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Christchurch designer Susi Meares, of Seventh & Figg won best young designer at Riccarton this year. We caught up with the busy mother and entrepreneur to chat all about the hat. Photography by Aaron Lee





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In a state of evolution, the Garden City’s architectural typology is nothing short of distinct. New building facades are playing with eye catching angles, colours and materials – a welcome digression from the archetypal concrete and stone buildings previously adopted in the city, as we usher in a new era of urban architecture.

INTERNAL COVER We check out the local projects making architectural waves this year in the New Zealand Architecture Awards for 2019.






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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou Remember that dress? It became a viral internet sensation on 26 February 2015, when viewers disagreed over whether the dress pictured was coloured blue and black, or white and gold. There were more than 10 million tweets mentioning the dress within a week of it surfacing. While it was eventually proven that the dress was in fact blue and black (though I still have my doubts!), it also lends power to the idea that perception is everything. I’m currently reading It’s Not You, It’s Me, by Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, who was the head judge on Dancing with the Stars NZ and is a bestselling author. She was recently in Christchurch to promote the book. She’s a big believer in ‘reframing’ what we see as negative; seeing something in a new way, in a new context or with a new ‘frame’ around it. It’s lifeMetropol Circulation changing stuff. After all, Lou Holtz once said, “Life is ten percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it” and, if perception is reality, then you’ve got the ultimate power. 45,000 7,000


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Skills on stage Local Year 13 student Sarah Lawrence will be heading to London to tread the boards at the famous London Globe theatre next year.


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ne of four students from Christchurch (two are from Cashmere High and one from Catholic Cathedral College), she will be joining 24 of the most talented young actors from around the country, as members of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company. During their two weeks in London, they will watch professional performances and also have 12 rehearsals, taken by a Globe director, of scenes from one of Shakespeare’s plays which they will then perform on the Globe stage in front of an audience. An additional week is spent in Stratford Upon Avon where they will watch more performances and take part in tours of the village where Shakespeare was born. A member of the Court Theatre Youth Company and one of 48 students selected for the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP) in September, Sarah has been able to hone her skills and confidence on the stage. “It was incredible to have the experience of working with nationally and internationally recognised directors at the NSSP, and also so much fun to work with such talented actors and creatives from around New Zealand,” she says. “The experience of playing Lady Macbeth in the Pipitea Marae on the Wellington waterfront then again in the Legislative Council Chamber in Parliament was unforgettable.” Sarah’s mum Samantha says she is thrilled for her daughter, who has grown as a performer (both as a musician and actor), supported by

the opportunities and tutoring at Rangi Ruru. “Rangi has given Sarah the freedom to involve herself in a wide range of activities available in Christchurch and New Zealand, alongside her academic studies. She’s fortunate to have had a lot of high-level music tuition and tutelage in theatre, and has learnt by performance in front of an audience, rather than through a series of exams. It’s given her confidence to take risks, artistically speaking, and really fly,” she says. When asked if this talent and drive runs in the family, Sarah immediately mentions her 74-yearold grandfather who was a bass operatic singer but chose not to pursue it professionally. “He’s amazing,” she says. “He’s been performing in the last few weeks in his hometown in Australia, in a local production of Phantom of the Opera. My mum says she remembers seeing him dressed up as the grandmother in a panto version of Little Red Riding Hood, dancing to the Time Warp. Mum was my age at the time and was ready to be completely embarrassed, but was so proud of him when she saw how talented he was. I love that story,” she says. Sarah will sit her Year 13 scholarship drama examination soon, under the tuition of Peter Rutherford, the Director of Theatre Arts at Rangi, and has already completed her scholarship music exam under Janet Kingsbury, Rangi Ruru’s Director of Music. She heads to the UK in July and until then will be completing her school year, at this stage intending to study Law and Arts at Victoria University for the first half of 2020.

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A charitable endeavour By Melinda Collins

Juliette Capaldi’s first love was always photography. Now after a battle with cancer, the local mother of one is turning the lens on a charity project close to her heart. She talks to Metropol about her passion project. My dad gave me a camera when I was 10 or 12, so photography was something that always inspired me,” Juliette says. “Then I went away and did a million other things,” she laughs, “my degree, travelling, working overseas.” A bit over 10 years ago and newly married, she was looking for something to sink her creative teeth into. “My husband said, ‘what do you really want to do?’ and I was like ‘be a photographer’. He said, ‘well just do it, I’ll support you 100 percent’”. And in 2009 Etta Images was born… but the universe had another baby in store for Juliette and her husband Rob. “I got pregnant the first month I started

the business!” she laughs. Juliette had previously been involved with a charity photography project for the Make a Wish Foundation, where the photographers donated their time and the session fee went to Make a Wish. “I think only three of us took it up, but I thought what an amazing way for photographers to be able to raise funds, why not try it myself?” She had been helping with Ronald McDonald House (RMH), cooking meals with a friend so that was a natural fit for a charity. “They’re just so amazing at RMH with what they do; they’re the perfect charity,” she says. So she launched plans for ‘Love

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to reschedule a week later and baby waited!” she says. “One person did have to miss out because I was having a mastectomy two days before the shoot, but I was back shooting 10 days later to finish off the book!” It’s not the first time cancer has touched her life. Juliette’s mother’s first husband died of cancer, when the youngest of her five half brothers and sisters was just three months old. Her grandmother died of cancer and, last March, her dad died of cancer – something she still finds painful to talk about. Now she’s moved her focus to a new project – ‘Love and Dads’. This time, the proceeds will support cancer research; same concept, this time with dads. “My best friend is going through breast cancer and a mum at my son’s school is going through it. So to be able to do something for the Breast Cancer Foundation feels really good.” So if you’re wanting something special to make your relationship with any fathers in your life, get in touch. It’s all for an amazing cause. To find out more and to book in a session for Love and Dads, visit book and follow the Facebook page, JulietteCapaldiEttaImages.

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and Mums’ – a project that would see her photograph 75 local mums and create a beautiful coffee table book from the images. She reduced her usual session fee of $99 to just $65 and the entire $65 would be donated to RMH. “I have a strong passion for getting mums in photographs with their children. So often they are behind the camera and often avoid it on purpose, worried about how they look.” But again, the universe threw another curveball. In March this year, the 45-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was large, she says, but it hadn’t spread to her nodes. It was picked up at her first screening as part of the nationwide programme for women over 45, so it was caught early. “I encourage all women to go. Even if you don’t like it, just go; it’s such an amazing service.” The discovery of a second lump cemented her decision to get the full mastectomy. “I’ve got a boy who is nine, coming up 10, and I just wanted to survive for him,” she says. Miraculously, only one session had to be rescheduled, with a heavily pregnant mum and her daughter, due to the number of tests Juliette had to undergo. “Luckily, we managed

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Masterof Fresh from the races and heading into the summer season, awardwinning Christchurch designer Susi Meares, of Seventh and Figg, won best young designer at Riccarton Park Races this year and her avant-garde creations made the front page of The Press. With the races done and dusted, we caught up with the busy mother and entrepreneur to chat all about the hat. How long have you been a milliner? I started professionally seven years ago but I have always been a lover of hats and I made my first hat for myself many years ago. I think a hat/headpiece completes an outfit just like the icing on a cake. What does Seventh and Figg mean? The name came from my travels as a young girl in New York. I was standing there wide-eyed and looked up to see a sign that read ‘Corner of Seventh and Figg Street’ and never forgot it. What inspires your creations? Anything from the materials I source to a beautiful fabric or amazing flowers. I often look at milliner Philip Treacy who has changed the perception of what a hat should look like and given me the confidence to know that any creation is never too much.

How did you feel that morning after the Addington Races and saw yourself on the front page of the paper? For both Michael Stanton (pictured with Susi on the cover) and I, it was a huge thrill and wonderful achievement. Michael and I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional fashion and the response was extremely positive. People love to see something different which is what keeps fashion alive and new. Do you have a few favourite pieces from over the years? It is so hard to choose a favourite as I still love pieces from today and many years ago. I am currently using an all-natural material called jinsin that forms artistic lines that I am loving at the moment. The wonderful thing about most of my hats is they never date – they’re timeless.


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What does 2020 have in store for Seventh and Figg? 2020 for Seventh and Figg will be full of some great opportunities. I will be featuring in a book about creative women in New Zealand. I will continue to work with WORLD, making this my third year with the brand; Francis Hooper has some amazing ideas. I also have clients already making contact for race day 2020! What do you offer your clients that keeps them coming back? I am very fortunate to have the most gorgeous clients. Some have been coming to have hats made with me for many years and once you know your client well enough, you know exactly what their style is and what sort of hat they would like. It’s my responsibility as the milliner to make sure the hat is just perfect for the client’s personality and outfit. What hat tricks can you give our readers to be confident and comfortable when wearing a hat? I think the trick to wearing a hat is that there is a hat for everyone; it just has to be the exact hat for them; something that they, as the wearer, are confident in and which also brings out their personality, whether it’s avant-garde or classic. If you think you are not a hat wearer, then my advice is to start small and grow from there. Also wearing the right hat can grow your confidence enormously. You can have so much fun wearing an amazing hat!

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Science for S Given the chance to rummage through the bathroom cabinets of international celebrities like Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Elle Macpherson , you’ll spot the green labels of Antipodes.


espite the fact that this green beauty brand is now sold in more than 20 countries and continues to win multiple beauty and health industry awards for performance, the Antipodes story began right here in Canterbury where she grew up. Armed with a University of Canterbury science degree she wasn’t sure what to do with, Elizabeth headed off to New

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York, before taking on a gig teaching Australasian surgeons how to use groundbreaking laparoscopic equipment. But it was the difficulty finding a natural product range that would work for her own dry and sensitive skin that resulted in the launch of Antipodes in Elizabeth’s kitchen. Metropol catches up with Antipodes company director and founder Elizabeth Barbalich about the science of skincare.

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How big is the company now? We have just over 40 staff, but we are constantly expanding so that number will rise. Some staff are based in our key markets – Australia and the United Kingdom – and we’ll soon be bringing on board a business development specialist in Japan. The company was the forerunner of the vegan beauty boom. Why was this such an important consideration for you? I’m vegan, so this is a cause close to my heart. I looked at trends in natural healthcare and lifestyle and I saw that vegan skincare was going to be big, so I got to work to make sure we could give consumers what they wanted – certified vegan products. Our vegan and vegetarian products are all certified by the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom, the oldest and most respected vegetarian organisation in the world. It’s great to see more people embrace the vegan lifestyle and more brands catering to them. This lifestyle is wonderful for health and wellbeing – my diet helps give me the energy to keep up with my demanding schedule.

