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Swivelling wood burner: Envirosolve

With winter in full swing, wood, pellet, and gas fires come into their own. If you’re looking for something a bit different, how about a wood fire that swivels so you can enjoy its warmth from anywhere in a room. Envirosolve has exactly that in the form of the Bionic Wood Fire (pictured), by Rais. […]

A happy city: Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct Chair Peter Townsend

It is reassuring to see Christchurch City recently identified as the happiest city in New Zealand, by the London-based Institute for Quality of Life. The index used in making the assessment focuses on cities that prioritise happiness and wellbeing.While I struggle a little with a city being “happy”, I can certainly relate to the concept […]

Paint and snack in North Canterbury

Paint and sip is becoming a popular activity choice in spurs of boredom. Yet, finding something beautiful that inspires creative expression when you need it often becomes the obstacle. Such awe-inspiring views can be found in scenic North Canterbury. However, this destination area requires a small distance to travel, so we introduce a road-trip-friendly alternative, […]

Holistic health and beauty: Me Time Wellness

Winter often sees fitness classes swapped for fireside sessions, and while cosying indoors feels great, unfortunately, lack of exercise can make us more susceptible to pain. Up to 80% of pain is caused by trigger points activated by factors such as emotional, or exogenous/endogenous related issues. Me Time Wellness offers a treatment that can identify […]

A guide to mixing gold and silver jewellery

Labelled a ‘defining trend’ of 2024, blending silver and gold metals in the same look is everywhere at fashion weeks lately, and those embracing it haven’t done so lightly. Huge gold bangles stacked on silver ones, multiple rings of both metals worn on one hand, and chains layered upon chains — the aesthetic has come […]

Shutter style for your home: Canterbury Window Coverings

There’s more to shutters than meets the eye. They’re the only statement piece with the ability to increase the energy efficiency and comfort of your house, while elegantly improving your privacy. They can enhance even the top high-performance and passive house. Interior and exterior shutters are an elegant solution to make your home more energy […]

Do you grind your teeth?

People suffering from stress or anxiety may also be grinding their teeth and clenching their jaws, unwittingly causing jaw pain. Some people don’t even realise they’re doing it, especially during their sleep. Unconscious, stress-induced teeth grinding is called bruxism, and it is relatively common. One oral surgeon in America recently estimated that it affects between […]

New season style: Haar Design

Experimenting with hairstyles and cuts is all the rage right now. Precision and passion merge in the Haar Design salon, and those attributes are especially helpful when hunting for a new season hairstyle. Expertise is key, and having a stylist you trust makes all the difference in finding the correct cut and colour, to remain […]

Fundraise to the finish line: Riccarton Bush Trust

Nestled in the heart of Riccarton is a cultural and ecological remnant, an oasis of protected flora and fauna. Now more than ever, its preservation needs your help. The Riccarton Bush Trust team are committed to conservation, and they need your support. On the home straight, with around $700,000 raised and the Resource Consent approved, […]

Live in warmth: Team Green Architects

Passive houses are becoming more popular, and for good reason. They are low-energy builds that require little power for heating or cooling. Living in a passive house is healthier and more efficient, especially as we battle these cold winter months. Siân Taylor, co-owner and architect at Team Green Architects, explains that the temperature in these […]

An invitation from Selwyn

Census results released in late May saw the Selwyn district win the top spot for New Zealand’s fastest-growing area. The area has seen a 29% growth increase since 2018, becoming a hotspot for those wanting to break loose from city life. These statistics put the population at 78,144, with 6876 new homes built to accommodate […]

Creative Airport Terminal upgrade

Christchurch Airport’s unveiled plans for a revamp of its terminal offering with the new facilities expected to be ready for a busy summer of international visitors. The project will deliver 12 new eateries, new retail spaces, upgraded bathrooms, a new parent’s room, a remodelled food court, and a large children’s play area. Airport chief executive […]

See it, feel it: Carpet Binders

With hardwood floors trending, many people are looking for an ideal rug to add softness underfoot, especially as temperatures plummet. You may have found yourself asking friends, family, and colleagues for recommendations on custom rugs, only to be met with off-shore companies and long turn-over times, or places that charge exorbitant prices. Carpet Binders have […]

Editor’s picks

WITH LYNDA PAPESCH When the travel bug hits, and the suitcases emerge, it’s time to think small for carry-on luggage. Most airlines have requirements for carry-on bags, including having liquids in 100ml bottles or less, and separately sealed in a clear plastic bag. This includes items such as perfume, deodorant, foundation, sunscreen, and even toothpaste. […]

