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‘Tree-mendous’ team: Kiwiflora Nurseries

Although their customer base is Canterbury, Kiwiflora Nurseries enjoys such a good reputation for growing superior quality trees and shrubs, that the business is projected to expand to Central Otago, Nelson/Marlborough, Southland, West Coast and the North Island.



Nestled just off the new Southern Motorway, with easy access from State Highway 1 and both Springs and Shands Roads, the nursery comprises 7.5 hectares of land, on which deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs are grown for both the wholesale and retail market. Their stock ranges from small to mid-grade trees and shrubs, up to three-metre tall specimen trees in 45 litre containers, and they freight nationwide.

Owner and Manager Nalin Gooneratne says their picturesque surroundings are a wonderful surprise to visitors. “People tell us we’re a hidden gem, but once the new motorway is complete, city clientele can drive here in no time at all.”

Nalin comes with 25 years of experience in commercial horticulture in Canterbury, advising rural customers on native and exotic plant establishment, shelterbelts and more. “Educating clients on planting trees that perform all year around is very much a patience game!”

Geoff McMillan, Nursery Manager, and Anne Lindsay, Sales Coordinator, complete Kiwiflora’s team; both have a rich and vast horticultural knowledge to help advise on all landscaping projects, irrespective of size.

Open 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-midday Saturday, treat yourself to a perfect day out visiting this ‘tree-mendous’ hidden gem!

Find Kiwiflora Nurseries at 851 Waterholes Road, Templeton. Phone 03 349 4582 or find them on Facebook.




Dark Character: Resene

Dark exteriors have always held appeal, and while there will always be a place for black and charcoal, the trend has moved away from pure colours such as these to more character dark colours. Think sooty, faded black, brackish green, bruised purple-grey, bitter brown and briny blue.




Black-painted weatherboards or other styles of cladding give a house a smart urban look, or when teamed with white trims and a classic gable profile, they take on a rustic country barn appeal. These are stormy, twisted colours that, on the one hand, can be brooding and torrid, but on the other, can be comforting and enclosing.

The cladding on this house is in Resene Safehaven; a blue that has interesting stormy depths but also allows itself to be paired with a variety of accent colours. Dark colours such as this are a robust backdrop to allow bolder and brighter accent colours to shine. Consider creating a crisp scheme using just a dark colour and white – dramatic!




These kinds of colours need stronger shades to match their power but if you want soft and dusky, just go all out. Accessories and furnishings can also be switched out for seasonal effect – these vibrant coloured pots bring a Moroccan or Pacifica vibe to the courtyard, painted in Resene Daredevil (deep orange), Resene Party Zone (bright orange), Resene Pink Ribbon, Resene Lazy River (blue) and Resene Poppy (red). A series of hook racks, painted in Resene Lazy River, offer handy storage.

The bench seat is finished in Resene Furniture and Decking Oil, which is specially formulated for exterior use so that timber stays looking good. The concrete has been finished in Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path tinted to Resene Traffic – this gives a gritty texture for non-slip safety.

Remember, if you are choosing a dark exterior colour, ask for Resene CoolColour paint and stain which are specially formulated to reflect more of the sun’s harmful UV light and helps protect your paint, stain and cladding.


Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop,



Paving the way: Affordable Concrete and Paving

Being a family business with deep roots in Canterbury, Affordable Concrete and Paving has a unique understanding of just how hectic undertaking your own concrete related project can be. That’s why, for the last three decades, the company has a gained a sterling reputation for taking the stress out of your project, by giving you the best quality concrete workmanship at competitive prices.




With many concrete projects under their belt, Affordable Concrete knows the build and paving process better than anyone. With plenty of repeat business to draw from, the experienced team offers a no-obligation pricing service and can quote onsite or from plans.

From a residential driveway, right up to civil or commercial ventures including carparks, footpaths and kerbing, Affordable Concrete can do it all.

New builds are also an Affordable Concrete specialty. Whether you are someone building a new home or renovating an existing one, Affordable Concrete will take you through every step of the process from start to finish.

