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Dianna Malcolm

Dianna Malcolm was born on her parent’s dairy farm in Ohoka. She earned her journalism stripes working in the sports department at The Press for 10 years, before turning her attention to agricultural journalism.


Protective Equipment now available in North Canterbury

  Frontline first responders and healthcare workers in North Canterbury now have a local option to source their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 3D Labs in Kaiapoi – as part of the Techmedics Group – has proactively pursued its place within the global community 3D printing initiative to help stop the transmission of COVID-19. It is printing the head bands for the Personal Protection Shields they have sourced. They are currently supplying them to the public for what ...

Farmers take the yin with the yang

Some welcome positivity has been expressed for New Zealand’s farmers as they continue to work to feed the nation during the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic (COVID-19). Agriculture is deemed as an essential service, so it’s been business as usual for the farming fraternity, despite the nationwide lockdown. There are several pressure points within farmer-to-farmer conversations as they work out the best way forward. One of the biggest observations in-house – outside of how to get everything done ...

135 years in the making

COVID-19 has put the Kaiapoi Club’s 135-year anniversary plans on hold for now. The good news is that this club – like much of Christchurch – is not new to challenge and adversity, and its team were ahead of the curve, when the government announced New Zealand’s lockdown this week. It’s president, Maurice (Bones) Nutira said they had closed the Club by Monday, March 23, and they had put in place measures to support staff financially ...

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 ...
Judith & Dennis Andreassend

Magical and relaxing

Stepping into another world is as easy as boarding Kaiapoi’s River Queen. This majestic two-story paddle steamer – which was re-located from Blenheim to Kaiapoi in 2019 – has transformed the Kaiapoi River, and added to the growing dynamic of the satellite township, minutes from Christchurch.  The River Queen now enjoys a permanent mooring in front of the Port & Eagle Brewpub, on a purpose-built floating jetty. She is open for tours and functions. The flat-bottomed vessel ...