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Season’s greetings Another year is ending and a new one will soon begin. Who knows how 2022 will pan out, but whatever life throws at Kiwis they will adapt, deal with it and come out stronger.


Ours is a nation built on a pioneering spirit that still endures, despite recent tough times and all that has been thrown at families, businesses and individuals. The festive season is a time to relax a little, make the most of family and friends and be kind to one another. The latter is something we have all become better at, thanks to Covid-19. Looking out for neighbours, thinking about others ahead of ourselves, and giving a little when needed have all become part of daily life. Long may it continue. The coming weeks also bring

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new hope, with the new year. New dreams, new beginnings and also new expectations. Christmas is a time for reflection too; looking back and planning for the future. I’m already planning lots of exciting stories for next year. That I can do so is thanks to all those who help to make this fabulous magazine happen every fortnight. The Metropol team, its advertisers, contributors, readers, and those who grace its pages are all part of weaving its many threads into a multi-award-winning lifestyle read. Have a merry Christmas, happy New Year and stay safe.

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Christmas is the season of celebrating - often with delicious food and festive drinks. This issue is full of ideas for holiday treats, table settings and special gifts to get you in the spirit.

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Check in to Isolation Hotel Cantabrians are encouraged to put themselves in the frame in a new exhibition at Canterbury Museum. Isolation Hotel is a unique, immersive art experience by Auckland artist Heather Straka, brought to Christchurch by the museum in collaboration with SCAPE Public Art.


isitors to the exhibition will check in to a speciallyconstructed set designed to evoke a once opulent but now run-down 1930s German hotel. The set forms the backdrop for a series of Straka’s own photographs, which feature a diverse cast of mysterious characters seeking sanctuary in the hotel. These images recall the epic history and mythology paintings of Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrandt, hinting at soap opera-esque backstories, secrets and dates with destiny. Straka hopes visitors will be able to find a character to

identify with in her photos, but also use the set as a backdrop for their own photos that tell their unique stories. A series of public programmes organised by guest curator Audrey Baldwin will see the set brought to life in a variety of ways throughout the exhibition. Planned programmes including life drawing, poetry, theatre, artists working in the space, film screenings and a cabaret performance. Straka hopes museum visitors embrace the opportunity to express themselves on her set. “I feel that a lot of art can alienate the viewer, but I

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hope Isolation Hotel does the opposite. I’ve left the experience open-ended and enigmatic so people can project their own dreams, desires and anxieties onto the scene. Isolation Hotel can mean whatever you want it to.” Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright says Isolation Hotel is a unique experience and he’s thrilled to be hosting it. “Heather Straka has created a totally wacky experience – it’s certainly unlike anything we’ve had at the museum before! I’m sure it will generate a lot of fun.” Isolation Hotel runs until March 20 next year.

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Celebrating ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and Christmas means different things to different people. Metropol asked a few of our well-known locals about what it means to them.


Lianne Dalziel Christchurch City Mayor Lianne Dalziel plans to spend her Christmas in town catching up with family.


may slip away for a few days afterwards, but a ‘staycation’ is definitely on the cards,” she says. “Last Christmas I helped serve meals at the City Mission lunch, but Covid-19 has put paid to that this year. “People seemed to get a real kick out of having the Mayor serve them, so I had been looking forward to doing that again. It would have been my last time in the role of Mayor. Hopefully an ‘extinguished’ Mayor will be good enough in the future!” For Lianne the Christmas spirit is about coming together with family and friends. “The Christchurch Dalziels connect with the Wellington, Perth and Tokyo Dalziels and chat about the year that was. This is something I always look forward to. And the cousins always put on a Boxing Day barbeque, which is another family get together – except for the cricket fanatics who always watch the Boxing Day Test.” And her most memorable Christmas “was actually the first time I went to England, Scotland and France. I went with my relatively new boyfriend, Robbie, who I fell in love with, and married five years later! That was definitely the best”.

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ne thing I have noticed though, as I get older, is it seems to come around quicker! It’s a time for me to get all the year’s projects together, wrap them up and clear my desk. It’s amazing what you can do in the office in the last three weeks, before Christmas. “In the final countdown of five days, like many others, I rush around buying all those last minute gifts. The final week is very social with drinks and lunches. “Now we have a caravan we’re thinking of all the last minute, “can’t do with-outs” that have to be installed before we head north.” For Mike, Christmas day is generally a long lunch, in the sun, by the pool with the family. “Regrets and guilt, on excessive food intake, generally set in about 5pm when I’m still scoffing 4th and 5th helpings of dessert. Boxing Day we’re on the road with the caravan, wife Rachel and our three dogs. “Golden Bay here we come. Generally two weeks in the region of Motueka and Kaiteriteri. We spend most days (road) cycling, mountain biking, coffees, BBQs and a few gins. “Christmas is friends, family and fun times.”

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will be spending this Christmas with my family in Robinsons Bay in the Banks Peninsula. “As someone who has been locked in Auckland for most of the year, the prospect of being anywhere that isn’t my flat is extremely exciting.” Born and raised in Canterbury, Chris has lived up north for years now, but still considers Christchurch a special home, which makes returning for Christmas all the sweeter. “To me, Christmas is all about the family coming together and sharing our love for one another. “My most memorable Christmas was maybe memorable for the wrong reasons, but I was 10 years old and there was a strong nor’wester blowing through which always gives me a hell of a migraine. “I was very sick in my bedroom, while my cousins and siblings played with the new board game Mouse Trap. “I still want to buy myself that game as I feel robbed of the experience all those years ago.”

love Christmas and all of the good will that it brings,” she says. “I’ll be spending Christmas in our happy place with whānau at our home in Rapaki, although the mother in me will miss that extra seat at the table usually filled with our son Nicholas who is working overseas, and, like many, unable to be with us. “It will be days of cooking and entertaining whānau and friends in the garden with my husband Nuk, enjoying our three sons who are here, reflecting on the year and watching kererū get fat on our plums. “To me Christmas means the sharing of love, food, giving and togetherness. It’s a time to reflect on those who are no longer with us and those who can’t be with us, a time to be thankful and a time of new beginnings. ”My most memorable Christmas is a hard one to choose from, however my memory lands at a Christmas table, when my parents were still with us and our four sons were little, my mum beaming as she served Christmas lunch to all 26 of us, so happy to have us all there together. That is exactly how I feel on Christmas Day – happy. “Wishing you a Meri Kirihimete - Merry Christmas.”

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Bringing the show to you Last week TVNZ viewers may have seen Christchurch-based reporter Ali Pugh in a special programme, The New Zealand Agricultural Show. She talks to Metropol about the feelgood and educational aspects of agricultural and pastoral shows.

roadcaster Ali Pugh has been presenting and reporting for TVNZ for more than 10 years. These days the mother of three girls, and former Breakfast host works as a producer and journalist for One News. Ali has covered many of the major events of the last few years - including the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, the Pike River Mine disaster and the Covid-19 pandemic. Last Sunday, together with Tangaroa Walker, (pictured) a South Island farming social media personality, she co-presented a new TV special to replace Canterbury’s NZ Agricultural Show, canned for the last two years because of Covid-19. As a child. Ali went to numerous agricultural shows. Now she’s sharing the love. “I love how they get town children, including my own, to interact with animals, which is one of the main reasons the show exists,” she says. “Filming of the show meant we could keep the Ag Show alive. “We met some real characters,

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from boar breeders to a guy who made a kayak from wool. “It was amazing seeing some of the guys from A Dog’s Show era, when sheep trialling took the country by storm in the ‘70s and ‘80s, meet the new young guns. It was a lot of fun.” The hour-long special gave people a chance to come together and meet some of today’s great agricultural characters as well as some from the show’s 158-year history. “I helped get a bull ready for a virtual beef competition, Tangaroa learned how to milk goats and joined a regional farmers surfing group striving to make a difference,” says Ali. “This [show] celebrates the diversity of New Zealand’s rural community, giving farmers and New Zealanders of all ages something to enjoy at the end of another challenging year.”

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Holiday art and culture With two new exhibitions, The Moon and the Manor House and Leaving for Work, visitors to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū this summer can enjoy a mix of new acquisitions and old favourites presented in a new context.


he Moon and the Manor House showcases the aesthetic and arts and crafts movements of the late 19th to early 20th century. “The Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts movements came about partly in reaction to the uninspiring type of industrial production of the Victorian era,” says curator Ken Hall. “Artists at the time made the pursuit of beauty and ‘art for art’s sake’ their highest goals, and this ambition included fostering an appreciation for handmade items. More and more, art schools encouraged students to take inspiration from nature. The work we’re showcasing here is very beautiful and evocative of an era that takes us from the late Victorian to the 1930s and 40s – as well as paintings, it includes printmaking, ceramics, fine metalwork and architectural design,” Hall says. Sir Alfred East The Moon and the Manor House c. 1894. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, bequeathed by Hayden R. I. Fraser, January 1975

Jean-François Millet Le départ pour le travail [Leaving for Work] 1863. Etching. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1979.

