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A passion for real estate: Ray White Rangiora

Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.



Now a team of three, Marijke Sheppard and PA Nicola Stokes have welcomed Amy Sheppard to the team. Amy joins Marijke as a salesperson for Ray White Rangiora after six years as a website designer and developer, bringing with her a degree in Visual Communication, which Marijke says is ideal in this ever-changing world.

Although new to the industry, Amy has a serious passion for the North Canterbury area and her strong work ethic, coupled with her social media and marketing skills, make her a valuable member of this dynamic real estate team, adding another dimension to the group.

The team endeavours to provide the very best service they can. With Marijke’s experience, the team’s attention to detail, plus the diverse collective skillset they offer, this team provides a professional 10/10 experience for all clients, from the very first point of contact to the final sign off.

“It is important that we, as sales professionals, are knowledgeable, up to date, well-informed and can be trusted to communicate effectively to our clients,” Marijke says. “Our goal is to ensure that all of our clients get the very best,” she adds.

For more information, phone Marijke (pronounced Ma-rye-ka) for a chat on 027 461 6127, email or visit

Morris and Co Real Estate Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008).




Bringing the ritz to Rangiora: Ivory Bar

It is quite simply a gorgeous space redolent of 1920s New York, with its art deco wallpapers, stunning copper ceilings and chandeliers. This is the Ivory Bar in the heart of Rangiora, a reincarnation of one of Canterbury’s few surviving heritage buildings – the former Northern A&P Society premises.



A national finalist for ‘Best New Business – Food & Beverage’ at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence, Ivory Bar is up against two other establishments, with the winner to be announced on 17 October. It’s not surprising, after all, everything you would expect from a great cocktail bar and restaurant is here.

The resident mixologist has an encyclopaedic knowledge of cocktails, as well as creating his own delicious concoctions. Happy Hour is 4pm-6pm every day while between 9pm-10pm during Ivory Hour, you’ll find cocktail and spirit specials.

On the menu there is something to suit all tastes from tapas and shared platters to burgers and chips, blueberry cured salmon or the signature Ivory Chicken with its secret herbs and spices.

Friday evenings feature talented local musicians; monthly on a Sunday afternoon is the time for jazz. Coming up on 31 August, James Daniels and Sue White from The Breeze will host a retro 80s Neon Night; a fantastic opportunity for a party and to dance “like no-one’s watching”.

The combination of glitz and glamour with a casual modern vibe gives Ivory Bar universal appeal. It’s a wonderful asset for Rangiora and a tribute to the vision of its owners and managers, the Beulink family.



Making a sustainable statement

When Christchurch artist Joel Hart created the mural for a new café in Rangiora three years ago, a name for the café literally emerged from the artwork. So, ‘Fools of Desire’ was born, as was the next chapter of the fantastic hospitality journey – 12 years and counting – Elisa Leach and partner, and also co-owner, Karl Horwarth have been on.



To say Fools of Desire is unique is an understatement. Innovative, fun, eclectic, diverse, exciting – these are a few words that come to mind while sipping a ‘Bullet Proof Coffee’ – a double shot espresso blended with Karikaas butter and coconut oil.

Locally sourced, organic and healthy ingredients, produce and baked goods all flow from the core values that are deeply important to Elisa. Connection and sustainability underpin everything she does and provides. “Connection with guests, with the community is really important to me,” she says. “We focus on our local suppliers, so we get as much as we can of organic coffee, tea and produce, so that it is aligned with being light on the planet.”

That’s been the Fools of Desire philosophy for the three years it’s been open. Utilising solar energy, aiming to be zero waste by using recyclable and compostable materials, sourcing local beers and ciders, driving the ‘plastic straw-free Rangiora’ movement and housing a thriving bee hive – and using the honey in some dishes – inside the café are just some of the things Elisa and the team are doing to aid the environment.

Another level of sustainability is the consideration of alternative protein sources – good for humans and good for the planet. Hence, in addition to the vast array of vegetarian, vegan, keto, and traditional offerings on the menu, you will find locusts. They’re not compulsory, of course, but they are available for those who want to test their boundaries. “We really want to start a conversation with people about sustainable protein,” Elisa says.

It’s a global conversation. The UN says there are more than 1900 edible insect species on the planet. Locusts and ants are favourites. According to National Geographic, “stinkbugs add an apple flavour to sauces and are a valuable source of iodine.”

“We have some huhu grubs in the freezer,” Elisa says with a grin.

Will they and more insects end up on the menu?

“You never know. Maybe. Probably.”



Bellissima!: Molto Bella

The atmosphere in clothing boutique Molto Bella is so redolent of all things Italian, from the friendly welcome of three darling dogs to the gentle trickle of fountain water and the large Romantic period etchings adorning the walls, that you cannot help but be charmed by it all. And then there are the clothes….



