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Avenues March 2019

Avenues is the definitive city guide that helps people get the most out of living in Christchurch. Avenues delivers the best of everything each month, from dining to trends, fashion, entertainment, South Island travel and local personalities. Coupled with insightful features and reviews, Avenues encapsulates what makes Christchurch the unique community. it is. This is a free app.

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1 min.
one man’s trash…

It’s time for an admission. I hail from a long, long lineage of op-shoppers. Since the beginning of time (okay, probably the mid-eighties) my extended family has led the charge with hosting massive garage sales, scheduled op-shopping trips, and second-hand finds. Much to my dismay, my mother would come home with carefully curated pieces that were of value in some way, or to be repurposed into something else crafty or original. In retrospect, albeit a rose-tinted view, my life has been colourful and unique thanks to my dearest mum and her affinity for thrifted treasures, and as a family we wanted for nothing. I look back at a lot of the ‘finds’ and see the value myself – classic, well-built toys, and hand-spun jerseys that were made to be passed on, or to…

3 min.
chit chat

MR JONES AND ME Timaru’s Mr Jones Furniture and Restoration have delved into making custom made timber art for their customers, and the results are striking. Yes, Washdyke in Timaru is a bit of a stretch for a Saturday shopping excursion, we know. Luckily they ship nationwide, and you can check out their wide range of woodworking and furniture online. The experienced team has worked together for years, and between them have had almost a century of experience. New timber is sourced from sustainable forests and recycled timber from throughout New Zealand (such as from the Christchurch quake) to build something that has character ‘unsurpassed by new timber’. mrjones.nz PURPLE HAZE Our friends at McGinns Made Fresh have a bit of a throwback for you – a lilac-tinted zinc for the last of the…

4 min.
culture club

IT’S JESTER JOKE After three consecutive sell-out Australian tours and sold out shows worldwide, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio returns to New Zealand with her brand-new comedy show, It’s Jester Joke. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life. Sure to keep audiences in stitches with her comical “tell it like it is” views, covering life from politics and travel to family and social media. Don’t miss your chance to see the Queen of Mean in her fiercely funny new show in 2019. 4 March, Isaac Theatre Royal isaactheatreroyal.co.nz NEW CHOREOGRAPHIC SERIES Four extraordinary choreographers, thirty eight dynamic dancers, and four brand new works. Look to the future of dance, as four new generation dance-makers redefine ballet…

2 min.
our new gathering place

If you’ve spent any time in central Christchurch recently you’ve probably spotted the giant Meccano set being constructed next to Cathedral Square. This is Te Pae, the city’s new convention and exhibition centre, which is on track to host its first events late next year. One Māori definition of Te Pae is ‘gathering place’, and this iconic facility will certainly bring people together for great events. As well as national and international conferences, there are attractive events for locals in the pipeline. While Te Pae will be able to host up to 2000 people, many events will be much smaller with the main auditorium able to host two simultaneous events for up to 700 people each. ChristchurchNZ estimates that the city is currently missing out on about $100 million of direct economic investment every…

1 min.
yeah nah

YEAH 1 The Town Hall re-opening its doors after three years of restoration – haere mai! 2 Maison Margiela’s ‘REPLICA’ fragrances at Mecca – smell like Woodstock, or a beach walk. 3 Friends who visit with baking Let us pop the kettle on! 4 Bunches from Bourbon Rose in The Crossing. Not just for Valentines… 5 Resene’s Swiss Caramel A hue that lives up to its name, and looks just as delicious. NAH 1 The end of summer It is always too soon. Say goodbye to your jandal tan. 2 Paper bills Can we have app notifications, please? 3 Boy racers Burning fossil fuels is so last century. 4 ‘Touching base’ An overused phrase that seems a little weird these days. 5 The Pagoda Court demo Yes, it was ugly… but it was Cashel Mall nostalgia.…

1 min.
restore, revive, renew

Avenues speaks with three Cantabrians who are taking stock of what we have, what others may discard or dismiss, all in the name of revitalisation. Clark Mauger is nearing the end of an ambitious renovation of ‘heritage survivor’ Milton Substation, in Sydenham; a building restored. Anissa Trinder has created a business curating clothing from eras gone by from thrift stores and opportunity shops across our city – a revival of sorts. Matt Akehurst creates sublime jewellery from offcuts and waste, and scours our beaches under the moniker of The Rubbish Runner, renewing our beaches step by step. For those amongst us who cherish what we’ve had, and those of us who see all that is new on the horizon, and how these can all seamlessly blend.…