Christchurch Life

Easter buns a treat to make

Hot cross buns

Professional bakers are encouraging Cantabrians to have a go at making their own hot cross buns.

Heavenly Creatures locations 20 years on

Heavenly Creatures

Two decades after its release, we look at how Peter Jackson made Heavenly Creatures in the shadow of the Parker-Hulme murder.

Cafe chat: Easter treats all across city

Sarah Donovan at She Chocolat

Christchurch goes all out for the chocolate celebration of the year.

Review: Bistro Gentil

Lake Wanaka

It's an intimate restaurant, without being intimidating, and n daylight you can see across the golf course to Lake Wanaka.

Firming up cider house rules

Caroline Peckham cider

In the last couple of years cider has gone from zero to hero in New Zealand, but are we drinking the proper stuff?

Wild art coming to Christchurch

Wild in Art

A flock of multi-coloured giraffes will be coming to Christchurch this summer to raise money for charities.

Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Adapting a famous detective story for the stage is daunting but this comedic version turns the supernatural chiller into a comedic tour de farce.

Victorian theme drives new shop

Paula Garcia and Mike Lester

It's all about glamorous corsets and silky bow ties at the latest addition to New Regent St.

Review: Scores of Canvases

Andrew Withington

Judging from this concert, there is only one thing better than hearing the City Choir, and that is to sing in it.

Singer grateful for Major's advice

Pop artist turns to opera

Oliver Sewell

A former choirboy turned Smokefreerockquest winner is now an up-and-coming opera star.

Project offers hope for city's recovery

Flag Wall

We have yet to find a single work of art to rally around as a lone symbol of city centre recovery, but Sara Hughes' Flag Wall certainly helps.

Fifty years since Beatles' Christchurch tour

Beatles in Christchurch

On June 27, 1964, the Beatles played two shows at Christchurch's now-being-demolished Majestic Theatre.

Top male strippers sell out Woolston show


Ahead of their sell-out Christchurch show, Aidan, of world No 1 male strip revue Manpower, tells all about his crazy life.

Retirement home residents 'flash mob' mall

Flash mob of retirement home residents

A group of Christchurch retirement home residents bust out funky moves in front of surprised shoppers to show flash mobs are not just for young people.

Review: Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval is a tapas bar; this makes deciding easy - a little of what you fancy.

Cafe chat: Procope coffee house to reopen

Procope Victoria St

A popular Victoria St coffee house will soon open its doors following three years out of action due to quake damage.

Buskers event loses $14,000

World Buskers Festival

The $2.2m World Buskers Festival made a loss this year for the first time since the council bought it.

How she lost 65 kilos in two years

How she lost 65 kilos in two years

It used to take Sam Weaver two hours to walk round Hagley Park - she can now do it in 40 minutes.

Chch today: Deans Ave roundabout to go

Clouds above Lake Pukaki

Work is expected to soon begin on replacing the former Deans Ave roundabout with pedestrian/cycle crossing.

Chch Today: New road woes for Victoria St

Victoria St roadworks

New Victoria St closures are adding to increased traffic congestion in the central city this morning.

Review: Hello Sunday cafe

Review: Hello Sunday cafe

hello sunday

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Hello Sunday opened in Sydenham a few weeks ago and has quickly become a very popular spot.

What's on this weekend


© Fairfax NZ News

What's on this weekend in Christchurch.

Charity boxers comeback kings

charity boxing strap

Rebuild workers trade tool belts for boxing gloves in open-air ring for inaugural charity event.

Lyttelton's bearded lady in high heels

Von Leon

Lyttelton's "big guy in heels" is organising this weekend's Revenge of the Easter Bunny.

Pallet Pavilion to shut doors in style

Venue closing with 'musical homage' to city

Pallet Pavilion closing

Using chainsaws and sledgehammers alongside more traditional instruments, the Deconstruction Orchestra have created a fitting sonic farewell for the Pallet Pavilion.