To know more about how Affordable Concrete can give your new build the best quality concrete to suit your budget, head to for more information or call 03 354 2140.




Luxurious Landscaping: Wood Ltd

When it comes to plants, landscaping, or even creating your own living roof, Wood Ltd is no stranger to creating unique, functional and beautiful spaces in any site. Specialising in combining meaningful, site-based design with thorough landscape construction, Wood Ltd is able to go above and beyond what is deemed to be the norm, giving your project a quality and finish which is totally unique.




Wood Ltd is owned and operated by Landscape Architect Steffan Kraberger. Steffan and his team’s experience and creativity leads to a unique approach to landscape design-and-build where no job is too ambitious or project too tough. With a vast portfolio of completed projects and plenty of repeat business, Steffan and his team often have their hands full with clients wanting that special something.

Whether it’s creating lush courtyards throughout the upcoming health and wellness development ‘The Welder’, creating living roof systems on The Crossing’s new rooftop Early Childhood centre, planting the 112 Cashel Mall living wall, or cutting walking tracks to the PurePods now scattered throughout Canterbury, Wood Ltd is going from strength to strength, and only just getting started.

If you want to know more about how Wood Ltd can bring your wooden project to life, stop by their office at 474 St Asaph Street, Phillipstown, or contact Steffan directly at




Country’s hottest garden inspo

A former Timaru local, Dan Mackay, is featuring in the Auckland Garden DesignFest for the first time this November, however you may recognise him from TVNZ’s HOMEmade. A true creative, Dan is exploding with innovative ideas and the skills to see them through to completion.




What attracted you to garden design?
While I am a firm believer that the garden is the most important space in the home, my initial attraction with gardens was when I was in Europe in my heyday, travelling and landscaping. Digging holes was hard work and I decided that I would rather be pointing them out instead. Once I started designing, I realised how much I loved being able to push my creative limits and form wild yet functional spaces.

What do you think makes a good garden or outdoor space?
There are three key things that I think make an inspiring outdoor space; firstly, you need a place to relax that will allow you to enjoy your garden. Secondly, a place to play is always at the top of mind in any space I am creating, especially for families. At my own garden and with five kids running around, I tried to create an element of fun in every corner, from a skateboard ramp to swings that can be used for both adults and children. Finally, including a main garden feature or having something that stands out and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye is important.



What are some of the key trends you’re seeing coming through in our outdoor spaces?
Ten years ago, almost everyone wanted low maintenance gardens. With the rise of healthy living and organic lifestyles, this has now spread into the garden which has caused a resurgence in favour of gardening. People want to have the space to dig, grow veggies and herbs, and harvest fruit. The art of gardening has definitely become cool again!

What are you looking forward to in this year’s Auckland Garden DesignFest?
It is exciting to be involved with the Auckland Garden DesignFest for the first time. I am thrilled to be part of an event that so many other talented New Zealand landscape designers are involved with. I can’t wait to see their featured gardens and get some inspiration for myself!

I am also looking forward to seeing visitors who come along to my DesignFest featured garden. I love being able to yarn with likeminded garden design enthusiasts who are keen to take home ideas for enhancing their own gardens and outdoors spaces – I will probably talk their ears off!



We have three double passes to the Auckland Garden DesignFest valued at $130 each to giveaway. To enter, jump on the Metropol Facebook page, find the post and tell us who you would love to go garden hunting with.

This unique weekend festival on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November will celebrate New Zealand garden design excellence, while raising funds for children’s charities; Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand, Garden to Table and Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable Trust. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to tour through up to 16 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed, private gardens and meet some of New Zealand’s leading garden design talent.

For more information visit




Expand your indoor living!: Louvre Solutions

Spring is in the air! The days are finally getting longer, the air is fresh and clean, and new beginnings abound.



Hello spring! We welcome your arrival and look forward to comfortably basking in the great outdoors once again. Spring just can’t help but bring fresh starts, clean closets and a renewed excitement about life and what it has in store. The timing couldn’t be better to expand your indoor living into the great outdoors. Louvre Solutions can create a custom space that suits your individual needs with a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down side screens, LED lighting and heat lamps.

