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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.

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.

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.

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

Hedonista

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

Shepherd

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

Sadhana

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

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor

NZCL

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

Commando-M

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.

Insider: What's new in the city?

Who, what, where, when

Insider

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.

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.

Hit and miss: The March edition

Hitandmiss

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

Nancy Tichborne's new start

Nancy

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

Your guide to Sumner

Sumner

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

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

Who, what, where, when

Insider

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.

City watch: Part two

City

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.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

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.

Drive for success

Dunn

The Dunn family focus firmly on the biggest race of them all, the New Zealand Cup at Addington.

Living in exile

Four Christchurch residents reveal what it's like waiting for their homes to be repaired

Exile

As Christchurch homes are mended, it seems as though half the city's residents are living in temporary accommodation and the rest are waiting to move. A group of exilees make the most of living in limbo.

Wendy's workshop

Wendy Burton knows what it takes to create an award-winning World of WearableArt garment.

Burton

Yvonne Martin enters the home of World of WearableArt veteran Wendy Burton.

Locals are crazy about Cashmere

Cashmere

Spend an afternoon in the hillside suburb.

Christchurch boots for supermodels

Local business with global reach.

Canterbury Sheepskin

Canterbury Sheepskin has learnt the secret to survival is diversification.

Sara Brodie's showstoppers

Sara Brodie

Director and choreographer Sara Brodie returns to lead two shows at the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Inside Epic - our own Silicon Valley

Where the IT crowd hangs out

Epic

Inside an eye-catching building in the CBD, innovative businesses come together over a cup of coffee and a free lunch.

Philip Aldridge, master of The Court

This CEO can act.

Philip Aldridge

Court Theatre CEO Philip Aldridge steps into the limelight this August.

The issue with Christchurch venues

How hard is it to stage a show in our city?

CBS Arena

Rosa Shiels discusses the issues around our city's venues and how festival organisers are coping.

The Crusaders' super siblings

Four Crusaders rugby stars in one family

Whitelock

George, Adam, Sam and Luke Whitelock are four brothers making a big impact on Super 15 rugby.

Our Theatre Royal's biggest fans

The road to recovery for this great dame of theatre.

Isaac Theatre Royal

Richard O'Brien, the creator of The Rocky Horror Show, is among theatre-loving celebrities helping to get the Isaac Theatre Royal, rocking again.

New Regent Street's latest faces

There are new reasons to head to this historic street.

New Regent St

As more doors open in New Regent St, new faces are adding fresh colour to this vibrant, historic street.

Not your average movie theatre

The family behind Academy Gold

Academy Gold

Darren Cook is carrying on a cherished family tradition, offering arthouse movies to Christchurch audiences

Passionate bakers spill their secrets

Bread

Artisan bakers talk about their passion.

Author Rachael King's latest title

Red Rocks is vying for a win

Rachael King

Christchurch author Rachael King's first children's book, Red Rocks, has been shortlisted in this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.

The changing face of Woolston

An industrial suburb staging a comeback

Woolston

Working-class history meets international style in a suburb staging a comeback.

Why restaurants take so long to open

Delays plague restaurateurs

Restaurant battlers

What are the challenges firing up our restaurateurs?

Local artists take to the streets

Christchurch artists brighten up the city

Wongi Wilson

Where there are gaps in Christchurch's streetscape, artists are filling the voids.

Christchurch takes on a new look

A glimpse of the city's future

The MET

From the fringes of the central city to the suburbs beyond, the rebuild is gathering pace.

Ali Harper takes on New York

A Christchurch star gets ready to light up the Big Apple

Ali Harper

We talk to Ali Harper, star of the stage, master of the microphone, and mother of three.

Exploring Sydenham

Your guide to Sydenham

The Colombo

From the rubble rises a new, exciting Sydenham.

Christchurch of the future

The buildings of Christchurch's future

Cardboard cathedral

With so many buildings under way or nearing sign-off, we take a glimpse at what lies ahead.

The botanic gardens' guardian

And its Jurassic gift

John Clemens

A Jurassic gift for the Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ 150th anniversary year is a symbol of exciting things to come for this beloved piece of turf.

Moveable feasts

The faces behind nomadic food businesses

Pizzacarto

We talk to the owners of the well-stocked mobile eateries so often at Christchurch events.

Guide to Edgeware

Eat. Drink. Shop.

Paperback Centre

Tucked between Madras St and Hills Rd, a small, rectangular suburb is a land of plenty.

Andy Ellis at Ellerslie

The green crusader

Andy Ellis

Halfback Andy Ellis is a Crusaders star, and an award-winning landscape gardener.

Ellerslie Flower Show stars

The people who make the show

Ellerslie

We meet some of the people taking part in the Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Cantabs making a difference

Leading the way to a better city

Bright Sparks

In a two-part series, we highlight some very motivated Christchurch business people pushing for change.

Matson's Brewery means business

Owner Hayden Jones talks shop

Matson's Brewery

Christchurch brewery Matson's is keeping up with the latest beer trends and using social media to push its ales.

Sugar Baby Cakery

The business of baking cakes

Sugar Baby Cakery

Jo Mullen rises before dawn to fill jars with delicious cakes.
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