Opawa - Saint Martins, Christchurch

2 days ago

Throwback Thursday: March past

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

World War II dominated the 1940s. "Our boys" marched through Christchurch before
departing to fight the foe. They were joined by many women who had enlisted in the armed forces to serve in support roles. Here, some of the 549 members of the Women's Service Auxiliary march in a … View more
World War II dominated the 1940s. "Our boys" marched through Christchurch before
departing to fight the foe. They were joined by many women who had enlisted in the armed forces to serve in support roles. Here, some of the 549 members of the Women's Service Auxiliary march in a street parade. It is April, 1941. Germany has inflicted a series of defeats
on Allied forces in Europe and Japan is preparing for war in the Pacific. Such parades
boosted patriotism, which helped the military recruitment drive and the raising of money for
the war effort through bonds schemes.

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41 minutes ago

Yamaha U1 Piano for sale

Gary from Spreydon

My wife has bought another piano and so she is selling her current one. ....

This is a very popular model for pianists of all levels. This piano was made in 1970 in Japan. I have had it for about 20 years and have now upgraded.

It has been regularly tuned and well looked after and has had some … View more
My wife has bought another piano and so she is selling her current one. ....

This is a very popular model for pianists of all levels. This piano was made in 1970 in Japan. I have had it for about 20 years and have now upgraded.

It has been regularly tuned and well looked after and has had some restoration work done to it in 2019. It was valued by a master technician at $4680 in 2019. (Valuation and assessment available on request).

I have enjoyed playing this instrument for many years and hope it will go to a loving home. Please come and have a look at it.

Here is a link on TradeMe for it

www.trademe.co.nz...

Price: $4,000

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6 hours ago

Youth Week

The Team from Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury

Happy Youth week Aotearoa 💚

Youth Week celebrates young people's valuable contributions to their communities. Our vision is make Aotearoa the best place in the world to be young!

Find out more about what we do!

#dinglefoundation #youthweek #aotearoa #empoweringyouth #empoweringrangtahi … View more
Happy Youth week Aotearoa 💚

Youth Week celebrates young people's valuable contributions to their communities. Our vision is make Aotearoa the best place in the world to be young!

Find out more about what we do!

#dinglefoundation #youthweek #aotearoa #empoweringyouth #empoweringrangtahi #stars #careernavigator #projectk #overcomingobstacles

4 days ago

Do you remember the big snow of 1992?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hey Cantabs,

It was quickly dubbed “the big snow” and was the heaviest snowfall in three decades.

“Christchurch teetered on the brink of disaster yesterday as the worst snowstorm in 30 years first paralysed the city, then caused widespread flooding,” The Press reported on August 29, 1992.… View more
Hey Cantabs,

It was quickly dubbed “the big snow” and was the heaviest snowfall in three decades.

“Christchurch teetered on the brink of disaster yesterday as the worst snowstorm in 30 years first paralysed the city, then caused widespread flooding,” The Press reported on August 29, 1992.

Do you remember the big snow?

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1 day ago

Charity's new kitchen creates opportunities for Christchurch's vulnerable

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Happy Friday neighbours,

If you can’t handle the heat, get a new kitchen.

The Christchurch City Mission’s social enterprise, Thrive Catering, is relieved to have moved to a new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen as it continues to provide cooking classes and other essential lessons to … View more
Happy Friday neighbours,

If you can’t handle the heat, get a new kitchen.

The Christchurch City Mission’s social enterprise, Thrive Catering, is relieved to have moved to a new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen as it continues to provide cooking classes and other essential lessons to Christchurch’s most vulnerable.

Thrive offers work experience courses for City Mission clients who are trying to get back on their feet. They are given valuable cooking lessons and other life skills to better their prospects for the future, when the mission no longer provides direct support for them.

The charity's Hereford St base kitchen had become too small, meaning course capacity was limited and many were missing out on learning vital skills.

Read more on this story by clicking the link below.

