Lighting the way this month

Contemporary art space The Physics Room launches its new exhibition from June 10 through to July 25. The ‘Light enough to read by’ exhibition emerged from discussions around the return of The Physics Room’s library into the gallery and to public access. Metropol looks at how the exhibition came about.     For the last […]

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 […]

Working for mental fitness

Mental health is a huge issue in New Zealand currently with calls for more funding, and more understanding of a problem that affects young and old, male and female alike. One man with personal experience is author and psychologist Paul Wood.     At 18, he was in prison and his life was completely off […]

A comedic encore

Comedic minstrel Tim Minchin is set to raise the roof at the Christchurch Town Hall on Friday June 25 with his special brand of entertainment. A singing satirist, Minchin is widely known for his unique style, blending comedy, acting and singing into a lively performance, using all his own material.     English born and […]

Lighting the way

Christchurch’s inaugural Tīrama Mai lighting event will celebrate Matariki in the heart of the city and in New Brighton.   Christchurch City Council Events and Arts Manager Tanya Cokojic says lighting events have proved popular in the city in the past and it makes sense to have a festival that marks New Zealand’s own unique […]

A feminine perspective: Anderson Lloyd

Law truly is an awesome profession! So says litigator Charlotte Houghton, a new partner at Anderson Lloyd.     A member of the firm’s Christchurch-based litigation team, Charlotte recently became a partner shortly after a 12-month parental leave break with her second son. Her promotion (together with the appointment of three other female partners in […]

Tree-ting our environment: Ricoh NZ

Urban tree plantings have been found to improve people’s mental and physical health, improve air quality, conserve water, preserve soil, and support wildlife.     Ricoh is a company committed to the environment and actively involved with planting thousands of urban native trees through its annual Big Green Day Out. This year’s plant-a-thon helped beautify […]

Arriba, arriba! Latin festivities!

Cantabrians are set to get a taste of South American culture later this year when the Latin Street Festival “explodes” into central Christchurch later this year. Performers, artists, street food, live music and more is on the agenda for the exciting event.   Scheduled for October 31, the event promises “an explosion of Latin cultural […]

St Andrew’s College: Meet the Principal

I am a great believer in girls and boys being educated alongside one another. I went to a co-educational school myself and believe it is the best way to prepare young people for their future. I’m the first female Rector at St Andrew’s College and have been in the role since 2007, following a long […]

Moving through grief

Sumner psychologist Julie Zarifeh has suffered immense loss, losing her husband and son in the space of two weeks. Her new book traverses the subject of grief, as Julie herself traversed the famed Pyrenees trail Camino de Santiago, the New York marathon, falling in love, getting engaged and becoming a grandmother.     Grief on […]