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Stunning schist design: Draftline Architecture

An eye-catching new building has been evolving at stunning Lake Tekapo. Dubbed the “Hocken Motel” this beautiful, natural schist-clad accommodation is the work of Timaru-based architectural design company Draftline.



Company Principal and lead designer Pat Coll says the developers, Andrew and Grant Hocken “pretty much gave Draftline free rein” to use its experience in the Mackenzie Country and decades of residential and commercial design experience to create something extra special, befitting of such a quality build platform.

The only stipulation being a desire for a somewhat grand reception area and as many rooms as possible with optimum views.

One design challenge to overcome in the project was giving each room a view – but not a view of its neighbour. Draftline avoided this happening by staggering the main rooms, so they are all facing either the lake or the Tekapo River, with discrete partition walls.

Sounds like a dream job, but it is really a testimony to the trust that Draftline builds with its clients.

Pat says: “We’ve undertaken many commercial and residential projects for the Hocken’s now, so we know what they like and our working relationship goes back many years.”

Give Pat or the team a call to talk about innovative design and project ideas on (03) 688 8455 or visit the website.


Swimming in success: Apollo Projects

Christchurch’s Apollo Projects have once again proven their expertise when it comes to the design and build of leisure facilities. The team have partnered with the Christchurch City Council to deliver the fantastic Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool.


The stunning $22million sports and aquatic facility is located adjacent to Linwood Park.

Its name was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, reflecting the local environment and the passing of knowledge from person to person and generation to generation.

The leisure centre includes a 25m lane pool, an accessible friendly family spa pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’ splashpad which includes water toys, and the destined-to-be-a-hit bombing (manu) pool, which the local kids (big and small) will love! says Apollo Projects’ Business Development Manager Iain Ansell.

On the dry side of options are outdoor sports courts – tennis, basketball, and multi-purpose – plus a large community room including a kitchen with a service window for indoor or outdoor access.

The sunny area flows out to a large concrete patio with seating and a shade sail blending down into Linwood Park, perfect for family gatherings and community events!

Christchurch City Council Senior Project Manager Kent Summerfield says that they are delighted with the way things are coming together on site, and that there is great anticipation within the local area around the imminent opening of this fantastic community asset.


Go hard when it comes to timber: LMA Timber

Recycled Australian hardwood timbers bring something truly special to a building project. Whether you’re going for a rustic, natural look or something with a dressed finish, the versatility of these hardwoods is impressive, and on display at the LMA Timber showroom in Christchurch.


PHOTO: Elevate Construction


And the beauty of these timbers is more than superficial, according to LMA Timber’s managing director Martin Thompson.

“We import sustainably-sourced hardwood timbers from Australia’s biggest and most reputable supplier, Kennedy’s.”

Not only is the product eco-friendly, it is incredibly durable and suitable for all kinds of purposes, from cladding (including selected lengths), large structural beams or posts, to decking and flooring.

LMA Timber also offers peace of mind around supply with an abundance of milled-to-order stock, despite the shortage of other timber products that New Zealand is experiencing right now.

Martin says the hardwoods’ low maintenance, sustainable qualities are very appealing, “It’s a class one timber, with a life-span of over 40-years, compared to other inferior timber cladding options.”

LMA Timber is considered to be the largest, most trusted supplier of sustainably-sourced Australian hardwoods in New Zealand.

To see the sheer scope of choice, visit its impressive showroom at 281 Dyers Rd, Bromley, call Martin 021 398 800 or visit the website.


A magical transformation: D J Hewitt

Time beaten and earthquake damaged, but with great bones, ‘The Bach’ just needed the magic of a DJ Hewitt transformation.



The late 1950s abode above Akaroa harbour was a Christchurch family’s holiday pad for 17 years. With the children grown up, it was time for creature comforts and futureproofing.
“We’re good friends of Daryl and Tara Hewitt, and trusted them immensely,” says Tania Lambley.

“Their brief came with honest and clever advice.”

The 130sqm home was to be simple, uncluttered, and practical, using the same footprint to keep within budget.

French doors out to a north-facing deck and slider windows in the kitchen created extra space, light, and the flow of indoor-outdoor bliss.

