Must do in Hanmer

Hanmer Springs is one of Canterbury’s most loved not-so-hidden gems. A short drive from Christchurch, North Canterbury and the upper South Island, the small-town punches above its weight in both beauty and activities. Whether you’re a seasoned local, regular visitor or first-time tripper – Metropol recommends some things you simply must do in this quaint […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   We had our second warmest April […]

The Influencers: Leeann Watson

A new style of leadership. The speed and scope of the pandemic crisis has presented an extraordinary challenge – and opportunity – for today’s business leaders.     Almost overnight businesses had to quickly adapt to a very challenging operating landscape that, even now more than a year on, continues to evolve. At the heart […]

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. .   “Now that almost half of our built heritage has been demolished, appreciation of what remains […]

Hands-on joinery: Proceed Building

A beautiful finish on their home is a vision for every prospective new house owner or renovator, and when it comes to the joinery, the stunning finish must combine with ease and enjoyment of use.     Joinery excellence is the hallmark of Proceed Building, where director and qualified joiner Ian Mayer presides over installation, […]

Updating conventions

Whether it be a banquet with 1000 of your closest friends or a conference with colleagues from all over the world, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will frequently be the venue for once in a lifetime events. For this reason, the facility’s interior finishes are beyond compare, both in scale and style.     Anyone […]

Let us help you: WD Build x Hardy Projects

More than a decade down the track, many Cantabrians still have outstanding EQC work waiting to be done. That is where we come in.     Our expert team can help with every facet of your EQC application and see the journey through to the finish line. Maybe you have already lodged a claim, been […]

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 […]