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February is a month to savour the last of the long, hot (and sporadically torrentially rainy) days of summer, and – if you haven’t already start shifting out of holiday mode. And as we settle into a more business-asusual approach to life this month, I can’t help but notice topics of health and wellbeing coming to the fore. In my conversations with colleagues, family and friends of late, there seems to be a renewed vigour for fitness, experimenting with more plant-based meals and trying out meditation and mindfulness techniques. This of course could be for obvious, pandemic-related reasons – whether that’s a newfound appreciation for the benefits of good health or making the most of lockdownless freedoms (touch wood). I am sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact I am now safely into my 30s, where I can confirm it is much harder to mask the consequences of overindulgence and under-exercise. Whatever your reasons for paying attention to your health in 2021, this issue of Metropol hosts an insightful interview with Kiwi actress, and now author, Claire Chitham on page 26, where she shares helpful advice for looking after your health. There is a healthy dose of other great reads, too, including Lorde’s journey to Antarctica, and interviews with the formidable Palmer sisters, Eve and Grace, on their hilarious new series, Good Grief, and Christchurch-based circus performer Emma Phillips. Because what better way to boost your mood than reading about the talented and interesting people and businesses who make up our wonderful communities!

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remember stepping off the plane and it was just the most incredible weather – blue sky and this dazzling sun,” she says in an interview with Antarctica New Zealand following the trip. “I felt like we were in space. It’s such an alien environment.” The 24-year-old multi– Grammy Award winner spent a week in the icy environs in 2019, and has produced a now sold-out book, Going South, and a feature for Metro and Rolling Stone about the experience, which raises awareness for the environmental impacts of global warming on the crucial ecosystem. She spent her time at Scott Base; visiting scientists in the field and, learning more about Antarctica’s role in the global earth system. “Going to Antarctica and seeing this really raw and powerful place and source of potential environment change was really helpful to me to see,” she says. “If this continent melted in its entirety we’d see a

60-metre sea-level rise – that is really shocking and is something we need to pay attention to. “You’re able to see the potential for great change - positive or negative based on how we respond. It’s hard to see a tangible consequence to how we consume and what we put out into the world.” The proceeds from the sale of Going South will fund Antarctic science scholarships, and the experience will remain the star’s biggest rock’n’roll moment. She remembers one particular moment where she tracked whales with scientists in a helicopter. “I had this moment - it was 10 O’clock at night and I was resting against the helicopter and looking out at the shelf. “I had this very distinct moment of thinking this is as cool as your life will ever get. This is it. This is the rock and roll moment that you thought would be in New York or LA – this is that moment. “

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The ďŹ rst foot juggler to come out of New Zealand, Emma Phillips is an expert in twirling, whirling, and tossing umbrellas, carpets and even tables using nothing but her toes, arches and heels. A pandemic-induced return to New Zealand saw her settle in Christchurch, where she recently starred in the Bread and Circus Backyard Buskers Festival. Metropol catches up with the talented performer.


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My real training didn’t really begin until I got to China. And then I realised how hard it was!”

ables are Emma Phillips’ speciality. She juggles them with her feet, deftly kicking and spinning the large dining necessity in the air, while also tossing and whirling umbrellas in her hands. Emma is the first known circus performer to come out of New Zealand specialising in foot juggling, and has gone on to blaze a trail in the esoteric art. She is one of the only known Western artists to perform Chinese-style foot juggling in the world, and the first to combine umbrella and table juggling simultaneously. A career which began, despite her Whangarei upbringing, in Christchurch. The now 30-yearold was introduced to the world of foot juggling while studying a Diploma in Circus Arts at Christchurch Polytech in 2008. Inspired to take her foot juggling training to the next level, she then applied and was accepted to the Beijing Acrobatic Arts School and Wuqiao Acrobatic School in China. “My real training didn’t really begin until I got to China,” she says. “And then I realised how hard it was!” She was taught the traditional art of foot juggling “by China’s finest”. And while it remains her speciality, she is also trained in and regularly performs contortion and aerial hoop, too. Emma started performing while studying, but it was after graduation that her CV really picks up. She has performed throughout China, Australia, Europe, Russia and the UAE, and most recently accepted a contract for the German and Austrian tours of Roncalli Circus Theatre. Unfortunately, the contract

which she says was “the biggest of my career” was thwarted by Covid-19. On the night of the press premiere, the show was postponed for five weeks. “I definitely considered staying in Germany,” she says. But the opportunity to see her family in Christchurch won out. And the five weeks turned into the remainder of 2020 and, now, into 2021. “I’m so glad I came home, spending the year with my family and my sister’s kids has been an absolute highlight,” she says. A highlight the recent crowds at Bread and Circus Backyard Busker’s Festival can attest to, when Emma took her glamorous, vaudeville-styled performance to the streets. “The New Regent Street Spectacular was amazing,” she says. “It was such immersive street theatre with the opera singers and the musicians, and I was juggling a table in the middle of everyone!” She also loved performing with the Topp Twins at the Isaac Theatre Royal gala, “which has always been one of my dream theatres to work in.” Emma says her favourite part of the whole festival “was the community side of it” as she felt incredibly fortunate to be in one of the only performing festivals in the world. For all the impacts of Covid-19, the fallout for the performing arts sector has been particularly harsh. So for 2021, Emma says she is trying to spin the lack of strict performance schedule to further refine her craft. “One thing I would like to do is have a little bit more fun with performance to just play and explore that creativity.”

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New undertakings WORDS MORGAN TAIT

Making a comedy series about death is a bold move, but if anyone could pull it off it is Canterbury sisters Eve and Grace Palmer. The talented sisters talk to Metropol about having fun - and making television - at a funeral home.

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The comedy comes from how we as humans get caught up in the silly little things. The things we become upset about or create drama over, in the context of life and death, seem trivial, but we all do it.

nheriting a funeral home may not sound like a conventional comedy plot. But that is the premise of Good Grief, the hilarious TVNZ series co-written, produced by and starring the sisters. Daughters of TV producers Janine Morrell-Gunn and Tony Palmer, Eve, 31 and Grace, 25, are Kiwi entertainment royalty. Grace is known for her roles on Shortland Street and The Dead Lands while Eve has made a name for herself as a presenter and reporter on TV and radio, most recently on The Adam and Eve Show. Good Grief follows Ellie (Eve) and Gwen (Grace) Goode, who have just inherited their koro’s funeral home. Where sensible Ellie is determined to uphold his legacy, pink-haired Gwen is set on moving to Bali to pursue a DJing career. “I know it might seem like we have a morbid fascination with death and dead people,” says Grace. “But it’s more about talking about something that’s taboo. Despite [death] being inevitable for everyone, it’s a discussion nobody wants to have. “I find it interesting more people don’t want to discuss death even though it’s coming for all of us.” Eve says the “awkward and cringe” humour of Good Grief is not in death or grieving, but the perspective those events bring. “The comedy comes from how we as humans get caught up in the silly little things,” she says. “The things we become upset about or create drama over, in the context of life and death, seem trivial, but we all do it. “We all go to a funeral and think, ‘I need to change the way I live my life,’ then go back to worrying about who needs to empty the dishwasher.” She says the sisters came up with the idea a long time ago, after a death in the family brought its own share of laughable moments amid grief. But work started seriously on the project in 2018 when they joined forces with fellow Cantabrian and screenwriter Nick Schaedel, and the formidable Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton from production company, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt. The series received NZ on

Air funding in 2019. “We were really lucky to have it picked up on the first go,” says Grace. “We worked on it for a long time before it was ready to be considered. There was a lot of mahi.” And once it was greenlit, there was strong interest from the industry. “I couldn’t believe the people who were auditioning for the show and who we got on board,” says Eve. “I was really blown away by the team we managed to get – which is all thanks to Kerry and Kiel.” The cast includes funnyman Josh Thompson (The New Legends Of Monkey), Sophie Hambleton (Westside), and Vinnie Bennett (The Bad Seed). Eve says the sisters also worked with a lovely long-time funeral director, Gary, to ensure they were hitting the mark. “We thought, ‘Are we pushing the boat out too far, is it too unrealistic?’, and then Gary shared some stories which made us think, ‘We haven’t gone far enough!’ Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.” Despite their vast experience on set, taking a step behind the camera was a learning curve. “One thing I learnt very quickly was how being an actor, you’re just the cherry on top,” says Grace. “You’re a very small cog in a very big machine and I think we have a newfound appreciation for all the work that goes on behind the scenes.” Filming can be the quickest part, she says. There was the writing and pre-production and then months of post-production. However, it was early exposure – growing up at television studios – that set both sisters on their career paths. “It was sort of inevitable,” says Grace. “I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else. We grew up watching What Now in the studio and just loved it. I loved the energy and the people and everyone coming together to make two hours of TV.” Off screen, the sisters have had big years in their personal lives, too. Auckland-based Grace, married fellow actor, Rawiri Jobe (Step Dave, Shortland Street), and Christchurch-based Eve is expecting her first child with beau (and former co-star), Adam Percival. Eve is chronicling her pregnancy journey on her podcast, The Hapu Club. Metropol 4 February, 2021 15

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If there was one thing 2020 taught us, it was how important it was to prepare for uncertain times. As we head into the new year, the only thing we know for certain is that there’s a Covid-19 vaccine. Its implications – and if this means the end of the pandemic? Only time will tell. And while we can’t predict the future, we can prepare for it. So if you’re resolving to secure your finances, that’s a resolution worth sticking to.