The old kitchen pantry was divided in two – half becoming a pantry and half a much-needed wardrobe space for the adjacent spare bedroom. Rotting weather boards gave way to a HardieFlex sheet and Axent trim board-and-batten look in charcoal with a blue undertone to soak in the seaside surrounds.


“Daryl really wears his heart on his sleeve for all his clients. He’s genuine, and listens, so particular things were done exactly how I needed. He really wanted to make it perfect for us, which was humbling,” says Tania.

Tania appreciated with current building supply challenges, that Tara, an interior consultant, ordered plan A and B choices for fitting and fixtures. So there were never any hold-ups.
“There were regular new photo updates. It got quite exciting waiting for them at the end of the week.

“Two builders stayed over and worked Monday to Friday. It was so organised, and ready in six months, in time for Christmas. Everyone including the subcontractors went the extra mile. We have real value for money.

“At the final viewing, it was those finer details you don’t expect to be done, which really surprised us.”

Ian and Tania Lambley



Simplicity in solutions: Blum NZ

Synonymous with innovation, Blum NZ has done it again with its Space Step plinth solution and Pull-Out Shelf Lock systems. Of course, it wouldn’t be Blum without the sleek design and elegant operating systems which are inherent and guarantee the brand its aspirational status.



The Space Step is beautiful in its simplicity; a chic answer to the issue of shelves out of reach, or the little ones wishing to help in the kitchen, plus it creates extra storage space in the toe kick of base units. It opens with ultimate ease.

You can choose from either the electrical support system, or a push-to-open mechanical system, both with effortless and soft closing. The step is safely locked into place by weight of just eight kilograms.

The Shelf Lock system works with Movento runners to hold pull-out shelves safely and conveniently in place when the shelves are fully extended.

Pull-Out shelf lock has a push-to-open mechanical option for handle-less, or standard soft closing.

The lock can be released with just one hand. It’s a small convenience that punches way beyond its weight by making life easier and so making every day better.

Find the Space Step and the Pull-Out Shelf Shelf Lock systems on the website below.



The Influencers: Peter Townsend

A proactive approach. The profile of health and wellbeing activity in our community is currently at an all-time high. The continuing issues around Covid-19, national and international, are creating a lot of interest and challenges. These will continue to impact on us all into the foreseeable future.


Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council
Independent Chair


The recent ministerial announcement containing further details and timing on The Health and Disability Systems Review has attracted a lot of attention across the Health Sector and beyond. This too will have significant impacts right across the nation.

In Canterbury we are preparing for change and are determined to maximise the opportunities that will result from the proposed transitions.

We accept that things are going to be different in the future, and we also appreciate that while we prepare for the changes, we all have an ongoing responsibility to continue to deliver excellent health and wellbeing outcomes to our people.

We also want to ensure we protect those many components of the current Canterbury Health System that are recognised as special and valuable.

This will best be achieved by all participants in the system working constructively and positively together, proactively embracing change and never forgetting that patients and the health and wellbeing of all people remain our prime focus.


The Influencers: John Bridgman

Aspirational venue. The importance of Parakiore Recreation and Sports Centre (formerly Metro Sports Facility) to Canterbury’s sporting landscape was recently reinforced to me when I had the opportunity to show a few members of the Tactix netball team around the site.




These were the first elite athletes to set foot on to what will likely be their new home venue and it was pleasing to see that the sheer scale of Parakiore made an impression.

A lack of appropriate facilities in post-quake Christchurch has meant the Tactix still travel more than any other team.

They will play two-thirds of their matches away this season, so they are looking forward to spending a few more nights at home come 2023.

The one-stop-shop nature of Parakiore is also expected to put the Tactix and other Canterbury teams in an enviable position. Being able to have gym, pool, physio sessions all under the same roof as their game-day courts ensures our athletes can spend more time training and less time travelling.

The flow-on effect is that the better these teams do, the more spectators will be drawn into the central city, a driving force behind all the Crown-led Anchor Projects.

Having been designed for users of all ages and abilities, Parakiore will also bring these elite teams back into the community. As young Silver Fern Kimiora Poi put it – when you see your idols training on the courts next to you, you have something to aspire to.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

Long term planning. The beginning of May saw amazing weather accentuate the beauty of autumn. One of the things people love about Christchurch is the four distinct seasons that take us through the year. We always have a different season to enjoy and another to look forward to.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel


We had our second warmest April mean maximum temperature since records began back in the 1800s. Although that is great for those of us who like to walk around the central city, including Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, it does create pressure on our water infrastructure, and it reminds us that our climate is changing.

