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Your favourite country pub

South Rakaia Hotel

New Zealand may be small but it's packed full of quirky, characterful establisments. But which is the nation's best?

Southbridge Hotel

Russell Guenole The Southbridge Hotel, self-declared ''Carter country'', is for sale.

The South Rakaia Hotel

South Rakaia Hotel The 142-year-old pub has had a new lease of life since a civil servant from Wellington moved in.

Country Pub: Waiau Lodge Hotel

Blair Allpress Locals can rack up a hand-written tab ahead of pay day at this place, where the publican is never "grumpy".

Shoppers faint in bargains rush

Overcrowding, claustrophobia and controlled entries on the cards as Kiwis battle Boxing Day sales.

Country pub: Little River Hotel

Mark Smith A black and white sign with an arrow points to a spearmint-coloured building on the edge of State Highway 75.

'Tradie day' booming

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas. 

Christmas will be all about BBQ

Feeling the rush

And the best dressed is...

A North Island woman is "over the moon" to have been crowned Best Dressed Woman at Cup Day.

Video: Best of the body art

A unicorn-like creation has taken the top prize in a tough body art competition at Cup Day.

Elegant looks have the edge

Keisha to judge style

Heels, our arch nemesis?

Heels take a lot of heat, but are they really the root cause of our foot problems?

A magical Messiah

Full credit to musical director Andrew Withington for a stunning performance of a classic holiday concert.

Dali's surreal cameo

A Christchurch rebuild worker has used his work tools to create fleeting works of art in the concrete columns beneath the Christchurch Art Gallery.

A love letter to Chch

Art transforms drab wall

Jethro Tull hits Christchurch

Ian Anderson has arrived in Christchurch with his trademark flute in his backpack.

Recipe: Braised pork shoulder

Pork shoulder Cook the perfect pulled pork this festive season. It's easily prepared in advance and, served with roast potatoes and salad, stretches to cater for unexpected guests.

Around the Bays

Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

One for the road

At home in the city

Christchurch's favourite icecream

"We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.

Treats aplenty at Food Show

food show If you love food, there is no better place to be this weekend than The Food Show.

Event management

Beck Eleven looks at the weekend's events.

Warm-ups

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Event management

Beck Eleven takes a look at what's on this weekend.

Ladi6's festival homecoming

Ladi6 is headlining two major events in Christchurch this weekend - The Summer Starter and Christmas in the Park.

How to reach the finish line

Here are some quick tips that will help you get the most out of the Summer Starter fun run and walk this Sunday.

Persistence beats resistance

Toll of quake stress

'Bloody good race'

Thousands of participants ran and walked through the eastern suburbs for The Press Summer Starter.

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