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arker mornings, cooler temperatures and trees turning from green to gold; there’s no denying autumn’s arrival. Personally, early-autumn is one of my favourite times of the year: The slightly chillier evenings makes sleeping that much snugglier, but it’s not quite time to get the puffer jacket out of hibernation. The trees lining my street look resplendent in every gradient of red, but not enough have fallen yet to wreak havoc with the drains. Easter is just around the corner with its promise of a long weekend, chocolate and baked goods (but the effects of overindulging are yet to be felt). The turn of seasons is often an apt time to reflect on the one just been and look ahead to what is to come. So, as the sun sets on a summer marred by both seesawing Alert Levels and a countrywide gratitude for freedom, we’re now looking to an autumn and winter of vaccinations, and the benefits that may bring. Perhaps by the time summer comes again, life might look a little bit more how we remember it, before a pandemic came to town. The days may be getting dark, but the near future is looking much brighter.



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The Pop Up Penguins art trail brought fun and colour to the community as 50 giant penguin statues decorated by the country’s leading artists were displayed throughout Canterbury. And now, the initiative has raised more than $1million for charity.


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birds - were displayed at iconic locations for the public to visit over summer, before being auctioned last month.


The final hammer price total at the auction, which was run by presenting partners Harcourts, was $1,005,500. Event producers Wild in Art will be giving 75 percent of the proceeds of the auction to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, which is the total money raised minus production costs. Event Producer of Pop Up Penguins: Wild in Art, Claire Cowles says she is over the moon with the outcome. “I am absolutely delighted with the result of the Pop Up Penguins auction and the money it has raised to support families in Canterbury through the work of Cholmondeley Children’s Centre,” she says. “We’re so grateful to all the sponsors, artists and schools that made the project happen. It’s been great to run a second art trail in Christchurch – thank you for hosting our colourful colony of penguins.” Two penguins proved especially popular on auction night, fetching $36,000 each. Shy-no-more by Deb Harrison saw the not-so-little hoiho

encrusted in diamantes with a spiffing rainbow blazer and baby pink flippers, and Mischievous Penguin by Rebekah Connor was splashed with bright fluro Resene paint. Other designs included the steampunk Punk It Penguin by Laura Hewetson, which was won by a local steampunk fan who outbid Waitaki District Mayor, Gary Kircher, who was hoping to get his flippers on the statue for steampunk HQ, Oamaru. Cholmondeley Children’s Centre helps more than 500 children each year, and relies on the generosity of donors to keep its services running. Children receive respite and care at the centre, for issues such as mental health, poverty, family violence or cancer diagnosis. The Pop Up Penguins were installed in libraries, supermarkets, museums and public places in December and January, with more than 10,500 people downloading the app to locate and vote for their favourite penguins.

I am absolutely delighted with the result... and the money it has raised to support families in Canterbury.

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oe says watching Ōtākaro’s natural state springing into new life from recent plantings along its banks is inspiring and his dream is to share this with more Cantabrians.

He says the river is the lifeblood of the city and there’s so much to learn from Ōtākaro. “And paddle boarding is a great way to tighten the body and free the mind from the grind!”

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Both household names in their own right, Anika Moa and Boh Runga are two of Canterbury’s most loved local gems. And their lastest ‘bohlaboration’ could be adorning the necks of your near and dear. Metropol talks with the women about their jewellery range, a sucessful friendship and what the next 12 months have in store. Congratulations on the beautiful collaboration! Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and significance behind the design? Anika: I had just had my beautiful baby and I wanted a locket to put her hair in and searched everywhere online and couldn’t find anything that caught my eye. So, I texted Boh and said, ‘Oi! kotiro, we need to Boh-laberate on a Marigold locket’ and she text back straight away and was like, ‘When do we meet?’ So cool. I love Boh’s energy and enthusiasm for new, fresh and crazy ideas. Boh: Thank you, such a fun thing to do. Anika’s wee girl was the inspiration with her name Marigold lending itself to a floral motif, naturally. The end result with the locket is a nod to a classic flower design with a bit of a modern twist.

Initially you planned to release the locket on Mother’s Day 2020 but opted for the end of last year instead. Can you tell us a bit about the serendipitous launch and the decision to release when you did? Boh: Covid-19 put a stop to everyday life let alone launching a new range with Anika. I think when we did eventually launch, the realisation of what we were all going through really brought home how much we are sentimental at heart and a locket to hold a treasure really resonated with people.

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In an age where it’s so common to capture and keep memories online, in your opinion, why is it important to have tangible mementos as well? Anika: When I am holding something that is dear to me in my hands it sends me back to those times of love, loss, a memory of a parent who has passed or in my case, the birth of my daughter. Something that I wished for for so long. I feel like she is a treasure and I feel grateful she chose me as her mama! It’s a very real, long lasting love. Boh: They are the markers of your life. It’s nice to have those special things to pass down to your family too or share with your friends. Physical pieces can jog your memory and bring back the time, place, the laughs and tears. All should be valued.

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This isn’t your first collaboration, after performing together for more than 20 years and forming an unbreakable friendship? What’s the secret to working so well together? Anika: Well, we both grew up in Christchurch so that’s where the amazingness comes from, also, we both love to have a good laugh so there go those endorphins and lastly, we both love creating things whether it be music, lyrics and now, jewellery. I love and admire Boh. She has designed a wonderful piece of art and I’m grateful. Gush gush gush. Boh: Not seeing each other very often [laughs]! 2020, in short, was a strange year for everyone. Looking to the future; be it music, jewellery or more collaborations, what does 2021 have in store for you both? Anika: 2021 is my year to be calm, quieter and more in the present moment. Also, more to come from Boh and I. Oh, and listen to The Hits with Stace, Mike and Anika Monday to Friday 4 to 7pm [laughs]. Boh: More Marigold additions are on their way, in not just jewellery but in other fun products for children. I’m excited about that. And of course, just more designing in general. Music-wise, I have a fun project brewing which will incorporate the design aspect of what I do but that is under wraps.



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Fitting workouts around four young children is no easy feat, but Lisa Fong has not only nailed the task – she’s turned it into a successful global business. She tells Metropol how she built an international online workout community from her Christchurch home.

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he challenges of motherhood can be far reaching, and for Lisa Fong, exercise was her antidote. Now, she shares the medicine of movement with more than 4500 people around the world who subscribe to her inspiring online fitness platform. “Move it Mama was born because I was struggling,” says the mother of four. “I’d lost myself in the depths of motherhood, and exercise saved me. I feel extremely passionate about helping those just like me.” Originally a Wellingtonian, Lisa moved to Christchurch with husband, Dan, seven years ago. The couple have four sons Rico, 10, Louis, 8, Carlos, 6, and Tei, 4. Originally a school teacher, Lisa had given up her job to be a stay-athome mum. At the time, a gym membership was out of her price range – let alone finding time and childcare to attend. So, she would do quick, 20-minute home bodyweight workouts. A concept which impressed the other school, mums – so in 2017 they started joining in, too. “They couldn’t figure out how or where I found the time,” she says. “One day it rained, so instead of getting them over - we had to do it on the driveway because my house was too small for all of us - I streamed the workout to a private group of two via Facebook Live. “This group grew to over 5000 people in about six months.” Then, in February 2018 Move it Mama was born. Subscribers pay just $10 per month for 10 live workouts per week. “When I first started sharing my workouts we were a one income family...

and I knew exactly what it felt like to have no spare money. When it came to launching the business, I wanted to break down as many barriers as possible. “There were times when I couldn’t afford a coffee so I wanted the weekly amount to be cheaper than a latte!” Lisa’s twin sisters have also come on board to help. Jess, a personal trainer, has joined as operations manager and also teaches three work outs a week. Char also teaches workouts and weighs in on other areas of the business. Joanne Cameron is marketing strategist, and other friends helped with the website and branding. While Move it Mama began to give busy mothers their workout fix, don’t let the name fool you – the format is popular with a much wider demographic of fitness lovers, too. “We naturally appeal to busy, stay-athome or working mothers. But we also have a large portion of our membership who are not quite so knee-deep in nappies. We get a thrill at the crosssection of our members… we love it when non-mothers, partners, husbands, kids and grandmothers thrive off our workouts, too!” With no prior business experience, Move it Mama is an ongoing learning experience for this teacher. “I’ve learnt as I go and am still learning every single day. It’s funny because when people came to me to say I had to turn this into a business, I had no idea what to do. Zero. “I managed somehow; by lots of talking and connecting with people that could help. I asked a lot of questions.” But the biggest lesson has been about finding her purpose. “I found my passion and that was helping people feel good, to regain a sense of control we can so often lose, and to reclaim our sparkle that can get lost along the way. “The whole business thing still feels a bit like a dream. I feel so lucky to be in this position and to now be doing it alongside my beautiful sisters. “It feels like I’ve found my place in the world.”

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A song to belong A new exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū by a local artist gives a glimpse into what five New Zealand families with a wide range of cultural and ancestral connections feel about place and belonging in Aotearoa.


rtist Olivia Webb, whose own Christchurch-based family is part of the exhibit, worked with five families – who have ties to Kiribati, Zambia, Samoa, the Philippines, England and

the Netherlands – to create their own songs about living in Aotearoa for her exhibition named Anthems of Belonging. In life-sized video projections, each family is seen performing their anthem from their own lounge room, emphasising both the personal and political qualities of using one’s voice. While they are not professional singers, music is an important part of each family’s culture. Gallery Lead Curator Felicity Milburn says the exhibition illustrates the diversity of contemporary New Zealand culture, and shows how varied cultural backgrounds and traditions can shape the experience of living and belonging here. “The face of Aotearoa is constantly


changing – for the benefit of us all, I think – and this exhibition is a perfect illustration of that.” Olivia says the anthems reflect the personal values, concerns and aspirations of all involved. “These songs have different vocal qualities, musical structures and lyrics, often including ideas that do not feature in New Zealand’s current national anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’ – a musical setting of a poem written by Irish-born Thomas Bracken in the 1870s.” Webb is currently working to develop two new anthems with Christchurch families, and these will be added to the exhibition as they are completed. Anthems of Belonging is on at the Christchurch Art Gallery from March 13 until July 11, and contains several public programmes including a floor talk and multiple workshops. Find out more at

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Big show day out Sheep shearing, wood chopping, rodeo, highland dance, vintage machinery, archery, dog trials and even an alpaca display are on the agenda for the largest one-day agriculture show in New Zealand, the Mackenzie A&P Highland Show.


cheduled for Easter Monday, the Fairlie show is set to be a bumper family day out for lovers of agriculture, highland dance, live music and kids’ entertainment. With over 400 sites, a packed schedule of music and live entertainment as well as livestock and produce judging

awaits for the 123rd show. Cuisine will also be covered on the day, with not only cooking, wine, beer and fermented drink for judging – but available to be purchased and enjoyed on site, too. Live entertainment this year includes Craig Smith

aka the Wonky Donkey author and musician, Josh Grimaldi the magician, a rodeo show, wearable arts, wood chopping, archery, an alpaca display, highland dance, piping, drumming and more. Stalls will showcase the best of local agriculture with sheep

and wool judging, equestrian, goats, poultry and caged birds. Farm products, flowers, arts, crafts and needlework are also on display and up for judging, culminating in the wearable arts and upcycling fashion competition. The Centennial Mackenzie Highland Show book is also available for purchase, for those interested in learning more about the event’s rich – and long – history. Check out the show on April 5 at the Mackenzie A&P Showgrounds, Gillingham Street, Fairlie. Buy tickets on the day or find out more information at website below.



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It’s been a well anticipated start to 2021 for residents of Elmswood Retirement Village as the newly refurbished Avon wing reopens and is now ready for occupation. Twelve serviced units have been given a fresh, high-spec makeover.


