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Builders to trust: Edge Developments

When talking to Glen Foulkes of Edge Developments it becomes clear that it is not only houses that he builds, but also solid, trusting relationships.



Glen’s been in the profession for 20 years and word has gone around about how good he is.

But he’s not into blowing his own trumpet, so he pointed Metropol in the direction of some happy clients to do that for him.

“Glen is very easy to work with and he’s a great communicator,” says Mary-Ann Sidey. “He embraced our ideas and nothing was ever a problem.”

“And he liked Mary-Ann’s scones,” pipes in Pete, Mary-Ann’s husband.

The Sideys’ were impressed that Glen was on-site all the time and that he kept the place clean and tidy, which was important as they were still living there. Pictured here is their build in Fendalton, which was designed by Timothy Hogan of Intrados Architecture.

One thing that Glen thinks is hugely important is the relationships he has with his sub-contractors.

These have been established over the years and he trusts the tradespeople he works with.

Edge Developments are boutique builders, who work directly with clients and architects. Call Glen Foulkes on 021 276 3558, or email


Timeless architectural solutions: AQA

Creative yet practical outcomes are the forté of international award-winning Canterbury architect Alessandro Quadrelli when it comes to designing residential and commercial buildings.



Italian-born and trained, Alessandro is the man behind Alessandro Quadrelli Architectetto Ltd (AQA), combining his European origins and experience with a passionate love for the Kiwi lifestyle, landscape and people to create timeless architectural solutions to any clients’ vision.

AQA’s mission is to provide creative solutions by delivering high quality architectural services with scrupulous attention to the detail, and by pursuing efficiency and innovation.

The Dune House (pictured) is one such example in South New Brighton. Facing the beach dunes, its design is a direct response to its site and micro-climate. Alongside the client’s brief, sun, wind, sea and sand have all been considered, creating a stylish home that appears to hover towards the dunes.

The company’s multitude of satisfied clients cannot speak highly enough of Alessandro. Mark and Carmel Hooper of Christchurch loved his vision and creativity.

“He was knowledgeable, forward thinking and able to solve any problems that arose. Alessandro listened to our needs, was conscious of our budget and took responsibility for all aspects of the consent process,” they say.

Contact Alessandro at or phone 021 040 9176 to discuss your next build.


Award-winning local joiners

Joinery is not simply a trade; it is a highly-skilled craft practised for centuries. Professional excellence in the craft is celebrated in the annual Registered Master Joiners’ national awards programme showcasing a range of constructions, such as kitchens, doors, windows and benchtops.


The Joiner Shop’s award-winning kitchen


Canterbury joiners featured in the recent national awards. The outstanding level of quality and detailed workmanship demonstrated by Sydenham Joinery of Christchurch and The Joiner Shop of Kaikoura are representative of the high standards that customers are assured of when they use joiners who are masters of their trade and members of Registered Master Joiners.

“Sydenham Joinery won the award in the Best Door or Window Category,” says Canterbury Branch President Nathan Busch. “And The Joiner Shop won Best Kitchen under 20,000 as well as the Best Canterbury Region Award. Our branch is immensely proud of these members. Their work and talent have definitely helped to raise the profile of the joinery craft in people’s minds and that is what we set out to do.”

Members of the Registered Master Joiners Federation pride themselves on craftsmanship, integrity and client satisfaction.

“We are specialists and leaders and innovators in the manufacture and supply of often technically challenging bespoke joinery. Our master craftsmen are committed to delivering nothing but the best.”


From the Editor: 13 May 2021

Hello Christchurch and Metropol readers. I am excited to have taken the editorial reins of such a well-loved iconic lifestyle magazine and have already started exploring this beautiful vibrant city and its wider environs.



I am especially looking forward to meeting those who call Christchurch home, and discovering what makes it so special for each one of you.

This issue looks at those seeking to escape the city for a scenic or adventurous holiday, maybe soaking in Hanmer’s hot pools, sliding down the slopes at Mt Hutt, or hitting a mountain trail to get in some biking.