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The flow of culture between hemispheres saw many British artists and teachers coming here, and New Zealand-born artists studying, working and living abroad. Notable artists with work in The Moon and the Manor House include Charles Kidson, a teacher at the Canterbury College School of Art at the turn of the century, as well as Christopher Dresser, Gertrude Demain Hammond and Sir Alfred East. Charles Kidson’s work is also showcased in Leaving for Work, which is running alongside The Moon and the Manor House. “It’s a sort of artistic career expo – Leaving for Work presents the work of a variety of artists, all of them exploring the aesthetic and expressive possibilities of everyday working life, and giving dignity to labour,” Hall says. A selection of mainly historical and modernist works follows a path established by mid-19th century French artist Jean-François Millet, represented by two exquisite etchings. Leaving for Work presents different perspectives on those who had to earn a living, from rustic labour to factory work, keeping shop, making repairs, domestic servitude and performance on stage. Kidson’s portrait of Christchurch potter Luke Adams in his workshop adds a local view. Complementing the selection is an engaging, large-screen digital presentation of little-known images by early Christchurch photographer Steffano Webb. The images, from the Alexander Turnbull Library collection, give an evocative sense of working life in early Christchurch. Both exhibitions are open until May 1 next year.

Te Puna Waiora 18 December The art of Māori weaving is celebrating its survival against overwhelming odds in a world first exhibition, Te Puna Waiora: The Distinguished Weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

L.A.B and Shapeshifter 15 January Starting the new year with a bang, L.A.B and Shapeshifter are coming to Hagley Park, for their only headline South Island show this summer. Catch them alongside Ladi6, Katchafire, JessB & RIIKI.

South Island Wine and Food Festival 5 February The South Island Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the South Islands position as one of the leading wine producing areas of the world. Gather some friends and lock in a day full of fun and good wine. Electric Avenue 26 February Benee, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Savage and the acclaimed Synthony Show featuring a full 48-piece orchestra are amongst a wave of artists to join an already stacked lineup at Electric Avenue Music Festival.

Come Together 14 January Celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest Rolling Stones albums created at the Isaac Theatre Royal. A collection of Kiwi musicians are bringing the Sticky Fingers album back to life where it belongs; on stage.

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 29 January The people behind some of the country’s leading craft beer labels are coming to Christchurch. More than 40 craft brewers and 35+ street food vendors take over Hagley Park in New Zealand’s hoppiest celebration.

Nostalgia 12 February Nostalgia is a unique summer experience held within the 1900s replica township of Ferrymead Heritage Park. Wander the vintage festival streets to discover incredible food, craft drinks, and local music.

Lexus Urban Polo 12 March The Lexus Urban Polo is the closest you can get to the exhilarating sport of polo. Located in the heart of the city, the game of polo is now more accessible than ever before, making it the perfect day out.

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It is officially the festive season and there are some exciting things to see and do in Christchurch over the next few weeks to wrap up the year and welcome 2022 in style.

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Perfect time for planning One positive related to the events of the last two years is the opportunity we’ve had to think about what’s important now and in the future.


usiness-wise, we should be regularly redefining our plan and goals, to ensure we are on the right track to achieve our goals, says Nicole Hague of NH + Associates. “Business planning can easily get bumped to the bottom of the to-do list. It never feels urgent enough or maybe we are too busy to do it. “During Covid lockdowns, some business owners have had the time and probably a better perspective on why this planning is so critical. In a business-as-usual environment, being dynamic and nimble, able to adapt quickly and effectively is always important and this ‘new normal’ has made flexibility even more critical.”

Nicole says that a well-considered Business Plan gives a competitive advantage. “It’s essentially a map and an important decision-making tool that helps us know where we’re going. It’s also a working document, something to be referred to daily; not something that sits in a drawer collecting dust. “Business goals are inextricably linked to personal goals so business planning can take you on quite a journey. Do you want more time, or more money? Do you want to step back or step up? From a business perspective do you want to diversify or become more profitable within your existing range?

Thought starters: • What is your business purpose? • Who is your ideal customer, your market? • Are any operational changes needed? • Do you have the right team? • Do you have enough funding?

Set Goals Once you have considered the Now, Where and How, you can start to set goals and think about: • Annual personal and business goals • Strategies to achieve your goals • Identifying revenue targets and key performance indicators • Identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities in your business that need to be managed It’s a good idea to have a business plan in development before the start of the new financial year. Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today. Over the summer, think about your goals, put them down on paper. Then come and see us - NH+A can help bring your vision to fruition. NH+A: Chartered Accountancy and Business Consultancy - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Instagram: nhplusassociates LinkedIn: nhplusassociates Phone: 0274 388 081

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So, where do you start?

Explore Akaroa Spying the land through their portholes last century, French colonisers set their hearts on Akaroa and it’s not hard to see why. To this day, beauty, adventure and hospitality are at the heart of this quaint coastal village.




Escape to tranquillity, enjoy the stars and an amazing home cooked, three-course BBQ meal and breakfast prepared by Smokie D. Receiving five star reviews since opening, it is a unique, eco-farm stay with accommodation in two beautiful yurts at French Farm, only an hour from Christchurch.

Jump on board and experience NZ’s oldest wooden ketch, the Fox II Sailing and Wildlife Cruise. Witness dolphins GUARANTEED, seals, penguins and albatross as you sail the coast and see the crater of an extinct volcano. History and wildlife narration. Snacks, drinks and FREE coffee/tea/HC. 10.30am & 1.30pm every day, 3hrs.

Step back into another time and pace. Beaufort House Akaroa offers luxury accommodation in an idyllic setting – with all the heritage, charm and character of a bygone era. Enjoy waking to the sound of birdsong in this beautiful 1878 homestead, within an easy stroll of the village. Gift Vouchers Available. Ph: 027 540 9569 |

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With spectacular views of Daly’s wharf, the harbour and surrounding hills, the Criterion Maison Par Quay is perfect for an authentic Akaroa experience. The ultimate accommodation for great local hospitality and exquisite quality and comfort. Phone or email direct for the best rates.

Based in Akaroa, our number one goal is to protect and preserve white-flippered penguins (endemic to Canterbury) from predators and other threats. The family has been doing incredible work saving these beautiful birds for over 35 years. By taking a guided tour of the colony, you too are contributing to their future.

Midway between Christchurch and Akaroa, and just 3km beyond Little River, in the charming tree lined village of Cooptown. Open in season, insecticidefree stonefruit: cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums. Plus an assortment of fruit and vegetables helpful for your holiday self-catering needs. Ph: 0800 AKAROA |

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Luxury Boutique Accommodation

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In the lap of luxury Fine wine, delicious food, soft music, ambient lighting, and tranquil surrounds add up to sheer bliss for many people seeking a luxury escape. From glamping to five-star, New Zealand is your oyster. Here and on the following pages are some suggestions from Metropol.

Luxury lodges

New Zealand has an amazing selection of luxury accommodation venues, from seaside to high country, mountain high to valley low. Some offer intimate bespoke accommodation while others cater for larger groups.


From north to south, spa options should not be ruled out. Many tourism businesses have their own in-house spa services, while others are purpose-built spas. Think massage, soaking in a hot tub, gourmet food and relaxation.

Sail away

Sail – or motor - away on a luxury yacht or launch, with crew catering to your every need. Explore any number of watery destinations from the comfort of a lounger on deck.


Nature takes centre stage

Luxury Accommodation Ben Ohau Twizel

we-inspiring. There really is no other way to describe the Mackenzie Basin landscape. Yet comfortably hunkered down among the tussocks and surrounded by the soaring Ben Ohau Range rests the surprise that is Skylark Cabin. Named for the birds that nest on the property, Skylark Cabin is architecturallydesigned accommodation built in 2020 in a wonderfully secluded location and with many thoughtful features. Its isolation, stillness and peace cannot fail to soak away the hubbub of the world outside. It’s so quiet at night you can hear frogs croaking from over a kilometre away. And at night there are the stars too. This is a star-gazer’s paradise as the cabin is nestled within the world-acclaimed Aoraki/ Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Lie back in your king size bed and observe the Milky Way through the massive skylight. Or watch the stars while relaxing in the outdoor bath. You don’t need to leave the cabin and its facilities to experience the magic of the region, but if you can tear yourself away there are plenty of other activities close by. Aoraki/Mt Cook, Twizel, lakes Pukaki, Ohau and Tekapo are all just short drives away for swimming, fishing and walking or action and adventure. If retreat and chilling–out are on your agenda, Skylark Cabin isn’t just a stunning place to stay – it’s an experience in itself. Gift vouchers available. Metropol 16 December, 2021 21

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eeling like a change of scenery? Hidden is the place to escape to. Overlooking Lake Wakitipu and the mountains, Hidden is a private, secret hideaway. Boasting four private suites, this luxury bed and breakfast property will ensure you enjoy a relaxed, fun getaway. The extensive gardens attract native bird life and ensure a tranquil environment, yet within minutes you can be in downtown Queenstown, enjoying the restaurants, bars and activities.

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ncredible views, total privacy and worldclass service are the hallmarks of luxurious Azur Lodge in Queenstown. A distinctively contemporary luxury lodge, it features nine private villas located on a hilltop overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. With its secluded location comes the best

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The hosts at Hidden are passionate about where they live and enjoy sharing their local knowledge, and their ambient hideaway. After a day in the vibrant region, guests can revitalise with a soak in the wood-fired hot tub, or take a stroll through the garden, and admire the ever-changing, breath-taking views. Discovering Queenstown is easy using Hidden as a base. Experience world-class wineries and adrenaline packed activities, then head to your private suite to freshen up and relax.

