Christchurch Life

Small cinema a picture of success

Alice Cinematheque won Best Independent Cinema at the official awards of the NZ motion picture industry.
Pictured is managing director Jeremy Stewart.

An independent Christchurch cinema has gained national recognition on the eve of its 30th birthday.

'We are the underdogs. So what?' video

If you can do it, so can we: intellectually disabled students at Halswell Residential College produced this rap video to challenge the stereotypes they face.

Intellectually disabled students challenge prejudice in rap music video.

Fish and hits

Jacob Rajan and Nisha Madhan star in Kiss the Fish.

Monkeys, masks and Freddie Mercury all inform Kiss the Fish, a play presented by the Indian Ink theatre company in Christchurch this week.

Kids take to their tractors for All Blacks tickets video

Daria Gallery and Samuel Hadfield join the school celebration day with their song Green Tractor.

A small Canterbury school has embraced its country roots in its bid for free All Blacks test match tickets.

'Hated because of how I look'

Jackel, a Kiwi rapper who lives in Australia, is holding a release party for her new video Put In Fitness at Winnie Bagoes City on Saturday. She has previously received online abuse over her appearance.

Because of her tattooed appearance, online commentators once told Jackel Aitchison to kill herself.

The optimistic Mr Smit

Sir Tim Smit says a New Zealand Eden Project could act as "a fantastic symbol" for Christchurch.

Sir Tim Smit has a "rock and roll" approach and a big vision for Christchurch.

Peace and quiet at Lake Pukaki

131211 Feature Photo:Dean Kozanic The Press. Mt Cook Village where the Department of Conservation also acts as the local council and The Hermitage hotel is the major employer. Aoraki Mt Cook at the head of Lake Pukaki seen from State Highway 80.

Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.

Colouring books for adults a 'revolution'

Colouring books for adults are in.

Grab the Crayolas - welcome to the world of adult colouring in.

Mosh and Mozart for revamped theatre

The James Hay Theatre, pictured in 2005, will become a venue for chamber music and rock gigs.

The revamped James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall will be able to switch between chamber music and a mosh pit.

How do you rebuild the Court Theatre?

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, is the inspiration for a rebuilt Court Theatre in central Christchurch.

A good theatre is as hard to build as a nuclear facility and your company could be destroyed if you get it wrong.

Meet, chat, do your best art gallery hands

More communication is needed among the arts community, like this art forum held in May.

Let's talk more.

Team effort to win All Blacks tickets

Raewyn Murray is rallying her community for a competition to win 50 tickets to an All Blacks test match. 
The competition is being run by The Press in partnership with ASB. Photo: Emily Spink/Fairfax NZ

It's game on for a Christchurch community chasing tickets to an historic All Blacks test match.

'What people order says so much'

The last meal of 49-year-old Ronnie Lee Gardner, convicted of murder, burglary and robbery, as recreated in Henry Hargreaves' No Seconds series.

US-based Kiwi photographer brings his exhibition about death row prisoners' last meals home to NZ.

Kidsfest celebrates 'Year of Light'

The feature moon lantern by Julian Southgate is part of the lantern parade event to launch KidsFest 2015.

Wrap up warm and prepare to party at the lantern parade to launch Kidsfest on Saturday night.

Cancer treatment for hearts

Nick Lowther is working on a new technology that could help save lives.

New research is looking at treating irregular heart beats with radiotherapy.

Dancing in the dark

No Lights, No Lycra is all about dancing in the dark and letting yourself be free.

No-one wants to end up on social media dancing like a Thunderbird who needs a wee.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - back to the future

British band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are touring New Zealand this month.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis sound like yesterday and tomorrow combined.

Want to start your own fashion label?

Adorn Clothing founders Rishi Patel, left, and Eugene Heemi.

Fashion is a business that can break entrepreneurs like no other.

Bamboozle is leaving Sumner

Green Roots Organics is open at the Christchurch Farmers Market.

Sumner restaurant Bamboozle to head to the city.

Dragons Den a moody hideaway

Dragons Den Social Lounge has anime-style art work.

Dragon's Den offers top cocktails and cosy couches.

A hut that's easy to hate

The old hut on the south shore of Lake Emma.

It's not often I say it about a mountain hut, but Emma just doesn't make the cut.

Bone Thugs arrive in NZ

Bone Thugs 'N Harmony play two shows in New Zealand this week – but where is Flesh'n'bone?

American hip hop group Bone Thugs ’N Harmony turn up – but where is Flesh'n'Bone?

New Regent Street's hospo boom video

New Regent St was humming when Prince Harry caught the tram during his visit to Christchurch earlier this year.

Carlton Bar & Eatery to open in New Regent St as hospitality continues to flourish and some retailers struggle.

Teen finds solace in the simple act of drawing

Smith finds solace from her drawing.

Drawing helps Jessica Smith forget about her dyslexia.

Woolston Brass rally for champs video

Christchurch's Woolston Brassband perform at Wigram Air Force Museum under the direction of Tyme Masters.

Prestigious Christchurch band Woolston Brass prepared for the national championships with a special gig.

Theatre: Botch up won't cost us

The panels had to be craned into place on Gloucester St.

Isaac Theatre Royal bosses say they won't pay extra costs as construction firms squabble over delays.

Canterbury Smokefreerockquest winners

Alternative rock band Altero, from left: Bede Barrie, Jared Whiting, Miceal Wilson, Min-Young Her, of Lincoln High School. Winners of the 2015 Canterbury regional final of the Smokefreerockquest competition.

Altero, a four-piece alternative band from Lincoln High School, have won the Canterbury regional final of Smokefreerockquest.

A 'joyous day' for America - Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge will play three shows in New Zealand in January 2016, touring with Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon.

Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon headed for NZ this summer.

At war with Wilson Parking

Wrong pole, pooch.

OPINION: I now judge how successful a day has been by the number of parking tickets accumulated.

News from the frozen south

A view of Christchurch from the cold Summit Rd on Monday.

OPINION: A southern view of the week's news.

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