Christchurch Life

Celeb chef owes creditors $1.6m

Celebrity chef Jo Seagar's failed business owes creditors more than $1.6 million.

Chef Jo Seagar's defunct cooking school and cafe owes creditors more than $1.6 million.

Summer Starter entries open

Runners hit their paces at the start of the inaugural The Press Summer Starter Fun Run.

The race is on for Cantabrians to enter for The Press Summer Starter fun run and walk.

Supreme homes claim building awards

This house at Clearwater in Christchurch has been named supreme new home winner at House of the Year Canterbury.

A modern house overlooking a golf course and a castle-style home are among the Canterbury House of the Year winners.

Piano signs tenants

The $14 million Piano Centre for Music and the Arts is under construction and will be the first new building in Christchurch's performing arts precinct.

New tenants have signed up for a music centre under construction in central Christchurch.

Christchurch dog parks an asset

Kevin loves going to the Halswell Quarry

OPINION: Thanks for the dog parks, Christchurch City Council. 

High country retreat

Grasmere, the high-country station, is a mecca for outdoor adventurers.

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

Introducing Bronwyn & Daniel gallery

The newlyweds in Mona Vale gardens.

They lived in the same spot for years, yet their paths never crossed until they moved to London. If that isn't fate, we don't know what is ...

HLAH - the hairy heroes of Kiwi rock

Head Like A Hole, aka HLAH are touring this month with 8 Foot Sativa.

HLAH - the hairy heroes of Kiwi rock are back on the road with new album Narcocorrido.

Epic swim makes history video

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Simon Olliver has just returned home from successfully swimming the English channel and has become the oldest New Zealander to do so.

Fifty-one-year old Simon Olliver has become the oldest Kiwi to successfully swim the English Channel.

Pedal power for mental health

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Leisa McNoughton is planning a four-month mountain bike trip down through New Zealand with her best friend, a part Berenise/part border collie, Indy in October.
She will be using the tracks that are part of the Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff. It????????s the culmination of a long road for her that????????s had a lot of personal challenges along the way.

A Christchurch woman will cycle the length of New Zealand in a charity drive.

Christchurch Pops Choir farewells its ‘pop’

Christchurch Pops Choir will farewell its artistic director Luke di Somma this weekend.

A choir indelibly associated with raising spirits in post-quake Christchurch will give a particularly poignant concert this Saturday.

Pomeroys adds a little extra

Pure Cafe Co in the Tait Building on Wooldridge Rd

Go dairy-free at Re:Start Mall or head to Sumner for deli delights.

Tofu's winning ways - getting creative with curds

Dux Dine's head chef Tristin Anderson's tofu mousse.

Tofu is a popular protein source for vegetarians.

School takes up Summer Starter challenge

St Michael's School will be running or walking in The Press Summer Starter fun run and walk.

A Christchurch school is taking up a challenge to get active and address their health and well being.

Cradle of Filth: T-shirt exhibition 'weird'

British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, creators of rock's most controversial clothing item.

In February a T-shirt on display at Canterbury Museum shocked not only Christchurch but the band behind it.

Giraffes get national award

The painted giraffe sculptures have stood tall in Christchurch for a couple of months.

A Christchurch project that "took over the city" with lovable giraffes has gained national recognition.

Top cast in The Ladykillers

The Court Theatre's production The Ladykillers relies heavily on slapstick.

Slapstick may not be a universal favourite, but The Ladykillers cast could win you over to practically anything.

Weaving a fine legacy video

Basham's caskets are 100 per cent biodegradable.

A Collingwood weaver makes coffins from willow.

Assistance dog gives boy new life

Hunter Abel-Kirkpatrick, 10, has gained independence and motivation with the help of dog Cooper. The assistance dog goes everywhere with him, including to the St Martins New World supermarket.

An assistance dog named Cooper is helping a disabled boy take on the world.

Computer skills scheme brings parents up to speed

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For Mainland Live. -Computers in Homes- supports families with children at school to join the online world. PIC:  Fetalaiga Tomuli, mum of five is a recent graduate whose has gained a few basic computing skills to help her keep up to speed with her children.

Mum-of-five Falaiga Tumoli no longer has to rely on her children to show her basic computing skills.

Christchurch's school flight

Why are some Christchurch schools suffering a long-term drop in numbers while others bulge at the seams?

Why are some Christchurch parents avoiding their local schools?

Rockpool reopens

The Rockpool bar on Hereford St has reopened after a $1.5 million makeover.

Rockpool bar has reopened - one of the first central city bars to rebuild since the earthquakes. 

Review: The Laboratory

The Laboratory in Lincoln serves up great food and great atmosphere.

REVIEW: The Laboratory is a pub with real atmosphere.

What you were wearing

See what Helen Bolton was wearing in Christchurch.

What you were wearing in Christchurch.

Southern style

Garage Project's Pete Gillespie remembers a childhood in Christchurch before making his brewing bones in Wellington.

The lure of the capital has meant making the North Island home for a group of South Islanders 

Confessions of an opera bore

NZ Opera's production of Madama Butterfly at the Isaac Theatre Royal

There are some artistic moments that I prefer to avoid.

Butterfly 'best yet'

Madama Butterfly presented by New Zealand Opera.

Anne Sophie Duprels shines as Madama Butterfly, heralding the return of opera to the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Craft a ‘revolt’ against a digital world

Doris Tutill, Maori whare and tiki design. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; gifted to the Gallery by Doris Tutill, 2008.

What is unique about craft in Aotearoa New Zealand?  This was the question put to writers who recently attended a workshop about definitions of craft, held in Christchurch with renowned British design historian Tanya Harrod.

Explore the universe

Hannah Beehre, Eta Carinae, 2015, Swarovski crystal, acrylic and dye on velvet.

Hannah Beehre's exhibition, Paintings, plays with the idea of the vastness of nature and the universe.

Ace Frehley - Kiss, rock 'n' roll and fast cars

Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of the rock band Kiss, has released a new solo album.

Dust flying, sirens wailing... Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss, is telling me about the time he was driving his DeLorean through the desert being chased at high speeds by 10 police cars.

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