I make this point because we have spent the month listening to submissions on our draft Long Term Plan, which is very much focused on risk and resilience, along with preparing for the anticipated impacts of climate change.

It has been incredibly positive listening to community groups and residents’ associations, who want to partner with the council to achieve our shared objectives.

The message has been that working together enables us to get more done, at the same time as building and strengthening community relationships over issues people care about.

For the same reason, many submitters have been very supportive of the strengthening communities fund and the support that gives the volunteer sector, along with the libraries and galleries, which are highly valued as an important part of our social infrastructure.

There’s much to think about.


Paying homage to the past

Heritage homes, buildings, bridges and walking tours were amongst more than 60 entries received for the biennial Canterbury Heritage Awards. That pool has now been whittled down to 30 finalists, with winners due to be announced next month.


Britten Stables Photos Awais Nasir & Co


“Now that almost half of our built heritage has been demolished, appreciation of what remains is evident,” says Dame Anna Crighton, Chair of the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust.

“The jurors agreed, without exception, that every entry was worthy in contributing to the character and streetscapes of our city and province.”

A judging panel of four experts selected finalists across six categories, with one supreme winner also to be announced. The categories are Domestic Saved and Restored, Public Realm Saved and Restored, Outstanding Contribution to Heritage, Sesimic, heritage Tourism and Future Tourism.


The four judges are notable heritage experts: Andrew Coleman, Chief Executive of Heritage New Zealand; Ivan Thomson, an urban and regional planner and Fellow Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute; Clare Kelly, an architect specialising in Heritage conservation, and Andrew Marriott, a structural and civil engineer and director at Batchelar McDougall Consulting.

Some of those finalists included The Britten Stables, The Vicarage in Geraldine, The Arts Centre, Christchurch Town Hall and Helen Clark, ONZ, and former Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage continues as patron of the awards, and the trophies are designed by prominent New Zealand sculptor Neil Dawson.

See the full list of finalists, and buy tickets to the June 11 awards ceremony at



The sky is no limit: DCM Roofing

In a word association game, it would be rare that the word ‘roofer’ would prompt ‘polymath’, but that’s what you get at DCM Roofing. Company director Iain McPhail quietly enjoys an eclectic range of skills and interests which he combines with his core business of reroofing and repairs, to excellent effect.


Iain McPhail of DCM Roofing.


Iain serves as Chair on the local BNI Chapter, and with that organisation’s strong ties with Hospice New Zealand in mind, the local group organised a fundraiser for Nurse Maude.

“We decided to hold a quiz night and were thrilled to raise $6000 thanks to the generosity of our family, friends, colleagues, and supporters,” says Iain.

“We are really proud to be able to back Hospice New Zealand.” Photographs from that entertaining and successful evening were featured in Metropol’s April 29 issue.

His day job is busy too. “It’s a real hive of activity with reroofs and maintenance of roofs at the forefront and the centre of what we do,” explains Iain. Work is combined with a personal pastime of piloting his own light aircraft. “If I’m assessing a project in Hanmer or Kaikoura for instance, it just makes sense to fly myself there and back.”

His aircraft is an aerobatics plane, and with 20 years in the roofing business Iain often jokes to clients that he has probably already seen their roof, while flying upside down.

DCM’s sizeable team of 17 guys on the ground brings a problem-solving approach to the reroofing business.


They offer a suite of services that include, but is not restricted, to scaffolding, spouting and drainpipes, skylights, chimney or flue and fireplace installs, spouting and drainpipes, and insulation. “With overseas travel money unused, people are making smart decisions around investing in their homes, and we have all the skills to pull these projects together for them,” says Iain.

A recently completed job saw the team provide the scaffolding, the reroof, engage a builder to replace weatherboards, and contract a painter.

“The whole job was our own and that’s what we like doing,” says Iain. “Our next job includes relevelling a kitchen and installing an extractor fan as well as the reroof.”

The team prides itself also on ensuring clients have a great experience working with them: friendly staff, value for money, and a great end result.

“You don’t survive in this business unless your customers recommend you, and ours are only too happy to do just that.”