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Fun on the Peninsula

Summer is undoubtedly dubbed festival season, because what better excuse is there to indulge in great food, tasty tipples, and toe-tapping tunes than warm weather. And the family friendly Banks Peninsula Festival on February 20 is serving up all those crucial ingredients.



The event at Orton Bradley Park is about showcasing all things local.

The line-up is spread across two stages and features talented music artists The Butlers, Kimono, Delaney Davidson, Deep Water Creek, Pieces of Molly, Volts; MEDaL, Candice Milner and Violet French & The Horrible.

If you’re more of a foodie, there’s something for you, too. The Banks Peninsula Mystery Box Cook-off puts hotshot culinary experts Giulio Sturla (Mapu Lyttelton), Jamie Robert Johnston (Everybody Eats) and Bob Fairs (Alfred) to the test in a challenge that involves, you guessed it, a mystery box of ingredients.

But there’s one thing that isn’t a mystery – the box’s contents are foraged from Banks Peninsula.

Food and beverage trucks include (brace yourself); Greystone Wines, Cassels Brewing Co., Peninsula Gin, Twenty Seven Steps’ Frosé, The Vagabond Chef, Kathmandu MO House, Pita Pit, Indo Tempeh, Fritz’s Wieners, Kimbrella’s Candy, Cakes by Anna, Crepe’s Creation, Berry Healthy Icecream, Lyttelton Coffee Company, Harbour House, Lucky Pig, Richard Till, Sherha Kai, Hummusina, El Quincho, Bomba, Akaroa Salmon, Mauriroa Kombucha, Little Hungary… and more to be announced.
What a mouthful! Get your tickets at


Summer ’do: Kudos Hairdressing

The Christmas and New Year holiday was most likely a much needed and well-deserved break. While you may have enjoyed those beautiful summer days soaking up those rays…your hair may not have.



Haircare experts say that sun damage is just as detrimental as applying bleach, and as with bleach, the effects aren’t just confined to colour changes.

The sun weakens your hair’s protein structure, de-moisturises it and reduces elasticity so your hair breaks more easily.

But don’t worry, this can all be remedied with a little bit of TLC. The brilliant team at Kudos Hairdressing in Merivale, among many other services on offer, can repair pesky sun damage.

Whether that’s by trimming your tresses or recommending moisturising shampoo and conditioner from in-salon ranges such as Wella, System Professional, Sebastian and GHD.

“The team of fully qualified stylists, who are friendly and professional, are there to provide great customer experience and service,” says Senior Stylist and Director Michelle Farmer.

Book your next appointment on (03) 355 4734 or email


Fruits of love

February brings with it the last glorious month of summer, the peak of the summer fruit season and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Here are Metropol’s recommendations on how to celebrate all three in style via some fruity treats to spoil your sweetheart (or yourself!) this romantic month.




According to both health experts and cuisine connoisseurs, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What better way to start Valentine’s Day off than by treating the love in your life to a glorious berry breakfast spread? A frothy smoothie, fresh fruit salad or buckwheat waffles topped with berries straight from the punnet makes for a romantic start to the day.

Toast the day and the season with a fruity twist on your favourite beverage – or try something new. Simply add a fresh berry to garnish your prosecco; muddle some berries with crushed ice, vodka and soda, or, go all out with mixed-berry mojitos and frozen margaritas. For non-alcoholic options, add fresh fruit with mint and cucumber to iced water.

Dessert is a sure way to win any heart, so why not sweeten up your V Day with a luxe post-dinner treat. Layer fresh fruit with whipped cream and passionfruit pulp in a glass for an easy (but impressive-looking) option, or get creative with barbecued stone fruit, balsamic roasted strawberries or homemade real fruit ice cream.


On deck

Spending time dining, reclining or socialising on the decking of your home or bach is synonymous with summer. An almost non-negotiable when it comes to al fresco living (and entertaining), a dreamy deck set up – when done right – can not only transcend daytime and night, but season, too.



Summer is undoubtedly the season most associated with deck living; as homebodies embrace the outdoors in the warmer temperatures and longer days.