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Put your best face forward in 2021 Many find the annual ritual of resolution setting can turn out to be a yearly disappointment. We begin with best of intentions, but life carries on and we fall back into old ways. It need not be that way with a little forward planning, especially when it comes to your skin.


f you are considering treatments during 2021, then start now with your planning to get your skin in the best health to get the best results from clinic treatments. Sometimes the difference between success or otherwise when it comes to those resolutions is choosing the right goal and getting expert help to set about achieving it. Professional advice is essential. The team at Face Value offers a no obligation consultation for all clients to discuss available treatments, what will

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Working on the “canvas” and preparing the skin will often lead to better outcomes for cosmetic medicine treatments. A professional skincare range, treatments to work on pigmentation, skin tone and texture be it on a youthful or ageing skin all will contribute to enhancing treatment outcomes and help you look the best you can for 2021. Still you, just better! Phone (03) 363 8810 or visit Face Value online to find out more.

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and requirements. Not sure which package your loved one will like best? Gift vouchers are available and come beautifully packaged with an optional written message to add that extra personal touch. Treat yourself to a luxury experience with a little “je ne sais quoi”. Book in a session at your local Parisian getaway situated at 110 Papanui Road, Merivale and say, “bonjour” to pure relaxation. Phone (03) 365 3630 or email

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Ooh la spa


Back to work

Vibrant separates to brighten up the office, worn together or apart. S/W/F Boutique Restore Skirt and Top

Rise and shine. Karen Murrell Lip Scrub


Just because the holidays have come to an end, doesn’t mean getting dressed should be any less fun. Here are Metropol’s picks of pieces to help build a work wardrobe you’ll be excited to get out of bed for – and that will take you from season to season.

Suiting endures as a wardrobe staple. Give the mix and match hero a modern update. Mina Mali Short and Local Blazer in Pecan

Do you do this? Stop hiding your smile...

Let member Richard Greenlees give you the confidence to smile once again. Dentures - Veneers - Implants. 03 379 1222 24 4 February, 2021 Metropol

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New year, new bag. Acne Studios Mini Musubi Bag in Rose Pink


Pearls of wisdom. Jasmin Sparrow Jewel Earrings in Gold


A black tee with embellished sleeves, yes please. Leo+Be Residence Top in Black

Patterned pants mean business. Moochi Glowed Pant

Classic monochrome with a contemporary, voluminous twist. Wynn Hamlyn Bloom Silk Blouse and Partner Trouser

A chunky soled loafer goes with everything. Kathryn Wilson Samara Loafer in Black

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Keeping w Starring on hit shows like Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune, Kiwi actor Claire Chitham is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable entertainers. But behind the scenes, she was battling chronic intestinal disease, Crohn’s, and the pressure to live up to unrealistic beauty standards. After years dedicated to caring for her holistic health, she has teamed with up with health journalist Kylie Bailey to write Good for You, a book about gut and cellular health. She shares their tips for a healthy life with Metropol. LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY Start taking notice of how you feel every day. Write it down, keep a note on it. Do you get tired every afternoon? Do you sleep well or are you restless? Do you run out of energy every day? Are you often irritable? Are you often sad? These things are all deeply affected by your health and they can be altered, improved and changed by making small

adjustments in your life. I’ve changed so many old, unhealthy habits over the years, but done them all slowly, over time. You have to make your own health a priority. You’d be amazed at how many people don’t. I want people to start taking action towards great health. To start feeling excited about taking their health into their own hands. It can be so rewarding, and it’s you who reaps the benefits.


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I don’t mean a partner, I mean a trained therapist. Of any variety. A massage therapist, a naturopath, a counsellor, an acupuncturist, a trainer at the gym, a pilates teacher! Find a practitioner of health that you trust to help with your body or mind in some way. And try and go as regularly as you can. When my life gets busy, I might go six months without seeing anyone and I’ve noticed that this is usually when my health starts to play up, or my moods are getting harder to shift. These people are external sources of help, health and healing that I believe are vital and invaluable.

MOVE YOUR BODY, PREFERABLY IN A WAY YOU LOVE I’m not here to tell you which exercise is best for you, or which diet you should follow. I believe in learning about your own body closely enough that only you will know what’s best for you. But movement is vital. Find a way of moving that you love and you’ll do it more often. It won’t seem like a chore and there is joy attached to increasing your vitality.

I want people to start taking action towards great health. It can be so rewarding, and it’s you who reaps the benefits.

EAT FOR YOUR METABOLIC TYPE I don’t follow one particular dietary prescription…but I have learned to eat correctly for my body type. We each metabolise food and energy at different rates, in different ways, no body is the same. There are loads of online tests you can take, I like’s quick questionnaire to determine whether you are a Protein Type, a Mixed Type or a Carbohydrate Type. This isn’t a judgemental thing in any way, this is about how your body processes its fuel best. When you know what type you are, you can make food choices more aligned with your body.

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Your new local audiology clinic is now open. We are 100% Kiwi owned and promise to give you expert care and attention for every step of your hearing journey. • Ear wax removal • Diagnostic hearing tests • Free hearing screening • Tinnitus management • Hearing aid fittings Call us today for a free hearing test. (03) 351 1172 240 Ilam Road Christchurch


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Sam Sloane, Senior Audiologist and Co-director

Anna Cleary, Senior Ear Nurse

Hear to stay Is there anything quite so blissful as the song of the bellbird trilling from a hidden bough; are any notes more captivating than the chirps and chirrups it sings to us with such pure and precise clarity? It’s one of the reasons that Senior Audiologist and Co-director Sam Sloane chose this feathered troubadour as the name to front the newly opened Bellbird Hearing at 240 Ilam Road.


he bellbird is unique to New Zealand, and along with the softer elements of speech, its song is the type of sound one tends to miss when a hearing impairment develops,” says Sam. “With proper hearing assessment and treatment, we can not only improve speech understanding, but also bring back the sounds people love, such as the song of native birds.” Established by clinicians long experienced in every aspect of audiology and hearing healthcare throughout Canterbury, Bellbird Hearing is a new, independent and locally owned hearing clinic amongst larger corporate competitors. “We aim to provide a world-class hearing healthcare service from hearing experts who take pride in a community based and patient-focussed approach,” says Sam.

When thinking in terms of quality of life, hearing is a major contributing factor; not being able to hear music or follow conversations, for example, can be an isolating experience. Improved hearing results in improved relationships, which in turn leads to a life being more fully lived. In recognising each patient has lifestyle and hearing goals specific to them, Sam and his team provide hearing solutions tailored to meet individual needs and achieve optimum outcomes for the patient, thereby guaranteeing extensive and comprehensive care. Sam is an expert in the latest hearing aid technology and understands the importance of a personalised hearing aid fitting. The range of services available cover a wide spectrum, from diagnostic tests, tinnitus assessment and hearing aid fittings through to ear wax removal,

ear wax management and hearing screenings, of which the latter are offered free of charge to those 18 years and over, in recognition of Bellbird’s promotion of hearing loss awareness. Diagnostic and full hearing tests involve a consultation around the patient’s case history, along with the carrying out of otoscopic examinations, pure tone audiometry, speech testing, tympanometry, as well as acoustic reflex testing to ensure a correct diagnosis of hearing conditions. Sam says the motivating thrust behind Bellbird Hearing is to help and serve all those affected by hearing loss. “We feel passionately about this. Like the bellbird, we may be small but we are mighty – and we are here to stay!” To make an appointment or enquiry, phone Bellbird Hearing on (03) 351 1172 or visit the website below. Metropol 4 February, 2021 29

THE BEAUTY REPORT. We’ve pulled together some of the best products, concepts and services to hit the beauty world.

The perfect Valentine’s day gift!

Don’t let

later become never!

Give the gift of confidence and flawless complexion with this limited edition skin-hair-nail boosting collection of Qt Internal Cosmetics. Award winning, professional grade, premium formulations in beautiful glass mini-caddies, now available in a carefully curated Valentine’s day gift box for him or her. Available in New Zealand’s leading department stores: Farmers, Ballantynes, and Smith & Caugheys.

