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Fading Petals

Hidden amongst Castle Hill’s spectacular rocky outcrops and limestone screes lies one of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered plants.

Ashburton’s Surrogacy Sisterhood group, back row left to right: Courtney George, Hannah Leslie, Jenna White, Donna Topham. Front row left to right: Clare Harden, Millie Jones, Sonya Dunlea, Maisy Dunlea, Vicky Jones.

People

What Greater Gift?

Desperate to have a baby of their own, we meet an Ashburton coffee group tackling the challenges of surrogacy head-on in order to achieve their dream.

Victoria and Carl Uren with their children Sam, Georgie, Annabel and Tom on their Totara Point property.

People

Nature’s Super Fibre

Totara Point Farm, hidden away over the hills of Akaroa and overlooking the breathtaking iridescent waters of Le Bon’s Bay on Banks Peninsula, is the headquarters for one of New Zealand’s grass roots wool success stories: True Fleece Merino.

Euphorbia polychroma sits amongst forget-me-nots, Astelia and red Berberis with weeping willows acting as a backdrop to the sweeping area of lawn.

Home + Garden

Nature’s Weave, In Line and Layer

English, Italian and German country gardens have influenced the development of this beautiful Ohoka oasis, yet above all it is a quintessentially Kiwi creation.

M Factor Fashion Show Christchurch Thursday 4th April 2019

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Regular Skin Checks

Regular Skin Checks

The ‘sensible thing’ to do.

Rising to the Challenge

Rising to the Challenge

The road to setting up and launching Design Federation, Oamaru’s newest interior design studio, has been a mammoth effort for Annabel ...

What Greater Gift?

What Greater Gift?

Desperate to have a baby of their own, we meet an Ashburton coffee group tackling the challenges of surrogacy head-on in order to ...

Eyewear

Eyewear

When it comes to selecting the perfect frames, Vanessa Cumming offers some expert advice.

Carving Her Way

Carving Her Way

Having left a job in hairdressing to follow a career in the art of cutting up meat, Timaru’s Larney Craig is forging ahead in the ...

A Stylish Retreat

A Stylish Retreat

Ballantynes Home Stylist Adrienne Campbell guides us through perfecting a personal haven.

In Need Of Help

In Need Of Help

Notorious as one of the most poisonous creatures in New Zealand, the endangered native katipō spider is struggling to hold on to its ...

Banging Bangers

Banging Bangers

Passionate about artisan flavours and techniques, Brendan Foster and his award-winning sausages are captivating visitors from all ...

Behind The Brand

Behind The Brand

Despite an ever-changing home furnishings market, fourth-generation family-owned company McKenzie & Willis has continued to forge their

Design Journey

Design Journey

Kirkcaldie is a young interior design practice boldly making its mark in Christchurch. We meet the inventive and adventurous designer ...

Nature’s Weave, In Line and Layer

Nature’s Weave, In Line and Layer

English, Italian and German country gardens have influenced the development of this beautiful Ohoka oasis, yet above all it is a ...

Angels On Wheels

Angels On Wheels

The emergence and growth of community vehicles across our rural towns is providing affordable, readily available transport to those in need.

Curtains The Material Difference

Curtains The Material Difference

As the team at Maree Hynes Interiors explains, gone are the days when curtains were insignificant background players, simply providing ...

Valuing Vintage

Valuing Vintage

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Canterbury Vintage Home Restorers’ Group. Committed to the preservation and protection of ...

She’s a Little Bit Small-town…

She’s a Little Bit Small-town…

Twenty-five years ago Kaylee Bell got up and sang on a Waimate stage at age four, now she’s forging a successful international career ...

New Season New Look

New Season New Look

There is no denying that the seasons are inevitably about to take a turn. Now is the time to get a jump on your new season look.

Making A Difference

Making A Difference

Mike Lowden is a ‘can-do’ kinda guy. Earlier this year, along with three others, he arrived in Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp. But ...

Fashion Fix

Fashion Fix

Oversized monochrome pieces and painterly fabrics are must-haves this spring.

Fading Petals

Fading Petals

Hidden amongst Castle Hill’s spectacular rocky outcrops and limestone screes lies one of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered plants.

Stress Response

Stress Response

In line with her new live event, The Hormone Factor, Dr Libby shares an insight into the impact of stress on your hormones and how to ...

Bug Grub

Bug Grub

Fancy a sprinkle of lemongrass ants on your salad or a bug slider made with locusts? The option to choose edible insects is out there ...