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2 days ago

Are you curious but cautious about protecting your future?

Advisor from Kyle McElwain - Resure Insurance Advisers

To be honest, most people are. When we consider purchasing insurance products to protect our futures such as life, disability or health products, most people want to understand what is available, don't know where to start and how much would it will cost.

What holds peoples curiosity back … View more
To be honest, most people are. When we consider purchasing insurance products to protect our futures such as life, disability or health products, most people want to understand what is available, don't know where to start and how much would it will cost.

What holds peoples curiosity back though? There are many reasons which may include thinking they don't need protection, they are going to be "locked" into buying a product by making an enquiry, think they can't afford it or it all just becomes too hard and consuming that they give up.

Get in contact with me today (027 819 7713 or kyle.mcelwain@resure.co.nz) to learn how you can satisfy your curiosity on personal risk insurance while learning why you may need cover, understand the purchasing journey and let me do the work for you.

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2 days ago

Family-owned brewery born from Christchurch earthquake destruction

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Alasdair Cassels​ literally built his brewery from rubble.

The Christchurch entrepreneur and principal owner of Cassels Brewery Company was interviewing a chef for a job on February 22, 2011, when the ground and walls began shaking violently.

He, son Zak Cassels​ and son-in-law Joe Shanks​ … View more
Alasdair Cassels​ literally built his brewery from rubble.

The Christchurch entrepreneur and principal owner of Cassels Brewery Company was interviewing a chef for a job on February 22, 2011, when the ground and walls began shaking violently.

He, son Zak Cassels​ and son-in-law Joe Shanks​ quickly raced to what was then a small, makeshift brewery at The Tannery site in Woolston. They arrived to see the air clouded with dust, buildings half fallen over and every piece of brewing equipment damaged beyond repair.

Despite losing their homes and having no operational base to run their business from, the family saw the Canterbury earthquakes as an opportunity for growth.

“We licked our wounds for a day or two and then got to work,” Alasdair Cassels said.

Read more of the Cassels story by clicking the link below.

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5 days ago

Poll: Do you support the Christchurch council confiscating yellow bins from shoddy recyclers?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Hundreds of yellow bins have been confiscated from Christchurch properties as the cost of dumping contaminated recycling approaches $2 million.

The city council is continuing to take a hard line on shoddy recycling practices and has removed 664 bins in the past nine months. These … View more
Hi neighbours,

Hundreds of yellow bins have been confiscated from Christchurch properties as the cost of dumping contaminated recycling approaches $2 million.

The city council is continuing to take a hard line on shoddy recycling practices and has removed 664 bins in the past nine months. These residents had previously been warned three times.

Do you support the confiscating of bins from shoddy recyclers?

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Do you support the Christchurch council confiscating yellow bins from shoddy recyclers?
  • 76.8% Yes
    76.8% Complete
  • 17.3% No
    17.3% Complete
  • 5.9% I'm undecided
    5.9% Complete
665 votes
3 days ago

Luxury Care Suites now available at The Bellevue

Oceania Healthcare

Located in leafy Papanui, The Bellevue is our newest offering for luxury Care Suite living. Thoughtfully designed to provide Rest Home & Hospital care with all the comforts of home, you can relax knowing that you won’t have to move again, even if your needs increase.

Each Care Suite comes … View more
Located in leafy Papanui, The Bellevue is our newest offering for luxury Care Suite living. Thoughtfully designed to provide Rest Home & Hospital care with all the comforts of home, you can relax knowing that you won’t have to move again, even if your needs increase.

Each Care Suite comes with a spacious living area, ensuite bathroom, and kitchenette, so you can still enjoy a cuppa with family and friends just as you always have. Some Care Suites are large enough for couples, so you can stay together and receive the care you both need.

The Bellevue is now open, so get in touch with our friendly team.
Find out more

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4 days ago

Mother's Day is this weekend

Sunday Star Times

Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code … View more
Are you still looking for the perfect Mother's Day treat?

