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North Canterbury voucher scheme to attract more customers North Canterbury voucher scheme to attract more customers

A free new initiative with the aim of increasing consumer spending in North Canterbury by locals and visitors is in the form of an electronic booklet which contains coupons or vouchers offering discounts to customers. Behind the scheme is the Women in Business North Canterbury group who see the value in offering the opportunity to all businesses in the district. The networking group meet twice monthly in Rangiora’s Brook Hotel to support each other and the ...

Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 4: Paul Smith Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 4: Paul Smith

Paul Smith was looking forward to the Kaiapoi Art Expo and had completed one of his vivid expressionist paintings a few weeks before the Covid-19 crisis but wasn’t sure it was what he was after. The Kaiapoi based artist says, “I prepared another canvas and had it ready, a blank canvas, waiting for inspiration, when the announcement came that the Expo was cancelled for this year.” But Paul’s time during lockdown has instead been taken up ...

Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 3: Clare Wilcox Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 3: Clare Wilcox

Clare Wilcox of Rangiora has had to turn to creative pursuits other than her painting during this time, with her studio occupied by 19 year old daughter Sidney, home from Massey University and needing to continue her studies. In her Pre Veterinary Science year, Sidney has needed a quiet space to continue her study.   “She is our number one priority so I was quite happy to lose my space so she can continue with her ...

Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 2: Carol Moffatt Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 2: Carol Moffatt

Kaiapoi artist, Carol Moffatt, exhibits widely at Arts Canterbury exhibitions, as well as the Kaiapoi Art Expo and is missing that opportunity with their cancellation. Her watercolours are inspired by the landscapes she sees around her with many paintings featuring rivers and lakes.  She has recently turned to oils and has been mastering the medium by studying the work of one of England’s most famous landscape artists, JMW Turner, recently memorialised in the movie Mr ...

Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 1: Ivan Button Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 1: Ivan Button

Artists in Waimakariri will be financially hit as they miss out on cancelled art shows in the district caused by the Covd-19 outbreak. The Kaiapoi Art Expo was forced to cancel this year’s popular event. With over 4,000 visitors to the exhibition showcasing over 100 local artists the loss is one of many for artists. Waimakariri’s three galleries, Oxford, Rangiora’s Chamber gallery and Art on the Quay in Kaiapoi are all closed under the current Covid-19 ...

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