Hospitality a tough game

Johnny Moore, who runs Smash Palace in central Christchurch, says it's not easy to start a hospitality business from scratch.

5:00 AM  OPINION: The best way to start a hospitality business in Christchurch right now is to buy someone else's broken dreams.

It's a kind of magic

Priscilla the bus had to be robust enough for three performers to dance upon and flexible enough to fit into a container ...

5:00 AM  When theatre companies need a little bit of magic brought to the stage, they turn to a pair of talented designers at Scenic Solutions in Christchurch.

A man of steel (and iron)

5:00 AM  Glen O'Neill makes masterpieces from wrought iron and steel in his North Canterbury workshop.

Reaching for the sky

A six-metre-tall white sculpture tree is the stand-out feature of ANZ Centre's glass atrium.

5:00 AM  Three key precincts show the heart of Christchurch city is alive and beating following the Canterbury earthquakes.

This old girl has lovely bones

Mona Vale homestead was rebuilt brick by brick, before being re-opened late last year.

5:00 AM  With tender loving care and plenty of creative flair, Mona Vale has been brought back from the brink.

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Hospitality a tough game

Johnny Moore, who runs Smash Palace in central Christchurch, says it's not easy to start a hospitality business from scratch.

5:00 AM  OPINION: The best way to start a hospitality business in Christchurch right now is to buy someone else's broken dreams.

Review: Mexico, Christchurch

The exciting Friday night vibe comes at a cost.

What makes a great cafe? video

New cafe for Christchurch city

Art And Stage

Kiwi art collection comes to Chch

Warwick Brown in his Auckland home gallery with works by Tony Fomison, Dick Frizzell, Colin McCahon and Bill Hammond

Kiwi art collection that could fetch $4 million being sold by collector Warwick Brown.

The comic absurdity of David Shrigley

A head made from a vacuum cleaner and with crayons up its nose turns out another creation for Lose Your Mind.

An exhibition by a wildly popular British artist is something art lovers should be losing their minds over.

Loss, love and parenthood

Christchurch singer Matthew Smith (ex Von Voin Strum) releases his new album which he recorded in Lyttelton.

First Marlon Williams, now Matthew Smith, Lyttelton Records pumps out golden folk tunes.

Shirtless jokes a win

2016 Billy T Award winner David Correos.

"I'm a f**king weirdo," says rising Kiwi comedian David Correos.

'Let the songs shine'

Free Theatre manager George Parker, left, singer-songwriter Delaney Davidson and director Peter Falkenberg.

The songs at the heart of this warped and twisted musical are as barnacled, magnificent and romantic as a shipwreck.

Summer Starter

Summer's strange, mad beauty

SEPTEMBER 25: We turn our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time and summer. And in central Auckland, a 4-year-old ...

As Aristotle mused, while slapping sunscreen on the skin left exposed by his beach toga: The whole is greater than the summer of fits and starts.

Four Corners: Summer tales from Kitchener's Cafe and Dairy

Bruce and Sue Sullivan of Kitchener's Cafe and Dairy in Martinborough.

Our summer series continues with a story of the ritual humiliation inflicted on political pundits who underestimated the Don.

'I blame Steph for the quake'

Nick and Steph Thompson of Kaikoura Four Square are pragmatic about the earthquake despite facing a 'torrid' 12 months ahead.

The morning of the Kaikoura earthquake, Steph Thompson opened her Four Square store in a dressing gown. And that's how her customers arrived, too.

OK, it's raining, but at least you won't get sunburnt video

Oli Stewart is a surf lifesaver at Piha in Auckland.

Summer in New Zealand isn't all about iceblocks and sunburn.

Fine day for fun run

Crystal Dodd, on the left, Bronnie Park and Jason Dodd gather  before the start of the 4km event start in Ti Rakau Reserve

Thousands ran on Sunday, with many making it a personal challenge, a costume party or a family day out

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