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Step up for sustainability


Kathryn Wilson is putting her best foot forward, adorned with a new eco-friendly offering aimed to create a kinder footprint thanks to her eponymous footwear brand. Arriving in store this month, her KIND collection has had a lot of thought put into it, so you can purchase carefree.

 

 

Congratulations on the latest collection! Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and significance behind the design and materials?
Thank you! The initial offering of three casual styles has been consciously crafted using Global Recycling Standard certified recycled leather and fly-knit uppers made from recycled plastic bottles. We are excited to be able to offer fashion footwear with a ‘kinder’ footprint through materials, components and the manufacturing methods used.


 

KIND COLLECTION

 


After more than two years in design development, how did you know the collection was ready to go public?
We have researched and met with several suppliers of sustainable footwear materials and packaging over the last three to four years at international trade shows and shoe fairs. We wanted to make sure the providers we aligned with were GRS certified, trustworthy and had worked with reputable brands to ensure they were committed to creating a quality product, not ‘green-washing’ and were transparent around their social responsibility and code of ethics. We began development of these styles in November 2019 and have been wear-testing and re-fitting the styles to ensure the materials we have sourced are durable, colourfast, and comfortable before finalising our prototype samples which were sold to NZ retailers in October 2020. Our wholesale accounts throughout the country were so supportive of this new development and have been as excited as we are to have these styles arrive at stores this month.


You’ve started your sustainability journey by announcing a partnership with CarbonClick. What factors led to you joining forces to create a footwear with a kinder footprint?
With the release of our KIND collection we made part of the purchase price a $10 donation towards the Kaikoura Project, a local regeneration of native forest and pest control program that would off-set more than 100kg of carbon emissions from each pair sold. We have had awesome support and guidance from our sustainability expert; Vanessa from Unravelled Consultants who specialises in advice for the NZ fashion industry on becoming more sustainable. She has introduced us to suppliers of packaging, materials and manufacturers who are offering climate friendly options.


 

EVOLVE WHITE

 


With the term ‘fast fashion’ being thrown around the industry, what is your opinion on consumption in the fashion world and how we can all aim to be a bit eco-friendlier?
We have always believed in designing and creating beautiful, quality footwear that will be durable, timeless and last for many years to come. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a customer that they have kept a pair of our boots for 10 years and had them re-soled etc to give them a new life, still being their favourite pair, I see that as a great compliment. If we can be encouraging our customers to buy quality items and look after their footwear using care products to lengthen their lifespan, we have less items going into landfill. We hope our shoes will be loved and shared between mothers and daughters or from friend to friend for years to come, ideally given an extended life by donating to a circular fashion retailer or charity.


So, what are the next steps (pun intended) for the Kathryn Wilson brand?
We are excited to share our sustainability strategy document online this month and increase our transparency around our product development, our people behind the brand, our charity alignments in local communities and defining our operational carbon emissions. Our goals for 2021 include auditing our NZ operations, committing to all packaging from all suppliers being 100 percent recyclable in NZ, weighing and collecting all leather off-cuts from manufacturers to be re-purposed, and surveying our tier one suppliers on their practices to understand where we can help to reduce emissions in the supply chain.


 

CIRCULAR TRAINER WHITE

 


 

Living the luxe life


If you’re looking for a sign to treat yourself to a luxurious weekend or holiday, consider it this. While the world may not currently be your oyster, there are a plethora of enticing escapes throughout the South Island just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

 

SEASCAPE/ANNANDALE – PIGEON BAY

 

From Nelson to Bluff, every season brings with it a different showcase from each region. Currently, it is Jack Frost’s time to shine and for many eager travellers the likes of hot pools, saunas and nights by a flickering fire jump to the top of desirable things to do.

But just because beyond trans-Tasman travel is still grounded, that does not mean that you cannot dream of life abroad. We are already halfway through 2021, meaning that 2022 will be on your doorstep before you know it.

So, if you are starting to see symptoms of a travel bug… check in with your local travel agent.

Metropol has the some of the latest in all things luxury below.

Near and far, from travelling to your destination in style to indulging in some extravagant amenities, you are not going to want to flick past this feature.

You might even spot a getaway treat especially for our readers.

 

Call of the wild

The opening of the trans-Tasman bubble has given optimistic Kiwis a case of the travel bug.

And all good travel planning must start somewhere; enter Neville Jones of Experiential Travel.

“We curate amazing travel experiences in some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world,” he says.

Experience the stunning landscapes of Africa through safaris, anthropology tours, gorilla trekking, diving, hiking and mountain climbing.

And reside in unique luxury accommodation with front row seats to the everchanging colours and wildlife of the plains.

