Somerfield, Christchurch

Minimalist Design in Apartment Living

Minimalist Design in Apartment Living

Ryman’s Charles Upham Village resident Di gives her design tips on how she’s turned her space into a beautiful home.

69 days ago

Is your furry friend protected?

Southern Cross from Neighbourly Nz

The Pet Life.

It’s the life you share with your pet, and the life they share with you. We believe the pet life’s a life worth protecting.

Which is why we are dedicated to helping pets live longer, healthier and happier lives every day.

We’re proudly born and bred in New Zealand, and … View more
The Pet Life.

It’s the life you share with your pet, and the life they share with you. We believe the pet life’s a life worth protecting.

Which is why we are dedicated to helping pets live longer, healthier and happier lives every day.

We’re proudly born and bred in New Zealand, and are equally proud to partner with the NZ Veterinary Association and Pet Refuge. Just two ways we’re there to support the Pet Life community.

Protect the Pet Life.
Learn more now

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70 days ago

Residents told to evacuate as large fire engulfs Chch’s Port Hills

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

People in Christchurch’s Port Hills have been evacuated from their homes following a huge fire near the Christchurch Adventure Park on the anniversary of the devastating 2017 fires that killed a pilot and destroyed multiple homes.

Dozens of firefighters and multiple helicopters are battling … View more
People in Christchurch’s Port Hills have been evacuated from their homes following a huge fire near the Christchurch Adventure Park on the anniversary of the devastating 2017 fires that killed a pilot and destroyed multiple homes.

Dozens of firefighters and multiple helicopters are battling the major blaze, which has engulfed a large part of the hills in the south of the city.

The fire caused power to be temporarily lost to 40,000 homes in the east of the city, power company Orion said, and several traffic lights to be out.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) said at 4pm that 10 people had been evacuated with the help of police, and more evacuations were expected.

Anyone near the fire who felt unsafe may self-evacuate, but should stay with family and friends if possible, Fenz said.

Several of structures were under threat, with firefighters “completing structure protection”.

Health authorities have also issued a public health warning about the smoke.

A huge plume of white is billowing across the southern part of the city from the blaze, which broke out at about 2.15pm at the top of Worsleys Road in the Port Hills.

As of 3.50pm, 10 helicopters and 15 trucks and tankers were fighting the fire.

The Christchurch Adventure Park has been evacuated, which the company behind it said was standard procedure when a fire is nearby.

Adventure Park spokesperson Juliet Calder said the fire started outside the park.

As soon as the park was alerted to the fire at 2.15pm, it began following instructions from Fenz, including evacuating the park. “It’s not in our park itself,” she said.

An emergency notification from Fenz has been sent to residents along the Port Hills as the large fire rages near Westmorland.

Just before 4pm, residents in the neighbouring suburb of Cashmere Hills, 1.5km away, were sent an emergency alert stating “a wildfire is burning ... evacuate the area immediately”.

The warning urged residents of Worsleys Rd and Worselys Spur to evacuate now because of the vegetation fire.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Halswell Library and Community Centre.

The billowing dark smoke could be seen high in the sky above the hills, the orange glow of flames visible from the central city.

“A fire has been reported in the area of Worsley Rd on the Port Hills and we have appliances responding,” the Fenz spokesperson said.

“Please stay away from this area to allow our crews to work on containing this fire.

It is as yet unclear how the fire started. The fire risk in the area is considered “very high”, according to Niwa and Fenz.

Helicopters could be seen scooping up water using monsoon buckets and flying above the smoke.

Local Cashmere resident Joachim Murdie said he saw 10 fire trucks drive past his house towards the fire “coming from each direction”.

He joined a large group of cars lined up on Worlseys Rd of residents and curious people watching the large smoke fill the sky.

Murdie cycles regularly at the Adventure Park and said the tracks are “incredibly dry” at the moment.

“It’s just straw up there really … anything like a cigarette put could set it on fire.”

One Worsleys Rd resident, who didn’t want to be named, said the fire appeared to be burning further up the hill from her property, past the dead end at the end of the street.

“We’re packing up just in case we have to be evacuated.”

There were three or four helicopters circling the area, she said, and numerous audible sirens. For now, smoke was blowing away from her property.

The resident’s house was spared in the Port Hills fires of 2017, she said, although some neighbours weren’t so lucky.

“It’s just life,” she said. “You just do it.”

Brianna Moody watched the fire burn for close to an hour. She said “it was growing at a massive rate” and getting scarily close to residents’ houses.

Port Hills resident Tracey Menzies sat patiently at a police cordon, worrying about her house on the hill from which her family had evacuated.

Her son was home when the fire broke out, so he grabbed the dog and fled.