We are determined to see you succeed with your health & fitness goals this year! Book a free information & demonstration session today!


Join us for Reformer Pilates, Mat Pilates, Yoga and Barre.


A game changer for your skin Profhilo® is a game changer in the appearance medicine industry. It is a Hyaluronic acid based injectable treatment, different to Dermal Fillers, that hydrates the skin and remodels ageing and lax tissue, treating fine lines and wrinkles and giving the skin a youthful glow. Talk to Katie McIndoe at Transform Clinic Merivale today.

Snoring? Want to sleep? SNOREX products are custom-made, safe, easy and comfortable. Even the worst snorers are silenced!

Transform Clinic Merivale Ph: 0800 2TRANSFORM katie_transformclinic Katie Transform Clinic

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La Biosthetique La Capsule Hydratante A gorgeous skincare capsule filled with hyaluronic acid and ocean moisturisers to deeply hydrate the skin and fight the visible signs of aging. BONUS – Purchase a 60-pack of La Capsule Hydratante for just $150.50 and receive a complimentary 7-day travel pack (worth $25.50)! Hair Art & Beauty Ph: 03 381 8939 30 4 February, 2021 Metropol

Dermal planing or blading Image Facials - age later. Tread yourself to an active, results driven facial using our beautiful Image range and receive a free gift with purchase.

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The art of


Via Sollertia is Latin and means the way of expertise, skilfulness, artfulness and dexterity.

50 shades of silver When it comes to embracing the grey, there really is something for everyone, it’s a natural process but it does not have to be a gruelling one. When teamed with a precision cut, the result is transformative explains V for Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee.


ust because you have silver hair coming in and you want to go grey gracefully doesn’t mean it has to be a silver colour,” she says. “We help you discover if you are warm or cool based in hair, skin and eyes, and from there we help you decide the best look for you.” While those with a warm base suit silver hair with soft champagne, sandy iris, strawberry beige, or translucent butterscotch tones, those with a cool base suit silver dove, champagne lilac or platinum iris. “Getting your colour undertone is so important and when this is done right it gives your face an instant brightening, lift and can take years off,” Vicki says. “Get it wrong and you will feel drab and look drained and older… consultation is key!”

Christchurch’s Silver/Grey Specialists

Now 21 years in business, through good times and bad, Via Sollertia has always been committed to leaving no stone unturned to design, create and supply the perfect piece of jewellery just for you, no matter your budget.

Book your hair appointment or complimentary consultation at now! 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 3pm Saturday Via Sollertia Jewellery 11 New Regent St, Christchurch 03 366 8001

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Home to some of the finest artwork in the South Island from over 50 New Zealand artists, including paintings, pottery wood turning, jewellery glassware, sculptures & ceramics. Clarence Lane, 34 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs P. 027 432 5914 E.

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A thrill seeker’s paradise with a touch of relaxation and a sprinkle of fine dining sums up Canterbury’s resort town, Hanmer Springs. But recently, it has been the muchanticipated events that have had visitors flocking from far and wide.

A great place to relax and chill or enjoy an adventure or two. Ph 03 315 5144 or 0800 555 596


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Included in each room booking deliciously prepared wine and platters The Wallace Peak Cottage I Lodge Accommodation Weddings I Events & Conferences

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anmer Motorfest, Honour Festival, 4&8 Hour MTB Challenge, The Bandquet, Half Marathon And 10km Fun Run, Old Forest Hanmer Hundred and the Bivouac Outdoor Mt Isobel Challenge are all happening in the next four months. Naturally, visitors will be needing somewhere to rest their heads after a busy day lapping up the local events on offer. Clear Ridge Apartments offers luxury hospitality with

a smorgasbord of amenities. Full laundry facilities, double deluxe spa baths, free parking, free wifi, outdoor BBQ, heated outdoor swimming and spa pool, 50-plus channels on Sky TV, disabled access units with lifts, fully equipped kitchen, and in-suite spa therapies. Book online using the Clear Ridge website or phone 0800 555 596. Or, for more information contact Rosie and Steve on (03) 315 5144 or email

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Music to our ears

Loved local music, food and drink have become a tried-and-true formula for success in Hanmer, and The Bandquet on 27 March shows no sign of diverting from that equation.


he line-up is a degustation of Kiwi favourites; The Feelers, Jason Kerrison, Kaylee Bell, Sweet Mix Kids, City Limits and the Incrowd. With a promise of six-plus hours of New Zealand music – from Motown funk to country tunes -

you are in for a treat! There will be over 45 delicious food stalls, serving seemingly endless bite-sized options for you to have in hand whilst swaying to some summer tunes. The festival also features

Hanna Spanna’s Silent DJ Cube and a Kidtopian World… just make sure not to get the two mixed up when sending the kids to play. General admission and VIP experience are available through the Eventbrite website.

Children under 18 can receive a free entry ticket to the festival but this does not include access to the Kidtopian World. For more information check out the event page on Facebook, or find all details at the website below.

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A licensed venue with selection of craft beers, variety of ciders, tap beers and wide range of wine collection. Open 7 days a week.

For the ultimate luxurious getaway, set in the heart of beautiful Hanmer Springs, head to the Village Lake Apartments where exceptional hospitality awaits.

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Looking for your happy place out of the hustle & bustle? Then set your landing gear for Hangar 57, Sonter Road, Wigram and enjoy our in-flight service. Check out weekly beers & food truck on Facebook. Thurs, Friday, Sat 12-7pm & Sunday 12-6.


Fruits of love WORDS ELLA SOMERS

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.

HEART BREAK(FAST) 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 impressivelooking) option, or get creative with barbecued stone fruit, balsamic roasted strawberries or homemade real fruit ice cream.




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Grilled Bluff Oysters When grilling oysters, you need to pick a species that is robust enough to stand up to the heat. The firmness of Bluff oysters makes them perfect for popping onto a barbecue with a spoonful of dressing or compound butter. This recipe comes from the early pop-up days of Hiakai. MAKES 12 30 MINUTES

50g thick-cut pancetta, cut into matchsticks 1 large shallot, peeled and finely diced 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely diced 1T piri piri paste Freshly squeezed juice and zest of 1 lime Flaky sea salt 12 Bluff oysters, shucked and kept in the half shell



et a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and allow to cook until the fat renders out, stirring to ensure it caramelises evenly. Add the shallots, garlic and piri piri paste to the pan. Cook until the shallots have softened and started to turn golden brown. Add the lime juice and zest, then remove from the heat. Season with a little flaky sea salt and keep warm until needed. When you’re ready to serve, bring a charcoal grill or barbecue up to a high heat. Put the oysters on the grill in their shells and cook for one minute, until the residual oyster juices in the shell start to bubble. Spoon one teaspoon of the piri piri dressing onto each oyster and cook for another 30 seconds. When the dressing starts to bubble, remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Extracted from Hiakai by Monique Fiso, published by Godwit, Random House NZ, RRP $65. Text © Monique Fiso, 2020. Photography © Amber-Jayne Bain, 2020







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Leftovers lead the way WORDS MORGAN TAIT

Creating new dishes from last night’s (or the night before’s) leftovers is nothing new. But creating whole new products from the remnants of meals past? Welcome to the world of edible upcycling.


ood upcycling - where new edible products are created from leftovers, by-products and surplus food waste - is tipped to become big this year as conscious consumers and food makers alike look for delicious solutions to reducing food waste. In New Zealand, it’s estimated about a third of our food goes to waste. So it’s little surprise foodie heavyweights like Kiwi chefs Nadia Lim and Ben Bayly are fans of the practice. Food upcyclism takes foods which have imperfections – such as unusually shaped or minorly damaged produce, or items close

to its sell-by date – and create whole new edible delights. Upcycled products can include beer brewed from leftover bread - and leftover grain from beer brewing made into bread; damaged or funny looking fruit and veges can be transformed into nutrient-dense powders and sauces, and meat trimmings can become pet food. Kiwis can keep an eye out for local brands like Citizen Collective beer and bread, Deja dog food, and Upcycled Grain Project’s range of upcycled crackers. Let the guilt-free snacking begin!

IndulgeFood Yourself With Gorgeous Gorgeous Food… Freshly baked, healthy, handmade on the premises, gorgeous takeaway food.

Gorgeous Food Open Monday to Friday 6am-3.30pm |66/68 Springs Road, Wigram Retail Shop 03 344 6043 Kitchen 03 344 6044

Delicious Low Carb, Keto and Diabetic food Low Carb, Keto and Diabetic all day menu and cabinet food that changes daily including a variety of slices, cakes and cheesecakes. We also have the best tasting Keto Pies in the City. Come along and check out our extensive retail range of Low carb, Keto, Diabetic and sugar free products which are added to monthly either instore or on our website. We are the one stop shop for all of your specialty dietary requirements.

