Editor’s perspective: Fireworks

Guy Fawkes went off with a bang as usual earlier this month. Along with it came an assortment of missing and traumatised animals, fires, injuries, and calls for its abolition. While I enjoy fireworks displays, and sparklers especially, I’m not a fan of uncontrolled crackers, snaps, smoke balls, fountains, rockets, and wheels. Rather I’m not […]

Showing up with Tracy Ahern

Everyone loves a show, and Tracy Ahern is no exception. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch caught up with her ahead of The New Zealand Agricultural Show, for which she is general manager. Tracy Ahern loves animals and shows, and it is just as well. Tracy spends her mornings, afternoons, and sometimes weekends, planning around numerous farm […]

Experience the magic

Marlborough is many things to many people, and its sheer versatility is one aspect that makes it a popular destination. Think fine wine, gourmet food, sparkling seas, convivial hosts, and an array of tempting tourism opportunities, and you’ll just scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Having lived in Marlborough for 25 plus years, I’m […]

Editor’s Note: Kia ora

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. This issue comes to you during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, otherwise known as Māori Language Week. Celebrated in Aotearoa since 1975, this week is an opportunity for the promotion of te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a rich and […]

Editor’s perspective: Working together

For the last decade, New Brighton’s retail centre has been Christchurch’s poor relation, a far cry from its heyday as a popular beach destination. Earthquake damage, land banking, and a lack of community consensus have all contributed to what was once a thriving seaside settlement deteriorating into a ramshackle collection of businesses with no holistic […]

Reimagining New Brighton

New Brighton finally appears to be on the way to enjoying a renaissance. How much of a renaissance it is now depends on the local community, and support of the Christchurch City Council’s annual plan, plus getting behind Greater New Brighton. The latter is a community-led development programme, founded to enhance the social and economic […]

Editor’s perspective: Bridal bliss

This issue, Metropol brings you inspirational nuptial ideas, and suggestions, direct from many locals who make all the wedding magic happen. Celebrants, event planners, photographers, venue owners, caterers, dress designers, and many more, put their heads together and combine their talents to create a perfect occasion for each happy couple. That’s no mean feat. Christchurch […]

Rich fruit cake

Years ago my grandmother gave me her recipe for old fashioned pound cake, which was baked for special occasions such as weddings, christenings, and Christmas. It was adapted from the New Zealand Country Women’s Institute Cookery Book. Ingredients 6 eggs 340g butter 340g sugar 450g flour 450g sultanas 450g currants 115g almonds 115g mixed peel […]

Editor’s perspective: Teething troubles

Any major new event is not without its share of teething problems, and that appears to be the case for the inaugural ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix held earlier in March on Lyttelton Harbour. As was to be expected, there were a few complaints from some residents, and some attendees, but isn’t that always […]

Editor’s perspective: Future growth

Looking and planning ahead isn’t always easy, especially when taking numerous factors into account. For instance, looking foward to how Greater Christchurch will develop as its population continues to grow. Its population is predicted to double to more than one million people during the next 60 years, or even earlier. The Huihui Mai (let’s come […]