It is never too early to plan an intrepid escape to this continent. Visit the website to find a catalogue of planned itineraries with something for everybody. Go on… answer the call!

www.experiential.travel
+61 418 325 812
neville@experiential.travel

 

Chauffeuring done differently

 

Taking the worry out of driving is a real luxury, and that’s where Prime Travel and its offshoot Prime Chauffeurs take prime position.

This Ōtautahi-based company is known as one of the finest chauffeur companies in Australasia.

It started in 2018 with just a few clients, three luxury vehicles and the determination to provide the finest premium ground transport solution for private and corporate clients in Canterbury.

Now it is the preferred premium transport provider for numerous national and international personal and corporate clients, embassies, airlines, hotels and tour operators.

You can sit back and relax in comfort and style, safe in the hands of professional, handpicked drivers at the wheels of premium vehicles.

www.primetravel.co.nz
(03) 925 9219


A winter wonderland

Welcome to winter in the alps at the Hermitage. The adventures that Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park offer are truly spectacular in the winter months, with snow-capped mountains and star-filled skies.

For those wanting something more relaxing, the lower temperatures are a perfect excuse to rug up and keep warm next to the fire with a hot drink or glass of wine.

Enjoy delicious cuisine and extensive wine lists while surrounded by New Zealand’s highest peaks. There’s no other view quite
like it.

Discover Hermitage Aoraki/Mount Cook this winter. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages now available.

www.hermitage.co.nz
0800 68 68 00

 

Luxury on high

 

Nothing says luxury better than Falcon Brae Villa, perched high above Tasman’s Motueka River.

The exclusive-use villa caters for up to 10 guests, with three individual suites and a bunk bedroom.

With spectacular 360-degree views, the villa is set in 14 hectares of private forest and spectacular native bush walks.

The architectural residence features a private chef, a helipad, large central lounge area, sunken bar, grand piano, media theatre, commercial kitchen, three dining areas and a stunning collection of art. Guests can relax in the “Games Den” or soak in the outdoor heated spa.

Special domestic prices are available, so book the chopper!

www.falconbraevilla.co.nz
info@falconbraevilla.co.nz
(03) 522 4479

 

Enjoy a yoga luxe retreat

 

Relaxed luxury accommodation just three hours from Christchurch, the Maruia River Retreat is set in a 200-hectare nature estate.

Home to seven beautifully appointed private villas, a main lodge with restaurant, and a spa, it also has its own yoga Shala, running group and individual sessions.

Special sessions coming up are a transformative writing and yoga retreat from July 2 to 5 with Australian writer Kerry Sunderland, and its popular Eat. Yoga. Love. from July 29 to August 1.

Join the daily group or private yoga classes, then unwind further with a soak in the stoked hot tub, a massage or bespoke facial, before dining on some of the private chef’s showcase creations. Nurture your body, mind and soul. Relax and recharge!

 

www.maruia.co.nz
027 563 3143
contact@maruia.co.nz

 

Fiordland fantasy

Hot tubs, saunas, and a botanical wonderland; what more could you ask for in a Te Anau getaway? Why not let previous guests tell you?

“I look for three essentials: an outdoor bath, an unbeatable view, and a location suited for adventure. The aptly named Getaway Te Anau checked all three boxes, and more.

“… an outdoor tub is the pinnacle of the getaway experience. There’s nothing quite like soaking under the stars, surrounded by nature. The fresh-water hot tubs at Getaway Te Anau were the answer to my glamping prayers,” says Hannah McKennett (Digital Nomad Diaries).

• Book before November 1, 2021, mention Metropol Magazine and receive a free hot tub and sauna session for up to four people.

www.getawayteanau.co.nz
0800 249 746
stay@getawayteanau.co.nz

 

Ambience in Queenstown

 

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just 200 metres from the town centre, is the stylish Queenstown House and its newly renovated, self-contained luxury apartments.

A haven with an absolute lake-front setting, it offers five fully serviced apartments, with remote check-in plus a 24/7 virtual concierge.

These beautifully appointed apartments come with guest parking and modern furnishings and appliances; everything you need for a relaxing getaway.

Early check-ins and also late check-outs are available, as are some great accommodation packages.

The water views are incredible and the best place to enjoy them from is your own sumptuous apartment, so check them out and book today!

 

lakeside@queenstownhouse.co.nz
(03) 442 9043
stay@queenstownhouse.co.nz

 

A tranquil eco resort

 

Kimi Ora Eco Resort offers cosy accommodation, day spa, on site vegetarian restaurant, and pool and spa facilities all set among native bush with views to the beautiful Kaiteriteri beach and estuary.