There’s a workmanship to these clothes that’s rarely seen and being made from the most delicate of silks, finest of linens, and purest of wool and cottons, you know you are going to look sensational wearing them. Anette Drewery, owner of Molto Bella, is fastidious when it comes to sourcing quality garments that nobody else has.

The predominance of clothing is Italian, followed by French and a small but select representation of exceptionally gifted Australian and Kiwi designers. “Our clothes are simply elegant; they are timeless yet of tomorrow. When a woman wears them, she wears them effortlessly because beautiful fabrics make you feel beautiful,” Anette says.

It’s difficult to draw your gaze from the clothing, but the European leather-crafted handbags shouldn’t be ignored, nor should you bypass the finest napery from Lithuania, or the witty Belgian tapestry cushions featuring character pooches and other animals.

For décor inspiration, European lifestyle magazine, Jeanne d’Arc Living, will enthral you, and yes, those delightful Parisienne ink scrolls on the wall are all for sale! With the online store launching in July, life is indeed bellissima at Molto Bella!

Visit 199 High Street, Rangiora, phone 03 313 1366 or visit



Molto Bella

Exquisite olde worlde charm: Molto Bella

With its romantic ‘olde worlde’ charm, and ability to evoke distant images of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Rangiora’s Molto Bella is a destination store you won’t want to leave.


Molto Bella


Every single corner of the boutique is adorned with beautiful one-off items to be admired, the highlight being the Purolino Italiano range, that’s been specially created for Molto Bella. From the moment you enter, the tranquil fountain sets the ambient tone and you’re surrounded by elegant posters, furniture, plants and designer fashion.

Owner Anette Drewery says customers are mesmerised as soon as they see the picturesque, easy-to-find store. “People say it’s beautiful when they come in, the reaction is overwhelming.” Formerly known as Fernside store, The Old Meadery, the natural fibre boutique is now located at the newly-renovated former post office building at 199 High Street.

Anette is the only purveyor in New Zealand who directly imports the linen clothing, which comes from Positano on the Amalfi Coast. The range of handwoven linen dresses has been popular in North Canterbury all summer long, quickly gaining a fan following for their light and easy-to-wear floaty fabric.

Other drawcard purchases are the different array of tapestry cushions, linen throws and pure woollen baby blankets from Lithuania, towels from Turkey, and fragrant French soaps. Supporting local producers, Anette also stocks decorations, bags, embellishments, and toys, made by North Canterbury craftspeople.


As an environmentally-friendly and conscious store, once you’ve bought that special item, you can walk out the door carrying your new purchases in organic, natural fibre, cotton tote bags.


The Old Meadery

Bellissimo! Natural fibre boutique: The Old Meadery

Much-loved Fernside store, The Old Meadery, has relocated into central Rangiora under the new name Molto Bella, a natural fibre boutique where you’ll discover an exquisite range of clothing and home décor.


The Old Meadery


Purveyor, Anette Drewery passionately hand-picks her products from top-quality suppliers around the world. She has now moved into the newly-renovated former post office building at 199 High Street. “The Old Meadery, was a destination place. We didn’t want a new build, we wanted something with a bit of history and charm,” she says.

From the moment you walk into Molto Bella, the soft, elegant tones and gorgeous smells instantly transport you to another place. Anette is passionate about natural fibres (mainly linens and silks) and offers an exclusive range of “stylish, feminine and comfortable” clothing for women of all shapes and sizes which she has found in Italy, along the Amalfi Coast.

“We have a stunning handmade and crafted linen range made in the traditional old fashioned and labour intensive way, but the results are astoundingly beautiful and no two garments are the same and exclusive to Molto Bella.” She also sources products from Turkey, Lithuania and Spain. Alongside the Italian linen range, take your time to peruse the magazines from Denmark, Turkish towels, French soaps and fragrances, Belgian tapestry cushions, gorgeous rugs, and sustainable carry bags.


This store certainly has the wow factor. From the moment you enter you can see why this is a must visit store! Find it at 199 High Street Rangiora, phone 03 313 1366 or visit


Rangiora Shoe Lines

Treat your feet: Rangiora Shoe Lines

What a stunning shoe summer it’s going to be, if the new season styles at Rangiora Shoe Lines lead the way, with shelves of glamourous gorgeousness.


Rangiora Shoe Lines


Feminine and flirty Hispantas come in strappy, elegant open-court design. From Poland there’s Kacper weekend streetwear, and the funky, comfortably soft Maciejka shoes. Minx always surprises with its hidden wedge shoe-boots, embossed designs, pin-punch, florals, studs, and crisp whites.

