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Environment Canterbury’s Poū Matai Kō Makarini Rupene is working with Waimakariri residents to help improve cultural values for land and waterways.

Cultural land awareness creates brighter future Cultural land awareness creates brighter future

Life has turned full circle for Environment Canterbury’s Poū Matai Kō (mahinga kai facilitator) Makarini Rupene as he moves his focus from Kaikōura to the Waimakariri area where he grew up and still lives today.    Makarini’s role centres on raising awareness of how to use the land and environment in a way that cultivates an understanding of mahinga kai and sustainability. He’s excited about being back on home soil after spending the past 18 months ...

The Launch of Kaiapoi Rescue The Launch of Kaiapoi Rescue

On December 1st 2019 we were fortunate enough to be invited to take part in the official launch of Kaiapoi Rescue, the Coast Guard North Canterbury’s new rescue vessel. The following is taken from the speech prepared by John Thompson, Vice President and SAR Manager Coastguard North Canterbury Previously Waimakariri-Ashley - A brief history 1-12-2019 The unit was first formed as Waimak – Ashley Rescue Lifeboat Society in 1978 after two separate fatal boating accidents occurred on ...
Giving back to the community is important to SwitchFIT founders Kelly Payne (left) and Sam Edward who are pictured at a prostate cancer charity walk they organised at Christchurch Adventure Park.

Online fitness hub thriving Online fitness hub thriving

An online fitness business created by friends Kelly Payne and Sam Edward, who are based in Woodend and Northwood, is making it easy and affordable for people throughout New Zealand and overseas to stay fit. The duo, who studied personal training together, set up SwitchFIT a year ago to reach a wider audience and to cater to people wanting a flexible approach to fitness. Kelly was struggling to keep up with demand for her personal training ...
Sidekick’s Ric Thorpe catches up with business partner and Sidekick Rangiora director Jason Stapley at a Rangiora café.

Digital connectivity drives business expansion Digital connectivity drives business expansion

The power of digital connectivity has allowed Canterbury business Sidekick Chartered Accountants to expand across the Canterbury region and into Marlborough and Otago. After establishing its first office in Christchurch eleven years ago, Sidekick has set up locally owned branches in Blenheim, Rangiora, Timaru, Ashburton, Wanaka and Queenstown.  It has further extended its reach by operating a licensee model in Auckland and London. Advances in technology allow Sidekick’s advisors to operate wherever they can connect to ...

The Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade The Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival and Santa Parade

The late morning rain did not dampen the Christmas spirit in Kaiapoi, as people attended the 2019 Kaiapoi Christmas Carnival on Saturday 7 December. The sugary scent of cinnamon donuts could be smelt as people made their way down the main vein of Kaiapoi, passing the 34 stalls on William Street run by local businesses and community groups. These stalls, along with another 75 and 18 separate food outlets decorating the east side of William Street ...

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