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Thrive fund applications open

Female-led North Canterbury businesses needing support to solve business issues are invited to apply for assistance from the Thrive fund set up by Real Communications director Gina McKenzie. Ticket sales from a recent Thrive networking event have kickstarted the fund which is designed to support local businesses committed to making positive changes in the local community who need assistance to overcome a business-related challenge. “I am really passionate about supporting our local business community and this ...

Captivating Canterbury Futsalers Reach Final

The Canterbury United Futsal Pride were in Wellington from the 14th-16th February, defending their National SuperLeague Futsal title.  This year, the squad of 14 consisted of four current Waimak United players; Sophie Williams, Madi Silcock, Macey Fraser, and Lily Fisher, along with 3 former North Canterbury players; Tahlia Herman-Watt, Hannah Hegarty, and Rebecca Lake, and the non-travelling reserve, Freya Lodge-Whitham was also a Waimak United player.  An incredible feat for the district, which is ...

May the force be with you

TechMedics translates IT jargon into next-level solutions. Its owner, Aaron Lovelace, is the heartbeat of this IT technical support centre. He moved from Christchurch to Kaiapoi following the 2011 earthquake and fell in love with the area. He now services home users and small to medium businesses in the Waimakariri region from TechMedic’s base at 60 Hilton Street, in Kaiapoi.  Transformative technology TechMedics is worth a visit on so many levels. Because a conversation with Aaron can ...

Impressive haul for North Canterbury youth at Colgate Games

The North Canterbury Athletics Club had a team of 21 athletes competing at the South Island Colgate games from the 16th-19th January.  The new home of Canterbury athletics, Nga Puna Wai, hosted the 2020 games, which attracted close to 1000 under 14 athletes, from across the South Island, along with a few North Island participants, and a team of Queensland development athletes. The under 10’s were competing for ribbons and pennants in non-graded divisions, ...

Inaugural OxMan triathlon attracts over 400 competitors

Over 400 people participated in a new long-course triathlon hosted at Geoff Spark’s irrigation lake in Eyrewell on 16th December. The event, which was sponsored by Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL), turned out to be a huge success for attendees and supporters. Geoff says when event organiser John Newsom first approached him about hosting the triathlon, they imagined that around 250 people would enter the event. “We were blown away by the amount of interest the event ...