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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 in 2004 – the restoration and reupholstery of existing furniture, as well as the retail of new and bespoke furniture to repeat clientele.

The showroom at 424 St Asaph Street showcases choice pieces, such as the Danske Møbler modular bookcases that are available in three sizes.

McDonald and Hartshorne are proud supporters of Jade Furniture, a local quality furniture manufacturer that’s been in the industry for over 30 years, offering beech frames on suites with a 15-year warranty. All seating is made of Elephant Foam, an NZ made product, as are the feather and pearl cushions, and locally made duvet wraps.

McDonald and Hartshorne are also associated with other top leading NZ manufacturers to assist with clients’ furniture requirements. Keith Hartshorne happily works with clients, guiding them throughout the process to attain their bespoke lounge piece or suite, tailored to their needs, including corner suites which are made-to-measure.

For reupholstery, Keith can also visit the client’s home, office or worksite, by appointment, to give a free no-obligation quote.


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 Great NZ Bridal Show showcases leading designers, celebrants, photographers, musicians, jewellers, beauty and hair experts, stylists, venues, caterers, florists, transports, entertainment and travel to help you plan your perfect day.

As well as the event’s famous bridal fashion shows featuring bridal, groom and bridesmaid fashion.

“The show will feature a whole lot of vendors from around Christchurch and New Zealand,” says Rossendale’s event manager, Graham Jones.

“It’s also a wonderful way to show people our own offerings.”

And Rossendale’s offerings are quite formidable: Beyond the stunning setting, the venue can be fully opened to cater for larger groups of up to 150 or concealed into more intimate areas for close-knit affairs.

“We can make any celebration completely bespoke,” he says.

“From creating your own cuisine and beverage menu, to designing your event styling and entertainment – we make the whole process streamlined and easy.”

Get inspired with Rossendale’s Facebook and Instagram pages, or contact Graham on (03) 322 7780 or via to find out more.

Book your ticket to the Great NZ Bridal Show at


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 here.


Three months after the Christchurch mosque shootings, a remembrance event was held at Hillmorton High School for the victims of the terrorist attack.

Alden Williams, finalist Society and Culture







A large male sperm whale rests on the surface of the ocean while two dusky dolphins investigate his head in Kaikōura.

Toby Dickson, finalist Aerial






The mirror-still waters of Lake Lyndon captured with a wakeboarder braving the near-freezing water.

Struan Purdie, finalist Aerial





Early morning light breaks through the Christchurch fog on a midwinter’s day, captured from the Port Hills.

Alden Williams, finalist Landscape





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 up the pieces.




The Christchurch-based charity has spent the last 11 years rehabilitating and rehoming the huskies – one of the most rehomed breeds of dog in New Zealand.

“As soon as we thought ‘yay no more Game of Thrones’ we got Togo on Disney Plus and The Call of the Wild,” Michelle says.

“Hit movies made them popular, but Facebook marketing and the ability to market these dogs online made the perfect storm.”

Because, as beautiful and loveable as huskies are, they are also strong-willed, independent and high-maintenance.

They not only need strong discipline, a well fenced backyard and plenty of exercise, but there’s also a dense dual coat to deal with.

Some of them are like naughty school children and some of them just tear you apart when they leave, Michelle says.

A previous arrival weighed just 7kg. “We had to fatten her up to 13kg just to be able to transport her to our main base,” Michelle says.

“She’s now 18kg and went to an amazing home recently. There were a lot of tears!”

Handing the dogs over to their forever homes is the most fulfilling part of what Michelle does. A family that adopted one of the very first dogs in Michelle’s care recently adopted another one and it’s people like this that become like family.

“Getting stories and pictures from people is awesome; seeing the dogs playing in the snow or curled up in front of their new fireplace is just the best feeling.”

Established by Michelle in 2009 when she became aware of the sheer number of unwanted or abandoned huskies, Husky Rescue NZ takes in surrendered or abandoned huskies, assesses their health and suitability for re-homing before arranging for them to be de-sexed, vaccinated and micro chipped.

The team then works tirelessly to ensure the dogs find their forever home with someone who is aware of what’s required to look after this majestic breed.

But all of this comes at a cost – approximately $380,000 per year (pre-COVID-19). The charity previously relied on income from public events and educational activities to meet their funding requirements and until recently, plans were in place to further development their recently leased premises in Rolleston.

But the impact of COVID has not only put paid to those plans, it’s put the future of the charity in question.

When COVID hit, there were 67 dogs in their care and the charity lost all of its income.

“We’ve never had to rely on donations, we financed it ourselves, but suddenly there was only donations.

“The public did try to help, for which we are forever grateful, but we haven’t reached our goal and we may have to close our big South Island base. The reality is, without a very large injection of funding, we will have to drop back substantially. We’re hoping to not have to close, but bulk funding is now urgent,” Michelle says.

“At the moment, the future is looking very bleak.”

To help Husky Rescue NZ, text HUSKY to 833 to make an instant $3 donation, find them on Givealittle, or visit the website below to find out how you can help. Corporate donations and sponsorships will be welcomed.


