Christchurch Life

My 50kg weight loss after virus

Chantelle avoided exercise for 24 years because of a disorder that caused her joints to dislocate.

Chantelle Parsons has used CrossFit to build stronger joints and tone up after a virus left her unable to eat or drink for days.

Glide on the Peace Train

Yusuf Islam – better known as Cat Stevens – is coming back to New Zealand.

Cat Stevens is stopping in New Zealand in December, as part of the 60s icon's 50th anniversary tour.

The weird thing about mysterious Bill Manhire riddles

Prof Bill Manhire, poet and riddler.

Acclaimed New Zealand poet Bill Manhire writes to signpost possibilities and give freedom.

Review: Sala Sala, Christchurch

Sala Sala - same name, different menu.

The presentation appeared more exciting than the food.

Young mum defeats the odds

Lauren Fick, 21, says her three-year-old girl Charli is her life.

Baby was the "catalyst of change" for the young Christchurch mother and nursing student.

Kendo with two swords

Eynon Phillips (left) from Canterbury and Nigel Tan from Otago compete in the South Island Kendo Championships at ...

Eynon Phillips is one of few Kiwis to grade fourth dan in two-sword Kendo fighting.

Two Cartoons tour

Two Cartoons' Isaac McFarlane and Brad Craig in 2012.

Underground Kiwi bands Two Cartoons and Spawts will be bringing their musical flair around the country this month.

Artefacts tell stories of our past

One of archaeologist Jessie Garland's favourite finds is this Price and Co Russian Bears Grease, estimated to be around ...

In time for National Archaeology Week, local archaeologists say the city's rebuild has unearthed more of its past.

The sewing tour of the South

Sew Love creator Sarah Lancaster at The Commons in Christchurch.

Armed with sewing machines and secondhand fabrics, Sew Love is changing the way we think about consumerism.

Grand Designs owner's battle video

Andrei, Alice and Abby Martin posed for the cameras at the end of their Grand Designs build last November.

Andrei Martin, who built the 'crowd favourite' Grand Designs house in Christchurch last year, is once again battling ill health.

Combining food and shopping

Frobisher mixes interior design with top food.

Neat Places in Christchurch to enjoy a dining and shopping experience in a shared space.

Review: Staff Only, Christchurch

The bagel-and-coffee eatery serves simple, casual food.

The small, quirky bagel joint opened in what was formally the back entrance to Tequila Mockingbird restaurant.

Step back in time at new bar

More than 800 quintessential 70s decor items were sourced for the fit-out.

Retropolitan Social Club opens on Lincoln Rd and established restaurant Chinwag closes.

Why Annabel Langbein loves live cooking

Annabel Langbein is presenting at the Christchurch Food Show from April 7-9.

"I'm almost in my element. My mother always used to say I was a performing flea."

Edgeware pool approved

The site of the former Edgeware pool, where the community hopes to build a replacement.

 Resource consent has been granted for a group to rebuild the Edgeware swimming pool.

High School students seek FAME

Wakatipu High School students Sophia Harris, 17, as Lambchops; Hugh Taylor, 17, as Nick; Zak Komene, 16, and Sofia ...

Wakatipu High School's talent will be showcased when Fame - The Musical opens on Wednesday night at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

NZ's Joni Mitchell unveiled

Nadia Reid picked up her guitar at the age of 15 and it has gone with her ever since.

Folk singer Nadia Reid spent a year being sober while she made and toured her latest album.

Bain gets new Court role

Christchurch playwright and theatre director Dan Bain has been appointed as The Court Theatre's associate director.

Children's theatre specialist tipped as future leader

Top beer pourer from Wanaka

Ricky Barbara, from Trout Bar in Wanaka, has been named one of the country's top Heineken bartenders

A bartender from Wanaka has been named one of NZ's top beer pourers and will compete for an international title.

Pair snap up photo prizes

Roseanne Jones won the prestigious Canon Eyecon photography competition with a series showing her parents' home and ...

Two up-and-coming Christchurch photographers have snapped up the top prizes in a national competition.

Moulin Rouge star headed our way

Cabaret de Paris will visit Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Napier in late May/early June.

Cabaret de Paris set for Auckland, Wellington, Napier and Christchurch shows.

Prison symphonies growing confidence video

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra musician Cathy Irons shows the inmates some of what she's capable of with a violin.

Orchestra musicians are helping young prisoners change their tunes.

Folk singer Phil Garland given farewell

Folk singer and musical historian Phil Garland in 2009.

Christchurch folk singer Phil Garland was remembered as a troubadour, a family man and a mentor at his funeral on Friday.

Marvellous staging hides musical's flaws

Showbiz's Priscilla: Queen of the Desert features a stunning array of costumes that just keep on coming like an unending ...

REVIEW: Showbiz's latest production is a great excuse to hear some rocking pop-tunes, performed with style and verve and enjoy some Broadway-standard production values.

Adele? Pffft, try Crowded House

Neil Finn surveys the crowd at the 1995 Summertimes concert in Hagley Park.

Think 43,000's big? Try 80,000 crowding into Hagley Park for these Kiwi legends.

Artists not keen on art bridge

Chris Booth's 'Taurapa' sculpture was installed on the banks of the Avon River between Colombo and Manchester streets in ...

Artists steering clear of design competition for "art bridge" over Avon River in central Christchurch.

Rare orca sighting in Lyttelton Harbour video


For one long-time resident, it was the first time he had seen the animals in the area.

Weekend rain and cloud

Pull out your umbrellas for a weekend of wet weather across the south.

Kids playing footy this weekend? Pack your umbrellas and prep the washing machine for muddy socks.

What's on in Christchurch this week

Neo-soul singer Sacha Vee brings her Luminous Album Tour home to Woolston's Blue Smoke tonight.

There's an eclectic range of events and concerts headed our way over the next week

Curtis and Wardrop play Cardrona in April

Cardrona folk singer-songwriter Martin Curtis at the Wanaka cenotaph.

Martin Curtis has been recording songs of war, mountains, keas, and his love of the land for more than 35 years.

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