Sumner Village Street Party 2015

That’s right! The Sumner Village Street Party is back for 2015 and set to take place on Sunday March 1st from 11am to 6pm.

Come down and check out:

- Foot stalls
- Boutique wine and beer
- Live music with Fledge
- Funky craft and vintage stalls
- Kids zone
- Street performers

See you there! :-)


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Sumner Mexican Day of the Dead

Save the Date……Sunday 2nd November

and to celebrate,
Patagonian Lamb is back!
Not to be missed….
This delicious authentic
BBQ experience includes
+ Lamb
+ Coleslaw
+ Bread
+ Our own awesome salsa

From 12.00pm, held in our sunny courtyard – $20pp

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Sumner Village Prize Pack Details

See in store for entry details at these participating Sumner Village businesses. Here’s what you could WIN!!! 

The Pamper Bar – $100 Voucher
2x Board & Wetsuit Hire

Pebbles Preschool
1 weeks child care. Ages 3-5 during School holidays.

Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough
Breakfast for 2

Board & Wetsuit Hire x 2

Coffee Culture
2 x $30 vouchers

Headless Mexican
$60 voucher

Salt Bar & Cafe
2 Glasses of Wine/Beer & a garlic parmesan flat bread

Urban Surf
Exclusive shopping/wine night + a $50 store voucher.

The Ivy
A $50 bouquet of seasonal fresh flowers

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Hello Spring

Spring into Sumner with amazing deals from all your favourite shops & restaurants. Keep an eye out in store for the ‘Hello Spring’ posters to see what each participating Sumner Village store has on offer for their ‘Spring Special’! Here are a few samples to pique your interest… enjoy! :-)

Clink Restaurant & Bar

Spring into Clink before 6.30 pm for their everyday EARLY BIRD Dinner. Market fresh fish, Wakanui aged Rib-eye or Mushroom Risotto, just $25! Or matched with wine for $30.

And for those lazy long weekend lunches, let the kitchen team surprise you with 4 courses of deliciously fresh spring inspired shared plates for $35 pp

Cornershop Bistro

Get $20 mains from the Bistro Bites menu if you dine between 5:30pm and 7pm Wednesday to Sunday.

The Headless Mexican

Try the new spring special; Home smoked and double braised pork belly with a homey bourbon glaze, nested on a chilli jam rice with salad & guacamole. $29.50
Or add a shot of delicious Jack Daniels Honey Bourbon. $34.50

Salt Bar & Cafe

Get two house wines or two beers with a garlic and parmesan flatbread or edamame beans for only $20, available anytime…. Day or nite

Ocean Cafe & Bar Scarborough

Receive a complimentary starter per table when dining between 5pm-7pm Fri night.

The Pamper Bar

Purchase a voucher for a Cup Day Spray Tan for only $20- (normally $40, save $20!!!)


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Boulder Bay Classic – 10.5km Run

Sunday November 2nd 2014, Christchurch

This 10km off-road run captures the stunning coastline views of the Godley Head Track.  The recently refurbished track begins at Taylors Mistake beach and winds its way around the peninsula via Boulder Bay, past the historic huts and gun emplacements, to the top of Godley Head. From there you will move onto a grassed farm track before rejoining the Godley Head Pathway to return the start/finish line

Visit for more info.


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Introducing: The Ivy

Sumner’s newest gift boutique ‘The Ivy‘ opened it’s doors this week – bringing a fresh new offering to the village with homewares, gifts, flowers and more.

With a fantastic offering of giftwares, and a constantly renewing product range, The Ivy will be set to offer a fantastic option for local prezzy shopping heading into Christmas! Pop in and see the lovely local ladies to liven up your home for spring.

 03 326 6481
Address: 55 Nayland Street


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Sumner Dunes Planting Day

Come & help to lend a hand for this year’s biggest plant out at the dunes. Followed by a free BBQ and beach games to reward all of your hard work!

Sunday, June 29at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Click here for more information:

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Sumner Village Street Party 2014


The Sumner Rocks Village Street Party 2014 is coming up next month, Sunday 9th March from 11am to 6pm.

There will be live music from Hera, Best Mates and The Billie Jean Project, along with Street Performers and craft stalls lining the closed off streets of the central Village.

The local Chefs will get together to create a delicious BBQ while the Community Bar will be pouring cold beer and locally owned Tiki wines.
The kids will have an array of activities from Vertical bungy, water walkers, a big inflatable slide and a skate jam.

As part of Sea Week come along in sea themed fancy dress and win prizes on the day. Open to kids and adults alike…think pirates, mermaids, Nemo, sharks, jelly fish! The parade starts at 12:15 by the main stage.