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om says his position was disestablished almost straight away when Covid-19 arrived in New Zealand last March. He had worked for Air New Zealand for about 10 years, and at Emirates and Qantas before that. Sam’s position was disestablished about six months later after 19 years of service. “We both consider ourselves flyers at heart, so it was quite a blow,” says Tom, who grew up in Christchurch but has been based in Auckland and overseas in more

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Solving the people puzzle People, and problems – or more specifically, helping the former solve the latter – is what drew Ashley-Jayne (AJ) Lodge to law. The employment law specialist has recently joined Anderson Lloyd’s Christchurch office as a partner, and tells Metropol how she navigates the complexities of the field.


mployment law is the intersection of the legal rules of a workplace, and the people who work there. Which can make for some multifaceted problems. Luckily, AJ thrives on diving into these issues to find solutions. “I have always been fascinated by people – what motivates us, human behaviour, how we interact with others, and psychology,” she says. “I’ve also always loved solving problems, and being an employment lawyer gives me the opportunity to work with both, helping businesses through challenging situations by being able to take an objective view and find a solution that works within the legal framework.” When it comes to solving

these problems, AJ takes a people centred and innovative approach. “I aim to offer innovative, tailored working solutions to my clients that best suit the organisation’s requirements. A strict legalistic approach doesn’t work in employment law, and often doesn’t get the result you want, because it is all about people. Different personalities, motivations, and emotions do not sit nicely within a black and white set of legal rules. “I do the best job when I understand the culture, structure, and feel of an organisation, so I can best support clients through difficult and often complex workplace issues.” Becoming the youngest female

partner at a mid-sized law firm at just 30, AJ is highly regarded in her field and says she was drawn to Anderson Lloyd for its stellar reputation and “ambition to have a supportive, inclusive and highperforming culture.” “I felt the firm’s values align with my own, particularly the focus on creating a sustainable, agile, and lean and connected workplace. I was excited about the firm’s commitment to continue to innovate in these areas. “Anderson Lloyd aims to represent the communities in which we operate. We have one of the highest percentages of female equity partners of any New Zealand law firm, and have clear and measurable

diversity objectives from graduate recruitment to board representation.” She is also not afraid to speak out about issues within the legal industry. “Despite there being more women than men in the legal profession as a whole, there is still an imbalance in the top jobs. The #MeToo movement kick started cultural change, but there is still work to be done. There continues to be a need for diversity of thought and experience around partnership and board tables.” As well as her law qualification, AJ also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, moonlights as a group fitness instructor at Les Mills and has a young family. Metropol 18 March, 2021 23

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Regular visits to the beauty salon sounds like a fabulous idea, and is a fantastic way to not only look after your skin but doubles as a relaxing selfcare ritual. With so many salon treatments available, it can be tricky choosing which to invest in, but luckily, it’s becoming easier to take care of your skin at home, too. Here are Metropol’s picks of some tried and tested beauty tools designed to help bridge the gap between salon appointments.




We wish we discovered this sooner! This tool has hundreds of tiny needles which pricks the skin. This prompts the skin to repair itself by stimulating collagen which is proven to help reduce scarring, acne, and fine lines. Results won’t happen overnight but when used frequently, this device will be your new best friend! It does hurt to begin with but not for long and the benefits are so worth it!

More commonly known as dermaplaning, getting rid of that very fine facial hair (peach fuzz it’s called) may seem like a fad but this tool is more than meets the eye. The fine gaps in this blunt blade gently remove the fine hairs that may carry dirt and oils. This also helps remove any dead skin, which in turn allows your makeup to go on smoother.

Skincare fridges are the new must haves! The benefits you ask? Keeping your skincare products in a cool temperature helps prevent any bacteria or fungal growth and allows the products to last a little bit longer after opening. Cold products also help de-puff the eyes faster which is much needed when we’re feeling tired.





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Looking deeper Do you have injuries and niggles that seem to keep recurring? Or a pain that just never seems to get better despite seeing numerous health professionals? Cath Julius, Physiotherapist at Freedom Health Physiotherapy and Pilates, tells Metropol how we need to look beyond the surface for long term solutions.

his is a common issue for many people, and too often it’s because we only look at the surface of the problem,” she says. “I have a theory about effective and long-lasting treatment called the ‘Iceberg Theory’. It is easy to assume that weak muscles are the cause of ongoing issues. But it is rarely that simple.” Cath likens assessment of injuries to an iceberg. Whilst you can only see the iceberg that is above the water’s surface, the majority of it actually lies beneath the surface. The same goes for an injury. Whilst you can see weak muscles and stiff joints, the underlying reasons that have led to this often lie beneath the surface. “For example, a phenomenon known as muscle inhibition is often the underlying cause of muscle weakness,” says Cath. “In this case, the muscles are being told by the nervous system not to work, so no

amount of strengthening will actually improve the situation until we establish why they aren’t firing in the first place.” This is why Freedom Health has set up a strong collaboration of experts with skills ranging from movement assessment, pilates therapy, breathing, dance and women’s health physiotherapists. “Our body is such a complex system that there is no way that one person can be an expert in all the underlying factors,” says Cath. “Having a team approach helps us to open our eyes to all the underlying factors and ultimately helps ensure that we can help more people find long-term success for their injuries and symptoms.” If you want to go beneath the surface and find longterm solutions for your body, contact the team at Freedom Health on (03) 355 6699, via reception@freedomhealth. or visit the website below.



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Looking beauty in the eye Nothing makes your heart sink like being told that you look tired, especially if you’re not. However, sometimes our eyes can be deceiving. This is because the area around the eyes is one of the first to show the early signs of aging.


r Brigid Lee and Denise Prosser of the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic say this is one of their clients’ most common concerns. Fortunately, there are many safe, noninvasive treatment options for Safe, Effective Non surgical / Non injectable






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this delicate area. The Ulthera machine can deliver results in just one treatment. It uses microfocused ultrasound to deliver energy into the tissue below the skin, tightening the area around the eyes, leaving it looking smoother, giving the upper eyelids a lift and reducing bags. Reassuringly, Ulthera is an FDA approved treatment. The eye area also responds well to radiofrequency which can give you an “instant lift” by using heat to cause an immediate contraction of collagen. The lift becomes longer-lasting by stimulating the natural repair response. For optimal results, a combination of radiofrequency treatment options - skin needling, fractional skin resurfacing and 3D heating, are used. Turn those “tired” comments into “you look great” comments with smoother skin around the eyes from the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic. Call for an appointment on (03) 351 3241 or enquire online at the website below.


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1. MvR Tailoring, delve into denim with a bespoke suit, Custom Denim Suit 2. The Fitting Room, feminine and floral in smoky blue hues, Fantasie Corryn Side Support Bra, 3. Marion & Co., sparkle with a uniquely cut semiprecious stone, Checkerboard Cut Blue Topaz Pendant on Chain, 4. Wink Shoe Store, don’t let footwear fun stop just because it’s time to close in the toes, Bresley Dawn Studded Block Heel Lace Up, 5. Matthews Eyewear, pair a glamorous pair of shades with your autumn coats and scarves, Maui Jim Puakenikeni frame, 6. Cutler + Co., hold onto summer with subtle florals, Blake Pacific Blue Shirt.

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Something for every body Choosing what to wear is one of the first decisions we make each day. Make that decision a good one by stocking up your wardrobe with quality timeless pieces. All of which can be found at Magazine Designer Clothing. Metropol sat down with owner Linda Savage to hear more about the beloved boutique and this season’s standouts.


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“Luxe and snuggly high neck sweaters, the white suit, statement sleeves and cuffs, vibrant shades of red, berry and tangerine, zebra prints (another twist on the ongoing animal print trend), luxe comfort wear – think sweatshirts with designer detailing especially with gold metal accents, pearl accessories and oversized shirts.”

ON THE STORE’S PHILOSOPHY… “We want women of all shapes and sizes to leave our stores looking and feeling amazing! We want our customers to feel good in their clothes every day. Style is confidence and at Magazine we believe it is about how you feel, as much as what you wear. We offer

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ON SUPPORTING LOCAL… “In New Zealand we have some of the world’s most creative designers and we love to showcase their talent. Their designs are of the highest quality and are manufactured to last for seasons to come. Investing a little more in quality pieces that are thoughtfully designed and constructed is a great way to support local and help to combat the throwaway culture that has emerged over the past 30 years.”

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The scent of fun Fragranzi’s vision is to ignite a passion for perfumes, fragrances and their design. The perfumery’s unique Medici make-your-own perfume system is a simple, no-fuss way to be creative, anytime, alone or in groups of up to fifteen.


etting a small group together to book a fun two-and-a-half-hour Perfume Design Party takes it a step further as Fragranzi’s perfumer helps the group make fragrances evoking cherished personal memories. For those who want to learn more about the structure of perfumes and how to create more complex fine fragrances such as those offered by Fragranzi and other leading perfume brands, there is no better starting point than their engaging, oneday introductory course, offered by the perfumer throughout the year.

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Motherhood and apple pie can go together beautifully in certain circumstances, but then so do motherhood and carried-my-four-yearold-on-my-hip-too-long, and motherhood and cooked-the-dinner-while-supervising-the-algebrahomework-while-feeding-the-dog-and-pretending-bepresent-and-correct-on-a-Zoom-meeting. Extensive massage range


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ut stress, pain, and stiffness need not be inevitable for those deep in motherhood or indeed for anyone in any ‘hood. At Beauty Progress, an extensive menu of authentic Thai massage therapy is available from trained Thai masseuses Anne and Orn, to help you regain full range of movement, reduce pain, and absolutely relax. Owner and Beauty Therapist Wendy Barker can help you choose the right massage from herbal, yoga, aromatherapy, head, foot spa, four hands, back, neck and shoulders, pregnancy, post-natal, baby, and foot reflexology.

Facials and body treatments

Mother’s Day is the ideal opportunity to gift mums, grannies, and caregivers some relaxation and freedom of movement. A Thai massage enhances health and wellbeing and can be therapeutic or simply some well-deserved float away on a cloud of bliss me-time. The spa also offers facials and body treatments that will leave you feeling gorgeous, utilising the incredible Gernétics range clinically developed in France. Vouchers for Beauty Progress are available online or in the salon at Unit 1, 171 Waltham Road.

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rendsetters tipped leather separates to be one of the defining looks of 2021, and the fashion forecast was spot on. Or, as the Independent’s Olivia Petter wrote after London Fashion Week, “Whatever we’re doing in autumn, designers say we’ll be doing it in leather.” Or, more specifically, in leather blazers, leather pants, leather tops and leather shorts in hues of black, tan,

camel, cream and adorned with embellishments. But don’t let the term “separates” fool you, these separates are made to be worn together. Pair leather coats with leather pants, leather skirts with leather tops – and leather accessories with every/any thing. Or, mix with your favourite ribbed tanks and tees, cashmere and woollen sweaters, and floaty feminine blouses and frocks.