The famous Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike park starts at the back of the property and there are endless adventures to be had in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

Spend your days kayaking, walking, taking a waka tour, or simply relaxing by the pools, soaking in the hot spa or being pampered with one of our many spa treatments.

With so many activities on offer, on site and in the surrounding area there is something for everyone.

www.kimiora.com
(03) 527 8027
info@kimiora.com


 

Modernised Mozart


You wouldn’t think Beyoncé and Mozart had much in common. But when it comes to the Aotearoa adaptation of the Marriage of Figaro, when asked the question ‘who run the world?’ Both answer – girls.

 

 

More than 235 years after its premiere in Vienna, the female-led creative team will put its spin on one of the composer’s most popular operas at three locations around the country.

Running from July 8 to 13 at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, and the messages presented in the classic, are in fact still relevant today.

“Mozart certainly had an interest in the role of women in society, and women drive the narrative of this opera. Ideas about knowledge, reason, liberty, progress, and tolerance are being presented to 21st century audiences in the form of a captivating and richly comic story,” says New Zealand Opera’s General Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess.

I hope the opera will be a catalyst for conversation about women directors, designers and conductors in opera.” A conversation that may be well overdue.

Don’t miss out on tickets! Visit the website below to secure your seat at one of the shows. Or go and take a picture at the mural of the show’s lead songbirds on the back of The Piano (across from the Isaac Theatre Royal).


 

Winter Wishlist


It’s hard to fathom that we’ve nearly reached the mid-way point of the year. With the changeover to June also comes cooler months, time to rug up, zip up and layer up. Here are Metropol’s fashion favourites for winter 2021.

 

Look cool and keep warm: Ruby Boby Sweater and Rae Trouser.

 

Mean business:
Saba Tilly Blazer

 

A winter staple: Auguste Spencer Pant in Black

 

Delightful in denim: Camilla & Marc Bowen Skirt

 

Simple and stylish: Hej Hej Good Day Barclay in Ivory.

 

Create bag envy: Deadly Ponies Mini Robin in Seashadow

 

A magical must-have: Witchery Ruched Waist Shirt in Black

 

Zip it: Witchery Long Sleeve Utility Knit in Milk White.

 

Sweater weather: Seed Heritage Pom Pom Twist Sweater

 

Pretty in Pink: Seed Heritage Side Split Coat in Ash Pink.

 

Gold Coast go tos


It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that Australia is going to be the number one holiday destination of choice, and vice versa. Whether you have a trip planned or need a bit more convincing, here are Metropol’s top picks for when you go for Gold.

 

 

Green with envy

Ranked in Australia’s top 10 resort courses, Links Hope Island golf course and country club, just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise, is a must-see for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

 

 

 

 

 

Whole new world

Numerous amusement and theme parks are dotted throughout the metropolitan region. Hide from the heat at Wet ‘n’ Wild, admire the animals at Sea World or chase the thrill at Dreamworld.

 

 

 

 

Pack your bags

A shopaholics paradise, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre towers over our local malls with a whopping 400 specialty stores. It’s easy to see why it’s one of Australia’s largest shopping centres.

 

 

 

 

 

Going sky high

If you’re afraid of heights… it may be best to sit this one out. Visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck for a 360-degree view from the 77th floor of the Q1 building.

 

 

 

 

Hold on tight

Calling all thrill seekers! Hold on to your hats, glasses, and anything on your head because Jetboat Extreme can take you on a 55-minute tour. 360-degree spins included.

 

 

 

 

 

Bordering beach towns

On the cusp of New South Wales and the Gold Coast sits the cool (pun intended) beach town of Coolangatta. Take in the sights and let out a breath because it’s time to relax.

 

 

 

 

For nature enthusiasts

If you’re a lover of wildlife and nature, then the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the destination of choice. Cuddle with koalas, feed kangaroos and lorikeets and take in the beauty of the 27-hectare rainforest.

 

 

 

 

Surf’s up!

If you love chasing a wave, make your way to Burleigh Heads. Considered one of the Coast’s most-loved surf spots, it is great for first timers or professionals.

 

 

 

 

All things water

Naturally, with the hotter weather you’re going to get in the water. The man-made Wave Break Island offers a great backdrop for kayak and snorkel tours.

 

 


 

Ditch discoveries


Crack the bubbles because our bubble just grew bigger. Add this scenic selection to your travel itinerary.

 

 

 

Cradle Mountain

One of Tasmania’s most visited natural attractions, you will not be short of scenic views to take in. Don’t forget your hiking shoes to explore all of the walking tracks.