Entertaining at home has never been easier and Canterbury-based Louvre Solutions, owned and operated by Craig Rogers, knows how to create the perfect outdoor space. Whether entertaining, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, Louvre Solutions can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition. The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection.

Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space. The patio louvre system is strong and conforms to all wind and snow load requirements. The louvres integrate flawlessly into any architectural style. Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain.


“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive and reserved for the elite. Even with ongoing improvements and advancements in technology to our products, we are able to offer Louvre Solutions at an affordable price to a wider market. We are now able to be accessible to markets from entry-level properties to very high-end spec homes,” Craig explains.

The benefits of a louvre roof are many, ranging from aesthetics to practicality. They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design/build process or retrofitted once the need is identified post- construction.
With more than 14 years in the industry, Louvre Solutions’ reputation has been built on a solid foundation. Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory. A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks, making today the perfect time to order yours to ensure spring outdoor enjoyment and intelligent preparation for summer.

Visit for more information or contact Craig on 0275 356 286.




Decking that adds value: Deckadence

There are people who build decks and then there is Deckadence. Prior to the earthquakes, Deckadence was at the forefront of providing you with incredible quality decks built to suit your surroundings. Hillside properties were a specialty.



Now, under CanForm Structures, an award-winning commercial contractor, Deckadence is back and ready to get stuck in.

A lot of people neglect decking when building or renovating their homes, but it’s amazing how much style and function is added to your outdoor living area by the introduction of a well thought out deck, not to mention the value it adds to your property.

Deckadence knows how to do this better than any other, which is why if you want a deck of your own, they should be your first port of call.

With a dedicated team of professionals and access to CanForm’s internal systems and top subcontractors, Deckadence have the capacity to take an idea and create something unique and cost-effective.

For hill-based properties, there is no equal. They have designed and built decks where people never thought possible. In fact during the earthquakes, those decks held up several properties.

In addition to single and multi-level decks, and the usual pergolas, staircases, railing and seating, Deckadence builds distinct outdoor living areas such as children’s play areas, pool and hot tub surrounds and BBQ areas. They also build turning bays, jetties and art studios.

Deckadence owner Simon Geary is involved in the design, and as construction manager makes sure the job is completed exactly as planned. As Simon says, “Want something special? We can do it for you”.




Don’t replace, restore!: Deck and Fence Pro

Is your deck, fence or garden table old and weathered? Don’t replace it, restore it! Bring back the natural and original beauty of your outdoor wooden features with Deck & Fence Pro, your go-to specialists for deck, fence and outdoor furniture restoration.



With a variety of options to fit your requirements and budget, Deck and Fence Pro can provide a quality, start-to-finish service for all your outdoor wooden structures including decks, fences, outdoor furniture and garage doors. They also offer deck and fence repairs and cleaning and repainting services for brick, plaster and stone fences.

Restoration begins with a deep clean and removal of all dirt, mildew, moss, mould, lichen and previous stains and finishes, using premium environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that contain no bleach, acids or phosphates, and won’t harm your plants or corrode any metals. These professional products can extract years of dirt, grime, mould and other contaminants from deep within the grain of the wood.

Using a range of quality, New-Zealand made oil stains and Enviro or Dulux Paints in a variety of colours that suit any wood type, Deck and Fence Pro’s trained and certified professionals will breathe life back into your home’s exterior features.
Spring is the time to start thinking about updating your deck, fences, trellises and garden furniture in time for the summer – the season of outdoor entertaining.

For a free quote or more information, contact Tim from Deck and Fence Pro on 027 349 0527 or email




Seriously special showhome: Versatile Christchurch

Versatile Christchurch is thrilled to introduce its latest showhome at Prestons Park. As one of New Zealand’s most trusted companies, Versatile has a strong history in Canterbury with more than 40 years locally in business, building a variety of homes and out-buildings.