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

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Developed to heal burns in a Paris hospital GERnetic’s advanced, highly concentrated and effective products address the specifiic needs of the skin with exceptional results. Contact award-winning aesthetician Wendy Barker to learn more. Beauty Progress Ph: 03 379 4315

Holistic therapeutic massage Do you have… • Frequent headaches • Stiff neck, shoulders or back pain • Stress from loads of work • Or just need some quality time out Get revived, rejuvenated and lifted up again with Helen’s professional therapeutic full body massage and a hint of facial touch with genuine care and genuine attitude. Call today and receive a 15% special discount. Helen’s Beauty in Avonhead Ravenna St, Avonhead Ph or txt 021 292 4287 32 18 March, 2021 Metropol

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Restore your skin The secret to Restore Lotion is in the botanicals. Cacay oil for repair with vitamins A, E & retinol; Tamanu oil for pigmentation & sun damage; Gotu kola to break down scar tissue & increase elasticity; Mulberry to brighten & even skin tone whilst stimulating collagen production; Calendula to soothe, prevent free radical damage, and balance skin microflora. Wildflower Botanicals Ph: 03 974 3002

Got that sagging feeling? Plasma pen is the world’s most advanced, non-invasive, skin lifting, skin tightening & rejuvenating device used to treat wrinkles, crepey, loose, sagging skin & loss of elasticity on your body and face. This is such an incredible treatment that will lift, tighten, resurface & regenerate all areas of your skin! The Beauty Parlour 205 Fendalton Road Ph: 03 377 8883

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

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A therapist’s role is to alleviate concerns and help clients lead better lives. At The Beauty Parlour in Fendalton, the qualified beauty therapists do exactly that; helping each client to enhance their natural beauty and indulge in some selfcare.


he team covers all aspects of everyday beauty and is always looking to improve to create the best possible experience for you. To help with your beauty concerns, services on offer range from spray tans to skin treatments, manicures to massages. All of which are done with a smile, purely down to passion for the craft. When asked how she wishes clients at the parlour to feel, owner Angela McCarthy-Coffin responds: “It sounds cliché, but I want them to be treated as a friend. And, come in knowing that the services and products we provide, we wouldn’t be offering unless we’d use them ourselves.” In efforts to upskill, the parlour looks to the passions of staff. Senior Therapist Michelle suggested the Plamere Plasma Pen, which has become a perfect new addition to the parlour’s beauty belt. The pen is the world’s most advanced, non-invasive, skin lifting, tightening, and rejuvenating device used to treat wrinkles, stretch marks and sagging dull skin. For a free no-obligation consultation contact the salon on (03) 377 8883, via or at the website below.


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

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A fitting smile


ust because it’s dentures, it doesn’t mean they can be neglected. Dentures can harbour bacteria and build up plaque and tartar much the same as real teeth,” he says. Ryan recommends that those with a complete set of dentures have a check-up every one to two years, while those with partial dentures have a yearly check-up. Another thing to be aware of as regards to denture oral health is any unusual lesions or abnormalities presenting in the mouth. “If oral cancer is discovered, for example, the earlier it’s detected, the better,” says Ryan. Dentures Plus offers a cleaning service that treats dentures with the Australian made Caldent, a denture cleaning product that’s only available at denture clinics, and which Ryan attests “makes dentures look really good!” For a daily cleaning regime, products such as brushes, baths and soaking solutions can be ordered online from Dentures Plus, ensuring all denture wearers have complete confidence that their smile is little short of fabulous. Call (03) 385 5517 or visit the website below to make an appointment.

There’s a somewhat erroneous train of thought out there around the subject of dentures as to maintenance and cleaning, with some people believing that once their dentures are fitted, they can more or less forget about them. Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus cautions against this casual attitude.

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yan says it was his involvement with sport that introduced him to podiatry. “I played several sports and did a lot of hiking. Unfortunately, that led to some foot problems and I needed to visit a podiatrist,” he says. “The relief from the treatment was immense and determined my career direction. I’ve loved every minute since.” Ryan adds that podiatry is a very rewarding career because of the difference even simple procedures can make for patients. He enjoys all aspects of the work from palliative care to orthotics, from medical pedicures to nail restoration, from working with children to older patients. “The work is all so varied. It really gives me a buzz because I never know each day just what will come through the door to test my skills and knowledge.” Ryan is also very excited that Footprints’ Ilam clinic where he will mostly be based will next year be in a state-of-the-art new facility along with other health professionals. “It’s going to have everything a podiatrist dreams about.”


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There’s a fresh new face at Footprints Podiatry. It belongs to Ryan Primrose, the latest New Zealand- trained podiatrist to join the clinic. “He comes from Auckland,” says Senior Podiatrist Howard Nicholas, “but we won’t hold that against him!”

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Does concussion stop the brain cleansing? A clean brain that is well fed and nourished is a healthy brain that fights off dementia and other cognitive disorders.


oncussions occur as the result of a traumatic blow to the head. This causes the brain and supporting membranes to bounce, twist and get damaged inside the skull. Developments in the longerterm effects of concussion have featured in the news recently, as new brain research illustrates just how long-term and wide-ranging effects can be. After one of the largest ever investigations into the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cognitive decline in later life, Danish and US researchers concluded that the younger a person was when sustaining a head injury, the higher the risk of developing a form of dementia. The study looked at the health records of 2.8 million people over 36 years and found that individuals who sustained a TBI in their 20s were 63 percent more likely to develop dementia

in the next three decades than someone who did not sustain one. Gill Redden, of Gill Redden Cranio, specialises in actually treating concussion symptoms rather than monitoring and forming plans, effectively treating patients sometimes months or years after the initial injury. “It is better, however, if people seek treatment immediately after their head or tailbone trauma, certainly not waiting 6 weeks to see if they ‘come right.’” says Gill, “Some of their cranial bones will definitely be jammed up!” Using CranioSacral therapy, Gill provides a post-concussion treatment programme that helps nurture the bones, membranes, organs, tissue, nerves and blood vessels back to free movement, helping enable people to be pain and dysfunction-free. Spinal fluid can’t move freely if bones

and membranes are jammed up. This fluid feeds and also detoxifies the brain. It is critical that the spinal fluid is flowing and CranioSacral therapy supports to ensure it is. Gill also works directly with the brain scars that form when a trauma occurs. Some troublesome symptoms are not actually concussion, and can be relatively simple to treat through freeing jammed or twisted bones and membranes

which in turn enables the brain to heal more easily. Gills comprehensive concussion-focused website allows people to gain a better understanding of concussion and its consequences, provides a concise description of what CranioSacral therapy is and is validated by testimonials of clients sharing their experiences of recovery and a pain and drug-free life.

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Healthy hair, healthy you Much like visiting the dentist, periodic check-ups for your hair and scalp health could benefit you long term. Why wait until visible signs of hair loss, baldness, or alopecia emerge? Metropol caught up with Dr Padmaja Redekar of Hairmantra to find out more about how to keep on top of your up top.


ou should especially visit the clinic if there’s a known genetic heritage or if you’re experiencing any hair issues. But, sometimes it’s as simple as just needing a helping hand with basic hair hygiene, for example what type of comb to use, how climate effects your scalp. So how can Hairmantra help you? It all starts with a

consultation, followed by a microscope (60x and 150x) analysis where the clinic will look into your hair bulbs and strands. From there, low level laser therapy or appropriate hair products and supplements will be suggested. Dr Redekar’s goal is to educate and provide her clients with the proper knowledge on how small changes, according

to their lifestyle, can make a big difference. After treatments, clients may start seeing changes as soon as 15 days, she says. Curious if Hairmantra is the right fit for you? Dr Redekar is happy to have a free no-obligation conversation. Contact her on 021 069 0058 or email



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They say the early bird gets the worm… but sometimes it can be hard to leave the nest in the morning. Maybe you’re struggling to find the motivation to go to the gym – again – this week. It’s all about working out the workout that best fits you.


he Ministry of Health recommends two and a half hours of moderate (or one and a quarter of vigorous) physical activity spread throughout the week. So, Metropol has come up with a variety of ways for you to hit your weekly move goal.

SPLASH! Swimming is a great cardiovascular activity that works your whole body. If you’re heading to a pool, a good starting point is three times a week for around 20 minutes. Naturally, it will be easier to get in the water during the warmer months, but indoor pools allow for year-round swimming. The best part? Exercise with no sweat!

DIRTY DANCING Pole dancing is a topic often danced around in conversation because of the industry it derives from, which seems ironic considering that’s exactly what the exercise consists of. Making it’s way into the mainstream, pole fitness is another complete body workout (particularly your upper body, core and thighs) that requires dancers to hold up their own body weight.

READY PLAYER ONE Whilst it’s always great to exercise outdoors, we’re not going to pretend like lockdown didn’t happen last year. Using a fitness video game can be a fun way to switch it up, games like Just Dance, Wii Fit and Nike+ Kinect Training. Not to mention it can be an inclusive, hilarious way to get the whole family moving indoors.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN It may not be possible for everyone to run away to the circus. But there is a way to live out your Cirque du Soleil fantasy – ariel arts classes. Whether you opt for silks, hoop or the trapeze, these are all full body workouts that will build strength in your arms, shoulders, upper body and core.

FIGHT CLUB Fitness boxing is a great way to punch out your weekly recommended physical activity, without having to take the hits from an opponent like in traditional boxing. It improves endurance, strength, gets your heart going and not to mention there is the hidden benefit of learning some form of self-defence.

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The art of


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


For better or worse, we’re waving goodbye to summer. But don’t fret, we’re ringing in autumn with a look at what we can expect to see adorning fingers in 2021. Yes, we’ve got clarity on all the latest ring trends.

GOOD AS GOLD We might have been looking at gold through rose coloured glasses, as rose gold had its moment, but nothing will ever replace the illustrious sheen of yellow gold. It has claimed back the spotlight with its rich, warm and timeless appeal.

THREE STONE SETTINGS Popularised by Meghan Markle, the three stones symbolise a couple’s past, present and future. Experts are seeing a rise in unique shapes for these trios, along with contrasting cuts or diamond sizes, to create something completely unique.

BANDING TOGETHER Dainty and slim ring bands are becoming a thing of the past as wider bands are poised to have their moment in the spotlight. If you want a ring that stands out in a crowd, a wide band is definitely one to consider.


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

10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 3pm Saturday Via Sollertia Jewellery 11 New Regent St, Christchurch 03 366 8001 40 18 March, 2021 Metropol

Engagement rings are going green – and we’re not just talking about sustainability. Yes, emeralds are having a serious moment right now, with many experts labelling it the “it” stone of 2021. With the colour closely associated with new beginnings, it’s no surprise why!

CUTTING SHAPES There are the classic cuts you know and love — round, princess, cushion, emerald. And they’re not going anywhere. But have you heard of hexagon, shield or trillion cuts? When it comes to your centre stones, you can expect to see these cuts and more.


Boredof boards? WORDS JESS MURRAY

PHOTO CREDIT: Carla Smith (@pretty_and_plated)

If you’ve been to any form of social event you’ve most likely come across the everpopular charcuterie board. But with changing times, aka a global pandemic, cuisine connoisseurs have had to get crafty. Jarcuterie is truly taking the internet by storm and putting the cute in charcuterie.


irst posted by Instagrammer Suzanne Billings (@nobelgraze) in July, the single serve grazing boards were an instant hit. This option offered a Covid19-friendly way to entertain safely, whilst also ensuring everyone indulged equally. Not to mention, no more sharing with double dippers. Much like a traditional charcuterie board, there is no recipe. Whether you’re throwing items together from your panty or creating the perfect list weeks in advance, your guests are probably going to be distracted by the re-branding of the soirée staple in front of them. Why stick to savoury? Themed jars are starting to emerge online with creators posting candy, fiesta and even holiday season jarcuteries. Talk about inventive. This latest foodie trend proves that good things do come in small packages.

Tastes so good you don’t need sauce! Order online and get delivered or click and collect from one of three spots around Christchurch

Gluten Free | Keto & Low Carb Nitrate-free Bacon Preservative-free sausages and meat products

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A serendipitous lion The lion may well sport a monocle, and the décor of mosaic tiles and lush greenery certainly has a postcolonial feel to it, but food at The Fine Lion, though downright delicious, is definitely not posh nosh, assures owners Matt and Belinda Lion.


think people hear the name and immediately conjure up silver service and Irish linen napery,” chuckles Matt. “But the truth of the matter is the

name’s a play on our name, and the building we’re in just happens to have a lion crest on the wall, so put it down to serendipity.”

