Tag Archives: Christchurch

Violinist Alexandra Lomeiko Performs in Worthing

Violinist Alexandra Lomeiko Performs in Worthing

Christchurch-born violinist Alexandra Lomeiko recently performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. Chichester Observer journalist Phil Hewitt writes: “Lomeiko was born in 1991 into a family of musicians and started playing at the…

Christchurch Trends Among Connecticut Travellers

Christchurch Trends Among Connecticut Travellers

Among travel fare aggregator website Kayak’s Connecticut users, Christchurch has ranked as the No 1 trending destination. Nutmeg State users’ searches done between June 2016 and January 2017 for flights to the city between…

Gillian Saunders Takes Top Honours at World of Wearable Art Awards Show

Gillian Saunders Takes Top Honours at World of Wearable Art Awards Show

New Zealand designer Gillian Saunders has taken out the Brancott Estate Supreme Award at the World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show in Wellington with Supernova, as reported in Lucire. “I had been…

Wine and Dine Your Way Through NZ

Wine and Dine Your Way Through NZ

“From freshly caught seafood to lamb, meat, everything, the delicious yet frequently underrated cuisine New Zealand offers should top your foodie-travel bucket list,” writes A. Van Houten for Paste Magazine in an…

Nine Wonders of New Zealand

Nine Wonders of New Zealand

“With natural splendours that include stunning marine wildlife and geothermal springs, to culinary adventures taking in cutting-edge restaurants and tours of award-winning vineyards, New Zealand is a country that knows how to amaze the…

Deep South: A Wild Coastal Drive

Deep South: A Wild Coastal Drive

“New Zealand is perfect for long, meandering road trips, especially in its scenic South Island. If driving on windswept coastal roads is your idea of a good time, then there’s no better region to…

Wimbledon’s Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day

Wimbledon’s Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day

Long before the PR driven age of image rights and social media, before Borg, Laver and even Perry, Wimbledon had its own matinee idol – New Zealand-born Anthony Wilding. Yet despite him being a…

Mainmark Wins at 2016 Ground Engineering Awards in London

Mainmark Wins at 2016 Ground Engineering Awards in London

Mainmark’s Christchurch team has won the International Project of the Year Award at the 2016 Ground Engineering Awards for their post-earthquake resurrection of the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand. During the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011,…

The Experience of a Lifetime

The Experience of a Lifetime

“A trip to New Zealand might just be the experience of a lifetime.” Queenstown and Christchurch are widely known for their extreme sports and cultural attractions, but New Zealand’s North Island also “has a…

Jeweller Jessica McCormack Packs for Waiheke

Jeweller Jessica McCormack Packs for Waiheke

Christchurch-born London-based jewellery designer Jessica McCormack talks with Harper’s Bazaar UK for the magazine’s monthly “Travel Notebook” column about what she packs and her favourite places to stay when she heads homeward to Waiheke…

NZ’s New South Island Mountain Bike Tour

NZ’s New South Island Mountain Bike Tour

A new bike tour on New Zealand’s South Island “is taking intrepid cyclists to mountainous hideaways so remote that their luggage has to be flown in by helicopter,” as reported in an…

A Country for All Seasons

A Country for All Seasons

“New Zealand provides spectacular escapes whatever the time of year, but spring and autumn often deliver unique opportunities for travellers,” writes Paul Bloomfield in an article for The Telegraph. New Zealand “as…

An Epic New Zealand Road Trip

An Epic New Zealand Road Trip

There’s a lot to see in New Zealand. Shannon Ullman shared the highlights of her three month road trip itinerary with Travel Pulse. Auckland is a great place to start a road trip….

Phillip Island V8 Win for Scott McLaughlin

Phillip Island V8 Win for Scott McLaughlin

Christchurch-born Scott McLaughlin, 22, has claimed a commanding V8 Supercars win in Race 1 of the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint in Australia after winning his first pole of the season. McLaughlin, who is the youngest…

One Man. One Wheel. One Epic Trip Across NZ.

One Man. One Wheel. One Epic Trip Across NZ.

Take a look at 100% Pure NZ’s video on New Zealand’s top Freeride mountain biker Conor MacFarlane as he pulls a ‘wheelie’ through Queenstown’s stunning mountain vistas, Christchurch’s urban…

Deep Snow Train Footage

Deep Snow Train Footage

Watch this spectacular footage of a Kiwirail train plowing through deep snow on a route going to Christchurch from Arthurs Pass.