379 Ilam Road Phone 03 3514414 Open weekdays 7 to 4, weekends 7.30 to 4

The gift of food

Cheese Maestros TRAVELLERS BOXES NOW AVAILABLE! Perfect for getaways or a cute picnic at home, order your customised box today and collect from Riverside Market, 96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.

Valentine’s Day is nearly here. We have some seriously delicious treats available to suit every taste and budget! Surprise that special someone with the gift of food.

Email: | Phone: Kate +64 27 2459043

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SEEMS LIKE SEAFOOD Plant-based burgers are old news, and plant-based seafood is in, according to vegan media site, The Beet. Made with konjac, carrot and cellular agriculture (yes, lab-grown), there’s plant-based tuna, crab and fish cakes.

“BACON” IS BACK Finally, an answer to the, “But, what about bacon?” question often posed to plant-based converts. More and more plant-based bacon and pork alternatives are making their way onto shelves, in all their smoky-flavoured glory.


Powering up plants for 2021 WORDS ELLA SOMERS

Including more plants on your plate is nothing new, but the global appetite for meat alternatives is tipped to just keep growing in 2021. A win for your health, and the environment, it’s hard to fault this trending food philosophy. So here are Metropol’s suggestions on how to up your plant intake and add a few new foodie tricks to your repertoire.

Don’t fret if the idea of never touching steak again sends chills down your spine. Adapting a flexitarian mindset ensures you get to keep your rib-eye or cheese - just eat them in moderation. Start by making plants and pulses the heroes of your meal, instead of meat.

SO MUSHROOM FOR CHANGE Already a rich and flavourful favourite, mushrooms are getting a meaty reboot for 2021. Mushroom meats resembling steak, meat patties and even braised beef are all the rage overseas. Keep an eye out for fungal proteins called Mycoprotein and mycelium, too.

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Tantalisingly exquisite food


rendy Moorhouse Avenue eatery, The Good Street Deli, not only offers delicious high tea, café menu and cabinet food – it also has hand crafted chocolate treats, too. Their popular high teas offer a mouth-watering selection of sweet and savoury items to satisfy any palate, and the unique Callebaut chocolates ensure the highest quality flavours, shapes and colours that must be seen (and tasted) to be believed. The Head Chef Edwin is experienced and passionate about hospitality and cuisine, being a Shanghai-trained pastry chef who has worked for the Heritage Hotel in Queenstown and Waipuna Hotel in Auckland. Open daily from 7am–3pm on weekdays and 9am–3pm on weekends.

The Good Street Deli 12 Moorhouse Ave (inside the Opus building) | Ph: 03 366 0066 38 4 February, 2021 Metropol

In your glass A sophisticated tipple never goes astray. Metropol writer Nicholas Henare discovers the best drops at Big Daddy’s liquor stores this month.

Chivas Regal 18 years

700ml, $89.99

Chivas Regal was founded in 1786, with its home being in the Strathisla distillery at Keith Moray in Speyside, Scotland and is the oldest continuously operating Highland distillery. Chivas Regal has been a market-leading Scotch whisky aged 12 years and older in Europe and Asia Pacific. This blended whisky has been the world’s fourth best seller since 2016 and the winner of numerous awards and accolades.

Big Daddy’s Stores Blenheim Road 280 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton (03) 343 1523 Brougham Street 151 Waltham Road, Sydenham 03) 3665737 Eastgate 227 Linwood Avenue, Linwood (03) 381 3660 Shirley 205 Hills Road, Shirley (03) 386 0528 Parklands 60 Queenspark Drive, Parklands (03) 383 2478 Hillmorton 7 Halswell Road, Hillmorton (03) 338 7733 Rangiora 28 High Street, Rangiora (03) 310 8200

House of Fine Wines and Good Spirits

When you first get the waft of this whisky classic, an elegant multilayered aroma of dried fruit, spices and buttery toffee touches the nose. And that first taste? Exceptionally rich and smooth. A velvety dark chocolate palate with elegant floral flavours and a gentle sweet mellow smokiness. The finish is rich, elegant, and long. A truly complex blend with 85 flavours in every drop. A fine addition to any whisky shelf.

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin This fine gin has a lot of bang for buck. A great taste of oriental botanicals it has an exceptional gin taste that will get your guns going. Made in a shed at the edge of a lake by a small Irish town, this gin really is bespoke with a mix of great citrus and gunpowder tea. Drumshanbo…BANG!

700ml, $89.99

The Glenlivit 12 years The Glenlivit is an exceptional whisky with vibrant aromas of summer meadows and tropical fruits, notably pineapple. With floral notes, there is also smooth and sweet fruit tones of fresh peaches pairs, vanilla, marzipan and fresh hazelnuts. The iconic whisky expression representing this iconic brand’s Speyside-house style.

700ml, $64.99

Whitley Neill Floral A London dry gin made with African botanicals including extracts from the Baobab Tree (known as the Tree of Life). It is made in a one-hundredyear-old copper pot still, and straight from the family recipe book – eight generations later. Try with tonic and a slice of orange on a hot summer day.

700ml, $54.99

Fords London Dry Gin Distilled in London at Thames Distillers, Fords Gin is a collaboration between eighth generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell and Simon Ford at the 86 Company. A modern take on a classic, Fords starts with a traditional base of juniper and coriander seed and is balanced by citrus, florals and spices that are steeped for 15 hours before being distilled. Each creates the perfect, versatile base for any gin-inspired cocktail.

700ml, $59.99

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In your kitchen

BESPOKE PLATTERS Bespoke Platters use local produce to create grazing tables that not only tastes delicious, but will be the centerpiece of your next event. Bespoke caters for all occasions from kids parties to large corporate functions. Ph. 027 322 5345

CRAZY DAVES THE FRUIT & VEGE SPECIALIST Central Otago stone fruit is in plentiful supply right now. Check out our fresh NZ corn, watermelon, rock and honeydew melon, royal gala and pacific beauty apples too. An abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables coming in daily. Like our Facebook page for daily specials. 227 Blenheim Road, Riccarton Ph.03 343 6234

TI ANI WILD & ORGANIC TEA Built from a lifelong obsession with wild teas in Aotearoa, Tī Ani loose leaf teas are blended for health and wellbeing helping you to experience the world of beneficial teas. See our range of wild harvested and international tea blends at Riverside Collective or

Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too. Fine. Food. Fast. Takeaway Cafe and Delicatessen. Monday to Saturday 9am to 2pm Ph. 03 357 4516 027 469 0206 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside



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Hand crafted, unique, artisan and NZ made products including home and garden decor, plants, furniture, clothing and accessories for all ages, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products, pet care, giftware, gourmet food, pony rides and more. Every 3rd Sunday of the month during the summer season! Upcoming dates: 21 Feb, 21 March 788 Old Tai Tapu Road (child & dog friendly).



Korean Fried “Yum Yum” Chicken Spicy, Sweet Soy & Garlic, Lemon.

Order your summer holiday grazing platters – we are especially happy to create smaller platters for couples to enjoy and/or families, larger groups including corporates, weddings etc. Keto, vegan and GF platters available starting from $40. E: Ph. 03 315 7190

New original style Juicy Tenders in-store now. Online orders: Phone orders: 03 386 2880 114 Marshland Road, Shirley 40 4 February, 2021 Metropol


COUNTRY KITCHEN BAKERY Try our famous Mexican pie now. Everything you love about nachos smacked into a pie covered in crunchy corn chips & cheese. As well as our Creamy chicken range: butter / Thai / country / cranberry brie / apricot cream cheese only at Country Kitchen Bakery Redwood! 356b Main North Road, Redwood Ph. 03 352 8111


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Wekas are known as cheeky food-stealing birds, but at Purple Weka Café & Bar, the food is the one stealing the show. Teamed with a welcoming atmosphere and impeccable service, this is one local hospitality hotspot worth adding to your 2021 to-do list.

wner Stewart McDougall says the fare is made on-site with fresh ingredients (including house-made jams and relish) and serves up time-honoured favourites. “Our food is quite traditional and all cooked on the premises apart from some pies,” he says. “Our most popular dish is the savoury mince served with a soft poached egg, or the creamy mushrooms served with bacon on grilled ciabatta.” Much like the playful bird, the atmosphere at the Purple Weka is fun and friendly. “Our café is a fun place to visit, often with peals of laughter coming from the diners interacting with the team,” says Stewart. Add some Purple Weka magic to your next meal out, or enquire about catering for your next event. You’ll find them at 48 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch. Phone orders are welcome on (03) 366 0258 or browse the menu online.