How does your daily beauty regime look? Always start with perfectly clean skin. Grapeseed Butter Cleanser followed by Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser gives a great double cleanse and doesn’t dry or irritate my sensitive skin. I follow that with Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil, then Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. My look is finished with Skin-Brightening Mineral Foundation and Moisture-Boost Natural Lipstick in Dusky Sound Pink. What should we be thinking about in terms of skincare as we head into summer? Refresh your skin before summer begins. Reincarnation Pure Facial Polish & Exfoliator removes lifeless skin while replenishing vital nutrients. With a creamy, moisturising base of antioxidant-rich avocado and jojoba bean oils, combined with calendula and carrot seed extract, it reveals clear and revitalised facial skin. Next, sun protection. Immortal SPF 15 Skin-Brightening Face and Body Moisturiser is a natural alternative to chemical sunscreens. It can allow you sun exposure of up to 15 times your normal burn time, utilising the natural sun care of raspberry seed oil. Finally, pollution protection. As we’re travelling and going outside more when the weather is warmer, our exposure to harmful pollutants increases. Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum provides a daily natural barrier against pollution particles and is scientifically shown* to inhibit oxidative stress in-vitro by up to 52 percent. Finally, restore your skin after exposure to the elements with Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream. Native New Zealand manuka honey draws moisture to your skin to help bring a truly ageless visage. Revolutionary Vinanza Grape is a potent antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds to help neutralise the effects of free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing. It’s also scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human cells by up to 92 percent**. What do the next 12 months have in store for you? We have some ambitious plans in place – new markets, new products and new projects. We’re working from a brand new premises in Ghuznee Street in Wellington, which means our team can gather and collaborate much more easily. Our newly refurbished, heritage building gives us everything we need to put our big ideas into action – plenty of natural light, a skin lab for training and discovery, spaces for innovation, a living wall of plants for pure air, and a beautifully designed kitchen and bar in the basement, where the entire staff gathers to enjoy vegan lunches together. Metropol 5 December, 2019 15

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What attracted you to the beauty products industry? I saw a need in the market for a cool, avant garde, niche brand that elevated natural skincare to the next level. In my invitation to women to make a positive health choice by converting to natural skincare from their conventional brand, I wanted to offer them the familiarity of similar textures and levels of hydration. I found the natural brands available at the time didn’t do enough to maximise hydration for my own dry skin. The natural brands that I’d experienced simply weren’t hydrating enough. So I invested a lot of time and care in replicating a velvety texture. But I also wanted to offer them the courage of my convictions. I knew scientific proof of performance would be key in a market starting to fill with natural skincare. How could we stand out from the crowd with so much ‘greenwashed’ marketing? I wanted consumers to be able to see past the hype to the black and white results of our independent, thirdparty scientific investigations – so they could rely on a scientist’s findings and really trust that Antipodes can work to improve your skin’s appearance. The key to the brand’s success is our devotees around the world. Any number of people might try a brand after being attracted to something that may appeal like its packaging. But you will only buy a brand again and stay loyal to it if you find that it’s skincare that performs for you. The anecdotal support and testimonials we receive every day, as well as the huge results we get on our scientific and clinical testing, spurs us on.

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From bake-off to take-off A University of Canterbury (UC) student is preparing for the voyage of a lifetime: a mission to Mars – or at least an experience that comes close.


ast year, Larissa Wilson starred in TV contest The Great Kiwi Bake-Off and this month the UC Mechanical Engineering (BE(Hons))

student will go from bake-off to take-off - she will spend two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, United States.



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The simulated Mars expedition will be an opportunity for Larissa to experience first-hand the challenges of conducting in-situ resource utilisation assessments, as well as other research. “Some of these projects will require me to take on a lot of new information and I hope to learn about the application of a range of fields of science such as geology and human biology in an ‘alien’ setting,” Larissa says. “I also hope to complete some of my own research, possibly in the realm of acoustics engineering which is the field in which I plan to work.” New Zealand has been involved with the Mars Desert Research Station since 2011 according to Haritina, who has been on three similar missions and organised a fourth. Larissa’s simulated Mars mission extends research that Associate Professor Scott and Dr Hughes have been conducting, focusing on construction materials and ecosystem approaches to space habitation. “In order for humans to live viably long-term on the Moon and Mars, we will have to harness local resources to obtain construction materials, water and the nutrients necessary for plant and food production,” Dr Matthew Hughes says. “This is called in-situ resource utilisation, and will be essential for sustainable and resilient colonies in these extreme environments.”

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The station, owned and operated by the Mars Society, is a space analogue facility supporting Earth-based research in pursuit of the technology, operations and science required for human space exploration. Set in a Utah desert much like the Mars surface, the station offers opportunities for field studies as they would be conducted during an actual space mission. “I have loved the idea of space exploration and learning about outer space since I was a small child,” Larissa says. “I feel incredibly honoured to have been selected as part of Expedition Boomerang and I’m eager to experience what being an early explorer of the red planet might be like.” She hopes young women and girls feel encouraged to be involved in any line of work they want. “I know that I would have been excited and inspired to see a woman involved in a project like this when I was a child.” The opportunity arose from collaboration between UC academics Associate Professor Allan Scott and Senior Lecturer Dr Matthew Hughes, both from UC’s Civil and Natural Resources Engineering department, and Haritina Mogoșanu, Executive Director of the New Zealand Astrobiology Network and President of the New Zealand Mars Society.

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THE FERMENTIST LAUNCHES NZ’S FIRST CARBONZERO BEER The Fermentist recently hosted a party to celebrate the launch of their carboNZero certified Kiwi Pale Ale. To announce the launch, an ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) content piece - which traces the KPA’s journey from grain to glass - was created for the brand by Swish Studios and was viewed by attendees wearing headphones. For more information about the beer, visit 1. Andrew Mackenzie, Ann Smith, Simon Taylor (General Manager, The Fermentist), Nadine France, Jo Hempseed, Bronwyn Cook (Enviro-Mark Solutions) 2. Chris & Gareth Richards 3. Peter Nelson, Craig Baldie, Duncan Webb 4. Kerri Taylor, Liam Stretch, Georgia-Rae Taylor, Liam Donnelly, Rebekah Taylor 5. Gareth Thomas, Lily Lloyd 6. Josephine Ruskin, Tim Jones, Kat McDonald Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event.







STYLE NIGHT AT THE CROSSING Style Night at The Crossing was an evening of relaxed shopping with live music in the courtyard, yummy nibbles, giveaways, FREE car parking at The Crossing car park and incredible deals, plus the chance to win the ultimate Cup Day giveaway worth $2,000! Attendees enjoyed browsing fashion for Cup Week and the holiday/summer season ahead. 1. Lisa Ferguson, Debbie Trundle, Sirene Millar (Madisons Off Broadway) 2. Hannah Humphreys, Aimee Hyland 3. Lu Li (Store Manager, Country Road), Joe Routhan (Country Road), Rikki Jellyman (Country Road) 4. Emily Roche, Ken Stevenson, Casey Alderson, Vicki Henshaw 5. Richard Walters, Julia Mast 6. Sophie Gowans, Elise Dickson Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event.

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he start of the new year is a great time to sell your home, with the market traditionally flooded with qualified buyers. The warmer months provide the perfect opportunity to prepare your property.

If you’re looking to capitalise on a buoyant market and list your home in January/ February, now’s the time to consider any home improvements or alterations. Start by heading out to the street. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes, what do you see? Are the lawns and garden tidy? Is the fence well-maintained? Could the letterbox do with a quick coat of paint? First impressions are crucial, so any time spent enhancing your home’s curb appeal is time well spent. Once that’s done, touch up anything else outside that needs attention. Water blast the driveway, trim any trees or bushes which are hanging over paths. Make sure your entranceway looks appealing – think about buying a new welcome mat and repainting the front door if necessary. Rearranging your furniture can also be a simple yet effective way of styling a room in a different way.

Kiwis love indoor/outdoor flow, and highlighting the outdoor living opportunities your home boasts is an important part of a successful summer campaign. Try to paint a picture of what life could be like for the new owners – set up an alfresco dining area, create sheltered entertaining spots, and keep the lawns looking as lush and green as possible (while respecting any local water restrictions, of course).


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Stay on top of garden maintenance for the duration of your campaign. Leverage natural light by showing your home at a time of the day when it attracts the most sun. Highlight indoor/outdoor flow and make alfresco living areas the hero.

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INTO MUSIC By Megan Gnad

A 10-year dream to create a dedicated, world-class music hub is about to become a reality for international platinum recording artist Sacha Vee – and it’s all happening right here in Christchurch.

The SOLE Music Academy team is made up of tutors (from left) KAMANDI, director Sacha Vee, Will McGillivray (Nomad) and Georgie Clifford.



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creates a hub for our Christchurch talent to learn and be empowered. I’ve been thinking about this vision for over 10 years, so to have the building that will house this vision is unreal. It will support and allow artists to stay in Christchurch.” Sacha says the move into the new building will mean the academy can continue to grow and expand, but also provide opportunities for already-established musicians and music industry professionals in the city. Currently, four local musicians, KAMANDI, Will McGillivray (Nomad), Georgie Clifford and Sacha herself – all successful artists in their own rights – act as tutors and mentors to students from beginner to advanced levels. “It was important to me to have mentors who are actually performing and releasing music to inspire and share their knowledge and experiences… the highs and the lows,” Sacha says. This practical, focused approach means programmes can be tailored to the individual’s goals. “It’s my hope that SOLE will also be providing a space and income for artists in town. SOLE’s mission is to help guide and get people on a pathway into the music industry, demystifying it and learning about what it takes to sustain a music career.” To help the project come to life, SOLE Music Academy launched a PledgeMe campaign on 18 November to ensure the community has quality rooms, gear and technology available to students. The campaign closes on 10 December, but the team would love to hear from anyone keen to offer support, so visit for more information. “The fit-out bill is getting close to $200,000, but after years of dreaming and saving, one final push is needed,” Sacha says. “We would love the public’s help to deliver this to our Christchurch musicians and make Christchurch the musical hub of Aotearoa.”