Choose from one of four double suites boasting sensational mountain and lake views and enjoy the wood-fired hot tub, exercise room and sauna. All rates include breakfast, and packages are available.

of both worlds - privacy and remoteness only five minutes away from the dynamic of downtown Queenstown. Each one-bedroom villa is designed to let guests absorb the incredible views in chic luxury and total privacy, with floor to ceiling windows framing the outstanding unobstructed view at the lodge, or embrace all the many activities that Queenstown has to offer. Being so close to Queenstown, and with a complimentary shuttle service to/from downtown, Azur is the perfect place to enjoy the wonderful local dining scene for

lunch and dinner, or guests can relax and dine in the privacy of their villa. Varied menus are provided by local restaurants and Azur staff will elegantly plate and present them by candlelight. Included in all its rates are breakfast, afternoon tea, and pre-dinner drinks and canapes, which can be enjoyed either in the main lodge or delivered to your private villa. Email Call 03 442 6636

Stay where the world can’t find you


elcome to the private luxurious experience that is Annandale in Pigeon Bay. In an area of outstanding beauty and off the tourist trail, Annandale is a coastal farm escape offering four award-winning luxury villas coupled with relaxed Kiwi-style informality. Developed in 1843, Annandale was one of the earliest farms in New Zealand’s South Island. The centrepiece of this historic farm is the restored five-bedroom Annandale

Homestead overlooking the ocean. Rustic and thoroughly charming, the authentic Shepherd’s Cottage provides a rural retreat for two. Scrubby Bay, a luxurious 4-bedroom beach house in its own bay is the perfect location for a celebration of family and friendship. The jewel in Annandale’s crown is Seascape, an ultra-modern retreat in another picturesque private bay providing a truly romantic experience for couples.

Fresh and delicious local produce is a hallmark of a stay at Annandale with whichever dining option you choose – from a private chef dinner to cuisine created and delivered directly to your villa. Of course it is also the outside activities that really set Annandale apart. The most popular activity is the farm tour as it is the essence of what Annandale is about, while the waters surrounding the property are perfect for guided kayaking. Or guests can relax with spa service in their villa. From sunrise to sunset your experience at Annandale will be unforgettable.

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ry to wrap your head around what comes above 5-star excellence and your imagination will soar to Queenstown’s first 6-star hotel. It is the latest project for Kevin Carlin, a US-born entrepreneur and creative who has called New Zealand home for more than 30 years. The Carlin Boutique Hotel opens in

February 2022 and will offer a new level of opulence and service for people who have a taste for the finer things in life. Kevin regards each guest as distinguished and his staff truly know the meaning of service. “Like me, they have made careers out of service,” says Kevin, whose background includes being a qualified chef and butler to Hollywood stars. His observation is that New Zealand is evolving from its tall poppy past and

Queenstown is embracing a true luxury hotel, of a world class standard, providing butlers, chefs, massage therapists, mixologists, hotel ambassadors and concierge. And a grand piano in the Presidential Suite, if you choose to tinkle the ivories as your host Kevin does. The Carlin overlooks Lake Wakatipu, is spread over seven floors and offers a range of spacious suites in 1, 2 and 4-bedroom configurations with indoor and outdoor living space. Metropol 16 December, 2021 23

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Summer short loving The summer sun is (hopefully) here for the next few months, so wardrobes must be ready for warm days with clothes that keep us cool.


horts come in all shapes, lengths, and fits, and there is something for everyone’s different preferences. Denim shorts are a classic staple and can range from distressed denim to high-waisted vintage

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styles. Linen and cotton shorts will keep you cool on the hottest days, and details like ruffles and belts can help dress up a pair of casual shorts. Here are a few of Metropol’s favourites this season.

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hen you go for gold, the look is always bold, no matter if you’re just accessorising or attempting to light up the night. Gold serves as a neutral that pairs with practically every ensemble, adding style and sparkle in a way no other colour can. Variations come with evocative names such as sunshine, marigold, gold-leaf and flaxen. From statement earrings to iconic party dresses, gold is a standout this season. Check out these suggestions to make your days and nights sparkle.

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It is the season of gifting and if you are stuck for what to get your secret Santa, sister or bestie, here are some ideas to hopefully spark a little inspiration.


or the one who loves beauty and glam, the fashionista or the wellness warrior, we have gathered a selection of gifts big and small for loved ones with all different tastes.


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Beauty Ragdoll, LA perfume oil

Bobbi Brown, makeup brush set

Eve, chill pills Sleeke Hair, micro fiber hair wrap

Salt by Hendrix, face roller

Sundae, whipped shower foam

Emma Lewisham, body oil

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1. The Fitting Room, super summery in cute, lacy, berry pink, Offbeat by Freya. 2. Cutler & Co, soft rayon for hot summer evenings, Rayon Rainforest Shirt. 3. LA LUPA Handbags, beautiful Italian leather handbags here in NZ, shop online, The Roma Large. 4. Via Sollertia, bold and beautiful, platinum and diamond ring. 5. WINK Shoe Store, the perfect shoe from day to night, Django & Juliette Ninar. 6. Briarwood, dress up or down for a pretty summer look, Hollie linen dress. 7. Matthews Eyewear, a vibrant, simple and stylish look, Sedna by Masunaga.

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Have you noticed the recent boom in Pilates Studios opening in Christchurch? Have you been interested in giving it a go but not sure if it is right for you? Metropol talks to Cath Julius, Clinical Director of Freedom Health Physio & Pilates, about Clinical Pilates and how it can help you.

Pilates for everybody

Since opening its doors in 2017, Freedom Health has helped thousands of people rediscover the joy of movement and exercise. “I am incredibly proud that we have created a system and environment that allows more people to keep fit and active. “So often we hear that people have tried different exercises, they’ve even tried

In a nutshell, Clinical Pilates is Pilates exercise with registered Health Professionals. Pilates Physiotherapists have expert training and knowledge in movement, injury assessment and Pilates exercise. It is a winning combination for people looking at exercise options that support their health and injury recovery.

Move smarter, not harder

One of the key mantras for Clinical Pilates Therapists is to help people work smarter, not harder, which flies in the face of most fitness advice that promotes that you need to push hard to get results. “We love helping people find ways to move with more ease and freedom. It doesn’t mean that we don’t challenge people. But by using our training and expertise, we can work with individuals to find more efficient ways to move”, says Cath. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone find a way to perform a movement that they previously thought impossible to do”.

Pilates, but they are frustrated that they keep getting injured”, says Cath. “That is the key difference with Clinical Pilates. We know how to adapt to make the exercise work for any individual. From postnatal women to cancer survivors, to active older adults wanting to keep fit and mobile, we can find a way to make Pilates work for you.”



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HEALTH,WELLBEING & BEAUTY Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand, Metropol has your inside and your outside covered...

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Stuck for gift ideas? We’ve got you covered at Wildflower Botanicals with our customisable gift boxes. Personalise your present by choosing from our organic teas, skincare, spices, balms, and perfumes to create the perfect gift for your loved one. We also have a selection of pre-made gift boxes starting at $25 for those who are short on shopping time during this busy season.

For those who like to take a little pride in their appearance, the friendly and professional team at Pride Barbers can get you looking your sharpest, with traditional looks or the latest in cutting-edge styles for all ages. Call to book an appointment today. Pre-Christmas spots are filling fast! Pride Barbers 5/1004 Ferry Road, Ferrymead Ph 020 4194 8735

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Freshen your style If your hair is here, there and everywhere, how about a trim or a fresh look to see in the New Year?


any salons will be booked out, however that is where Haircuts for Haircuts can help, catering for individuals or the entire family at two convenient

locations, Bush Inn Shopping Centre and South City Centre. With no appointments necessary, the expert stylists will fit you in and have your

locks sorted in no time at all. Walk-ins are part of the business ethos at Haircuts for Haircuts, operated for more than 30 years by owner Michelle Butterfield. For Michelle and her team, it’s “business as usual”, open seven days a week, and offering a Loyalty Card, with every eighth haircut free. “We offer the best prices in town, including student and senior discounts, along with the latest styles and hair trends,” says Michelle. “We believe in customer satisfaction with all stylists fully qualified and

ready to accommodate every client’s request, in a fun social environment. Haircuts for Haircuts have managed to keep their pricing the same since May 2020. Whether you’re in need of a quick clipper cut, or salon styling, the friendly team will soon have you looking fabulous, all while adhering to Covid-19 requirements. All are fully vaccinated, masked up and ready to go, so why wait? Visit the salon at Bush Inn, cnr of Riccarton and Waimairi Roads, or South City Centre, 555 Colombo Street.


Bowel Cancer New Zealand has the highest rate of bowel cancer in the world. But early detection can help prevent or cure it. A referral to The Endoscopy Clinc for bowel cancer screening can give you peace of mind.

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This is particularly true for males. Aneurysm screening is one of the many services available at CVG. Currently New Zealand does not have a national screening programme, meaning there is no way to exclude an aneurysm, unless it is identified incidentally. The easy alternative provided at CVG is a simple, non-invasive, inexpensive test that can be performed in minutes. Speak to your GP to obtain a referral or call CVG on 03 365 4502 to make an appointment, especially if aged over 65, or younger if there is a family history of aneurysmal disease.

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onsultant specialist vascular surgeon Peter Laws and the team at Christchurch Vascular Group (CVG) offer a dedicated vascular ultrasound service, that may save your life. What is an aneurysm? In Peter’s words, “Simply put, an aneurysm is a dilated blood vessel. However, if it remains undetected as it dilates, there is an increased risk of rupture. Such a rupture, if it happens in the community, can often prove fatal.” He says thankfully, the risk of rupture is low for small aneurysms but the prevalence in the community is relatively high and increases with age, ranging from five to 22 percent as age increases.