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Summer in North Canterbury In a summer where every trip out of the house feels like a special treat, make the most of our freedoms with a trip to North Canterbury. The scenic region is undoubtedly at its best in high summer, and just a short drive away from central Christchurch, how could you not stop in? WINE It would be negligent to start this article with anything other than a nod to this globally renowned Waipara wine region. Here, you’ll find 200km of prime viticulture territory – all set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. Stop at any number of wineries to enjoy a glass of the good stuff.

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…AND DINE And while you’re there, you may as well tuck into the boutique gourmet cuisine offerings, too. Not only is North Canterbury home to beautiful wine-making, it is also teeming with artisan foodie delights. From Rangiora’s cafes and riverside bars to the winery restaurants – the eateries await any occasion.

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COASTAL CRUISING Summer is not complete without checking out a new, or favourite, beach spot. And the North Canterbury coast has plenty to choose from. Admire the marine wildlife from Kaikoura, or visit Gore Bay or Motunau Beach, where you can admire the coastal cliffs while swimming in your pick of a dip in the sea or river.

RELAX AND WIND DOWN Take a moment to soak it all in, while soaking in the hot pools at Hanmer. This is a favoured spot for Cantabs for a reason: Close enough to head for a night or two, but far enough to feel like an escape. Hanmer has a crowd-pleasing balance of relaxing activities, as well as nature walks, mountain biking and adventure activities.


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FEELING FESTY The North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival on March 7 is a highlight on summer events calendars. A day of feasting, dancing and of course tasting spectacular wines, the festival is set under the oaks at Glenmark Domain with tickets starting at just $29. Soak in the atmosphere while sipping on some awardwinning wines. Metropol 4 February, 2021 43

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Time for recess


Carve out some practical and aesthetically pleasing space with a wall recess. Maximising wall cavities, a well-thought-out recess adds depth and interest to bathrooms, bedrooms and indoor and outdoor living.


n the bathroom, recessed shelving in the shower can sophisticatedly store otherwise cluttered-looking products without employing a caddy. In the bedroom, a wall recess can replace a bedhead and side tables by providing an interesting feature without scrimping on practicality. In living areas, a wall recess can mimic a mantle piece, shelving or even seating. Outdoors, a recessed seat built into a wall or fence is functional design at its finest, providing a striking addition to al fresco dining and lounging. Installing lighting on the roof of the recess adds extra mood to a space, helping to achieve ambiance subtly, without the need for fixed roof lighting or lamps. And don’t be boxed in either, explore curved and asymmetrical recesses for added artistic touches. An obvious consideration with a wall recess is its execution, which would require a very handy DIYer or, more likely, a builder and plasterer. However, if a new build or room remodel are in your sights – consider employing a recess to add long-term function, style and interest.

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Insights and Accidents 2020 finished with a bang for me or should I say, a knock! On New Year’s Eve, I was unceremoniously and rather dramatically hit by a car and knocked off my mountain bike. The shock, the bruises and the reversal in my tenuous cycling confidence, whilst not critical or bonebreaking, has given me the chance to dust off my thinking as we move into 2021. 2021 feels like a beautiful chance for all of us to rethink different aspects of our lives, for me at least. Professionally, it’s already feeling like a full year. I expect the market to continue in its current state, with strong buyer demand, some stand-out – if not exceptional – prices, and land to be highly sought-after by entry-level investors (most of the developers are actively hunting). It’s also easy to imagine some respite for buyers with regard to choice, as the new year summer-flush run of property enters the marketplace.


For investors, there are a number of dynamics. ‘Boomers’ (sorry for the label!) are not offloading investment portfolio properties like they might once have done. Reasons for this include the fact that returns are higher than for bank deposits and the belief returns will only improve with increasing tenant demand. There are also more and more people contemplating property investment and I’m not going to comment on the proposed reinstatement of LVR restrictions, but I will comment on this. These are unusual times, they are adverse to anything any of us might have seen before, and the optimism that conditions have produced is contagious. 2021 is expected to deliver us out of the uncertainty of 2020, but one border slip-up could see us all changing places and once again our world could be upended. That’s why it’s important to not only work

diligently but look at yourself honestly: is what I’m doing what I want to be doing? And am I doing it to the best of my ability? I’m a ‘yes’ and a ‘yes’, but we’re all only an outbreak or in my own case, a potential accident, away from not getting the chance to really consider our year, our lives and our potential. I’d like to embrace qualities of courage, perseverance, empathy, kindness and – a tough one – patience, and I wish you all luck with your own journey, personal or professional, in 2021. P.S. for those of you who are cycling purists or know my lovely husband well, the picture above is not the bike he gave me!

Lynette McFadden

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We are excited to announce the appointment of Jane Meyer to the Gold Leadership Team as Executive Manager, based in the Papanui Office. Jane has been involved in the real estate industry for over 30 years as a Licensee Agent, Sales Manager, Operations Manager managing the East Side division of Harcourts gold Real Estate, and for 5 years with the Ray White Leadership Team as Regional Manager for the South Island.

Jane was also awarded the REINZ Manager of the Year for 2015. In working across all these fields, it’s clear that Jane’s clinical real estate skills and highly tuned interpersonal skills make for a perfect fit for the Harcourts gold business. We are absolutely delighted to have Jane as a member of our leadership team.


Back wall in Resene Just Dance; side wall in Resene Sorbet; distressed floor in Resene Poured Milk over a basecoat of Resene Rebel; side table in Resene Sunbaked; base of jute ottoman in Resene Colorwood Pitch Black; mesh platter in Resene XOXO; pendant light in Resene Despacito; vases in Resene Irresistible (tall), and Resene FX Metallic Rose Gold (small).

Sofa from Soren Liv, borneo basket and rug from Republic Home; throw from Allium; basket and tall glass from Indie Home Collective; cactus artwork by Amber Armitage; cushion from Madder & Rouge. Styling: Claudia Kozub | Images: Wendy Fenwick.

Pretty in pinks It has been the darling of recent times: Millennial pink has appeared in all walks of life from clothing, products, accessories, hair and makeup, and interiors. And these sweeter truer shades of pink are now morphing in two directions – to dusky peaches and nudes, and to soft fresh lilacs. 46 4 February, 2021 Metropol


he Resene The Range fashion colour fandeck has a rich range of such colours, from those that are almost terracotta, to others that are the slightest whisper of pink. Together, they create a dreamy palette that has the warm vibrancy of a desert sunset, or the faded beauty of ancient buildings. As with millennial pink, this newer colour is not one specific colour but can be many. Think salmon, wafer, biscuit, nude and pale coral. In combination, these colours are like a pale, glorious sunset. The surge of smoky pink and peach into our current culture

has opened the door for androgynous and adult pinks of so many shades. It’s gentle, compassionate, composed, free-spirited, nurturing and youthful. It can be used as an accent colour or as a neutral depending on which version of the colour you choose – the muddier versions work well as neutrals. It’s not sickly sweet, but can be sophisticated, glamorous and edgy. In this room, using two muted peachy pinks together means the space doesn’t become overpowering. The lighter colour, Resene Sorbet, is used as a neutral, leaving the darker colour, Resene Just Dance, as a feature wall to frame the white linen sofa. Adding to the soft weathered look is a distressed floor of Resene Poured Milk over a Resene Rebel basecoat, sanded back in random areas, and the round side table is in the aptly named Resene Sunbaked.

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A modern barn-style build with a village lifestyle was the dream for a Scotsman and his Kiwi family. By enlisting DJ Hewitt Builders to do it once and do it right, their complete wishlist was granted. Immaculately built to look authentically imperfect, the board and batten exterior plays with different widths, under a sizeable single-pitch roof. Designer Darren O’Neil’s concept of a 310sqm barn on the 726sqm Tai Tapu section perfectly soaks in views and sunlight. The grand roof space created a full-height second story, where one lucky son is in his element in the 86sqm studio/bedroom and ensuite, which would someday make a perfect space for a home business. Choosing open entrances, the master bedroom’s walk-through ‘robe lies behind a duck-egg blue floating wall. Similarly, the kitchen opens to the scullery with display shelves, and adjoining laundry, which can be closed off. Down the hallway, you are guided to the

powder room by the illumination of the back-lit mirror, which leads to the bathroom and separate toilet. Detailed inlays on draws and cupboards in the kitchen and living area adds a classic vibe to neutral tones, including the sunny window-seat nook. The base provides extra storage, as does other clever cavity spaces throughout the house. An ode to the bonnie isles, is the whisky lounge. A dark navy feature wall, and board and batten backdrop for the gas fire, sets the scene for a wee dram or two. The clients were glad they engaged interior consultant Tara Hewitt for her keen eye for additional details and stylish suggestions in every room of the home. Of note, was Daryl Hewitt’s weekly critical path explaining how the project was tracking, as was peace of mind during lockdown with extra security on the site which was always left immaculate. Everything was made easy for what the owners say is, “our happy place.”