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n February, SOLE Music Academy will move to its new premises on the ground floor of the historic Woods Mill Building in Addington, offering specialised vocal and songwriting sessions, production skills and artist development. Sacha Vee knows first-hand the reality and challenges of navigating the music industry, having built a successful career that’s seen her perform across the globe. Following success in New Zealand, the neo-soul singer became a top 10 finalist on The Voice of Holland which was heard by more than four million people in Holland and led to her signing a publishing deal with Downtown Music Benelux and working with Polish hip-hop star O.S.T.R. Their collaboration garnered more than 50 million views and streams and the Fryderyk Hip Hop Album of The Year Award in Poland in 2017. In 2016, Japanese record label Sweet Soul Records released her debut album Luminous worldwide, which made it to no.3 on the NZ Heatseeker charts. It’s this experience that made her want to create a hub that teaches the next generation of artists all the necessary tools, skills and knowledge to achieve their goals. “I wanted to create a service I needed when I was starting out,” Sacha explains. “We’re not trying to sell a dream, we’re very realistic and honest with people. There is so much hard work involved.” Sacha set up SOLE Music Academy two years ago from a single studio located at The Piano, to provide a clear and guided pathway for musicians, songwriters and producers to establish a career in music. As director, she is now creating a community based around the SOLE concept, which stands for a ‘Source of Learning and Empowerment’. “For decades, our local talent has been forced to look further afield for greener pastures,” Sacha says. “SOLE

in the city Summer’s getting hot! It’s summertime and the living is easy, so we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for what to do in the Garden City.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER Let’s all celebrate and see in the New Year at Christchurch’s biggest NYE party, with The Edge’s New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday 31 December, 6pm to 12am in North Hagley Park. The Court Jesters will start the night off with interactive fun for the whole family and a kid’s countdown at 8pm. Plus DJ Spinal will be mixing and bringing the crowd favourites throughout the evening. It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a huge fireworks display, brought to you by Fireworks Professionals. There will be some of the hottest homegrown talent on-hand to rock the night away. To check out the artists, visit

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LAZY SUNDAYS 12 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY Deep South Lazy Sundays have offered us a great way to enjoy the Garden City and this year’s line-up is no different, from 12 January to 16 February, 3:30pm to 5pm. Put summer into your Sundays by bringing a picnic and your blanket and spending the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good food, music and friends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy what makes Christchurch so special. Deep South Lazy Sundays venues: Rauora Park: Sunday 12 January Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens: 19 Jan – 16 Feb


INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL BOXING DAY – 16 FEBRUARY 2020 Interislander Summer Festival promises a fun-filled day out for a group of friends or the whole family. Watch the horses gallop and dash around some of New Zealand’s most spectacular racecourses, with 30 events running across the country. Enjoy the classic Kiwi summer’s day out with plenty of action on-track and off. Racegoers will experience all day long entertainment while excitedly cheering on their favourite racehorse or relaxing in the sun with a picnic. The day will be filled with activities galore, including the More FM Kids Go Racing Area, tug of war and sack races for the children. Live music will create an upbeat atmosphere between races, and local food will be onsite to tease the taste buds. To book tickets visit,

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assels & Sons Nostalgia will showcase an eclectic mix of artists across three stages, featuring acts from around New Zealand and beyond. Leading the largest line-up yet is multi award-winning and globally celebrated singer, writer and producer Ladyhawke, who will be joined by Lord Echo, Troy Kingi, Holly Arrowsmith, Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Tiny Ruins, Marlin’s Dreaming, Mermaidens, Mousey, Archer & Flora Knight, Skyscraper Stan, Ever Lovin’ Jug Band, Beacon Bloom, Eyes Down Sound, Pikachunes, Hauswerk and MUDD – with more acts still to be announced. “The range of acts for the 2020 festival is unprecedented, from the modern soulful roots of Troy Kingi and the Latin disco, African soul and techno vibes of Lord Echo (performing as a six-piece) to treasured artists like Tiny Ruins and Holly Arrowsmith,” festival founder Johnny Gibson says. The daytime event, nestled at the base of the Port Hills in Heathcote, is unlike any other in New Zealand with its focus on providing a family-friendly atmosphere and exceptional offerings of great food, drinks and craft beer from festival partner Cassels & Sons, with a focus on sustainability. “For the first time we’re moving into the some of the Heritage Park buildings, bringing them to life with two pop-up restaurants, a bakery and a new performance space,” Johnny says. “This is all part of continuing to create new offerings and unique experiences for festival-goers.”

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A Day at the Polo By Céline Gibson

Saturday 7 December heralds a glamourous day out, as dapper-suited gents and fancyfrocked ladies gather beneath a marquee at the Port Hills Polo Club for A Day at the Polo.


he annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) is now in its eleventh year. Last year’s event raised $110,000, so there’s high hopes for this year’s total. In this beautiful setting, ticketed guests will sip complimentary bubbles and dine at tables of 10 on delicious fare from Twentyfour Catering, a long-time supporter of RMHSI.

The live auction commences at 12:15pm with fabulous prizes, such as a trip to Sydney, stunning artworks, and a pair of magnificent Frobisher chairs worth $3,500, to name but a few. Silent auctions and raffles are also on the agenda. The polo matches are the highlight of the day with the traditional ‘stomping of the divots’ being a fun way to

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reconnect with friends and colleagues out on the field. Events Advisor Jodie Gill says it’s the generosity of donors that makes A Day at the Polo the enormous success that it is. “There are so many businesses that really get on board with this by donating incredible prizes or by relinquishing a day’s income to come and work on our behalf. It’s very

humbling.” With every dollar raised going back to RMHSI, book your table now for the most awesome event of the year! The polo will be held at the Port Hills Polo Club, Gilmours Road, Tai Tapu from 11am-5pm. For tickets, visit www.rmhsi. and for more information, email

When pompous Professor Higgins wages he can transform coarse Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle into a proper society lady, sparks begin to fly. But who is really transforming whom?

A musical to delight the whole family

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Expl��e Lyttelton

Hidden on the far side of our rugged Port Hills, this charming colonial seaside town is brimming with a colourful collection of cafés, restaurants and bars, boutique shops, art and entertainment, and a vibrant atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. EVEREST INDIAN RESTAURANT


A real taste of India right here in Lyttelton. The unique flavours will draw you in while the impeccable service and hospitality will make you feel welcome. Fully licensed (BYO wine). For a genuine Indian restaurant experience visit Everest Indian Restaurant and Takeaway today. 03 328 8185 2 London Street, Lyttelton

For the freshest seafood caught locally and around NZ, Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to visit. With plenty of fresh fish cooked to perfection and there are plenty of other dish options to choose from. Fisherman’s Wharf is in the heart of Lyttelton over looking the working port – the view is top class and forever changing. A very relaxing nautical vibe. 03 328 7530 39 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton



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Enjoy a relaxing organic experience with two of Christchurch’s talented seniors stylists. With only the best organic colour and styling products. Barista made coffee is available to give you your perfect Soulstyle.

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Tuia 250 heads to Whakaraupō Local hapū Ngāti Wheke, based at Rāpaki, is hosting the Tuia 250 commemorations in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour 6-10 December.


his is as far south as the Tuia 250 flotilla will travel, marking 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and Europeans and celebrating the voyaging traditions of Aotearoa.

As part of the event, three waka hourua or double-hulled sailing canoes, including one that has sailed from Tahiti, will be hosted at Te Ana Marina in Lyttelton on the weekend

of 7-8 December and there will be speakers, a stardome, entertainment and a market with food and craft stalls. On the Saturday the public can ‘hop on a waka’. This is a great

opportunity for everyone in the community to see these amazing vessels that have sailed across the Pacific (as far as Easter Island) and meet the sailors that have navigated them and to enjoy the wonderful new marina. Also on Saturday, London Street will host the Farmers’ Market. The business district is open seven days a week, 365 days a year and, when there are events or cruise ships, the local business community welcomes visitors to the port, so there is plenty to do and loads to see. For up to date information, visit and keep an eye on the Tuia 250 Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour Facebook event. Find the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre at 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, phone 03 328 9093 or visit www. and for the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association, visit Metropol 5 December, 2019 25

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South Island Summer Escape Looking for a break away with plenty to see and do this summer? Then explore the South Island where you’ll find majestic landscapes, golden beaches, loads of interesting activities, and fabulous food and wine.


or the ultimate summer experience, the Nelson Tasman region will blow you away with its natural beauty and range of attractions on offer. Local hotspots include Kaiteriteri Beach, Mapua & Ruby Coast, Motueka, Moutere, Murchison and Stoke, home to Pic’s Peanut Butter, the National World of Wearable Art & Nelson Classic Cars

Museum and McCashins Brewery. Your itinerary should include a trip to Farewell Spit, the stunning Te Waikoropupū Springs, the markets at Takaka and Golden Bay, and the Lord of the Rings film locations dotted around the area. After exploring what Nelson and its surrounds have to offer, take the time to visit the Marlborough Sounds; the

Walk NZ’s longest swingbridge 110 metres long and 20 metres above The Mighty Buller River, before taking part in a range of activities from high speed comet line rides and jet boating to more leisurely strolls.

Ph 0800 BULLER 413 Upper Buller Gorge, Murchison 7049

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perfect destination for boating, fishing and diving. Marlborough is wine country and you’ll find 30 cellar doors available to visit in the region, along with the award-winning Renaissance Brewing, Boom Town Brewing Company, and the first dedicated gin distillery in Marlborough, which opened in May at The Vines Village. At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound you’ll find

Picton, the picturesque little seaside town where you can explore New Zealand’s maritime heritage and marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and wildlife. A summer escape in the South Island is a must-do this holiday season, with delightful weather, friendly hospitality, heaps of attractions and beautiful sights just waiting to be discovered.




