Photographic works of art: Emma Steel Photography

Multi-award-winning photographer Emma Steel is focused on creating works of fine art that are unique, beautiful, and as full of emotion as any painting. Finding Your Key won a Silver Award at the NZIPP Awards (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography). Emma explains it began with one thought. “Go for what makes your heart sing, […]

Return of a delicious delicacy: Red Post Cafe

The season of happiness has arrived. And we aren’t just talking about the warmer days. It is officially whitebait season! A delicacy that holds a special place in the hearts and bellies of Kiwis, a whitebait fritter is always a long-awaited delight that arrives along with spring. Red Post Café in Culverden is renowned for […]

Delectable Victorian treats: Penny Black Victorian Tearoom

Victorian society was renowned for its high tea. Scrumptious scones (with jam and cream), Battenberg cake, lemon posset and other traditional treats were all on the menu for the aristocracy. Those same delicacies are still highly regarded these days and high tea is often a treat for special occasions. In Christchurch, there’s nowhere better to […]

One for the road: Milton St Substation

Christchurch’s newest mobile bar truck is enroute. This ultra-rare 1969 Nissan Patrol travelled from the West Coast to Ōtautahi to continue its long working history. Clark Mauger from Milton St Substation sought out the genius behind some of Aotearoa’s best bar truck restorations, Flaxton Iron (led by Glen O’Neill), to spruce it up for its […]

Thorough-bread catering: Halswell Bakery

Whether you’re hosting an event or planning a car boot party at the races, the talented team at Halswell Bakery can provide fresh, delicious catering to suit your requirements. From tasty club sandwich platters, bacon and egg slice, quiche, and savouries to custom-made birthday cakes, donuts, and sweet treats, everything is freshly handmade on site. […]

Cup Day Champagnes: Big Daddy’s Liquor

“Why do I drink champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?” asked Noel Coward. Metropol writer Nicholas Henare agrees with him, suggesting a visit to Big Daddy’s Liquor is just the thing to sort out your bubbles. Champagne adds a sparkle to any occasion, including breakfast. Sitting on my coffee table is a large bowl of Champagne […]

Ready, set, picnic

Summer calls for the beach, parks and picnics, and we have you covered to create the ultimate set up for your family outing. Set the scene with every part of your set up, from a trendy and transportable picnic blanket to create a canvas for your spread, to a classic woven picnic basket that carries […]

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

A blooming good idea. I always think it creates a sense of wellbeing when spring is in the air and the cherry blossoms and kowhai are flowering. When I read the spring flowers story on the ChristchurchNZ website and discovered that ‘Hanami’ is a Japanese word that translates to ‘flower watching’, I realised how universal […]

The Influencers: John Bridgman

Central city development. We’ve seen a significant surge in demand for apartment-style living in central Christchurch over the past year. Covid, Christchurch’s comparative affordability and the ever-increasing vibrancy of the central city are all influencing the desires of home buyers. To help the city meet this demand and get more people living centrally as soon […]

The Influencers: Joanna Norris

Helping business boom. Every business should have a mentor. Operating a business is no easy task, let alone doing it through a pandemic. Having an experienced, independent mentor to listen and guide you through some of the challenges can make all the difference. Mentors provide confidential, one-on-one assistance for small business owners, who are trading, […]