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Choosing a wedding gift can be a daunting task; you want to purchase something special which will be well used and loved by the loved-up couple, but there is so much to choose from! So, here are Metropol’s tips for picking a winning wedding gift.

 

TASTE OF LUXURY
As the happy couple have likely splashed out for their big day, they may not have the budget to buy anything luxurious for a while. So, why not set them up for their new life together with something useful which will last a lifetime. Some favourites include; luxe throw rugs and bed linen, fine glassware and cookware; and beautiful ornate picture frames.

 

Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Glasses

VOUCH FOR IT
Of course, many modern couples already have their homes and have filled them with items they love. So, why not consider gifting an experience? Travel may be off the cards for now, but it will be back eventually. And in the meantime, NZ is full of bucket list worthy destinations and activities to tick off which can all be purchased with a voucher.

So Cosy Cusco Hand Woven So Cosy Blanket

 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Many couples choose a wedding registry for guests which contain the items they most covet. Choosing these items is a sure way to gift something the couple wants and loves, while still picking something personal, too. If your couple doesn’t have a registry, browse the “most popular” lists on sites like Mildred & Co. and tyingtheknot.co.nz for gift ideas.

 

Lene Bjerre Austin Silver Photo Frame from Sweetpea & Willow

 

Best dressed guest


With few recent occasions to dress up for, weddings are the perfect events to whip out your glad rags. Here is Metropol’s style inspiration for the upcoming season.

 

Cut out and puff sleeves are on trend. Aje Mimosa Midi Cutout Dress

 

Sunnies are essential. Gucci

 

Respectably stylish in beige. Saba Juan Check Jacket

 

Loafers fit any dress code. Common People

 

Wedding blues. Saba

 

Tie your look together. Barker’s Linen Tie

 

Gold details delight. Karen Walker 9ct Arrow Fob Chain

 

Strappy and monochrome, tick! Wynn Hamlyn Layered Slip Dress

 

Block heels for comfort, snake print for style. Miss Wilson Ginger Heel in Rose Python

 

Florals and weddings are a perfect pair. The Vampire’s Wife The Falconetti Dress

 

Feminine and floaty forever. Trelise Cooper Fame and Frills Dress

 

Long and silky is made for formality. Camilla & Marc Abbie Gown

 


 

The Influencers: Joanna Norris


ChristchurchNZ Chief Executive

As this issue goes to print, we are due to release the latest Quarterly Economic Report, a key metric used to track our economy and focus our own programme of work.

We aim to build and maintain a future-focused economy that raises the standard of living for residents.

A key way we drive economic growth is attracting business events to the city. We recently launched a new brand to do this – Business Events Christchurch – a partnership between Tourism New Zealand, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre and ChristchurchNZ’s Convention Bureau.

Our city is primed to host large-scale business events with world-class venues, a humming business community, and a deep pool of expertise in our universities and public sector.

Another driver of economic growth are the city’s existing strengths helping to future-proof our economy.

We have worked with local industry and education experts to create our Supernodes initiative – areas of sustainable growth and high-value employment.

We’re working to attract talent in these areas, build career pathways and foster collaboration, and we’re looking forward to sharing more on this soon.

And there is little doubt IKEA’s recent announcement about opening a store in Ōtautahi Christchurch spurred excitement among our residents, and should create numerous jobs in the city.

We continue to drive economic growth during these exciting times for the city. We are well and truly regaining our status as a major New Zealand urban centre.


 

The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel


  Christchurch Mayor

I remember the Commonwealth Games in 1974. I was a young teenager and the city was abuzz with excitement. I can still remember the song:

We’ve got to join together,
let our laughter fill the air
It’s time for every race and creed
to throw away their every care
Let sport unite us all as one
in the spirit of the lord above
And let us all remember
The games are for the fostering of
peace and love

Never would I have imagined 45 years later that the spirit of these words would be invoked in response to an atrocity such as we experienced on 15 March last year.

Although we will never forget the 51 people whose lives were taken, our memory of that time will always include the way we ‘joined together’.

We stood side-by-side regardless of ‘race or creed’. We were ‘united as one’, and the ‘fostering of peace and love’ was made real.

This act, which was inspired by hatred and was designed to divide us and tear us apart, instead united us with all our communities and embraced us in compassion and love.

The words of our Prime Minister and that of our local Muslim community leaders, who spoke of peace, love, compassion, unity and forgiveness, helped us through this time.

In a time of crisis, this is what the world needs to see and hear, and that’s what makes Christchurch such a special place.


 

The Influencers: Marian Johnson


Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

International Women’s Day just passed and I’m thinking about why it’s hard to get a long list together of female startup founders in Christchurch.

The scarcity of female founders is a global issue and to appreciate the size of the problem here’s a few stats to consider: 83 percent of all venture capital investment goes to all-male founder teams, 12 percent goes to mixed gender teams and only a tiny four percent goes to all-female teams.

We also know that investor teams are mostly male. In the UK, 48 percent of VC teams are all-male with only 13 percent having a female senior executive.

The majority of startups attracting capital are technology-based and fewer than 26 percent of tech employees are women.

Attitudes to risk differ amongst the sexes, with men showing as more pro-risk than women.

High growth startups are inherently risky so maybe an aversion to risk is also one of the factors for why female founders are rarer than male.

But companies with female leaders are 12 percent more profitable than their counterparts.

We also know that, according to Pew Research, women are 34 percent better at working out compromises and 34 percent more likely to be honest and ethical.

Whether the problem is unconscious bias, lack of representation in ‘startup’ sectors, or gender profiles, we must get behind our female founders and give them the connections and opportunity they need to level up and, in doing so, benefit us all.