Of course, now the Trans-Tasman bubble has opened, overseas travel is another option, but we will save our ideas on that until the next issue.

Earlier this week TVNZ’s The Apprentice Aotearoa burst into life on our screens with none-other than local businessman Mike Pero in the CEO hotseat. Metropol caught up with him for a chat about his new role, and just how tough it is.

Also in this issue we talked to The Breeze Breakfast Show host Hilary Muir about life, love and making waves, check out the latest in health, beauty and fashion, and showcase all our usual sections. Enjoy your read!

Lynda Papesch


Doing your home work: Ferg Waddell Homes

If there’s one piece of advice Fergus Waddell would give to Generation Y looking to buy their first home, it would be to be realistic and start thinking about where their work is and building close to that. “It pays to be geographically smart these days and consider the wider Canterbury district rather than concentrate solely on Christchurch,” says Fergus.



It’s sound advice from the father of three sons who began his building apprenticeship aged 16 on Auckland’s North Shore and who now, 37 years later, runs his own construction company, Fergus Waddell Homes.

The wealth of building industry knowledge and experience that Fergus brings to every project is little short of prodigious.

“I’m open and transparent, and I’m a builder, not a salesperson, so clients never feel pressured.”

The point of difference with Fergus is that because he works from home and contracts everything out, his overheads are lower, thus enabling him to offer clients, at whatever stage of their lives, a more affordable build.

“My business ethic has always been to give value back to the client; that’s not about providing the cheapest option, but about tailoring the build to client budgets without compromising on quality workmanship.”

View the homes at the website below, at or on 027 446 1866.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

Is there a building that you’ve walked past and wondered what it is like inside? This month, for one weekend only, the doors to 46 of the city’s buildings will be thrown open to the public as part of a new festival of architecture, Open Christchurch.


Mayor of Christchurch


The festival on May 15 and 16 is being led by Te Pūtahi Centre for Architecture and City Making as part of a global initiative celebrating urban landscapes.

Building owners will literally be opening their doors so that you can experience great design from the inside.

We’re the only New Zealand city taking part and it’s going to be a fun weekend of discovery, with buildings of all different types, ages, architectural styles, size and construction open for you to have a look around.

Te Hononga Civic Offices is one of the buildings. Originally home to NZ Post, the building was redeveloped into the Civic Offices 11 years ago, earning its status as the first building in New Zealand to achieve a 6 Green Star triple honour.

I look forward to being part of this visit.

I hope to see lots of people out and about during Open Christchurch, discovering the city through architecture and satisfying long-held curiosities about what lies behind the doors of many of our exceptional buildings.

Details on the website.


The Influencers: John Bridgman

Two brilliant white wing-like structures will begin making their way out of the ground mid-year, outside what will be the main entrance to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.




Standing about eight metres tall, these will create a modern day ngutu or ceremonial entranceway.

This will be where event visitors for formal cultural ceremonies can be welcomed into the venue.

Called Te Aika, which means “the home people,” the artwork recognises the mana of local hapu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

I encourage you to visit the Ōtākaro Limited website and take a look at the design.

It has been inspired by the distinctive southern maihi, or diagonal bargeboards, on whare on the bank of the Cam River.

Other influences include the kōtuku, which is considered a good omen and the kahu huruhuru or cloak as a symbol of welcome, warmth, mana and protection.

Commissioned by Ōtākaro, Te Aika has been designed by artists Rachael Rakena and Simon Kaan and is being produced by SCAPE Public Art, in collaboration with Matapopore.

We are proud to be able to place what will become an iconic piece of Christchurch art outside an equally iconic building.


The Influencers: Leeann Watson

The recently announced trans-Tasman travel bubble has come as welcome relief. Prior to Covid-19, Australia was our largest international visitor market, accounting for almost half of all international visitor arrivals, and spending approximately $2.7 billion.