Matthew defines The Fine Lion as a warm, welcoming eatery that offers casual, relaxed dining, a friendly bar, and for those wanting fabulous food in the comfort of their own homes, there’s also a takeaway service. The restaurant boasts a wrap-around balcony that seats up to 70 and overlooks the tree-lined thoroughfare of Ashburton’s main street below; it’s redolent of café life along Ōtautahi’s The Terrace, and Matt agrees. “Absolutely! We’ve bought a wee bit of Christchurch to Ashburton.” As Matt and Belinda also own the well-renowned Kelly’s Café & Bar, only 50 metres away, it’s fair to say there’s little they don’t know about the hospitality trade. Key to their success is having the

best people on board, such as former MasterChef NZ contestant and local caterer Chantelle Quinn. It was Chantelle, with the help of her chef brother Kinnear, who created the menu and helped set up the kitchen for The Fine Lion’s opening launch last November. She remains its business consultant and is to plan future menus, including winter and seasonal menus. Kinnear came from a restaurant in Melbourne to take up his position as Head Chef at The Fine Lion; yet another feather in Matt and Belinda’s entrepreneurial caps. Visit the Fine Lion at 152 Burnett Street, Ashburton, phone ahead on (03) 307 0629 or check them out on Facebook.

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Preheat oven to 200°C fan bake. Line two shallow roasting dishes with baking paper for easy cleanup. Arrange chicken, bacon and truss tomatoes on one tray. Sprinkle chicken with lemon zest, drizzle everything with oil and season with salt and pepper.


Arrange bread chunks on second tray, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper to make croutons. Bake until chicken is fully cooked through (20 to 25 minutes). Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. While chicken bakes, make Caesar Dressing. Heat oil and sizzle garlic and anchovies over a medium heat for about 30 seconds, mashing up anchovies to a paste. Add all remaining ingredients to pan and boil hard until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 2 minutes). Cool before use. The dressing will keep for a few days in a jar in the fridge. It thickens on cooling, so warm gently to loosen, or thin with a little water as desired.



Tray-bake chicken Caesar salad

Cut each chicken thigh into 3 to 4 pieces and each bacon rasher into four pieces. Arrange evenly over salad with tomatoes and croutons. Drizzle with more dressing, then serve the remainder in a small jug or bowl on the side. Garnish salad with basil or parsley and grated parmesan to serve.


READY in 1 hour

Caesar salad 4 boneless chicken thighs, ideally skin-on 8 rashers streaky bacon 4 trusses cherry or truss tomatoes Finely grated zest of ½ a lemon 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Salt and ground black pepper, to taste About ⅓ loaf ciabatta or sourdough bread, torn into coarse chunks 1 large or 2 baby cos (romaine) lettuces A handful of fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley leaves, to garnish Grated parmesan, to garnish

Caesar salad is one of those timeless recipes that everyone loves. Throwing everything into the oven to cook makes fast work of this fabulous recipe, and the dressing can also be made ahead of time.

Caesar dressing 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 5 canned anchovies, with a little of their oil 1 cup cream ½ cup grated parmesan (about 40g) Finely grated zest of ½ a lemon Ground black pepper, to taste


To prepare the salad, cut lettuce into wedges or cut leaves in half and pile onto a serving platter. Drizzle with ¼ cup Caesar dressing and toss to coat.

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Follow the big cup! If Ashburton is on your horizon, keep your eyes wide open for the big cup at the newly refurbished Ashford Village Complex. There you will find Millhouse Kitchen which offers fabulous coffee, a delicious menu and cabinet food to weary travellers and very happy locals, seven days a week. Local produce

Al fresco dining

Dogs welcome


his multi-faceted café features an array of al fresco spaces including the veranda, as well as the garden café. Seating varies from stylish Euro-style cafe chairs to the park benches outside, while the interior décor features beautiful timber and black finishes, and is always filled with fresh flowers. Built around classic flavours and local produce, the menu at Millhouse Kitchen varies with each season’s best offerings. The specials board and the freshly baked goods

are a fixture however, and their sweet and savoury treats run from scones and muffins to slices, cakes and biscuits, in both traditional and more adventurous flavours. The perfect spot for a picturesque brunch or to while away the afternoon over craft brews and a burger, or rose and nibbles, the gorgeous outdoor venue is optimal for guests of the four-legged variety too (just BYO your own water bowl, please). For more information contact (03) 307 9249 or visit the café at 427 West Street, Ashburton.



Passionate about food Team Player Looking for variety & Daytime Hours

For more information or to apply, please send CV to;


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The Bakehouse Cashmere

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Sugar and spice and everything nice at The Bakehouse Cashmere. It’s time to stock up on their famous, mouth-watering hot cross buns for Easter. Open Good Friday and Easter Monday, 8am-4pm.

Ph: 03 337 0403 8 Colombo St, Cashmere

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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. For an experience like no other, visit Arbour Woodfired Pizza.

A delicious oasis just off the Main South highway Number 5 Café located at Templeton is a simple turn right after the Cookie Time factory when you are travelling south. Located over the rail tracks and on the left beside the Templeton pharmacy. Stop by and spoil your taste buds with a delicious Kumara & Vege Pie or some of the other gorgeous house-made yummy food, including gluten-free options.

Delicious Meals, Refreshing Beverages, Relaxing Atmosphere.

17 Oxford Street, Lyttelton.

5 Kirk Road, Templeton Located in the Templeton Medical Centre Ph 021 177 5507

Book your function now! Come and enjoy our warm atmosphere and friendly service. Open: 7 days 11am till late 284 Lincoln Road, Addington Ph 03 335 0095 pedalpusheraddington

Banana Split

(with Belgian Milk Chocolate)

Original Milk Tea

(with Tapioca Pearls)

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LAKEHOUSE RESTAURANT Lake Hood - Ashburton A stunning lake side restaurant offering a low and slow American BBQ menu plus a lunch and dinner a la carte menu. Great indoor/ outdoor areas for catching up with friends. Excellent meeting spaces and conference facilities. 5 minutes off the main highway from Ashburton. Lake Hood Drive, Lake Hood, Ashburton Ph 03 302 6064

SWEET AS BOBA City Sweet as Boba is a dessert place for everyone with a sweet tooth. If you are looking to experience an inspired bubble waffle of Hong Kong together with the Bubble Tea of Taiwan in Christchurch then this is the perfect place for you!

157A Gloucester Street. Ph 021 049 0731

THE ELMWOOD Strowan Eat - Drink - Play New Menu - Daily Specials Functions Quiz Nights Meetings! Superb food, great prices. Ample free parking! Your new local! 1 Normans Road, Strowan, Christchurch Open 7 Days 10am-11pm Ph 03 355 5345

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BOO RADLEY’S FOOD & LIQUOR City We are an award winning southern-USA styled bar & restaurant with a distinctly New Zealand twist. We offer a great sharing plate selection, complimented with exceptional cocktails, craft beers, and a hand picked wine list.  We are available for function hire for up to 110 people as well as having live music every Wednesday to Saturday. Level 1/98 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central Open 7 Days Ph. 03 366 9906

LEVEL ONE CRAFT BEER & COFFEE BAR New Brighton Deluxe Duke Burger. Warning: this burger causes extremely high levels of happiness, which may lead to feelings of contentment. Smoky tomato relish and smashed avocado smother the big sourdough bun. Roasted portobello steals the show topped with spicy falafel patty and crumbed onion rings with fresh tomato slices completing the DUKE. Pairs well with our boutique bar’s craft beer range on tap. 217 Marine Parade, level one Ph. 021 249 3646 Open 6 days a week.

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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.

Harbour House is here to bring you delightful coffee, scrumptious food and refreshing beverages, served with a smile in front of picturesque views of our beautiful Governors Bay. Talk to us about hosting your next function or catering platters for a BBQ at home or a menu specially designed just for you and your event. Relax with us and spend some time on the deck enjoying the spectacular views.

Main Road, Little River Open 7 Days Ph 03 325 1933

79 Main Road, Governors Bay. Ph 03 329 9825

TASTE OF KIWI Springfield


A taste of Kiwi food, community, and hospitality. Serving delicious cabinet food and lunch menu, gourmet Canterbury pies, local organic coffee, and weekend breakfast! Great range of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options. The only stop you need on the Great Alpine Highway. Come check out the new kids on the block!

True deals. Great Taste. Daily Specials inside! Receive 10% Off your first online order Limited time only! Open: Tues-Sat Lunch 11am-2pm Dinner 5pm-9pm Sun-Dinner 5pm-9pm

5666 West Coast Road, Springfield Open 7 Days Ph 03 318 4840

9 Coppell Place, Hoon Hay Christchurch Ph 03 339 0320

COSY CAFE 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 7 days 7am – 4pm 24/150 Cavendish Road, Casebrook Ph. 03 352 0412

THE AFFORDABLE FOOD TRAILER COMPANY Thinking of starting a mobile food business? This is the best time to launch your self-employment plan. We have an excellent range of MOBILE FOOD/DRINK TRAILERS in varying styles and prices. Turn your skill into a profitable and self-satisfying lifestyle. We’ll show you how.

Web: Call Pete: 021 0259 4977

In your glass Laughing Club Gin In 1928 at Raffles Hotel in Singapore the legendary raconteur Lord Geoffrey Reardon founded the Laughing Club. 100 years on, the exclusive recipe Lord Reardon created has been brought back combining deep artesian water with exotic botanicals. Traditional copper pot stills triple distil to ensure the original exquisiteness of Laughing Club Gin. “Like drinking silk”.

700ml, $79.99

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

700ml, $89.99

WAFFLE HAUS City 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.

12 New Regent Street Ph 0210 284 4410

CENTRAL BARK CAFE Papanui 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. Pet Central Papanui Superstore 11 Langdons Road, Papanui Ph 0800 48 77 38

Big Daddy’s Stores

Shirley (03) 386 0528 205 Hills Road,

Blenheim Road (03) 343 1523 280 Blenheim Rd,

Parklands (03) 383 2478 60 Queenspark Drive,

Brougham Street (03) 3665737 151 Waltham Road, Eastgate (03) 381 3660 227 Linwood Avenue,

Hillmorton (03) 338 7733 7 Halswell Road, Rangiora (03) 310 8200 28 High Street,

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Visit and experience our 1960s themed restaurant. We have a great range of entrees, mains and desserts. Specialties include our crumbed camembert, waffles with bacon, ham steaks & chicken parmigiana. Enjoy ice cream sundaes, banana fritters, mud cakes, smoothies, milkshakes, spiders and so much more. Prices range from $7.50 to $19.50 Lunch: Wed-Sun, Dinner: Thur, Fri, Sat.

Welcome to Gatewood Market! The boutique stalls offer a range of hand crafted, artisan and NZ made products including home and garden decor, plants, clothing and accessories for all ages, arts and crafts, jewellery, beauty products, pet care, giftware, gourmet food and more. Enjoy our child and dog friendly atmosphere including a bouncy castle, pony rides, rock painting and outdoor games.

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, the grammable pink eggs benny and many other delicious menu and cabinet items, Cafe Stir has you covered.

Market Date: 21 March 10am-2pm 788 Old Tai Tapu Road (child & dog friendly)

27 New Regent Street, City Central Ph 03 371 7219

BUNCO’S Amberley



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.

Cafe Mayfield offers a variety of options including our new café menu or dine out on fish and chips from our take away menu. Large range of freshly made sandwiches, slices and scones to select from as well as lots of other delicious cabinet food. We are child friendly offering an exciting new play-ground area. Our menu offers a vast range of gluten friendly and vegan options. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit!