Fine and block heels are equally in vogue this season. The mules, scuffs and slides are of quality leather and great structural support. They flatter most outfits and easily slip on and off during those hot summer days. Shades this summer are so pretty, from subtle metallics to faded pinks and blues, and flesh tones to elongate the leg.

Of course new shoes warrant a new bag! The range of affordable Backyard Bags are made from heavy duty upcycled canvas, in taupe to dusky pink, with two-toned leather straps, and real calf hide – a fashionable vintage vibe. Every bag is unique, and wears extremely well.


Rangiora Shoe Lines, 162 High Street, Rangiora, now opens 7 days a week, with 10am-3pm Sundays being a relaxing shoe-try-on day. Phone 03 313 8444 or visit or Facebook.


Quilters Quarters

Sew perfect! – Quilters Quarters

It was just over nine years ago that Pauline Forrest changed her career and bought a business in the township of Rangiora. It was a business that Pauline, a self-confessed “handicrafty kind of girl”, had a passion for and, under her management, Quilters Quarters has gone from strength to strength, providing the best and latest in materials and craft and haberdashery supplies.


Quilters Quarters


Quilters Quarters stocks some 4,000 bolts of fabric, including the classic and timeless Liberty of London and top international brands such as Stof Fabrics, Moda, Tula Pink, French General and Kaffe Fassett. “We are committed to keeping up with the latest overseas trends in fabrics, colour and design,” Pauline says. A recent addition is an excellent and increasing selection of woollen yarns, and knitting and embroidering supplies. “We pride ourselves on being the go-to one-stop-shop, where everything to do with handicrafts can be found under one roof, including sewing machines,” Pauline says.

“We are agents for Elna, Husqvarna and Janome, and we’re very fortunate that we have an excellent mechanic available for servicing sewing machine repairs.” For those wishing to upskill their crafts, or for those who have a desire to learn, but have had little or no experience, Quilters Quarters has a bright and spacious classroom in store, from which they run classes and workshops that coincide with the regular four term school year. Tutors from throughout North Canterbury teach a variety of projects and techniques at all levels, from beginner to advanced.


Situated at 9 High Street, Rangiora. For more information, phone 03-313 6765, email or visit


Jennian Homes Canterbury North

Solid reputation: Jennian Homes North Canterbury

Jennian Homes has been building top quality homes in the larger Canterbury region for more than 20 years. Part of a nationwide franchise company, Jennian Homes, is a Registered Master Builder and provides a 10-year Master Build Guarantee and a 36-month maintenance warranty.

Jennian Homes Canterbury North

The company has a solid reputation of design quality and customer satisfaction. Canterbury North General Manager, Dwayne Prendergast and Operations Manager Paul Jenkins uphold that reputation by overseeing all projects from sale to completion of the build, through to handover.
Jennian Homes Canterbury North offers several build choices, including house and land packages, and design and build options, all over Canterbury. “We want to make the building process as easy as possible for our clients,” says Client Liaison Sue Prendergast.
The company has a presence in several well-established subdivisions such as Faringdon in Rolleston, where there is a display home at 7 Lemonwood Drive. There is also a display home at 9 Westpark Drive Rangiora. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm and are great examples of the stunning homes that can be produced.
It is proud to be one of the preferred building companies in two of Canterbury’s newest subdivisions, Ravenswood in North Canterbury, and Halswell Commons, in Christchurch. There are also many house and land options available in the greater Canterbury area as well.
“At the moment, we have house and land packages from $550K, superior quality family homes, in Halswell Commons,” Sue says. “We can also do design and build. We help you find the perfect section, and you tell us what you want in your home.”
Contact Dwayne on 03-741 1436, or via email at

Rangiora mural

An artistic acomplishment: new mural graces the wall of the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Rangiora

It’s been said that you’re only ever limited by your imagination. And, although the very premise of this saying is formed on a fictional narrative rather than the ability to supersede physical limitations, it is none the less a sweet concept.

Rangiora mural

And yet James (Jim) Dykes has made good on this notion, not letting his age of 91 years get in the way of the production of an impressive 16.5m mural in Rangiora.
When the removal of a shed left the large grey concrete wall exposed at the Kip McGrath Education Centre in Ivory Street, James’ son, Director Dr Grant Dykes asked his dad for some ideas and he ended up putting his paintbrush wielding hand up for the task.
“I wanted to depict something of the emptiness which is so much of New Zealand,” James says.
“So I thought what better way than to represent the flood plain; the tussock covered riverbed with the sun still to come up.”
The fact that is has taken a year to complete, working just an hour at a time around the harsh sun and reliance on his wife Jean and daughter in law Delia for assistance, just further adds to this impressive feat of determination.
Outgoing Mayor David Ayers was on hand to unveil the masterpiece last month, pointing to the historical significance of Canterbury’s braided rivers and current significance of the region’s arts in his speech.