The blaze is a reminder of the Port Hills fire their family experienced seven years ago, but Menzies said she had faith in fire crews.

“The fire brigade are onto it, it’s got so much bigger so much quicker than the last one, but they know what they’re doing,” she said.

“When we arrived it was a quarter of the size of what it is now, it’s moving so quickly and the black and white clouds are just crazy,” she said.

Te Whatu Ora National Public Health Service has issued a public health warning.

“Those who are sensitive to smoke - such as those with heart or lung conditions, pregnant people, young children and the elderly - may experience symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath or eye, nose and throat irritation,” it said.

People affected by the smoke should close windows and doors and reduce outdoor exercise. Those concerned about their health can call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

It was 24C in Christchurch when the blaze broke out, with wind gusts of up to 33kph. Temperatures were forecast to rise to 29C later on Wednesday.

Canterbury District, which includes areas north of the Rakaia River, is under total fire ban until further notice.

No open-air fires are allowed and all fire permits are suspended since a prohibited fire season came into place.

Dry weather is expected to continue for the next two months.

It is seven years since a major fire burned through 1600 hectares of land in 2017, claiming nine homes and damaging five others.

War hero and celebrated pilot Steve Askin, 38, died while fighting the blazes. The Eurocopter AS350-BA helicopter he was flying crashed near Sugarloaf on February 14.

It took 66 days before the fire was declared fully extinguished.

The fires were the first large-scale blazes on the edge of a major urban area in New Zealand.

The two fires started February 13, 2017 and then merged, producing as much energy as four atom bombs.

71 days ago

Covid update - National figures

Gordon from Halswell

Not a very encouraging pattern as the level seems to have settled at nearly twice what it was three months ago.
It is pleasing to see that fewer people are dying, which might be due to either the most vulnerable having succumbed, or the treatment having improved, probably both.

New cases - … View more
Not a very encouraging pattern as the level seems to have settled at nearly twice what it was three months ago.
It is pleasing to see that fewer people are dying, which might be due to either the most vulnerable having succumbed, or the treatment having improved, probably both.

New cases - Deaths

5878 - 15
5555 - 20 - last week
5757 - 20
7016 - 22
8040 - ?? Xmas
7417 - 27
7880 - 27
6656 - 20
6814 - 22
7881 - 20
5947 - 36
3934 - 44

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71 days ago

Autumn Garden Tour

Gail from Cashmere

Cashmere Presbyterian Church are running an Autumn Garden Tour on Saturday 2nd March.

Enjoy and be inspired by a self-guided tour around a selection of gardens in an area ranging from Cashmere to Tai Tapu.
From small-but-large-in-content gardens, to one with four hectares of native planting, … View more
Cashmere Presbyterian Church are running an Autumn Garden Tour on Saturday 2nd March.

Enjoy and be inspired by a self-guided tour around a selection of gardens in an area ranging from Cashmere to Tai Tapu.
From small-but-large-in-content gardens, to one with four hectares of native planting, there is something to interest everyone. Tours of Moffatts Flower Company, and a talk about the regeneration at Ernle Clark Reserve will also be available.

Gardens will be open to visit between 11.00am and 4.00pm, and Cream Teas will be available to purchase at the Church from 10.15am to 3pm.

Tickets are $50 each, and can be booked at events.humanitix.com... (note, there is no credit card surcharge to book through this method)

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71 days ago

Addictive Eaters Anonymous

The Team from Addictive Eaters Anonymous - Christchurch

Monthly AEA Web Events

The AEA Web Event is a monthly online meeting where AEA members from all over the world come together to share their experience, strength and hope. Three members speak for 10 minutes each, followed by member sharing.

The Event is always held on the 3rd Sunday of the … View more
Monthly AEA Web Events

The AEA Web Event is a monthly online meeting where AEA members from all over the world come together to share their experience, strength and hope. Three members speak for 10 minutes each, followed by member sharing.

The Event is always held on the 3rd Sunday of the month which is this Sunday 18 February.

ALL NEWCOMERS WELCOME.

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71 days ago

Troubleshoot Your Broadband: Tips & Savings!

The Team from NZ Compare

Experiencing broadband troubles? Our recent neighbourly poll reveals the top two issues: unstable connections and pricey bills!

Don't worry! Check out our latest article for expert tips to solve these issues.

PLUS, use Broadband Compare to compare NZ's best broadband deals & … View more
Experiencing broadband troubles? Our recent neighbourly poll reveals the top two issues: unstable connections and pricey bills!

Don't worry! Check out our latest article for expert tips to solve these issues.

