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Affordably built to last: Durasteel

If build price is an issue, and let’s face it, build price is always an issue, chances are there is a fabulous option you haven’t considered. It is suitable for first-homers, families, retirees, and investors. It could be a home, a bach, a studio, or a workshop. Designed and built in Canterbury, Durasteel Structures specialise […]

Combatting stretch marks

Developing when the skin stretches or shrinks abruptly, stretch marks are a type of scar so common that most people will have them. Such a quick change causes the collagen and elastin within the skin to rupture, causing stretch marks to appear when the skin starts to heal. According to multiple studies, around 80% of […]

Belt up

Not just a tool for holding pants up, a belt combines practicality with sophistication and accentuation. For definition through oversized or baggy clothing, to cinch a waist and create an hourglass effect, or to add another dimension or colour to a monochrome look, a belt is your best friend. To create the illusion of longer […]

Gifts handmade with love: Exquisite Gifts by AJ

In need of a special and unique gift for that special someone? Look no further than Merivale’s Exquisite Gifts by AJ. The gift shop, which is owned and operated by Amanda Ward and her husband Dave, is popular among locals with its range of products for everyone. From unique homeware and custom refurbished furniture to […]

Styling secrets: The Palms

Adding layers, seasonal colours, and a different mood all come with the colder weather. Such changes to our day-to-day wardrobes can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure how to style it all. Georgette Pollock-Johnston’s speciality is finding the right colours and fashion combinations for individuals of all shapes, sizes, and colours. The renowned […]

Cold temperatures call for green building

With plummeting recent temperatures, New Zealand residents are blasting the heaters in their homes to combat the cold. However, the increased usage continues to create power outage fears. Advocates for sustainable, healthy home building standards urge the New Zealand government to commit to better standards and avoid remaining decades behind other countries in The Organisation […]

Head to Hanmer: Hanmer Springs Attractions

Get set for action-packed family fun at Hanmer Springs Attractions these school holidays. There are exciting and family-friendly activities on offer to suit a range of ages, including jet boating, river rafting, bungy jumping and off-road buggy adventures. Plus, the latest addition is laser clay shooting, offering competitive fun for families. The team will guide […]

Showcasing our future: ChristchurchNZ CEO Alison Adams

One week, three events, infinite ideas and opportunity, that’s Innovate Ōtautahi in a nutshell. That’s not wishful thinking, we’ve transformed into a modern city with a thriving ecosystem of businesses and innovators. Alison Adams, CEO ChristchurchNZ Last year Innovate Ōtautahi brought together over 9000 delegates, whānau, educators, exhibitors, and speakers. The convergence of ideas, sectors and […]

Happiness starts here: Lynn Woods

“When I shop, the world gets better – is better,” said fictional journalist Rebecca Bloomwood in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic. Women the world over knew exactly what she meant. Shopping is more than retail therapy. It is the thrill of the chase, the triumph of victory. Becky Dennison of clothing boutique Lynn Woods […]

The rules and regulations behind scaffolding

‘Working at height’ can be working on any roof. In residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, there are guidelines to follow to minimise risk, and these should be followed, contractor or not. Fixing things on roofs and working on guttering is far more hazardous than many realise. SiteSafe says doing nothing is not an option. Bad […]

Personalised hearing support: Bellbird Hearing

In our increasingly noisy world, maintaining good hearing health is crucial for overall wellbeing and quality of life. Yet, many people overlook the gradual deterioration of their hearing until it becomes a significant issue. As hearing technology rapidly improves through artificial intelligence and wireless connectivity, there has never been a better time to take a […]

The Garden City: Christchurch City Mayor Phil Mauger

Christchurch is buzzing with creativity this winter, and our city’s talent is on display with all things art and culture. It will make a nice break from the Long Term Plan process which is almost finished. First up, we’ve got Tīrama Mai from 21–30 June to mark Puaka-Matariki. Think lighting displays, cultural performances, storytelling and […]

Editor’s Note: The joys of travel

I’m back after a relaxing three weeks in the land of smiles (Thailand), and dealing with the trials and tribulations of international travel. ‘Many of us fly north for a spell during the colder months, and often find that international travel can be a testing time. Border and customs control vary from country to country, […]

Hit the slopes in Hanmer

Beneath snow-capped trees and mountains, Hanmer Springs becomes an alpine winter wonderland this time of year. You will feel you have just stepped into the set of The Holiday, the cosy aura of Hanmer Springs and its picturesque backdrop, making the perfect setting for an alpine escape. Organise your own mid-winter Christmas, bringing along friends […]

