Christchurch Life

Teen's Tourette's mission

Katelin Cox has Tourette's and is helping to raise funds for the Tourettes Association of New Zealand. Pictured with mum Mel and Quintin Cox.

Katelin Cox has Tourette Syndrome and is on a crusade to stop the bullying she had to endure throughout her childhood.

Teen can't enjoy beach

Ella Wiersma, 17, cannot get down to the beach in Christchurch. Mum Lorraine Wiersma has pleaded with the Christchurch City Council to improve access.

Ella Wiersma can only sit in a Christchurch beach carpark watching as her peers frolic in the waves and on the sand.

Back to nature for city poet

"There are no horses in heaven". Canterbury University Press, 2015, $25, Original artwork for the cover is by Lyttelton artist Nichola Shanley.

A slow-but-steady pace is paying off for award-winning poet and short story writer Frankie McMillan.

N-ice work if you can get it

James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

If you’ve been to a major theatre show in NZ in the last 10 years, chances are high that you have James Cundall to thank for the experience.

Musician on a mission

Mel Parsons is playing 22-dates around the country in aid of her latest, and third album, Drylands.

A West Coaster "through and through", Mel Parsons talks tours, Dire Straits and cups of tea with Ron Sexsmith.

Record Store Day gets its groove back

Buying a record at a generic chain store just isn't the same experience as buying one at an indie record store.

In an increasingly disposable world, Record Store Day celebrates the sense of community found at record stores.

Feeding the world, Midge Ure style

Musician Midge Ure is back in NZ for the first time since the early '80s.

Ultravox frontman Midge Ure talks about co-writing Do They Know It's Christmas? with Bob Geldof and recalls the day it all began.

Banks Peninsula's luxury hideaway

The view from the Annandale homestead.

Heavenly views, fine food, luxury accommodation and a peninsula to roam is all part of the Annandale experience.

Autumn in a nutshell

A woman sorts walnuts in a Christchurch car park.

A mysterious woman is shelling walnuts in a Christchurch car park.

Best food truck tucker

OUR PICK: Mamacita's chicken, pork and beef tacos.

Avenues tracked down the second wave of food trucks popping up on our street and gave them a test drive.

Fabulous Phantom impresses

The Showbiz Christchurch Phantom of the Opera is a polished production.

REVIEW: Despite the utterly familiar story, songs and staging, there's a freshness and vivacity throughout the production.

Cafe Chat: New restaurant a step closer

The Little Bistro in Akaroa.

Little Bistro owners' new venture in New Regent St is called 27 Steps.

Karen Walker does perfumes

Kiwi designer Karen Walker teamed up with French fragrance experts to release this trio of scents.

Kiwi designer teams up with top French fragrance experts to release a trio of signature scents. 

On point to go pro

Siani Wyatt is training full time in the hope  of turning professional this year.

A Canterbury teen is giving up her social life to work towards her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Cosy at Caffeine Laboratory

The Caffeine Laboratory fried chicken burger.

REVIEW: Caffeine Laboratory is warm and welcoming with burgers that hard to beat.

Inside a tiny Christchurch home video


The interior of Lily Duval's 14sqm home is jam-packed with clever ideas for compact living.

Sculpting Christchurch's future

British Artist Anthony Gormley with his work, Room, in London.

By year’s end, Christchurch will be Gormless no longer.

AC/DC fans 'hopping mad'

AC/DC's Brian Johnson, left, and Angus Young.

South Island fans thunderstruck that AC/DC's new Rock or Bust tour only includes North Island dates.

Roll up for Circus Allsorts

Contortionist Mim Syme can fire a bow and arrow with her toes.

Contortion, clowning and death-defying acrobatic stunts can all be seen in Christchurch this weekend.

An old hand goes high end

Harrington's Brewery, going strong but with more subtlety.

A classic Christchurch brewery is still going strong, but with more subtlety.

Getting the last laugh video

30032015 News Photo:David Walker/Fairfax NZ. Burnside High student Jack Ansett recently won a stand up comedy competition. At 16 years old
he is one of the city's youngest comedians.

Playing up his age has paid off for 16-year-old comedian Jack Ansett.

Sheeran wins with grin and jersey

Musician Ed Sheeran playing a gig for students of Redcliffs School at their temporary location at the Van Asch School in Sumner.

REVIEW: British charmer Ed Sheeran arrived on stage with a cheeky grin and wearing an All Black jersey.

MKR duo on health kick

Enjoy healthy lunches on the go from Healthkicks.

My Kitchen Rules stars Jessie and Ricki launch Healthkicks, delivering healthy lunches to office workers.

Kiwis crazy about cider

Twisted Hop bar manager Matt Kamstra says large-volume ciders produced by large companies are usually sweeter, easy to drink and have broad appeal.

Sales are booming as more people turn to the tipple that's "less posh" than wine and has a unisex appeal.

Best of jazz and blues fest

Enjoy a fusion of jazz, indie and electro soul from Australia-based singer Fantine.

Jazz fan? Then don't miss these top acts at the New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival.

Christchurch students gripped by Ed Sheeran fever video

Christchurch school students have made videos, dyed their hair orange and persuaded their teachers to sing in a bid to win a competition and have Ed Sheeran perform at their school. The winning school was selected today but remains a closely guarded secret.

The school holidays are nearly here but but some Christchurch students can’t wait to go back to class on Wednesday when British star Ed Sheeran will perform an intimate show in their school hall.

Ed Sheeran has arrived

Ed Sheeran plans to have a week off in the city after his concerts.

British pop star tells airport worker he's "totally excited" about his first trip to Canterbury.

Opportunity Knox

Rev. Dr. Matthew Jack in Knox Church which is proving popular as a music venue.

A symbol of the earthquake may now become a symbol of the city's cultural rebirth.

Onesie brings out smiles

Redcliffs resident Darren Fidler knows how to turn heads.

Four mornings a week, Darren Fidler bikes 12 kilometres to his work wearing a brightly-coloured, animal-themed onesie.

Billy Idol rocks Christchurch gallery

80s punk rock legend Billy Idol played at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena last night.

80s punk rock legend Billy Idol played at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena last night. 

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