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JUNIOR Style isn’t just for grown-ups - check out some of the coolest goodies and gifts for the little ones available in and around Christchurch.










1. Trybike 2-in-1 Balance Bike & Trike, available at Parris and Jeanne, 183 Papanui Rd, 2. Rainbow Kinderfeets Kinderboard, from Smarty Pants,, 3. Triangle flat-bottom bean bags, available at, 4. Posy Blouse, by Twee & Co Organic Boutique, shop online at, 5. Handmade Rainbow Beaded Clutch, available at Lala Lifestyle 48 St Albans Street, 6. Pony Parties and Farmyard Friends, connecting children with animals,, 7. ‘I’m sticking with you too’, available at Telling Tales: Scorpio Children’s Books, 101 Cashel St, 8. Little Boss Hi-Vis Vests, available from, 9. Wishbone Mini-Flip Walker, from The Playcentre Shop, see online

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The final flourishes From traditional and elaborate dinner tables to casual and rustic lunch settings, here are a few tips on creating your perfect festive table. Choose your theme

Decide on a few core colours, and use those to keep the table looking cohesive. This could be traditional red and green, all things gold, or something more neutral with pops of bright orange or yellow. If you are setting up an outdoors table, then leaning into a more summery, rustic look works well. Alternatively, an inside dinner table is an opportunity for twinkling lights and candles.

Layers on layers

The best way to add impact to your table setting is with layers. It instantly separates a standard table setting to a celebratory, festive one. Start with a tablecloth, then add a table runner that fits with your theme. Add your bowls and plates, layered up in the order of courses. Napkins and cutlery can be placed next, with beautiful decorative elements last to finish the table.

Festive flavour

Ornaments aren’t just for the tree and can be the perfect addition to the Christmas table to give it the final festive flourish. Try some baubles in bowls, decorations along the table runner or tinsel wrapped around vases. Christmas themed candles and lights work here well to bring the whole setting to life and add some romance.

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Creamy lemon bars

Ingredients 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, finely crushed into crumbs (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed crackers) 6 Tbsp salted butter, melted 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 tsp lemon zest 1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp salt


Browned Butter Raspberries 4 Tbsp salted butter 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries


Recipe and photography by Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. For more delicious recipes by Tieghan, visit




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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 20x20 cm square baking dish with baking paper.


In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and egg yolks. Add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt until combined. Pour the mix over the cracker crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, until just set. Allow the bars to cool in the pan, then place in the fridge to cool completely, at least 2 hours or overnight.

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Cut into bars. Just before serving, spoon over the browned butter raspberries. The bars can be kept chilled in the fridge for up to 4 days.

In a small bowl, mix together the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and brown sugar. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Transfer to the oven and bake 15 minutes, until light golden on top.

To make the raspberries, add the butter to a skillet set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest. Gently toss the berries with the butter and spoon overtop the bars.

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Gingerbread goodness CURATED BY CHARLIE FOX

Gingerbread houses are the epitome of Christmas nostalgia for many and are a festive way for families to spend time together and creating these holidays.


or me, it is a family tradition to build a gingerbread house with my mum and sister and even though we are all apart this year, it is still on my Christmas

to-do list to share the delicious magic and wonder the houses bring to those who have yet to encounter one! Here are a few products that make it all the easier.

Bake’n’build Lodge cast iron baking pans are ideal for baking bigger cookies

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Roll away a Citta beechwood rolling pin is a must to get even gingerbread pieces

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Colour Coordinated Le Creuset stackable ramekins are perfect for mixing icing colours or sorting sweets

Make it snow try an Apettio piping set to add the finer details like snow lined windows

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Hop along to Gebbies Valley Follow the three lop eared rabbits to a place just far enough away and still close enough for an easy day trip in the school holidays.


he White Rabbit Garden Cafe is adored by children. It is home to Carrot, Blue and Basil who live in their own cottage, at the bottom of a run. As with many in the property market, the trio are planning improvements. Owner Theresa Temesvary says the rabbits have their hearts set on an Alice in Wonderland garden. “What the rabbits want, the rabbits get. We would love to have input from the kids about

what would be fun for children and the rabbits. So, come out and let us know your ideas.” Fanciful ice creams with edible rabbit ears and cherries for noses, could be another reason that the children love the cafe. There’s a dedicated kids menu that includes Humpty Dumpty Eggs and Soldiers, Munchkin Platter and Bunnycakes. The adults can treat themselves to an ice cream

spider, or a milkshake. There are so many delicious options for brunch, fresh sandwiches, salads and yummy home baking.

Make The White Rabbit Garden Café in Gebbies Valley, on the Christchurch Akaroa Road, the first stop on your next date with Akaroa.

Liquorice allsorts One of the lovely recipes in ‘Harbour Kitchens Another Helping’ cookbook, published by the Lyttelton Education Charitable Trust as a fundraiser for Lyttelton Primary School. CONTRIBUTED BY RITA NORRIS

Makes 120 pieces


his recipe came from Ann Stanaway through a Christmas workshop in the late 1990s run by the Well Women’s Group. It has become a family tradition to make these every Christmas! I sometimes make half from raspberry liquorice for colour contrast. Combine 600g dessicated coconut and 400-600g icing sugar with enough condensed milk (usually a 400g tin) to get a pliable mixture. (I use a 60 percent coconut/40 percent icing sugar ratio).

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Divide mixture into three parts and add food colouring of your choice to each one. Take a small handful of mixture and shape it into a rough rectangle, place a piece of liquorice (try RJ’s Soft Eating Natural Liquorice, 2 x 300g bags) in the middle and fold mixture around the liquorice to form a log. Roll in coconut. Place in fridge to firm, and then cut each log into 4-5 pieces. Available at Lyttelton retailers or at


MAISON de CREPE Merivale


You will leave smiling like a Cheshire cat and feel fitter than a March Hare after you’ve had your magical food and quenched your thirst with one of our delicious drinks. Our food is of the highest quality fit for a Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Maison de Crepe, Café, Restaurant and Wine Lounge is more than just crepes. Unique and delicious home cooked, French-inspired cuisine, bespoke coffee and welcoming hospitality will take you to Paris with every visit! Coeliac, dairy free and vegan food and fully licensed with large wine list. Perfect for your next birthday or Christmas function. Private Dining Lounge and parking available.

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A stunning lake side restaurant and functions venue, open for lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast. Enjoy our al-fresco deck with stunning views over the lake to the alps. The perfect venue for functions – weddings, family celebrations or a day trip for lunch. 5 minutes off the main highway from Ashburton.

Stocking the well-known French-inspired J’aime Les Macarons. She Universe Chocolates, Italian Gelato, and mouth- watering freshly creamed donuts. Sweet Société offers a twist of European tea, French Baked Cheese Cakes, meringues, and more. With a wide range of gluten-free treats, you can be sure to find something for the whole family. All freshly baked and delivered daily. Open 7 Days.

The Pantry Restaurant at Mona Vale Homestead is located in the heart of the Mona Vale Gardens. Sit on our all day sun patio overlooking the Avon River or in front of the fire on a cooler autumn day. Dine for Brunch, MADE North Canterbury Lunch Menu or our elegant High Tea. Open in winter Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 3pm

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Awesome views and food Spontaneous day trips around Banks Peninsula are one of the joys of summer. With azure blue bays, art in unexpected places and lovely cafes dotted around the harbour, there is so much to see and do.


hanks to Little River Cafe and Store, those on the keto diet can take off spontaneously as well, no need for a palaver around preparing food to take in advance. Filled keto bagels and keto cheesecake are two of the popular bites on offer that tick all the keto boxes. Owner Cameron Gordon says that their keto offerings are always in demand, so they make sure there are plenty available at the cafe. Keto is just part of the story, there’s something to please all tastes, including a growing range of gluten-free and vegan options. For early-birds, there are many hearty breakfast choices such as the classic big breakfast, and a creamy coconut and almond porridge. At the end of the day, takeaways are available for a picnic dinner. Don’t forget the essential coffee. The coffee bean of choice is from Mojo, beautifully smooth coffee served by baristas with flair. The Little River Cafe and Store is at the gateway to Banks Peninsula on the Christchurch Akaroa Road. Call it on 03 325 1933. FaceBook: @littleriverstore

Food, glorious food Grandma’s cooking left a lasting impression on Sarah-Jane Garden, so much so that now she runs her own Riccarton-based café and catering business.


foodie since age three helping her innovative grandmother make all sorts of delicious goodies, Sarah-Jane and the team at Mandeville Street Kitchen create mouthwatering options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and snacks, every week day. After years working for others in the hospitality industry, she recently opened the café and catering business, which is named after the street in which it located. Customers are tempted daily with a changing array of freshly baked goodies and savoury options like grandma

used to make, great coffee, friendly staff and convivial surroundings. Sarah-Jane has teamed up with local Prima Roastery, and specialty baker Tash Grieve of Shortcrumb to ensure her customers receive great coffee and baking. “Supporting local is important for both our economy and for sustainability,’ she says. Food is prepared daily, using the very best of fresh, local ingredients. Modern takes on traditional café food are to the fore, with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free and keto options.

Café Tempting menu and counter food options are available Monday to Friday from 7am to 4pm at Unit 4/57 Mandeville Street.