Cuisine

Love that long lunch: Fiddlesticks

Often in life, it’s the simple things that make for unforgettable moments — such as feasting around a table surrounded by friends, with no thoughts about clock-watching or time limits. To reminisce and yarn with best mates until your tongue gets tired from talking is a rare gift. Fiddlesticks recognise that platinum friendships deserve more […]

Wholefood warrior: Dux Group

Restauranteur and entrepreneur Richard Sinke is the ideal advocate for the diet he has espoused for practically his entire life – the Mediterranean diet. Three words that aptly describe his physical persona would be energy, vigour and vitality. For the founder of Dux Group, Richard’s career kicked off in an organic garden in Woolston, which […]

Stars of the sandwich: Town Tonic

Adaptability and versatility are vital elements for a successful restaurant in such challenging times for hospitality. Town Tonic in Addington, under new management by Chef Kanav Khajuria and partner Gargi Saha, is a great example of these qualities in operation. By day, the restaurant offers delicious barista-brewed beverages and freshly baked scones, muffins, pastries or […]

Matariki kai

Matariki, the Māori New Year, is a special time to celebrate and honour the holiday with friends and family, and learn the history and cultural significance behind it. Falling this year on 28 June, Matariki symbolises a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal across the country. Deeply rooted in Māori culture, Matariki is a period […]

Fashion & Beauty

Holistic health and beauty: Me Time Wellness

Winter often sees fitness classes swapped for fireside sessions, and while cosying indoors feels great, unfortunately, lack of exercise can make us more susceptible to pain. Up to 80% of pain is caused by trigger points activated by factors such as emotional, or exogenous/endogenous related issues. Me Time Wellness offers a treatment that can identify […]

A guide to mixing gold and silver jewellery

Labelled a ‘defining trend’ of 2024, blending silver and gold metals in the same look is everywhere at fashion weeks lately, and those embracing it haven’t done so lightly. Huge gold bangles stacked on silver ones, multiple rings of both metals worn on one hand, and chains layered upon chains — the aesthetic has come […]

Do you grind your teeth?

People suffering from stress or anxiety may also be grinding their teeth and clenching their jaws, unwittingly causing jaw pain. Some people don’t even realise they’re doing it, especially during their sleep. Unconscious, stress-induced teeth grinding is called bruxism, and it is relatively common. One oral surgeon in America recently estimated that it affects between […]

New season style: Haar Design

Experimenting with hairstyles and cuts is all the rage right now. Precision and passion merge in the Haar Design salon, and those attributes are especially helpful when hunting for a new season hairstyle. Expertise is key, and having a stylist you trust makes all the difference in finding the correct cut and colour, to remain […]

Home & Living

See it, feel it: Carpet Binders

With hardwood floors trending, many people are looking for an ideal rug to add softness underfoot, especially as temperatures plummet. You may have found yourself asking friends, family, and colleagues for recommendations on custom rugs, only to be met with off-shore companies and long turn-over times, or places that charge exorbitant prices. Carpet Binders have […]

Optimising outdoor living: Louvre Solutions

Extend your outdoor entertaining and enjoyment all year round by ensuring you and your guests are protected from the elements. Putting your outdoor area into hibernation over the colder months shouldn’t be reverted to, says Craig Rogers of Louvre Solutions. With a louvre roof, you can optimise enjoyment of that space, even in the unpredictable […]

Sounds good: Soundline Audio

While winter may mean you’re stuck inside, with stretching evenings, there is an upside. Few experiences match the warmth and comfort of a roaring fire, a plush couch, and streaming your favourite series. If you’re looking to add something special to your mid-winter screenings, Soundline Audio could have the answer: an Immersive Audio system. Offering […]

Decorating with neutrals

Paring back colour schemes and using muted tones to create beautiful interior spaces is an art. BY LYNDA PAPESCH While using neutrals is a versatile, and timeless, choice, creating calming interior schemes isn’t just throwing a few creams, whites, greys and fawns together. The neutral palette includes an array of off-whites and earthy beige and […]

Build

Swivelling wood burner: Envirosolve

With winter in full swing, wood, pellet, and gas fires come into their own. If you’re looking for something a bit different, how about a wood fire that swivels so you can enjoy its warmth from anywhere in a room. Envirosolve has exactly that in the form of the Bionic Wood Fire (pictured), by Rais. […]

A happy city: Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct Chair Peter Townsend

It is reassuring to see Christchurch City recently identified as the happiest city in New Zealand, by the London-based Institute for Quality of Life. The index used in making the assessment focuses on cities that prioritise happiness and wellbeing.While I struggle a little with a city being “happy”, I can certainly relate to the concept […]