PLUS, use Broadband Compare to compare NZ's best broadband deals & save up to $300/year. Enjoy smoother internet while keeping cash for treats!
Troubleshoot Now

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72 days ago

Yoga For Beginners

Clare from Opawa - Saint Martins

6 week course starting Wednesday 28 February, 6 - 7.15pm
Followed by ongoing class at the same time
Friendly, home studio

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72 days ago

Rebecca renews her Cambridge connections

Essie Summers Retirement Village

Classical crossover singer Rebecca Nelson told a captivated Cambridge audience how the town holds a special place in her heart for several reasons.

Rebecca’s performance was one of three shows lined up to entertain residents and soon-to-be residents of Ryman Healthcare’s Patrick Hogan … View more
Classical crossover singer Rebecca Nelson told a captivated Cambridge audience how the town holds a special place in her heart for several reasons.

Rebecca’s performance was one of three shows lined up to entertain residents and soon-to-be residents of Ryman Healthcare’s Patrick Hogan Village in Cambridge, Hilda Ross Village down the road in Hamilton and James Wattie Village in Havelock North.

Describing her connection to Ryman, she says: “It feels like coming home and performing for friends and family.”

Click read for the full story.

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72 days ago

Valentine’s Day Shows to Stream

The Team from NZ Compare

This Valentine’s Day, why not snuggle up with your loved one for a movie night in?

We've curated the ultimate list of the latest romantic flicks and binge-worthy shows to make your evening extra special.

Plus, don't forget to compare broadband options on Broadband Compare for the… View more
This Valentine’s Day, why not snuggle up with your loved one for a movie night in?

We've curated the ultimate list of the latest romantic flicks and binge-worthy shows to make your evening extra special.

Plus, don't forget to compare broadband options on Broadband Compare for the best streaming deals!

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72 days ago

Show your favourite local business some love...

Prospa

It's back for a fifth year! Recognise the best local businesses in your neighbourhood by nominating them in the 2024 Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Whether it's a bakery team who occasionally sneak you an extra sweet treat, a supermarket employee that's helped carry your bags… View more
It's back for a fifth year! Recognise the best local businesses in your neighbourhood by nominating them in the 2024 Prospa Local Business Hero Awards.

Whether it's a bakery team who occasionally sneak you an extra sweet treat, a supermarket employee that's helped carry your bags to the car or a bookshop that goes out of its way to find the best read just for you. Prospa Local Business Hero helps you show some love to the small businesses with the biggest hearts.

Plus your nomination could help a small business win over $10,000 worth of prizes!

Be a local hero yourself; give your favourite local business owner the recognition they deserve by nominating them in the 2024 Prospa Local Business Hero awards.
Nominate now

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74 days ago

Revitalize Slim Tea - Your Weight Loss Partner

Harpreet Singh from Indian Royal Brew | Proudly NZ owned Business

✨ Dive into the Essence of Wellness with Revitalize Slim Tea! ✨

Are you ready to embrace a healthier, more vibrant you? Say hello to Revitalize Slim Tea, a harmonious blend of nature's finest ingredients to rejuvenate your body and mind. 🍵💫

Infused with the powerful Oolong and … View more
✨ Dive into the Essence of Wellness with Revitalize Slim Tea! ✨

Are you ready to embrace a healthier, more vibrant you? Say hello to Revitalize Slim Tea, a harmonious blend of nature's finest ingredients to rejuvenate your body and mind. 🍵💫

Infused with the powerful Oolong and Green Tea duo, our tea kick-starts your metabolism, making it your perfect partner in weight management. 🍃 But that's not all - this magical concoction is rich in antioxidants, boosting your energy levels and enhancing mental alertness, all while offering a refreshing taste that delights the senses. 🌟

From the soothing properties of Mint and the heart-health benefits of Rooibos to the stress-reducing magic of Ashwagandha and the nutrient-packed Moringa, each sip is a step towards overall wellness. 💚 Imagine the gentle warmth of Ginger and Turmeric, paired with the floral whisper of Jasmine, creating a symphony of flavours that not only pleases your palate but also supports your health journey.

Revitalize Slim Tea is more than just a tea; it's a daily ritual that nurtures your body, calms your mind, and spirits you to a place of serenity and strength. 🧘‍♀️✨ Whether you're looking to manage your weight, reduce stress, or enjoy a moment of peace, this tea is your gateway to a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

Why wait to discover the best version of yourself? Incorporate Revitalize Slim Tea into your daily habit and embark on a journey to wellness that feels as good as it tastes. 💖

#RevitalizeSlimTea #WellnessJourney #HealthyLiving #NaturalEnergy #StressRelief #MetabolismBooster #DailyRitual #TeaTime #NatureHeals #SipToWellness #TransformYourDay