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WABERI BAKERY Upper Riccarton

Drop in and see us for all your entertainment needs. Salmon, cheese, blinis and more. Remember to pre-order your salmon fillets, whitebait or prawns for that special day. Enjoy!

Family owned artisan bakery, specialising in organic sourdough, East European rye breads, and French almond croissants. Stollen German Christmas bread is available to order until 23 December. Visit our website or flick us a text message.

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We are famous around Canterbury as specialists in rustic home-cooked savoury and sweet foods. We have heaps of great gift ideas in our store, championing all that is local and you will not find a better wine or craft beer selection anywhere on the Peninsula. Open 7 days.

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MANDEVILLE STREET KITCHEN Riccarton New to Mandeville Street! Sarah-Jane’s new venture… Delicious food and great coffee being prepared daily on premises. With only the very best of fresh local ingredients. Eat in, takeaway and catering available. Christmas baking available to order.

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MOSAIC BY SIMO Addington Being New Zealands first authentic Moroccan Restaurant, we feel a great responsibility to introduce our guests to the wonderful flavors and hospitality of Morocco and provide an unforgettable dining experience. Savour the many layers of herbs and spices, infused oils and fragrant waters, the sweetness of syrups, honeyed fruits and nuts, the pungent saltiness of preserved lemons and olives. So, take time to share the pleasure of eating at Mosaic by Simo. Shop 3/300 Lincoln Rd, Addington. Ph: 03 338 2882 Find us on:

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If you are looking for coffee on the go or a gourmet meal. Cafe Mayfield is the stop for you. Dine in or takeaway here as you go through the beautiful Mid Canterbury scenic route. We provide a diverse menu, including barista coffee, all day breakfast, Sally’s homemade sausage rolls, fish and chips, and much much more. Make us your next stop for the whole family; we even have a playground for the kids!

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For excellent Switch Espresso coffee and a friendly atmosphere in lovely heritage surrounds, look no further than Cafe Stir. Located in New Regent Street with Christchurch’s historic tram making periodic stops right out in front, this is a spot to easily while away a pleasant morning. With all day breakfast and lunch, our famous smashed avocado, and many other delicious menu and cabinet items, Cafe Stir has you covered.

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Whether you are passing through Amberley or looking for a great destination café to visit, you’ll be made to feel welcome at Bunco’s. We take pride in making everything onsite including brioche burger buns, pies, homemade ice cream and sweet treats in the cabinet. We have a great selection of glutenfree pies and slices too! We are a locally owned family business and treat all our customers like they’re part of our family.

Housed in a new building with a clear roof, repurposed 120-year-old Lyttelton fishing boat as the bar, and packed with plants, Arbour Woodfired Pizza is like walking into a giant glass house. With a menu that follows the seasons using almost 100% NZ sourced ingredients, our highly experienced, dedicated pizza chefs work with our beautiful woodfired oven to produce stunning artisanal pizza you can’t get anywhere else. Visit us for an experience like no other.

NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN PARTY Welcome in the New Year with our guests on 31 December from 7pm until shortly after midnight. Pre-dinner canapes at 7pm, followed by a four course festive dinner set menu, and we will open the French Sparkling at midnight to cheer for 2022! Live music throughout the night, a special moment with professional dancers plus other suprises! Limited tickets available at the counter.

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GATEWOOD MARKET Tai Tapu Welcome to Gatewood Market! The boutique stalls offer a range of hand crafted, 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, games and more. Next market date: 19 December 10am-2pm.

BOO RADLEY’S FOOD & LIQUOR City We are an award winning southern-USA styled bar & restaurant with a distinctly NZ twist. We offer a great sharing plate selection, complemented by exceptional cocktails, craft beers, and a hand picked wine list. We are available for function hire including wedding receptions, birthdays, work functions and engagement parties, and have live music every Wed to Sat from soloists to bands and open mic nights.

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In your glass Veuve Clicquot 1.5L Madame Clicquot was an integral part of making Champagne what it is today. Her techniques changed the game. A favourite comes in a 1.5 litre bottle (called a magnum), and for this price, exceptional.

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The most popular Champagne in the world, selling 28,000,000 bottles a year, can’t be wrong for your celebration. First sold to King Louis XV and now the licensed supplier of Champagne to the Queen, Moet & Chandon is the drink of royalty. A magnum certainly makes a statement at your festive occasion.

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THE DISH City The Dish welcomes you to experience our Asian Fusion menu… once you have tasted you will keep coming back again and again! We offer a tremendous range of entrees and mains… and are vegan and vegetarian friendly. We are available for Christmas Functions book early, don’t miss out! Lunch Special - $15 Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 5pm-9.30pm Open 7 days 376 Montreal St, City Centre Ph 03 925 9787 Find us on:

FISHERMAN’S WHARF Lyttelton Come and dine with us at Fisherman’s Wharf with some of NZ’s freshest seafood and best views. Fisherman’s Wharf is in the heart of Lyttelton over looking the working port - the view is top class and forever changing. A very relaxing nautical vibe.

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RIVERSIDE KITCHEN Central Christchurch

Crafted in the heart of Geraldine, the Humdinger Dry and Citrus Gins are worldclass. Winning Gold & Silver Medals in their first year of operation is testament to the diligence of the distillers. The Dry Gin is an absolute classic with a beautifully long finish, while the Citrus Gin is fragrantly enticing and refreshing. Order online or have a tasting in the Distillery to find your new favourite.

With the borders still closed, allow Riverside Kitchen to transport your tastebuds around the world. Our classes explore flavours from every corner of the globe and best of all you can recreate the dishes for family and friends whenever you wish. Riverside Kitchen offers a number of fun and interactive cooking classes. Gather a group for a private class, or book into one of our public classes and be inspired to reach new culinary heights.

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YESCHEF EVENTS & CATERING South Island YesChef Events & Catering brings you a wide variety of catering options from our self-sufficient mobile kitchen. Our menus offer: Casual ‘Food Truck Experiences’, fully serviced ‘Canape’ & ‘Fork & Talk’ packages and ‘Grazing Tables’ just to name a few… the options are endless! Find us on Facebook!

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COSY CAFÉ Casebrook



Located on Cavendish Road, locally owned café with a wide range of homemade cabinet food, full breakfast, brunch and lunch menu available. Providing gluten free options and can cater for any other dietary requirements on request. Enjoy our Hummingbird roasted coffee blend made by our experienced baristas. Open 6 days, Mon-Sat 7am–4pm.

Delicious meals, refreshing beverages, relaxing atmosphere. Book your function now! Come and enjoy our warm atmosphere and friendly service. Open: 7 days 11am till late.

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At Flick the Bean, you’ll experience delicious homemade scones, pies sausage rolls, and sweet treats. Enjoy our Switch Coffee made by our experienced Baristas. We are locally owned and located next to Challenge Waimak. Open 6 days. Mon - Fri 6am - 2pm, Sat 7am-1pm Text your coffee order to 022 382 3877

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THE MILK BAR West Melton

Central Bark Café PET friendly café. Let our experienced baristas create amazing coffee for you and then whip up a Puppuccino for your four legged friend! Our cabinet food showcases our hand crafted goodies or choose from our expansive menu. We cater to a broad range of dietary requirements. Open 7 days.

Enjoy fresh Belgian Waffles, Gourmet Shakes, award winning Deep South Ice Cream and Mojo Coffee. Relax and watch the world go by outside or sit upstairs and enjoy the New Regent Street vibe from above. Perfect after dinner or after show treat.

Fish n Chips, Burgers, Nachos, American Hot Dogs, Milk Shakes/Slushies – every flavour! Soft Serve Ice Cream, Kids play area, OldSchool Space Invaders Machine. Licensed. Dine In/Take Away. Hours - 11am to 7.30pm(ish) - 7 days. 736 Weedons Ross Road, West Melton Village Ph 03 421 3626

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FORMOSA Ashburton


We make the freshest and best authentic Chinese food to delight your palate and feed your soul. Our food is made with healthy ingredients using our very own recipes. Try our homemade Dumplings, made fresh for you everyday. No MSG. Gluten free options available. Dine-in or takeaway + Menulog and UberEats. BYO wine & fully licensed. Open Tues to Sat 11.30am-9.30pm, Sun 11.30am-9pm.

We are open during dinner service on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We welcome all the company dinners, family gatherings, and friends nights out! Set meals are also available. Make this Christmas a memorable one with Formosa!

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In your kitchen




Delicious hand crafted fruit mince tarts and Christmas cakes instore. Taking croissant orders for Christmas Eve collection now. Holiday closure dates online.

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Bespoke Platters use local produce to create delicious platters and grazing tables that not only taste delicious, but will be the centerpiece of your next event. Bespoke caters for many occasions including goodie boxes, kids parties and corporate functions. Ph: 021 679 136




An easy location at the bottom of the hill for you to pop in and stock up on our freshly baked hot cross buns and other bakery products. Delicious handmade cakes, Danish pastries, pies, sausage rolls and Underground Coffee. Catering also available.

We make authentic, artisan Hungarian and Eastern European meat products like ‘kolbasz’ sausage, brown, frankfurters, liver pate, salami, prosciutto etc. Fresh and handmade by a fourth generation qualified smallgoods maker All our products are handmade and most are smoked. 180c Yaldhurst Rd, Sockburn Ph. 021 182 9678

We stock quality brands at great prices. Catering for your everyday kitchen needs as well as those specialty items. If we don’t have it chances are we can get it - just ask.



