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Christchurch Summertimes Programme Media Kit

Anthony Harper Lawyers New Years Eve Party
– in association with Red Badge Group


Christchurch’s Cathedral Square puts on a great time for New Years Eve.

Helping partygoers say “goodbye” to 2003 and “come on in” to 2004 are two of New Zealand’s most energetic, versatile bands. From 9.30pm, 4 Man Bob take the stage, entertaining revellers with a wide range of music. Described as “high octane”, “invigorating” and “heaps of fun”, this six-piece band will warm everyone up, to welcome in the New Year.

Then at 10.30pm, The Bubblemen build anticipation even higher until midnight when MC, Nick Henare leads the crowd counting up to midnight to the chimes of the Post Office Clock and then, for the first time, fireworks will explode off the roof of the Anthony Harper Lawyers’ building in the Square as the Cathedral Bells chime.

The possession and consumption of alcohol is banned in Cathedral Square between 6pm Wednesday 31 December and 6am on Thursday 1 January 2004. Plenty of car parking at the Kilmore Street and Farmers carparking buildings (7.30am - 11.45pm, note closing time) and the Oxford Terrace carpark is open right through from 7.30am - 12.45am).

Location: Cathedral Square
Dates: Wednesday 31 December 2003
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Contact: Islay McLeod
Ph: 941 8255
Notes: Plenty of great food available from vendors in the Square



One of the great things about summer in Christchurch is being outside in any one of our beautiful parks. Combine that with fun, frivolity and children and it’s another perfect day!

Over six days in early January, in parks around Christchurch, Kidsplay will enthral hundreds in the community. Morning sessions run from 10.30am to 1.15pm and in the afternoon from 1.45pm until 4.30pm (there’s an alternative venue if it rains). Sharks and Fishes, Loose Caboose, Parachute Games and the Earthball are just a few of the activities planned. Whether you have pre-schoolers or older children, Kidsplay offers fun and entertainment for everyone.

There’s even a special surprise that involves Tim, (an apprentice wizard), Topshelf, (who is the most powerful wizard in the land) and how to save the world from Sour-man, (one of the darkest forces of evil the world had ever known)! So don’t miss Kidsplay, and the Amazing Games Team!

Locations: Mon 5th Jan: morning session – Waltham Park, afternoon – Centennial Park. Rain Venue Pioneer Leisure Centre
Tues 6th Jan: morning session – Halswell Domain, afternoon – Wycola Park.
Rain venue: Hei Hei Community Centre
Weds 7th Jan: morning session – Burwood Park, afternoon – Parklands Reserve.
Rain venue: Parklands Community Centre
Thursday 8 Jan: morning session – Linwood Park, afternoon – Redcliffs School Hall. Rain venue: Redcliffs School Hall
Friday 9th Jan: morning session – Sheldon Park, afternoon – St Albans Park
Rain venue: Papanui High School Hall
Sat 10th Jan: morning session – Nunweek Park, afternoon – Jellie Park
Rain venue: Burnside High School

Dates: Monday 5th Jan – Sat 10th Jan
Contact: Jo Eade
Ph: 941 8470
Notes: Sunblock provided, but remember – be Sun Smart!

Teddy Bears Picnic


It’s a big day out for the whole family, and teddy of course, as Christchurch brings together bears from all over town, for one of the biggest Teddy Bear Picnic’s in the world.

It’s more than a picnic, it’s a family festival with rides, puppet shows, pavement art, displays, Elgregoe’s magic shows, food stalls, live bands and other fantastic entertainment.

The Wobbles have been described as “the world’s coolest band, playing the coolest songs with the coolest dance moves”. And you can learn those moves and accompany the Wobbles in an all-star finale.

The Canterbury Rams will be bringing their teddy bears this year, and you have the chance to play ball with these fine sports people. The mobile library also has a spot reserved so that you can return or take books on the day.

Bring the family, a picnic and of course your teddy bear, the more the merrier, and enjoy a wonderful day out in North Hagley Park.

Car parking is available for $3 in Hagley Park (off Harper Ave); gates open at 11am and close at 5pm. If it is wet, the Teddy Bears Picnic will be held in Pioneer Leisure Centre, Lyttelton Street. Please listen to your radio station for details.

