our great mate Annie Crummer, plus I’m a huge Jon Stevens fan! I’ve had a major school girl crush on him since the days of Jezebel, so it’s going to be great to get to see him live… I’ll try not to stalk him backstage!


You’ll be showing off your powerhouse vocals with the other lovely ladies that make up The Lady Killers – Tina Cross and Suzanne Lynch. How did the three of you come together as a band?
We met at a benefit concert 15 years ago and ended up being thrown together to sing some backing vocals for another singer. The moment we opened our mouths and sang, it was like a bolt from the blue moment – it felt like we were born to sing together, like sisters. It’s pretty much a once in a life time sort of a connection we have.
We knew straight away we had to keep singing together. So I basically went out and booked us a gig. As soon as we had a deadline to egg us on, we spent months developing arrangements and also started a 15-year habit of very long lunch meetings and flat white drinking.


You’re celebrating an incredible 15 years together! How close are you?
It’s weird; we’re all very different women; we’re from three different generations, we have quite different views on the world really, but we do get along well. It’s the sort of relationship that shouldn’t work, but it does. I guess we are each other’s biggest fans, so that kinda helps! We also have to work quite hard to make the time to sing together because of constantly evolving and conflicting individual schedules, so I guess that keeps the relationship fresh too, we have enough space in the relationship to keep us from taking each other for granted. It’s still a treat to share the stage with one another.


How did you come up with the name – The Lady Killers?
Oh names are the hardest thing to figure out! It’s torture finding a band name; a lot of brainstorming went on. I was keen on being The Mothers, but apparently some motorcycle gang already had taken that one (how annoying!!). We liked the idea of reclaiming a name that men use. A ‘Lady Killer’ is usually some dude that fancies himself as a ladies man, but we think of ourselves as ‘ladies’ who do ‘killer’ versions of whatever song we like.


You’ve been a beloved New Zealand performer for more than 35 years now! What do you love about performing and getting to do what you do?
Yeah, my first tour with a band was when I was 18 and I’m 54 now and still strutting my stuff, so I guess it’s just part of my DNA. I love performing live on stage, it’s honestly the place I feel most at home in the world – I feel totally free when I’m singing in front of a live audience. I love the chemistry that happens between a performer and an audience, it’s different every show so that means every gig is unique.
I also LOVE singing and playing music as part of a collective. It’s such a satisfying and joyful thing to be part of. There’s no better buzz really. I love the discipline of making things as perfect as possible and the satisfaction when everything comes together and the music is just flying


What have been some of your most memorable experiences over the years?
Meeting your heroes is pretty cool and performing with them is mind-blowing. Singing with Tina and Suzie is like that for me. I used to watch Tina on Ready to Roll when I was 10 or 11 and Suzie as a soloist was a part of my growing up in NZ. When I started doing session singing in the late 80s and early 90s, Suzie’s name was always whispered in reverential tones as the high priestess of session vocals, and now to be singing alongside both of these women is just crazy and something I’m eternally grateful for. That’s NZ I guess, we’re never more than six degrees separation from our heroes.
Also I’d say the wonderful about singing is it’s a passport to the world… and I’ve never valued that more now that we’re currently in a space where the world is no longer available to us. Travelling to places far and wide with my singing mates having adventures singing in places like Kuala Lumpur, the Riviera, throughout Asia and the Pacific is something to be eternally grateful for.


What do the next 12 months have in store for Jackie Clarke?
Well to be honest a lot of the things I had lined up for 2020 have skipped a year and turned up in 2021…. so it’s going to be like deja vu all over again! We’re talking about whether to release another Lady Killers album to mark our 15th anniversary. By the time Selwyn Sounds 2021 comes around hopefully you’ll know where the long lunch meeting with lashings of caffeine got us on that score.

 

My first tour with a band was when I was 18 and I’m 54 now and still strutting my stuff”

Selwyn Sounds announces lineup


Popular New Zealand Music Festival Selwyn Sounds in Lincoln is likely the very first major music festival in the world to go on-sale since COVID-19 prevented crowds from gathering.

 

 

The iconic annual South Island event scheduled for 6 March will next year celebrate its fifth anniversary of entertaining music and festival lovers.

The March 2021 event has a distinct Kiwi flavour this time around with headline act, Australian based Kiwi rocker Jon Stevens rocking it out alongside Stan Walker and The Jordan Luck Band; The Kiwi 7 – Annie Crummer, Op Shop’s Jason Kerrison, The Lady Killers – Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke, Supergroove’s Che Fu, Nathan King; Andy Lynch from Zed and Rodney Fisher from Goodshirt performing their own tracks.

They come together as duos to play hit after hit before these celebrated entertainers take the stage together to perform a set of iconic Kiwi rock anthems exclusively at Selwyn Sounds.

To round out an unbelievable day of entertainment, the Remnants of Hello Sailor and crowd favourite cover band Automatic 80’s will also be in the line up.

“I can’t wait to hear collaborations of some iconic Kiwi rock classics and of course I’m pumped to be belting out some of the best hits from INXS and Noiseworks!,” headline performer Jon Stevens says.