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 and Gatsby, and most notoriously, the Billy T James Show, of which Peter also wrote the scripts with his late, great best-bud Billy. More recently he stared in 2018’s Mortal Engines.

This eternal funny guy still rocks the enthusiastic energy he’s infamous for, even at the suave age of 68.

During Stage 4 lockdown he got up-close and personal with his ‘lockdown comedy’ on Facebook every single day.

The rendition of traditional funny-bone ticklers, showcased his repertoire of impersonations, accents and elastic expressions – adding the odd sound effect with a click of a talented tongue.

He does a Billy Conolly arguably as good as the Scotsman himself. Being too PC or polite doesn’t feature in a Rowley script. It’s comedy in its riotous raw. A

“I resonate with today’s straight-shooting comedians like Ricky Jervis and I admire Spike Milligan for introducing absurdity into comedy.”

Being exceptionally observant is his recipe for creating good comedy.

At this year’s World Buskers Festival, he took to the Spiegeltent stage for the Palaver Grand show. “My happy place is stand-up comedy, so I’m all for its resurgence.”

Born in Timaru and Christ College schooled, he became the “funny boy” so people would like him – and his grandmother was also a comedian.

Peter’s been ensconced back in Christchurch where he grew up, since 2018, after a stint as a Central Otago radio jock.

Prior to that, Peter lived in Melbourne, acting in shows such as Underbelly and Neighbours… and even a Viagra commercial!

“I was pretty much an unknown over there, until I walked into a pub and mentioned I was the voice of Dog in the movie Footrot Flats: A Dog’s Tale. It was all matey hugs and beers after that! The Aussie’s love it.”

Son of a wartime fighter pilot, Peter’s other passion is flying and he’s also enjoyed MCing and livening up many a corporate event.

A voluminous CV of screen and stage stints has led to opportune moments, like having a cuppa with Joan Collins and smoking a cigar with Tommy Lee Jones and Dudley Moore.

This comedic character once owned a Russian Vodka bar.

And recently he conjured up the recipe to his own gin label.

Unsurprisingly christened Laughing Club Gin, the tasteful tipple of London Dry style botanicals, has a beguiling backstory involving Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, sea voyages and British Kings – well matched to its rather glam Art Deco logo.

And why gin? “Because you can always have a great laugh with friends over a really good gin – responsibly of course!”

A boutique Marlborough distillery is preparing for production. “We’ll use a traditional copper still to produce a top-quality mellifluous mouthfeel, which will be PH perfect.”

Peter, who bounced back from a heart attack in 2005, is even more in tune with his creative life mission.

His advice to artists and entrepreneurs?

“It’s courage. When you don’t have fear, then you can allow yourself to be brilliant.

Take your life and make it into the best story in the world!”


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 to wear tan. The Cocoon Jacket from Ketz-ke is a stylish option that is super soft and snuggly on the inside and sophisticated on the outside.

LET THERE BE LEATHER: The leather jacket is a statement piece that has reigned supreme for decades. Change it up by opting for a non-traditional colour like red or blue. There are even vegan leather options on the market or just go for a faux.

LONGLINE, HERE FOR THE LONGRUN: The longline winter coat is a must-have for the 2020 cold season. With coats that go down to or past your knees, you won’t be feeling that winter chill creeping up your back. Button it up or leave it loose, either way will bring elegance to your closet.

TICK FOR TRENCH: If you find the right one, a trench coat can be a beloved wardrobe piece for years to come, after all, this is a classic that never seems to go out of fashion. The popular double-breasted silhouette is strong transitional piece which will take you through winter and into spring and summer. In 2020, we’re seeing arty detailing, like leather panelling, ruffled bodices, open slit sleeves and double lapels.


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 Zealand Blood Service went directly to help save lives.

Then it was Whakaari/White Island eruption with multiple casualties, followed by COVID-19. Our blood donors ensured blood and blood products were available to help save lives throughout the lock-down. Donor centres remained full and 15,300 Kiwis ensured blood was always available.

On 14 June, New Zealand celebrates World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) to increase awareness of this life-saving essential service, and to acknowledge and thank our blood donor heroes; 14 June also marks the birth-date of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the universal ABO blood group system.

For one little boy, Seb Turner, his life was saved.

Although a common A+ blood type, he was diagnosed with a one-in-a-million autoimmune disease, Aplastic Anaemia; a rare disease that also killed Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie.

Seb had bone marrow failure and his own immune system was attacking his stem cells, making him highly vulnerable to infections.

When Seb was two, his mum Caroline noticed some unusual bruising.”

On 7 February 2019, he was referred to Christchurch hospital and by the end of that night, had a blood transfusion. “It only took half an hour for the blood to arrive,” Caroline says.

“A week later, after a bone marrow biopsy, he was diagnosed. There were no matches to get a bone marrow transplant, so Seb had his platelets replaced every week and red blood cells every 10 days for six months, as his body was unable to produce them. “

Last November Seb’s Hickman line was removed and he has been transfusion-free for six months.

