Changing our course

Many will remember Sir John Kirwan from his legendary days as an All Black, yet others will be more in sync with his work in raising awareness of mental health issues. Metropol editor Lynda Papesch caught up with him during his current tour of the country to help improve children’s mental wellbeing. Proving that one […]

Warm winter wonders

The colder seasons make it easy to stay inside, however with the school holidays approaching it’s a perfect time to tap into your inner child and explore what Canterbury has to offer outside. Whether that involves venturing up to the snow, or staying in the city, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all […]

For the love of layers

Winter fashion is fun and functional, with dramatic oversized knits, chunky boots and of course the classic trench coat all trending this chilly season. Have some fun with your outfitting by layering neutrals with colour, and mixing different textures and materials. Starting with neutral colours is a great base, then you can layer and build […]

Slow cooked melt-in-your mouth

Braising, aka slow cooking, is great any time of the year for tougher cuts of meat, but really comes into its own during winter. Slow cookers are an excellent way to ensure dinner is ready when you walk in the door after work. Or create and pop your favourite slow dish dish in the oven […]

Playful polka dots

There’s a playfulness to polka dots that keeps them timeless and often makes them a favourite in the fashion world. And while whimsical, they can also add an air of sophistication to an interior space when used subtly. Here are a few tips for working polka dots into your home. Size and colour If you […]

Say it with stripes

Stripes are not everyone’s favourite interior decorating trend yet when used judiciously they can create impact, an illusion of space and add colour to any room in a home. For example vertical stripes make ceilings look higher, while horizontal ones make rooms appear wider. When decorating with stripes, it is all about the colour, not […]

Embracing Japandi style

Kiwis love trying new trends such as Japandi style, which blends the smooth, modern lines of Scandinavian design with the sleek, functional, elegance of the Japanese aesthetic. Minimalist yet welcoming, Japandi is all about using neutral tones, lots of textures and natural materials. Influenced by the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (a way of life […]

Leading to the world and beyond

Seven years of planning, construction and fine tuning went into Rolleston’s $22.7 million library, Te Ara Ātea, creating an exceptional visual and functional civic space. Opened in December last year, Te Ara Ātea includes nationally significant taonga, cutting edge technology, a sensory space and New Zealand’s largest video projection wall. The 2200 square metre library […]

Queenstown’s new rejuvenation mural

Leading New Zealand mural artist Tess Sheerin has produced a Covid-19 inspired mural in Queenstown, aimed at helping mental health. During and after the Covid-19 lockdowns, one positive effect on the Aotearoa community is that it has forced many people to consider what is most important in life, Sheerin says. This includes being able to […]

Winter quilts

Quilted puffer jackets are the new winter fashion trend, yet the gorgeous style will double as a staple for your wardrobe, and an investment piece even after the trend diminishes. A well-favoured technique amongst top designers recently, quilted shorts, skirts, and dresses have emerged from such collections of Celine and Dior, cementing the style in […]