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Skincare Made Fresh

Having a child made Jo-Anne Day of McGinns Madefresh want to be healthier: ‘I started making skincare seven years ago while breastfeeding my baby boy,’ she explains. ‘I didn’t want to expose him to unnecessary personal care chemicals. When my sister gave me a natural skincare book, I started experimenting with cleansers and moisturisers and found my skin had never looked healthier. 

‘My skincare philosophy grew to include fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. I now deliberately keep batches small so people know they are purchasing something fresh and carefully prepared. New Zealand has many wonderful local raw ingredients, many of which I use including beeswax, olive oil, honey, lavender and kanuka.’

From baby balm to beard oil, to soothing salve day cream, solid shampoo and conditioner and the addictive Skin Restoring Facial Serum, McGinns Madefresh now has something for every member of the family, all crafted with a focus on the environment.  ‘It’s important to conserve resources, so refilling containers in 100% reusable packaging is an area I will continue to explore.’

A Job Well Done

Congratulations to Tom Marriott from Peter May, who took out National MITO (Motor Industry Training Organisation) Apprentice of the Year 2019. ‘His attention to details placed him well with his entry with his Workproof Seat Cover,’ enthuses employers Peter and Toni May.

His custom-designed seat cover offers users the ability to keep their vehicle seats clean and tidy and their most precious cargo, themselves and their passengers safe. ‘He custom-designed the seat cover and incorporated a certified air bag seam, proven to not hinder the deployment of an air bag,’ continues Peter. He also had to incorporate a dome, zip and Velcro closing.

Tom has worked full-time for local canvas fabricator Peter May since 2016. ‘He is a skilled tradesman with a lot of potential,’ concludes Peter.

Tom Marriott      

Get Cooking!

Riverside Kitchen is an exciting new cooking school and event space perfectly situated in the newly opened Riverside Market. The school will offer several styles of classes. Hands-on classes provide an opportunity to learn how to create delicious dishes under the watchful guide of experts, while the demonstration classes allow you to sit back and relax as the chef shows you how to make the most of the seasonal produce available at the market. In addition to cooking classes there will be wine tasting, cookbook launches and private dining experiences on offer.

A Flavour-Filled Experience

New to the local Christchurch food scene is Vices & Virtues – a modern and welcoming place to meet, drink and eat. The name of the restaurant encompasses its values perfectly – offering the best quality food and drink makes indulging in your vices once in a while a healthy virtue. Experience the divine contemporary dishes and creative cocktails for yourself at 49 Salisbury Street, Christchurch.

The Christmas Experience

Save the Date – Sunday 1 Dec

100% Smith and Church in conjunction with Hospice Mid Canterbury are hosting The Christmas Experience. From 10 am till 3 pm you will be able to view seven beautifully decorated houses in a variety of Christmas themes, before finishing the day with a complimentary glass of bubbles and a slice of cake in The Arcade where a Christmas Market will have produce and goods for sale. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased from The China Shop in The Arcade, Ashburton or Smith and Church, Moore Street, Ashburton.

The Christmas Experience

Guinness Down Under

By Rod Smith / Eye Glass Press

The Irish connections of Canterbury pioneer Michael John Burke, and the story of how a magician publicly shredded the top hat belonging to Ashburton magistrate Frank Guinness are explored in Guinness Down Under. Michael Burke and Frank Guinness were grandsons of Arthur Guinness, founder of the famous Dublin brewery. The book recounts their lives in Canterbury, along with the history of the Guinness brewing business and expansion into Australia and New Zealand. For lovers of the dark ale and those with an interest in history, it is one for the Christmas stocking.