Come and enjoy a family day out in the relaxed beachside Sumner Village and perhaps even go home with the raffle prize of a travel package from House of Travel Ferrymead.

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Sumner Petanque Party!!

The Sumner Village Green has a new Petanque court! So on Saturday Feb 1st why not come down and enjoy a game of Petanque on the new court whilst catching up with friends at the end of the holidays.

There will be a BBQ for you to cook on so bring your escargot, camembert and Champagne and enjoy an afternoon on the Village Green with a touch of French flair.

Saturday February 1st 2014 from 4PM


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Why community is cool – and makes you a better person


Most young people, if we are talking in the 20-25 age bracket, are primarily concerned with finishing their degree or apprenticeship, getting some money behind them and making it big in the big city – whether that’s in New Zealand or New York. The romantic notions of moving to London, or Auckland, and pursuing a career, in the ‘real world’ with ‘real money’ makes it sound as if we grow up in a Monopoly game. Life doesn’t start until you ‘Pass Go’ and are amongst the bright lights and city nights, paying your rent, landing on free parking and try to keep out of jail. However, not all young people should be thrown in this basket. While the temptation of the big city life is always there, some of us are more content with appreciating what we have got right here, the freedom from the big city life and all the responsibilities that come with it.

Living in a close knit, beach side community, such as Sumner, is a lifestyle one can only dream of while they are battling rush hour on their way to a cramped, dark and garden free inner city apartment. Living and working in your local community is a truly rewarding experience. As well as allowing you to pop home for lunch, it provides a platform to establish contacts within a variety of different industries. As my father always reiterated, “its not what you know, its who you know” and this fact has definitely been proved true since I have lived here, scoring two jobs locally without even expressing interest.


Nevermind that, the daily reminders of why the village life is for me certainly outweigh the employment factors. Just last week I decided to go for a run, upon reaching the beach I heard someone call out my name. I turned around to find my flatmate (Alice) jumping out of her car, on her way to check out the waves. As it happened, the waves were pumping (by Sumner standards) and we decided to hit the swell while the sun was still up. I decided to run a little further before returning home to put on my already dripping wetsuit. Anyway as I ran down the Esplanade I bumped into Tom (Alice’s brother) he was perfoming something which resembled yoga with a wetsuit on, before launching into the swell. The point to this extracted and rather roundabout story is that on one outing I bumped into two people I knew. This is not a special event, or one that I have remembered because it was so unique, it is just an example of what happens every time I go out! Everywhere I go I bump into people who have put up with me dropping in on their wave, or who always seem to be infront of me in the fish and chip shop queue. In a way this regular contact has made me be a better person. When you do accidently drop in on someones wave out in the surf it is of your great interest to apologise immediately, waves are few and far between and you don’t want to make enemies. The village is a small place and it pays to keep on the right side of everyone, and the left side of the quiet, tree lined streets.


The opportunity to have a thriving vegetable or herb garden is something I had scarcely considered before landing on Sumner’s soils. As with those living in a city, often gardening is put in the too hard basket, with claims like “I don’t have room, or time for growing that rabbit food” being heard all too often. However, I adapted to the village way of life quickly and began to find time to take responsibility for my health and try my hand at growing my own vegetables. I was quick to discover that not only does it save you money, it is also very rewarding. Seeing Clive (the chive), Rachel (the rocket), Simon (the spinach) and Barry (the basil) grow and mature was exciting in itself and continues to provide a great sense of fulfillment, in my stomach and in my now nutriciously fed flatmates. We were helped with the establishment of our vegetable garden by our neighbours who constantly could be found popping over the fence with a stray cucumber or marrow. Even a zuchini plant turned up once, along with our neighbour Ian who would often be found strolling through our garden having just turned the sprinkler on for us. Ian is not just our token garden waterer, but also the coordinator of our street’s security network, helping to provide everyone with the peace of mind that their neighbours are right at hand should anything happen to them or their property.

To some, all this talk may sound like the dream of retirement, but I can assure you it is the reality of Sumner life. Belonging to a community and having a neighbourhood watch group may not sound cool when you are young twenty-something pursuing a career and embracing the ‘real world’ but in reality, it is cool. Surfing at sunrise with your housemates, knowing everyone in the village and growing your own produce is way cooler than traffic jams, frozen vegetables from a packet and living in a concrete jungle. Although the days are getting shorter, the sea is getting colder and that summer glow has melted away for another few months, it never hurts to remember to be grateful for the great community that we live in.

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