Location: North Hagley Park
Dates: Sunday 8th Feb
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Contact: Tim Scandrett
Ph: 941 8594
Notes: Take your rubbish with you and remember to be Sun Smart

Active Walks


Get out and about this Summer with the Active Christchurch walking programme. Walks are held every Sunday at 10.30am and last for about an hour.

“Not only is Christchurch’s geography perfect for all fitness levels when it comes to walking (it’s mostly flat), our city is very pretty and offers some interesting places of particular historic note,” says walk co-ordinator Graeme Stanley.

Whatever part of town you are in, there’s an organised walk near you. What can be really interesting and a lot of fun though, is having a look around areas with which you are unfamiliar, so try any of the walks below:

4 Jan: Meet Bowhill Road and Marine Parade corner
11 Jan: Meet Ashgrove Reserve, Ashgrove Terrace and Ferniehurst Street corner
18 Jan: Meet Horseshoe Lake Reserve by 203 New Brighton Road
25 Jan: Meet Cambridge Terrace and Peterborough Street Corner
1 Feb: Meet Ridingholme Park, Cholmondley Avenue
8 Feb: Meet Marylands Reserve by 21 Birmingham Drive
15 Feb: Meet Linwood Community Arts Centre, Worcester Street and Stanmore Road corner
22 Feb: Meet Gardens carpark entrance, Armagh Street, North Hagley Park
(no dogs)
29 Feb: Meet Carlyle and Buchan Streets corner
7 Mar: Meet Heydens Road corner – look for the orange flag
(no dogs)
14 Mar: Meet Clarevale Reserve, Clarevale Street, off Burwood Road
(no dogs)

21 Mar: Meet Scarborough Clocktower, The Esplanade, Sumner
28 Mar: Meet Botanic Gardens carpark entrance, Armagh St Bridge, Nth Hagley Park (no dogs)

Walks are cancelled in heavy or persistent rain. Listen to NewstalkZB for details. Most walks are wheelchair / buggy accessible and dogs can come along too but must be on a leash. There’s more information available on the Website

Contact: Graeme Stanley
Ph: 980 1553
Notes: Remember a hat and sunscreen

Something Local


Fishing, arts and crafts, surf lifesaving and belly dancing! A huge number of activities, many you can try for yourself, are coming to a place near you!

“The strength of a city is reflected in the strength of the communities that make up that city. These events celebrate local places around Christchurch, the uniqueness of different communities and the great people who live in them,” says CCC Recreation and Arts Leader, Lesley Symington.

Date: Sat 31st Jan
Rain date: Sunday 1st Feb
Location: North New Brighton Beach
Time: 11am – 1pm
This is mainly a children’s event with activities including surfing, beach volleyball and beach cricket. Kindly supported by the Burwood / Pegasus Community Board, Beachblast promises to be…….a blast!

Date: Sat 7th Feb
Rain date: Sat 14th Feb
Location: Avon River, Owles Terrace (opposite Hardy Street)
Time: 5pm-7pm
A fantastic time of the year for a family evening event. Come on down to Owles Terrace for fishing, face painting and a sausage sizzle. There are prizes for the first and biggest fish caught. Kindly supported by the Burwood / Pegasus Community Board. Remember to bring fishing gear, bait and sun protection.

Date: Sun 15th Feb
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Bottle Lake Forest Park, Waitikiri Drive (by information centre)
Time: Staggered starts from 10am - 12pm

An excellent way to introduce the family to the fun sport of orienteering. There’s mountain bike orienteering as well. A bouncy castle and face painting all add to a fantastic day out for everyone. This event is run in association with the Peninsula and Plains Orienteers.

Date: Fri 6th Feb
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Avice Hill Reserve, 395 Memorial Avenue
Time: 11am- - 3pm

An arts and crafts extravaganza promoting all the craft activities that take place at the Avice Hill Craft Centre. GET CRAFTY features art and craft and stalls, displays, food stalls and a range of “have-a-go” activities. This event is supported by the Fendalton / Waimairi Community Board.

Date: Sat 24th Jan
Rain date: Sat 31st Jan
Location: Brooklands Domain, Charon Street
Time: 11am-3pm

A day to bring the community together to enjoy food stalls, arts and crafts, local entertainers, kids games and heaps of fun. Supported by the Shirley / Papanui Community Board.

