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Mega motorcycles, mega service

For Dennis Charlett, motorcycles are a way of life, whether on a Saturday ride, or competing in the New Zealand Superbike Championship, of which he has multiple national titles under his belt.



Dennis knows the bike industry inside and out, which led to him purchasing Budget Motorcycles Spares Ltd, and transforming it into Mega Motorcycles Centre.

“I have been in the industry for a number of years, but I have always wanted to own my own motorcycle business,” he says.

“The opportunity came to buy Budget Motorcycle Spares, from there it evolved into Mega Motorcycle Centre.”

What started as a shop specialising in tyres, parts and riding accessories, is now a fully fledged motorcycle one stop shop.

“We still retain all the services of Budget Motorcycle Spares, like tyres, parts, helmets, riding gear and accessories. However, we are now a one stop shop with tuning, dyno testing, and other mechanical work.”

Dennis’ competitive nature on the track is also evident when it comes to giving his loyal customers the best experience and service possible, regardless of what they ride.

“My team and I always ensure our customers leave with what they want. It doesn’t matter what they are into, Harleys or Japanese Sports Bikes, we welcome any brand or style.”




Juggling priorities

The first foot juggler to come out of New Zealand, Emma Phillips is an expert in twirling, whirling, and tossing umbrellas, carpets and even tables using nothing but her toes, arches and heels. A pandemic-induced return to New Zealand saw her settle in Christchurch, where she recently starred in the Bread and Circus Backyard Buskers Festival. Metropol catches up with the
talented performer.


Tables are Emma Phillips’ speciality. She juggles them with her feet, deftly kicking and spinning the large dining necessity in the air, while also tossing and whirling umbrellas in her hands.

Emma is the first known circus performer to come out of New Zealand specialising in foot juggling, and has gone on to blaze a trail in the esoteric art.

She is one of the only known Western artists to perform Chinese-style foot juggling in the world, and the first to combine umbrella and table juggling simultaneously.

A career which began, despite her Whangarei upbringing, in Christchurch. The now 30-year-old was introduced to the world of foot juggling while studying a Diploma in Circus Arts at Christchurch Polytech in 2008.

Inspired to take her foot juggling training to the next level, she then applied and was accepted to the Beijing Acrobatic Arts School and Wuqiao Acrobatic School in China.

“My real training didn’t really begin until I got to China,” she says. “And then I realised how hard it was!”

She was taught the traditional art of foot juggling “by China’s finest”. And while it remains her speciality, she is also trained in and regularly performs contortion and aerial hoop, too.

Emma started performing while studying, but it was after graduation that her CV really picks up. She has performed throughout China, Australia, Europe, Russia and the UAE, and most recently accepted a contract for the German and Austrian tours of Roncalli Circus Theatre.

Unfortunately, the contract which she says was “the biggest of my career” was thwarted by Covid-19.

On the night of the press premiere, the show was postponed for five weeks.

“I definitely considered staying in Germany,” she says.

But the opportunity to see her family in Christchurch won out. And the five weeks turned into the remainder of 2020 and, now, into 2021.

“I’m so glad I came home, spending the year with my family and my sister’s kids has been an absolute highlight,” she says.

A highlight the recent crowds at Bread and Circus Backyard Busker’s Festival can attest to, when Emma took her glamorous, vaudeville-styled performance to the streets.

“The New Regent Street Spectacular was amazing,” she says.

“It was such immersive street theatre with the opera singers and the musicians, and I was juggling a table in the middle of everyone!”

She also loved performing with the Topp Twins at the Isaac Theatre Royal gala, “which has always been one of my dream theatres to work in.”

Emma says her favourite part of the whole festival “was the community side of it” as she felt incredibly fortunate to be in one of the only performing festivals in the world.

For all the impacts of Covid-19, the fallout for the performing arts sector has been particularly harsh. So for 2021, Emma says she is trying to spin the lack of strict performance
schedule to further refine her craft.

“One thing I would like to do is have a little bit more fun with performance to just play and explore that creativity.”



Music to our ears

Loved local music, food and drink have become a tried-and-true formula for success in Hanmer, and The Bandquet on 27 March shows no sign of diverting from that equation.



The line-up is a degustation of Kiwi favourites; The Feelers, Jason Kerrison, Kaylee Bell, Sweet Mix Kids, City Limits and the Incrowd.

With a promise of six-plus hours of New Zealand music – from Motown funk to country tunes – you are in for a treat!

There will be over 45 delicious food stalls, serving seemingly endless bite-sized options for you to have in hand whilst swaying to some summer tunes.

The festival also features Hanna Spanna’s Silent DJ Cube and a Kidtopian World… just make sure not to get the two mixed up when sending the kids to play.

General admission and VIP experience are available through the Eventbrite website. Children under 18 can receive a free entry ticket to the festival but this does not include access to the Kidtopian World.

For more information check out the event page on Facebook, or find all details at the website below.