This is Christchurch’s best kept secret! With a castle like feel, this is a welcoming bustling cafe by day and a lux chilled out bar & casual dining restaurant by night. Family friendly and affordable, a unique heritage building experience just 10 minutes from the CBD. Menu and online booking on website.

184 Burnett Street, Ashburton Ph 03 307 0210

Open 6 days: 6am - 4pm 47 Carters Road, Amberley Ph 03 423 6285 48 18 March, 2021 Metropol

1992 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road, Mayfield Ph 03 303 6210

Cafe | Bar | Restaurant | High Tea | Weddings Functions | Events | Beer Garden 200 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere Ph Ph 03 925 8766



THE MILK BAR West Melton

Serving a range of fine cuisines that can truly be described as international to suit any occasion. Situated on site at the Quality Hotel Elms in Papanui and open daily for breakfast and dinner, they pride themselves on their mouth-watering food - including a range of gluten-free and vegetarian options and their comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Coffee from 6am, all day bar menu. Dinner from 5pm

Come in now for your delicious croissant or pies with beautiful layers. Chocolate croissant, almond croissants and apple pies. Now serving steak, mince, chicken, bacon ‘n egg and vegetarian pies. Frozen pies also available stocks limited. Call in to Japanz Bakery for a delightful experience!

456 Papanui Road, Christchurch Ph 03 352 4903

South City Mall, Colombo Street Open 7 Days Ph 03 943 4066

Fish n Chips Burgers Nachos American Hot Dogs Milk Shakes/Slushies – every flavour! Soft Serve Ice Cream Licensed Kids Play area Old-School Space Invaders Machine Dine In/Take Away Hours - 11am to 7.30pm(ish) - 7 days

SPICE HUB Heathcote Valley

FORMOSA Ashburton


Spice Hub’s menu includes all your favourite chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian curries. All you have to do is decide what to eat and place an order. We have something for everyone. Come and try our secret recipes that are cooked to perfection using the finest blend of authentic Indian spices and richest ingredients to make your tastebuds go WOW!

We take inspiration from traditional Taiwanese cusine and mix the diverse Asian cultural style, fresh flavours and chic setting. To find out more about Formosa, just scan QR code above.

Gold Card Lunches Mon-Fri Mon/Tue Wood-fired pizzas $20 Tues Quiz night - free entry & prizes Wednesday $15 Burgers Thursday $20 Steak Night Sunday $10 Waffles Function Room - fundraisers/private functions Takeaways available

173 West Street, Ashburton Open Mon-Sat only. Ph 03 308 7874

Weedons Ross Road, West Melton Village Open 7 Days: Sun 9am-late, Mon-Sat 11.30-late Ph 03 421 6481

3/66 Port Hills Road Ph. 03 260 0438

736 Weedons Ross Road, West Melton Village Ph 03 421 3626

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Calling all Bluffs Photos by Jane Wyles Photography, for copies email Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event.







At the start of March, The Athens Yacht Club hosted their much anticipated Bottomless Bluff Oysters and Champagne night. Aw-shucks what an evening! 1. Anne Marie Foueque-Patelesio, Emilios & Rebecca Kotzikas, 2. Bronwyn Hill, Nicola Noone 3. Mel Renner, Keith Dunluce, Rachael Robinson, 4. Rebecca Sutorius, Andrew Stuart, Jan Forthingham, 5. Nikki & Noel Dew, 6. Katrina James, Tony Astle, Eve Kinder, Tony Franklin.



The Dish welcomes you to visit and experience our Asian Fusion menu… once you have tasted you will keep coming back again and again! We offer a tremendous range of both entrees and main dishes… and we are vegan and vegetarian friendly…

If you have not seen our new frozen additions - handmade gourmet salmon and mussel pizzas and pies, they are worth a try. Great for these summer evenings too – handy to take out when needed.

Treat your friends and family to beautiful boutique wine from Melton Estate.

Pizzas and pies now in many other flavours also including vegan and vegetarian options.

Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Lunch Special - $15 Open 7 days Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Sun 5pm-9.30pm 376 Montreal Street, City Centre. Ph 03 925 9787 50 18 March, 2021 Metropol



Now Open - In the Provedore of the Bush Inn Centre Open 7 Days Ph. 021 184 6113

Visit our Cellar Door in West Melton or shop online.

cnr Weedons Ross & Johnson Roads West Melton Ph 03 347 4968




Corner of Armagh & New Regent Sts (168 Armagh Street) Central Christchurch Open 7 days, Weekdays 7.00am-4pm, Weekends 8am-4.30pm Ph 027 346 0140

TWENTYFOUR CATERING Canterbury Take the work out of your next dinner party. Providing a genuine customer-focused experience using natural products, delivered by our family-focused team. • Private Functions • Weddings • Events • Consulting & Temp Chefs

CUISINE FROM ASHBURTON’S TOP RESTAURANTS & CAFES Ashburton Clock Tower Garden’s Baring Square East Join us for a unique lunch in a spectacular setting in Ashburton’s famous Clock Tower gardens (Baring Square East), Saturday 27th of March 2021! Our fabulous Ashburton restaurants have created beautiful menus. Head to the website, have a read, choose your favourite and book a ticket. Then simply arrive between 12pm – 1pm on Saturday 27th March 2021. We will be hosting a silent auction on the day with all proceeds going to Hospice Mid Canterbury. We are delighted that Premium wine sponsor, Chard Farm, has agreed to sponsor this event after sponsoring the Arrowtown Long Lunch for the past 10 years with their amazing selection of wines that will be available for purchase.



Stocking the well-known French-inspired J’aime Les Macarons. She Universe Chocolates, Italian Gelato, and mouth-watering freshly creamed donuts. Sweet Societe offers a twist of European tea, meringues, cupcakes 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.

Born from a love of outstanding coffee and amazing food... Situated in the Ashburton CBD, hidden down an alleyway (between Stoked Cycles and the MSA) you will find one ninety nine. Coffee you could only dream about, no extra charge for dairy alternative milks, and food that will make your mouth water. Plenty of keto, gluten and dairy free options! New Breakfast Menu - everyday until 1pm. Open Tues-Fri 7am-3pm Sat 8am-2pm Ph 03 307 7477 Instagram

356 Colombo Street, Sydenham (inside Colombo Mall) Ph 03 365 2771

Emerson’s Brewery has also come on board as our official beer sponsor, with an exciting range of refreshing beers. Gibbston Valley Wines will be bringing the bubbles! The Ashburton Long Lunch holds a special licence for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol. There is no BYO permitted at the Long Lunch.

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Caitlin, High Tea and baking expert


Hilltop hotspot Comfy café by day and family-friendly restaurant experience in the evening, Sign of the Takahe is a destination neighbourhood local on the Port Hills. Soak in panoramic views across the city to the Southern Alps from the tranquil garden, or cosy up inside the beautifully renovated heritage building.


ign of the Takahe is everything you hope for when visiting a neighbourhood restaurant; a friendly welcoming atmosphere which delivers on exceptional taste and service. No matter if you visit the Hackthorne Road destination for brunch, dinner, a coffee or drink – you’ll keep wanting to go back. Owners Andrew and Kay Male started and invested in the business in 2019, and have changed it from a fine-dining restaurant to open it up to all with an upstairs bar, comfy seating and a more chilled out and relaxed vibe. “It’s a place where you feel naturally at ease; be it for a casual coffee, a business

brunch or a celebration of epic proportions,” says Andrew. “We have a welcome to all approach with a family friendly dining experience using local ingredients. “It’s a seasonal mix of Kiwi and European style cuisine, with some international flavours thrown in and all beautifully presented on the plate.” Earlier in the day, you’ll find crowd favourites like eggs benedict on potato hash with mushroom, bacon or salmon, as well as Belgian waffles and smashed edamame. In the evening, embrace the Kiwi- European fare with fresh seafood, generous steaks, New Zealand lamb, as well as favourites like gourmet burgers

It’s a place where you feel naturally at ease; be it for a casual coffee, a business brunch or a celebration of epic proportions.

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Dedicated Head Chef Ryan

and delightful pizzas. A fine selection of local beers and wine are served, too. Andrew says his dedicated head chef, Ryan, has created exceptional menus. “Ryan has been with us from the very very beginning and has put his heart and soul into making our dinner, wedding and function menus a tribute to the timeless New Zealand and European classics that people have come to know, love and adore.” As well as the menu items, 99 percent of the cabinet offering is baked in-house. The heritage building’s founder, well known naturalist Harry Ell, had a philisophy for the Takahe to be open to all. And Andrew and Kay have taken on this approach by providing a unique welcoming vibe. With scenic views over the city, it’s no wonder this is a popular spot for families and takes on a beer garden feel, especially at the weekends. Andrew says time stands still at the Takahe, and he’s not wrong; as soon as you walk in you melt into the relaxed, cosy vibe – and it’s easy to see how you could while away the hours over a coffee, drink or meal.


Weekly Central Bark Café regular Canterbury


Fluffies for fluffies The aptly named Central Bark Café is a haven for customers who wish to relax, indulge and meet likeminded pet owners. Locally owned and operated by Cantabrian Linda Ashworth, her goal is to create a destination café like no other in Christchurch.



ere you’ll not only find a tempting cabinet bursting with fluffy cheese scones and mouth-watering cheesecakes, but a menu awash with vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options. The café’s skilled baristas offer a wide selection of coffee (Halo Coffee), teas, smoothies, cold drinks, New Zealand wine and craft beer. And that’s just for humans - the real point of difference here is the doggy menu; pupcakes, freshly made dog biscuits, puppaccinos and made-to-order doggy birthday cakes! Paw-fect! Linda says Central Bark takes the role in helping to save the planet seriously, so you can dine at the café with a clear conscience. “We designed our café furniture couches from old 44-gallon drums which we had environmentally cleaned of their oil and then we recycled the drums into amazing comfy couches, we have minimised our plastic usage wherever possible using such items as eco-friendly coffee cups and vegan straws made from rice,” she says. Being part of Pet Central, this 11 Langdons Road locale also offers retail, grooming, daycare, training classes and even a luxury cat boarding hotel. Venture over for a dose of culinary cuteness!

Made from scratch It’s a place where nicknames are celebrated. Derek Morris, known as Bunco by his mates, thought that name was the perfect one for his new cafe in Amberley.


ot only that, but some of the mates get their own nickname recognition in the various brioche bun burgers that are the signature dish of the cafe – the Just Jon Burger, the Stiffy Burger and the Dirty Burger. Derek, a chef for many years in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, had a vision when he set up Bunco’s cafe last year - for tasty, home-style meals with everything made from scratch, just as mum does. And everything means everything – bread, brioche, sauces, pies, slices, custard squares, biscuits and cakes – even ice cream. “A true chef shouldn’t be opening bags,” says Derek. “I have a real passion for food

and hospitality. Part of that is interacting with my customers and getting to know them, as well as giving them delicious things to eat.” Derek caters for all tastes from the big appetite to the more health conscious, with a large gluten-free range too. You could have Bunco’s Big Breakfast with all the trimmings or the Vegan Smash for breakfast. For lunch; steak, egg and chips or a falafel bowl. You can’t miss Bunco’s on State Highway 1 in the middle of Amberley. The cafe is open seven days for breakfast and lunch up until 4pm. Search Bunco’s on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest specials and news. Metropol 18 March, 2021 53

In your kitchen




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

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. The Cottage Pantry & Gallery 24 Wilson Street, Geraldine 7930

Introducing our Lunch Special - Authentic Thai - Meal Only $10 ( Thai spicy on request ) Enjoy an iced lemon tea or an iced Thai milk tea Visit Native Thai Food & Café to experience our yummy food! Open Monday to Saturday 88D Riccarton Road (03 343 3318) (corner of Riccarton and Straven Rds)




Sissy’s Kitchenette offers Keto and Glutenfree baked goods. We serve fresh cakes in a variety of flavours and customised for any occasion. We specialise in Filipino baking, bringing you an authentic taste to enjoy. 301A Lincoln Road, Addington Ph: 027 563 2125 or 027 841 2233

Ataahua Gewurztraminer Fragrant, enticing, floral with aromas of roses and apple blossoms, white fleshed fruits of pears, apple and fresh lychee. A delicious offdry wine full of spice, fruit, texture and charm finishing with a light sweet white rose taste. Balanced and well made.