“It will be a sensational weekend and I can’t wait to celebrate and be part of one of the world’s first big music events since COVID-19 shut us down. We are BACK baby!”


 

Beloved boutique’s new location


Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to the much-loved local boutique shop, The Gift Box of Lincoln. Helen is retiring after nearly 15 years in Lincoln.

 

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“We would like to say thank you to all our loyal customers for their support during this time,” she says.

But you can follow them to Halswell where The Gift Box of Lincoln’s sister store, Be Inspired, will be the store’s new location.

Head in and enjoy excellent service from the Be Inspired team; Charlie, Maureen and Kim, where you will find gifts for ‘her, him, them and you’.

Find Be Inspired at shop 5, 346 Halswell Road, in the New World carpark.

For more information, phone 03 322 1368 or find them on Facebook.

“Thank you once again and see you there!” from Helen and Charlie.


 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

Ticking the boxes: Rosemerryn Retail Development


Lincoln’s rapid and ongoing growth hasn’t impeded the development of attractive and enjoyable spaces, a fact which is evident in the quality of the Rosemerryn Retail Development.

 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

 

Completed in 2018, the precinct features retail, office and hospitality space with 55 on-site carparks on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive. Leasing agent for the development, Paula Raine of Ray White Commercial Christchurch says it’s one of the most impressive retail developments she has been involved with recently; a powerful nod to the attention to detail that has gone into it.

Already featuring fashion, health, retail offerings, offices, a gym, delicatessen and café, there are only a small handful of retail spaces still vacant, with the vibrant mix of existing services creating a strong drawcard for businesses looking for an exceptional community hub.

Of particular note is a 259 square metre space which spans the high profile Edward Street and Eastfield Drive corner, featuring a 49 square metre outdoor al fresco area and views across both street frontages. Flexibility is a strong drawcard, with the space large enough to cater to a homewares or furniture store, a dentistry, veterinarian, medical practice or green grocer. However, the space allows for a substantial kitchen area making it equally suitable for a restaurant or bar. There is also potential for the space to be split into smaller or shared tenancies for the right businesses.

 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

 

Form and function have well and truly been combined at the Rosemerryn Retail Precinct, with sleek, contemporary aesthetics and high building standards culminating in a space that is as attractive as it is safe.
Internally it is a light and airy space, with an elegant high stud, while externally the modern aesthetics are complemented by beautiful native landscaping.

The Lincoln township is flourishing, with a population of more than 7,000. Previously expected to be just a post-quake phenomenon, there is little sign of it slowing, with Selwyn District Council projecting population numbers to easily hit 10,000 within 10 years.

 

Rosemerryn Retail Development

With Lincoln township plus surrounding communities in Rolleston, Prebbleton, and Springston featuring a mixture of ‘lifestyle blockers’, families, retirees and commuters, the developers behind the new Rosemerryn complex have ensured community wellbeing is a core focus of the development, particularly as it relates to getting the strongest tenancy mix.

As such, they have generously offered to help an experienced operator that is in tune with the local community with their fitout, to help tailor the space to their needs.
“It is so nice to work with developers who are invested in creating a strong selection of businesses,” Paula adds.

 


For more information about this fabulous space, or the smaller spaces available at Rosemerryn Retail Development in Lincoln, speak to Paula on
027 221 4997, or email paula.raine@raywhite.com.


 

DUET

New season style: DUET


New season fashion is arriving by the day at Lincoln’s destination boutique, DUET, making it the perfect time to reorganise your wardrobe.

 

DUET

 

Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming with a cupboard full of impulsive buys that don’t work, match, or fit, but with the announcement of their new wardrobe consultation service, DUET is here to help. “It just takes an experienced eye to put some outfits together with what you already have in your wardrobe, and to help you find a few additional garments to fill the gaps,” says co-owner, Lee Parker.

Lee assists with wardrobe reorganisation and offers styling ideas as part of the consultation. To top off this exciting new service, a generous discount voucher will be offered for any purchases made the following week. “This is all part of Duet’s philosophy, to offer a one-stop-shop with real service, for real people.”

Duet features up-to-the-minute designs, including exciting, new labels from Curate by Trelise Cooper, Foxwood, Joe Brown from London, LoLa, and Loobies’ Story. Lee says in-vogue colours of the season, include mustard, khaki, petrol, rose and merlot. “There are new labels and lots of our favourites. Everything from fun casual, to special occasion outfits, not to mention our ongoing in-house alteration service.”

Customers visiting the Lincoln boutique are enjoying the newly-revamped shop layout, which was remodelled last year with a fresher, brighter appeal.

 


Now open late on Thursdays until 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Visit the shop at 12 Gerald Street, and to book your consultation, call the team on 03 325 2390 www.duet.net.nz.


 

Duet

Looking gorgeous: Duet


August 9 marked a very exciting night for Lee Parker and her staff at the newly opened Duet in Lincoln Village.

