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November 2019

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a blooming wonderful month

November has such an air of anticipation around it in Canterbury. For me, the excitement lies in the build-up of warmth and the blossom in and around the city, with sprays of daffodils in Hagley Park. There’s a feeling of fun on the horizon – Christmas break is knocking at the door, but not before we have our keenly anticipated Cup and Show Week. You may have seen the striking campaign for Bloom, the newly rebranded Cup and Show Week ‘events umbrella’ from ChristchurchNZ. It’s timely – while Ōtautahi remains firmly rooted in agriculture, the emergence of our new city means there is a plethora of amazing new events and activities for Cantabrians to attend. I’ll be attending everything I can – it’s a massive boost to the serotonin levels after…

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chit chat

PARTY WITH LOUIS There’s no reason not to keep the festivities going after a day of races in the sun. Join the team at Louis for an exclusive after race party – complete with live music, magnums of Mumm at the standard bottle price, fabulous food and fun! Victoria Street’s Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar embraces Euro-chic and is the perfect spot for a little bit of sophistication but still relaxed enough to not feel pretentious. Offering a truly luxury dining and bar experience with an extensive champagne list and finely crafted menu. It really is the jewel in the crown of Victoria Street. Spots will be limited, so head to their website for more event information. louischampagne.co.nz A STAND OUT STATEMENT Dramatic is always best for a stunning race day ensemble! Youngs’ delightful…

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culture club

CUP MEETING 2019 Arguably one of Canterbury’s social highlights, featuring a myriad of high-class racing, fashion, food, and entertainment across three magnificent days, as the region celebrates all that is great about spring in Christchurch. Saturday marks the beginning, with the Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas, Group 1. Second day Wednesday, 13 November is the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, Group 2 and the third day, Saturday, 16 November (an R18 event) is the Christchurch Casino 155th New Zealand Cup, Group 3, and gavelhouse.com NZ 1000 Guineas, Group 1. Riccarton Park racing – Canterbury’s finest will be there! 9 November, Riccarton Park, racing.riccartonpark.nz HE URU HOU The plants of Aotearoa New Zealand have some surprising applications. Learn how Māori used native plants to make medicine, clothing and tools in Canterbury Museum’s new exhibition. See…

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standing the test of time

Ned James was “passionately fond of beer, clean and tidy, full of tricks to get money and an endless teller of yarns.” He also built cob cottages and his handiwork stands today in the likes of Acheron Accommodation House (1862), Tarndale (1874), Molesworth Homestead (1885), Tophouse (1887), and Rainbow (1893). Although Ned James is often regarded as the premier cob builder of early New Zealand, many cob cottages were built by colonial settlers who simply needed a house to live in. As a building material, cob was particularly useful in areas without an abundance of timber. A cob mix was made from damp earth, tussock or straw, and horse and/or cow dung, then the walls were finished with a breathable plaster. Bentley Coton, a labourer from Yorkshire, built his cottage at Hororata…

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the city of cycles

Christchurch has long been known as a cycle friendly city, the flat of the plains lends itself well to thin tyres and spokes. This proud two-wheeled history of ours will be brought centre stage with the Vantage Criterium National Championships cycling race. As part of ChristchurchNZ’s BLOOM, this event will see Olympians and World Championship medallists take to the streets of Ōtautahi for a race to remember. The Criterium will be held on a newly proposed circuit in the Christchurch city centre. Making the central city their track, the cyclists will navigate multiple laps of a one-kilometre street circuit. There will be plenty of space for spectators to take in the action. On a beautiful spring Sunday, set yourself up on a deck chair or simply stand and watch for a short while at Remembrance…

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love local

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