Instant comfort: ECCO Shoes

This summer, treat your feet to Uber-comfortable footwear that can take you from the beach to the dance floor. Combining leather or suede uppers with a flexible sole for a seamless slide, ECCO COZMO sandals feature ECCO Shoes’ special FLUIDFORM™ construction. These sandals have a polyurethane leather (PU) midsole and adjustable straps for a stylish […]

Think outside the box

A home away from home, a bach is a serene space, one that hosts your most relaxed self. Baches come in many architectural styles, from quaint, cosy, and classic, to contemporary, modular, and open plan. Comfort is a prime consideration if building or renovating, followed closely by functionality, both inside and out. You’ll want to […]

No luck to it: Jordan Luck

Few artists truly encapsulate the characteristics that come with a Kiwi music legend. Years of experience, song longevity and lyrical genius under his belt, Jordan Luck built his way to the top of the charts, and Kiwi hearts. Metropol writer Nina Tucker catches up with him about the landscape of music and what he’s up […]

International Chefs Day: Te Pae Christchurch General Manager, Ross Steele

As we countdown to Christmas, it is great to see our city buzzing with national and international delegates attending a variety of events we’ve hosted in our venue recently. With that comes the opportunity for our chefs at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre to showcase Canterbury’s finest food and beverages to the world and to […]

Pimp your bach

Some of our best memories are made at our baches and holiday homes. Together with close friends and family, these spaces bring out the happiest, and least work-crazed, versions of us. So, make it something to be proud of. There are plenty of luxury additions to consider if you want to level up your holiday […]

Editor’s note: Buy NZ made

As Christmas draws ever closer, retail therapy often increases, so it is timely to think about what you’re buying, and to support local, and New Zealand-made. Big business may arguably be the backbone of New Zealand retail,  yet it is small businesses that are the heart, and there is no doubt many of these are suffering. […]

Homes you’d love to live in: Brooksfield Townhouses

Christchurch is renowned for its heritage homes. While many of these have been lost in time, new classics are being built by local specialist company, Brooksfield. Classical timeless homes are their forté. Strong foundations Building on Christchurch’s housing heritage, Brooksfield is helping to shape the future of the city for decades ahead with its classical […]

Bee a host

Our precious pollinators are facing a homelessness crisis, having lost much of their natural habitat due to urban development, change of land use, and intensive farming. You can help by putting a bee hotel in your garden. Good bee hotels mimic the natural cavities that solitary bees would use, such as holes in wood or […]

Make it a mocktail

Refreshing, fruity, and sometimes frozen are all words we associate with the drinks we enjoy during the summer months. Virgin cocktails, or mocktails, become a simple alternative when we desire a break from alcohol. Just as easy, just as delicious, but possibly healthier. Plus, almost any mocktail can be made frozen for the days we […]

Pet prezzies

The festive season is a special time for people and also for their pets. We collectively own 4.6 million pets, which equates to more pets than people. Cats are the most popular pets, with 44% of New Zealand homes having one. Aside from 1.1 million pet cats, just over a quarter of (28%) own dogs, […]