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Portable outdoor comforts

An umbrella to shield those sunny rays. Mocka Classic Black Beach Umbrella

A day at the beach, picnic in the garden or weekend at the bach can be made ever more enjoyable with some simple comforts. Here are Metropol’s picks of portable outdoor furniture to help you chase the last of the summer days.

Serve up picturesque cuisine and libations on an outdoor ottoman. OZ Design Furniture Water Hyacinth Ottoman

A snuggly rug for picnics, and when the temperature drops. Tolly McRae Merino Wool Throw

Read, socialise and sunbathe on a cosy bean bag. Citta Bean Bag in Moss

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Indulge your passion for the past while enjoying the modern comforts of the present. Designed with distinction by renowned Architect Edward England in 1925 and now fully restored to meet todays structural, technical and insulation requirements, situated within one of the most admired & sought-after parts of the city. With desirable schools & quality amenities on the doorstep, this Tudor revival masterpiece provides an abundance of space to spread out & entertain, an exclusive location & an exceptional opportunity for families of all ages & stages to live a life less ordinary! Or perhaps a unique business opportunity awaits? - #2364149

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Creating beautiful one-off pieces of furniture and bespoke joinery for your home or office for 45 years. We are also specialists in retro double-glazing of wooden windows. Talk to us today to turn your vision into reality.

Customised Louvre Roofs for all year round. Over 15 years manufacturing and installing louvres.

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Louvre Roofs I Gates I Fences I Chimney Cowls Horizontal & Vertical Sun Louvres Cedar Louvres I Commercial & Residential I 10 Year Warranty phone 0275 356 286


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Smart storage solutions Kitchens - Windows - Doors - Wardrobes Whether it’s a wardrobe for the bedroom, storage unit for the garage or smart shelving for your office, Timber Tru have the experience and skills to create your dreams. They can match the existing look and feel or create a brand new vision, working from your ideas or architectural plans. | Ph: 03 389 2986 |

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Outdoor entertaining, covered Being sun smart takes on a new meaning with louvre roofs, the modern way to maximise your outdoor living in any season. And with Louvre Solutions, your summer al fresco living doesn’t have to end with the season.


ummer is undoubtedly the social season – enjoying chilled drinks and hot barbecues with friends and family in gardens, poolside and on decks and patios. These outdoor spaces become extensions of our indoor living areas, and when maximised can keep

providing living space whatever the weather (and temperature). Louvre Solutions specialises in exactly that: Creating custom outdoor spaces which suit your home, lifestyle and budget. Owner Craig Rogers knows how to create the perfect outdoor space – he’s been designing,

manufacturing and installing louvre products for 16 years. “Whether entertaining, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, we can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition,” he says. The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection. Or, how about a raincensored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down or motorized side screens, LED lighting, and heat lamps. “Our roofs are waterproof and you will no longer need to cover your outdoor furniture, BBQ’s and upholstery as they will be protected from the harsh New Zealand elements.” The systems not only conform to all wind and snow load requirements but the louvres look slick and integrate

flawlessly into any architectural style, and can be added during a new build or during renovations. “Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space,” says Craig. Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from 100% recyclable extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain. “Due to the evolution of systems and keeping our manufacturing process and resourcing local we are able to offer a premium product at an affordable cost.” Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies. Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory. A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks. Visit www.louvresolutions. for more information or contact Craig on 027 5356 286. Metropol 4 February, 2021 51

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Fresh start for 2021 After a busy run up to Christmas with lots of support from locals and not-so-locals, The Ivy has popped away its Christmas goodies and freshened its feel to welcome 2021.

Ruby Six has a fantastic selection of gorgeous bags. Available in-store or online

Gifts for loving married couples at Barrington Gifts.


isitors will find some new additions alongside the always beautiful range of home fragrance, books, blankets, homewares and gifts for garden, babies and children. The new foodie corner, which features a variety of goods from The Mediterranean Food Warehouse, is a tempting range of cookbooks, cookware and foodie products. The late arrival of ELK’s summer range of clothing, shoes and accessories also has something for everyone and is reduced by up to 50 percent to add some great buys to your summer wardrobe! A lovely range of must-have quick-drying, absorbent and colourful Turkish towels from brand Izzy & Jean are also instore. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends 11am to 4pm. Follow @theivysumner on Instagram and The Ivy on Facebook.

NEW Flox jigsaws available at Industria.

Lots more furniture available at Dusty Old Things

The Nature Series Photographic art by IBK Photography available at The Welder and

Beautiful selection of baby and children’s books and accessories at The Ivy.

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Barrington Mall, Christchurch Tel: 337-2337 South City and Barrington Mall, Barrington Mall, Christchurch Christchurch. Tel: 337-2337 Tel: 337-2337

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Home furnishings are taking a tactile turn in 2021, with textured furniture following in the footsteps of fixed surfaces and turning our homes into three dimensional havens. Where clean lines and smooth exteriors have evolved on glass panes (now fluted), tiles (now raised and irregular) and wallpaper (now textured), furniture is joining in.

Anna + Nina Twisted Candles from Ruby Sweetpea & Willow Umage Audacious Cabinet in Silver Grey


here timber feature walls are taking over interior architecture; cabinetry is embracing the same midcentury inspired grooves, slats and reeded detailing over flat fronts on every-room storage from wardrobes, sideboards and buffets to drawers and desks. Soft furnishings are also continuing to employ tactile upholstery. Occasional chairs, sofas and seating are

appearing in fluffy sheepskin, plush velvets and strokable corduroy. Thickly woven wool and flax fabrics are also sitting pretty, offering more subtle yet sustainable natural fibre finishes. Even décor is getting a touchy-feely reboot for the new year. Ever-popular candles are appearing in architectural curves, glassware is fluted and ceramics are perfectly imperfect.

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Prep & preserve February is time to reap all fruits (and vegetables) of your garden labour, which also means it’s prime time to preserve those excess edibles – and then prepare that empty soil for the cooler months ahead. Metropol has compiled some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your February garden. PICK OF THE BUNCHES Pick fruit daily to encourage late fruiting, and boost berries with targeted feed for an autumn growth spurt. While harvesting, try to gather up rotten and damaged fruit from the ground and tree as well. Be careful not to compost any diseased or infested leaves and fruit.

PLANTING THE SEED Keep planting late summer crops of new lettuce, spinach, kale and herbs like parsley and basil. Broccoli, rhubarb, carrots, beetroot and cabbage are also ready to plant – as well as spicy chilis (if you dare). It’s also a great time to plant your citrus for zesty summers to come.



Once fruit trees have stopped fruiting, prune to shape and remove dead or diseased branches. Think ahead for your winter veges, and not let weeds take residence in the spaces left from harvested edibles. Instead, plant salad or winter greens, or bee magnets like calendula and marigolds.

Don’t let any excess fruit and veges go to waste - fill your pantry with preserved apricots, black boy peaches, omega plums, yellow plums, granny smith apples, figs, tomatoes, zucchini and berries. Or, start making chutneys, jams and sauces.

FLORAL FANCIES Pick roses, hydrangeas, carnations, delphiniums, lilies, sweet peas, gypsophila, agapanthus, sunflowers and geraniums. Plant fuchsia, petunias, impatiens, dahlias, marigolds, nemesia and wallflower.

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Telling tool tales WORDS ELLA SOMERS

When it comes to putting your dreams into action for your yard, you need the right tools for the job. Here are Metropol’s tips for the tools to lead you down the right garden path.

Gloves, boots, action! Whether it is to protect yourself from contaminated soil, prickly plants, sharp objects or heavy items, pull on those boots and put on those gloves before you get started. Your future self’s unscathed hands and feet will thank you for it!

Shear the love Easy to use and intensely satisfying, pruning shears give you the ability to practise your hairdressing skills and keep your garden tidy and healthy at the same time. Multitasking at its finest.

Dig it A trusty shovel is a landscaper’s bestie. From trench to planting, a shovel is a landscaping non-negotiable. The tricky part can be choosing the right one; there is handle length, weight, shape and sharpness and size to consider.

Rake it off Leave no debris behind with a rake that can help you tidy up those never-ending autumn leaves, as well as load other clippings and cuttings into your trailer or wheelbarrow. A general garden rake can help with weightier waste, or a leaf rake with more delicate debris.

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In a state of evolution, the Garden City’s architectural typology is nothing short of distinct. New building façades play with eye catching angles, colours and materials – a welcome addition to the archetypal concrete and stone buildings known to the city, as we usher in a new era of forward-thinking urban architecture which pays homage to the past.