KETO • GLUTEN FREE • FOODTRUCK Billie Jack’s foodtruck brings you healthy low carb takeaways, meals and sweet treats. Follow us on Facebook to find us at various locations across Canterbury.

Come visit our store for all your delicious and healthy fresh fish. So many options available. See our Facebook page for our daily catch. Mon-Sat 9.30-7pm, Sun 9.30-3pm

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Shop 2, 125 Main South Rd, Sockburn Ph 027 300 7070

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COTTAGE PANTRY & GALLERY In addition to a great range of dried food ingredients, come and explore the attached cottage where an extensive range of British sweets, Dutch liquorice, Kiwi favourites, handmade chocolates, fudge and beautifully wrapped gifts await you. Open 7 days. 24 Wilson Street, Geraldine 7930 50 16 December, 2021 Metropol

Eat | Drink | Experience ‘Your Local’ Beach Bar & Restaurant. Serving up fresh & delicious food for sharing. Enjoy the huge sunny outdoor terrace & patio with a cold craft beer, local wine or cocktail. Live Music every Friday, see you here. Level 1/217 Marine Parade Ph 03 423 3170

34b Talbot Street, Geraldine P. 03 693 8632


Pamper your beloved pooches Bonds between dogs and owners have been well researched, and the benefits of owning a faithful companion extolled regularly.


ompanionship is one of those and heading into the season of giving, it’s nice to give them something back. Here are some suggestions from Metropol to pamper your pooch, not just at Christmas but all year long.


The French Bedroom, posh pooch pet bed

A soft bed to snuggle down in

Dogs sleeping on owners’ beds is not too hygienic so why not give them one of their own. Options range from squishy bean-bag styles to plush designer beds.


A day at a doggy spa


Their own wardrobe

Many pet owners have their pooches washed, dried and clipped regularly, but have you thought about a getting them a massage, a pedicure and styling too?

Animals feel the cold in winter and heat in summer so if you do dress them, adapt their outfits to fit the seasons. Choose from sparkly studded collars to bandanas, and full-on designer dresses.


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from blush to fuchsia


ink is a shade that can work in any home no matter what your style so long as you pick the right colours to complement or contrast with it. The pink renaissance started back in 2017 with Pantone’s Millennial Pink and has stuck around. While most pinks can work in almost any colour scheme, there are some loose rules when it comes to finding the best colours to go with pink. Different combinations will suit different styles – a dark navy blue and deep pink works well in more contemporary spaces for example, whereas a sage green and light blush pink would have a more subtle feel. Here are some ideas on what colours are best to pair with pink and how to bring these combinations into your home.

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PINK AND GREEN Pink and green is a versatile pairing that can have completely different vibes depending on the shades chosen. Go soft and subtle with a sage green and pale pink or pick a bolder scheme with an emerald or olive green and a more vibrant pink.




PINK AND GREY For a sophisticated look, soft pinks work well with a generous touch of grey to counteract any potential sugariness, or for a more edgy look try taupe with neon pink. If using lighter pinks, try adding a few darker accents with black or a very dark grey.

PINK AND BLUE Opposites attract and pink works well with blue, especially in bedrooms. Soft pinks and light blues harmonise with all-white colour schemes, while pairing navy with fuchsia adds energy to a room. Add a third colour – yellow maybe – for pops of interest.


PINK AND WHITE Simple and subtle, pink and white create crisp, fresh feeling rooms that still have warmth and feel inviting. Most whites will work with most pinks, and pure white will work with anything from baby pinks to bright fuchsia.


PINK AND BLACK Pairing any shade of pink with black creates a sophisticated, moody space. Even just a touch of black in an all-pink space will add some depth and drama. Adding a pink pop of colour to an all-black room will stop the space looking too gloomy.

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Walnuts on wood


Getting rid of watermarks and scratches on wood by rubbing them with pieces of walnut works a treat. The oil in the nuts soaks into the wood, filling scratches and refreshing it.

Shifting stubborn stains

Oil on stainless

Try using a small amount of olive or similar oil on a soft rag to clean fingerprints and grease smears off stainless steel appliances. Don’t use too much, just a smear.

Copper cleaner

Try using tomato sauce and a toothbrush to clean copper pots and ornaments. Coat the copper with tomato sauce and leave overnight, before washing off. The acid in the sauce will remove the tarnish.


Old wives tales are full of suggestions about how to deal with tough stains using natural ingredients, nuts, oils and combinations of those. Here are some of those that I have tried and found actually do work.

Toothpaste on silverware

Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth. Silver polish is quicker but if you want to go ’au natural’, this will get results, and smells nicer.

Vinegar and dishwashers

To clean the food trap and filter in your dishwasher, put two cups of white vinegar in a jug on the top rack, and run the otherwise-empty dishwasher on the hottest cycle.




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Hedgley Corporation is very clear about their focus, “We are a company that builds architecturally designed homes with spec sheets that we have upgraded,” says Director Kian Clements-Ormond.


e have ensured there is a wide range to choose from, and our fundamentals are client care and relationship building. We make every part of the selection and building process enjoyable.” Further, every home they build receives a rib-raft foundation even if regulations do not require it. “We are about building homes our clients love to live in, and having piece of mind is central to that,” says Kian, “and of course a strong foundation is great for resale too.” The Hedgley team includes an architect and an interior designer, while project manager Jason Ashton is a secondgeneration builder with years of experience. “We have four teams of builders who are only ever working on 2 - 4 projects, so we are hands-on every build and very available to clients,” says Kian.

Homes in Leeston, Darfield, Amberley, and Te Whariki are going through different stages of the process at the moment. A variety of services are available, from full house and land packages, building on a client’s land, or taking on projects near completion. “Whatever we take on, we ensure it is concluded in good time, and with our materials orders going in at the stage of working drawings, we have no difficulties there,” says Kian. The most popular designs from the company’s own portfolio are Glasshouse I and Glasshouse II, incredibly stylish architectural designs that are perfect for Kiwi lifestyles. “We are all about affordable quality homes. We offer superior finishing and good customer service, and this is reflected in the repeat business we receive,” says Kian, “if that sounds like what you need, give us a call.”

Hedgley Corporation prides itself on creating and building architect-designed homes. Call 027 777 7729

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Golden Meadows NZ helping build dreams

Amit Srivastav, Golden Meadows NZ

It is a classic Kiwi dream to build a new home or renovate, to create a house that suits your lifestyle perfectly and in a design that reflects exactly who you are. Getting started, however, can be daunting.


uilding company, area, house style, specifications... the list of decisions goes on and on. It would be fantastic to have that ‘fairy godmother’ figure, someone experienced, understanding and a great communicator to help you navigate through the process. That is where Golden Meadows NZ steps in. “We are independent, unbiased, new house and land package consultants,” says director Amit Srivastav. “We assist new home buyers in getting their dream home built by quality builders and help them in getting the

best deal. I make the building process hassle-free for first home buyers.” Pricing systems on new subdivisions are evolving. Amit is well-informed on the different approaches and can negotiate on your behalf. Working across New Zealand, Amit offers services that begin with educating you in preparing your budget, formalising your requirements checklist, narrowing your builder choice to a shortlist of three, arranging quotes from the shortlisted builders in a way that enables you to compare ‘apples with

apples’, assisting with loan approval, arranging a solicitor if needed, signing the contract with the chosen builder, finalising the floor plan and helping with appliance and colour choice for your new home. “If you are renovating, we can offer a bespoke package of assistance whether your job is large or small,” says Amit. “It will be exciting and so worth it if well planned, but being a big emotional and financial investment, it’s important to get it right, stick to the budget and get the outcome you envisaged.”

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If there’s one thing our lockdowns brought about, it’s the desire to reconfigure our living spaces into a visual delight.


long with this need for change is an equal need for a move away from the beige and bland. We want interiors that celebrate life, not shy away from it. Opulence is the new black. In décor terms, the word epitomises luxuriance, splendour, magnificence, grandeur, and sumptuousness. Kit and Caboodle is a long-established décor business that pays homage to opulence in all its finest forms. Wallpapers from Mind the Gap evoke memories of distant travels to exotic places and encompasses all periods, from contemporary through to ancient times. With its artistic identity rooted in its homeland of Transylvania, Mind the Gap takes its inspiration from the region’s diverse ethnic heritage and rich cultural history. These wallpapers are saturated in dense

colours and bold designs that laud the arts, architecture, artefacts, culture, and people. With your interior walls now looking so sublime, consider favourite furniture pieces reupholstered in an eye-catching fabric, or a sweep of new curtains that clothe the room in a stunning ambience. Nine Muses fabrics hail from interior designer and textile house founder Tigger Hall. Her collections are inspired from her years travelling and researching textiles in Turkey, Morocco, Greece and India. The hand-painted designs are printed digitally onto Belgian Libeco linen, using reactive dyes. Hand-painting lends the imperfections and colour variations typical of traditional textile processes. Nine Muses is exclusive to Kit and Caboodle and can’t be found anywhere else in New Zealand. The finishing touch to complement and

carry your chosen décor theme through to its most splendid completeness, will be key furniture pieces, paintings, sculptures and objets d’art. This is where Alex and Andrea of Kit and Caboodle can put their combined 40 years of interior decorating experience and knowledge into action. “We love changing things up, whether that be painting or reupholstering furniture, or reinventing pieces to give them a new lease of life,” Alex explains. “Those pieces that look dated or don’t fit the surroundings anymore, we can repurpose them into something that our clients fall in love with all over again,” Andrea adds. For inspiration on how to reconnect with your inner opulence, visit Kit and Caboodle, 7 Elgin Street, Sydenham Christchurch. Metropol 16 December, 2021 59