Cuisine

Middle-eastern food masterpieces: Maihan Supermarket

Both modern transportation and the internet have contributed to our desire to learn about other countries and cultures. This includes learning about and cooking dishes from cuisines that contrast from standard Kiwi fare. By stepping outside our culinary comfort zone, we can discover a new world of taste sensations that we never knew existed. Middle […]

Country charm: Two Fat Possums

With the ski season on the horizon, make time to stop at this spot of warm and cosy country fare. Boasting an outstanding menu of elevated pub classics, this local favourite also makes the perfect destination for diners looking for a warm and relaxing meal and a drink to savour. Merely thirty minutes drive out […]

Deliciously North African: Mosaic by Simo

Morocco is known for its beautiful architecture, exquisite ceramics, and fragrant, hearty cuisine. As Morocco is at the crossroads of many civilisations, its food is a mélange of different culinary influences. Here in Christchurch, we are fortunate to sample authentic Moroccan dishes at Mosaic by Simo in Addington. Now under new ownership and with a […]

Combining coffee and collagen

Coffee is a daily ritual for many. If we can combine our morning cup with nutritional benefits through the likes of collagen, we can boost our health and get that coffee fix. In Nespresso’s collaboration with Zeenat Wilkinson, founder of New Zealand lifestyle magazine Sauce, this wish has been granted. Making up 30% of the […]

Fashion & Beauty

Combatting stretch marks

Developing when the skin stretches or shrinks abruptly, stretch marks are a type of scar so common that most people will have them. Such a quick change causes the collagen and elastin within the skin to rupture, causing stretch marks to appear when the skin starts to heal. According to multiple studies, around 80% of […]

Belt up

Not just a tool for holding pants up, a belt combines practicality with sophistication and accentuation. For definition through oversized or baggy clothing, to cinch a waist and create an hourglass effect, or to add another dimension or colour to a monochrome look, a belt is your best friend. To create the illusion of longer […]

Styling secrets: The Palms

Adding layers, seasonal colours, and a different mood all come with the colder weather. Such changes to our day-to-day wardrobes can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure how to style it all. Georgette Pollock-Johnston’s speciality is finding the right colours and fashion combinations for individuals of all shapes, sizes, and colours. The renowned […]

Happiness starts here: Lynn Woods

“When I shop, the world gets better – is better,” said fictional journalist Rebecca Bloomwood in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic. Women the world over knew exactly what she meant. Shopping is more than retail therapy. It is the thrill of the chase, the triumph of victory. Becky Dennison of clothing boutique Lynn Woods […]

Home & Living

Gifts handmade with love: Exquisite Gifts by AJ

In need of a special and unique gift for that special someone? Look no further than Merivale’s Exquisite Gifts by AJ. The gift shop, which is owned and operated by Amanda Ward and her husband Dave, is popular among locals with its range of products for everyone. From unique homeware and custom refurbished furniture to […]

A bold backsplash

A backsplash is an important addition to your kitchen. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring and uninspiring. Adding something bold to your kitchen is easy using a backsplash. It adds contrasting texture or distinctive character while retaining its functional purpose. Essential to the inner workings of your kitchen, a backsplash is often needed […]

Know your glassware

A glass might feel no different to the next one. However, there’s a whole world of meaning behind the glassware we use for each drink. I had never paid much thought to the effectiveness of elegant, quality glasses until I inherited crystal glassware from my late grandmother. Besides the sentiment, they’re refined, sophisticated, effortlessly gorgeous, […]

IoT on a Budget: Your Guide to a Smarter and Cosier Home

The ability to automate our homes through the Internet of Things (IoT) has made the idea of a smart home increasingly appealing. IoT setups improve and automate various aspects of our living spaces, from enhancing security to streamlining daily tasks. However, one deterrent to investing in IoT solutions is the cost. You have probably noticed […]

Build

Affordably built to last: Durasteel

If build price is an issue, and let’s face it, build price is always an issue, chances are there is a fabulous option you haven’t considered. It is suitable for first-homers, families, retirees, and investors. It could be a home, a bach, a studio, or a workshop. Designed and built in Canterbury, Durasteel Structures specialise […]

Cold temperatures call for green building

With plummeting recent temperatures, New Zealand residents are blasting the heaters in their homes to combat the cold. However, the increased usage continues to create power outage fears. Advocates for sustainable, healthy home building standards urge the New Zealand government to commit to better standards and avoid remaining decades behind other countries in The Organisation […]