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In a state of evolution, the Garden City’s architectural typology is nothing short of distinct. New building façades play with eye catching angles, colours and materials – a welcome addition to the archetypal concrete and stone buildings known to the city, as we usher in a new era of forward-thinking urban architecture which pays homage to the past.

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Welcome to Christchurch!

Health at the forefront

A growing number of Kiwis are eyeing up Ōtautahi Christchurch as a tempting place to live. Twenty per cent of those recently surveyed said they were open to relocating to Christchurch within the next five years.

Like many of you, I am sure, I have spent time over the Christmas break reflecting on the tumultuous events of 2020 and constantly reminding myself just how fortunate we are in New Zealand to be able to live relatively normal lives compared to so many others around the world.


his is a great indicator of the vibrancy and profile of our city. We regularly gauge the perceptions of people outside of the city, including their willingness to travel or move to Christchurch. Perceptions are important. How people view our city, what they know, what they don’t know and how they speak about it influences our economic growth. Waitaha Canterbury requires an additional 70,000 workers over the next 15 years to fill vacancies created by an aging population. We’re competing not just nationally, but globally, to attract a strong workforce. If we want to maintain and grow our market share of the national economy, we need to

work hard to attract people to the city and to understand what drives behaviours and perceptions. Some of the most important factors are the cost of living, housing affordability, housing quality and ease of getting around – all areas in which Christchurch outperformed both Auckland and Wellington. These results are hugely positive for the city, but there is always more work to do. We know people want to see more employment opportunities available in the city. So attracting businesses, supporting innovation and creating more high-value decent jobs will continue to be a priority for us in 2021 and beyond.


t is very clear we are not out of the woods yet. Many in the health sector still consider further community outbreaks of Covid-19 as inevitable (not if, but when) and that underpins the need for all of us to remain disciplined and vigilant. There is a sense that we are over the worst and that we can ease off a little. However, that would be a big mistake, and one we cannot afford to make. The health sector has performed remarkably well throughout the crisis and will be at the forefront of our minds as we roll

out vaccinations in the coming year. None of us should forget that health activities contribute to approximately 10 percent of New Zealand GDP and the one in 10 people employed in New Zealand are working in healthrelated areas. It is very clear that all activities related to heath are vital to each of us. We need to fully appreciate that here in Canterbury where so much good is being done in the sector, there is much opportunity to do better.

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Rebuilding our city

Time to start-up

This month we will take a moment to remember all that Christchurch lost on February 22 a decade ago.

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t’s also a natural point to consider how far we have come in that time. Responsibility for the delivery of the Crownled anchor projects was handed to Ōtākaro Limited in 2016. While a significant amount of demolition and planning work had been done by that time, a lot of land sat bare. By February 2017, though, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial was opened. Construction began on the first homes in One Central a few months later and the adjoining Rauora Park opened later that year. We’ve enjoyed the River Promenade for three summers now and Te Pae Christchurch

Convention Centre and the South Frame are nearing completion. No one will tell you the process has been perfect. Tricky ground, a strained construction sector and now a pandemic have all played a part. But the scale of what has been achieved is noteworthy. We are on the cusp of something special with the Avon River Precinct finishing around April, Te Pae on track to open later this year and the Metro Sports Facility around a year later. Christchurch will then be home to some of the finest facilities and public places you’ll find anywhere in the country.



hy then do we have so few start-up versus small business founders? What’s the difference between a small business and a start-up? Start-ups are only temporarily small and usually based around innovation with global scale. The intention from the beginning is to ‘Go Big’. But, while there are 530,000 Kiwi small businesses, there are only around 500 high growth start-ups. Why? Is it more challenging to grow a start-up than a small business? Not necessarily. Plenty of small business owners work 14-hour days, carry immense amounts of stress, and are equally ambitious. I believe, for the most part,

the reason we have so few start-up versus small business founders is in the vision. This is not a criticism, but, in the long term, high growth startups will create our future economy and drive national job growth. In the US, almost every new job created since 1977 was created by a start-up. Now, more than ever, New Zealand needs more start-up founders to alleviate our reliance on primary industry exports and invent our future worldleading industries. So, if you’re already in the entrepreneurial trenches, begin your 2022 strategy planning session in thinking what value your business might offer the world.

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New year; new opportunity

A decade to remember

Ngā mihi o te tau hou Happy new year! As I write my first Metropol column of 2021, I strongly believe the year ahead is full of possibility.

This month sees the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that changed our lives and our city forever. We will always honour the memory of the lives who were lost, and we will always ensure the lessons we have learned remain embedded within our city’s way of doing things for the future.


e have come off the back of a tumultuous year, our lives upended by Covid-19 heralding a new normal in the way we live, and the way we conduct business. Almost overnight, there was a change in what was possible, with many shifting to remote working, virtual learning and online shopping. There was also not the predicted economic freefall. After the initial shock, economic activity proved far stronger and more persistent than first thought. Many key sectors fared better than expected, with the city seeing an overall spending increase of 4 percent for December 2020 to $604m compared with the same month last year. Spending

in the central city was up 9 percent to $51m for the same period. Domestic visitor spend was also up 20 percent, reaching $54m (although unable to offset the 76 percent drop in international spend). As we leave the holiday season it is important we continue to honour the mantra of buy and support local, and embrace our uniqueness, building on existing strengths and stay willing to incorporate new approaches. If we leverage Covid-19 as a catalyst for positive change, we can accelerate our transformation to a more productive and sustainable economy, living up to the promise of a happy and prosperous new year.


ur experience in the past decade has left us much better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead, and we can face the future with optimism and confidence. At the same time, we are grateful for the opportunity reimagining our city has allowed. We know there is more to be done, but we have turned the corner. We know a vibrant city centre is vital to the whole city’s wellbeing. Te Papa Ōtākaro /Avon River Precinct is almost complete and has already turned our central city to face the river. It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves

and the natural environment that makes us so special. I’ve been talking to many people who have visited our city for the first time in a long time. And they tell me they can see we are truly the city of the future. For many New Zealanders returning home from overseas or shifting out of the Auckland housing market where the average house price has hit $1m, this is making us their city of choice right now. We will build on that as more people see the opportunities that are our city’s legacy of what happened a decade ago.

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Good things take time The process of conceiving a civic project of importance can span not just months, but years and even decades.


’ve been lucky in my career to be involved in several pieces of public architecture, but none more interesting than the recently opened Heritage Centre on Rakiura Stewart Island. Born out of necessity to

provide a new purpose-built facility to re-house the island’s museum exhibition, the project began almost 10 years ago. As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the island in over 25 years,

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of the anchor of the waka, the vessel that holds the taonga of Rakiura. The striking form of the building represents the prow of the vessel which floats above the ground paying homage to the maritime reference. Two physical anchors representing the Maōri and European history of Rakiura Stewart Island proudly anchor the building to the site. The preservation and conservation of a history as rich as Rakiura, Aotearoa’s Anchor, is a testament to the tireless efforts of the volunteers of the Rakiura Heritage Trust. As a designer for WSP Architecture I am proud to have been involved as it reflects our kaupapa of, “creating what matters for future generations”. This socially conscious piece of civic architecture continues our legacy to create spaces and places for all to enjoy. There has never been a better time for New Zealanders to reconnect with their heritage and I recommend a visit to not only the museum but to experience the hospitality of the local community - you won’t be disappointed!



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Time to tackle home projects As you head into the business end of summer, your home projects for 2021 might be on your mind. And if that includes EQC repairs, home renovations, extensions, or even a new build, then WD Build and Hardy Projects are your go-to companies for a successful and productive year.


irectors Mitchell James and Paul Hardy, have been at the forefront of the EQC programme since its inception. They help owners with the process from the paperwork at the very beginning, to handing over beautifully finished homes at the completion of the project.

Whether you are contemplating a project that brings an ‘as is where is’ home back to life, or whether your repairs fall more into the cosmetic line, Mitchell and Paul are happy to help. “If you have lodged a claim with EQC, ensuring you have a team of people able to

assist you with aspects of your application is important. You need to be comfortable with the experts that you engage, such as structural and geotechnical engineers, builders and architects. WD Build and Hardy Projects can really help you if you are in this space.

They can assist with: • Assessing the earthquake damage to your property, propose an appropriate repair strategy and provide a quote to complete those repairs. • Leading the repair work on your property. • Engaging and managing any necessary specialists or sub-contractors (such as engineers, electricians and plumbers). • Signing off on the completed work. So, if you’re a homeowner who has registered with EQC and now need to engage a contactor to get things moving along, Paul says: “Just pick up the phone and talk to us about an initial free assessment of your home and we’ll make a plan from there.”


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The art of tiling If you happen to wander through the city along the Avon River anytime this summer, and marvel at the length, breadth and beauty of the tiled walkway beneath your feet, cast a thankful thought to Dragonstone Paving for helping make Ōtautahi Christchurch beautiful again.


