Starting a brave new quest

  Three key Christchurch property developers have joined forces to plan a $90 million precinct for the former convention centre land, between Kilmore and Peterborough streets.     The consortium, comprising the Peebles Group, Mike Greer Homes and Blackcomb Property Group, plans several buildings covering 7000sqm of land opposite the Christchurch Town Hall. These will […]

Time to regenerate

The Avon River (Ōtākaro) is a Christchurch local that can be described as the heart of the city. Flowing through the centre of the city, it’s a popular recreational waterway for locals and tourists alike. Now it’s set to get better than ever before, with three footbridges, a riverside landing and a restored band rotunda […]

The Influencers: John Bridgman

It’s not just the number of seats in the auditorium that the organisers of international conventions look at when selecting their next venue in a globally competitive sector. Transport, hospitality and quality of accommodation are also crucial in the decision-making process. So, it’s great for Christchurch that Ōtākaro recently secured a development agreement with the […]

What’s in that building?

What’s in that building?

The CBD is buzzing. Even two years ago that could not be said with confidence and the fear was it may never be said again. But those fears are officially unfounded.     Sure, there are some large holes to still be filled, and a few spaces and broken facades to be decided on and […]

Priority Projects

Taking Priority: Priority Projects

Since 2009, one name has gained a firm foothold in the fiercely competitive world of local design-build, fit-out and construction.     Priority Projects, founded by Director Steve Brownie, offers comprehensive solutions for commercial fit-outs, design-build, earthquake repairs, rebuilds and new construction projects from the ground up. With the combination of being Canterbury owned and operated, […]

Talk of the Town

Talk of the town: Entertainment Central

There is no question the Canterbury quakes were a game-changer. They took from Christchurch an iconic identity, one it had been building and nurturing since the Canterbury Association settled the surrounding province of Canterbury and gave the city its name in 1848.     With the brunt of Mother’s Nature’s force concentrated in our central […]


CBD a Culinary Hotspot: The CBD is emerging as a space that packs a culinary punch

Amid the concrete and glass of Christchurch’s sparkling new city, the CBD is emerging as a space that packs a culinary punch. Because, although deciding where to have dinner can be a tough decision, the central city has become a hotspot for the hungry with all types of foods and cuisines including Thai, Mexican, Indian, […]

Maureen Taane

A Triumphant Return: Q&A with Maureen Taane

Maureen Taane is the head of a creative empire – more than 200 artists, craftspeople and businesses behind design store, HAPA. On the executive board of the Central City Business Association, she is a fierce advocate of the space that makes up our CBD. Metropol talks to Maureen about HAPA’s triumphant return to its central […]

Total Food Equipment

The craft of cookware: local culinary experts Total Food Equipment share their passions

The season for hygge is well and truly here and, if you’re a foodie, or just someone who likes to get cosy with the family and a bowl of homemade soup, then a visit Total Food Equipment is a must-do before you hunker down. The store is a gorgeous trove of all things cooking and […]


Homewares homecoming: Ballantynes welcomes back their beautiful homewares departments

Ballantynes has long been the haven for everything beautiful, across fashion, lifestyles and homewares. But as the main store began its rebuild along Lichfield Street post-quake, its homewares departments were temporarily relocated into new premises. A temporary building opposite the South City Mall at 520 Colombo Street was set up to house most of these […]