Showcasing our future: ChristchurchNZ CEO Alison Adams

One week, three events, infinite ideas and opportunity, that’s Innovate Ōtautahi in a nutshell. That’s not wishful thinking, we’ve transformed into a modern city with a thriving ecosystem of businesses and innovators. Alison Adams, CEO ChristchurchNZ Last year Innovate Ōtautahi brought together over 9000 delegates, whānau, educators, exhibitors, and speakers. The convergence of ideas, sectors and […]

The rules and regulations behind scaffolding

‘Working at height’ can be working on any roof. In residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, there are guidelines to follow to minimise risk, and these should be followed, contractor or not. Fixing things on roofs and working on guttering is far more hazardous than many realise. SiteSafe says doing nothing is not an option. Bad […]

ArtScene

From Here on the Ground: Christchurch Art Gallery

At Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu now, From Here on the Ground is a fascinating collection of art from 20th century Aotearoa artists exploring urban, suburban, and industrial landscapes. From Here on the Ground features works from Christchurch Art Gallery’s collection supplemented by loans from lenders around the country, including paintings by leading […]

On tour with Mel Parsons

Indie folk artist Mel Parsons, set to release her new album Sabotage in June this year, shares with Metropol writer Daniella Judge what it takes to make a life as a touring artist. Growing up on the West Coast, the soundscape of Mel’s childhood was the ocean rolling in. It was no wonder, in 2009 […]

A legacy of love: Isaac Theatre Royal

Amidst the opulent halls and twinkling chandeliers of the Isaac Theatre Royal, a timeless tale unfolded, a story of dedication woven into the fabric of four decades. Beyond its grand façade lies a story of unwavering dedication of so many ushers and bar staff to be celebrated. Pam Lutton was drawn to the theatre’s embrace […]

CONTEMPLATING SAND AND SHORE: PG gallery192

Set out to explore the ebbs and flows of an iconic part of our geography in Aotearoa, COAST is the new exhibition running this month at PG gallery192. The exhibition features thoughtful works across a variety of media by Josh Bashford, Jacqui Colley, Maurice Lye, Jenna Packer, and more. Immersing yourself in this diverse array […]

Business

Survive and thrive: EBI Business Improvement Specialists

‘Inflation,’ I’m sick of hearing the word! However, as people tighten their belts, many small businesses are finding it tough. How do you weather the storm and thrive? Inflation,’ I’m sick of hearing the word! However, as people tighten their belts, many small businesses are finding it tough. How do you weather the storm and […]

Working for you: Rentworks

Whether a rental property owner or someone seeking to rent, it pays to have a trusted property manager looking after your interests. Steve Hawker and Brent Manderson not only solely manage one of Christchurch’s largest independent property portfolios, they also keep well-informed of government regulations and rental market trends. Rentworks Property Management delivers a premium […]

Your property investing hub: Canterbury Property Investors Association

Getting together with like-minded people stimulates ideas, creativity, projects, and even partnerships leading to successful ventures, such as in property investment. Canterbury Property Investors Association (CPIA) was the first of its kind, established in New Zealand in 1971.  An independent property investing hub, the CPIA was set up to promote and represent the common interests […]

Market update property prices to rise: NZ Mortgages

Christchurch’s property market is buzzing with activity. Nathan Miglani from NZ Mortgages shares his insights. The office at NZ Mortgages is seeing the pre-winter rush with interest rates coming down and housing prices set to rise, Nathan says. As a result, people are acting now, particularly first-time homebuyers. With quality properties selling for under $650,000, […]

One on One

A stellar storyteller: Toni Street

Toni’s is a story of heartbreak and hope, as she puts it when describing her book, Lost and Found. It was the same sentiment, interspersed with her ‘bookwormish’ charm, echoing through the room when she held Toni’s Book Club in Christchurch earlier this year. Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker finds out more. Discussing the tragic […]

Kimberley Crossman: the star’s strength

A quick turnaround from her tropical honeymoon, actress and host Kimberley Crossman is gearing up for another World Vision 40 Hour Challenge. She catches up with Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker about adapting to the media environment, managing mental health, a dream wedding, and doing her bit to make the world a better place. An […]

Going the distance with Emma Timmis

On June 9-16, Christchurch’s Emma Timmis will attempt to break the world record for the greatest distance covered on a treadmill in one week. For the three-time Guinness World Record holder, it’s a game she’s played before. Emma tells Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker that it will be no mean feat. She set her mind […]

Leading the way with Maria O’Halloran

Running a department store in this day and age isn’t easy, yet chief executive of Ballantynes Maria O’Halloran is leading the way with new ideas, and expansion. Metropol Editor Lynda Papesch caught up with her after the recent opening of the company’s new Invercargill store. Since the age of 22, Maria O’Halloran has been running […]