Watch: Christchurch's first circa-1979 arcade bar opens bringing pinball to the city

Christchurch has today opened its very first arcade bar - a place for you to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat while playing classic games like it's 1979.

Pintech director Iain Jamieson said inspiration for the bar came from his own glory days playing the games.

Arcadia, located on Barbados Street, will open on Thursday. Source: Fairfax

"It started when I was a wee kid I really loved playing pinball machines, video games at the local arcades and stuff like that and I had some amazing memories of trying to clock up these high scores on these games," Jamieson said.

"As time went on those games and the arcades disappeared and there was this big absence."

Arcadia boasts 15 vintage pinball machines and around a dozen old video game cabinets, owner Matthew Glanville told Stuff.

"It always feels like a party when you get lots of machines with all the lights and noises going," he said.

Mr Glanville opened the bar to offer Christchurch "something a bit more diverse".

The machines will operate with specially-made tokens which can be purchased or come free with certain beer or burger purchases.

"We have got this emerging, vibrant and exciting subculture that is starting to pop up in the rebuild of the city.

"I was always worried and wondering if, among the precincts and anchor projects, there would be a real place for emerging, alternative cultures to pop through, but it is happening."

Arcadia is located on Barbados Street.

Jordan Oppert spoke with Pintech director Iain Jamieson on Breakfast. Source: Breakfast

Ōpōtiki vote to officially correct spelling from Opotiki

The Ōpōtiki District Council have voted to officially correct the spelling of their district, after the Land Information database holds the name Opotiki, without macrons. 

Ōpōtiki Councillor Arihia Tuoro said it was important the name be corrected, as it "will provide a clear and consistent name and recognise the importance of Te Reo and tikanga, particularly in place names". 

The macrons above vowels in Te Reo Māori change the way a word is pronounced and can also change the meaning of the word. 

"We already use macrons in the name Ōpōtiki – it is our tikanga, our place name, so there is no question that there should be macrons for it to make sense," Ms Tuoro said. 

The Council are currently rolling out a project to make sure they have correct naming on addresses and roads.

"It is also important to note that once it goes through the formal process, there won’t be a legal requirement for business and groups to change their name. They can use or not use macrons at their own discretion," she said. 

"As Council already uses the correct spelling in most signage, we don't anticipate extra costs for ratepayers. But it would mean that other Government agencies such as New Zealand Transport Agency would replace or alter signs as part of their normal renewal or damage replacement programme."

Ōpōtiki. Source: Wikimedia Commons: Ulrich Lange


Latest NZ housing affordability data leaves home ownership 'completely otherworldly' for some Kiwis - expert

The latest data showing four out of five New Zealand renters would struggle to make mortgage repayments, casts doubt over the affordability of rent itself, a housing expert says.

The New Zealand Housing Affordability Survey data released yesterday painted a damning picture of house prices across the country, with nearly every major city having become less affordable from 2016 to 2017.

Lifewise chief executive Moira Lawler says the data makes homeownership an "othewordly" prospect for many struggling Kiwis.

"The question this begs for me is if people who are renting would struggle to make mortgage payments, how are they doing making their rent payments?" she says.

"The people we work with, we work with street homeless and young homeless, those people are struggling to make rent, so the aspiration that one day they would buy a house is completely unrealistic."

Ms Lawler said it's Lifewise's expectation that things will get worse before they get better.

"It's harder and hard to find properties in Auckland. What you can find is expensive, and what is most worrying, is often of a reduced quality too. So there's lots that has to be done to improve the situation of renters," she said.

"Yes we're concerned about the amount of housing available, we have to do something to increase housing.

"But in the meantime we have to make renting a more secure proposition and improve the quality of housing people are living in."

Read more about the full Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) data released yesterday.

The latest NZ Housing Affordability Survey reports four out of five renters would struggle to make mortgage repayments. Source: Breakfast