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Calls for seismically resilient builds

New Zealanders want to be back in their homes and workspaces soon after an earthquake event, according to new Resilient Buildings Project research. The research revealed that Kiwis have higher expectations of their buildings in earthquake events than the structures simply providing life and survival. “New Zealanders don’t just want to escape a major earthquake […]

Chic & stylish window coverings: Canterbury Window Coverings

More than just prettying up your décor, window coverings are functional too, boosting energy efficiency, comfort, visual appeal, and privacy. That’s why making the right choice is important. For instance, opting for the correct window coverings can help privacy, retain heat and reduce heat loss keeping you warm during winter. The emphasis on home interior design, […]

Something to celebrate: Peter Townsend, Chair of Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct

Te Papa Hauora Christchurch Health Precinct celebrates its 10 year anniversary in May 2024. From an inspired vision post-earthquake, the Precinct officially came into being in May 2014, as one of the first of 18 anchor projects to get underway. It took considerable courage by the founding stakeholders to embrace a new way of collaborating […]

Seasonal refresh: Haar Design

The change in weather brings more change with it, the desire for an autumnal hair refresh. Warm reds, copper, auburn and brunette shades are the trend this year, as we head into the cooler months. Such wonderfully tonal colours complement those layered, cold weather looks, and offer easy maintenance. As we leave the warmer months […]

Editor’s picks: with Lynda Papesch

Here at Metropol, our team is lucky enough to receive some of the latest beauty and fashion products to try, so we thought we’d share some with our readers. This issue, I’m suggesting you try a couple of new and exciting offerings, one to improve those fine lines and wrinkles, and the other to envelop […]

Visionary architecture: Arthouse Architects

Good architecture is about more than just striking buildings. It is also about the people who use them and the environment they reside in. This principle guides every design from the creative and thoughtful team at Arthouse Architects. A recent project combines the extraordinary environment of the Marlborough Sounds, and clients with a very focused […]

Eyes on the fries: Makikihi Fries

Kiwis love their hot chips. From a classic fish and chip dinner to a late-night hot chip run, they are a staple across New Zealand. Consumers and businesses are always on the hunt for the perfect crunch and salty flavour to top the lists and satisfy that inevitable craving. The team at Canterbury’s Makikihi Fries […]

Working with wood

Exotic tree plantings are on the rise in New Zealand, as an increasing number of people ask for more wood in their home designs. From structural timbers to mouldings, hardwood floors to feature walls, kitchen splashbacks to exterior features and cladding, wood has become a must-have in contemporary bespoke homes. Native timbers such as kauri, […]

Fill the shelves: Piccadilly Books

Stop by Piccadilly Books, a store that is celebrating 30 years of supplying booklovers of all ages with literary treasures. The Gardening Book Monty Don Our price $70.00 A genre-defining new book from bestselling author and ‘the nation’s favourite gardener’ Monty Don. A no-nonsense, practical and accessible guide to the fundamentals of gardening for a […]

Waste not, want not: Gordon’s Pickles

Recycle, re-use, re-purpose. In these tight financial times many of us are looking for ways to eliminate waste and to repurpose materials. It is also surprising just what can be put to another use. How many of us are guilty of throwing away the juice or brine from a jar of pickled onions or gherkins? […]

Long term planning: Phil Mauger, Christchurch City Mayor

It has been well reported that our country faces some challenging economic headwinds at the moment. Community groups, businesses, and households are all finding it tough right now. Our council has been hearing this message loud and clear recently as people present their submissions on our draft Long Term Plan. It’s not easy when costs […]

Editor’s Note: Edmund who?

I recently overheard a conversation revolving around a notable piece of street art in the Christchurch CBD. “Who is that,” the young woman asked her sister, pointing to an artistic rendition of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. “No idea,” came the reply. Their mother chimed in with, “Isn’t that the hill man on the $5 note?” […]

Brand creation to full fitout: Art Fetiche

Design, customise, fabricate. Consider it done, all under one roof, with this one-stop installation shop. In their latest full fit-out package for Cantab Gourmet Chicken in Mairehau, Art Fetiche made and managed it entirely, to produce an incredible result through a seamless process. The Art Fetiche team fitted out the front of their shop a […]

Canterbury site for NZ’s largest solar farm

FRV Australia and its joint venture partner Genesis Energy, have started construction of the largest solar farm in New Zealand, an hour’s drive from Christchurch, at Lauriston on the Canterbury Plains. Once operational, by the end of 2024 the 63 MW solar farm will power the equivalent of nearly 13,000 houses. The joint venture partners […]

