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What should I do this weekend?

Your guide to what's happening around town


Go naughty with a burlesque show, get conscious at the climate summit, or just go rock out this weekend.

Stuff's wedding of the week

Wedding of the week

A stunning dress, vintage cars and a picturesque venue - this wedding really had it all.

The man who wore out five hips

Ex soldier and 'disco legend' just can't keep still

Harry Marquet

Keep active to have a healthy life, they say. But can you be too active? Christchurch man Harry Marquet sails close to that edge.

My favourite place: Lake Tekapo


OPINION: One thing never changes, Lake Tekapo is always that same striking colour.

Whole new world for artisanal doughnuts

Donut Boutique

The Donut Boutique sets up new Riccarton store and while the central city gets an Argentinian-style polo bar and hotel.

City sculpture uses quake-salvaged wood

New sculpture made from quake-salvaged wood

Wood from the Trees sculpture

Artist Regan Gentry today craned in the final pieces for his Wood from the Trees sculpture being installed in central Christchurch.

Review: The Monday Room

The Monday Room

The Japanese fried chicken is by far the best dish of the night - cooked in crispy spicy batter, it is moist and flavoursome.

Kim Dotcom set to mingle at Party party

Stu Maxwell and Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom has pushed rewind on the Internet Party party after his last attempt was canned.

Woman steals rare music poster from party

Stolen John Grenell poster

Theft of one-off piece of memorabilia tainted 70th birthday celebration of country singer John Grenell.

Students to get inked for Maori culture week

Maori Language Week at CPIT

Students will be able to get traditional tattoos when CPIT celebrates Maori culture next week.

New Zealand's answer to Pharrell Williams

Groovy Chch retirees make Happy parody

Al Pharrell Williams

Residents and staff from Christchurch retirement Village prove ageing bones are no barrier to making a music video.

Anika Moa sings way to national awards

Anika Moa

Christchurch songstress wins two national awards for her beautifully crafted children's music.

Neil Finn is heading on tour

Neil Finn

Kiwi singer-songwriter legend Neil Finn is taking his latest album "Dizzy Heights" on the road.

Best place to live in NZ? New Brighton

New Brighton Pier, proudly displaying its lighting

New Brighton's beauty and creative community make it New Zealand's best little town, writes Ben Crowe.

Christchurch has a survival instinct

Creative attitudes in a resourceful city

Christchurch Mural

Creative attitudes are helping Christchurch get back on its feet.

Dance inspiration

Dance teacher Mandy Roberts

For 12 years, Mandy Roberts has devoted much of her life to teaching hundreds of Christchurch children to dance.

Time to celebrate Children's music

Anika Moa

The Children's Music Awards celebrate music written for Kiwi kids. For the first time they will be presented live on What Now on Sunday.

John Grenell's 70th hootenanny

White-tailed spider bite hit health hard

John Grenell

The public is invited to a free 'hootenanny' to celebrate John Grenell's 70th birthday this weekend.

The Christchurch Town Hall must be saved

chris moore

OPINION: The town hall is 'timeless and perfectly suited' for purpose and should be restored.

Doprah has the world in a spin


Statistically, apparently, Christchurch band Doprah are tipped to be the next big sound by Billboard.

GO Live: Ruby Braam goes country

Ruby Braam

'Singing about drunken karaoke at the corner pub in a Kiwi accent, that's country.''

Do men and women differ at the shops?

Men make lists, women 'dodge all over the place'

Couple shopping in supermarket

While men make systematic grocery lists and fear unpackaged fruit and vege, women seek to walk the most miles.

Ugly stadium still offers sporting heaven

AMI Stadium

OPINION: Over-priced food, borrowed seats and exposed foundations . . . but none of that seems to matter on match day.

New Lyttelton eatery, Sullivans reopens

The Shroom Room

A new vegetarian eaterie has opened in Lyttelton while former city favourite Sullivans is now in Addington.

Hachi Hachi: Fancy a sushi burger?

Hachi Hachi

The sushi burger offers two flat cylinders of rice instead of bread around a beef pattie and teriyaki sauce.

Review: La Boheme

La Boheme

Having seen La Boheme many times, I'd rate NZ Opera's production one of the most enjoyable.

It's a thing: Gummy bear sausages

New World Ilam launches gummy bear hybrid


Gummy bears in a pork sausage sound like your bag? Well New World Ilam are selling the interesting banger.

Jayne quits call centre to drive trucks

Jayne quits office job to drive concrete trucks

Jayne Hamilton

Jayne Hamilton quit answering phones to drive concrete trucks and despite 'the freezing cold' wouldn't swap it.

'Avoid the kneejerk rebuild'

Reed Kroloff

Architectural critic with Hurricane Katrina ties hopes Christchurch will avoid "rear-view mirror" effect.

Hunger for success needed in Chch

Christchurch rebuild

Forget politics and favouritism, we need to start working with what we have to get things done.

Make sure 'free range' is for real


Free-range products are taking off in supermarkets but an expert says buyers should look deeper.

Bill Bailey 'in limbo' for NZ tour

Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey admits he has got to a point in his life when he's stopping and assessing things.

Ricky Martin announces NZ shows

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin will be living la vida loca in April next year, when he plays four concerts in New Zealand.

Kristin Hersh has no memory of writing her songs

Kristin Hersh

Ex Throwing Muses indie star Kristin Hersh says her other personality wrote her songs.

Story of Sumner's lifeboat set to view

Sumner lifeboat

After seven years of hard work and fundraising, a Christchurch-made documentary about the Sumner Lifeboat is set to air.

Film festival programme offers movie feast

film festivals

Christchurch is getting more choice than ever before at the New Zealand International Film Festival this year.

Kiwi band's Japanese video causes a stir


A Kiwi band has created a stir with its colourful new music video inspired by Japanese pop culture.

More couples seek fertility help

Dr Sarah Wakeman

A new technique allows women who are not yet ready to have a baby, to freeze their eggs for later use.

Review: Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Amanda Atlas

In a city the size of Christchurch the performance of a gargantuan work such as Mahler's Symphony No 2 is a rare event.

More about Moore

johnny moore

Bar owner Johnny Moore is a champion for small business in the city. Beck Eleven finds out more.

We're the new Pops Choir

luke di somma

A new pops choir is ready for a big production, reports Will Harvie.

City food forest is growing closer

food forest

Plans for a network of public food forests in Christchurch are starting to take root.

No punishment for food blunder


Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.

Buff up by ball boys hits pockets

Schoolboy test, exam, test results, exam results, student, pupil

Teen boys are increasingly concerned about appearance, especially ahead of the ball season.

Lego's Brick Show comes to Christchurch


Tomorrow, the new Air Force Museum hangar will be home to structures only limited by their creators' imaginations.

Song of the Week: Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown

Even Tyler Brown's mum had no idea of his talent, asking of his first recording: "What an incredible voice. Who is singing?"

$110k to fix Botanic Gardens tea kiosk

Botanic Gardens' tea kiosk

A quake-prone tea kiosk looks may be strengthened and re-opened in time for summer.

Our 'new normal' is a reality show

Tributes left on the CTV site's wire fence

OPINION: If only Gaylene Preston had spared us the thrush, racism, violence and ''disaster sex".

Giants strive for perfection

i am giant

I Am Giant's Paul Matthews talks about their new album Science & Survival and the risks they took to create it.

Press pets: Sadie's daring diet


My name is Sadie (the seriously silly sausage dog) and my strange diet might just be the secret to me still being alive.
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