Justine Smith

Comedienne Justine Smith has fond memories of growing up in Christchurch as she explains to Metropol editor Lynda Papesch, ahead of a return to the city as part of the 7 Days Live tour. Recognisable for her appearances and humour on shows such as the Comedy Gala, AotearoHA, TV3’s After Hours, and Funny Girls, plus […]

Get the look

Take inspiration from Ballantynes and the beauty of the Garden City.         PHOTOGRAPHY: Honey Lens STYLED BY: Ballantynes HAIR: Mod’s Hair Merivale MUA: Ballantynes MODELS: Portfolio Model Agency; Siani, Melanie & Tiaan

Family fun in Otautahi Christchurch

Explore the great outdoors with giant swings, playgrounds, shipwrecks, and wildlife. Here are the top seven family activities for spring in Christchurch. 1. Breakfast at Margaret Mahy Playground Pack a picnic breakfast the night before and surprise the kids with breakfast at the Margaret Mahy Playground. Make use of the free electric BBQs and picnic […]

A grand revitalisation of Cathedral Square

Prior to the 2010 earthquakes, Cathedral Square was the undisputed heart of Christchurch. Now an ambitious crowd-funded project is set to restart that heart, and again make the Square a place for the people. Christchurch businessman and project founder Darin Rainbird explains … Last month I launched a PledgeMe campaign to support my plan to […]

The wines of Waipara

North Canterbury is abundant with award-winning wineries, and beautiful cellar doors and vineyards. The area is a haven for winemaking, with the perfect climate for grape growing; long sunshine hours, hot dry summers, and long autumns. The sheltered Waipara area is close to the sea, and the warm days and cool nights provide a prolonged […]

A city in full BLOOM

Spring is when Ōtautahi Christchurch truly shines. As the warmer weather and longer evenings set in, the streets are filled with vibrant colour, blossoms and the unmistakeable carefree vibe of spring.     The amazing array of things to see and do here are what makes up BLOOM – Christchurch’s spring festival that keeps the […]

Get the glam

The art of make-up is one to admire, and often a special occasion calls for an expert to work their magic. However learning a few tricks of the trade can make achieving beautiful, polished make-up at home a whole lot easier. Luminous, glowy skin Choose a foundation that matches your neck colour, blends in nicely […]

Ready, set, picnic

Summer calls for the beach, parks and picnics, and we have you covered to create the ultimate set up for your family outing. Set the scene with every part of your set up, from a trendy and transportable picnic blanket to create a canvas for your spread, to a classic woven picnic basket that carries […]

Clearing the air

In these mask-wearing times, the quality of the air we breathe seems all the more important. Metropol’s gadget guru Ian Knott takes a look at how Dyson plans to ‘clear the air’ in your home. Having spent a few weeks with the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde, my natural cynicism has turned to sheer wonder with […]

Make your home feel bigger

Following a few simple interior design rules can help you make your home feel larger, more spacious as well as look good. Here are some tips from Metropol. Use round pieces Using rounded edges makes your room seem less grid-like, and fools the eye into the illusion of a bigger, more dynamic space. Use metallics […]