Art classes with a twist

Paint and Sip

Picasso and pinot noir go hand in hand at Christchurch's only Paint 'n' Sip studio, started last August by fun-loving American Amanda Anthony.

Proteas on the peninsula


While most 28-year-olds are pursuing their own passions, Jessica Cooke is busy running the flower business her parents started on Banks Peninsula more than 30 years ago.

Final stop on the Winery Tour

Anika Moa

Waipara Hills will host the last Winery Tour concert of the summer this Saturday. Former Cantabrian Anika Moa is excited to line up with Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan.

Fly My Pretties celebrate restoration


Kiwi collaboration Fly My Pretties will play a three-hour show to celebrate the restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal. Local singer-songwriter Lauren Anne (LA) Barus will join them on stage tonight.

Backyard cricket

Corey Anderson hails the return of ODIs to Christchurch

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson is excited to return home for the Cricket World Cup opening match.

Competitor's coastal shift

New race director rises to the challenge

Five-time Coast to Coast winner Richard Ussher is looking to put his stamp on event this weekend.

Christchurch crowds are the toughest

El Jaguar

World Buskers Festival veteran Derek Flores, aka El Jaguar, says Christchurch audiences make him work hardest for laughs. This year, he'll host the festival's nightly comedy club and be set on testing our limits.

2014 in pictures


Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.

The dream job?

Learn to Surf

While many people return to the office after the Christmas break, Aaron Lock stays at the beach, teaching people to surf.

The finest vintage


Jo Nixon-Sparkes and husband Paul are into all things retro, this extends to their 1954 Auckland Caravan Club caravan, Kitty, and family trips up the coast.

Christchurch's favourite icecream

Vanilla Ice

"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.

Around the Bays

Banks pen

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


"A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.

At home in the city

Inner-city living

What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?

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'Tis the party season

Theme Productions

What's it like to be a professional party planner? Chris Stead knows. His job is to throw ultimate parties that people never forget.

The city debate


There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?

Redcurrent celebrates 15 years

Rebecca Kain

Rebecca Kain, co-founder of home and giftware store Redcurrent, reflects on the art of giving and her vision for the new Christchurch.

Home loan options


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Your guide to dining out: Part II

Costas Taverna

Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.

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