Hemp Seed – A Natural Whole Food

Hemp Seed – A Natural Whole Food

On 28 April 2017 trans-Tasman ministers approved a change to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to allow the sale of hemp ...

Harts Creek Walkway – Big Sky Country

Harts Creek Walkway – Big Sky Country

When I met June and Stuart McLachlan in October last year to learn more about the daffodils on their Leeston farm, The Rowans, Stuart ...

Painting It Red and Black

Painting It Red and Black

Frustration over a growing scarcity of local news in mainstream sports coverage has given rise to a new venture called ...

Driving Happy and Eco-friendly

Driving Happy and Eco-friendly

Having introduced a collection of Hyundai Ioniqs to their fleet in Christchurch and Auckland, Thrifty Car Rental is offering us an ...

More Than Meets The Eye

More Than Meets The Eye

The antithesis of traditional, the sprawling gardens of Blockhill, appear at first glance to be overgrown and disorganised; yet closer ...

Sleuthing On Nature, Spying On Spiders

Sleuthing On Nature, Spying On Spiders

Do bees think in English? This is the kind of question Dr Simon Pollard remembers mulling over for hours as a child before going off to

Elke Braun-Elwert Mountain Guide

Elke Braun-Elwert Mountain Guide

For internationally qualified mountain guide Elke Braun-Elwert, the greatest reward comes not from ascending the highest peak, but from

Sheep Farming With A Twist

Sheep Farming With A Twist

Sheep’s milk may still seem a novelty to many Cantabrians, but a Charing Cross couple is hoping to change that with their lovingly ...

A Specialised Trade

A Specialised Trade

Graham Weaver has forged a unique career and way of life 
as one New Zealand's best blade shearers.

A Modern Day Minstrel

A Modern Day Minstrel

Christopher Bruerton has grown from boy soprano in the ChristChurch Cathedral Choir to a globe-trotting baritone in a world-famous ...

Farming With A Difference

Farming With A Difference

What began as a fascination with alpacas at a local A&P Show nearly fifteen years ago has blossomed into internationally recognised

Nature’s Super Fibre

Nature’s Super Fibre

Totara Point Farm, hidden away over the hills of Akaroa and overlooking the breathtaking iridescent waters of Le Bon’s Bay on Banks ...

Natural Fibres From Head To Toe

Natural Fibres From Head To Toe

Easy to wear and easy on the earth, Untouched World ensures you are ready for whatever the weather throws at you.

Eat, Cake, Love

Eat, Cake, Love

Anna Worthington, owner of a thriving cake business, Cakes By Anna, owes her fast success to the Christchurch markets and the city’s ...

A Lifetime Of Learning

A Lifetime Of Learning

Meet the principals of some of our most trusted schools.

Be Kind to Yourself and be Realistic

Be Kind to Yourself and be Realistic

As businesswoman and mother to two equally busy children, wellness specialist Sarah McGuinness offers an insight into how we can be ...

A Colourful Crown

A Colourful Crown

A story of beautiful flowers, Banks Peninsula, and a determined young woman called Jessica Cooke.

Meet Me In Methven

Meet Me In Methven

Laid-back Methven is a little mountain village with a big beating heart.

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

Montrose Estate is a place of breathtaking beauty and rustic charm. 
A place that epitomises ‘100% Pure New Zealand’. A place where you

On Your Bike

On Your Bike

For those with a love of adventure, beautiful landscapes and interesting people, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a must for the to-do list.

Ben Ohau Road Cheese

Ben Ohau Road Cheese

Deep in the heart of the Mackenzie country lies an inspiring off-the-grid artisan cheese making factory finding favour with locals and ...

Mount Somers Bluff Weta

Mount Somers Bluff Weta

Despite our affinity with the weta, few Cantabrians are probably aware that the precipices above Mt Somers are home to the rare ...

Simple & Seasonal

Simple & Seasonal

Food has become Sam Mannering’s raison d’être. He opens up about his food journey and shares some mouth-watering recipes to try at home.

Edwardian Country Classic

Edwardian Country Classic

A gracious villa, surrounded by formal English-style gardens and tree-filled parklands, looks as though it has always been a part of ...

Soul Journey

Soul Journey

Christchurch’s own neo-soul singer, Sacha Vee, reflects on some of her memorable experiences in the global music industry and chats ...

A Touch of Tribal

A Touch of Tribal

The team at Maree Hynes Interiors shares how to incorporate tribal accents into your space while allowing it to fit with your current ...

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