Christchurch a City Reimagining Itself

Christchurch a City Reimagining Itself

The story of Christchurch’s resurrection is nearly as inspirational as the one that lends the city its name. In the aftermath of a terrible succession of earthquakes between 2010-11, which led to the demolition…

Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Open

Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Open

Lydia Ko has won the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open for the third time “on a remarkable day that began with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattling Christchurch” and “prevailed playing through what the Ladies…

Christchurch Christmas Light Show

Christchurch Christmas Light Show

Have a look at Christchurch’s Christmas Light show by Carl & Maureen from RockinLights Ltd. They have put on another great show with some new characters, displays and music to make this even better…

Christchurch an Absolute Delight

Christchurch an Absolute Delight

Disembarking in Christchurch after a TranzAlpine rail journey through “knockout” landscapes, Economic Times reporter Charukesi Ramaduri says that though there are signs of the devastating earthquake of 2011 everywhere, it is equally clear Christchurch…

NZ Celebrates VE Day (1945)

NZ Celebrates VE Day (1945)

New Zealad National Film Unit presents ‘NZ Celebrates VE Day’, from Weekly Review 195 (1945). Shows people gathered at the front of the government building in Wellington and a…

Marlon Williams – Strange Things

Marlon Williams – Strange Things

Listen to Marlon Williams’s single Strange Things, written by Marlon Williams & recorded by Ben Edwards at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton. The video was filmed in Christchurch, New…

Strongest New Home Figures for Almost a Decade

Strongest New Home Figures for Almost a Decade

The latest official figures show that the house building rate in New Zealand has increased to the strongest in the last nine years with around 25,000 new building consents a year. Auckland and Christchurch are…

FIFA U-20 World Cup to Promote Grassroots Football in New Zealand

FIFA U-20 World Cup to Promote Grassroots Football in New Zealand

“A plan to utilise the FIFA U-20 World Cup as a platform to boost grassroots football in New Zealand is taking shape”, according to Fifa.com. Following Auckland and Christchurch courses, football festivals to…

Keeping the Anzac Memory Alive

Keeping the Anzac Memory Alive

Tableau vivant installation The Unforgotten Soldiers has toured New Zealand as a tribute to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers, who fought 100 years ago in the Gallipoli campaign during World…

Drone’s View of Evans Pass in Christchurch

Drone’s View of Evans Pass in Christchurch

Take a look at an amazing quality video of a 4K UHD drone flying over Sumner Road (Evans Pass) in Christchurch. The road has been closed since the 2011…

Hagley Oval Integral to Christchurch’s Regeneration

Hagley Oval Integral to Christchurch’s Regeneration

Cricket’s World Cup and the return of top-level sport to Christchurch’s Hagley Park has been integral to the city’s regeneration since the devastating earthquake of 2011, says the Guardian’s Mike Selvey. “To a visiting eye,…

Sunday – Trailer

Sunday – Trailer

Directed by Michele Joy Lloyd Sunday stars Dustin Clare (Spartacus, Underbelly) and Camille Keenan in this intimate love story set with Christchurch a year after the devastating earthquake. Charlie (Clare)…

Damaged Christchurch Mirrors Relationship in New Film

Damaged Christchurch Mirrors Relationship in New Film

The feature-length Sunday, which has its Australian premiere at the 9th Byron Bay Film Festival, is set in Christchurch a year after the 2011 earthquake, where scenes of damage, poignancy and hope provide a…

Swimming Star Sophie Pascoe Aims for More Medals in Rio

Swimming Star Sophie Pascoe Aims for More Medals in Rio

Christchurch Paralympic swimmer, and gold medallist Sophie Pascoe may only be 22, but she is already a veteran on the sport’s elite stage and aims to retain the titles she won in London in…

It May Just Be the Black Caps Time in the Spotlight

It May Just Be the Black Caps Time in the Spotlight

“It was heartening” to see Test cricket return to Christchurch in December, the Guardian’s Mike Selvey writes. “It was fitting, too, that the Black Caps should mark it with a resounding win over Sri…

Black Caps Best Year Ever

Black Caps Best Year Ever

Having just won the first test against Sri Lanka, New Zealand’s Black Caps have made 2014 their best Test year ever. The Black Caps beat Sri Lanka by an impressive 8 wickets with a day…

Brendon McCullum Makes Australia’s Cricketers Look Average

Brendon McCullum Makes Australia’s Cricketers Look Average

In the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch, Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum, 33, was just five runs short of demolishing what could possibly have been the fastest ever double century in…

Hayley Westenra Sings Holiday Favourites for Wisconsin Fans

Hayley Westenra Sings Holiday Favourites for Wisconsin Fans

Acclaimed Christchurch-born soprano Hayley Westenra, 27, who has mesmerised audiences across continents, appeared with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) at the Orpheum Theater on 18 and 19 December singing Christmas favourites. Westenra’s music director, Tim…

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 12: Ngarua Caves, Labyrinth Rocks & Castle Hill

Living a Kiwi Life – Episode 12: Ngarua Caves, Labyrinth Rocks & Castle Hill

In this episode, the couple explore the beautiful geological formations of the Ngarua Caves, Labyrinth Rocks and Castle Hill. The Ngarua Caves and Labyrinth Rocks are near Takaka and…

Christchurch’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ Symbolises Progress as City Rebuilds

Christchurch’s ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ Symbolises Progress as City Rebuilds

Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral, known as the ‘cardboard cathedral’, has ‘risen from the ruins’ to become the most recognised building in Christchurch, while ChristChurch Cathedral remains gripped in a battle between modernity and heritage. The ChristChurch…

What Is It like Living in Christchurch?

