From the Editor: 03 September 2020

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions basked on hope and possibility.” Michelle Obama.   Biking through the Christchurch CBD on a balmy Sunday afternoon, it was uplifting to see so many others out and about. I waited in a long line for my Rollickin’ Gelato and had to dodge a fair few […]

From the Editor: 20 August 2020

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” – Alain de Botton     I was going to start this, my first column as editor of Metropol, writing about beginnings. After a bit of googling I had found a lovely quote from spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle about the magic of beginnings, and had […]

Editor’s Perspective: 09 July 2020

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower” Hans Christian Anderson     We’ve just waved goodbye to the gloomiest month of weather in more than two decades. Yes June, we’re talking about you and since you’ve given us the least amount of recorded sunshine hours in more than […]

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: 25 June 2020

“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper   Did you know that an event is neither positive or negative and that it is through our perception that we assign feelings to it? It’s a powerful concept, because […]

Editor’s Perspective: 05 March 2020

“It is not happy people that are thankful, but rather thankful people that are happy.” – Anonymous     The proverb above has long been a favourite of mine, despite a complete inability to harness the wisdom within it. It’s been something I’ve been reflecting on during some trying times recently. All first world problems […]

Editor’s Perspective: 20 February 2020

I’ve long been a ‘project person’. While this makes me highly efficient when it comes to getting things done, it means I’m not very good at relaxing.   Even my housework is broken up into ‘sections’ so rather than feeling overwhelming, it becomes heaps of little ‘goals’ that result in a mammoth job getting done. […]