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Cityscape Our Christchurch
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How did we go this long with a column called The Iconic without featuring the country’s Arch-Wizard? Move over, Gandalf; the Wizard who’s really most indelibly associated with New Zealand is undeniably a Christchurch icon – as much an integral part of the fabric of the city as Hagley Park and asking people what school they went to. The magic man who’s been classified repeatedly as a ‘living work of art’ has been a feature of the central city since 1974 with his entertaining, lively and outrageous public speaking, efficacious spell-casting, officiating, battles with bureaucracy and soulless corporations, Imperial-Army-marshalling, philosophising and heritage advocacy. That he nearly decamped permanently to Oamaru post-quakes would have been a loss nearly as grievous as that of any historic building, and it does the heart good that you can still spot him up to his mysterious, wizardly business during lunchtimes in New Regent Street, or...
Cityscape Word on the Street
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Taking out the 2014 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship and tipped as Kiwi fashion’s next Karen Walker, Christchurch’s Georgia Currie is cutting up the fashion scene with her signature label Georgia Alice. Establishing herself as New Zealand’s top emerging fashion exporter, Georgia’s coveted label is dedicated to cool, classic and creative pieces, and she’s quickly becoming the crush-worthy go-to designer among New Zealand’s ‘it girls’. Having featured in Australian Vogue, Australian Elle, Russh, Oyster and on international blog The Man Repeller Georgia’s handiwork can be found lining the racks at 24 stockists worldwide, including outlets in New York, LA, and right here in Christchurch at Infinite Definite. Graduating in 2011 from CPIT with a diploma in fashion technology and design, Georgia was spurred on after winning the Westpac Young Designer Award (see a pattern?) in her graduation year before hightailing it up to Auckland and launching the label. Identifying a gap in...
Cityscape Books, Music & Movies
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Lang Masters has no plans to retire. The octogenarian owner-operator of the Hollywood 3 Cinema in Sumner just keeps on trucking, with his lifelong love of – and service to –cinema in New Zealand recently officially recognised by a service award from the New Zealand Motion Picture Industry Council. Lang and his wife Maureen have kept the Hollywood running for over 50 years, through all the ebbs and flows of the movie business during that time – the rise of television, the advent of the mass-market multiplex, and now the age of home theatres and Internet piracy. The Hollywood is comfortably Christchurch’s oldest surviving suburban cinema. Lang’s own love of cinema goes all the way back to his immediate post-school days. "It's been over 50 years. As long as I'm alive, I'll be doing this," the octogenarian recently told The Press. "I enjoy it and if you enjoy it, it's not...