Christchurch Life

What's on in Christchurch this week

Much-loved festive film Love Actually is playing at The Arts Centre on Friday night.

There's plenty of ways to get into the festive spirit around Christchurch this week

Separated siblings overcome the odds

Foster children Nada Simmonds, 17, and brother Troy Simmonds, 18, at the William Wallace Awards held in Te Marae at Te ...

Scholarships for brother and sister separated as toddlers and raised in foster care.

Lure of the console did it for Harry

Christ Church Cathedral's new organist Harry Meehan is a catholic working in an anglican church.

Organ music is breaking down religious boundaries in Christchurch.

Last family Christmas marred by theft

Michelle McCormick (35) and Philip Broderick (35) had their Christmas lights and decorations stolen from the outside of ...

It could be his last Christmas, so she wanted to make it special.

Review: The Laboratory, Lincoln

Lincoln's quirky The Laboratory is a wonderful place to drink and eat.

Hot wings, cold broccoli and a great venue.

Pasifika engagement awarded

Josiah Tualamali'i was awarded last week for his leadership in youth advocacy.

A Christchurch man has been awarded for his work with Pasifika youth.

The love of clay

Canterbury Potters' Association tutor Jane McCulla says potting has spiked in popularity.

People have been tuning in for reality television show The Great Pottery Throwdown, and now they're wanting to learn.

Bringing bacon to the city

The location of the new Bacon Brothers restaurant bar at 181 High St off Tuam St in Christchurch.

Bacon lovers rejoice: The Bacon Brothers' Burger Bar is coming to the city centre.

Recipe: Coq au vin from Cornershop Bistro

The richly flavoured coq au vin from The Cornershop Bistro in Sumner, Christchurch.

We help readers track down a dish from a restaurant or cafe.

Review: Unknown Chapter Coffee Roasters

The feijoa bircher with a fresh berry compote is worth returning for.

Unknown Chapter Coffee Roasters is well worth a workday pitstop.

Best places to buy local and fresh

The Greengrocer sells fresh produce as well as housemade preserves.

Neat Places looks at places around Christchurch to stock up on fresh, locally grown, and spray-free fruit and vegetables.

Emotional opening for Christchurch cafe

Bunsen opened to a flurry of customers in November who were excited to return to the space.

'People have been getting quite tearful when they come in. It's a special place for many.'

Ultra-marathon for mental health

Christchurch man Tony Sharpe is going to run 135km in one day.

By the time most people get up on Saturday, Tony Sharpe and George McNeur will have already completed a marathon.

Arrowsmith at home finalising second album

Singer and songwriter Holly Arrowsmith is happy to be back in the mountains, in Queenstown.

Queenstown's own tiny folk queen with the powerhouse voice is finalising her second album.

Growing 'curiosity-driven' children

Dr Michelle Dickinson speaks to St Francis of Assisi Catholic School on Monday about Nano Science as part of her ...

Nanogirl visits Christchurch to change the way science is taught, learned, and how many perceive it.

Christchurch Santa Parade a success

Santa was of course star of the show at the 70th annual Christchurch parade.

Christchurch's annual Santa Parade hailed a success.

Xmas lights draw crowds video

Visitors came from as far away as the West Coast and Dunedin to see the Prebbleton lights.

Festive light show features 500,000 lights and was nine months in the making.

Santa in Christchurch

The Christchurch Santa Parade is set to thrill thousands of Canatabrians on Sunday, kicking off on Riccarton Rd from 2pm.

'Tis the season to line Riccarton Rd and wait for a glimpse of Santa Claus.

South Island Wine & Food pumps

Nigel Hampton QC enjoying a glass of red wine.

Thousands turned out to enjoy the sunshine at the Wine and Food festival in Hagley Park.

The island that almost wasn't there

Pukerauaruhe Island, aka Browne's Island, in the Port Levy bay on Banks Peninsula.

Pukerauaruhe Island was said to mean a heap of ferns but it did not look like one and was so barren it would struggle to grow very much at all.

Older, wiser and more productive

Nearly all New Zealand politicians pay homage to Grey Power. Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith addresses a meeting in ...

New Zealanders are living longer and the elderly are healthier. What it means to be "old" is changing.

Youth promote Jailbreak campaign

Piata Thompson, 16, is one of the faces of the Jailbreak campaign.

A group of young Canterbury leaders have joined forces to re-brand the youth and disability sector.

Life Story: Leslie Kenton

Leslie Kenton died on November 13 in Governors Bay, Christchurch. She was 75.

A visionary of health and beauty, Leslie Kenton inspired millions with her words and her wisdom.

Ten exhibitions to see in December

Chrystabel Aitken, Chiko, Handmade Christmas Card, 1962, Macmillan Brown Library Archives, (MB1380, 134221) Chrystabel ...

Christmas finally comes to Christchurch's gallery

A big, bold and defiant work

Julius Olsson, Moonlight. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased by the Canterbury Society ...

How one romantic naturalist raged against the 1930s tide of more modern paintings

Woven creations on display

Sue Cootes, of Spring Creek, with her Piu Piu Cape.

Raranga graduates exhibit woven creations at Omaka Marae.

Fine for summer's first weekend

Drizzly in many southern centres on Friday before a mainly fine weekend.

Friday rain to clear in time for annual Wine and Food festival in Hagley Park on Saturday.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Santa will be the main star at Christchurch's annual Santa Parade on Sunday afternoon.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Christchurch this week

Calling tram enthusiasts video

John Shanks.

Tram enthusiasts needed to help preserve Christchurch's history.

The Court's family-friendly festive treat

The Court Jesters' warm and witty latest show weaves improv into the enduring structure of A Christmas Carol.

REVIEW: A Christmas Carol as you have never seen it before.

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