Shutter style for your home: Canterbury Window Coverings

There’s more to shutters than meets the eye. They’re the only statement piece with the ability to increase the energy efficiency and comfort of your house, while elegantly improving your privacy. They can enhance even the top high-performance and passive house. Interior and exterior shutters are an elegant solution to make your home more energy […]

Live in warmth: Team Green Architects

Passive houses are becoming more popular, and for good reason. They are low-energy builds that require little power for heating or cooling. Living in a passive house is healthier and more efficient, especially as we battle these cold winter months. Siân Taylor, co-owner and architect at Team Green Architects, explains that the temperature in these […]

ArtScene

Marilynn Webb: Folded in the Hills, Christchurch Art Gallery

A masterful collection of landscapes all about connection is currently exhibited at Christchurch Art Gallery. Late Māori artist Marilynn Webb (Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa, Ngāti Kahu) is known for her unique form and passion for feminism and environmental and political issues. Over five decades, Marilynn dedicated herself to creating art that explores the relationships between land, […]

Kintsugi Muse

The latest series by emerging artist Cosette Calder, “encapsulates the perfectly imperfect and finds beauty in the broken,” she says. Ōtautahi-based artist Cosette finds inspiration from a 400-year-old Japanese art form known as Kintsugi. It means to “join with gold.” This ancient art form is a method of repairing objects, usually ceramic pottery or glass. […]

Celebrating creativity and community: Isaac Theatre Royal

As we cross the threshold into mid-2024, the Isaac Theatre Royal team reflects on a decade of resilience and renewal since the rebuild in the heart of Ōtautahi. The past year and a half have been radiant, with the historic stage echoing vibrant creativity and the deep connections that bind our community.Central to the mission […]

Christchurch choir boy takes on the opera

Cathedral choir director Nicholas Forbes has a lifetime dedication to choir. He tells Metropol writer Daniella Judge about his involvement in the upcoming New Zealand Opera show Le comte Ory. Nicholas’ exuberant personality and excitement over Le comte Ory are infectious. It’s easy to imagine him happily leading a team of opera singers, which is […]

Business

5 Major Changes that will affect the New Zealand Property Market: NZ Mortgages

2024 is a crucial year for the property market here in NZ. With May bringing a lot of announcements from the Government and the Reserve Bank, here are the NZ Mortgages’ top 5 changes to keep an eye on. It’s been a busy end to the month of May for the NZ property and economic […]

Beware of solicitor approval clauses: White Fox & Jones

There are risks in relying on solicitor approval clauses, it is essential to get legal advice early. A“solicitor’s approval” clause has become commonplace in property contracts, but the actual nature of the clause is not widely understood. It’s not an “escape” clause. An approval clause typically has restrictions on what aspects of the contract can […]

Time to buy and sell property: Lin Ma

While many people believe winter is not the best time for marketing properties, Lin Ma has a different viewpoint that is well worth considering. “Yes, spring is a beautiful time to show off a garden, but there is nothing nicer than seeing a crackling fire in a wood burner on a cold wintry day. That […]

Fashion a trillion dollar industry by 2027

The global fashion industry is predicted to grow by almost 40% in the next three years. After seeing a massive $80 billion revenue drop in the past two years, driven by the inflation-caused cut in consumer spending, British-based analysts Stocklytics says it will become an international trillion-dollar industry by 2027. Recent data shows people globally […]

One on One

Becoming her own boss: Wilhelmina Shrimpton

Two redundancies, a separation, the launch of her business, yet multimedia master Wilhelmina Shrimpton is thriving, writes Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker. “Hectic” is normal programming for Wilhelmina. When she lists the number of things she’s working on daily, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Broadcasting and reporting, fill-in hosting at various newsrooms, media trainings […]

Piano Man: Marcus Norman

Newly appointed director of The Piano, Marcus Norman is returning to Ōtautahi after more than a decade away. Metropol writer Joseph Harper spoke to him about his vision for Christchurch’s destination venue and his passion for enabling the arts to flourish. When asked about formative moments in his indoctrination into the performing arts, Marcus cites […]

Laughter from the kitchen: Annabelle White

For food journalist and mass media cooking personality Annabelle White, food has always been a way to express her regard for others. “To cook is to love, and to love is to cook”, Annabelle explains to Metropol writer Céline Gibson. Annabelle began experimenting with recipes from an American cook book her mother gave her wh […]

The life of Dai Henwood

Kiwi comedian Dai Henwood has spent the last three years living “in the now” after his devastating stage 4 bowel cancer diagnosis. Metropol Editor Lynda Papesch caught up with him recently to talk about his past, present, and “futile” future. Life goes on, one day at a time for Dai, with good moments and bad. […]