So as we head into the colder months, an influx of visitors from Australia will have a significant positive impact on many businesses, particularly in hospitality and tourism.

It will also be a boost for small businesses that rely on international tourism spend, and are shouldering additional costs of operating in a Covid-19 environment and with the recently increased minimum wage.

Our ski season is a drawcard, and with 53 percent of Australian holiday visitors flying direct to the South Island pre-Covid-19, this will help to spread some economic benefits to smaller tourism-reliant regions that are really hurting – as well as Ōtautahi Christchurch as the gateway to the south.

A safe travel zone will also remove a significant hurdle for businesses reliant on trans-Tasman travel, particularly under-pressure exporters and manufacturers.

We know how important this travel bubble is for the health and wellbeing of those unable to visit with friends and whānau across the Tasman for over a year.

With the vaccination roll-out gaining momentum, we are optimistic we are reaching a turning point in our response to one of the most significant economic disruptors of a generation.


A very hard shell

The fossilised remains of a turtle that lived between 25 and 35 million years ago have been found inside a pillar from an historic Christchurch church. Christchurch sculptor Paul Deans recently discovered the fossil embedded in the limestone core of a pillar from the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, which was built between 1881 and 1882.



When the church was demolished in 2011 after the Canterbury earthquakes, its iconic pillars were hollowed out so they could be reinforced and reinstated as part of the new building.

In 2020, Deans was gifted several sections of the pillars’ extracted cores to use in his work. However, he soon noticed the fossil embedded in one of them and brought it to the Canterbury Museum for identification.

Senior Curator Natural History Dr Paul Scofield identified the fossil as a currently unnamed ancient species of turtle – and noticed a connection to another specimen in the museum collection.

In 1880, a similar turtle fossil was donated to the museum by James Tait, a prominent Christchurch builder who worked on many of the city’s stone buildings.

Like the fossil discovered by Deans, it was embedded in Oamaru limestone that had been quarried for building masonry.

After comparing the fossils, Dr Scofield concluded it’s likely they were extracted from the same quarry, and may even be different parts of the same reptile. Both fossils include pieces of plastron (the bottom half of a turtle’s shell) and various other bones.



St Margaret’s College: Meet the Principal

As we head towards the winter sport season, we are proud 90 percent of St Margaret’s College students are active in sport. And that’s just one aspect of their school life, with opportunities for artists, coding experts, dancers, debaters, environmentalists, film makers, musicians, singers, the list goes on…


Diana Patchett Executive Principal

Of course, first and foremost, we are an educational institution and our academic results are nothing short of extraordinary in both NCEA and the International Baccalaureate.

St Margaret’s is consistently among the top academic schools in the country while giving our girls rich and rewarding opportunities to be involved in sports and the arts, service and outdoor pursuits.

No two children are the same, and that is a good thing. At St Margaret’s, we are a family, just like yours, and we celebrate diversity, we amplify it, for we know each girl comes to us with her own gifts and abilities and it is our privilege to uncover those, and more, as she moves through our school and out into the world.

As parents it is a big decision to choose the school that is right for your child, and it is a significant investment, but one your daughter will reap the rewards of for the rest of her life.

When the content is fading, it is the challenge, the compassion and the care that will remain. These will set her up for the future, whatever that might bring, and if one thing is certain, it will be adapting to change.

Knowing and playing to your strengths, being an open-minded and flexible thinker, having confidence in your own skills and abilities, practising interpersonal and collaborative skills to be able to work well with others, and perhaps most importantly, demonstrating the resilience to embrace failure as a necessary means to realising a solution to new challenges – these will continue to be invaluable life skills for all ages and allow them to flourish, even in the most uncertain of times.

It is the aspiration of St Margaret’s College to set our girls up for success, whatever success looks like for them.

So, the development of these powerful graduate attributes is intrinsic to the academic, social, physical and spiritual programmes we afford our girls – with this balanced foundation comes a bright future.