Introducing Michael Whittington

Michael is our newest team member in our ever-expanding leisure team, let’s find out more about Michael and his love of working with House of Travel. How did you get into travel? I got into the travel industry through being inspired by family members that did their “Big OE” trips and hearing the amazing stories they shared. Being a typical kiwi kid, my imagination ran wild with what I thought I could do and where I could go; so once I completed my tourism course, I spent seven years working overseas - starting in the UK at the ripe age of 20. Not satisfied with two years of working and travelling, I decided to spend a further 12 months in Ireland before settling in Vancouver for four years after that. After seven wonderful years, I was homesick for New Zealand and decided to make my way back home for good. Why did you want to join the House of Travel Christchurch City team? Having already working with House of Travel in the North Island, I finally decided to come back home to Christchurch and House of Travel Christchurch City really appealed to me. The variety in our work with plenty of opportunities to take on a different role from

leisure to corporate, HOT Events and New Zealand Olympic Travel means there’s no chance of our job becoming boring – it’s the travel industry after all! The number of awards, the store has won over the years also shows the consistency in what we deliver, whether it be from the support staff, accounts team, management or frontline staff. Everyone contributes to the store’s success including the most recent award received for top travel retail outlet in the country which everyone is proud of. Where is your favourite place to travel? I have a few countries I really love for different reasons so it’s hard to pick one. When people ask me this question my first place is Turkey. A few years ago, I was there for ANZAC Day; we slept under the stars to be there for the dawn service with Judy Bailey being the MC. The whole experience is something I’ll never forget. After the dawn service the Kiwi’s had our own service; being a smaller group it was very emotional and touched everyone in a big way that remains

with me to this day. The other main reason I love Turkey is how diverse the country is with so much on offer from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, to the beautiful coasts and sailing opportunities, to the amazing natural scenery of the Pamukkale Terraces and “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia – a hot air balloon there is a must! What is on your bucket list for 2020? Africa has always been on my bucket list and with airfares being as cheap as they ever have for Africa, there’s no excuse for me not to go! The big national parks and wildlife appeal as well as some off the beaten countries there where tourism is in the early development stages. There aren’t too many places left where people haven’t explored; but certain parts of Africa remain untouched which is part of the fascination I have for the continent. Contact Michael on or 0800 747 200

Join us for our Cruising Information Evening on Tuesday 28 January

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Exciting Times at Elmswood It’s thrilling times ahead for Elmswood Retirement Village as they finally move into the first phase of a makeover renovation, starting with their classic villas and the serviced units wing within the main building.


he villas’ remodelling and interior overhaul will see each villa fitted with an impressive designer kitchen, spacious open plan living and a

new guest toilet. The outlook to the beautiful established trees, garden and green spaces will remain. Soon available is one classic

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villa that’s had its renovation and remodelling work nearly completed and will be ready to move in to for Christmas. The serviced units within the

main building are also in their first stage of renovation. The work will be carried out in stages so that the transition is smooth and seamless. Mid-2020, newly renovated apartments and studios will become available and are now pre-selling. The renovations of these apartments and studios will see some major changes designed to enhance the living space, while at the same time original features will be retained. The renovations will give a fresh look and feel very much the same as the new attached hospital. Sales Consultant Donna Monk says it’s exciting to see the changes happening day by day. “We’re working on similar footprints as before, but the renovations will bring the village up to where it needs to be for our residents going into the future.” Find Elmswood Retirement Village at 131 Wairakei Road, phone 03 351 0974 or 021 241 9979. For more information, email sales@ or visit www.

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It’s official; summer has hit! We’ve checked out the coolest little spots to make the most of the summer sun.

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Ben & Jerry’s The brand spanking new scoop shop at Riverside Market offers plenty of euphoric flavours, from sunrise to sunset, that date back to their original 1978 classics. There are even decadent dairy-free options! But part of why this is the coolest place to hang out when exploring the CBD is the window seat that looks out across the river – it’s the ultimate for people watching. Abberley Park In the heart of St Albans, this park is so much more than a cool picnic spot; there’s a super fun pool for the kids, a children’s playground, mature trees (some dating back to the 1860s)… and even a scented garden! The paddling pool is open from mid-November to 31 March every year. Woodham Park It’s the coolest picnic spot you’ve never heard of! Tucked away rather inconspicuously along Woodham Road in Linwood, the park comprises of three major lawns, bordered by shrubs, a variety of specimen trees in the English park style, with a kids’ playground, paddling pool and aviaries of exotic birds!

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Quail Island Dust off the kayak and hit the road… destination: Lyttelton! A day exploring Quail Island is a day well spent. It may be a former leprosy colony, but don’t let that sway you, there’s plenty of history and wildlife to discover. The small beaches are great for picnics and swimming, and you can also make your way there with the Black Cat Cruises Quail Island Ferry or Lyttelton Kayaks. Beach Bar There’s nothing quite like dining al fresco in the summer and when it comes to deciding where to go, the sights of Sumner Beach make Beach Bar one of the hottest places to head for lunch – both figuratively and literally. Unknown Chapter You need a good breakfast to fire up the energy levels in summer, and the smell of freshly roasted coffee is enough to draw anyone into Unknown Chapter. You know it’s good when it’s this busy! The eggs benedict with hot smoked Akaroa Salmon is one of the hottest options on the comprehensive breakfast menu. Washpen Falls Just a one-hour drive from the city, nestled in the midst of a working sheep, cattle and deer farm, Washpen Falls offers breath-taking views of the Canterbury Plains. There’s a small fee which includes a track guide and use of walking sticks, but mid-way through the loop track, you will stumble across the spectacular falls. Don’t forget the camera!

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Summer is here; say hello to long sunny days, refreshing wine and beer, jandals and shorts – and road trips! Well, an adventure to Hanmer Springs never goes amiss and there’s definitely a host of hot things to do in this tranquil alpine playground. We’ve got you covered with activities to keep you busy – time to make some plans for the holiday season!


utdoor adventures galore await at Hanmer Springs Attractions; enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Waiau River with a thrilling jetboat ride, bungy jump, canoeing or a river rafting adventure that’s sure to get your adrenalin pumping. Challenge the terrain on a quad bike or off-road buggie, or why not test your skills with paintball or claybird shooting? Their Corporate Thrills Packages are ideal for groups, teams and families for that end-of-year celebration. Hanmer is of course best known for its hottest attraction, the Hanmer Springs Pools – and they’ve just had an upgrade in time for the warm weather! Check

Visit Mickey Raes for all sorts of crafts & Xmas ideas. Make your own Xmas stockings & Advent Calendars!

out the brand-new Conical Thrill waterslide – New Zealand’s biggest at 13.5 metres! – and five new thermal pools, The Cascades. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, towering forests and lush valleys, Hanmer is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of tranquil scenery on foot – or on horseback. Hanmer Horse Trekking offers one-hour, two-hour, halfday, one-day or multi-day options to suit all abilities, plus a private carriage that will take you through the streets of Hanmer Springs in style! For something a bit different, treat yourself to a llama trek! Hanmer Llamas offers self-guided tours, so


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hanmer springs whether you’d prefer a wander around the village with your llama or a more alpine-back country experience, the choice is yours! Tramping more your style? Take a hike up Conical Hill for breath-taking views or stroll through the unique nature of Hanmer Forest. Not only is walking kind to your pocket, it’s kind to your health too! Got the little ones in tow? Don’t worry, there’s plenty on offer for children and adults alike. Hanmer Heritage Forest Trust has commissioned a range of artworks to encourage people to explore the Hanmer Heritage Forest. Meet the dog at the entrance and hunt for his other friends as you traverse the Forest Amble Walk – a pleasant 30-minute amble suitable for all ages. Hanmer Springs Animal Park is perfect for animal lovers of all ages – here you’ll find ducks, guinea pigs, possums, giant rabbits, emus, wallabies and more, plus hand-feed a variety of farm animals from llamas to donkeys. Enjoy some affordable, family-friendly fun at A-Maze-N-Golf with – you guessed it – mini golf and a maze! Play the Gold Rush-themed 18-hole golf course then, if you’re feeling brave, solve the mystery of the Lost Temple – with lots of surprises along the way!

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Ali’s Lemons

Fresh. Traditional. Distinctive. Introducing Ali’s Lemon Honeydew Reviver, made with oganic lemons and local honeydew. Perfect with bubbles, hot or cold in your gin! Chin-chin! Contact Ali:

Yumm is your favourite go to place to shop this Christmas with everything you’ll find for those hard to buy for people.


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The Brothers Green I NZ Hemp Food

The Brothers Green are on a mission to eliminate chronic disease in NZ through nutrition. Our vision is to encourage consumers to make educated decisions around food choices. Hemp seeds are a complete natural protein containing all 20 amino acids, and have a perfect fatty acid profile of 3:1 in Omega-6 and Omega-3 ( a plant-based alternative to fish oil). Let your food be your medicine. Available online at:

Treat your friends and family to beautiful boutique wine from Melton Estate. Visit our Cellar Door in West Melton or shop online.

Melton Estate

Weedons Ross Road, West Melton Phone 03 347 4968

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Dalethorpe House is very excited to be heading towards our first Christmas of trading! With many exclusive items and bespoke treasures in store. We think Christmas gifting should be an enjoyable experience and would love to help you find that perfect present. 


Upstairs at 51 South Terrace, Darfield Ph. 021 060 7982

makes the perfect, locally produced gift for Christmas; Number 8. Made up into a beautiful punch with strawberries, kiwi fruit and a collection of citrus fruit, Number 8 will make your holiday unforgettable. Head online this December with the code metropol2019 to get 10% off your next order.


Looking for a cheese platter to have with after-work drinks, a dinner party, BBQ, or special occasion? Charing Cross Cheesery in the new Riverside market, Oxford Terrace will create a customised platter to suit your taste, size, cost and cheese style preferences. They showcase a divine range of regional, artisan cheeses and accompaniments.

Charing Cross Cheesery

Phone 027 312 9447, or email

Say it with Fudge this Christmas

The Fudge Cottage has something for everyone this Christmas including gluten free, dairy free and even sugar free items!!

The Fudge Cottage

Arts Centre, Phone 03 366 7650

Christmas Gift Guide

CURIOSITY 4 GIN EXPLORER PACK Here’s a great little tasting pack which includes 50ml of all four of the awardwinning Curiosity gins. It makes a perfect gift for the undecided, the gin connoisseur or simply sharing the secrets you already know. Available online or at the distillery:

The Spirits Workshop

11 Sandyford Street, Sydenham

Are you having trouble finding a Christmas Present? What about a voucher from the Totally Gluten Free Bakery. You choose the amount: $10, $20, $50, or any combination you prefer. Totally Gluten Free Bakery 290B Colombo St, Sydenham Phone 03 341 1172

The Flock has a great range of products for Christmas gift purchasing


Shop 7, The Tannery 3 Garlands Road, Woolston Ph. 389 9242

Who needs an excuse to get these Men’s gift ideas including Urban Forest wallets, Huski beer coolers, Seriously Good chocolate and Gentleman’s Hardware shaving cosmetics to name just a few.


3/4 Easfield Drive, Lincoln Phone (03) 321 7557

CHRISTMAS SALE 30% OFF SUNNYLIFE world famous floats and Summer essentials for your pleasure and leisure.


48 St Albans Street, Merivale Phone (03) 355 4666 Open Tues-Sat 10.30am-5pm

Alex Clark mugs by Churchill

Art & Frame Specialist Picture Framers Ph.(03) 348-6600 130A Riccarton Road

For the Beach, BBQ, Bivy or a Beloved gift. Award winning Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to be enjoyed with friends, family, on your own, or with an interesting stranger! Order direct from the vineyard. Free delivery 12 bottles metro Christchurch till 15th December.

