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The alternative BBQ

Wondered about cutting back your meat intake, but realised we’re heading into barbecue season? Meat-free barbecues just became easier than ever before.



Australasia’s largest vegetarian food manufacturer, Life Health Foods, has brought The Alternative Meat Co. to New Zealand. Its new range of 100 percent plant-based meat alternatives offers Kiwis a unique and delicious meat-free, healthy and more sustainable option as they increasingly opt to cut-down their meat intake.

From sausage sizzles to drool-worthy burgers, meat-lovers and veggies alike can get their ‘meat’ fix – and all of the benefits of plant-powered protein – with the range, which includes The Alternative Burger and The Alternative Sausage.

Try stacking an Alternative Burger patty in-between a seeded burger bun, along with a slice of cheese (vegan optional), a dollop of mustard and some kumara fries for a home-cooked post-workout supper. Or, grill a batch of sausages at your next barbecue and serve to guests alongside a slathering of chilli sauce and some slaw for a Kimchi-inspired hotdog.

“Whether you’re flexi, vegan, vegetarian or a meat-lover, Alternative Meat Co. products are an ideal option if you’re looking to decrease your meat for health, environmental or any other reason,” Life Health Foods International Marketing Manager Mark Roper says.

The Alternative Meat Co. products are available to purchase nationwide now in the refrigerated meat section of New World, PAK’nSAVE and Countdown supermarkets.

We have an Alternative Meat Co. t-shirt and $50 voucher to give away to two very lucky readers. Just head to the Metropol Facebook page and follow the instructions.




Akaroa Health Centre

Promoting health & wellbeing: The new Akaroa Health Centre

With a blessing on the former Akaroa Hospital site earlier this year and work already underway on the new Akaroa Health Centre, the local community is looking forward to its envisaged opening in June 2019.

Akaroa Health Centre

Gordon Boxall, Chair of the Akaroa Community Health Trust, (ACHT) says the benefits of the new health facility will be substantial. “Alongside the eight aged residential care beds and four general practice managed inpatients flexi-beds, it will also house the general practice and other community services. We’re committed to health promotion and wellbeing, so having one integrated health centre comprehensively provides for our community needs.”

The new facility will be built and owned by the Canterbury District Health Board, but will be leased to, and operated by, the local community through Akaroa Health Ltd, a charitable subsidiary of ACHT. “Paul de Latour chairs our fundraising committee; currently we’ve received donations and pledges of $1.5 million. The Lions have been extraordinary, as have the Guardians of Akaroa Hospital. Some local businesses and community groups have pledged $50,000 and the biggest single donation from a family has been $100,000. People have been absolutely brilliant!”
Gordon says it’s vital they don’t take the foot off the accelerator. “We now want to focus on fundraising regionally and nationally. With that in mind, a community member has recently set up a Give A Little page ( When we reach our $3 million target…well, that will be everything.”