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The week ahead…


St Christopher’s Community Fair

18th October // 9am – noon  // 244 Avonhead Road, Avonhead

Second-hand goods, fabulous food, crafts, auction and raffle items, bouncy castle, candy floss.  Have your photo taken with a Star War character! Plus thousands of books. Contact Phone: 358 8780.


Take a Kid Fishing

19th October // from 9am  // The Groynes

A great, free, fun morning for children up to 12 years old. The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust has once more generously donated hundreds of young salmon which will be released into the lakes at the Groynes, along with a small number of very large trout. Bring your family and enjoy a fun kids’ fishing day. No registration or fishing licence necessary (Fish and Game provide a whole-of-site licence for the day). Adults may assist but are not permitted to fish. There will be caravans on site with food and drinks for sale but please remember to bring some cash.

The morning session is set aside for children 12 years and under, with one lake especially for the under-8s where each child has a short one-on-one session with an expert angler (there is sometimes a queue for this). We have some loan rods and tackle in the morning, and worms and artificial bait  too, so don’t worry if you don’t have gear. At all the lakes, skilled anglers — volunteers from local fishing clubs — will be there to give advice and help. From 1pm until dusk, all children (under 18 years old) can fish, but will need their own equipment and bait. Phil Keen, our “Executive Chef”, will be there too with his hot plate and some brilliant ideas for quickly turning your fish into a tasty dish. Phil also does filleting demonstrations. Contact Phone: 0274 812 455


Dead End Derby Presents: Harriet Potter and the Derby Hallows

18th October // Doors open at 5pm  // Cowles Stadium

Christchurch’s original roller girls are thrilled to present ‘Harriet Potter and the Derby Hallows’. October 18th will see the great houses of Slytherin and Gryffindor skating off for the House Cup. The sorting hat has separated the Dead End Derby recruits into the two teams. In green and black will be the girls with the most ambition, whereas the bravest skaters will proudly wear red and gold. Choose your colours wisely, there is no three-quarters when it comes to this legendary rivalry. Full details plus pricing can be found on their facebook page –


Open Day at Avebury House

19th October // 10:30-4pm  // Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue

Sit and relax with a Devonshire tea after a guided tour of this lovely heritage home. Feel free to join in the fun of petanque and horse-shoe throwing. Enjoy the beautifu park surrounds and the relaxing atmosphere. A donation for devonshire teas is appreciated.  Contact Phone: (03) 3816615.


Whakaoho (Wake up Papanui)

19th October // 1pm  // Papanui Domain

Featuring Jolt Dance, Casebrook Intermediate School and a special guest on the Main Stage. All Right?, Bouncy Castles, Candy Floss, Sumo Suits, Free Sausage Sizzle and much, much more. Contact Phone: 021 111 3947.


Speak Spanish & Mandarin Stars

21st October // 5:30-6:30pm  // Upper Riccarton Library; 71 Main South Road

Speak Spanish and Mandarin Stars will be offering the second free and informative workshop for parents who are raising bilingual children or parents who would like to learn more about the benefits of children learning a second language. Melissa Heyrick, from Mandarin Stars, and Laura D’Amico, from Speak Spanish, are going to guide you, give you tips on what to do at home and answer all of your questions about raising bilingual children. They will also share accounts of their students language learning and their own children too. Please contact us to book a spot or to find out more information See their Facebook page for more details.


Christchurch Big Band Festival

23rd-27th October // various times & locations

Labour weekend will be full of the sounds of big band music as bands from around ChCh and NZ come together to play in a range of venues. Whether you’re into free city entertainement, a paid gala concert featuring jazz legends, Rodger Fox and Francisco Torres (USA) or would love to dance at the grand ball, or upskill and attend workshops or go to jazz service – there’s something for everyone who loves big band music! Venues include the Transitional Cathedral, ReStart Mall, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Cashmere Club, the Brewery, Speights Ale House, The Garden’s Visitor centre, CPIT Jazz School.Check out for details. Contact Phone: 027-2322912.


New Zealand blokart Open

23rd-26th October // Access from 8:30am  // Air Force Museum of NZ

A  blokart is a three-wheeled kart powered by a sail – a type of land yacht.  Come and watch New Zealand’s very best (and some Australians) battle it out at Wigram … in fact many of New Zealand’s best are the World’s best. This New Zealand open is being hosted by the Canterbury Blokart Club. You can access the venue from opposite 12 Harvard Avenue – just look out for the blokart flags. Contact Phone: 0275994615.


The Big Chill Youth Jam

25th October // 12-3pm  // Motu Quay, Pegasus Town

The Big Chill Youth Jam is coming to Pegasus! This is a free, fun filled day out for the whole family with activities including a learn a skate workshop with the Cheapskates Skate Skool, a basketball Shoot-out comp, a free BBQ, boucny castle as well as Pedalmania ‘Crazy Bikes’. This event was made possible with funding from the Winter Chill fund through the Ministry of Youth Development. Official Website:


FESTA 2014: The future will be live

24-27th October // various events happening  // 244 Avonhead Road, Avonhead

Make sure you are in Christchurch this Labour Weekend (24-27 October) for the third annual Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). Following on from the success of LUXCITY, where 20,000 people populated Christchurch’s centre to participate in a city made from light for one night, and last year’s city-within-the-city featuring the magical Canterbury Tales carnival and procession, this year we present FESTA 2014: The future will be live. Lots happening. Check out all the events on their website.



Rutherford – Full Steam Ahead!

9th September–19th November // 9am to 5pm  // Canterbury Museum

In 1935, when only eight-years-old, Patrick Fowler was given a model locomotive as a surprise gift after taking part in a train-naming ceremony at St Pancras Railway Station, London. The train was named after his world-famous grandfather, New Zealand physicist and chemist Ernest Rutherford.

Prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, the Rutherford’s Den Trust was housed in the 19th century buildings of the former Canterbury College (now the Arts Centre) and this was where Rutherford had studied and undertaken many of his early experiments. As work on this building is not due to be completed until 2015, Canterbury Museum are exhibiting this historic locomotive until it can be returned to the refurbished Rutherford’s Den. Contact Phone: 366 5000. Official Website: