Christchurch’s buzzing central city is home to Rydges Latimer hotel and its premium steakhouse restaurant Bloody Mary’s.
Rydges Latimer embraces the largest in-hotel conference venues in Christchurch – an entire floor dedicated to successful meetings and events. The spaces are flexible, catering to everything from top-tier corporate training to gorgeous weddings.
The 11 rooms are filled with natural light, contain in-built AV technology and free WiFi. Up to 400 guests can be catered to by dedicated professional event planners who organise every detail – from catering menus to decorations, to fit all needs and budgets.
Always a dining experience to remember, Bloody Mary’s also offers private facilities and stylish spaces to suit your mood and party. Hugh’s Whisky Library or Master Ridley’s Private Dining Hall have been recently updated and are looking fabulous. À la carte, buffet, cocktail or roaming menus are complemented by Bloody Mary’s exceptional service.
The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) Wine & Art Auction celebrates its 25th year on 1 December, with its annual Wine & Art Auction at Rydges Latimer. Since it began 25 years ago this flagship event has raised more than $1.6 million for research right here in Canterbury.
CMRF is one of the largest funders of medical research in Canterbury and over the last 58 years with the generosity of donors, has granted more than $27 million to numerous research projects. The research it has supported has not only had significant impact on patients in Canterbury but also throughout New Zealand and globally.
CMRF gifts a guaranteed $100,000 to each year’s designated Wine & Art Auction recipient. Some past recipients include University of Canterbury’s Professor Julia Rucklidge whose research encompasses the effects of micronutrients on adult mood disorders and Professor Frank Frizelle’s University of Otago, Christchurch team research into bowel cancer (especially vital as Canterbury has one of the highest rates of any region in New Zealand).
This year’s recipient of the Wine & Art Auction is The Christchurch Health and Development Study which has been in existence for 40 years. During this time the team has followed the life progress of a group of 1,265 babies born in Christchurch during mid-1977. The study team has had significant impact and published over 480 scientific papers, reports, books and book chapters describing the 40-year life history of the cohort.
The research team’s studies to date have included:
• The effects of parental smoking on childhood respiratory illness
• The impacts of low level lead exposure on cognitive development and behaviour
• The effects of childhood sexual abuse on educational achievement and psycho-social adjustment
• The impacts of adolescent cannabis use on educational achievement and mental health
• The effects of the Canterbury earthquakes on psychological wellbeing
This event is supported by some of New Zealand’s favourite visual artists who provide an incredible offering of artwork for auction. The art work is complemented by a stunning array of collectable wines for auction which showcase the best in the vintner’s art from New Zealand and beyond. Well supported by Canterbury businesses the main auction and the silent auction include experiences and exquisite donated items.
Limited tickets are still available from firstname.lastname@example.org: $1,600 per table of 10 and $160 for a single ticket. To make a donation instead to support the Foundation’s vital work please visit