Sullivans bar in 3-year battle to reopen

Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan never thought it would take three years to reopen his bar.

Chch today: High St traffic lights 'a compromise'

RISE exhibition

Despite concerns the lights are broken on the Lichfield/Manchester St intersection, there is a minimum 6-second green light on High St.

Slam poetry moves youngsters

Experiences teenage girl's moving poem

Elise Wilson

Slam poetry is a global, social, literary movement. The spoken word form owes a lot to hip-hop culture.

Dual boutique finds new home

Dual at The Tannery

After losing her Lyttelton store in the quake, designer Caro Allison has opened a new boutique in The Tannery.

Review: Waipara Hills Cellar Door Cafe

Waipara Hills winery

Great winery restaurants work hard to present their wines in the best possible light - Waipara Hills ticks this box.

Cafe chat: Brick Mill Cafe for sale

SoYo frozen yoghurt

The popular Brick Mill Cafe is up for sale after seven years in business plus frozen yoghurt arrives in Riccarton.

Chch Today: All-in rubbish collection?


A reader calls for an 'anything goes' rubbish collection for unwanted furniture, electrical and sporting goods.

Sophie Pascoe ditches togs for jewellery

Olympic medallist turns jewellery model

Sophie Pascoe

Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe has ditched her togs for jewellery in a photo shoot for a new sponsor.

Chch today: Skate park upgrade to cost $3m

Washington Way skate park

Washington Way Skate Park to be extended and landscaped at a cost of $3 million.

Much-loved Black Betty cafe is back

Hamish Evans

A landlord investing $400,000 from his own pocket to keep an old building open is a rarity.

New shop is full of some real gems

Anissa Victoria's Twilight Vintage Market

A vintage treasure trove is opening up in Cathedral Junction, thanks to a generous landlord and Life in Vacant Spaces.

Chch today: Meaning behind Chch's Maori name

Mike Pero hot air balloon

Otautahi, the Maori name for Christchurch, means "the place of Tautahi", referring to Te Potiki Tautahi.

Review: Serj Tankian

serj tankian

Activist and musician Serj Tankian's sole New Zealand concert was intriguing, provocative and riveting.

Review: Savoire Cafe, Bishopdale


They say first impressions last but not so at Savoire Cafe and Wine Bar.

Council 'lacks financial discipline'

Christchurch City Council

Council event spending is to top $9.5m next year as its finance chief criticises lack of spending discipline.

Jurassic 5 thrill Christchurch fans

Jurassic 5

REVIEW: Jurassic 5 played before 50,000 at Coachella last year so kudos to them for coming to Christchurch.

Review: Sol3 Mio at CBS Canterbury Arena

Sol3 Mio

Sol3 Mio's natural humour and tremendous vocal abilities quickly won me over last night.

Chch today: Where did $5m donation go?

New build in Chch city centre

A $5m donation to children of the eastern suburbs has been spread across seven projects.

Review: The Station, Papanui

The Station restaurant

The Station doesn't grandstand, and delivered the best service we've had for some time.

Cafe chat: New brunches and beers

The Organic Food House

A brand-new brunch haunt, beer launches and the return of Black Betty.

New Brighton community garden unites

New Brighton community garden

The corn grows as high as an elephant's eye at the New Brighton community garden.

Beer nerds face wine ponces at The Tannery

CP Lin

Beer nerds will take on wine ponces in the first Grain versus Grape debate tonight.

Catton's novel brings old family links to life


Deidre Mussen discovers many of Catton's characters' surnames in Hokitika's 1860s history.

Awaiting app to create airbrushed selfie


OPINION: I have just spent 10 minutes discovering the best selfie comes from holding the camera high and saying "prune".

Chch: Storm to bring rain, lightning, winds

pink sky

A southwesterly change has hit Christchurch bringing rain, lightning and wind gusts of up to 100kmh.
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