Restoring the Soul

September 8th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

When you lose your home, it’s incredibly traumatic.” These are the words of Evan Smith, Christchurch resident and spokesperson for the Avon-Ōtākaro Network (AvON), who along with over 5000 other homeowners was forced to abandon his home in the residential ‘red zone’ following the 2010/11 earthquakes. This 11km stretch of vacant land ribbons its way [...]

  • Orton Bradley is home to many examples of machinery from yesteryear (Orton Bradley Park)

The Rough Diamond

July 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Take a look on Trip Advisor, and you will read that Diamond Harbour is described as “a gem awaiting a shake-up”. And I get what the critics are talking about. On arrival in this approximately 2000-inhabitant village on the other side of the Port Hills to Christchurch, your first impressions might lead you to believe [...]

  • AB699 built in Thames and once the largest engine on the NZ Rail system

Pleasant Point Canterbury

June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Pleasant Point’s a Canterbury town with a population of about 1300. While there’s no doubt about its pleasant aspect and its avenue of trees leading in from the south, no one seems quite sure of why ‘Point’ is part of its name. It’s referred to as simply ‘Point’ or ‘The Point’ by locals and has [...]

Big Sky Country

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

In our early 60s, in that heady zone between children and grandchildren, we’ve lately developed irresponsible nomadic tendencies that worry our adult daughters. It’s a classic case of role reversal – we get texts from Sophie and Bridget urging us to be careful and report in at the end of the day. They are working [...]

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