Cuisine

Comfort food like grandma’s: The Purple Weka Café

As autumn moves inexorably towards winter, we become creatures in need of comfort and warmth, both in our environment and in the food we crave. It’s now we seek out local hospitality spots that will satisfy these needs. The Purple Weka Café dishes up warmth and comfort in spades along with a big helping of […]

Eyes on the fries: Makikihi Fries

Kiwis love their hot chips. From a classic fish and chip dinner to a late-night hot chip run, they are a staple across New Zealand. Consumers and businesses are always on the hunt for the perfect crunch and salty flavour to top the lists and satisfy that inevitable craving. The team at Canterbury’s Makikihi Fries […]

Waste not, want not: Gordon’s Pickles

Recycle, re-use, re-purpose. In these tight financial times many of us are looking for ways to eliminate waste and to repurpose materials. It is also surprising just what can be put to another use. How many of us are guilty of throwing away the juice or brine from a jar of pickled onions or gherkins? […]

Taste & trust: Aroy Thai

Opening a restaurant in difficult times might seem a risky undertaking. With a proven formula, loyal following, and a well-known brand, that risk is considerably reduced. This is the case for Rolleston’s latest eatery, Aroy Thai. The branch becomes the 13th in the chain across the country, in Wellington, Auckland, Napier, and Christchurch. In food, […]

Fashion & Beauty

Seasonal refresh: Haar Design

The change in weather brings more change with it, the desire for an autumnal hair refresh. Warm reds, copper, auburn and brunette shades are the trend this year, as we head into the cooler months. Such wonderfully tonal colours complement those layered, cold weather looks, and offer easy maintenance. As we leave the warmer months […]

Editor’s picks: with Lynda Papesch

Here at Metropol, our team is lucky enough to receive some of the latest beauty and fashion products to try, so we thought we’d share some with our readers. This issue, I’m suggesting you try a couple of new and exciting offerings, one to improve those fine lines and wrinkles, and the other to envelop […]

Sick Home Syndrome

Medical experts in New Zealand and Australia are noticing a rise in “sick home syndrome”, both at home and in offices. Sick home syndrome is your body’s reaction to pathogens, mould, toxic chemicals, or lack of proper ventilation. Various reasons leading to symptoms include: Chemical contamination, including tobacco smoke, copy machine fumes, formaldehyde (often present […]

One step ahead: Me Time Wellness

Two of the most sought-after technologies in the aesthetics market have arrived at one Christchurch salon. HIFU (or micro and macro focused ultrasound) and Emslim Nova are the latest additions at the Me Time Wellness salon. Stimulating the production of collagen and elastin through thermal coagulation points deposited in different layers of the skin, HIFU […]

Home & Living

A comfortable perch

So much more than a place to sit, a cosy lounge chair becomes a go-to for rest and relaxation. Unwinding is made so much better with a seat that supports you. Both in posture and warmth, yet also like a companion you return to each day. Often, singular armchairs are used as accent points to […]

Hot stuff

A warm home is vital for your comfort and health. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum indoor temperature of 18°C, while recommendations for children, older people, and those with chronic illnesses are even higher. From the return of radiators to infra-red wall heaters, and ducted air systems, options are numerous for heating today’s homes, […]

Fill the shelves: Piccadilly Books

Stop by Piccadilly Books, a store that is celebrating 30 years of supplying booklovers of all ages with literary treasures. The Gardening Book Monty Don Our price $70.00 A genre-defining new book from bestselling author and ‘the nation’s favourite gardener’ Monty Don. A no-nonsense, practical and accessible guide to the fundamentals of gardening for a […]

Wallpaper escapism

Wallpapers are a door to a new realm, an opportunity to make a room your own. Curated by Nina Tucker Intriguing, mystical, and beautiful, a wallpaper and its intricacies are so captivating, yet so simple to hang. Like a drawing, many wallpapers are a blend of imagination and reality. Animals and other creatures, plants, flowers, […]

Build

Calls for seismically resilient builds

New Zealanders want to be back in their homes and workspaces soon after an earthquake event, according to new Resilient Buildings Project research. The research revealed that Kiwis have higher expectations of their buildings in earthquake events than the structures simply providing life and survival. “New Zealanders don’t just want to escape a major earthquake […]

Chic & stylish window coverings: Canterbury Window Coverings

More than just prettying up your décor, window coverings are functional too, boosting energy efficiency, comfort, visual appeal, and privacy. That’s why making the right choice is important. For instance, opting for the correct window coverings can help privacy, retain heat and reduce heat loss keeping you warm during winter. The emphasis on home interior design, […]

