A glimpse into Hornby’s future

The concept designs for Hornby’s new $37.5 million community centre have been unveiled and show the multi-use facility will include a library, a number of pools and a spa.     The designs show a lane pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’ wet play area, spa pool and a customer service area, as well as […]

Multi-prep for Multi-Use Arena

Preparation for construction of Christchurch’s $473 million Multi-Use Arena continues, with contamination testing, utilities work, transport planning and formation of a project board underway.     Construction of the 25,000-capacity, roofed stadium is due to begin on the site bordered by Hereford, Tuam, Madras and Barbadoes Streets in February. Until then, Christchurch City Council is […]

NZ’s biggest deconstruction

Remaining in the 72,000sqm of what once was Lancaster Park lies the last of the rubble, and truck-loads of memories.     Christchurch City Council’s Project Director Lee Butcher says it was overwhelming to see the public queue at the gates for a glimpse of the icon being striped to its bones and brought to […]

Passion for the central city: Q&A with Darryll Park

One of the city’s most passionate campaigners, hospitality kingpin Darryll Park is putting his money where his mouth is, moving into the central city where he co-owns Fat Eddie’s, Original Sin and Kong.     Metropol caught up with Darryll about his vision for the central city and why he’s so passionate about Christchurch.   […]

Making a difference

A greener, greater Christchurch is what Mike Davidson stands for. At 43, the independent Papanui Ward Councillor appreciates Generation X in the political arena. “We understand the older generations, but also appreciate the needs and aspirations of younger people – such as mental health and action on climate change.     “People talk about the […]

Ivan Iafeta

Ivan Iafeta: The Influencers

Recently, the Christchurch City Council released details of its draft global settlement agreement with the Crown. Since then, there has been much interest in what the city might get out of the agreement, or be left with, as the Crown and Council advance their objective of increased local leadership and normalised arrangements. As foreshadowed in […]

Walking the talk

Walking the talk and making changes one step at a time is Sara Templeton’s lifestyle for herself and family, the city she loves – and the planet.     After her role as Hagley Ferrymead Community Board Chairwoman, Sara was voted in as Councillor for the Heathcote Ward in 2016. Her new position was very […]

Basilica: to restore or not to restore? Q&A with Jamie Gough

The future of the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes Street is in question, as the Catholic Diocese confirms it is considering building a new cathedral on an empty site.     As Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel steps out of discussions citing a conflict of interest, we caught up with Christchurch City Councillor […]


Electric car sharing scheme: Yoogo Share launches in Christchurch

Christchurch is now home to New Zealand’s first fully battery-powered electric car sharing scheme. Developed by Christchurch City Council and run by Yoogo Share, the scheme lets people hire electric vehicles at different points in the city. Yoogo Share General Manager Kirsten Corson says it is the biggest deployment of electric cars in New Zealand, […]