Let it snow

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… While the days are still warm, but the nights are cooling down, it is an ideal time to “winter-proof” your home. In the country that usually means a full stack of firewood, lots of kindling and maybe a few fire starters. In the city […]

Enjoying a healthy home

What makes a healthy home? Ask different people and they’ll probably all give you similar answers – warm, dry and comfortable. They’re right, all of those do help in creating a healthy home yet there are several paths homeowners can tread to ensure various levels of healthy. Starting from scratch and building new is a […]

Enjoy an artistic Easter surprise: Windsor Gallery

This Easter may be the most memorable yet for art lovers seeking something beautiful and bold to grace their homes. Windsor Gallery launches its Open Weekend on 9-10 April with over 100 artworks, including large abstracts, from the cream of Aotearoa’s artists, sculptors, and photographers. The 25 artists exhibiting features names such as Matthew Williams, […]

From the editor: 17 March 2022

Keep calm and carry on Trying to keep calm amid changing chaos and uncertainty is not always easy yet it is one of the keys to surviving in current tough times. We all know business methods and systems have changed, and many people are working smarter, looking after each other, and trying to stay safe […]

An interview with Angela Stone

International Women’s Day was earlier this month. The stories of women succeeding in the face of adversity are still resonating worldwide; their achievements lauded and used as examples for those facing their own challenges. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch talks to one of them. New Zealand has numerous women role models. From actual models to mayors, […]

Enjoy matching food & drinks

Wiling away an afternoon or evening at a degustation dinner has to be one of the finer things in life. Degustation is the French word for tasting, and literally it is a menu offering lots of different dishes to try, accompanied by complementary wines, beers or even cocktails. Four to nine courses is usual, although […]

Colouring our world

Colour, pattern and design are all hallmarks of Christchurch business woman Vicki Ogden-O’Fee. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch talks with her about the how and why. Surviving for more than three decades in the cut and thrust of the hair, beauty and fashion industry is no mean feat. Expanding and diversifying a multi-layered business in the […]

Mixing patterns and prints

Achieving the right balance when working with patterns and prints is vital for an eye-catching end result. Many people who love patterns struggle to find that balance, yet there are some simple rules that can help. Try these: There are no rules. Patterns can all be different yet work well together to form a lovely […]

From the editor: 17 February 2022

The power of positive thinking Optimism is one of my favourite words, and most of the time I’m a glass half full person. Actually I’m probably more of a glass three quarters full person, always looking on the bright side. Sometimes it is hard to find a bright side, but recently I read something that […]

Moving on and up

Christchurch’s innovative business environment is helping many to survive and even reach new heights, Metropol Editor Lynda Papesch discovered when catching up with local entrepreneur James Stewart. A businessman with numerous strings to his bow, James Stewart is not one to let Covid-19 slow his pace. The founder of Gemelli Consulting, and managing director of […]