Something to celebrate: Peter Townsend, Chair of Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct

Te Papa Hauora Christchurch Health Precinct celebrates its 10 year anniversary in May 2024. From an inspired vision post-earthquake, the Precinct officially came into being in May 2014, as one of the first of 18 anchor projects to get underway. It took considerable courage by the founding stakeholders to embrace a new way of collaborating […]

Visionary architecture: Arthouse Architects

Good architecture is about more than just striking buildings. It is also about the people who use them and the environment they reside in. This principle guides every design from the creative and thoughtful team at Arthouse Architects. A recent project combines the extraordinary environment of the Marlborough Sounds, and clients with a very focused […]

ArtScene

The people’s choice

For the second consecutive year, Hazel Rae has won the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards “People’s Choice”, this year for her work Voyage, a clear favourite among the 350 votes that were cast. A portrait of Hazel’s friend’s grandparents, Voyage tells a story. Rather than following the conventions of traditional portraiture, Hazel embellished the paintings […]

Coming of age: York Street Gallery

Timaru Art Gallery celebrates its 18 year milestone with a fitting exhibition. Yellow gates that lead to a pumpkin orange cottage is what you will see upon visiting the York Street Gallery of Fine Art. Owned and established by sculpture artist Debbie Templeton-Page, it is an eclectic space home to an ever changing collection of […]

The brush and the benefits: Art Metro

Taking time out for your hobbies has mental health benefits and offers a sense of purpose. Art Metro student Sue Shannons is reaping the rewards at her weekly classes. Having always dabbled in art, the classes offered at the local art school sparked Sue’s interest. “I signed up with Art Metro in 2020. I was, […]

Embracing community: Isaac Theatre Royal

The Christchurch arts industry is evolving in leaps and bounds. Entering a new era is the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal. Arenowned venue steeped in history and grandeur, the locally-loved building on 145 Gloucester St is undergoing a transformative shift. No longer merely a space for hire, it is poised to become a vibrant hub of […]

Business

Here to help you: NZ Mortgages

As winter approaches and the frosty mornings creep their way into our weeks, it’s the perfect time to consider upgrading your home with eco-friendly solutions. Major banks are currently offering great financing options, including 1% or even 0% interest loans targeted at clean, green energy improvements such as solar panels, double-glazing, Ultra-Low Emission Burner (ULEB) […]

Customer needs first: Luke Piper EBI Business Improvement Specialists

Qantas is to pay a $100M fine, plus $20M to customers to settle a ‘ghost’ flights case. Qantas ‘admitted misleading consumers’ by advertising seats on tens of thousands of non-existent or cancelled flights. The airline maintains the cancellations were due to post-Covid-19 demand, and IT issues, and not due to games to secure bookings and […]

Life’s essentials: White Fox & Jones

Now is the time to review your will and enduring power of attorney. It’s not something that we like to think about, but having an up-to-date will is as important as renewing your home insurance policy. We cannot predict when the worst might happen, and without a will the Administration Act 1969 dictates asset distribution […]

Searching for a new business?: NAI Harcourts

According to data from ChristchurchNZ (2022), Canterbury emerged from the post pandemic period as one of the top performing regional economies. The results of MYOB’s Annual Business Monitor for 2024 also show that Canterbury-based businesses are feeling more optimistic and expecting a stronger performance in the year ahead. Athol McCully, Business Broking Sales Manager of […]

One on One

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 […]

On screen with Dea Doglione

Authenticity is at the heart of what local actress Dea Doglione brings to Neon’s new Christchurch-based crime drama. Metropol writer Alicia Carr caught up with Dea to find out more about her journey to our television screens. Dea’s character Sally Galletly and lead character Joe, a seemingly innocent cleaner by day and vicious serial killer […]

Editor’s Note: Edmund who?

I recently overheard a conversation revolving around a notable piece of street art in the Christchurch CBD. “Who is that,” the young woman asked her sister, pointing to an artistic rendition of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. “No idea,” came the reply. Their mother chimed in with, “Isn’t that the hill man on the $5 note?” […]

Editor’s Note: Mothers and music

May is a memorable month for several celebrations, not least of which is Mother’s Day on Sunday 12 May. Most of us have a maternal figure or two in our lives, and on this day often also fondly remember those who have passed. Mother doesn’t just mean the woman who gave birth to you; it relates […]