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Your destination store for all your Christmas gift needs. 6 Markham St, Amberley 03 314 8847

Show you care with a beautiful made-to-order Christmas bouquet, table arrangement or stunning gift boxed Phalaenopsis orchids

Alpine Florist and Gifts Ph.(03) 302-8832

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DESIGNER WARDROBE OPENS CHRISTCHURCH STORE! Christchurch fashion lovers recently toasted to the opening of Designer Wardrobe’s second NZ store, now open in Christchurch at 171 Victoria Street! Guests had an exclusive first look at some Spring Cup Day pieces. 1. Izzy Salisbury, Jess Reeves, Chelsea Ellis 2. Mary Outram (Regional Manager, Growth Innovations), Donielle Brooke (Founder) 3. Julia Beker, Annabel Watts, Milly Collins 4. Ellie Haines, Rebecca Keil, Stacey Canfield, Jessica Amor, Claire Whitelock 5. Annabel Ellis, Isabella Stone 6. Hannah Frost, Georgia Nelson, Tuscany Hamel Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event.







LAUNCH OF CHRISTCHURCH CLOTHING BRAND WILLOU Friends, family and followers recently celebrated the launch of clothing line Willou, a family business manufacturing women’s linen clothing here in Christchurch. There were drinks and nibbles on offer and the opportunity to try on and purchase garments on the evening. It was a great turn out with loads of positive feedback - the night was a great success! 1. Catherine Dougall, Ellen Cashion, Anna Logie, Courtney Stone 2. Jess Thomas, Holly Jones 3. Sarah, Dominique, Pete & Catherine Dougall (Directors) 4. Dominique Dougall, Michaela Brichfield, Sarah Franks, Jen Rowland 5. Vanessa Ortynsky, Kasia Stanicich 6. Rebecca Johns, Valerie Tan, Sara Lexa Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event. 34 5 December, 2019 Metropol

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any zesty shades are trending, from pastel and lemon through to marigold and amber. While these punchy hues aren’t always the easiest to wear, they pair well with existing capsule pieces you’re bound to already have – a white blouse, perhaps, or a pair of washed denim jeans. You can’t go wrong by injecting a bright bolt of yellow into an otherwise plain ensemble by way of accessories, shoes or even a striking blazer. Yellow pieces with floral prints or embroideries bring a laid-back, bohemian flavour, while a slinky silk dress in a saturated hue like mustard or marigold is both fun and elegant – and the ultimate stand-out silhouette for all of summer’s quintessential events. If strong yellow shades are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a more mellow pastel tone. Shades like buttermilk or lemon give off a graceful

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Prep yourself for the party season with these punchy, practical pieces.


The belt bag (a.k.a bum-bag) continues to hold its own as the wholly practical hands-free companion for quite literally any occasion. Summer’s the season of road trips, festivals and letting loose on the dancefloor, so what better way to keep your things secure and accessible than in a belt bag nipped at your waist or slung across your shoulder?


You don’t need us to tell you that the number one summer musthave is a pair of sturdy sunnies. But what good are those sunnies if you can’t find them easily? Enter the sunglasses chain – no, they’re not just for your grandfather or the local librarian. Keep your sunglasses close to you at all times with this ultimate quirky accessory available in heaps of cute styles. Cheap, practical and retro, you’d best get your hands on a bunch of these beauties.


You know what they say, the bigger the better – switch out your XXS shoulder bag with an XXL tote and have all your summer essentials at your fingertips. Transparent totes allow you to find anything you need in an instant, while the versatility of reversible totes makes them the ideal two-in-one accessory.

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Stepping up their game Since ECCO Shoes’ story began in Denmark in 1963, the company has evolved to become a revolutionary shoe manufacturer like no other. Enter the SHOCK-THRU collection – a range of sleek, athleisure-inspired sneakers that incorporate brand new groundbreaking technology.

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t the core of ECCO’s ethos lies a determination to provide shoes with optimum comfort, style and quality – three important factors that ECCO doesn’t compromise on. Their design team have been exploring and developing ‘shockpoint’ variations that break through all the layers of the outsole and embed a soft cushion core directly between your heel and the ground. This has come to fruition with the recent launch of SHOCK-THRU™, or ST.1. The integration of the cushion core adds 17 percent more shock absorption and rebound and combined with their existing innovative ECCO FLUIDFORM ‘Direct Comfort Technology’ – which you will find across the ECCO collection - makes for the ultimate hybrid shoe that’s sure to suit any occasion, purpose, environment or style. For those of you who remember the American buck shoe from the 1950s, the all-new ECCO ST.1 HYBRID can be classed as its sleek, contemporary cousin which is both relaxed and formal. The shoes effortlessly blend traditional style with revolutionary comfort technology – say hello to the ultimate versatility that will take the modern man from the boardroom to the ball game. Available in a number of classy styles both brown and black; the shoe for you has arrived just in time for Christmas. Check out the collection online at

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t’s all about the strap with the shoulder bag. There is a return of the ’80s chain straps seen in slim gold to bold twisted metal through to chunky plastics. Chains are getting a reaction swung over the shoulder on the catwalk. Classic structured styles are the latest adventurous shoulder-bag style in mock croc, zebra, calf skin, python and lizard. Slouchy bags are making a comeback too and these make the ultimate shoulder bag. They

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hug the silhouette of the body, which makes them comfortable to cart around. The satchel look is also hip. Bags are generally getting smaller. Designers are also bringing out the teeny tiny bag with the long, long strap; a must-have for hitting the dance floor this party season. However, on the other end of the spectrum, bag lovers are bearing oversized totes with big enough straps to sling over the shoulder – a winner of practicality.

Some bags can now even do a double act and transform from cross body shoulder style to a belt bag. In essence, a shoulder bag becomes part of your outfit. When choosing one, make sure it’s comfortable on both shoulders before the big purchase. It will be like a pair of ill-fitting shoes if it doesn’t feel right. A shorter strap won’t look right on a tall frame and a too long strap on a smaller silhouette can swamp. Check

2 3 4 the straps are long or short enough to balance out your height and feel comfortable. Most have adjustable straps, so it’s not a problem. If the strap is long enough to wear across body, even better. When buying a bag to wear with a certain outfit, try them both together. A great shoulder bag can really finish the overall look. Getting the style, the balance and the comfort just perfect will ensure the wearer and their bag are inseparable.

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ell, local news has it that Designer Wardrobe has opened its second rental store here in Christchurch and it has almost 2000 top-quality designer pieces to choose from! Rental is perfect for a one-off wear – you are not only going to look fabulous, but you are also playing your part in being environmentally conscious! Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm, friendly smile and discover beautiful pieces perfect for all ages, styles and sizes from 6-18. Dresses, jumpsuits, two-pieces and more – from the likes of renowned designers Zimmermann, Juliette Hogan, Trelise Cooper, RUBY, Bec & Bridge and more – plus one-off designs created uniquely for Designer Wardrobe by New Zealand designers, all hang in bright and beautiful colour coordination on their racks. Pieces are generally rented for a four-day period, but this can be extended – fantastic for those welldeserved Christmas/New Year holidays as well as all those summer weddings. Designer Wardrobe will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, only closing for public holidays. Visit the rental store at 171 Victoria Street, and browse the latest styles online at rent.

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The perfect lightweight layering top and a summer must-have. ALOE VERA BOXY TOP,


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A summer staple, made in NZ from 100% linen. LOLA JUMPSUIT - DARK NAVY,


Nothing shows summer better than a floral linen shirt in tones of blue. COTTON/LINEN BLAKE LONG SLEEVE SHIRT, 678 Colombo St


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By Tracey Edwardes

A summer menu of beauty treatments is what we’re all craving. Facials A treat and a necessity, facials do so much on so many levels. A thorough facial includes a skin analysis as skin changes with the seasons. It’s vital to know what your skin needs and what products to use or avoid over summer. For ultimate radiance, time a facial a few days before a big event. Summer is not the best time for peels or enzymes, but for hydration and more hydration. Exfoliate and let your skin shine Make sure you exfoliate before getting a fake tan, for a smooth, even finish. After a removal of old cells, summer skin can now breathe, and makeup and tanning treatments won’t be dull or patchy. Take extra of the décolletage area, which is sensitive especially as we age, with hydrating gentle products. Exfoliating is the first step before waxing to avoid ingrown hairs.

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f you’re looking for a guaranteed wow reaction from a special lady (or modern man) who doesn’t often take time for themselves (think your mum, sister or partner), look no further than a well-deserved luxurious spa experience at Nicola Quinn. If they’re a hard worker or suffer from stress, a Swedish massage, Indulge Package or Ginger&Me Mindfulness Facial is the perfect ticket to relax both the body and mind, resulting in the ultimate zen. If she loves a bit of pampering, a spa pedicure, facial or Bliss Package will leave her feeling gorgeous and glowing for summer. Don’t panic if you can’t decide or if you’re on a tight budget, opt for a custom dollar amount voucher she can use towards her favourite treatment. All gift vouchers are beautifully packaged, and the best part is you can skip trying to find a park and order online at

Fabulous feet From cuticles to ankles, a long, luxurious pedicure is not just for feet – it relaxes the entire body and sets the mood for summer. Heels especially are on show in backless sandals. Express pedicures are perfect for busy lives. Eye framing There are amazing products for Hollywood-style brows, but swimming and sweltering sun means something a little more permeant and fuss-free is a godsend. Tinted eyebrows and eyelashes are a summer essential. Moisturise all over ‘Tis the season to lather deliciously scented nourishing oils and creams regularly. Having a massage is a way to relax, rejuvenate and get that deep moisture boost at the same time. Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa, 109 Papanui Road, Merivale Metropol 5 December, 2019 43


Eyelash Excellence Keren Clayton is now New Zealand’s only Eyelash Excellence educator, after completing a course in the UK with mentor and internationally recognised Master Lash Artist, Frankie Widdows.


he Rangiora eyelash extension technician runs Lash Kandy at 135 High Street and, after completing the study required to join Widdows’

Global Training Team, Keren is more passionate than ever to introduce her new range of skills to her Canterbury clients and to pass the knowledge on to new

and experienced lash artists looking to upskill. It all started earlier in the year when Frankie posted on her website that she was looking

for individual applicants to take part in the training. The response she received was huge and, to take part, Keren was required to submit a small teaching video and information on the operation of her business. When she was selected, Keren travelled to the UK to spend four days with Frankie and five other lash artists from America, Australia, South Africa and Canada. “It was great,” Keren says. “Frankie loves passing on information and skills, so people learn how to apply the lashes in the correct way. In order to earn the qualification, you must demonstrate you can apply lashes safely; it is a specialist career.” Now Keren’s back in North Canterbury and she hopes to soon start travelling the country, teaching the new techniques and knowledge she’s learnt to fellow lash artists in New Zealand. For more information, you’ll find Lash Kandy situated at 135 High Street, Rangiora, phone 021 655 308 or email

