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CHCH Central Unwrapped: Murray Woodward

Murray was very pleased in being selected for a part time position at J Ballantyne & Co, initially in menswear and later as the “doorman” where his hospitality skills were put to good use in the “meet and greet” role and assisting customers from all over New Zealand and overseas, who enjoy a superior shopping experience.

Murray is a Southlander born in Invercargill & educated in Christchurch.

On leaving school he began a 4-year position with a British shipping company before being called up for Army service where I learned the traits of discipline, taking responsibility for your actions and the most important – leadership skills.

This led to a reset of his future, to a business career within the hospitality and service sector (10 years in hotel management and 32 years in the management of rest homes, private hospitals and retirement villages)  – including 22 years operating his own contract management services company.

He and his wife love the South Island lifestyle and as they are both retiring, they are looking forward for some more relaxing time together.

Where do you enjoy eating and drinking in the CDB? 

I love “Black and White” on Oxford Terrace and the “Boatsheds Café”, both overlooking the Avon River.

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What do you usually order?

Eggs Benedict with Salmon, a glass of Shiraz followed by a hot chocolate.

Where's your go to for presents in the CBD? 

Ballantyne’s of course with such a variety of departments to choose from and Jill and Rebecca at Scorpio Books in the BNZ centre.


Where would you shop for a special outfit in the CBD? 

Liam at Cutler & Co on Colombo Street for a choice selection of out of the ordinary imported tailored jackets and waistcoats.

Cutler & Co

What's your favourite spot to spend time with friends and family in the CBD? 

The Watermark Area on the banks of the Avon.


Any secret locations you like to go to relax and unwind in the CBD? 

The Arts Centre and all that it offers.

Art CentreArt Centre

How do you get around in the CBD?

Leave the car at home and bus to the bus exchange and walk around our lovely CBD.

What would your wish be for the Central City?

To be a vibrant inner-city area to attract more shoppers and tourists alike.