Even as day turns to night, the deck is often a place spent talking and laughing the night away.

As design and technology advances across building materials, furniture and appliances, outdoor areas have evolved from seasonal retreats into year-round habitats which add another living space to the home.

Retractable louvre systems provide an optional roof for protection from the elements; gas heating and fire pits create practical ambience, and outdoor kitchens go beyond a simple BBQ to include fridges, pizza ovens and benchtops.

Outdoor furniture constructed in durable materials and fabrics creates lounge-worthy spaces, which can even be finished with outdoor rugs and outdoor televisions.

Tips for taking your deck to the next level

The comforts of lounge and dining areas are no longer confined indoors. Many brands create stylish furniture and appliances especially for outdoor living; built to withstand the elements, without compromising your aesthetic.

Electronics are also being designed to keep up to speed with outdoor living. Especially designed outdoor televisions and sounds systems ensure you can listen to music or watch that unmissable sports match unhindered by the elements.

Full-spec outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity, as consumers want to take both the dinner party and the prep outdoors. Multi-functional barbecues capable of creating a full size feast come in contemporary designs, as do pizza ovens and outdoor fridges.


Summer in a can: Melton Estate

The magic of a New Zealand summer has been canned thanks to local winery Melton Estate. Because this year, its latest harvest of Summer Love Sparkling Riesling can also be found in handy 330ml cans.



In a year where summer tastes even better, this popular light pink spritzy drop has light floral notes of honey suckle, lychee, strawberries, red fruits and cherry blossom.

Also available by the bottle, the tipple is the perfect summer pairing – ideal for beach days, long lunches and evening barbecues, camping trips and music festivals.

Melton Estate Owner Tracy Caunter says the cans have been made with a biodegradable can ring in keeping with its commitment to responsible business practices as recognised by its Qualmark 4 Star Plus rating and Silver Sustainable Tourism Award.

Summer Love Sparkling Riesling can be purchased in selected stores in 330ml cans or 375ml and 750ml bottles.

But Tracy warmly invites and encourages wine lovers to venture out to the winery and restaurant on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton.


Late summer in the garden

As we near February, our gardening philosophies turn to the tail end of summer, and, for some organised green thumbs, even preparing for winter. Here are Metropol’s tips for late summer in the garden.

And weeding, mulching and feeding should be top of the topiary to-do list at the moment. Water deeply and regularly with the aide of mulch to hold the moisture in the soil and prevent those pesky weeds from reigning free.

Pick those flowering roses, dead head old flowers and spray to protect against nasties. It’s also time to start planting early summer bulbs like tulips, daffodils and anemone from now until autumn. Staggering your planting will mean continuous floral displays through spring.

Filling your fruit bowl and vege drawer each day with the bounty from your edible garden is a tasty way to encourage late fruiting. Don’t stop planting lettuce and herbs, but unless you have a greenhouse you’ll need to give the softer, fleshier vegetables a miss. You can start preparing your winter vege garden, too.


The tipple effect

Late summer is the perfect time to whip out all the refreshing cocktail concoctions many mastered during the infamous lockdown. Whether you need a refresher or additional recipes to add to your repertoire, Metropol has collated cocktails of choice so you can sip away the last of the long, warm summer days.




The Mix’s recipe for this classic is quick, easy and serves 10 people – awesome for those barbeques and catchups. It only requires 500ml of Pimm’s, 1L of both lemonade and ginger ale, fresh cucumber, mint and seasonal fruit. There’s no real art to putting this together, as you simply do just that… put it all together. Serve in a glass bowl or dispenser for added pizzaz.

Nadia Lim comes to the rescue (again) with a delectable recipe for traditional sangria. It calls for one bottle of Spanish red wine; 400 to 500ml of dry lemonade; 1½ cups of orange juice; 1/2 lemon, juiced; one orange and lemon both sliced; and lots of ice cubes. Lim suggests letting the mixture sit in the fridge so the flavours can meld together, before adding the ice.