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. 73 Centaurus Road, Huntsbury Ph 337 8214

ALI’S LEMONS Fresh Traditional Distinctive Lemon Fresh Organic lemons in a concentrated drink – delicious, refreshing and delivering a boost to your immunity. Drink hot, cold or in your gin. Available at Christchurch Farmers’ Market. Contact Ali: 54 18 March, 2021 Metropol

Reviewed by Cameron Douglas MS.

Available online : ataahuawinesnz Ataahua Wines

THE KITCHEN CUPBOARD 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. 34b Talbot Street, Geraldine P. 03 693 8632 E.

HALSWELL BAKERY & CAFÉ Custom cakes for any occasion birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby shower, gender reveal etc. Orders essential. 346 Halswell Road Open 7 days Ph 322 4600

In your kitchen



Handmade food, relaxed atmosphere and easy parking - a hidden gem in Sockburn! Pop in and say hi - we’re open 6 days!

Open ALL Easter Weekend. Our Easter Opening Hours are Fri/Sat 6am-5.30pm, Sun/Mon 7am-5pm Taking orders for Hot X Buns. Now available bread, buns, pies, sandwiches, sweet treats & more. Catering orders welcome. 346 Halswell Rd. Ph 322 4600

@oscarsdinercafe Ph.027 310 6369 125 Main South Road, Sockburn

Free Van Han Chocolates when you buy online! Buy Trickett‘s Grove products online and we’ll give you some delicious walnut inspired chocolates, made by Van Han, with your order! Trickett’s Grove walnuts are 100% New Zealand grown and available in their shells or freshly cracked and ready to use.

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



We are here to provide you with fresh produce and friendly service. Try our tasty ice-cream made in-store with real fruits this summer! There is something at Edens Harvest for everyone.

Contact us directly for your next business meeting, function or party bookings. Room 205 are available for all your catering requirements… Serving fresh homemade food (GF, VG, DF, KETO) and barista coffee. We can cater for up to 60 people in our upstairs area that. 205 Fendalton Road, Fendalton (corner Clyde and Fendalton Road) Open 7 Days. Ph 03 351 1488

209 Waimairi Road, Ilam Shopping Complex Open Mon-Sat

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INSPIRE ME NOW ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST Join us Margie Foster & Chris Korako with Guest Speaker TRACEY PRINCE General Manager of Tuesday 23 March 2021 7.30am - 8.45am The Canterbury Club, 129 Cambridge Tce, Christchurch City

BOOK NOW: email - Cost $55 including breakfast or $270 for all 5 breakfasts with speakers SALES RESULTS, PEOPLE & PROFITABILITY IN A COMPETITIVE MARKET Tracey Prince, General Manager of Metropol, has been part of this award-winning magazine from its inception. With over 30 years of experience in advertising, account management and magazine publishing, we are looking forward to Tracey sharing her personal and professional insights at our March breakfast. Love to see you there - Chris & Margie

UPCOMING BREAKFASTS Tuesday 23 March Tuesday 18 May Tuesday 27 July Tuesday 21 September Tuesday 23 November Metropol 18 March, 2021 55

Pick a piquette

One old drink is gaining new popularity for its low alcohol content and fresh, light flavours. Meet piquette, the Centuries-old mellow and humble wine-ish beverage having its moment in the sun (again).








his drop is a low alcohol wine made from the second pressings of grape pomace (the pulpy residue after grapes have been crushed), mixed with water and left to ferment – creating a refreshing, earthy flavour and subtle fizz. Steeped in tradition, the brew dates back centuries where it was widely enjoyed throughout Europe, and in the 19th Century, was popular with farm and winery workers for lunch. More recently, piquette has taken off around the world as winemakers look to reduce waste and reuse the pomace created during winemaking, and consumers have – quite literally – lapped it up. In New Zealand, beer behemoths Garage Project have whipped up its Little Crush range, and Alex Craighead Wines’ canned Kindeli is gaining a following, too. Fans of pét-nat, another trending wine-but-not-as-you-know-it, may be drawn to piquette – but those who have never heard of either should also consider giving it a try, too. Watch this space, piquette is picked to become a trending drop of this year and beyond.

Feeling Inspired

Last week, Duncan Cotterill played host to Margie Foster and Chris Korako’s Inspire Me Now event for Canterbury women. The event’s aim? To motivate women to connect, network and catch-up. As well as having a lot of fun guests listened to Marg and Chris - with Janine Morrell-Gunn as a guest speaker.

Photos by Jane Wyles Photography, for copies email

1. Sarah Townsend, Christine Korako, Bex McNaughton 2. Amy Hooper, Tara McHardy 3. Eve Wingerath, Heather Locke, Heather Milne 4. Vicki Ogden-O’Fee, Tracey & Caitlin Prince 5. Robyn Wallace, Janine Morrell-Gunn, 6. Jacq Lawler, Maddie Foster, Rosie Stewart, Margie Foster

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A spectacleof receptacles WORDS MORGAN TAIT

One particular interior furnishing is having a moment of late; the vase. These vessels are not only holding floral arrangements, they’re holding their own as sculptural adornments for tables and shelves in any – and every – room.


lassic clear and crystal styles will always have their place in the home, but a new breed of vase is well and truly on the scene: and it is structural, artistic and in-demand. As dried blooms continue their reign on interior aesthetics, we have more need for vases which remain on display. And, oh boy, have designers delivered. And

Sweetpea & Willow Bloomingville Mejia Vase

hell, forget the florals altogether if you must. A chic vase needs not some occupants to bring intrigue and artistry to your home. We love vases in neutral toned terracottas and wabisabi ceramics, glossy porcelain, tinted glass or shaped into minimalist designs, some which celebrate the female form or faces, and feature whimsical patterns.

Marimekko Urna Vase

Pillow Talk Circa Olive Planter

Beysis Fawn Flower Femme Vase

Audenza Female Face White Vase


03 377 5982 Metropol 18 March, 2021 57





Few spaces in the home can induce as strong sense of sanctuary as a well put together bathroom. A space to unwind, wash off the day that’s been or prepare for the one ahead; bathrooms are often where we compose ourselves. So, it’s no wonder then, that what our bathrooms are composed of is so important.

nd when it comes to bathroom ingredients, one especially can be picked out: the vanity. Not just a countertop, vanities anchor the look and performance of a considered bathroom. Encompassing both functional storage and acting as an artistic centrepiece, you can let your vanity run away when choosing, redecorating, or styling your bathroom vanity. Floating vanities give off a pared back minimalistic feel, and heavier wooden styles play into French-country aesthetics. The use of natural stone like marble and granite amp up tranquillity and spavibes, subtle tones of pastel pinks, blues and greens adds refreshing, fun art deco elements and all-white aesthetics show us why Scandi-chic was a thing. When matched with chic tapware, stylish basins, and terrific tiling, your bathroom vanity quickly becomes an idyllic part of your daily routine.

IdyllHome Pendle Brass Pendant light

SLABS by Design Hula concrete basin


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Two locations: Prebbleton Veterinary Hospital - 56 Blakes Rd & Behind Auto Express Tunnel Wash - 530b Sawyers Arms Rd, Harewood (close to the Groynes Dog Park) 58 18 March, 2021 Metropol


Solid timber furniture

A fantastic range of traditional and contemporary furniture designs. We can also help you with any custom made furniture requirements. NEW PREMISES 19 Elgin St, Sydenham P. 366 9219

PullCast Skyline Door Pull

Porcelain Superstore Creek Multi Pebble Mosaic Tiles

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Feeling blue The concept of a blue and grey colour scheme may seem a little chilly to many people, particularly for a living area. But, the finished result in this living room is charming, cosy and oh-so-modern in a strong blue and grey look, thanks largely to the dynamic, diagonally painted feature wall.

T Resene Athens Grey

Plant, scarf and candles from Shut The Front Door

Resene Atmosphere Resene Blue Night Resene Indian Ink

Resene Stack

his design shows the key lies in using deep, warm tones, and adding plenty of natural textures and layers. It is painted in, from top, Resene Indian Ink, Resene Athens Grey and Resene Atmosphere, with flooring in Resene Stack. A velvet armchair and deep blue patterned rug warm up the look, with a bench in Resene Blue Night in semi-gloss – perfect on which to stack mid-century modern-inspired vases, decorative plants and the latest reads on architecture and interior inspiration. While triangles are one of the simplest feature wall effects, the structure and

colours of these triangles keep it from being overly cliché, giving a modern look to the room. Using the darker toned blue at the top of the wall, also adds cosiness by appearing to lower the wall height – imagine the difference if it was just one clear wall in white or grey. For an even more dramatic effect, the dark blue could also be used on the ceiling. The use of textured, tactile fabrics such as knits, rope, velvets and wool bring an immediate sense of warmth to the room, while the freshness of the plants and grey accessories keep it from being too dense and dark.

PAINT: Wall top triangle in Resene Indian Ink; middle triangle in Resene Athens Grey; bottom triangle in Resene Atmosphere; flooring in Resene Stack; ropey side table in Resene Indian Ink; bench in Resene Blue Night semi-gloss; small pot in Resene Eighth Tapa. ACCESSORIES: Candle, cushion, string of pearls and silver dollar vine plants from Shut the Front Door; chair, rug, vases, throw, fiddle leaf fig and Monstera leaf stems all from Freedom Furniture; Hydrangea Tassel cushion from Thread Design.

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Styling by Emily Somerville-Ryan | Photography by Melanie Jenkins

Vase from Freedom Furniture


home straight! BACK ON THE

The best suppliers, best ranges and best advice are set to be on show as the Christchurch Home Show prepares to open its doors for thousands of homeowners at the Christchurch Arena in Addington from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 April.

The best suppliers, ideas and advice across the wide spectrum of products and services for new homes or renovations will be on show, says Bridget. “With houses, it’s not all just about what you see on the outside, and the Christchurch Home Show is great for educating homeowners about the many new and different products that can help you build, right from the ground up.”

SEMINARS AND DEMOS The Design Renovate Decorate Seminar Series, proudly sponsored by Resene, is where you’ll learn the latest trends from industry experts. Topics cover everything from those all-important kitchen and bathroom renovations, interior design and colour trends, outdoor spaces, energy efficient homes and building trends. And if you want to see how it’s done, catch some of the live demonstrations happening within the show, including some cool tips and tricks with wallpaper and paint. All these experts are on hand and ready to answer your specific questions.



xhibition Manager Bridget De Goldi says organisers are bracing themselves for huge demand as frustrated homeowners get stuck into their renovations. “Last year taught us that our homes are more important than ever,” she says. “Having a home that you love, as opposed to just having a house that you live in, are two totally separate things. “The Christchurch Home Show is here to help inspire and educate you on the best way to transform your home into an amazing place where you and your family can live, work and play.”

Passive Housing is really coming to the fore at the moment, says Bridget. “People want products in their houses that are thermally efficient, recyclable, and eco-friendly and to know they’ve made a good decision for themselves and for the environment. There’s a range of these products at the show to satisfy any thrifty, or greenmotivated homeowner.” And she says there is a huge move towards sustainable products throughout the show; renewable energy including solar, doubleglazing and high-performance glass – all things that can save you money while reducing your impact on the planet.

