Seventh Heaven

Fifty years ago, Christchurch businessman Graham Bernie fell in love with two beauties. One was a woman called Lynn Small. The other was a 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible. He married one and forty years later bought the other.     “It takes pride of place,” he says proudly of the full-sized American-made scarlet classic […]

Engelbert Humperdinck

A Sultry Swooner: Engelbert Humperdinck

Best known as a contemporary romantic balladeer, Engelbert Humperdinck’s passion for life and music appears endless.     The 82-year-old legendary entertainer is returning to Christchurch on March 2 with his The Man I Want To Be Tour and says he loved visiting New Zealand. “It’s very near and dear to me. I love New […]

Bryan Adams

Q&A: Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is returning to New Zealand in March 2019 to play concerts in Auckland and Wellington before being joined by Dave Dobbyn and the Jordan Luck Band to perform in Nelson and Christchurch.     We catch up with the ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ hitmaker ahead of his trip down […]

Seeking stories

Seeking stories

With a rising suicide rate in New Zealand, two Christchurch women are writing a book on the highly emotional subject in the hope of raising awareness about the issue.     Jan England and Sheryn Gillard Glass are looking for people to share their stories with them so they can publish a book on suicide […]

funny man

A funny favourite: Q&A with Jeremy Corbett + Win with Metropol

New Zealand funny man Jeremy Corbett is coming to the city with his 7 Days Live show at the Horncastle Arena on December 11. We caught up with the man himself ahead of his visit.       What is your favourite part about your line of work? Your least favourite? Why? The variety of […]

Caring for colleagues

Caring for colleagues

Christchurch Detective Sergeant Brad Greenstreet beat depression and is now sharing his story and the stories of other colleagues who have encountered tough times. “Mental Health is such an important topic and it’s ok to talk about it,” the 38-year-old says.     Having been in the police force for 13 years, Brad says an […]

Brighter days ahead

Brighter days ahead

Keeping afloat in Christchurch’s hospitality industry is “tough” and those who have managed to “ride out the storm” should be praised for their dedication to the city says Oxford Group co-owner and hospitality stalwart Max Bremner.     “There are a lot of innovative people here who have put their balls on the line and […]

Fashion’s Rising Star: Georgia Hensley-Smith

From a classroom at the Hagley College School of Fashion to the fashion catwalks of New York and Milan, Christchurch fashion designer Georgia Hensley-Smith is proving you can do anything you set your mind to – even at 18 years of age. “I believe if you have a goal, you can achieve it,” she says. […]


Art helps charities: TakeHeART

A love of art and a quest to help charitable organisations succeed in a difficult fundraising environment is the motivation behind the first ever TakeHeART fundraising exhibition.     Christchurch woman Jen Duncan is organising the exhibition to be held at the Great Hall at the Arts Centre from November 30 to December 2; with […]

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern’s milestone year: Q&A with Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just celebrated one year in the country’s top role, so Metropol caught up with her about rolling with the punches, the Christchurch rebuild and the joy of motherhood.   What has your first year in office taught you? Patience and gratitude. Everything takes longer than you’d like but every day […]