 

Duet

 

“It’s bright and beautiful,” Lee says. “We so look forward to offering our clients the very best in advice, service and fabulous garments with labels like Loobies Story, Lemon Tree, Fray, Vassalli, Betty Basics and Garcia.”

Lee says her focus has always been on clothes designed for the modern woman who seeks both comfort and practicality, but also glamour and sophistication. “It’s so important for a woman to look gorgeous and feel confident – not just one day of the week, but every day!”

Should the ensemble you’ve fallen in love with need alterations, there’s no need to worry about finding a dressmaker. Duet does alterations on any garment sold; it is the only store in Christchurch which offers alterations to this extent. “It’s so important to have clothes that fit perfectly – that highlight your shape in the most flattering way. That’s why we’re more than happy to alter garments to ensure you achieve your personalised fit.”

Lee says her staff are very helpful and honest. “They won’t give the false sell. They’re excellent stylists who can advise on full wardrobe ideas, including garments from home that aren’t working. Bring them in and let’s make them work!”


Duet has a VIP Club to keep people informed of the latest news happening instore.
Find Duet at shop 3, 9 Gerald Street, Lincoln.
Phone 03-325 2390 or
visit www.duet.net.nz.


 

Wigram Health

Patient-centered care: Wigram Health

Compassionate care for all those who walk through the door is the cornerstone value at Wigram Health, soon to open a practice in Vernon Drive, Lincoln.

Wigram Health

“We are very serious about our patients receiving the best treatment possible,” Dr John Ko says on behalf of Wigram Health’s large, multi-disciplinary medical team.
The idea of true caring might sound old-fashioned, but nothing could be further from the truth. Wigram Health – both in Skyhawk Road and soon at the new, Lincoln practice which opens in spring – has embraced every advantage that cutting-edge medicine and its attendant technology can bestow.
However, on walking through the doors of Wigram Health in Skyhawk Road, a person could forget they were at the doctor’s. There’s plush, vibrant interior design and a dispenser of hot chocolate and other drinks in reception. It’s not a white-paint-and-steel clinical vibe; rather a personable, enveloping one.

John explains that the way forward for medicine allows people more control. It’s information-sharing rather than paternalism; not like old school general practice where the doctor is God and patients should prepare to wait an eternity before appointments.
“We understand people are busy; also that when they really need a medical investigation, time is of the essence. That’s why we see acute illness and injury patients on the same day if they call or book online before noon.”

And because the surgery is open for extended hours of 8am to 8pm, and also for reduced hours on Saturday, getting timely medical help is what routinely happens here.
“Optimal medical service is always available,” John says, and he believes this service-oriented approach to general practice underpins Wigram Health’s unprecedented success.
Having just celebrated the practice’s two-year anniversary, staff can look back at exponential growth, 7000 enrolled patients, and a continuing enrolment rate of 200 people per month.

 

Top patient care in Selwyn

The Lincoln practice still in its final construction phase looks likely to begin a parallel patient enrolment-rate, mirroring that at Wigram Skies.
John says the same culture of customer-service focus will be engendered in the new facility, which has been designed very carefully for all age-groups with this in mind.
“There’s a really neat, funky children’s play area, with seating in the wall and well-maintained toys, which will appeal to the young families in Lincoln. In fact around 20 percent of the Selwyn district’s population are 17 years or under,” John adds.
Patients enrolled in one of the Wigram Health practices will be able to attend the other, with no extra charge or paperwork required.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The perfect way to start your day: Lincoln’s The Famous Grouse Hotel

For residents of Lincoln, the Famous Grouse Hotel needs no introduction. Standing proudly at 2 Gerald Street Lincoln, it has been the epicentre of culinary eats, thirst-quenching beverages and great local tales for many a moon.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The building itself has had many names since completion way back in 1868 however, since 2010, the Famous Grouse Hotel has instilled a sense of unparalleled loyalty from its patrons. The hotel offers accommodation, a main bar, garden bar and separate restaurant, serving up a fabulous gastro pub style hearty breakfast, a mere 20 minutes from the centre of town.
Talking of the breakfast menu, dishes like the Sweet Corn and Feta Fritters or the aptly named Breakfast Burger, provide the perfect way to start your day. Plus those with bigger appetites should give the hearty Farmers Breakfast a go. Containing two sausages, grilled tomato, batard, mushrooms, bacon, baked beans, hashbrowns and two free range eggs cooked to your liking, you can’t get more Kiwi than that.
The hotel itself is the perfect place to stay. Whether an overnighter or for weeks on end, the nine modern rooms are available for bookings, along with hire of the conference room and facilities.
So, whether you intend to stay, eat, drink or soak up the history of a venue that looks to the past but embraces the future, the Famous Grouse Hotel has all this and more. For more information or to make a booking, visit famousgrousehotel.co.nz or call
03-325 2408.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: The Gift Box of Lincoln is full of warm and fluffy things to brighten up your winter wardrobe

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.

The Gift Box of Lincoln

Celebrating the beauty of winter: looking forward to colder weather with help from The Gift Box of Lincoln

With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.

The Gift Box of Lincoln
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.