The lively little boy from Lincoln is otherwise a normal healthy three-year-old who is crazy about dinosaurs, diggers and dogs.

“He’s a little firecracker. Even in the recovery ward at Christchurch Hospital, he just wanted to get up and play. We’re now heading towards remission as his bloods are really good. He’s starting to ask questions now. We tell him his blood is sick – he’s not sick.”

The New Zealand blood service is a not-for-profit Crown entity responsible for collection, processing, testing, storage and distribution of all blood and blood products nationwide.

There are currently 110,000 wonderful unremunerated volunteer blood donors in New Zealand, of which 11,000 are plasma donors.

To keep up with demand, NZBS needs to double the plasma-donor registry. Currently less than four percent of eligible Kiwis are registered to donate.

Red blood cells only have a 35 day shelf life and platelets need to be transfused within seven days.

To keep up with essential demand, the NZBS needs to collect more than 3,500 donations every week. There is no substitute for blood.

“We are so lucky,” Caroline says. “Many third-world countries, where he wouldn’t have survived, don’t have a blood donor system.

“I am beyond grateful. They have kept Seb alive. He would not be here today without our donor service. It is all because of complete strangers, who have been so incredibly selfless.”

Some of Caroline’s friends donated blood when Seb got sick and now Caroline has become a donor for the first time.

“I was too scared of needles 20 years ago, so I was surprised it was really quick and easy, only taking five to 10 minutes. It really didn’t feel like anything… and I got a Kit Kat at the end!”

The NZBS relies on Kiwis across the country to volunteer to donate, ensuring a continual supply of precious blood and blood products to help health services save thousands of lives.

To become a blood donor, download the app, visit, or phone 0800 448 325 (0800 GIVE BLOOD) and book an appointment to donate.


Prestigious timber projects

Timber’s benefits make for a lengthy list – spanning both form and function and, while its longevity of use speaks of its function, it’s the NZ Wood Resene 2020 Timber Design Awards that speak of its form.



The Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown may have put paid to the celebratory event for the highly-acclaimed, annual showcase of the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber, but local winners of this prestigious event have been announced.

Haus Expresso (Dalman Architects), Arvida Living Well Park Lane (Jasmax), St Patricks Church (WSP Opus), CSO Centre, Christchurch Town Hall – Ron Ball Studio (Warren & Mahoney), Boat Shed – Lyttelton (Christchurch City Council), Farmers Corner Pavilion Ashburton (PTL Consultants) and the James Hay Theatre Timber Floor – Christchurch Town Hall (Timbers of NZ) are just some of the exceptional local projects to receive awards this year.

St Patricks Church (pictured) offers a stunning example of how structural timber elements can be expressed as the main architectural feature of a building.

Utilising New Zealand grown radiata pine with a clear coat finish, the timber creates a warm feel for the 250 square metre church.

The Lincoln project by WSP Opus was the winner of a new category – Public Design.

It was also the proud winner of an Interior Architecture award in the NZIA’s 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards (page 79).

“Once again, the quality of entries is exceptional,” judges agree.

“More and more novel, innovative applications of timber are submitted every year. The quality, design, materials and build philosophies employed demonstrate the evolving and imaginative use of timber in New Zealand and indeed, around the world.”


Keep the faith

It’s been 10 years since Faith No More last hit New Zealand, but that’s about to change with the five-piece Californian rock band set to head down south in May.



Bassist Bill Gould says the band – which is performing just seven arena shows across New Zealand and Australia – is well overdue for a proper Kiwi tour.

“Faith No More has taken many twists and turns over the years, and both Australia and New Zealand have been with us every step of the way; this is something that we have always appreciated,” Bill says.

“Nevertheless, we realise that it’s been 20 years since our last proper tour there. If we wait another 20, we’ll be in our 70s!”

Faith No More will kick off the New Zealand leg of their tour at Spark Arena in Auckland on 8 May, before performing at Horncastle Arena on Sunday, 10 May.

Faith No More’s pioneering, genre-defining career saw the band morph from cult underground heroes to boundary-pushing global chart-toppers, mixing metal to alt-rock to hip-hop to punk and much more, with hits such as Epic, Falling to Pieces, Ashes to Ashes, Easy, Midlife Crisis and Sunny Side Up.

The band is made up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Billy Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar) and Mike Patton (vocals).

They have released seven studio albums to date: We Care A Lot (1985), Introduce Yourself (1987), The Real Thing (1989), Angel Dust (1992), King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime (1995), Album of the Year (1997) and Sol Invictus (2015).

Also performing at all shows is Melbourne band RVG, who’ll return in 2020 with the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2017 debut, A Quality of Mercy.

Lending their support following Australia’s bushfire crisis, Faith No More will be donating $1 (plus GST) from each ticket sold across the AU/NZ dates to Animals Australia, and state fire services in affected areas, including NSW Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Association VIC, SA Country Fire Service, Rural Fire Brigades Association QLD