From the editor: 23 June 2022

Caring for our men This month New Zealand shone a spotlight on men’s health here. Sadly it has shown that in many important aspects, men and their wider families are being let down badly. We’re not just talking mental health, although that is a huge ongoing issue, but about men’s health in general; their physical, […]

Changing our course

Many will remember Sir John Kirwan from his legendary days as an All Black, yet others will be more in sync with his work in raising awareness of mental health issues. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch caught up with him during his current tour of the country to help improve children’s mental wellbeing. Proving that one […]

Sprinting to gold

Sprinting is an exciting sport in New Zealand right now, as new generations are making waves and breaking records, putting the nation on the international map. Georgia Summerton speaks to one of these rising stars. Canterbury sprinter Tiaan Whelpton has an impressive track record, and he still has a lot he is yet to show […]

The fifth wonder of the wine world

New Zealand is the fifth best country in the world for wine-loving travellers, according to a new study. The study, by Bounce, analyses factors such as wine consumption and production, number of vineyards and wine tours, and the average cost of a bottle of wine, to reveal the best location for wine-lovers to visit on […]

Choose your agent carefully: Fernanda Hammett

Buying and selling houses can be an emotional journey for many, which is why having a real estate agent to help is so important. From giving advice, to listing, promoting properties, and helping buy or sell, realtors are specialists in their field. Fernanda Hammett comes from a long line of strong women. That heritage, combined […]

Seeing eye to eye: Anstice Optometrists

Great vision is proven to be essential for effective learning, but new research confirms the impacts of vision beyond the classroom. Good eyesight allows us to reach our full developmental potential, says optometrist Penny McCracken of Anstice Optometrists. “This is especially true for school-aged children who are growing and learning fast,” she says. “Vision impacts […]

Warm winter wonders

The colder seasons make it easy to stay inside, however with the school holidays approaching it’s a perfect time to tap into your inner child and explore what Canterbury has to offer outside. Whether that involves venturing up to the snow, or staying in the city, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all […]

Do the Dino Dig: Jurassic Adventure

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Jurassic Adventure is Christchurch’s home base for young dino devotees, and anyone who is passionate about palaeontology. Its Dino Dig is every young palaeontologist’s dream come true. New Zealand’s first full dinosaur excavation experience, it allows participants to search in a life size excavation site to discover an entire dinosaur fossil. […]

Home away from home: Raetihi Lodge

Imagine relaxing to the sound of waves lapping on a beach, bird song and the quiet of native bush. Sitting on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds waterfront, Raetihi Lodge is a private boutique lodge that feels like your home away from home. Guests can choose an exclusive “all inclusive” stay on the 20-hectare estate, […]

Take the tram: Christchurch Attractions

An exciting way to see Christchurch is by heritage tram, which now operates on a newly-extended route. Grab an all-day pass and explore Christchurch’s central city on board the Christchurch Tram’s restored vintage tramcars. With 18 stops to hop on and off at along the recently extended route and live commentary from your driver, it’s […]