The Influencers: Peter Townsend

Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council
Independent Chair

Like many of you, I am sure, I have spent time over the Christmas break reflecting on the tumultuous events of 2020 and constantly reminding myself just how fortunate we are in New Zealand to be able to live relatively normal lives compared to so many others around the world.

It is very clear we are not out of the woods yet.

Many in the health sector still consider further community outbreaks of Covid-19 as inevitable (not if, but when) and that underpins the need for all of us to remain disciplined and vigilant.

There is a sense that we are over the worst and that we can ease off a little.

However, that would be a big mistake, and one we cannot afford to make.

The health sector has performed remarkably well throughout the crisis and will be at the forefront of our minds as we roll out vaccinations in the coming year.

None of us should forget that health activities contribute to approximately 10 percent of New Zealand GDP and the one in 10 people employed in New Zealand are working in health-related areas. It is very clear that all activities related to heath are vital to each of us.

We need to fully appreciate that here in Canterbury where so much good is being done in the sector, there is much opportunity to do better.


Keeping Well

Starring on hit shows like Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune, Kiwi actor Claire Chitham is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable entertainers. But behind the scenes, she was battling chronic intestinal disease, Crohn’s, and the pressure to live up to unrealistic beauty standards. After years dedicated to caring for her holistic health, she has teamed with up with health journalist Kylie Bailey to write Good for You, a book about gut and cellular health. She shares their tips for a healthy life with Metropol.



Start taking notice of how you feel every day. Write it down, keep a note on it. Do you get tired every afternoon? Do you sleep well or are you restless? Do you run out of energy every day? Are you often irritable? Are you often sad?
These things are all deeply affected by your health and they can be altered, improved and changed by making small adjustments in your life. I’ve changed so many old, unhealthy habits over the years, but done them all slowly, over time.
You have to make your own health a priority. You’d be amazed at how many people don’t. I want people to start taking action towards great health. To start feeling excited about taking their health into their own hands. It can be so rewarding, and it’s you who reaps the benefits.

I don’t mean a partner, I mean a trained therapist. Of any variety. A massage therapist, a naturopath, a counsellor, an acupuncturist, a trainer at the gym, a pilates teacher! Find a practitioner of health that you trust to help with your body or mind in some way. And try and go as regularly as you can.
When my life gets busy, I might go six months without seeing anyone and I’ve noticed that this is usually when my health starts to play up, or my moods are getting harder to shift. These people are external sources of help, health and healing that I believe are vital and invaluable.

I’m not here to tell you which exercise is best for you, or which diet you should follow. I believe in learning about your own body closely enough that only you will know what’s best for you. But movement is vital. Find a way of moving that you love and you’ll do it more often. It won’t seem like a chore and there is joy attached to increasing your vitality.

I don’t follow one particular dietary prescription…but I have learned to eat correctly for my body type.
We each metabolise food and energy at different rates, in different ways, no body is the same. There are loads of online tests you can take, I like’s quick questionnaire to determine whether you are a Protein Type, a Mixed Type or a Carbohydrate Type.
This isn’t a judgemental thing in any way, this is about how your body processes its fuel best. When you know what type you are, you can make food choices more aligned with your body.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel

This month sees the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that changed our lives and our city forever.

We will always honour the memory of the lives who were lost, and we will always ensure the lessons we have learned remain embedded within our city’s way of doing things for the future.

Our experience in the past decade has left us much better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead, and we can face the future with optimism and confidence.

At the same time, we are grateful for the opportunity reimagining our city has allowed. We know there is more to be done, but we have turned the corner.

We know a vibrant city centre is vital to the whole city’s wellbeing.

Te Papa Ōtākaro /Avon River Precinct is almost complete and has already turned our central city to face the river. It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves and the natural environment that makes us so special.

I’ve been talking to many people who have visited our city for the first time in a long time. And they tell me they can see we are truly the city of the future.

For many New Zealanders returning home from overseas or shifting out of the Auckland housing market where the average house price has hit $1m, this is making us their city of choice right now.

We will build on that as more people see the opportunities that are our city’s legacy of what happened a decade ago.


Lorde on ice

Kiwi pop sensation Ella Yellich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, says her visit to Antarctica was “the coolest thing she has ever done”. And now Antarctica New Zealand has shared behind-the-scenes images of the singer’s experience on the frozen continent.



“I remember stepping off the plane and it was just the most incredible weather – blue sky and this dazzling sun,” she says in an interview with Antarctica New Zealand following the trip.
“I felt like we were in space. It’s such an alien environment.”

The 24-year-old multi–Grammy Award winner spent a week in the icy environs in 2019, and has produced a now sold-out book, Going South, and a feature for Metro and Rolling Stone about the experience, which raises awareness for the environmental impacts of global warming on the crucial ecosystem.

She spent her time at Scott Base; visiting scientists in the field and, learning more about Antarctica’s role in the global earth system.

“Going to Antarctica and seeing this really raw and powerful place and source of potential environment change was really helpful to me to see,” she says.

