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Full Swing into Spring

Full Swing into Spring: North Canterbury’s spring social calendar

Every year North Canterbury’s spring social calendar gets more exciting. Spring is in full swing, and so is every weekend in Waimakariri. Visit for the low down on what’s happening, where to be and when.


Full Swing into Spring


For the sports fans:

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cycling Championships Team Time Trial is Saturday 29 September, with the Road Race on Sunday 30 – both at Loburn School. The Points Race is Monday 1 October at Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

For the book worms:

Sniff out a great read at the Book Fair fundraiser at St Bart’s Church Hall, Kaiapoi, 28 and 29 September.

For the theatre buffs:

On Sunday, 29 September, the Wind and the Willows will be performed by the junior department of Hartley School of Performing Arts, at Rangiora Town Hall.

For the nature lovers:

The 2018 Breeze Walking Festival runs from 2 to 14 October, kicking off with the Twilight River Bird Discovery, and then leisurely social sanctuary, reserve and coastal park walks.

For the foodies:

The 3rd annual Oxford Farmers Market Amateur Cheesemakers Competition at the Farmers Market, is on Sunday 21 October.

And for a little bit of country:

The Rangiora (Northern) A & P show starts Friday 19 October for the equestrian events and Saturday 20 showcases a diversity of family entertainment.




Summoning Spring

Summoning Spring

All gardens beckon to be beautified in spring. Thankfully, the professionals can do those hard chores, making life so much easier.


Summoning Spring


Pruning may seem simple, but there’s a science to it. A great gardener will have the knack. A professional prune up is a sensible spring start, to help produce healthy roses and abundant summer fruits. Hedges will be starting to bush out in all directions, so enlist someone with the right tools to tackle this arduous job, safely.
Muddy-patched lawns might need re-sowing and fertilising as it’ll soon be time to relax on a carpet of lush green. Just like a vacuumed floor or well-made bed, gardens look finished with beautiful lawns.

It’s party time for weeds, so a great gardener will remove them by their resilient roots and create a cunning plan to mitigate an invasion of the weedy kind! They can prepare and replenish soils, mulch and fertilise, for a vegetable garden that reaps tasty rewards. Savvy advice for ongoing garden maintenance and problems make these green-fingered professionals worth every penny!
Mossy, mouldy paths and decks, suddenly seems so drearily drab in spring sunshine, so get someone in to carefully water-blast and freshly stain the deck, and see to those messy jobs, like clearing spouting and drains, and places rotting foliage and debris have accumulated.

If an area just doesn’t seem to work and no solution springs to mind, landscapers are creative creatures, brimming with practical, aesthetic ideas. Perhaps a patio, pergola, paved pathway, barbeque area, artwork, lighting, or releveling and terracing. Adding the right trees and shrubbery can shelter exposed areas, or add privacy and colour. Make the garden the most magnificent room of the home this summer!



Wedding planning

For every season : weather and weddings when to tie the knot

Whether you want a winter wonderland or a spring soiree, every season can play to its strengths; it just comes down to which of the weather gods you want to work their magic on your big day.

Wedding planning

While we don’t like to deal in cliches, we are keen advocates of what each season is synonymous with when it comes to creating a beautiful vibe, so here’s what you can expect or strive for if you’ve got a certain season in mind for your matrimonial celebrations.

Spring: Nothing can beat the blossoms and sweet smells of spring, from the delicious produce to the romantic blooms. All things bright and beautiful come with dependable spring, which also provides a gorgeous backdrop for photos.

Summer: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when guests have great energy; the weather is usually quite consistent; you can enjoy your gown without having to cover up; there are more options for an outdoor event. What’s not to love?

Autumn: Who wouldn’t gush over this seasonal showstopper? It’s arguably the most picturesque of the seasons with its rich colours – yellows, golds, chocolate brown. The perks of an autumn wedding are multitudinous. The chance of rain isn’t as high; it’s harvest time so there’s an abundance of delicious foods; costs are still reasonably affordable.

Winter: Think roaring fire; mulled wine; amaryllis, orchid, greenery and berry bouquets; furs (faux, to be kind) and snow if you win the wedding weather lottery. This glorious season has many benefits – potential increases in vendor availability in the ‘off-season’; a honeymoon in the sun to escape the grey skies; the divine details – wreaths, candles, a cosy ambience.