 

 

 

 

Freycinet National Park

Abundant with wildlife, this national park has developed a ‘bucket list’ of creatures to spot for visitors. A notable mention, the Tasmanian Pademelon (pictured).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruny Island

The Neck (pictured) is an isthmus that connects the north and south of Bruny Island and makes for a great photo opportunity. Spot seal colonies and venture on cliff-top trails on the island as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rottnest Island

Far from rotten, this little island just west of Perth is a traveller’s dream. Fishing, bike paths, surfing, snorkelling, walking trails and more. It’s also home to the happiest animal on Earth – the Quokka (pictured).

 

 

 

 

Barossa Valley

Watch out North Canterbury because there is another world- class wine growing area, producing 21 percent of Australia’s wine, just across the ditch. Wine tour anybody?

 

 

 

 

 

Kangaroo Island

Make a trip of it and check off the Kangaroo Island natural wonders bucket list featuring Remarkable Rocks (pictured), Admirals Arch, Emu Bay, Vivonne Bay, Little Sahara Desert, Stokes Bay and the enchanted fig tree.

 

 


 

Skin City


Avoid dull and dry skin this winter, and look out for your head, shoulders, knees and toes with these skincare superstars. Metropol has your winter routine must-haves whether it’s for added Vitamin C or pre-ski, stay hydrated this chilly season.

 

 

 

Always remember to stay hydrated. Weleda 24h Hydrating Facial Cream

 

Sun care for ski season. Bondi Sands Fragrance Free SPF50+

 

 

You can’t argue with science. Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

 

Get your daily dose of Vitamin C. Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream

 

Goodbye dry skin! Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream


 

Before the (ever) afters


Now you’ve said, “I do”, it’s time to get onto the to-dos. Because nobody turns up to their wedding looking flawless without a little bit of preparation. Metropol has pulled together your beauty checklist leading up to the happily ever after.

Six months
Your skin is the canvas on which makeup artists will do their magic. Many brides opt to prepare their skin for the big day by going on a professional plan which addresses any concerns like acne, pigmentation or fine lines and wrinkles.

Three months
Check in with your skincare specialist to see how any products and treatment are working. Now is the time to get the low down on injectables, and to try out anything new like brow tints or microblading, fake tanning and lashes.

Weeks
Most injectables start to look their best a few weeks (up to six) after the treatment, so you will want to time this just right. Hair conditioning treatments should be done about a month before the big day, and colour about two. Teeth whitening is recommended three weeks prior.


 

Going north


Without a doubt, North Canterbury is largely known for its delectable wine and food yet its rich array of experiences deserves some time in the spotlight, too. Metropol has collated some of the region’s must-dos.

 

 

ALL ABOARD

Travel back in time on the historic Weka Pass rural railway. Spanning over 12km, take in the stunning views as you’re being hauled by both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives. Make a family day of it with tickets for the Cottontail Express Easter Special still available.

TOUR DE WAIPARA

Experience the infamous wineries from a new perspective; on wheels. The Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail, 14.5km and roughly one to
two hours in length, allows trekkers to get a glimpse of the producing vineyards such as Ataahua Wines, Greystone and Black Estate.

MAKING A MARK

Forget the van Goghs and Picassos of the world, see where Aotearoa’s art started at the Weka Pass Walkway resplendent with Maori rock drawings. The 90-minute return walk starts at 20 Weka Pass Road and requires sturdy shoes for the steep terrain. But the end result will be worth it.


 

Choc-tail masterclass


While the Easter holiday means different things to everyone, there’s no doubt the long weekend as we know it is about indulging with loved ones. So, Metropol has gone on an Easter egg hunt for the chocolatey cocktails to try this long weekend.

 

 

SHOOT THE EGG, NOT THE BUNNY
The ultimate adult chocolate egg is here, thanks to culinary writer Sara McCleary’s Easter egg shots. All you need is 30ml Kahlúa, 30ml vodka, 30ml Irish cream liqueur, 30ml full cream milk, one cup of ice. Blend ingredients until smooth and serve immediately in hollow Easter eggs with the tops sliced off.

A DREAMY CHOCOLATINI
Put that chocolatey spin on a cocktail classic. Add 60ml vanilla vodka and 30ml crème de cacao into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake in a Bond-like fashion (not stirred) and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an Easter egg, and “salt” the rim with sugar and cinnamon (or chilli for an extra kick).

HOT AND CROSSED
If you’re not so chocolate inclined, try a tipple inspired by the other Easter treat, a hot cross bun. Shake 40ml spiced gin, 15ml cinnamon and saffron spiced syrup, 60ml pressed apple and a lemon twist together. Pour into a martini or rock glass, leaving the lemon twist in, and garnish with star anise.