Date: Sun 22nd Feb
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Barrington Park, Barrington
Time: 11am-2pm

Bringing the Spreydon and Heathcote communities together to enjoy food stalls, arts and crafts, local entertainers, kids games and heaps of fun. Supported by the Spreydon / Heathcote Community Board.

Date: Sat 28th Feb
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Waltham School, Hastings Street East
Time: 11am-2pm

Ever wanted to try belly dancing? Well, here’s your opportunity! Fun on Hastings brings you the chance to see and learn belly dancing, and enjoy magic shows, musical performances and some great food stalls. Fun for the young and young at heart! Supported by the Spreydon / Heathcote Community Board.

Date: Sat 6th Mar
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Hansen Park, Hawford Road
Time: 12pm-3pm

Experience true community spirit as performing groups from local schools and community organisations strut their stuff. Delicious food stalls and plenty of activities for the children. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food at the park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Supported by the Spreydon / Heathcote Community Board.

Date: Thurs 5th Feb
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Woolston Park, Ferry Road
Time: 7.30pm

Back by popular demand, Movie in the Park will feature a highly entertaining movie that the whole family can enjoy. Bring cushions and rugs for extra comfort and there’ll be food stalls selling your favourite movie refreshments. Please leave your dogs at home though and no vehicles are allowed in the park. This event is brought to you by CCC Leisure and the Hagley / Ferrymead Community Board together with support from the NZ Police and Red Badge Group.

Date: Sun 15th Feb
Rain date: none – cancelled if wet
Location: Edmonds Factory Garden, 357 Ferry Road
Time: 10am-4pm

This beautiful environment is the perfect backdrop for a day of music and Devonshire teas ($2). There’ll be art displays, Edmonds memorabilia and a plant stall. This event is brought to you by CCC Leisure and the Hagley / Ferrymead Community Board.

Date: Sat 21st February
Rain date: Sat 28th Feb
Location: Bromley Park, Pages Road
Time: 1pm-6pm

Come along and meet others in your community! Great entertainment, market stalls, food, kid’s activities, music, raffles, prizes and giveaways. Something for the whole family! This event is brought to you by the Bromley Resident’s Association and CCC Leisure and is supported by the Hagley / Ferrymead Community Board and Community Trust.

Date: Sat 13th Mar
Rain date: Sat 20th Mar
Location: Linwood Community Arts Centre, cnr Worcester Street and Stanmore Road
Time: 11am-4pm

Christchurch is a growing mix of different ethnicities and all the colour and vibrancy of that mix will be on show today. This is a festival to celebrate the diversity, food, crafts and music of our multi cultural society. This event is brought to you by CCC Leisure and the Hagley / Ferrymead Community Board.

Date: Wed 17th Mar
Rain date: Wed 24th Mar
Location: Riccarton House, Kahu Rd
Time: 11am-3pm

Enjoy a social afternoon of free entertainment and performance, in the lovely setting that is the grounds of Riccarton House. A variety of refreshments will be available for you to purchase. Supported by the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board.

Date: Sat 6th Mar
Rain date: Sat 13th Mar
Location: Ray Blank Park, Maidstone Rd, Ilam
Time: 12pm-4pm

Similar to the Inner City East Multi Cultural Festival, this event features more than 50 different ethnic groups offering cultural performances and demonstrations, a huge variety of ethnic foods, arts and crafts – in fact fun and activities for the whole family. Supported by the Riccarton / Wigram Community and the Fendalton / Waimairi Community Boards.

Remember to bring a hat, water and sunscreen for most of these events!

Contact: Maria Moran
Ph: 941 5107

Sunday Bandstand


From the 18th January until the 22nd February, the Botanic Gardens and Halswell Quarry will host brass and pipe bands from around Christchurch. Take a picnic, afternoon tea or just stretch out and relax to live music in gorgeous surrounds.

Christchurch City Council Events Team Leader, Islay McLeod says “ the quality of performers in this event is the attraction.”

“The Christchurch bands we are presenting are some of the best in New Zealand. This is a chance to experience musical entertainment of a high quality in beautiful surroundings,” Islay says.