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A merry and bright coastal Christmas With festivities falling into our summer season, most of our time is spent at the beach. It’s natural to bring these blues of nature indoors when we’re celebrating. Styling by Vanessa Nouwens | Photography by Bryce Carleton

PAINT COLOURS Tongue-and-groove wall and floor in Resene Cut Glass, cabinets in Resene Kumutoto, large tray coffee table in Resene Teal Blue, small tray table in Resene Foam, star on tree in Resene Scandal, shell decorations and bauble decorations in Resene Cut Glass, Resene Kumutoto, Resene Dauntless, Resene Wishlist, Resene Teal Blue, Resene Retreat, Resene Scandal, Resene Maestro, Resene Foam, Resene Reservoir, Resene Hippie Blue, Resene Norwester and Resene Ziggurat. ACCESSORIES: Sofa from Freedom, blue and teal cushions and throw from Adairs, milk cushion from Spotlight.


ith the hustle and bustle of Christmas being stressful for many of us, decorating our homes in calming, tranquil blues will lend a calming, serene feel – the ideal medicine for a busy time! A crisp, upbeat blue in Resene Cut Glass is a hue that will boost the energy in the room, refreshing and energising, like the sea. This shade coats the floor and tongueand-groove wall, ensuring a light, serene base from which to layer your Christmas theme in varying levels of darker blue tones to master visual contrast. Look beyond your walls and floor when being creative. Get your artistic juices flowing with paint, scattering the blue tones across furniture and accents such as vases, bowls, throws and cushions. A cabinet can store presents and games

on Christmas Day, and any cutlery or crockery that you’ll use for your festive meal. Painted in Resene Kumutoto, its deep aqua is full of personality and shows how complementary colours lend bright character. Find your inner artist and create your decorations this year. Crafting them is a festive fun project of its own, transforming your house into a wonderland – a summer version! Swap out the traditional decorations and extend your beach décor theme on to the tree, presents and tabletop with homemade shell ornaments. Their curves sit perfectly amongst the traditional baubles, breaking them up with their unique shape – don’t forget the star at the top! Let the tonal blues flow further on

to your gift wrapping, with present boxes painted in tonal blues for an impressive effect. Finish with delicate blue ribbons and homemade shell gift tags. Take the shells and paint a letter on each, spelling out a word that evokes a Christmas meaning. Link each shell with twine to create your garland, hanging it on the wall for a personal touch that emphasises your blue tones. Touches of glistening gold in the cutlery, the earthy hue of the rustic twine and the timber legs in the side tables bring the scheme down to earth. Layering your tones from light to dark blues ground your festive space in a relaxed setting in which to soak up the festive fun.

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Making gifting crystal clear Crystals are touted as ancient forms of medicine, believed to have properties that lift emotional wellness and overall health.

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hought to promote the flow of good energy and help rid the body and mind of negative energy, crystals are sought after everywhere. Exquisite Gifts by AJ owner Amanda Ward believes that crystals always serve a purpose. She and her beloved dog Oscar recently attended the passing of another family fur friend, Amica, where her crystals were gifted to bring peace and comfort to the family. Amanda has aligned with a specialised crystal supplier whose ethos matches hers and her clients. Sourcing high-quality crystals from places such as Tibet, Madagascar, Brazil, Argentina and Canada, she is confident in the quality of her semi-precious stones and crystals. “Our customers can shop with confidence that our pieces are ethically sourced,” she explains. Exquisite Gifts by AJ also stocks a range of items for all ages. You will find them located at 5/54 Holmwood Rd in Merivale.

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e have your Christmas checklist covered,” says Coco Gifts owner Liz van Montfort. From classic and contemporary homeware and giftware, jewellery, handbags and accessories, to diffusers, beautiful candles, baby gifts, skincare, and gourmet food items, the extensive range and complimentary gift wrapping makes shopping a stress-free experience. “We’ve lots of stock not affected by the Covid-19 shortages, we’ve good supply chains and are well and truly into Christmas,” she says. French Country, Circa fragrances and Ecoya are among the top sellers in the St Albans boutique. Molly Woppy cookies out of Auckland are delicious and always in high demand during Christmas. Visit the store at 63 Rutland Street, where there is ample, easy parking. Follow Coco Gifts on Facebook and Instagram.

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What’s under the tree?


Winning, inspirational designs WORDS LYNDA PAPESCH

Every year architects, builders and contractors are judged by their peers in a variety of competitions that showcase the best in new homes and commercial buildings throughout New Zealand.


any of the award-winning builds feature on these pages and in industry magazines, providing readers with inspiration and contacts for building their own future homes and projects. If you are looking for ideas, here are some of the places to head:

Master Builders House of the Year

This prestigious competition celebrates building excellence in New Zealand. It awards the best homes and builders and the craftsmanship behind them, starting with regional competitions, then picking the Top 100, before settling on the national winners. Visit

Architectural Designers New Zealand Awards

A professional body for architectural designers and architects in New Zealand, the ADNZ also hold annual awards, from regional up to national level. They are strong champions of promoting and enhancing New Zealand design and architecture. Visit

Resene Total Colour Awards

Winner of the Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Public + Retail Award: gin gin – Cocktail Bar + Eatery by Brett and Hollis Giddens. Photo Sarah Rowlands

A celebration of all things colour, these awards judge building interior and exterior colour schemes, from neutral to bright, pastel to weathered. From classical architecture to retail outlets, restaurants and homes, these awards are all about colour choices. Visit

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Planting trees that count

Known for their ingenuity and DIY solutions, Kiwis constantly find ways and means to better our country. Among those are initiatives designed to help mitigate New Zealand’s carbon footprint by planting native trees, and another that helps to save our native kiwi species.


About Signature Homes Signature Homes is a privately-owned New Zealand-based company, working with franchise and construction partners. It offers design and build packages, plus a range of house and land packages and pre-designed homes.

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ow helping both those initiatives is Kiwi housing company Signature Homes, partnering with both the Trees That Count movement and the Save the Kiwi organisation. Trees That Count plants native tree species to help reduce emissions, strengthen New Zealand’s biodiversity and help forest ecosystems to thrive. Signature Homes approach to delivering better for the environment building methods is already underway, focusing on counteracting their emissions by planting native trees. Under their current build programme, they expect to be planting around 45,000 trees per year, which will absorb approximately 19,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions over the next 50 years as those trees continue to grow. Company Chief Executive Paul Bull expects Signature will plant around 45 native trees for every home it builds. It commissioned its own research to determine how many trees would be required to counter the emissions from building a three-bedroom home, from supply chain and material-

sourcing to transport and fuel. “We currently sell approximately 1000 homes a year, and realised that results in a significant carbon footprint,” he says. “We were determined to make our contribution to New Zealand’s goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050 and build a better future for Kiwis.” The company also plans to lead the industry in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from housing construction. “We have been building homes since 1983 and our name is synonymous with quality and continuous improvement. This is part of our commitment to New Zealanders that building a new home should not cost the environment.” To support the native tree initiative, Signature Homes has also signed on as a sponsor of Save the Kiwi, the national kiwi recovery programme. “They [kiwis] are a strong indicator of the health of our natural environment. More kiwis in our native bush means there are fewer predators around and few predators means more opportunities for other native birds and insects to thrive,” says Mr Bull.


Award-winning solution for extreme site Low key and timeless, the award-winning Black Quail House in Central Otago is both home to its owners and also a wine tasting room for their business.


esigned by Barcelona-based Bergendy Cooke Architects, the contemporary masterpiece nestles into a rocky hillside on a site dotted with wild thyme and rosehip. Located within historic mining tailings in a craggy, dry and at times inhospitable landscape, this house recently won the HOME magazine House of the Year Award for 2021. Needing protection from the elements without hiding from its extraordinary surroundings, created a unique home. “We wedged the house into the hillside (like the former stone miners’ huts still visible further up the valley) for protection from the elements, and opened up views to the river below and to the family’s vineyard above,” says Bergendy. A courtyard located to the south of the main living area has dictated a typically orthogonal floor plan, offering

an essential, secondary, protected exterior area and an opportunity to grow a lush garden, directly contrasting the harsh environment outside. Smaller courtyards to the east and west offer varying extended living scenarios and enhance the transparency throughout the building. Inspired by the rocky terrain, precast concrete walls were chosen as the main form of wall construction. A gentle sloped roof covered with shingle from the site accentuates the idea that the house is firmly imbedded in the landscape. Stone from site interspersed with precast concrete creates the outlying walls. Weathered steel cladding around the entry and garage make up the exterior palette, while to the interior wood panelling and wooden joinery items offer a warmer contrast to the robust exterior.

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he kitchen and joinery, including doors, are the work of Waimate-based McMaster Joinery. Founded in 1981 by Des McMaster, the business was built on manufacturing house joinery in the Waimate, Otago and Central Otago regions. Projects have included large houses such as Black Quail, in addition to hotel and motel fit-outs. Kitchens are a specialty, with both a design and an installation service available, along with incorporating specialised cabinet and benchtop finishes. A member of the Master Joiners Association, McMaster Joinery also creates staircases, vanities, and high spec double-glazed wooden windows and doors, complete with drought seals.(NZS4211 Affiliated), plus retro fitting of double-glazed units into existing wooden windows and doors.