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Fun-loving flats By Tracey Edwardes

Flat summer shoes, a.k.a flatties, will be teetering high on the shoe-shopping list this summer. We look at the low down on this wardrobe favourite.


lat mules offer open-healed summer comfort with closed-in-toe chic – and they’re oh-so-easy to slip on and off. They add style to pants of any length and are out and about in calf skin, bold-coloured leopard, snake or floral prints, through to lattice leather in practical black. Ballerina flats are taking to the stage

again, this year they are also in the latest square-toed style and bright colours, although, beige is now a new neutral for all styles of shoes – demure and flattering. Seashells are a summery addition to footwear; conjuring up a tropical island, they can be seen woven into straps and lace ends. Rope sandals, frayed




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5 4 weaves, toe-rings sandals and feminine ankle lace-ups all have holidays in mind. Stretchy material straps, thick comfy soles and snappy velcro fastenings are light and practical for all kinds of feet. This season’s jandal street styles have more structure and padding than the humble beach variety. Sandals are becoming works of art in interesting, functional cut-away designs that are sure to get a second glance. Mary Janes are back for a sweet and sassy look – designers such as Chanel have made them vogue again. They’re great paired with vintage dresses or wide pants, as are the latest in gorgeous pointy-toed flats that are so versatile to dress up or down. Sporty sandals are even cool with dressy office pants, while designer white, and black, sneakers are still sporting their monochrome magic with all sorts of outfits – suitable for everyone, anywhere – and well rocked by celebrities. Choose those with breathable leather lining and superior cushioning comfort, and feet will feel they are walking on a bouncy castle. Bound through the silly season in a pair of fun-loving flats!


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More than a pharmacy Unichem Prestons is more than just a pharmacy. The warm, welcoming staff know all their local customers by name and the strong community focus ensures everyone feels a real sense of belonging.


pening a year and a half ago in the new Prestons subdivision, the service-focused pharmacy has grown quickly, garnering a large following of loyal regulars in a short amount

of time. Offering everything from vaccinations, free blood pressure checks and throat swabs, to NZ Post, passport photos, drycleaning and ear piercing, the pharmacy

also specialises in fitting compression stockings. A new automated tablet packaging system ensures distribution accuracy, and the pharmacy also provides a

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home visit service option for elderly customers who would like support with medication management, says Unichem Prestons owner Ed Dawwas. “One of our pharmacists can come out to your home, communicate with your doctor and chat about your medication, helping to solve any problems or concerns.” Shopping for Christmas presents? The extensive range of gifts, as well as the best in beauty and health products, means finding the perfect present for even that hard-tobuy-for family member is easy. Unichem Prestons also holds regular community events, such as the popular ‘Ladies Day’ in October, where attendees learnt about hormone cycles and changing bodies, from the teenage years to menopause. “We are a one-stop servicefocused shop, that always aims to go above and beyond for the Prestons community.” Located on 420 Marshland Road, follow the pharmacy on Facebook to find out about special deals, sales and upcoming events. Phone 03 281 7889.

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To provide for the rapidly evolving technological advances and interest in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Pacific Radiology has purchased its fifth MRI scanner for Canterbury, the top of the line Siemens 3T Magnetom Vida, now installed at Forté Health on Peterborough Street.


RI scans are minimally invasive and very safe; they do not use radiation and there is no exposure to x-rays. MRIs image soft tissue structures in the body – for instance, the brain, eyes, heart and ligaments around joints such as shoulders.

Stephen Kingston Smith has been working as an MRI tech with PRG for more than 11 years. He was involved in researching the purchase of the new machine and was impressed with the latest advancements the Vida has to offer. “The patient has a much

MRI advanced imaging techniques of the brain. The colours are showing the direction of the nerve tracts within the brain.

more comfortable experience,” Stephen says. “The opening on this scanner is wider, which improves the experience for the claustrophobic patient.” Stephen was also impressed with the scanner software and computer advancements. The new Bio Matrix capability of this scanner uses artificial intelligence (AI), which autodetects motion and results in some fantastically clear images. “It can scan a bigger range and has sensors which help image clarity in the case of patient movement and respiration. Scan times are also quicker on this machine,” Stephen says. The new generation of MRI scanners produces much better

soft tissue contrast in shorter scan times and is being used to scan the abdomen and pelvis with exquisite detail. MRI is now being used routinely to screen for prostate cancer, small bowel disease and breast cancer, to mention a few. Pacific Radiology radiologists and neuroimaging specialists are excited by the continuing growth and advancement in MRI. Gareth Leeper, charge MRI technologist at Pacific Radiology, says, “The new scanner at Forté is producing the best pictures we have ever seen of the nerves right down to the hands and feet, and we have seen an increase in the number of referrals for imaging of the leg and arm nerves in patients with chronic pain syndrome.” Pacific Radiology has built a team of talented medical professionals who have a wealth of knowledge trained extensively in MRI. The new MRI scanner at Forté will help address the growing demand for MRI scans. The team is excited to be bringing the absolute state-of-the-art to enhance their late model fleet of MRI to the people of Canterbury/West Coast.

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Canterbury Bride Destination… honeymoon! Honeymoon memories are never unpacked when it’s time to come home. Those blissful moments in time are a forever investment worth planning for.

We asked Mel Hubber, co-owner of House of Travel Ferrymead, for advice on some of the hottest honeymoon picks for 2020.

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Tahiti for two Bora Bora and its glistening azure seas is synonymous with romance. Mel recommends staying at Bora Bora’s Hilton, Four Seasons, St Regis or Conrad, or perhaps sail away with your spouse on a Windstar cruise and see more of the islands. Bali for brides and grooms Head for the laidback Gili Islands, Mel says – Gili Meno or Gili Air are romantically quiet, or for slightly more action, stay at Pondok Santi on Gili Trawangan. There’s white sands, clear waters, no cars, biking, sunsets and snorkelling with turtles. Pledge your love forever in an infinity pool in Ubud, where peaceful resorts perch high above terraced rice paddies. Indulge in spa treatments for two at a wellness retreat. A villa in Sicily For romantic rustic charm, live like a local and walk hand-in-hand among the local markets of Southern Italy. Mel loves the area of Cefalu for beachside bliss.

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New York, New York From October next year, Air New Zealand flies direct to the ultra-romantic city of New York with its iconic landmarks for honeymoon photos, exquisite shopping and dining, and Broadway. Mel recommends the oldschool luxury of the Four Seasons, or the decadent difference of the Mercer, or Ian Schragers’s Public Hotel for fabulous views of The Big Apple’s skyline. Cruisy Greek Isles With its white-washed villages upon azure waters, Greece is the perfect place to gaze into your loved one’s eyes over a Mediterranean meal. It’s paradise on a platter. Mel says there’s a perfect cruise for every pair, from the likes of MSC Cruises, Azamara, Windstar or Celestyal. Hawaii happiness Hawaii has the Aloha spirit. Mel suggests staying at Westin Moana Surfrider for old world grandeur, and for romantic moments, sip Mai Tais outside the Royal Hawaiian hotel. Newlyweds will love the outer islands of Maui or Kauai.

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Local for lovers No need to fly internationally to find a romantic getaway! Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland with its many world-class beaches and wineries – a destination to rival the south of France. Stay even closer at an ultra-romantic Banks Peninsula destination. This includes sleeping in something different – a double-glazed pod at Te Wepu. Couples can also escape to the coastal farm retreat of Annandale.

ith Via Sollertia having the services of the South Island’s leading gemsetter, the perfect remodel is easy: your precious and semi-precious stones plus the metal can be redesigned into pieces you won’t want to take off. You can browse pieces in store and in the catalogue

and see what design styles jump out and the design process often sees people add to the components. The final design can be drawn up for you, while your stones and metal stay on site in the hands of a master craftsman. The finished piece will be personal, beautiful and a source of everyday joy.

Find Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street, phone 03 366 8001, or visit

Get cosy in Aussie Cheap flights are perfect for those short on time. Consider a long weekend lover’s break in Sydney with beaches, shows and style, Melbourne for fashion and culture, or Brisbane to dine and shop. Couples can even add on a cruise with the likes of P&O, Princess, Carnival or Royal Caribbean. Further up north, Mel’s hot tip is to honeymoon at Hamilton Island’s Qualia Resort – a luxurious world of its own. Metropol 5 December, 2019 53


Summer Supplements By Tracey Edwardes

To really harness the most of summer, we need the energy to play, socialise, and relish those long, hot, heady summer days. Apart from our glorious, energy-giving natural sunshine, we look at five of the best ways to supplement our natural vigour.

Vitamin D Yes, we used to think this came in buckets in summertime, but as we are all lathering on the suntan lotion and seeking the cool shade, we don’t get as much as we think in Aotearoa. Proximity to the equator is also a factor. Functioning as a hormone, every cell in the body has a receptor for it. Even a mild vitamin D deficiency, which is very common, can cause fatigue and tiredness.

can also help ward off heatstroke and rashes, especially the prickly heat type. Energyzapping summer colds are easy to catch too, so keep up the vitamin C, which our body needs regularly and consistently. Vitamin B A good B-complex supplement taken daily can certainly amp up the energy levels. Also, a handy summer tip: Thiamine, vitamin B1 – which is usually in a decent dosage (50 to 100mg) in B-vitamin supplements – can be a deterrent for those pesky, biting insects if taken at least 10 days before and during exposure,

Support your muscles Supplements to support muscles while enjoying summer sports and activities can help stave off fatigue and injury – summer is no fun with sore hamstrings. Vitality NZ’s product ‘Muscle Performance’ harnesses active ingredients such as anthocyanins in blackcurrants to aid muscle recovery. Also, protein powders to help build and repair muscles have come along way, with organic and plant-based powders an option.

Hormonal help Menopausal symptoms, PMS and fluctuating hormones sure can cramp your style during summer holiday season. A good supplement, recommended by a health practitioner, to keep hormones in check can work in synergy with a healthy lifestyle. Vitality NZ harnesses blackcurrant oil in their Women’s Health formula, one which helps fluctuating hormones, as well as boosts summer skin, hair and nails.

Vitamin C Vitamin C is essential all year round, but in summer it can help the body manage heat so there is more energy to keep going on long, hot days. It

CREATED BY NATURE, PROVEN BY SCIENCE WORLD FIRST DISCOVERY IN NEW ZEALAND BLACKCURRANTS cyclic Glycine-Proline (cGP) a key brain nutrient that normalises Insulin-like Growth Factor -1


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cGP / IGF-1 Ratio Vital for Brain Function & Signalling Pathways


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Current belief is that all we need to do is have a healthy diet, exercise both the body and mind and all is fine. We now know that we can achieve more by maintaining an adequate level of cGP with supplementation as we age Low levels of cGP are found in Stroke and Parkinson patients and other neuro-degenerative illnesses.


