Big battle for little Lachie

At the age of four, Lachie Connell and his family spent 229 nights at someone else’s house.     The day before this mammoth sleepover, everything was relatively normal for the West Coast family of five, that includes younger brother Malachi, older brother Silas and parents, Pat Connell and Jeanna Abelson. That is, apart from […]

A charitable endeavour

Juliette Capaldi’s first love was always photography. Now after a battle with cancer, the local mother of one is turning the lens on a charity project close to her heart. She talks to Metropol about her passion project.     “My dad gave me a camera when I was 10 or 12, so photography was […]

Dinner with a twist! Q&A with Corey Hume

The Ronald McDonald House Supper Club is one of the hottest events on the social calendar, but if you missed the Christchurch event, Queenstown is getting the mystery dinner treatment on Friday 18 October. We caught up with one of the country’s leading chefs, Corey Hume, who spearheaded this mystery dining event.       […]

Putting the mystery in dining

Emphasising the ‘fun’ in fundraiser, Ronald McDonald House’s Christchurch Supper Club annually celebrates Christchurch’s finest dining destinations, with a kind-hearted, essential purpose underpinning each culinary experience: to accommodate and support families who must travel to Christchurch for their child’s medical treatment.     Dressed in their very best with champagne flutes in hand, guest after […]

Kathryn Wilson

Runway for Ronald: Q&A with Kathryn Wilson

It’s that time of the year again, the time of the year when we get to see all the latest and greatest sartorial selections hit the runway for the M Factor Fashion Show for 2019.     What attracted you to become involved with Ronald McDonald House? It’s a cause that is important to me. […]

Ronald McDonald House South Island

A mysterious event: A magical auction and dinning experience to remember

The excitement was palpable. What can one do, in the depths of winter in the south, on a weary Friday night? Get dressed to the nines and go mystery-dining and auction-donating, that’s what!   It’s proven itself as a fabulous way to pass a great evening with an essential purpose underpinning proceedings: to accommodate and […]

Maree Lucas

A fashionable crusade: Q&A with Maree Lucas of M Factor Events

Maree Lucas brought tears to the eyes of some of the biggest fashion followers last month at one of the city’s most covetable fashion shows of the year. Supporting a cause very close to her heart, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Fashion Show is her annual contribution to a charitable cause which has done so […]

The charitable social calendar

The charitable social calendar: local events with a community or charitable trust

We share our city with some incredible people who put heart, mind and soul into the support of philanthropic endeavours, so much so that we couldn’t possibly hope to list them all. What we can do however, is list some of the upcoming events on the local social calendar which have been formed to support […]

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: on getting teary-eyed at the M Factor Events for Ronald McDonald fashion show

Tears may not be what you’d expect from one of the city’s most covetable fashion shows. But when the benefactor of the event is a worthy charitable cause such as Ronald McDonald House South Island, which has supported the likes of Paula and Alex Moore, it’s not surprising there wasn’t a dry eye in the […]

American Express Openair Cinema

Events guide: Five things well worth leaving home for

The temperatures may have begun their downward descent, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lock yourselves inside! We’ve gone in search of some of the hottest events around that will be sure to bring some warmth to your autumn. Food, fun and flicks: American Express is bringing the Openair Cinema festival of food, fun […]