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Raising the bar Designing and developing an inner-city health club proved an opportunity not to be missed. The end result is a Supreme Award-winning, resort-like facility, thanks to Christchurchbased Wilson and Hill Architects.


roviding architecture of a high calibre, Wilson and Hill is driven by a consistent philosophical approach, not a predetermined style, says director Stuart Hay.

Its philosophy to embrace modernist architecture and produce clean, spacious and light designs came to the fore in IHF Health Club, located in The Crossing in Cashel Street,

in central Christchurch. Turning three separate buildings, from the 1930s to 2016, into a relaxing health club was an “amazing opportunity,” says Stuart. Health club director Dan Hood agrees. “There’s never been a well-thought-out health club here before and now there is. Even though it has its activity zones, it still has a resort-like feel,” he says. Having different identities for each space was an important part of the project, both in its design and the end

look and feel. The club blends heritage and contemporary features throughout, and includes a yoga studio, various exercise apparatus areas, and a full members’ lounge that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards this month, the IHF Health Club Christchurch won the Supreme Award and was named Idependent Facility of the Year. Judges noted that the club “is at the pinnacle of high end facilities”.



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motoring London to Edinburgh 110 years on Seeing a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is rare enough, but seeing 10 setting the pace from London to Edinburgh recently was amazing for vehicle aficionados.


hat is exactly what happened (pictured) when the Rolls Royce Ghost Club recently re-enacted the historic London-Edinburgh Trial of 1911. Starting from the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, the two-day run replicated as much of the original route along the Great North Road as possible,

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ending with a well-earned celebration at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh. Travelling in top gear for the entire journey was a requirement, as in the original event. The lead car, a priceless collector’s item, registration R-1075, was accompanied by a further nine Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts, all of a similar age.








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hat’s exactly what happened at Italian Restaurant Tutto Bene Christchurch, as two Ferrari Dino 246 GTs and one yellow GTS and their owners came together recently to celebrate the red Dino’s 50th birthday. While the Ferrari Dino road-going sports car itself was launched in 1967, the birthday Rosso Corsa Dino 246 GT of John Skevington and Jo Ruane left the Ferrari factory in Maranello, in October of 1971. Styled by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, it is arguably one of the prettiest sports cars ever built. “I reckon they are the most beautiful Ferrari ever made,” says John. “I saw one brand new for the first time at the 1971 Canterbury Court Motor Show and declared that I would own one someday.” John has owned his red Dino for 34 years. It started its life in the UK before John brought it to New Zealand. The Dino could also be described as an “Italian Matchmaker” for through the car, John and Jo had their first meeting. “The Dino was getting some bodywork done at Raxworthy’s Panel Beaters where I was working at the time,” recalls Jo. “I had admired the car for sometime and found out it belonged to John. I saw him and the car again at the Classic Car Concours at Pioneer stadium. We met, got chatting and it pretty much went from there,” she says with a smile.


What makes the Dino unique in the Ferrari story is it was never originally supposed to carry the prancing horse Ferrari emblem. Named in honour of Enzo Ferrari’s late son who passed away from the effects of muscular dystrophy in 1956 aged only 24, the Dino range would be its own brand underneath Ferrari’s bigger V12 cars such as the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Leon Witte is the original owner of the white Dino. The combination of a mid-mounted 2.4L V6 producing 195hp and that gorgeous lightweight body made the Dino the perfect sports car for he and his wife Lois to enjoy. “I bought it new in 1973 through PDL who were the Christchurch agents for Ferrari at the time,” Leon recalls. “I lived in the hills and wanted something which would handle the turns well. The specification matched my criteria of what I wanted in a new car and after a test drive, I bought it, providing the dealer threw in a spare set of tyres,” he says. The yellow open top GTS was the rarest Dino on show. Owners Lindsay and Christine O’Donnell have had the car for 24 years. “It’s been a wonderful car,” says Lindsay. “For me it’s the styling and the fact it is now highly collectable.” The appeal of the Ferrari Dino 246 GT is a timeless one. Like a fine Chianti, every sip is utter delight. Happy Birthday Bella Macchina.

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A great escape E

The Ford Escape comes in five variants with a PHEV and ecoboost versions and the ST line versions of those too.

ach gives you the option to choose what suits your lifestyle. The hands-free power tailgate is only available in the top two versions but you get what you pay for. What I’m enjoying about the new Fords is their connectivity app. Using it, you can lock the doors if you think you forgot to or cool/heat the cabin before you get in, the

latter a great winter feature. The 12-inch LCD screen had great connectivity; my friend in the passenger seat had loads of fun scrolling through the options. Other niceties include ambient lighting and a stylish cabin in the ST. I couldn’t fault the interior on what is apparently a smaller SUV. I found it spacious and fun to drive.

The sports steering wheel and the funky alloy sports pedals gave it a nice look, and it boasts plenty of power and some sleek lines. If you are after an SUV that gets you from A to B and is easy to use, the Ford Escape ST is simple. In these modern days, simple can be really satisfying.




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R O Jones Panelbeaters Limited have a new home. The popular car body shop has relocated from its former address on St Asaph St to new and larger premises.


he team moved into their new premises last month, at 10 Cass Street, Sydenham. “It has easier access and more off-street parking for customers,” says R O Jones director Karl Stohr (pictured). “It is also a lighter, warmer place than before and our new spray booth is able to accommodate more,” he says. Along with the new facility, R O Jones are also taking their impact on the environment seriously by using new ecofriendly water-based paint for touch ups and paint jobs. “We are utilising environmentally

friendly water-based paints in all our work,” says Karl. “This is better for the environment, and all new car manufacturers use this same paint when building new vehicles,” he says. R O Jones will be open during the Christmas break, via appointment. If your car suffers a nasty prang before heading to the bach for summer, Karl and the team can repair the damage or lend you one of their 12 courtesy cars. They also offer on the spot finance if needed.

Any colour you want... as long as it's green RO Jones Panelbeaters only use water-based paint, imported from Germany, environmentally friendly carwash and polish throughout the shop. We repair electric vehicles, campervans, caravans, boats, truck cabs, fleet maintenance and more. From private work at competitive rates through to work for all the major insurance companies.

We have moved!

10 Cass St, Sydenham, Chch | Ph 366 3483 |

Your one stop shop Quality motorcycle apparel and accessories

Ride on into our store: 334 Wilsons Road, Waltham, Christchurch (03) 377-1881 |

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Dreaming of a Honda WORDS BY BEN SELBY

When it comes to heritage and sheer diverseness of product, Honda is well and truly king of the hill.


e ran the first Honda Expo in 2016 and due to its popularity with customers and Honda fans, we decided to make it an annual event,” says Honda Store Christchurch Marketing Manager Gladys Chung. “Every year since, it has become bigger and bigger with more cars and

products being lent to us to display as part of our celebration of all things Honda,” she says. From the smallest N360 and S800 sports car, to a duo of original NSX supercars complemented by the only second generation NSX in New Zealand, there were cars for every Honda fanatic. This collection also included a Honda Integra with only 25,000km on the clock. There is more to Honda than just cars however. Motorcycles, ATVs, generators and four stroke garden tools, Honda’s range of engineering prowess is incredibly diverse. Company founder Soichiro Honda famously said, “We only have one future and it will be made with your dreams, if we have the courage to challenge convention.” Attending this year’s Honda Expo at Honda Store Christchurch would be enough to make anyone dream big.


Ho n d a e : H E V fo r N e w Ye a r ! H y br i d pe r f or m an ce, H on da in t rodu ces its first electrified powertrain i n t h e e: H EV L u xe J az z. G e t y ou rs n ow for N ew Year ! AVAIL ABL E F OR J A NUA RY 2 0 2 2 DELIVERY

HONDA STORE CHRISTCHURCH | 03 940 3000 78 St Asaph Street (Corner Montreal & St Asaph Sts) Christchurch Central HOURS Mon - Fri 8.00 am - 5.30pm (Sales & Service) | Sat 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Sales) | Sun 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (Sales) | *** Follow our social media including Facebook and Instagram for Christmas & New Year Opening Hours ***

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2013 Audi RS6 4.0 V8 Bi-TFSI 412 KW Quattro Wagon Rare and unique Misano Red with Black Leather RS Sports Seats, Low 71kms, 20” RS6 Sports Alloys in Black Gloss, Panoramic Sunroof, 4.0 V8 TFSI Twin-Turbo Performance/412KW, Black RS Sports Leather with Heating/Electric/Memory functions, Carbon inlays, LED Lighting, Roof Rails, Electric Tailgate, Audi MMI with CD/Stereo/Bluetooth/NZ NAV/Reverse Camera, BOSE Premium Audio etc. A user friendly all-in-one performance car!

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Only 4000 kms, Fuji White, Black Roof and Rails with Part Black Leather seats, 19” Alloys with Goodyear 4WD Tyres fitted, Radar Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, 360 Cameras, Heated Seats, Widescreen NZ NAV/Bluetooth/ AUX/USBs, Electric Air Suspension, Apple Car Play and much more. One of our most sought after Luxury 4WDs at present!

New Generation Evoque with revised Styling and Virtual Cockpit etc, NZ New only 32,000kms!, 20” Factory Sports Alloys, Mudflaps fitted, Full Panoramic Glass Roof, Full Leather, Heated/Electric/Memory Seats, NZ NAV/Stereo/ Bluetooth with 360 Cameras, 4WD Terrain response, Apple Car Play, Full Electrics etc. Very popular stock right now!

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