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Experience equals expertise Every year Sandy Turner travels overseas to attend hairdressing workshops to keep her upskilled and au courant with hair trends. It’s why her boutique hair salon Shine, which opened 1 October this year at Riverview in the heart of the riverside town of Kaiapoi, has already attracted such a devoted following.

andy is a fully-qualified hairdresser with over 25 years of international and national training and experience, while colleague, senior stylist Bernie Colman, brings 21 years of hairdressing experience to the business. Sandy and Bernie, who’ve lived in North Canterbury for a number of years, once worked together in a Victoria Street salon for 10 years and when the opportunity arose to open her own salon in Kaiapoi, Sandy knew who she wanted beside her. Shine Hairstylists boasts a unique look from other salons – there’s no trace of black here. The interior is a light, airy space of Scandinavian inspired theme and colours – making for the ultimate ambience for pampering and time out. Another point of difference is Sandy’s commitment to operating completely by the book. “We’re all about training and have only qualified hairdressers on staff. Client wellbeing and satisfaction is paramount, and this extends to all our services, such as our complimentary consultations.” Closed during the official Christmas period, Shine reopens 3 January 2020. Book a stunning colour or cut to flaunt over Yuletide; it’s time to shine those lights for all the world to see! Find Shine Hairstylists at 178 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, phone 03 327 0991 or check out Facebook: sandyturnerstylist.



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Put your feet up and engage the professionals from Jubilee Events Tailor made functions to impress you and your guests - your day, your way!

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The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival returns to the Glenmark Domain in March, showcasing the very best the region has to offer.


ollowing the popular event held earlier in the year, organisers are now getting ready for another brilliant festival that is set to feature 30 local wineries and more than 20 stalls offering a bounty of local and seasonal fare. There really will be something on offer for everyone at ‘the coolest little wine festival’ on Sunday 8 March and it’s only a 45-minute drive north of Christchurch. As you wander the beautiful grounds, you’ll have the opportunity to talk directly to the food and wine producers, and sample a range of local delicacies as well as new, exciting flavours. When it’s time for a break, grab your favourite beverage and stop off at one of the

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food trucks. Enjoy the sunshine as you listen to some awesome tunes from local musicians and DJs. Another popular attraction will be the Makers’ Market, a place where artisans share their skills through classes and demonstrations, and also the Talk Tent, which allows producers time to discuss provenance and sustainability. The family-friendly festival will also include a bouncy castle, face painting and entertainment for the kids. The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival will be held on Sunday 8 March 2020, from 10:30am to 5pm at the Glenmark Domain, Waipara, North Canterbury. Keep an eye out on www. for a full list of stallholders and the musical line-up!


Rural Gem

Us urban dwellers often forget the little rural gems that lie beyond the boundaries of Christchurch. One such gem is Route 72 Café Bar Emporium in the charming country village of Cust, just a 40-minute drive from the city.


estled in the heart of the village, Route 72 is a destination dining experience that marries exquisite food and shopping with a stunning

country environment – perfect for a day out to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Upon arrival to the café, bar and emporium, you are greeted

Extensive selection of sumptuous fare

by local friendly staff and a buzzing atmosphere. Upstairs dining offers stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains, rivers and valleys – what better place to relax over a delicious breakfast or lunch? Why not start with an outstanding organic fairtrade coffee as you peruse the tempting breakfast menu, available from 9 to 11.30am. Their flavoursome breakfast speciality the ‘Kiwiana’ – think homemade hollandaise, kumara rosti and free-range country eggs topped with either bacon or salmon – is their unique take on the classic eggs benedict. Other delectable

breakfast dishes include French toast, fluffy pancakes and a traditional Farmers’ cooked breakfast. Adjoining the restaurant is North Canterbury’s best kept secret – the emporium. Browse an impressive, eclectic range of treasures from giftware, art and homewares through to candles, skincare and clothing – here you’ll find Christmas gifts for the whole family! Recent special additions to the range include beautiful Italian linens. Discover this North Canterbury gem at 1697 Cust Road. Table reservations are recommended – phone 03 312 5595.


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We are a group of hidden foodie treasures producing quality products in the Wigram industrial precinct. We would like to invite you to our Pantry Collective. We have come together for the benefit of Canterbury foodies, so you can purchase locally produced, quality gourmet products at wholesale prices.

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The Coffee Worx Team Would like to thank our amazing customers for your support in 2019!

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With the arrival of both expected and unexpected guests at Christmas, or hungry teenagers and uni students returning home for the holidays , Pasta Vera can help take the stress out of feeding extra mouths over the busy festive season.


asta Vera’s best-selling homestyle lasagne is a tasty and convenient option, whether families are feeding a larger group with the 3kg trays, a few with the shop’s handy six-pack, or keeping the kids fuelled up in-between meals with factory offcuts. Choose from a variety of scrumptious flavours including beef, roasted vegetable, smoked chicken or pumpkin, spinach and feta, as well as delicious gluten-free and vegan options. It’s easy to relax and enjoy a family day out on the beach knowing a good quality nutritious meal is ready for dinner, without spending all day in the kitchen. Trays of macaroni

cheese are also available, as well as a fabulous selection of other products, including filled pasta, fresh ribbon-cut pasta, gnocchi, cannelloni, and the ever-popular fresh pesto and hummus. Visit the Pasta Vera factory shop in Wigram and stock up the fridge and freezer to enjoy more time with friends and family over Christmas. With easy and plentiful parking, the Pasta Vera factory shop on 1/2 Musgrove Close is open on weekdays from 8:30am till 5pm and Saturdays 10am till 2pm. Pasta Vera also offers a popular online fundraising option. Follow Pasta Vera on Facebook to receive updates and shop specials.

Popular new pickle product Gordon’s Picklery owner Janice Burnett is truly passionate about pickles and her latest product is proving to be popular.


he ‘Original Gordon’s’ Dill Stacker and Dill Pickle, made with a well-pronounced hit of dill and perfectly balanced with garlic and 100 percent natural spices, is available long-sliced or whole. Fresh, crisp and tangy, the pickles are made with no sugar or artificial sweeteners. Available in 1kg pails for just $6.50 each or two for $12, call into ‘The Picklery’ - Retail Shop in Wigram for a taste test. The company has 20 years of experience supplying

gherkins and pickled onions to many of New Zealand’s takeaway chains and most recognisable food service customers. From ‘Pickle Your Own’ peeled pickling onions and whole gherkins, for creating your own favourite recipe, to Gordon’s famous gherkin relish and a selection of delicious gourmet pickles, the store has an impressive range of ready-to-serve products. With Christmas just around the corner, the store also has a great variety of gift ideas,

including the $15 Gordon’s Gift Pack – or create your own gift pack, with complimentary gift-wrapping. Customers may have questions for the shop’s ‘pickle personality’ Michelle Kittelty regarding Gordon’s products, whether it’s for sampling, platter ideas or recipes. The fabulous Wigram

industrial precinct has plentiful off-street parking and easy access for all customers, providing stress-free shopping! Open weekdays from 8am till 4pm at 1 Timothy Place, Wigram, phone 03 348 0223 or email Eftpos onsite (no Credit/ Paywave). Metropol 5 December, 2019 59


Cuisine for Christmas

cuisine SERVES


JACKFRUIT PAD THAI When cooked up young (not ripe) and seasoned right, jackfruit tastes like sweet and savoury, perfectly pulled pork or tender and juicy shredded chicken. From tacos to enchiladas and salads, jackfruit has become a go-to ingredient. Prep time: 60 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Featuring: Chilli Lime Jackfruit

INGREDIENTS 12-ounce package rice noodles 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 5 green onions, sliced 1 10.6-ounce package Upton’s Naturals Chilli Lime Carnitas Jackfruit 1 cup fresh bean sprouts

Sauce 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate Juice of 2 limes 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup brown sugar 3-4 teaspoons chili sauce, to taste Garnish 1/2 cup chopped peanuts 1/3 cup sliced green onions Lime slices

METHOD Soak noodles in a large bowl of hot water for 30 minutes to one hour, or until the noodles are softened. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Heat the peanut oil in a large wok or skillet and stir fry the noodles for two minutes. Add the garlic, green onions, and jackfruit, then stir in the sauce. Cook for another four to five minutes, adding the bean sprouts in the last minute. Plate the Pad Thai and garnish with chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, and lime slices.


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CRUMBED FISH & KUMARA FRIES Hand-harvested from Mission Estate-grown pinot gris and chardonnay vines, Mission Fête is a delicate sparkling wine with aromas of pear, apple and citrus. Enjoy a bottle of Fête this summer, paired perfectly with this delicious crumbed fish recipe by Mission Estate Chef Ricki Littleton to help you make the most of the warmer months this festive season. Ingredients • 250g white fish • 2 eggs (whisked with equal amount of water) • Flour to dust • Panko to crumb • Lemon pepper seasoning • Salt and pepper to season • Oil to fry • 200g kumara


Method Heat oil in a deep fryer or frying pan to 185°C. Put the flour onto a plate. Break the egg into a bowl and beat it an equal amount of water. Place the panko crumbs, lemon pepper seasoning, salt and pepper onto a plate.

2. 3.

Cut fish into 60g pieces, coat each piece in flour and dip into egg mix. Coat fish in panko crumb mix and repeat process twice on each fillet for an extra crispy crumb. To make the kumara fries, slice kumara into strips and fry for five minutes or bake in the oven at 200°C for 2025 minutes or until golden brown. While fries are cooking, carefully place fish into heated oil for around 3-4 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove excess oil and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with kumara fries, tartare sauce and garden salad.


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Sustainability at its heart By Melinda Collins

The Fermentist is one of the hottest newbies on the culinary block, with beer at its roots and sustainability at its heart. We caught up with the brewery’s passionate General Manager Simon Taylor about this story of sustainability and making history. Simon, can you tell us a bit about your brewing journey and what attracted you to the industry? When I look back on my passion for brewing it started when I was about 10 years old, making ginger beer in my parent’s garage. I then progressed

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to making cider. Ask mum and dad about the many bottle fermented eruptions that sprayed all over the garage! I studied microbiology and plant science at Canterbury University and was employed by Lion Nathan on their graduate programme back in 1990.

What I most enjoy about brewing is that making beer is a craft; it’s hands on; it’s about the best ingredients coming together to make an amazing product. I have never met a brewer who doesn’t love their job and this passion is infused into every beer.

