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Showing respect and care: Manaakitanga Funeral Services Limited

Manaakitanga Funeral Services Limited was established in July 2021 covering Waitaha. It is the only Māori funeral company centralised in Christchurch. Funeral Director Betsy Williams is the kaitiaki of Manaakitanga Funeral Services. Of Ngāi Tahu descent, she is a well-known identity amongst a number of iwi. It is not uncommon for Betsy to receive a […]

Grieving with dignity: S.I. Funeral Services Limited

Experiencing the loss of a loved one can leave you in shock and unsure of what you need to do. Contacting a funeral director can relieve some of this stress. Charlie McKenzie of SI Funerals says that many times after his initial contact with family members, they thank him for taking so much stress from […]

Care and compassion: Simplicity Funerals

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be one of the hardest things someone will ever experience. At such a difficult time it is comforting to be offered care and compassion through the professional experience of qualified funeral directors. The team of Jamie, Mike, Nick and Nina at Simplicity Funerals, Christchurch all have […]

A dynamic team: Ray White Rangiora

From residential to lifestyle, small to large, heels to gumboots, they have it covered! The dynamic real estate mother and daughter duo, Marijke and Amy Sheppard, are a driving force in providing that next level of service, commitment and professionalism. It is not often you find team members so in tune, their personalities complementing each other while […]

Unique and luxurious: SiloStay

Fulfilling the criteria of an episode of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces TV programme, SiloStay in Little River took vision to develop. It’s quirky and innovative and located in the tranquil natural beauty and peacefulness of Banks Peninsula. The tall, silver corrugated iron structures of SiloStay are unmissable. Their design is unique and ingenious and while […]

Stay a while: Lincoln Motel

Around the Lincoln, Prebbleton, Tai Tapu, and Rolleston areas people are spoiled for choice for stunning wedding and event venues set in picturesque country locations. But once a venue is booked the question of accommodation inevitably arises. Where can wedding guests, conference delegates, or sports teams stay that is conveniently located close by? The answer […]

Here for handbags

Building a quality handbag collection can feel quite overwhelming, however, purchasing just a few classic and playful styles can last a lifetime and prove cheaper than replacing old styles every few years. In recent collections, the handbag has been reinvented in a way that strays from simple monochrome designs to fun, colourful styles that represent […]

Be envied and go green

Peridot, spinel and sardonyx are the three birthstones for August. The first of these, peridot is known for being formed under extreme conditions, found in hardened lava and also in meteorite fragments. The preferred colour is a pure “grass” green without any hint of yellow or brown, although peridots range in colour from yellowish green […]

Flow it away: FLOWpresso

Resolve sleep, anxiety and stress symptoms. FLOWpresso® combines three distinct therapies into one easy, efficient, and effective restorative treatment, via a comfortable and snug state-of-the-art bodysuit, using revolutionary technology. New Zealand company, Medella Health initially started offering therapy via FLOWpresso®. Using compression massage; often used to stimulate the lymphatic system and increase detoxification, it found […]

Sculpt your body: Me Time Wellness

The body sculpting method of massage is an exclusive treatment that focuses on vigorous and specific movements. This not only drains fluids and toxins but particularly improves and reshapes the body contours, especially the abdomen, waist, hips, and buttocks. The Me Time Wellness method includes ultrasonic cavi-lipo, radiofrequency, cupping, and vibrational platform, says massage practitioner, […]

Reintroduce sound to your life: Bellbird Hearing

We all know someone who needs to do something about their hearing. It could be a friend, or family member, and the signs can sometimes be obvious — turning the television volume up to higher than usual levels, asking you to speak up, or asking you for repeats. Unfortunately most people will delay seeking help […]

Celebrate in style: The George

From a romantic proposal to a wonderful occasion – The George is here to guide you on the journey and to help make wonderful memories. You’ve got the ring, now pop the question. Planning a proposal can be daunting, let us help you plan the perfect moment. Whether you’re after a restaurant, private dining venue, […]

Leading the way: Te Pae

The biggest, the brightest, the best. The superlatives keep rolling in for Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, the Garden City’s new state-of-the-art events venue. Now open and fully operational, it is firmly cementing its place as a world leader in conference destinations, design and delivery. Already drawing a host of national and international conventions to […]

From the editor: 4 August 2022

Recyclable paper You may notice that this issue of Metropol is on gloss paper. Unfortunately the world-wide paper shortage has caught up with our printer, and our usual matt paper did not arrive in time for this issue. Rest assured, the gloss paper is recyclable. We will be back to matt which is also recyclable […]

Cuisine

Gold nugget opportunity: Route 72

Rarely does it happen that a village business comes up for sale with a long, rich history behind it. When the hammer goes down on this well-established Cust business, the lucky new owners receive the key to an address that has seen one hundred years of shopkeepers plying their trade. Route 72 Café Bar Emporium […]