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Avon Precinct, the pathway and barbecue area at the Margaret Mahy playground, Rangiora’s High Street and Kaiapoi Riverbank walkway are but a few examples of the awe-inspiring work produced in Christchurch and throughout Canterbury.

As are the many commercial projects of roundabouts, carparks and public walkways, and residential projects, such as driveways, gardens, pools, and barbecue and patio areas, that all bear the distinctive artistic hallmark of Dragonstone Paving.

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“The replacement building will provide improved indoor community sports facilities for the public, including changing rooms and toilets,” says a Christchurch City Council spokesperson. The funding is part of a government commitment ahead of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. The Canterbury Cricket Trust – which held the lease over the park site since 2017 – plans to use the proposed replacement building for the current building’s original recreation use. The trust also intends to name the building the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre. While it will be primarily for cricket training, the trust intends to accommodate more community sports like netball, basketball, hockey and futsal training and playing. The centre facilities are in addition to proposed new changing rooms in North Hagley Park.

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r Brightside at the restored Public Trust building on Oxford Terrace and The Pink Lady Rooftop Bar at Muse Hotel on Manchester Street have joined the city’s hospitality offerings in recent months. Seven floors up, The Pink Lady is the latest project from the team behind inner city pub Welles Street, European bistro Earl, and pizzeria and bottle-o, Bottle and Stone. The latest creation of hospitality guru Tom Newfield, the rooftop bar is atop Muse Hotel run by Sarin Hotels, in the 1960s Peter Beavan-designed building. Mr Brightside sits five storeys up, atop the restored Public Trust Building on Oxford Terrace, overlooking the Avon River and the city’s popular redeveloped hospitality hot-spot, The Terrace. Mr Brightside is the bright idea of Jeremy Stevens, who co-owns Aikmans bar in Merivale, and it can hold about 100 people. The Public Trust Office building was designed by celebrated architect Cecil Wood, who drew inspiration from the skyscrapers he saw in New York on a trip in the 1920s.


Both buildings have been restored and reopened for the first time since the earthquakes by property developer and investor Box 112.

And more rooftop bars could be on the way for the Garden City, with The Press reporting a third sky-high spot might be on the cards for the Spark building in Cathedral Square.

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Work begins for retirement WORDS MORGAN TAIT

A sprawling seven-hectare retirement village is on the cards for Kaiapoi, with the first stage earmarked for completion this year. The large scale development is just the latest aged care facility to pop up in the region, as developers respond to the demand of our aging populations.

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hen finished, the impressive settlement will include 76 independent living villas, 267 apartments, 48 residential care beds and 36 memory care beds. Named The Sterling, the project is in the Silverstream Subdivision in Kaiapoi and is being developed by Lime Living Limited.

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Lime Living is established by Alan Edwards, Fred Rahme and Jack Lin who have backgrounds in aged care, urban planning and residential development. The project is designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Marchese Partners, which has more than 15 years of experience creating award-winning, landmark aged care facilities throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. Consent applications submitted to Waimakariri District Council last year showed the proposed complex to be five storeys – the tallest in the region – and included 285 basement carparks as well as a spa, hydrotherapy, hair salon, physio, medical hub, gym, outdoor patio areas and a BBQ area. Architectural renderings also show five storeyed buildings, as well as slick on-trend design elements like

exposed timber cladding and architectural tray, spacious balconies and ample shareduse green space. The Sterling is set to be built in seven stages, the first beginning soon and welcoming residents in the second half of the year. The first stage will incorporate 18 villas, a temporary

community centre along with the main reserve and green spaces. Meanwhile, fellow aged care developer Summerset Group has purchased land to build a nine-hectare development nearby in Rangiora for over 300 independent homes. The main building of Summerset’s

Casebrook development also opened in March, with 88 percent of accommodation offerings pre-sold. Stage 2 of Arvida’s Park Lane in central Christchurch is also set to open this year with 79 apartments, making it one of the largest multistorey mass buildings in New Zealand.

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Generosity propels cathedral restoration Another sizable donation from a Christchurch businessman and former politician has put the restoration of the city’s ChristChurch Cathedral $4 million closer to its fundraising goal.


hilip Burdon, a former National Party MP and frequent member of the National Business Review’s rich list, made the generous donation on top of $1 million already donated after the 2011 earthquakes which decimated the city central’s iconic structure. A $154 million restoration of the cathedral was announced last year as part of the Cathedral Visitors Centre, which will include a café, landscaped garden and museum and retail stores, as well as a Cathedral Centre providing gathering spaces, offices and amenities. When announced in October, the restoration’s leaders,

the ChristChurch Cathedral Reinstatement Trust, said there was a $51.2 million funding shortfall. A fundraising campaign set to be launched in March is seeking to raise $26 million. Post-earthquakes, Burdon led a campaign with fellow former MP, the late Jim Anderton, to save the cathedral from demolition, and recently told The Press he was confident the necessary funds could be raised. “The fundraising events over the next few months are going to be the moment of truth for the restoration campaign to proceed on schedule,” he told the publication. Burdon says he is passionate

about the success of the project because of his, “very personal belief in the unique historical and heritage significance of the cathedral. It is an utterly irreplaceable part of our heritage.” Work on the cathedral has already begun, with large steel frames installed on the outside of the building as part of a stabilisation phase. This phase is fully funded, will cost about $11.8 million, and take about two years. Following this, the next phase for the restoration will be strengthening and reinstatement – for which funding will need to be in place by October this year.

Funding for the supporting buildings which will make up the visitors centre will need to be raised by mid-2022, and for the new tower by mid- 2023. Concept designs (pictured) of the restoration project by Warren and Mahoney in association with international firm Snøhetta and heritage specialists Salmond Reed acknowledge the Anglican Cathedral’s rich history, supported by modern buildings which will play a wider role in the city – and square’s – offerings. The renderings show use of glass and timber to complement and contrast with a reinstated stone cathedral.

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Striking gold in Central Otago

Built into schist, a stunning family home overlooking Lake Dunstan and the Pisa Range blends into the rocky hillside, its simple form creating a symbiosis between the built and natural environments.


unter & Craig Building & Design built this Registered Master Builders House of Year 2021 Gold Award-winning home. It was an evolution of a miner’s cottage Hunter & Craig designed and built on the site four years ago. “The owners wanted the new R and J Architecturedesigned house to look as if the ‘miners’ in the cottage had struck gold,” says Hunter & Craig co-owner, Shaun Hunter. The original miner’s cottage remains on site and is now connected to the main house with a DoC-style boardwalk. Constructed from cedar and local schist, the house is a stunning display of craftsmanship, set against the picturesque natural landscapes with 360-degree views. “The owners wanted the house to look as natural as

possible in the landscape, so we took the utmost care to ensure we didn’t disturb any more rock than we needed to.” That rock needed to be drilled into to lay the foundations, but was no drama for Shaun and business co-owner, Derek Craig. “Although we didn’t design this project, we can do everything from design and consenting to build,” says Shaun. “We can do everything, or just the part of the process you need.” The company specialises in high-end homes in Central Otago, with over 50 years industry experience between the co-owners. Contact Shaun and Derek to talk about your next project. Phone (03) 445 0515, or email

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History repeats – and wins The home at 12 Julius Terrace was an earthquake casualty requiring demolition. Once given the green light for a same site rebuild, the owner’s brief for both architect and builder was to create an exact replica of the original 1910 home, including its chapel.


nd Steve Brown Builders, a trusted name for hill builds from Scarborough to Westmorland, jumped at the opportunity to deliver this unique project.

The completed project was a collaborative triumph for all involved, and for the first time in its 30-year history, Steve Brown Builders entered it in the Registered Master Builders

House of the Year awards. And three regional award wins in Category, Craftsmanship and overall Regional Supreme winner were followed by two national award wins - the National Craftmanship Award and a Special Award for 2020. Of the National Craftmanship award, judges say: “Attention to detail in every part of this home was to a level we’ve rarely seen before. “The builders have gone to great lengths to source materials and products identical to what was used when it was originally built and have left no stone unturned to ensure every part of this home is as exactly as it was before its demise. It now stands proud as part of Christchurch’s wonderful history.”

Of the Special Award, judges commented: “It was so important to the owner that this special piece of Christchurch history not be lost, to that end, he insisted no detail be changed or modified. Traditional craftsmen, including stonemasons, specialist tilers, fibrous plasterers and builders, using building methods of a bygone era, have crafted a building that you would think was the original.” This winner is a build on the flats that Steve Brown Builders can long be proud of, but for now it’s back to what they love; building and renovating beautiful homes on the hills. Phone Steve Brown Builders on (03) 384 4699 or 027 326 956.

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