Heritage update: Saving our city's soul

"We've got to keep some history of the city."

Heritage Watch

Christchurch might have lost nearly half of its heritage buildings, but it is what we do with the rest of them that matters most.

Not your average garage: The mini cave

'A homage to the Mini'

Mini cave

A shrine to the Mini is taking over classic car restorer Paul Costin's garage. This man cave is a nod to the 1960s mod culture, with two full-sized minis sitting among vintage steering wheels, license plates and a khaki parka.

Canterbury's rural playground

Mt Somers

Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.

Here's the ultimate man cave

'I have an English pub in my shed'

English Pub

Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.

Insider: What's new in the city?

Deli Garcia

From new bars and restaurants to where to go for the best deli goods, this insider guide has the latest on Christchurch's new and existing businesses.

Sumner local makes scents


Sandra Anderson believes we are what we absorb. With that in mind, she creates fragrances with botanicals, drawing on the origin of perfumes to make her luxury scents.

Shepherd's Hut makes modern home


She has a small herd of dressage horses and he has an expanding Holden collection and this modern home, which musters all the charm and character of a backcountry abode, provides space for both.

Jackman family still riding the waves


Jay and Hana Jackman have revived the glory of the '60s with their boutique Sadhana Surfboards at The Tannery.

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor


Following in the footsteps of 42 Below, Sam and Ben Lu of New Zealand Chinese Liquor have created their own spirit to rival others in the Chinese market and beef up Kiwi cocktails, as a replacement for vodka, with its 58 per cent (ABV) strength.

Commando-M sneakers are back


The iconic '80s sandshoe brand is being revived with new styles and has teamed up with some Kiwi designers in a bid to make Commando-M footwear cool again.

Will street art have a lasting effect on our city's psyche?

"People who don't like street art are missing out on the opportunity to engage with our city in a new way." - Wongi Wilson

Street art

Artists are keen to keep the street art ball rolling long after the Rise festival ends. See what they have to say about the artworks and follow our map to catch a glimpse of every wall.

Jack on the box

Our man in New York

Jack Tame

A decade ago, Jack Tame left Cashmere High School bound for a career in broadcasting. Now based in New York, he travels to United States hot spots, with camera in hand.

Insider: What's new in the city?

Who, what, where, when


From new bars and restaurants to where to go for the best furniture finds, this insider guide has the latest on Christchurch's new and existing businesses.

Insider: A guide to what's new in the city

Who, what, where, when


From new pop-up tearooms to recent changes to She Chocolat's offerings, this insider guide has the latest on Christchurch's new and existing businesses.

Hit and miss: The March edition


Ups and downs, highs and lows, what are the hits and misses in the city this month?

City watch: Part two


The rebuild is well underway, buildings are occupying empty sites and tenants are moving back into town. Daisy Seely meets the new kids on the block.

Nancy Tichborne's new start


After two decades living on a property that fired her creative spirit, watercolour artist Nancy Tichborne is leaving French Farm Valley on Banks Peninsula.

The surfs up in Sumner


The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins


Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.

City watch: Part One

city watch

As new buildings begin to shape our city's skyline, Daisy Seely takes a look at the newcomers, starting in Victoria St, in the first of a two-part series.

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