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74 days ago

Sip the Spirit of NZ with Every Cup 🍵🌿

Harpreet Singh from Indian Royal Brew | Proudly NZ owned Business

🌿✨ Dive into the wellness world with Indian Royal Brew, your proudly NZ-owned gateway to premium Indian teas. 🍵 Every sip is a journey through rich flavours and health benefits, crafted with love from India to NZ. Celebrate local pride and global tastes with us. #IndianRoyalBrew 🌿"
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🌿✨ Dive into the wellness world with Indian Royal Brew, your proudly NZ-owned gateway to premium Indian teas. 🍵 Every sip is a journey through rich flavours and health benefits, crafted with love from India to NZ. Celebrate local pride and global tastes with us. #IndianRoyalBrew 🌿"

#ProudlyNZOwned #TeaTime #WellnessJourney #SupportLocal ✨

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74 days ago

Happy Chinese New year!

The Team from NZ Compare

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year from the team at NZ Compare!
May your year be as powerful and fortunate as the mighty dragon!

Don't forget to enter our Year of the Dragon contest to WIN 1 of 3 X $50 gift cards.

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75 days ago

Why Pyramid Tea Bags Are the Best Choice for Your Tea Experience?

Harpreet Singh from Indian Royal Brew | Proudly NZ owned Business

Hey, tea enthusiasts! Ready to transform your tea experience? Say hello to the revolution in your cup - pyramid tea bags. Unlike the old-school flat bags, these little pyramids are a total game-changer, and here’s why:

🌱 Space to Expand: Our pyramid tea bags give that gorgeous tea leaves … View more
Hey, tea enthusiasts! Ready to transform your tea experience? Say hello to the revolution in your cup - pyramid tea bags. Unlike the old-school flat bags, these little pyramids are a total game-changer, and here’s why:

🌱 Space to Expand: Our pyramid tea bags give that gorgeous tea leaves room to dance! This means they can fully expand, releasing every ounce of flavour and aroma into your cup, making each sip a deep dive into bliss.

🌿 Quality Matters: It’s not just about the shape; what’s inside that counts. We pack these bags with whole leaves – no more settling for the broken bits. Whole leaves retain their natural oils and character, ensuring a superior taste that flat bags can’t match.

💚 Eco-Friendly Sipping: We care about the planet as much as we care about your tea experience. Our pyramid bags are designed with biodegradable materials, making your tea ritual a sustainable one.

🫖 A Richer Brew: The design isn’t just for show; it significantly enhances the infusion process. This means more flavour, more aroma, and a more enjoyable tea time every time.

So, why stick to the flat life when you can go 3D and see the difference in your cup? Our pyramid tea bags are not just a choice but a declaration of love for tea.
Upgrade your tea game, embrace the pyramid revolution, and sip on the difference with every cup. Ready to steep in the goodness? Dive into the world of pyramid tea bags and let your taste buds celebrate.

#PyramidPower #TeaRevolution #SustainableSipping 🌟

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75 days ago

Vitalitea Infusion Tea - Indian Royal Brew

Harpreet Singh from

Energize Your Day with Vitalitea Infusion Tea! 🌿✨

Dive into the refreshing world of Vitalitea Infusion Tea from Indian Royal Brew, a carefully curated blend designed for those who seek both wellness and flavour in their cup. This exquisite tea combines the antioxidant-rich properties of … View more
Energize Your Day with Vitalitea Infusion Tea! 🌿✨

Dive into the refreshing world of Vitalitea Infusion Tea from Indian Royal Brew, a carefully curated blend designed for those who seek both wellness and flavour in their cup. This exquisite tea combines the antioxidant-rich properties of Green Tea with the nutritional powerhouse Moringa, the tangy zest of Hibiscus, and the refreshing clarity of Lemongrass. Each sip promises a delightful taste and a boost to your nutritional health, making it the perfect beverage for starting your day, recharging in the afternoon, or unwinding after a long day.

Why Vitalitea Infusion Tea?

- Green Tea: Boosts metabolism and antioxidants.
- Moringa: A superfood rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Hibiscus: Enhances the tea with a tangy flavour and supports blood pressure.
- Lemongrass: Offers a refreshing taste and aids digestion.

Ideal for anyone looking to enrich their diet with a delicious and healthful drink, Vitalitea Infusion Tea is more than just tea; it's a step towards a balanced and vibrant lifestyle. Whether at home seeking tranquillity or at work needing a natural lift, this tea is your companion for a healthier, more joyful day.

#Vitalitea #GreenTea #Superfoods #Wellness #NutritionalHealth #Antioxidants #MoringaMagic #HibiscusHealth #LemongrassLift #HealthyLiving #TeaTime #IndianRoyalBrew

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