Comedic cancer survivor, Dr Jo Prendergast

Lyttelton psychiatrist, comedian, author and cancer survivor, Dr Jo Prendergast explains her special brand of “tumour humour” to Metropol Editor Lynda Papesch. Witty, a bit silly, and fairly dead pan are apt descriptives for Jo Prendergast’s special brand of humour. Known as a ‘clean’ comedian, Jo explains that her comedy seems to be relatable to […]

Making real change with the Gattung sisters

Philanthropists, business owners, and drivers of systemic change, Angela and Theresa Gattung are shining trailblazers of female empowerment. Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker sits down with them about their lifelong commitment through the Gattung Foundation. The Gattung sisters are giving back. To charities and women in need, to provide the opportunities and the voice they […]

Capturing history with Ian Borthwick

Journalist, photographer, award-winner, and friend to many in the professional rugby arena, Paris-based, yet Christchurch-born Ian Borthwick has a way with words. Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker sits down with him to uncover his latest project. Imagine the bustling cities of the world, swarming and polluted, before coming to a standstill during the height of […]

Fighting the fire with Anne Newman

In early February, the Christchurch Adventure Park was preparing for a year of new attractions until a fire sent it back in time. Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker talks with General Manager Anne Newman about the experience, and where to now. Anne’s is a story of déjà vu and resilience, walking through the fire, literally, […]

Talking art with Kate Senior

Interior designer, jeweller and now artist, Christchurch’s Kate Senior has many strings to her bow. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch caught up with Kate to find out more about her journey, and her inspiration. Looking back, Kate Senior realises creativity and art have always been a part of her life. They aren’t something she suddenly discovered, […]

In the kitchen with Kitty Williams

A sandwich business, a food truck, a stint in catering, Kitty Williams knew she was destined to work with food. She just hadn’t quite figured out what that would look like. Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker catches up with her after the launch of her first cookbook about how things have changed since her viral […]

Ali Harper: Life on board

Cruising on the high seas, singing up a storm, marketing, and being a mum are all in a day’s work for Christchurch entertainer Ali Harper. Lynda Papesch chats with Ali about life at sea, on the road, at home, and anywhere in between. A  sea day provides Ali Harper time in her busy schedule to […]

Fashion with Kate Sylvester

Top New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester was in Christchurch this month to launch her Gloria Gloria Autumn Winter 24 collection. Metropol Editor Lynda Papesch talks with her about trends, tailoring, and telling a tale with textiles. Surrounded by a sea of teal and orange, denim blues, plum, and cherry red, fashion icon Kate Sylvester […]

Getting to know Gilbert Enoka

A young Gilbert Enoka stared out to the world, a challenging childhood and an ‘other.’ Later, he would become the man behind the minds of successful international sporting team, the All Blacks. Metropol Deputy Editor Nina Tucker dives into his world.  The Game Gilbert’s tenure as a mental skills coach spans 23 years, 304 tests, […]

Songwriting veteran: Graham Nash

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash is preparing to perform his latest album, Now, at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 3 March. Metropol writer Daniella Judge catches up with him to reminisce, and hear his views about the music industry’s evolution. Graham Nash started his musical odyssey in the United Kingdom, […]