Clarifying your glass solutions: Sharp Glass

Glass as a building material is both iconic and versatile, offering pragmatic building solutions, and distinguished finishes that often elevate other architectural design elements. From floors and partitions, to doors, windows, and skylights, glass can open up an area, let the light in, and add a sparkle.One Christchurch-established business has been at the forefront of […]

Coffee is the answer: Coffee Worx

Kiwis love their coffee, with surveys showing 66% of the team of five million drink it regularly. This has led to New Zealand arguably having more coffee roasters per capita than any other country in the world, delivering better quality brews, coffee sustainability, and allowing customisation of blends.In Canterbury, Deb and Ian Riach, the owners […]

Editor’s note: Creative Cuisine

Christchurch is blessed to have so many amazing culinary offerings, from local cafés, restaurants, bars, and gastro pubs. Choosing where to dine (and drink) can be a tough decision, so why not step out of your comfort zone, and explore new options while patronising old favourites too. Almost three years ago, my foodie/winemaker husband Justin […]

Labels to love: Made in the Shade

Ask any woman passionate about fashion what labels she favours and chances are she will name them within seconds. Invariably her labels of choice will be those that tick all the boxes so far as design, cut, and fabric. Made in the Shade introduces three new labels in-store that are certain to capture attention. Dress […]

Pounamu: The Greenstone Shop

Pounamu has long been held as a Taonga or natural treasure. It’s easy to see why this beautiful stone called pounamu has captured the hearts of New Zealanders and visitors alike. The unique range of colours, and smooth, comforting feel of the stone makes Greenstone highly prized. Now, pounamu is revered worldwide. Based in Ferrymead, […]

Pretty in pink

Pink is proving popular for spring and summer fashion, thanks to the likes of Barbie. The colour is also associated with breast cancer, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink comes in so many hues from pastels to brights, that if one is not to your liking, there’s sure to be another shade that […]

The joy of reading: Page and post bookshop

Bookshops are places of discovery and escape. There’s nothing quite like the thrill you get when you find the book you really want to read. W alking into a bookshop feels like coming home because there’s an inexplicable warmth to these shops. The Page and Post Booksellers in Geraldine is a classic bookshop and is […]

Safe driving habits

The International Drivers Association is warning drivers of certain medical conditions that can potentially compromise their ability to drive safely. Aside from more obvious conditions, such as epilepsy and dangerous vision impairments, less commonly regarded conditions that impair safe driving include debilitation sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, cognitive impairments such as dementia, migraines which are […]

Editor’s perspective: Gender equality in sport

Women have been taking the world sporting stage by storm, and the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup serves as a reminder of the incredible accomplishments and strides women have made in the sporting realm. Competitions such as these have a clear and important social impact. Under FIFA’s campaign, Football Unites the World, eight specific messages […]

Zed and beyond

New Zealand pop rock band Zed and Christchurch’s iconic brunch spot Addington Coffee Co-op have one thing in common, and that’s drummer Adrian Palmer. Metropol’s deputy editor Daniella Judge chats to him about his past, present, and future.   K iwi band Zed became a pop rock sensation when it burst on to the music […]