“If this continent melted in its entirety we’d see a 60-metre sea-level rise – that is really shocking and is something we need to pay attention to.

“You’re able to see the potential for great change – positive or negative – based on how we respond. It’s hard to see a tangible consequence to how we consume and what we put out into the world.”

The proceeds from the sale of Going South will fund Antarctic science scholarships, and the experience will remain the star’s biggest rock’n’roll moment.

She remembers one particular moment where she tracked whales with scientists in a helicopter.

“I had this moment – it was 10 O’clock at night and I was resting against the helicopter and looking out at the shelf.

“I had this very distinct moment of thinking this is as cool as your life will ever get. This is it. This is the rock and roll moment that you thought would be in New York or LA – this is that moment.“


Managing bowel cancer risk: The Hernia Clinic

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world affecting one in eighteen Kiwis every year. Gastrointestinal surgeon, Mr Ross Roberts of The Endoscopy Clinic in Christchurch says the risk can be reduced. Metropol spoke to Ross Roberts to find out more about reducing the risk of succumbing to the condition.



“The good news is that there is a high chance of cure from bowel cancer if it is detected early. People can be proactive about reducing risk. Prevention is much better than cure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key. There is a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ around lifestyle choices – things you should do more of and things you should do less of.”

“This is all to do with risk reduction, not risk elimination. So maintaining a high level of physical exercise is important, up to 30 minutes a day. Eat plenty of fibre rich food and wholegrains. Aim to eat at least five portions a day of fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of water.”

“Avoid excess weight, preferably by increasing physical activity. Eat less food containing sugars and products with white flour or high in animal fats. In particular eat less of preserved meats such as ham and salami. Drink fewer than three glasses of wine or beer a day. Do not smoke.”

“Be aware of family history. Having close relatives who have developed bowel cancer increases the risk. Also be aware of the common signs and symptoms of bowel cancer – changes in the normal pattern of going to the toilet that continue for several weeks (such as diarrhoea, constipation, or a feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely), blood in your bowel motion, tiredness and weight loss.”

“Yes, the best prevention is screening to detect any pre-cancerous changes in the bowel. The most effective form of screening is a colonoscopy. Government funded screening was introduced to Christchurch late in 2020. Learn to consider bowel screening in the same way as we are accustomed to regard mammograms.”

If you think you or a member of your family may have the symptoms of bowel cancer or if your GP says you need screening, a referral to The Endoscopy Clinic can give you peace of mind. Phone (03) 961 6666 or fill out a referral form online.


All about you: Elyse Campbell

Elyse Campbell is not your typical Real Estate Agent! Elyse understands that in essence – it’s all about, you.



“I’m here to provide you a service and get you top dollar. End of story. The fact that we have fun along the way – that I know my selling process inside out, which then takes the stress out of it for you – creates a dynamic where everyone wins,” she says.

Elyse loves people: “I just think, when good people get together around the kitchen table – amazing things happen.”

Sharing her skills and facilitating the process enables people to fulfil their next project while creating the dream opportunity for someone else!

“It’s very satisfying helping people with a very meaningful transaction.”

She is an avid yogi, loves hand stitching and knitting, is a lover of fashion and design, a self-confessed excellent scone maker.

And will even attempt the cha-cha. Having been brought up in Queenstown and lived all around New Zealand, packing and shifting is second nature.

When you need to discuss your property sale or purchase with someone who will work hard for you, give Elyse a call for a personal and confidential conversation – it will be one of your smartest moves in 2021.

Email her at or check out the One Agency website.


Instrumental to the community: Rockshop

Rock may be in the name of this recognisable, 100 percent Kiwi owned company, but the Rockshop is far more than one genre of music. And alongside classical maestros, KBB Music, selling and renting musical instruments might be a main act – but the brand is committed to helping the musical community, too.



Director of Webb Group of Companies, trading as KBB Music and Rockshop, Brett Wells, says the Rockshop brand has been servicing New Zealand’s musical community since 1986, with the founding “band members” still deeply involved with day to day running of the business.

KBB Music has been around since 1888, so is very well placed – and regarded – as classical and orchestral music experts in New Zealand.

“Music drives what we do,” says Brett. “Everybody in the company plays a musical instrument, performs, writes, records, tours or engineers (many do all of this) whether they’re running the company, servicing the product, online or working in the stores. We’re all active musicians in our own right.”

While music lovers are served by likeminded and skilled musicians, the company is much more than just its retail offerings, says Brett.

“The company pours significant resources every year into events, performances, artists, organisations, clinics and teaching. Supporting New Zealand musicians at a fundamental level is crucial to nurture the talent to maintain our world class creative industry.”

The Rockshop has been long-time supporters of Smokefree Rockquest (from day one to be exact), Rockshop Band Quest, Show Quest and Smokefree Tangata Beats as well as other artists, organisations, events, tutoring and teaching studios.

KBB Music offers up the KBB Music Festival, Southern Jam, Christchurch Schools Music Festival and local support for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.