From now until Mother's Day, subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times for 6 months and you will receive a free Antipodes skincare gift, valued at $115!

Follow the link, select the 6 month option and use the promo code SSTMOTHERSDAY at the checkout to redeem.

Hurry! Offer ends Sunday. T&C's apply.
Subscribe Now

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4 days ago

The benefits of taking breaks for learning and focus.

NumberWorks'nWords Cashmere

As parents and educators, we know that a heavy workload and commitments can be stressful, so taking breaks is an essential part of learning. At NumberWorks’nWords, we ensure that breaks are scheduled into each students’ session.

Check out the full blog to explore the benefits of taking … View more
As parents and educators, we know that a heavy workload and commitments can be stressful, so taking breaks is an essential part of learning. At NumberWorks’nWords, we ensure that breaks are scheduled into each students’ session.

Check out the full blog to explore the benefits of taking breaks for learning and focus!

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9 days ago

Throwback Thursday

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The South Island's first shopping mall opened on Riccarton Rd in 1965.

Christchurch property manager Reuel Livingstone developed the concept for Riccarton Mall from shopping centres in Australia. His new, self-contained shopping centre included 66 stores and parking for 600 cars. Many … View more
The South Island's first shopping mall opened on Riccarton Rd in 1965.

Christchurch property manager Reuel Livingstone developed the concept for Riccarton Mall from shopping centres in Australia. His new, self-contained shopping centre included 66 stores and parking for 600 cars. Many property purchases and building additions, and with the new name of Westfield, it is still one of New Zealand's leading malls.

At first, almost surrounded by houses and vacant sections, it now covers the block bounded by Riccarton Rd and Matipo, Maxwell and Rotherham streets.

We don't have a current aerial photo of the mall, but the second photo attached below shows the mall in 2012 and how much the landscape had changed since the 1960s.

5 days ago

Are you our next Houseplant Hero?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Have you got New Zealand‘s best collection of houseplants?
We’re searching for indoor plant obsessives who have created impressive urban jungles… and there’s some great prizes to be won!

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10 days ago

1983: The last great royal tour

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Good morning neighbours, an old gem for you...

Around 20,000 people came out to watch the Prince and Princess of Wales do a walkabout in Cathedral Square on April 28, 1983, despite “chilly, intermittent and penetrating rain”, but The Press also wondered if royal tours were approaching their … View more
Good morning neighbours, an old gem for you...

Around 20,000 people came out to watch the Prince and Princess of Wales do a walkabout in Cathedral Square on April 28, 1983, despite “chilly, intermittent and penetrating rain”, but The Press also wondered if royal tours were approaching their use-by date.

The tone of the paper’s editorial was very different from that struck 30 years earlier, when the Queen toured.

“Rapid communications and travel have removed much of the novelty from Royal appearances in New Zealand,” The Press said. “The charm and interest remain enhanced this time by the presence of the future Queen, Princess Diana, and the baby who could some day be King William V.”

The Press looked into the future: “Before the end of the century Prince Charles can probably expect to be King Charles III. His son, at present in Auckland, may well still be on the throne in the unimaginable world of the year 2050.

“Although New Zealand has not the vigorous republican movement evident in Australia, the question is reasonably asked here whether an​ hereditary monarch, living 12,000 miles away, will continue to be the most appropriate head of State for New Zealand.”

Despite this, every move was still recorded and star power was very evident, as The Press reported.

“A faint touch of blue shone through the clouds about 10 minutes before the end of the walkabout. It highlighted the Princess’ hair and brought favourable comments from a cluster of young girls.

“Many people were surprised at how tall and slender the Princess is. ‘Her face is thinner than I expected, but much prettier,’ said one woman.

“The glowing natural complexion of the Princess needed little highlight, just a glimmer of gold eye-shadow, a touch of mascara, and a subtle lip-colouring.”

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