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A Lifetime of Learning – Meet the Principal

Discover what inspires our Canterbury headmasters and what visions they have for the future of their prestigious schools.

Jen Pomeroy The Modern Mess

Food

Perfecting Home Cooking with The Modern Mess

We love someone who is able to take the hassle out of meal planning and cooking, so we are thrilled to introduce you to Jen Pomeroy of The Modern Mess, and her mouth-watering, locally-inspired creations.

Wendy with her limited edition print; Kale in Retrospect.

Home + Garden

Self Taught Creativity – Wendy Matenga

Growing up in North Otago, Wendy Matenga has a long love affair with the South Island and can’t recall a time when she wasn’t creating. Julia Atkinson-Dunn shares an insight into her captivating pieces. Good luck trying to describe a Wendy Matenga artwork in a few words.

The Caroline Bay Walk connects the beach and seaside playground to central Timaru. Photo Mark Low.

Travel

Timaru – Midway to Everywhere

Known by all for its location as a convenient stopping point when traveling from north to south, or south to north, we take some time to stop, ponder and discover the hidden depths of Timaru.

Must Read

Historic Cottage Thrives as Arts and Crafts Venue

Historic Cottage Thrives as Arts and Crafts Venue

Two years after Stoddart Cottage formally re-opened, following extensive work to repair earthquake damage, Diamond Harbour’s oldest ...

Many Rivers They Have Rowed

Many Rivers They Have Rowed

For four generations the Keys and Lindstrom families have dominated the river when it comes to rowing success – and they are showing no

A Colourful Crown

A Colourful Crown

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

40 Years Atop The Mountain

40 Years Atop The Mountain

A tale of hard work, passion and love – discover the Foote family and their beloved Mt Dobson.

Future Focused

Future Focused

Preparing their students for the challenges and realities of the modern world, Christchurch’s Selwyn House offers an exciting and ...

Honest Classic Food in Twenty Seven Steps

Honest Classic Food in Twenty Seven Steps

To climb Twenty Seven Steps is not a big ask in order to get to one of Christchurch’s best-known food secrets, one that proudly uses ...

Home Grown for Hospice

Home Grown for Hospice

With no government funding on offer, Hospice strives to provide a unique and special free-of-charge service to those in need. In order ...

Changing Lives One Brow at a Time

Changing Lives One Brow at a Time

Eyebrows are easy to underestimate if you’re lucky enough to have them. But they are an essential element of the face, helping to ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Step inside the inner workings of one of New Zealand’s most successful boutique wineries, Pegasus Bay.

Better Than Ever – Christchurch Town Hall

Better Than Ever – Christchurch Town Hall

Over the last decade, Christchurch has experienced a significant amount of change, but like a beacon of hope the Christchurch Town Hall

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Finding The Will To Live

Finding The Will To Live

When Elle Perriam’s partner ended his own life in 2017, she set about changing the lives of others, embarking on a national tour in ...

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 ...

A Lifetime of Learning – Meet the Principle

A Lifetime of Learning – Meet the Principle

Our annual ‘meet the principal feature’ offers an insight into what inspires our Canterbury headmasters and what visions they have for ...

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

A Stylish Retreat

A Stylish Retreat

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

Banging Bangers

Banging Bangers

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

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 ...

Colourful Custodian of History

Colourful Custodian of History

Christchurch Boys’ High School curator-archivist Dr Bruce Harding presides over a rich private collection of Canterbury history.

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

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 ...

Kiwis Exploring Their Own Backyard

Kiwis Exploring Their Own Backyard

Egypt, Brazil, Croatia – having travelled to more than 70 countries, including some of the world’s most exotic destinations, what do a ...

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 ...

Curtain Know How

Curtain Know How

Taryn Beech from Maree Hynes Interiors explains why using an experienced curtain consultant is so important.

From the Vines to the Hills

From the Vines to the Hills

It wasn’t just the stony, free-draining soils that persuaded Kirk Bray and Alison Schroeder to establish a vineyard on an eight-hectare

Brewing With A Difference

Brewing With A Difference

An entrepreneurial Christchurch couple is behind The Kvas Company, New Zealand’s first and only authentic brewing company producing ...

Mike’s Big Break

Mike’s Big Break

After a serious accident in 2012, Mike Brown found himself paralysed from the waist down. His inspiring recovery journey has led Mike ...

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

Design Journey

Design Journey

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

Regular Skin Checks

Regular Skin Checks

The ‘sensible thing’ to do.