Liquor King tingle our tastebuds with this fruity mix with a kick. You will just need 30ml of vodka, 15ml passionfruit syrup, ½ cup canned peaches, 20ml lemon juice, 30ml orange juice, ice and fresh mint. Throw all of your ingredients into a blender and hit go. Garnish with mint, enjoy your cocktail for one… and maybe four or five more after that.


Making up for summer

We get it – your social calendar is heating up as fast as the temperatures. So how do you get the hottest looks to sizzle through summer? We’ve got the lowdown!



More is more when it comes to eyes this season! Contrasting eyeshadows are catching our eye. And forget the barely there mascara of previous years. This season it’s all about the fan. It’s also the season to let your lower lashes join in on the fun, with coloured eyeliner on the lash line.

This summer expect to see plenty of ‘soap brows’; a brushed-up look achieved using soap in place of eyebrow gel. The pared-back brow is also back. Just match your brow pencil to your natural brow colour or better yet, use eyeshadow for a natural look. .

Pink equals perfection this season and everything pink goes, from pastel perfection to dusky rose. Want to go bold? Hot pink is the new red lip. Satin lipsticks and stains are a thing right now. Less likely to melt and smear, they’re just what you want in the summer sun!

Soft, pastel pink blush is summer’s best friend. It adds a bit of playful colour to your cheeks, without overshadowing the eyes which are playing the starring role this summer. All it takes is a couple swipes of powder blush on top of your foundation to perfect this pretty look..


In your beach bag

A day (or longer) at the beach, lake, bush and pool is a Kiwi summer ritual. As such, our beauty rituals must change to incorporate products and practices which protect and nourish our summer skin. Here’s Metropol’s round up of products to include in your beach bag this sunshine season.




Obviously. But investing in the growing breed of modern facial sunscreens can have added skincare benefits. Australian brand Ultra Violette is getting some serious attention for its hardworking SPFs which not only protect from UVA and UVB, but also hydrate and can even act as the perfect primer under your makeup.

Cool down with a cool facial mist. Preferably, one which packs a punchy list of ingredients to not only refresh, but hydrate and even give a little glow. Cult brands like Tatcha, Olay, Glossier and Kiehl’s all have options which come highly recommended. One spritz and you’re transported straight to the spa.

Nourish and protect those kissers with a reliable lip balm to stave off chapping and keep things plump and luscious. Options abound from every brand under the sun (ha), but you needn’t necessarily splash on this summer staple. You’ll get change from a tenner with Lucas Papaw Ointment and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.


On the shelf

What simpler pleasure can there be than getting stuck into a riveting holiday read. Whether you’re stretched out on a beach towel or sun lounger, or snuggled up in your favourite chair at the bach or at home, here are Metropol’s page-turning picks to take with you on your summer break, or to gift the bookworms in your life this Christmas.


Jehan Casinder
Harper Collins, $17.99


This award-winning Kiwi journalist chronicles how the power of storytelling helped him to survive depression. A gritty, vulnerable and compelling book which challenges our understanding of mental distress, and gives tools and hope to reshape our life stories. Told against a backdrop of the biggest news stories of recent years.


Rutger Bregman Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $34.99


This international bestseller provides a new perspective on the wide-held belief that humans are inherently bad. Unpicking famous sociological experiments, historical events and philosophical arguments, Bregman shows us the reality of humanity’s kindness – that it is a powerful force for change


Trent Dalton
Harper Collins, $45


From the international bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, this Australian novel is set in World War II and weaves a story of love, danger and secrets. Beautifully written, this adventure tale of unlikely companions is brimming with warmth, wit and wonder.


Jessica Dettmann
Harper Collins, $34.99


A story about growing up, giving in, and family. Molly is about to have her first child. Her mother, Annie, is about to re-start her dreams of musical stardom when she is asked to step into childcare duties. For fans of Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes and Liane Moriarty.


Lisa Jewell Penguin NZ, $26


A gripping psychological thriller to keep you tethered to your reading nook, this novel is set a decade after the disappearance of Ellie. Her mother, Laurel, has never given up hope of finding Ellie, and a new man in her life – or more specifically, his daughter – reignites her quest for answers.