Treasure hunting for charity

Christchurch radio DJ Lana Searle is one of 21 Kiwi personalities battling it out for $100,000 for their chosen charity in Celebrity Treasure Island. Other contestants include All Black legend Buck Shelford, Shorty Street icon Angela Bloomfield, actor Chris Parker, comedian Joe Daymond, and reporter Jess Tyson. Filmed in the Far North earlier this year […]

The language of flowers

For many centuries, flowers have been used to convey various messages such as love and hope. During the Victorian era saying it with flowers became a fine art with nearly all homes having a guidebook to help send the right message. Flowers were often used to deliver messages that couldn’t be spoken out loud, and […]

New Brighton housing development

Three new blocks of land in New Brighton are up for grabs for new housing development. The next step in the ongoing regeneration of Christchurch’s seaside suburb, the New Brighton land parcels are on Beresford Street, one street over from the town’s main street and close to the seafront. Expressions of interest in the development […]

Tasty, versatile and keto-friendly: Bangers’n’Bacon

  “Love and sausage are alike. [You] can never have enough of either.” – author Dean Koontz Pete Nolan at Bangers’n’Bacon agrees. He loves the company’s clean-eating keto-friendly English Breakfast sausages accompanied by a rasher of bacon, a fried egg and slice of tomato for breakfast at the weekend.   Chief cook (and bottle washer), […]

Roll up, roll up

Pastry is a versatile component of many dishes, comprising a major component of creations such as pies (sweet and savoury), Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, and croissants. A combination of flour and fat (butter, lard, or suet), pastry falls into five basic types: shortcrust, filo, choux, flaky and puff. Shortcrust is arguably the most versatile as […]

From the editor: 5 August 2021

Welcome back to another exciting issue. This issue is a bumper one, full of reading and ideas if you’re planning a conference, a special event or even a wedding. Canterbury is full of gorgeous venues, offering unique spaces for all manner of get-togethers from small corporate gatherings to large-scale celebrations and conferences. Check them out […]

Create a mini orchard: Terra Viva

Nothing beats the flavour of delicious home-grown fruit; knowing exactly what’s gone into, and onto, that fruit is an extra bonus. Even with minimal space, it’s easy to create a mini home orchard. Plan your varieties carefully, and you can step out of your back door and pick your own fresh fruit for most of […]

The essence of flamenco

New Zealand-born flamenco guitarist Paul Bosauder went searching for “something” and discovered flamenco guitar. Now internationally renowned, he talks with Lynda Papesch, ahead of his Christchurch performance later this month. Something beautiful that requires a lot of training is Paul’s description of his art. He’s talking flamenco guitar, a passion of his that he shares […]

From the editor: 22 July 2021

Welcome to another issue of Metropol. Spring is a month away with occasional glimpses of warmer days ahead, yet for many the best of winter has yet to come. Regular snow dumps mean hitting the slopes, and for destinations such as Queenstown, a much-needed boost to income. As a newbie to the region, I haven’t […]

Dedicated to dance

  Former Cantabrian Malia Johnston has been wowing audiences throughout New Zealand for years. She talks to Lynda Papesch about dance moves from tippy toes to WOW shows.     Teaching children’s dance classes first showed Malia Johnston that her true career lay not in science and animals, but dance. As the creative director at […]