EXHIBIT NOW If you’re keen to exhibit in the Christchurch Home Show, it’s not too late to book some space to show off your home-related product or service to a motivated audience. The Christchurch Home Show is free to attend! See the website below for details, maps and timetables. Metropol 18 March, 2021 61


great outdoors

Urban Eden & Co Love Boat Trio – Fog Grey, Pink Lemonade, Hot Mustard


Sheridan Naville Mango Throw

BoConcept Rome Outdoor Sofa

Just because the cooler days of autumn are closing in, doesn’t mean that you have to. Make the most of your outdoor area this season (and all seasons), whether you’re adding that extra bit of warmth with an added layer or a pop of colour, Metropol has got you covered so you can enjoy the great outdoors year-round.

Landscape Design & Construction 021 536 442 |

Fiksate Gallery Showcasing New Zealand’s top urban artists, new exhibitions and workshops. Monthly print releases and custom framing. Fiksate is Christchurch’s leading urban art hub. | 54 Hawdon St, Sydenham |

Every Person is Unique! Your home should also uniquely reflect who you are and how you want to live. At our award winning architectural and interior design practice, we share a culture of collaboration and a passion for architecture. We will work with you to achieve unique and inspiring results matched to the site and your specific requirements. | Ph: 03 943 0369 | 62 18 March, 2021 Metropol



There is nothing quite like wrapping yourself up in a snuggly throw as a way to cut through the cold. A hot tip; have a blanket basket by the door to the outdoor area. That way dirt and leaves aren’t dragged inside.


Urban Eden & Co White Vertical Garden

Bunnings Warehouse Fiammetta Matt Black Outdoor Area Gas Heater

Adding warmth doesn’t have to resort to heat. Often what makes you feel cosy inside is the aesthetic of a room. Pops of colour can come in the form of planters, cushions, garden features and even lights.

Pillow Talk Molly Candle Holder

WAVES OF WARMTH But naturally if there is a bit of chill in the air, sitting outside will be made a whole lot easier with heating. Gas fires and fire pits are an awesome autumn edition. Not to mention, toasting marshmallows always goes down a treat.

Winter is coming As the weather changes and the autumn evenings become darker and cooler, now is a great time to update that old heating system. North Canterbury Energy Centre can recommend, supply and install. Our friendly team can review your heating needs and make the process of buying the best heat pump for your home easy. Ph: 03 313 0531 |

Stylish & affordable home staging FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER. Show your home at its absolute best, resulting in a faster sale at a higher price. Affordable pricing and top rate service guaranteed. | Ph: 021 123 4418 |

Year round living . . . Autumn has arrived and the evenings are getting darker and cooler. Keep yourselves and your guests protected during the change in seasons by contacting the team at Louvre Solutions, and ensuring your outdoor entertainent area provides shade and protection from the elements. Make your place the centre of attention all year round with the perfect louvre solution. | Ph: 0275 356 286

Are you dreaming of a better kitchen? Dream Doors Kitchens specialise in facelifting your existing kitchen as well as complete new kitchens. We will work with you to give you that dream kitchen within your budget. | Ph: 03 338 1081 | Metropol 18 March, 2021 63

New Le Creuset range “Nectar”

we’re big on bulbs • now’s the time to plant spring bulbs • look forward to spring picking • 176 varieties in stock • plus planting mix, bulb food, bulb baskets etc

Cnr Wairakei Rd/ Roydvale Ave P. 03 358 5565

WovenVeranda Standing the Test of Time

For the love of

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

Ph: 03 389 8288 271 Ferry Rd, Phillipstown 64 18 March, 2021 Metropol

Turn your Outdoor Living into a Retreat Manufactured for NZ’s High UV Rays Commercial Grade Aluminium Framing Relaxing Sofas and Chairs to Dining Settings. All furniture items sold as individual pieces.

Now part of the Old School Collective 1429 Main North Road, Waikuku Open Wed thru Sun 10.00am – 3.00pm


What about pots?

What to plant?

Bulbs love pots and with careful selection and large pots you can get successive flowerings all through spring. Or plant violas and pansies on top with bulbs underneath and let them pop up through the annuals. Plant in bulb mix and ensure good drainage with a few stones over the drainage holes. Check out our colour packs with four varieties in mix ‘n’ match colours to give coordinated colour flowering in succession – daffodils, freesias, hyacinths, and tulips.

Spring bulbs herald the start of the new season and you can extend the season easily by choosing the right bulbs daffodils, tulips, scented hyacinths and freesias, anemones and ranunculas, grape hyacinths, and snowdrops.

Where to plant?

Just about anywhere, from full sun to under deciduous trees where they’ll still get plenty of sun before the trees come back into leaf when the bulb season winds down. Avoiding midday sun helps the flowers last longer. While they don’t like drying out, good drainage keeps the bulbs firm and healthy. Note: scented hyacinths can even be grown indoors in bulb glasses over water – a great way to introduce children to easy gardening.

How to plant?

Generally, plant two to three times their own depth and two bulb widths apart, as soon as possible after purchase while the bulbs are still firm. Plant in drifts which gives the appearance of naturalisation. Which way is up? If in any doubt the guideline is to plant with the flattest side of the bulb down, and if you’re still not sure, plant them on their sides and they’ll sort themselves out. When planting in flower beds, use the purpose-designed bulb baskets to avoid digging them up all the time.

Spring bulbs herald the start of the new season and you can extend the season easily by choosing the right bulbs - daffodils, tulips, scented hyacinths and freesias, anemones and ranunculas,

What to feed and when?

Feed at any time the bulbs are showing growth above ground, right from when they emerge to just after flowering, using specifically formulated bulb food and bone meal. Later feeding builds up the reserves for the dormant season.

When to cut the foliage back?

Definitely not until it’s turned brown and dying off because the foliage builds up bulb reserves for next year.

grape hyacinths, and snowdrops.

If you need to phone the bulb helpline, phone bulb expert Tracey at Terra Viva on (03) 358 5565. Metropol 18 March, 2021 65


Buried treasure!

Bury these beauties now and look forward to beautiful colour in spring! Yes, spring bulbs are now in stock and right now is planting time, Terra Viva’s Peter Worsp tells Metropol.

Photos by Anthony Turnham.

Putting heart into homes The kitchen means so many things to so many people, and while the basic function of every kitchen is to serve as a food preparation area, the only limit is imagination when it comes to design. With 36 years in the joinery business, the team at Advanced Joinery has created every type of kitchen imaginable.


dvanced Joinery are proud winners of 2021 Canterbury Master Joiners, Joinery and Design Awards, Kitchen Design by Joiner Edward Bowden of Advanced Joinery, and Best Kitchen $40,000 plus, designed by Ingrid Geldof, both manufactured by Advanced Joinery. Managing Director Greg Ayers says: “We’ve been at the forefront of kitchen joinery while fashions change, lifestyles alter, and materials evolve. Our in-house designers listen to our specific clients’ needs and wants and every kitchen is bespoke, but the common element is that our kitchens fit the space, the space does not fit them.” Once the dream design is settled on, Greg and his team of craftsmen with their award-winning skill and experience

set to work bringing it to life. “Our kitchens stand out for their quality of build and materials. We are proud that nothing leaves the workshop anything less than excellent,” he says. The company is recognised within the industry, by the design and architecture profession, for their consistent excellence in producing quality joinery, says Greg. “The whole team’s focus is on service, extensive knowledge, professionalism, and a commitment to delivering on time.” Proud members of the New Zealand and Canterbury Master Joiners Associations, their craftsmanship is available in all internal joinery: kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and walk-in wardrobes, as well as internal doors and timber windows.

Ph: 03 348 7700 66 18 March, 2021 Metropol

Award winning finishes A quality finish on quality joinery makes all the difference, it makes a good job great! M.F. Turnbull provide expert quality lacquer and polished finishes for joinery, kitchens and furniture to clients across the country. The quality of the finish can transform your joinery or furniture into a design statement for your home or workspace. Expertise based on the principals of old fashioned craftsmanship, combined with the most modern equipment and highly skilled staff means M.F. Turnbull can deliver a difference that can be clearly seen and appreciated for years to come.

m.f. turnbull Ltd | Ph: 03 365 2519 |

Topping off your kitchen T

here is no doubt that kitchens are considered the heart of the home, which is why it’s important to talk to the experts before selecting your kitchen benchtop or bathroom vanity top surface. Benchtop Concepts understand that choosing the right benchtop is key to the overall look of your home. Whether you are a home owner or a trade customer, they will provide a handcrafted surface for your

benchtop con onc cepts

renovation, new build, shop fit out, or large commercial jobs such as reception or counter tops, shelving, school or laboratory desks. What’s more, the skilled team will guide you through the process from material selection, quotation, manufacture and installation. Benchtop Concepts’ strength is building great relationships with its commercial and consumer clients, as well as making beautiful benches. | 03 342 9218 | 398 Halswell Junction Road Metropol 18 March, 2021 67

The art of joinery WORDS CHERLY COLLEY

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the Canterbury branch of Master Joiners with their inaugural awards taking place. “Our national body has been holding awards for a number of years and so has the Nelson branch,” says Canterbury President Nathan Busch.


o we thought it was high time Canterbury showcased the work and talent of the joiners in our region to raise the profile of our craft. It took some organising, but it has been worth all the effort with the quality of the entries we received.” Over thirty entries were submitted in nine categories: best apprentice; best benchtop;

best staircase; best speciality fit out; best door or window; best kitchen under $20,000; best kitchen $20,000 to $40,000; best kitchen $40,000-plus and best kitchen design. A panel of three judges – an architect and two interior designers – will use a range of criteria to determine the category winners - the level of workmanship and skill, the use of materials, the complexity of the project and the visual appeal of the completed work. Great photography, dressed and styled work, and the ability to tell a story about a project will be key to the success of the various entries. “We are delighted that members have embraced the opportunity to present some of the finest work from the industry in Canterbury and celebrate their innovation and excellence of design. This has also been a chance to encourage all members to use sustainable material in their work and to follow best practice.” The names of the winners in the nine categories will be released later this month.

Mastering joinery M

aster Joiners belong to one of the world’s oldest trades, dating back to the 12th and 15th centuries. Most of us have heard of Master Builders and Master Plumbers, but Master Joiners are perhaps not so well-known. A joiner is a skilled tradesperson who works with timber and board products to create constructions such as kitchens, doors, windows, staircases and counters. It is an area of professionalism and craftsmanship. Joiners are represented in New Zealand by the Master Joiners Federation which has 10 regional associations, including one in Canterbury. As a group they aim to promote the Master Joiners brand encouraging customers to use joiners who are masters of their trade, producing high standards of workmanship. Membership of the Federation has benefits not only for customers, but for the joiners themselves. It bestows credibility and the interaction and sharing of information with fellow joiners is also invaluable.

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Contact Master Joiners Canterbury President Nathan Busch on 027 563 4537, or at

No pane, no gain! Autumn is the perfect season to ensure you’ve got your condensation under control, and if that means new windows – it’s important to choose a joiner who can preserve the look of your home while ensuring drafts and moisture are kept out. Bates Joinery follows the highest possible standard in New Zealand when it comes to manufacturing windows.

wner Mark Allworthy has run the business since 2008, and says his team is well known for their kitchen work, timber stairs and shop fit outs – but specialise in manufacturing windows and timber doors, too. “A lot of people in Christchurch have old character villas with timber frame windows,” he says. “If they are doing renovations, we can ensure the frames protect from moisture and drafts while retaining the original character of the home.” In new builds, Mark and his team follow Master Joiner New Zealand’s highest protocol of window manfacture, JMF4211, which in some instances can be the difference between the home passing its council building inspection. The protocol is only available for members of the industry association, which holds members to the high standards of overall skill and professionalism. Learn more about JMF4211 and Master Joiners at Contact Mark and the team on (03) 388 111, search Bates Joinery on Facebook or visit the website below.

