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Want to find out what’s happening around Christchurch City and beyond? Cityscape brings you the latest news from the streets so you stay up to date and in the know.

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New Zealand Music Month looms ahead in May as usual, and the dedicated supporters of local music that are the Carlton have a few special treats in store for fans of their regular free, live gigs. Making the trip to the Carlton stage during the month will be big Kiwi music names Jason Kerrison (Saturday 14th), Jordan Luck (Saturday 21st) and Goodshirt (Saturday 28th) – lock those dates in, because they’re set to be some truly epic nights out, especially with all of these legends playing completely free! Regular local bands, of course, continue throughout the rest of the month as well – you can catch city faves and up-and-comers on the Christchurch music scene(such as D’Sendantz, Assembly Required, Sanstribe and Nick Lee, just to name a few) on the regular with the Carlton putting live music on, as always, every single day. Keep an eye out here for Cityscape’s...
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Legendary Christchurch wholefoods go-to Piko Wholefoods Co-operative has been rocking wholesome, organic goodness since 1979 – that’s almost before wholesome, organic goodness was even a thing! Owned by a charitable trust, their profits are funnelled back into supporting organic and sustainable ventures in the community (props, right?). Like so many Christchurch icons though, their groovy vibe took a severe hit in the earthquakes, and they were forced to decamp from the building on the corner of Barbadoes and Kilmore Streets. But excellent news – they’re now back where they belong! Their fully refurbished building is a truly fierce combination of the old and the new and now houses even more of their vegetarian wholefood goodness. Get in for a look ASAP! www.pikowholefoods.co.nz ...
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On Thursday, 24th September at 7pm, urban shopping precinct The Colombo is hosting their second night of Food, Fashion and Design. As with April’s successful inaugural event, every area of The Colombo will be transformed to a fashionista’s paradise, fitted out to amaze lucky customers who will be able to view live installations from local artists, national and international designers showcasing their Spring & Summer 2015 collections. The highlight of the evening is an extensive fashion & design show with a unique, creative flare and a further launch of some of the up and coming brands in The Colombo’s newest concept store, Collective. The bigger and better edition this Spring will feature four new bars their ‘to die for’ cocktails gracing the atrium on the night, an extensive food menu from some of your favourite Christchurch foodies and the Colombo Foodhall, and even sweeter goodie bags flowing with product. There will also...
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Following a months-long fundraising and planning effort the Christchurch Community Bike Share Scheme, Spark Bikes, is now up and running. The bike share system, brainchild of local entrepreneur Rob Henderson, initially has five stations at key locations around the central city – Victoria Street, the Arts Centre, Gloucester Street, the Re:Start Mall and Epic on Tuam Street. Registered users can grab an available bike at any station and use them to get around the city as they like. Sponsors Spark jumped on board with the idea a year ago after Henderson approached the company with his idea. A portion of the project was then crowd-funded, with donations aplenty from locals, but also as far afield as Canada and America. To get in on the action, head to www.sparkbikes.co.nz to register (there’s a one-off registration fee of 4 bucks) – once registered you can log in at any station, grab a...
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Here's a face you could learn to love: Orana Wildlife Park's new gorillas have moved into their new 6 million dollar enclosure to become the first gorilla group on display in New Zealand. You can visit Fataki (12), Fuzu (7) and their half-brother, Mahali (6) at the park from the 1st of August! www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz...
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A fascinating and thought-provoking collection comes to the Qb Studios exhibition space from Thursday the 25th of June with the opening of the Henry Hargreaves photography exhibition No Seconds. New Zealand raised and with a degree from Canterbury University, Hargreaves is now Brooklyn-based, and has worked with the likes of  Ralph Lauren, GQ, NY Magazine and Marie Claire. Taking food photography to artistic levels by using food as a relatable visual medium through which to explore the themes of his work, he has won both plaudits and awards, and No Seconds again uses the medium of food as a window to a societal examination, as Hargreaves recreates the last meal requests of Texas prisoners condemned to die under the death penalty. The results are a strangely affecting, often curious and provocative series that provides an insight into the humanity and personalities involved in an intrinsically inhumane process. Hargreaves' Food Maps collection...
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Riccarton House's Christmas Market Week this week gives you a chance to get a bit of Christmas shopping in as well as to spread some Christmas cheer. Special Christmas editions of the market are being held on Wednesday the 17th from 11am until 7pm, Saturday the 20th from 9am until 1pm, and Sunday the 21st from 10am – 2pm, with an additional "Last Chance" food market on the 23rd from 9am until 1pm. The markets will feature the usual range of delicious fare on offer at the Christchurch Farmers' Market (with a Christmas emphasis), as well as crafts and gifts from the Sunday artisan market.   In addition to the festive market week, Riccarton House is hosting one of The Breeze Christmas Trees for the City mission - drop your donated gift off under the tree for the Mission and you'll make Christmas just a little bit better for someone.  ...
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Cityscape caught up with Archi Bikes’ Andrew Wong who, along with twin Dave and mate Blake Bennett, are making cycling fun again with their funky creations. How did three Christchurch lads start designing and selling über cool bikes? The bikes were inspired by visits to Japan, where mamachari bikes are an everyday form of transport. When Blake and Dave came back from Japan, they were bemoaning the fact you can't get bikes like that here. I've spent a lot of time in the bike industry in NZ, and the idea was born literally over a beer between mates. Where did the name Archi come from? We get a lot of people assuming it is a reference to comics, but we refer to the bikes as "chari", from mamachari, and Blake came up with Archi from playing around with the letters. Tell us about your bikes and their inspiration. For the Retro...
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Once again, Christchurch proves itself to be a world-leading innovator! The Christchurch City Council has been recognised with an international award for its Share an Idea campaign seeking community engagement campaign following the Christchurch earthquake in February. The Share an Idea campaign, in which Christchurch locals were invited to contribute their views on how the central city of Christchurch should be redeveloped, was the ‘unanimous overall winner’ of this year’s Co-creation Award by the Netherlands-based Co-Creation Association. Recognising and celebrating the most original and successful co-creation initiatives around the world, the Co-creation Award has never before been given to an initiative outside Europe, so it’s major kudos for Christchurch. Mayor Bob Parker says it is great recognition of the work by Council in the months following the earthquake: “Share an Idea was designed not only to collect and process the best ideas from our people, it was also designed to replace...
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Well, we were all excitedly waiting for it – and here it is! A draft plan for the rebuild of Christchurch City was released yesterday and it looks fantastic. The Share an Idea campaign sought the input of Christchurch locals and the Christchurch City Council has responded with a ‘City in a Garden’, featuring a multitude of green spaces. The Avon River will be embraced with wide green areas along its banks, and a network of footpaths and cycle trails creating a riverside corridor through the city. Continuing the ‘green theme’, there’ll be many more trees planted along the streets, a new network of neighbourhood parks and a push for new Green Star-rated buildings. The new Christchurch will be more intimate and more human-friendly, built on a smaller scale with low-rise buildings and in a more compact footprint. It will feel safer, with a mix of strengthened heritage buildings and innovative...