Christchurch Life

Restaurant review: Gatherings, Christchurch

Gatherings restaurant in Christchurch embraces a minimalist chic.

Sustainable, vegetarian, organic and delicious.

Foraged fare

Check and re-check that foraged mushrooms are not poisonous, Peter Langlands says.

Even road-kill rabbit is fair game for dedicated forager Peter Langlands.

Clean hair, clean planet

Not a bottle in sight: Ethique produces solid shampoos, conditioners, body washes, makeup removers and shaving soap.

Brianne West is reimagining how we wash our hair and pamper our bodies with ethical, environmentally friendly products.

We tried: Grain Coffee and Eatery in Christchurch

Grain's food offerings are pared back to basics, in keeping with the cafe's minimalist design.

A sleek new, industrial-style cafe is housed in the lobby of a business in Southwark St in central Christchurch.

Eco projects on the rise

Cultivate is a scheme to grow vegetables in central Christchurch while mentoring young people.

Eco projects are popping up all over new Christchurch as people strive for clean and green.

Incredible edible garden

Freshly dug potatoes ready for the pot.

John and Meg Christie's generous section overflows with organic produce, including 37 types of vegetables.

We tried: Arborista in Christchurch

Arborista, the espresso bar in the ANZ Centre, is perfect for enjoying a wine and watching the passing parade of people ...

A smart espresso bar in the ANZ Centre in central Christchurch morphs into an elegant bar for after-work drinks on Thursday and Friday nights.

A mountain retreat

An open-plan living area is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the mountain views.

A secluded luxury eco lodge in North Canterbury offers tranquillity, alpine views and a hot tub from which to gaze at a clear night sky.

Family's sand dune sanctuary

Pascal and Bec Bouffandeau live the good life, with Calix, 9, and Jola, 6, on their 530sqm paradise in South Brighton.

This has turned a sandpit into a green oasis where they keep a kunekune pig and chickens, and grow produce.

Builder's 'dark house' a calm oasis video

Colour pops break up a black-and-white colour scheme.

Builder-owner Jeff Root always wanted a "black box on a black box" - and the result is simply stunning.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Jon Toogood joins the CSO for Saturday night's Symphonic Oddity.

Musical icons of the past are being celebrated around the city over the next seven days.

From retail to rescue: 'you have to be fast and strong' video

Rick Knight, right, makes sure Richard Grant keeps up to standard.

Bankers put themselves to the test to support the rescue helicopter crews they sponsor.

Show proves Bacharach's music still packs punch

Jennine Bailey  and Tom Rainey were among the impressive performers at Wednesday night's The Bacharach Years concert.

REVIEW: Tom Rainey and company gave the audience a truly Proustian evening.

How to get white right stuff nation

Don't be afraid to give it a go -
a little white can go a long way in brightening up a room.

Here's how to get a crisp, clean look that's serene and stylish.

A night of extraordinary music-making

New Zealand pianist Diedre Irons' robust and energetic playing was the standout feature of Tuesday night's Christopher's ...

REVIEW: Tuesday night's combination was a match made in heaven.

Restaurant review: Baretta, Christchurch

Baretta recreates the atmosphere of an Italian trattoria.

Baretta recreates the atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria.

The 40 NZ dishes you must try

The Nest, by L'oeuf.

How many of these 40 dishes can you tick off?

Bucket list trip video

Michelle Calderwood with her daughter Jessica and 5-month-old grandson Ashley-James.

"I know I'm going to die, but I can still do things and make a difference," Christchurch grandmother says.

Rollickin Gelato on the rise

Rollickin' Gelato owner Jed Joyce is continuing to expand the business with a second store in the works.

Rollickin Gelato is a hive of activity with second store at the Arts Centre in the works.

Places to quiz, chat or meet politicians

There's plenty going on in these autumn evenings.

There are all kinds of social gatherings and events around Christchurch, you just have to know where to look.

Review: High tea in Kaiapoi

Each table is given a different set of crockery.

Another reason to visit the historic town of Kaiapoi.

Jazz tour 'a huge opportunity'

Hamish Smith is the first South Islander and second Kiwi to ever play in the JM Jazz World Orchestra. He will head to ...

Unlikely musician jazzed for world orchestra show.

The state of the arts in Christchurch

While graffiti and street art has thrived in post-earthquake Christchurch, many of those working in the arts sector ...

Why Christchurch's approach needs to be more than just "arts in the service of commerce".

Students to perform winning tragedy

Wakatipu High School drama students from the team that won the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare regional final for Southland: ...

Modern day Othello tragedy set in high school propels drama students to national final.

A musical smorgasbord

Cellist Torlief Thedeen tackled Dmitri Shostakovich's formidable Cello Concerto No.1  with a potent blend of power and ...

REVIEW: A triumphant performance of a daunting, but profoundly rewarding work.

From truant teen to role model

Mary Molyneux has got her life back on track with her work at the 180 Degrees School, Sea Cadets and Outward Bound.

Mary Molyneux has travelled a long way – including a 243km mountain trek – from truant teen to someone her peers can look up to.

Six roles, 200 auditions video

Thea Erichsen, centre, auditioning for a role in the production of The Sound of Music.

How do you pick six children from 200 auditioning for roles in The Sound of Music?

What's on in Christchurch this week

Kenny Barron headlines this year's Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival which kicks off in ...

From Dr Hook to Kenny Barron - there's music to suit all tastes happening around Christchurch over the next seven days.

Oasis in a craft beer desert video

The Good Drop's artistic banner by North Canterbury artist Leo Buckett.

Beer enthusiast Dave Wilmott is bringing an oasis to the craft beer and cider desert of Rangiora.

Sports hub gets moving

The project will cost $4.3m in total, with the first stage coming to about $1.1m.

The first stage of a $4.3 million community-led sports hub has made its way to Parklands.

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