"We've got to keep some history of the city."
Christchurch might have lost nearly half of its heritage buildings, but it is what we do with the rest of them that matters most.
'A homage to the Mini'
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.
'I have an English pub in my shed'
Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.
Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.
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.
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.
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.
Jay and Hana Jackman have revived the glory of the '60s with their boutique Sadhana Surfboards at The Tannery.
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.
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.
"People who don't like street art are missing out on the opportunity to engage with our city in a new way." - Wongi Wilson
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.
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.
Our man in New York
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.
Ups and downs, highs and lows, what are the hits and misses in the city this month?
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 popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.
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.
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.
Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.
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.
The Dunn family focus firmly on the biggest race of them all, the New Zealand Cup at Addington.
Four Christchurch residents reveal what it's like waiting for their homes to be repaired
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 Burton knows what it takes to create an award-winning World of WearableArt garment.
Yvonne Martin enters the home of World of WearableArt veteran Wendy Burton.
Spend an afternoon in the hillside suburb.
Local business with global reach.
Canterbury Sheepskin has learnt the secret to survival is diversification.
Director and choreographer Sara Brodie returns to lead two shows at the Christchurch Arts Festival.
Where the IT crowd hangs out
Inside an eye-catching building in the CBD, innovative businesses come together over a cup of coffee and a free lunch.
This CEO can act.
Court Theatre CEO Philip Aldridge steps into the limelight this August.
How hard is it to stage a show in our city?
Rosa Shiels discusses the issues around our city's venues and how festival organisers are coping.
Four Crusaders rugby stars in one family
George, Adam, Sam and Luke Whitelock are four brothers making a big impact on Super 15 rugby.
The road to recovery for this great dame of theatre.
Richard O'Brien, the creator of The Rocky Horror Show, is among theatre-loving celebrities helping to get the Isaac Theatre Royal, rocking again.
There are new reasons to head to this historic street.
As more doors open in New Regent St, new faces are adding fresh colour to this vibrant, historic street.
The family behind Academy Gold
Darren Cook is carrying on a cherished family tradition, offering arthouse movies to Christchurch audiences
Artisan bakers talk about their passion.
Red Rocks is vying for a win
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.
An industrial suburb staging a comeback
Working-class history meets international style in a suburb staging a comeback.
Delays plague restaurateurs
What are the challenges firing up our restaurateurs?
Christchurch artists brighten up the city
Where there are gaps in Christchurch's streetscape, artists are filling the voids.
A glimpse of the city's future
From the fringes of the central city to the suburbs beyond, the rebuild is gathering pace.
A Christchurch star gets ready to light up the Big Apple
We talk to Ali Harper, star of the stage, master of the microphone, and mother of three.
Your guide to Sydenham
From the rubble rises a new, exciting Sydenham.
The buildings of Christchurch's future
With so many buildings under way or nearing sign-off, we take a glimpse at what lies ahead.
And its Jurassic gift
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.
The faces behind nomadic food businesses
We talk to the owners of the well-stocked mobile eateries so often at Christchurch events.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
Tucked between Madras St and Hills Rd, a small, rectangular suburb is a land of plenty.
The green crusader
Halfback Andy Ellis is a Crusaders star, and an award-winning landscape gardener.
The people who make the show
We meet some of the people taking part in the Ellerslie International Flower Show.
Leading the way to a better city
In a two-part series, we highlight some very motivated Christchurch business people pushing for change.
Owner Hayden Jones talks shop
Christchurch brewery Matson's is keeping up with the latest beer trends and using social media to push its ales.
The business of baking cakes
Jo Mullen rises before dawn to fill jars with delicious cakes.