Meet Me In Methven

Meet Me In Methven

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

Meet our School Leaders of 2019

Meet our School Leaders of 2019

Meet the local students leading some of our top Canterbury schools this year. 
We wish you all the very best of success in your ...

Managing Menopause

Managing Menopause

When it comes to women’s health, no topic is more shrouded in mystery and confusion than menopause. Something the team at Oxford ...

Power Up with Mitre 10 Ashburton

Power Up with Mitre 10 Ashburton

Purchasing a new power tool can seem a daunting task, with a lot of different brands, technology, features and deals on offer. Here are

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 ...

Turning Events into Experiences

Turning Events into Experiences

In today’s world, a run-of-the-mill awards dinner or presentation just won’t cut it – an event must be transformed into an experience ...

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 ...

At Home In Its Environment

At Home In Its Environment

This handsome country home recently completed in Loburn showcases the Bespoke Architecture approach with a simple, yet stunning design ...

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 ...

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

Eyewear

Eyewear

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

Tales That Tickle The Funny Bone

Tales That Tickle The Funny Bone

latitude’s own Sub-Editor Belinda O’Keefe has her first children’s book hitting the stands this month.

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.

Self-taught Creativity – Wendy Matenga

Self-taught Creativity – Wendy Matenga

Growing up in North Otago, Wendy Matenga has a long love affair with the South Island and can’t recall a time when she wasn’t creating.

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 ...

A Lifetime Of Learning

A Lifetime Of Learning

Meet the principals of some of our most trusted schools.

A New Way to Market – Maker2U

A New Way to Market – Maker2U

Changing the way artisan creators, or ‘makers’ manage and sell their product to consumers is thanks to a North Canterbury duo and the ...

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.

A New Approach – Vertical Logistics

A New Approach – Vertical Logistics

Meet a company changing the game for freight logistics.

A Specialised Trade

A Specialised Trade

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

Perfecting Home Cooking with The Modern Mess

Perfecting Home Cooking with The Modern Mess

We love someone who is able to take the hassle out of meal planning and cooking, so we are thrilled to introduce you to Jen Pomeroy of ...

From Silence to Sound

From Silence to Sound

A partnership between Mutual Credit Finance and Southern Cochlear Implant Programme is set to change lives.

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 ...

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.

Hot Spot for Hector’s

Hot Spot for Hector’s

The waters around Banks Peninsula remain home to the largest population of one of the world’s rarest and smallest marine dolphins, the ...

A Social Licence to Operate

A Social Licence to Operate

Passionate about empowering businesses to understand their social footprint, Social Licence Consultant Penny Clark-Hall inspires us to ...

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

Art Do – New Zealand’s Biggest Art Party

Art Do – New Zealand’s Biggest Art Party

Art Do, Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation’s gallery gala, brings together the greats of art, fashion, food, drink, design and music ...

Fashion Fix

Fashion Fix

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

Sustainable Design in a Toxic Industry

Sustainable Design in a Toxic Industry

Following her passion for creativity and design, Lucy Polson of Geraldine is making her name on an international scale.

Recipe – Chorizo, Clam and Chickpea Ragout with Saffron Aioli

Recipe – Chorizo, Clam and Chickpea Ragout with Saffron Aioli

Paul Howells of Twenty Seven Steps shares the ultimate winter warmer recipe.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

A Town of Buried Treasure

A Town of Buried Treasure

Épernay is a town that may not be a household name, but it’s the heart of a region whose produce flows through millions of celebrations

Timaru – Midway to Everywhere

Timaru – Midway to Everywhere

Known by all for its location as a convenient stopping point when travelling from north to south, or south to north, we take some time ...

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 ...

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.

Designing for you – Misco Joinery

Designing for you – Misco Joinery

The layout of our kitchens, the functionality of our wardrobes and the design of our pantries is something we take for granted until we

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Powerfully Meaningful

Powerfully Meaningful

Beautiful yet confronting, the latest exhibition at the Ashburton Art Gallery asks us to reflect on what was there before, and what is ...

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 ...

Framing It Right – Eyewear Trends

Framing It Right – Eyewear Trends

Vanessa Cumming from Canon Street Optometrists guides us through the latest trends in ladies’ eyewear.

Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens

Restoring and re-imagining a hillside landscape eight years after the earthquakes, in a much-loved Clifton garden where no plant has ...

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 ...

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