Times and locations are as follow:
(note: BG = Botanic Gardens, PG = Playground, DL = Daffodil Lawn, AL = Archery Lawn)

Sunday 18th January:
11.30am-12.30am BG PG Cant. Caledonian Royal Stewart Pipe Band
1pm-2pm BG PG Cant. Caledonian Royal Stewart Pipe Band
1pm-2pm BG DL Cant. Caledonian Royal Stewart Balmoral Pipe Band
2.30pm-3.30pm BG DL Cant. Caledonian Royal Stewart Balmoral Pipe Band

Sunday 1st February:
11.30am-12.30am BG PG New Brighton Brass Band
1pm-2pm Halswell Q Linwood Salvation Army Band
2.30pm-3.30pm Halswell Q Linwood Salvation Army Band

Sunday 8thFebruary:
11.30am-12.30am BG PG Woolston Junior Brass Band
11.30am-12.30am BG AL New Brighton Brass Band
1pm-2pm Halswell Q Metropolitan Highland Pipe Band
2.30pm-3.30pm Halswell Q Metropolitan Highland Pipe Band

Sunday 15th February:
11.30am-12.30am BG AL Woolston Junior Brass Band
11.30am-12.30am BG DL Addington Brass Band
1pm-2pm BG DL Citadel Salvation Army Band
1pm-2pm Halswell Q Steadfast Brass Band
2.30pm-3.30pm Halswell Q Steadfast Brass Band
2.30pm-3.30pm BG AL Addington Brass Band

Sunday 22nd February:
11.30am-12.30am BG DL Cant. Caledonian Society Pipe Band
11.30am-12.30am BG AL Cant. Foundation Brass Band
1pm-2pm BG DL Cant. Caledonian Society Pipe Band
1pm-2pm Halswell Q St Andrews College Pipe Band
2.30pm-3.30pm Halswell Q St Andrews College Pipe Band
2.30pm-3.30pm BG DL Cant. Foundation Brass Band

Dates: Sun 18th Jan – Sun 22nd Feb
Time: Various
Contact: Islay McLeod
Ph: 941 8255

Friday Lunchtime Concerts


Every Friday lunchtime right through Summertimes, Cathedral Square will hum (or rock or swing or jive, even!).

“From Phil Garland and Bush Telegraph’s signature NZ folk style to Puree, each concert will appeal to a wide range of people. On a beautiful February Friday, you’ll have to have a pretty good excuse for not coming down to Cathedral Square!” says CCC Events Team Leader Islay McLeod.

The line-up looks like this:

Friday 9th Jan Puree (beach / dance party style)
Friday 16th Jan Sideline Swing (16 piece big band – jive and swing style)
Friday 23rd Jan Phil Garland and Bush Telegraph (Kiwiana folk style)
Friday 30th Jan F.U.S.A. (hip hop, reggae, R ‘n’ B styles)
Friday 13th Feb Volare (swinging jazz and lounge vocal styles)
Friday 20th Feb Woolston Junior Band (mixed big band style)
Friday 27 Feb Sneaky Feet (rhythm and blues style)

Location: Cathedral Square
Dates: Fri 9th Jan – Fri 27th Jan
Time: 12.15pm – 1.45pm
Contact: Islay McLeod
Ph: 941 8255
Notes: Remember a hat and sunscreen

ASB Bank Starry Nights


ASB Bank Starry Nights is a special night out on what many say is the best part of the Christchurch summer. In 2004 the concert airs with fabulous entertainment from Showbiz Christchurch, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and a 120 strong choir.

Showbiz Christchurch Kura Geere-Watson says Starry Nights is a highlight in their calendar. “We’ve moved to the bigger North Hagley Park this year, because of the increased crowd last year. Being outdoors, with thousands of people having a wonderful time, I don’t know who it enjoys it more, us or them?!”

The musical medley entertainment includes songs from stage hits including Hair, Evita, Guys and Dolls, Copacabana, and special preview of the next Showbiz Christchurch treat – GREASE! And there’s a special prize draw at the interval, which will see one audience member win a $2000 investment fund from ASB Bank. Starry Nights Programmes are free and you must have a programme to be in the draw.

Remember to bring a picnic or buy delicious fare from the many food stalls.

The grand finale from Showbiz Christchurch should have everyone, including the sponsor, smiling; word is it’ll be an all gold affair; a colour not dissimilar from the ASB’s colours. This is a night you will not forget!