Location & fine cuisine: The Lake House

Sunsets over lakes – what could be a more idyllic setting for your special function than The Lake House on the edge of the beautiful and serene Lake Hood in Mid-Canterbury. With its stunning covered and heated deck, making the dining space suitable all year round, it’s a perfect spot for all manner of functions […]

Creative cooking and cocktails: Riverside Kitchen

If you want to add a WOW factor to your corporate event you have found the right place. Riverside Kitchen is truly a venue with a difference. The calm light-filled space can be used for cocktail functions for up to 100 people. Guests will be entertained by our chefs preparing canapés in the open kitchen, […]

Tasty lunches: The Lunchbox Catering Co

Staff training coming up that needs some tasty treats to get everyone through? Or are you simply out of ideas for your little one’s lunchboxes? Imagine this – fresh, delicious food, beautifully presented and delivered straight to site… it sounds too good to be true. Well, it doesn’t have to be. The Lunchbox Catering Co […]

Fashion & Beauty

Here for handbags

Building a quality handbag collection can feel quite overwhelming, however, purchasing just a few classic and playful styles can last a lifetime and prove cheaper than replacing old styles every few years. In recent collections, the handbag has been reinvented in a way that strays from simple monochrome designs to fun, colourful styles that represent […]

Be envied and go green

Peridot, spinel and sardonyx are the three birthstones for August. The first of these, peridot is known for being formed under extreme conditions, found in hardened lava and also in meteorite fragments. The preferred colour is a pure “grass” green without any hint of yellow or brown, although peridots range in colour from yellowish green […]

Flow it away: FLOWpresso

Resolve sleep, anxiety and stress symptoms. FLOWpresso® combines three distinct therapies into one easy, efficient, and effective restorative treatment, via a comfortable and snug state-of-the-art bodysuit, using revolutionary technology. New Zealand company, Medella Health initially started offering therapy via FLOWpresso®. Using compression massage; often used to stimulate the lymphatic system and increase detoxification, it found […]

Sculpt your body: Me Time Wellness

The body sculpting method of massage is an exclusive treatment that focuses on vigorous and specific movements. This not only drains fluids and toxins but particularly improves and reshapes the body contours, especially the abdomen, waist, hips, and buttocks. The Me Time Wellness method includes ultrasonic cavi-lipo, radiofrequency, cupping, and vibrational platform, says massage practitioner, […]

Home & Living

Say it with flowers: Victoria Florists

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” Okakura Kakuzo. For special occasions, a little “thank you”, and setting a scene, there’s nothing like saying it with flowers. The team at Victoria Florists helps say what you can’t with personalised gift and goodie baskets and bouquets to show that someone – family, friends, and […]

Release your inner artist

Original art and hand-crafted items can make all the difference in adding a wow factor and comfort to your home. The “artisan home” is a concept that whole-heartedly embraces this ethos, with soft linens, textured walls and unusual accessories. From wall art to one-of-a-kind furniture, it’s about originality, quality and artistic expression. Investing in quality […]

Light up your life: Love Light Soy Candles

It only takes the gentle flicker of a sweetly scented candle in a dimmed room to restore serenity to a tired body and mind. Love Light Soy Candles literally lights the way in sustainability with luxury candles that come in exquisite recycled and reused glass holders that can be refilled. Co-owner and candle-maker, Tania Mitchell, […]

Squiggle minimalist lounge: RESENE

The Memphis Movement is back and better than ever. Known for its use of bright primary colours, geometric shapes and dynamic patterns, the Memphis style was developed by the founder of the Memphis Group, designer Ettore Sottsass in 1981, Milan. The group of designers and architects blended Pop Art with Art Deco to create a […]

Build

Impressive architecture

Judges at the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Canterbury Awards were impressed with the level of community engagement and spirit evident in re-build projects in the decade since earthquakes. This is particularly the case with Te Raekura Redcliffs School by Tennent Brown Architects, a winner in the Education category. The school reopened […]

Built to save energy: eHaus

Christchurch has climate extremes – icy cold in winter and long hot summers. Living in a home that remains at a constant healthy temperature range all year round without the big energy bills, is a reality when you build an eHaus. Experienced builder Martin Smith from Ultimate Homes became disillusioned with building to the current […]

Time for a winter revamp: Maxwell Plumbing

August means the thick end of the worst weather and a lot more time spent keeping warm indoors. It is the perfect time to revamp your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry, ensuring it is warm and well ventilated, as well as looking sharp. If you don’t know where to start and need some expert advice, local […]

Next stage for new theatre

With the main contract about to be awarded, construction will start soon on Christchurch’s new three-storey Court Theatre. Tender documents are currently with the short-listed contractors, with the theatre to be completed by 2024. Its multipurpose facilities will include a main theatre with 360 seats, a family theatre seating 120 to 150, several flexible studios […]

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