Craftsmanship to last a lifetime 101 Shortland St, Christchurch Ph: 03 388 8111


“where quality comes first” Winner of Best Benchtop ph. 021 240 0124 21 Disraeli St Sydenham Metropol 18 March, 2021 69



Complete joinery solutions

Bespoke joinery solutions

Kitchens - Windows - Doors - Wardrobes Timber Tru are your local timber joinery experts. Working with you through the full design, build and installation processes they can help you add new features or match existing as replacements. Whether you are modernising or building a new house or office, the Timber Tru team have the skills and experience to create your dream.

Whether a one-off piece or a bigger project, the skilled team at The Joiner Shop will deliver top-class results. Operating in Kaikoura, Canterbury, Marlborough and farther, the team would love to help with your new build, renovation or commercial project. | Ph: 03 389 2986 |

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Award-winning joinery From residential to commercial, kitchens and bathrooms to staircases and more, Murray Hewitt Joinery has got you covered. With such a full range of joinery services available and over 25 years of experience they offer a one-stop-shop whatever your needs. Awarded Best Stairs and Best Kitchen $20K-40K in the Master Joiners Awards 2021. | Ph: 03 343 0360 | 70 18 March, 2021 Metropol

“About two years ago. I mainly teach oil and acrylics and teach three adult evening classes and one children’s afternoon class. Seeing the boost people get when a painting they’ve been struggling with starts to fall into place gives me the most job satisfaction.”

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE ROOM WHEN EVERYONE’S BUSY AT THEIR EASELS? “It’s very relaxed. People chat amongst each other, and long-time students are really good at encouraging new students, who are often trying painting for the first time.”


The joy of painting An art school, gallery and supply store, Art Metro helps make Canterbury the creative place it is. Metropol sits down with Malene Reynolds Laugesen to ask a few questions about her teaching role at the Papanui studio.

“I’ve become fascinated with art history and the idea of curatorial work. I’d like to find a way to continue pursuing these and to find a balance between teaching and my own art practice. I think the two things feed into and complement each other. Painting, for me, creates a deep sense of joy, which I try to bring into teaching. Teaching also compels you to look more closely at your own practice and technique, which is a good challenge.”

Pop into Art Metro at 465 Papanui Road, Christchurch, phone ahead on (03) 354 4438 or check out the website.

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Down by the river In the four years Narielle A’Court ran her market stall at Akaroa, too often customers related their experiences of buying so-called New Zealand made from giftshops, only to find when they got home that it wasn’t.

heir stories inspired the glass jewellery artist to open The Artisan Lab at Little River. “I thought there had to be an easier way to showcase genuine New Zealand works. We’ve so many talented people out there,” she says. True to its business ethos, The Artisan Lab is 100 percent Kiwi made, with over 30 Banks Peninsula artisans showcasing their woollens, ceramics, paintings, glass jewellery, earthquake-recycled rimu ware and so much more. She also offers a variety of clothing spanning from babies to girls and boys, ladies’ bags to children’s accessories. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that supporting local is essential in creating thriving communities. So, make your way over to Little River to browse the bespoke boutique and with a purchase take solace in the fact you’ll be supporting talented local artisans in the process. For more information contact Narielle on 021 041 6703 or email


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nside, Mazda’s simplistic Kodo design philosophy is everywhere. CX-9 Takami benefits over the standard Limited spec with niceties like the option of either pure white or walnut brown nappa leather heated and ventilated seats. These seats also feature a new design with quilting, piping and stitch colour change. You also get shift paddles, wireless charging, and a larger 10.25inch multi-information display housing the latest generation MZD touchscreen infotainment system. It is very intuitive and easy to read. Also, the Bose stereo system sounds sweet.

Driving to Balcairn and back, the 2021 CX-9 Takami feels so planted. Plus, a lack of road noise and sumptuous ride comfort was very impressive. The 2.5L turbo four pot with 170kW and 420Nm of torque was also very quiet. Keep it in the sweet spot between 1600 and 3000rpm, and it pulls quite nicely. At $70,890 plus ORC, the CX-9 Takami is quite well priced considering the level of refinement you get is usually reserved to high end SUVs costing twice as much. You could do a lot worse than this one.




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Tantalising Takami

The Takami grade has been a welcome addition to Mazda’s line-up in recent years, so it was inevitable the flagship CX-9 SUV would get the same treatment. For 2021, the facelift CX-9 Takami gets a new grille, the option of a new Polymetal Grey Metallic colour, and new designed alloys.


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Jaguar have announced it will become an all-electric brand. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced last month its Jaguar arm will cease production of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, producing only electric powered vehicles.


he move to go full electric comes after JLR management outlined a zeroemission business plan, named Reimagine, which it hopes to achieve by 2039. The plan comes after pressure from many countries for mainstream car makers to severely reduce their carbon footprint and emissions. As a result, Jaguar have

announced it will be spending a hefty $4.8 billion NZD a year on electric only platforms and technology for its new car line up. Jaguar have also announced its XJ saloon will not be renewed as an EV, stating the iconic luxury car will be discontinued after 50-plus years in production. A statement from JLR says: “Following

a thorough technology review against the exponential change in the automotive industry, we concluded that the planned XJ replacement does not fit with our vision for a reimaged Jaguar brand.” JLR have also announced Land Rover will follow suit by also producing electric only vehicles by 2030.



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nlike plug-in electric cars, you have the benefit of the battery constantly charging as the petrol and electric motor work in harmony together. It doesn’t matter whether you are cruising, slowing down, or braking, the system is constantly recovering and storing energy for use later. You can also remain in silent full electric, or EV mode up to speeds of 50km/h.

Delivery of power, thanks to hybrid drive, is more linear thanks to that extra helping of the low-down torque electric drive can provide. The hybrid system also reduces your carbon footprint by emitting significantly less emissions than a conventional petrol engine. Add all of these features together, and you aren’t dipping into your wallet as

much when at the pump. Lexus have a knack for getting the harmony of petrol and Hybrid power pretty much spot on. This tech has been part of the Lexus SUV family for almost two decades now, debuting with the original RX400h in 2004. It’s a small wonder sales of Lexus Hybrid vehicles are on the up.






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There is an old saying, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. And this perfectly sums up the Honda Civic Type R.

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The driving position is still nigh on perfect and those Recaro sports seats provide racing car like support while still being very comfortable

he current generation has been with us since 2017 and was the first Type R to be sold new in New Zealand. It also quickly set the standard which all would-be hot hatches were judged against. For 2021, there have been subtle changes, but all of them welcome. A bigger front grille increases cooling for the 228kW/400Nm 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which happens to be a real peach. There are also redesigned front and rear carbon splitters to aid with downforce at speed. Underneath, you get remapped engine software, improved dampers and tweaked suspension bushes, making for a more comfortable ride around town. You can also have your Type R in the new Boost Blue paint scheme, which looks simply epic from all angles. The driving position is still nigh on perfect and those Recaro sports seats provide racing-car-like support while still being very comfortable. Also, the interior is awash with added Type R-ness, including red seat belts, a new alcantara wrapped steering wheel, and a new gear lever for the six-speed manual box which harks back to the classic EK9 Civic Type R and DC2 Integra. In Comfort mode, the Type R actually rides a bit better than before. Also new is Active Noise Control which increases the turbo four pot engine note through the stereo speakers. In Sport, you can still have

serious fun, but where the Type R really shines is in R Plus mode. Each throw of the six-speed box is like loading a bolt action rifle. Every down change is accompanied with a blip of the throttle to simulate a heel and toe shift. Honestly, with so many hot hatches deferring to an auto box these days, it’s so refreshing, and so satisfying swapping cogs around yourself. Build the boost up to around 4500rpm and hang on. While not violent by any means, it still surges forward with enough power to give you the giggles. The Brembo brakes have also been improved, allowing you to pull up quicker and smoother than before. While you can devour the twisty stuff at a considerable rate in Comfort mode, naturally Sport and R Plus are best. The Type R constantly coaxes you to push harder and turn in sharper. Keep it in the sweet spot between 2500 and 5000rpm, work that delightful manual box, and this road going adrenaline pump just flies. The Type R also comes with a new performance datalogger system. Called LogR, it allows you to monitor your driving in terms of performance, both on track and off, via the LogR App on your smartphone. The $62,990 Civic Type R is still capable of getting under your skin. Make no bones about this one, it’s just as intoxicating as ever.






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As you are cornering the hill section from Akaroa to Christchurch, you are very aware there is something special at play. Perhaps it is the monster M twin turbo V8 engine with M differential and electric power steering, or perhaps it’s the luxury cabin. It’s probably everything.


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The eight speed M steptronic transmission is so smoother than silk.

guess that’s why BMW sales have jumped 50 percent in the year to December, and why it’s the only premium car brand to register 2000plus cars in New Zealand last year. The BMW X6 has 460kW of power with 750Nm of torque. That is something similar to the top line of any luxury sports cars and wow, you can really feel it. The eight speed M steptronic transmission is so smoother than silk. The luxury cabin has leather merino seating, lumbar support and cooling system meaning your journey is done in pure comfort. That’s the package you’re getting for $231,900 though. Everything is top of the line. With high roof rails in high gloss shadowline, the 21-inch bi colour alloy rims and that beautiful downward slope on the tail - you’ve got an SUV which almost overloads the senses. The team at Christchurch BMW joked about telling the police I was on the road and to keep an eye out for me. But you really do need to keep an eye on your speedometer. New Zealand is getting a great variety of BMWs hitting our shores, I caught up with Karol Abrasowicz-Madej, Managing Director at BMW Group New Zealand, to chat about it. “2020 has been an extraordinary year for all of us, but we adapted to the times,” he says. “Our team pivoted our campaigns to boost the spirits of New Zealanders even as we entered lockdown, and further extended our offers to give customers more value.” The X6 is just one of a plethora of great vehicles heading our way and who can’t get

excited by the M3 and M4 heading our way with new kidney grills and flared rear tails. Love it or hate it (I love it) the new changes are just pushing a great brand forward and when you’re sitting at the top of Sugarloaf watching the sunset behind a beautiful piece of machinery like the X6 M competition, you really are grateful that there is a designer out there making art out of a machine.

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Crossing the Yaris WORDS BEN SELBY

The trend of turning small hatchbacks into small SUVs just keeps growing. It was only a matter of time before Toyota did the same thing to the Yaris. This brings us to the Yaris Cross, a Yaris hatch with a difference.


hile sharing the same TNGA-B platform, the Cross is 240mm longer and 90mm taller than the Yaris Hatch. You also get 30mm

more ground clearance too. My test car was the range topping Limited Hybrid. Under the bonnet sits a 1.5-litre three pot petrol engine with 88kW mated

to a hybrid electric system with 85kW. Toyota claim combined fuel consumption figures of 3.8L/100km, although the best I managed to average was around 4.7L/100km. The interior is pretty much identical to the hatch, and you get a tonne of kit as standard, like a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, lane tracing assist, radar cruise control, emergency steering assist and crosswind assist.

With the Limited, you also get additional goodies like electric heated front seats, leather steering wheel and extra USB charging ports. On the move, the Cross is not quite as entertaining as the hatch, but it’s still very comfortable and happiest when cruising. The range starts at $29,990 for the entry level GX petrol, whereas my Limited Hybrid retails for $38,990. The Yaris Cross is a Yaris SUV we never thought we needed but glad exists.

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Retirement living in the

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