Location: North Hagley Park
Dates: Saturday 21st February
Time: 8.30pm-10pm
Contact: Tim Scandrett CCC ph: 941 8594
Kura Geere-Watson (Showbiz ChCh) ph: 377 7954
Notes: Alternative wet day: Sunday 22nd February
Parking $3, off Harper Ave. Gates open 6pm, close at 11pm

The Press Summer Theatre Season – In Association with Anthony Harper Lawyers Presents ‘Fairyable!’


The Court Jesters are back and this time they’re using the fairy tale as a vehicle for their unique and highly entertaining form of improvisation.

The Daffodil Garden in the Botanic Gardens is, as usual, the location for this very popular Summertimes event. If you have never experienced improvisation before, what happens is this: six actors create a different performance each time, for around 90 minutes. The key to the humour and the unexpected is the audience, because they are involved in the performance. In this case, each new fairy tale will be shaped by the audience and the actors working together.

Jeff Clark of the Court Jesters says he knows Fairyable will be out of this world.

“The Jesters have spent weeks locked in a room with only copies of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Shrek and The Princess Bride to read. When they hit the stage, who knows, anything could happen!”

Jeff says Fairyable is fast paced, fiendishly funny and frantic. They’re the only ‘f’ words he knows.

Location: Daffodil Lawns, Botanic Gardens
Dates: Fri 23rd Jan – Sun 8th Feb
Time: 7pm Tues – Sun, matinees 2pm Sat-Sun and Fri 6th Feb No matinees on Sat 31st Jan, Sat 7th Feb and Sun 8th Feb
Contact: Jeff Clark (Court Jesters) Ph: 366 6992
Notes: Parking at the Hospital Car Park
M-F 7am-8.45pm Sat-Sun 9am-8.45pm
Hot and cold drinks available on site

Twist’n by the Pool


Grab your togs and towel for Twistn’ by the Pool parties around Christchurch for this Summertimes event.

Live band, Puree, will bring the beach to town as Waltham, Halswell, Sockburn and Jellie Park all get down and tropical from the 15th-18th January – one pool on each day.

“There’ll be a bit of Beach Boys and 10cc, that sort of thing,” says Islay McLeod, CCC Events Team Leader. “It’ll be like we’re all in the islands or another tropical wonderland.”

There’ll be a “Dunk-Ya-Mate” machine so adults and children can throw balls at a target and drop their family and friends in the water. And, of course, plenty of giveaways.

Remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat and a t-shirt to cover up, if things get really hot.

Location & Dates: Thurs 15th Jan Waltham Pool
Fri 16th Jan Halswell Pool
Sat 17th Jan Sockburn Pool
Sun 18th Jan Jellie Park Pool
Time: 2pm-4pm
Contact: Jo Eade
Phone: 941 8470
Notes: Parking at the Hospital Car Park
M-F: 7am-8.45pm Sat-Sun: 9am-8.45pm
Hot and cold drinks available on site

Rick Armstrong Motors Classical Sparks


Classical Sparks is the final major event in the Summertimes 2004 Calendar.

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining audiences for more than 40 years and will be in fine form for Classical Sparks with numbers including the William Tell Overture, Ride of the Valkyries and Fanfare of the Common Man.

Mark Taddei is in his second season as the Orchestra’s Music Director. He has conducted in Europe and North America and is in constant demand as a conductor throughout NZ. Mark will conduct the CSO for Classical Sparks.

One of the talented soloists for this special evening is Canterbury’s own Ben Morrison who began playing violin at the age of four. He is currently in Year 12 at Burnside High School.

After touring with fellow Burnside student, singer Hayley Westenra in 2001, and a solo performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs, California in February 2002, Ben is looking forward to being back on stage with the CSO.

Also appearing at Classical Sparks is well known tenor, Tim Beveridge, and soprano, Viktoria Didoka soprano.

CCC Events Team Leader Islay McLeod says “ this will be a night showcasing the amazing talent we have in Canterbury.”

“The spectacular fireworks display later in the evening is the only thing that will come close to matching the magnificent performances on stage.“

The Classical Sparks fireworks display is in fact part of the performance of the concert finale – Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Location: North Hagley Park
Date: Sat 28th Feb
The alternative ‘rain date’ is Sun 29th February
Time: 7pm-9pm, show starts
There is pre-show entertainment from 5.45pm to 6.15pm, from a variety of sources from around Canterbury
Contact: Islay McLeod
Ph: 941 8255
Notes: Please take your rubbish with you

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