Research undertaken by Versatile last year gave some compelling insights into what Kiwis really wanted in a new home, and their new architecturally design home plans reflect exactly that. It shows in the Prestons Park home; at 218 square metres, it delivers a lifestyle and feel of a home twice its size.

Broadly appealing, families or couples will be drawn to its standout stylish exterior. Inside you’ll find not just touches of luxury but a full-blown embrace. With three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and media room, kitchen with butler’s pantry and sink, plus double garaging, this house exceeds expectations for amenity.


Paula Price, Versatile’s National Housing Manager who oversees all of Versatile’s showhomes throughout New Zealand, says this one is a real knockout. “The feel and flow of this home is special. It’s compact to suit the section yet it feels beautifully spacious”.

The home layout and design are complemented by décor by local Interior Designer Paula Comber, resulting in every room being warm and enticing. Sophisticated rich tones of blackened blues and dark moody greens are offset with soft shades of bronze and blush. The stunning kitchen displays top of the line appliances by Fisher and Paykel in their new black colour finish, and the brushed gold tapware and door hardware are a gilded touch. Help from Paula Comber is part of every Versatile home package.



The rollcall of heavenly touches include a high stud, underfloor heating, gas fire, ducted heat pump, wine fridge, inbuilt sound system, extensive storage, automated curtains, and skylights with automated blinds for light control.
Visitors say the home feels like you could just walk in and live – and it’s not a pipe dream to afford this.

The showhome is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Call in and talk to Lee Brown or Gary Longhurst, the New Home Consultants, or contact them on 03 348 8704 to discuss this home or any of their house and land packages.



From the ground up: Designer Homes

Trends may come and trends may go, but when it comes to houses there’s nothing more arresting than the sight of a magnificent home.



Designer Homes (DH) is a Christchurch company dedicated to the construction of magnificent and captivating homes that showcase distinctive, superior quality interior and exterior design. Established in 2015 by Managing Director Rajesh Thakur, the DH team bring a wealth of experience and expertise to every building project.

Currently overseeing five residential projects in Christchurch and Auckland, Rajesh implements an eight-step strategy on every project undertaken, which, undoubtedly, is the key to his success.

They are as follows:

  1. Selecting the site
    DH focuses on selecting the right site in terms of plot shape, lighting, slope, access to amenities and a good sewer system.
  2. Design & budget
    DH designs the ideal home based on client requirements and their budget. An additional consultation is available for any plan changes, or if the client decides to increase their budget.
  3. Making the plans
    Plans are put into an actionable timeline. DH architects recreate the plan with dimensions approved by the client. Feasibility of selected plot and building guidelines is thoroughly assessed, ensuring no delay in plans and revisions suggested by the client.

  4. Selecting the finishes
    From doorknobs to flooring to carpentry, collaboration between the client and the DH team is integral to achieving the dream home. DH encourages clients to choose finishes they will love, both now and into the future.
  5. Getting approvals
    From land approvals, government clearances, land use restrictions, required documentation – even through to sourcing the best-fit financing, the DH team guides clients in an advisory role to help make the process as seamless as possible.
  6. Managing the build
    The DH project team monitors site progress and changes, while ensuring all required tasks are carried out properly. The project manager maintains project control throughout the entire process, redirecting tasks as and when needed. The construction process is time-lined with a tentative completion date for each milestone reached; from floor-slab framing, walls, roof structure and roofing to external finishes, windows and doors, rough-ins and internal finishes.

  7. Checking the quality
    DH builders and project managers conduct a thorough inspection of the structural design and concrete mix, and evaluate if wall thickness, fixtures and finishing are as per the discussed and completed plan.
  8. Handing over the keys
    The client receives the keys to their beautiful, bespoke home.

    The underpinning philosophy of Designer Homes is that the disciplines of architecture and interior design form a close link; the truth of this can be more fully appreciated once their full showhome opens in Rolleston in the near future. Keep an eye out – you will be entranced.

    Find the office at 234 Main South Road, Hornby, phone 03 222 2344, 03 222 2345 or 0508 DHOMES, or email