What Is It like Living in Christchurch?

Self-employed ecologist Jesse Bythell tells Slate magazine what it’s like living in Christchurch, guaranteeing that “living on a sheep farm and looking askance at foreigners are not the only activities available down here.” “Christchurch, as…

On the Adventure Trail in the Footsteps of William and Kate

On the Adventure Trail in the Footsteps of William and Kate

On a South Island tour of New Zealand in the footsteps of royal couple William and Kate, the Daily Mail’s Katie Nicholl begins in the “quintessentially English city” Christchurch before making her way further…

New Zealand South Island Road Trip

New Zealand South Island Road Trip

Watch this short documentary about South Island in New Zealand written, filmed and edited by Davide Baj & Alastair Robinson. The video features places in New Zealand such as…

Ideal Training Ground for Commonwealth Games

Ideal Training Ground for Commonwealth Games

Rising Christchurch track star Angie Smit, 22, has found a second home in Braunton, North Devon where she is training for this month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In just under four weeks Smit will…

World’s First Jetpack Prepares for Commercial Sales

World’s First Jetpack Prepares for Commercial Sales

A New Zealand-based company is now close to making the jetpack only seen in science fiction movies a reality as the Civil Aviation Authority in the country has approved test…

Cardboard Cathedral Architect Wins Pritzker Prize

Cardboard Cathedral Architect Wins Pritzker Prize

The designer of Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, has been named the winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, largely because of his work designing shelters after natural disasters in…

Ceroc Flash Mob Wedding Proposal, Christchurch

Ceroc Flash Mob Wedding Proposal, Christchurch

Ceroc helps Ken propose to his partner in a very special way. So on Saturday 15th February 2014 in Northlands mall, Christchurch, he did just that. Edited and produced…

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys – Take A Break. Take A Train.

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys – Take A Break. Take A Train.

Watch the TranzAlpine train as it crosses the South Island, beginning on the East coast in Christchurch and ending on the West Coast in Greymouth, traversing the spectacular Southern…

Visit the City Reinventing Itself with Art

Visit the City Reinventing Itself with Art

For those fancying a long-weekend getaway in Christchurch, the Guardian recommends the best places to stay, eat and visit, “touring the extraordinary renewal of the city that survived an earthquake”. “There’s no camouflaging the damage,”…

Christchurch Dedication Wins Rome Art Prize

Christchurch Dedication Wins Rome Art Prize

Kaikoura artist Ruth Stirnimann’s Earth Grid 4, which was dedicated to Christchurch after the earthquakes, has beat 1050 other artists to win international art competition La Tua Arte Nel Sociale launched by Rome gallery,…

Plenty of Scope for More Art and Enterprise

Plenty of Scope for More Art and Enterprise

The disaster that reduced Christchurch to rubble has given rise to a spirit of art and enterprise, writes Tijana Jaksic for the Herald Sun, and the city is “embracing the change” she says. The

Aotearoa Casts Its Shadow on the Clouds

Aotearoa Casts Its Shadow on the Clouds

“There is a playful antagonism between the inhabitants of New Zealand’s two islands, North and South,” Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton writes for the Guardian in a story about growing up in New…

Degrees Available in Healing with Humour

Degrees Available in Healing with Humour

New Zealanders considering a career as a professional clown will now be able to earn a certificate, diploma or full Bachelor of Arts in Medical Clowning. The qualifications are scheduled to be launched in…

Visitors Get Up Close to Lions at Orana Park

Visitors Get Up Close to Lions at Orana Park

Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park is making headlines for its unique lion experience that takes visitors inside the lion enclosure for a close encounter with the big cats as they are fed. The difference? The…

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Opens

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Opens

Christchurch’s ‘cardboard’ cathedral has opened, a move that is seen as a significant step in the regeneration of the city following the February 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.  Dubbed the ‘Transitional Cathedral’, the…

Skills Drain Reversal with More Work Options

Skills Drain Reversal with More Work Options

New Zealand is currently experiencing its strongest immigration flows in four years, with returning citizens vying with foreign nationals for work, in a “nation whose economy is outperforming many of its developed peers”, writes…

Internet Giant Launches Balloon Connection over Canterbury

Internet Giant Launches Balloon Connection over Canterbury

Google has launched a balloon over Christchurch emitting an internet connection, which could connect to remote parts of the world to the web. “Project Loon” came to fruition in the South Island, where the…

Keeping Track of North Korean News

Keeping Track of North Korean News

Christchurch researcher Frank Feinstein has dedicated a website, to cataloguing dispatches from North Korea’s state media organization, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The website, called KCNA Watch, catalogues every KCNA English report on…

Michigan Ace

Michigan Ace

Christchurch-born Barrett Franks, 21, is playing the “best tennis of his collegiate career” for the University of Michigan. Franks’ talent was widely known in New Zealand. Such talent earned him a spot on the…

Change of Character

Change of Character

“Each city seems to have its own character and voice; each community has a completely different attitude to life,” Huffington Post freelancer Karen Edwards writes in a blog describing her recent trip….