Creative feather art: Awatea Design

  From small beginnings, one family-oriented New Zealand business is slowly yet surely making its mark in the creative world.     Awatea Design is a small whānau-based business located in Paerata, South Auckland, yet its clever contemporary feather art is flying all round the world. Dedicated to the art and craft of contemporary feather […]

Modernised Mozart

You wouldn’t think Beyoncé and Mozart had much in common. But when it comes to the Aotearoa adaptation of the Marriage of Figaro, when asked the question ‘who run the world?’ Both answer – girls.     More than 235 years after its premiere in Vienna, the female-led creative team will put its spin on […]

Adventure, bikes & culture

If snow is not your style, there are a myriad other options for exciting winter escapes. Here are some of Metropol’s suggestions:       Arthur’s Pass National Park Nature lovers, hikers and mountain climbers flock here to discover the magnificent flora, fauna and vistas of the Southern Alps. Spend some time in New Zealand’s […]

Fine furniture: McDonald and Hartshorne

In 2007 the retail store of McDonald and Hartshorne was in Manchester Street. It mainly stocked Danske Møbler furniture, along with New Zealand made furniture from both local and nationwide suppliers.     February 2011 brought serious changes to the business and it returned to doing what it did best when it first began back […]

Magical Rossendale: Rossendale Catering

Nestled into the Canterbury foothills amongst picturesque grapevines and manicured gardens, Rossendale Vineyard is a sought-after venue for weddings, milestone celebrations and conferences. And next month the best of New Zealand wedding vendors will ascend on Rossendale for the Great NZ Bridal Show.   The ultimate day out for brides and grooms to be, the […]

Life on film

Four Canterbury photographers have been recognised in the prestigious NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year competition. ‘A Year in Aotearoa’ is currently on display at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland, but Metropol has selected four of the six winning photos from, locals, Toby Dickson, Struan Purdie, Alden Williams and Nathan Secker to share […]

Help the huskies

When Twilight became a hit, so too did the husky dog breed. By the time Game of Thrones hit our screens, Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes and other ‘wolf’-like breeds and crossbreeds had been cemented as the ‘it’ dogs for 15 to 25-year olds. It’s Michelle Attwood and her Husky Rescue NZ team who are picking […]

Kiwi icon of comedy

It’s all about hearty belly laughs – even in times of adversity – for this Kiwi icon of comedy.     Peter Rowley is an actor well-loved by those who were glued to the telly in the 70s, 80s and 90s. He was the straight guy in many a Kiwiana satirical series, such as McPhail […]

Jack-et of all trades

It’s time trade in those cute cardigans for some heavy-duty winter warmers – we’re talking about jackets and coats. Metropol gets the lowdown on all of the latest jackets we’re seeing coming through in fashion.     TIME TO TAN: Gone are the days of minimal layers and getting a tan… winter is the season […]

Every drop counts

Every 18 minutes someone in New Zealand needs blood or plasma. Whether it be during a national tragedy or for a sick child, every single drop counts.   Over a 15-month period, New Zealand firstly endured the Christchurch Mosque attacks, where 520 units of red cells, platelets, cryoprecipitate and fresh frozen plasma from the New […]