Mother’s Day must-haves: Piccadilly Bookshop

From cookbooks to memoirs, this round-up features a bit of everything. All of which can be found at Piccadilly Bookshop in Avonhead. When you can’t find the words to show you care – find a book.     The Missing Sister – Lucinda Riley From the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author comes the latest instalment […]

Menus for mum on her special day

Cooking up a storm has been part and parcel of Mother’s Day for decades, whether it is singed toast and orange juice lovingly prepared by tiny hands for breakfast, or more creative culinary efforts. Here are Metropol’s suggestions for delicious ways to treat the mother figure in your life this year, plus see our two […]

Editor’s Perspective: May 9 2019

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver     It was 14 years ago when I truly got to appreciate the sentiment behind Mother’s Day after a lifetime of celebrating them. Because, although I have always had a mother, it was not long before Mother’s Day in 2005 that […]

Mother’s Day Macarons Recipe

    INGREDIENTS 140g ground almonds 2 cups icing sugar 4 egg whites, at room temperature 4 tablespoons caster sugar Food colour of choice Ganache 150g white chocolate, broken in pieces 4 tablespoons cream 4 tablespoons icing sugar 1-2 tablespoons clever flavouring and colour combos   METHOD Line oven trays with baking paper marked with […]

A Run With Heart

Ashburton’s Lake Hood is the picturesque location for a run with heart – both figuratively and literally.       One of several events across New Zealand supporting the Heart Foundation, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Sunday 12 May 2019! Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer, claiming […]

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: on being a mum and Mother’s Day

“Children are not a distraction from the most important work, they are the most important work,” CS Lewis. There’s unpaid overtime – with back to back early and late shifts a given – unexpected expenses come with no reimbursement, public holidays aren’t recognised and, for that matter, neither are weekends. There’s no performance reviews, no […]

The General Store

A stylish range: The General Store is your central city shopping destination

Christchurch’s go-to place for the coolest, contemporary gifts has re-opened in a handy part of town. The General Store is downstairs from 33 Lichfield Street Carpark – opposite the Justice Precinct – with the first hour of parking free. With dual entrance, it’s part of the new development on the south side of Cashel Mall. […]


The gift of luxury pampering: five gifts from Champs-Elysées for the lady in your life

Win your precious mum a stunning Argyle Pink and White Diamond pendant from Partridge Jewellers, valued at $1,200! Show much you care by giving her the gift of luxurious relaxation and exquisite pampering. Whisk her away from the pressures of every-day life, and treat her to an experience dedicated to making her feel loved, treasured […]

French Blue

Mother’s day magic: French Blue is the perfect place to shop for gifts for Mother’s Day

The romance of winter has arrived at French Blue with stunning scarves, classic raincoats and gifts bearing quintessential European charm – it’s Mother’s Day shopping bliss. Owner Catherine Matthews has sourced gorgeous scarves by Pom. Made in Amsterdam in cotton as silky as English Lawn, they’re adorned with artwork from turtles and tigers to village […]

Caesars Restaurant and Bar

A special mothers’ menu: Caesars Restaurant and Bar for Mother’s day dining

We owe our existence to mothers. If it weren’t for them, we would not be here today. That is why Caesars Restaurant and Bar in Northwood Supa Centa puts all its effort into making mothers feel extra special on Mother’s Day, including a complimentary drink. If she isn’t a ‘Breakfast in bed’ type of woman, […]