How did the story of The Fermentist start? I was talking with a brewer I have known for many years, Kirsten Taylor, about the great memories we had working at Speights and Canterbury Breweries, both as trainee brewers and then as brewing leaders. We both lamented the loss of Canterbury Brewery during the February Earthquake. We started talking about what type of brewery we would build if we wanted to build one here in Christchurch, and out of that discussion came The Fermentist. We wanted to build a brewery that was future-focused and would be around in Christchurch for a long time. So, we started looking at what we would do differently, not what we would do the same as other breweries we have worked at. Why was sustainability so important to you right from square one? If there is one thing that everyone is starting to think about, it would have to be our future here on earth and the impact our current practices are having on the world around us. The big, scary thing however, is often just where to start making a difference. So, when we started thinking about The Fermentist, we said we must do things differently. We can’t build a brewery that was good just for 2018, we must build a brewery that is good for 2033 or 2043. We are not perfect in any way, shape or form, but we are just trying to do better than we did previously. All our team are on this journey and we all try to do small things better every day. We have made a start and we know we can keep getting better and improving the way we work. What are some of your main ‘green’ initiatives? In the build of the brewery we went straight in with solar electricity and solar hot water. They are easy to do, you just buy the gear. What we started to think about were the

subtle things that can make a difference, so we said we will only buy malt from Gladfields in Dunsandel, we will use hops from the Nelson/Tasman region. In the taproom we will buy as much as we can from Canterbury producers, we will grow produce in our own garden bar. When it came to our team, we wanted people whose values aligned with ours and we wanted to help them build a career. Our brewery car is an Outlander PHEV and we are currently looking at installing an EV charging station. Our menu in the taproom focused on plants as we see them having a lower carbon footprint, especially when we buy local. We have wine on tap and encourage our customers to look at this as a way of reducing glass waste. You have now made history with the country’s first carbon-neutral certified beer – your Kiwi Pale Ale. How much time and effort went into that and how much celebrating came after? People often ask me why we strived for carboNZero certification. If you go out and make a stand on being sustainable, how do you prove it? So, we looked around and a lot of sustainability credentials need lots of explaining, whereas if you can say that we measured our carbon footprint, and it came out at 0.752kg CO2 per litre of beer we make, then we have one number to manage down. The data collection, auditing and certification process took us and Enviro-mark Solutions about 6-7 months, but we were learning. We now have one measurement that, we can manage downwards. For the carbon footprint that we can’t avoid, we have purchased offsets from Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula. This is a journey and we will keep working on reducing our carbon footprint. Kirsten has now moved into a role focused on our sustainability plans and having that dedicated resource will help us get better all the time.


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In your kitchen

Fancy something different for Christmas? We stock a wide variety of traditional German Christmas products

Café Berlin

9c Normans Road, Strowan. Ph. 03 355 0932 Like us on Facebook & find us on Instagram Open Tuesday to Saturday

Melt your Taste Buds with our Gelato… Artisan gelato and sorbetto served in our boutique gelateria at 5/132 Opawa Road. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 1pm- 5:30pm and Fri/Sat/Sun 1pm-7:30pm Gelato also available for events and wholesale to restaurants and cafes.

The Gelato Lab Ltd


For hearty, warming, delicious food. Our new menus deliver on all counts. Come in and try them for yourself.

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The Finest Fried Chicken in Town Empire Chicken has been supplying Canterbury with a delectable array of fried chicken offerings. Dubbed the best in Christchurch by many, we work hard to uphold that title in everything we do. Local, happy, sustainable, delicious. Coming soon to the new Riverside Farmers’ Market, come and check us out at 98 Oxford Terrace.

Empire Chicken

An authentic boutique family winery producing powerful, vibrant wines including the 2018 Upper Awatere Sauvignon Blanc, with 5 star reviews and a GOLD medal! Order direct from the vineyard. Free delivery nationwide.

Clark Estate Phone: 03 579 4752 / 021 386 831

Delicious Fijian dishes served with the biggest “Bula” smile! • Freshly baked bread • Homemade pies • Good for breakfast • Tasty Fijian style Buffets • Chicken curry and lamb curry Souvlaki takeouts Extensive menu and generous servings Bula Café 88 High Street, Leeston Ph. 03 9258859

Crazy Daves has all your fresh produce needs for the Christmas season. Asparagus, eggplant, berries, Oamaru Jersey Bennes, stone fruit and more. Like our Facebook page for more specials. CRAZY DAVES the Fruit & Vege Specialist 227 Blenheim Road, Riccarton

European Style Breads Handcrafted in Christchurch NZ the best of both worlds!

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Four Square Hanmer Springs offers Grazing Platters for every occasion. Individually tailored to each customer’s taste, budget and occasion. Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Platters available. Wine Barrel Platters start from $120.00. Smaller platters also available. Always at the ready for quick orders!

Four Square Hanmer Springs Ph.03 315 7190

BBQ Beauties With entertaining season just around the corner, it’s time to get your BBQ game on! Give these two simple Asian-style pork recipes a whirl – you won’t be disappointed.





Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 400g NZ pork mince ½ tsp salt ½ tsp fish sauce 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated 2 spring onions, chopped 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 egg, beaten Small bunch coriander, chopped ½ tsp sesame oil 1 small red chilli

1. 2. 3.

Method Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Divide the mixture into 8 small patties and set aside. In a pan, heat a little oil and cook the pork patties over a medium heat for 6 minutes on each side. Serve with sweet chilli sauce on rice or in a burger.

Recipe and photo supplied by NZ Pork

Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes plus 20 minutes to marinate Ingredients 4 NZ pork chops (boneless) or NZ pork steaks 1 tbsp olive oil ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tbsp honey 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp ginger, minced 2 tsp sriracha Black pepper to taste


Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and sriracha sauce. Pour over the pork and marinate for 20 minutes.


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Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add pork chops, without marinade and cook for five minutes without turning, or until the pork is nicely browned. Turn the pork over and pour the remaining marinade over them. Cook for another five minutes. Place the skillet into the oven and cook for 10 minutes, until the pork is completely cooked through and the sauce is sticky. For thinner cuts of pork, you may not need to finish cooking them in the oven. Serve with kimchi, white rice and steamed greens. Metropol 5 December, 2019 65


The alternative BBQ

Wondered about cutting back your meat intake, but realised we’re heading into barbecue season? Meat-free barbecues just became easier than ever before.


ustralasia’s largest vegetarian food manufacturer, Life Health Foods, has brought The Alternative Meat Co. to New Zealand. Its new range of 100 percent plant-based meat alternatives offers Kiwis a unique and delicious meat-free, healthy and more sustainable option as they increasingly opt to cut-down their meat intake. From sausage sizzles to droolworthy burgers, meat-lovers and veggies alike can get their ‘meat’ fix – and all of the benefits of plant-

powered protein – with the range, which includes The Alternative Burger and The Alternative Sausage. Try stacking an Alternative Burger patty in-between a seeded burger bun, along with a slice of cheese (vegan optional), a dollop of mustard and some kumara fries for a home-cooked post-workout supper. Or, grill a batch of sausages at your next barbecue and serve to guests alongside a slathering of chilli sauce and some slaw for a Kimchi-inspired hotdog. “Whether you’re flexi, vegan, vegetarian or a meat-lover, Alternative Meat Co. products are an ideal option if you’re looking to decrease your meat for health, environmental or any other reason,” Life Health Foods International Marketing Manager Mark Roper says. The Alternative Meat Co. products are available to purchase nationwide now in the refrigerated meat section of New World, PAK’nSAVE and Countdown supermarkets. We have an Alternative Meat Co. t-shirt and $50 voucher to give away to two very lucky readers. Just head to the Metropol Facebook page and follow the instructions.

You have permission to indulge in our amazing traditional Southern Indian Menu at the Permit Room

“Absolutely amazing food with incredible flavours” Despite the surrounding construction we are open for business and especially for Pre-Show Dining. Only 2 minutes walk from the Isaac Theatre Royal and the Town Hall. Taking bookings for Christmas end of year functions.

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Delicious Xmas treats… Gorgeous Food Especially our scumptious, freshly baked Xmas Mince Tarts!

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Terms & conditions apply. Bookings essential. Available for a limited time only. Host responsibility limits apply. R18 for the sale of alcohol.

The eats of India & Nepal Using only the freshest of ingredients, Everest Indian Restaurant provides diners with the delicious and authentic taste of traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine – with a refreshing modern twist. Up to 20% OFFr on every ordeery PLUS First Deliv Fee FREE!

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world-class Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. Regular diners keep coming back for the popular chefs’ specials, which include Everest Chicken Curry, a boneless chicken cooked in onion, tomato and coriander gravy, and the Lamb Lajabab, a dish cooked with onion, tomato, and cashew sauce. The chefs make their own fresh Indian naan breads, and even make gluten-free naans as well. All meals can be tailored to suite the level of spiciness you feel most comfortable with. Everest Indian Restaurant has three handy locations in Parklands, Woolston and Lyttelton, which are all open for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant is fully licensed (you can also BYO wine for a $6 corkage fee) and offers catering for functions and events. For more information, and to check out the extensive takeaway menu, visit You’ll find the other locations at 60 Queenspark Drive, 03 383 6263; 608 Ferry Road, 03 943 2110 and 2 London Street, 03 328 8185.

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t’s long been said, ‘you are what you eat’ and yet despite this popular saying reflecting the nutritional importance of food, it seems we’ve lost the desire to treat ailments through what we eat. The power of Peruvian superfoods maca and cacao are being brought back to New Zealand through workshops by Seleno Health, run by Sally Huapaya, a native Peruvian of Incan descent, and health educator Dr Corin Storkey. A cruciferous vegetable not unlike radish – which has been cultivated in the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains for at least 2000 years – maca’s root is cooked and utilised as a health supplement which has wide-ranging benefits, from boosting energy and endurance through to reducing anxiety. “Maca is the food of the Gods,” Sally says. “But it’s more than a superfood.”

At a recent workshop at Piko Wholefoods, Sally guided attendees through the ancient Incan traditions surrounding maca, the science behind how they work, how to tell their medicinal potential, and how to use them as medicine to heal and rebuild your body and mind. She was joined by She Universe Director Oonagh Browne who spoke of the health benefits of cacao and the story of its cultivation. Like maca, cacao is very nutrient dense, high in antioxidants like magnesium, which can help reduce stress, potassium and iron. It’s also high in healthy fats to help us stay satiated and energised. “Eight cacao beans a day keeps the doctor away,” Oonagh laughs. “It’s one of the oldest foods on the planet and it can change your life.”

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Nothing delights the eye quite so much as the glitter of gold. Wherever gold is, gloom is dispelled. Be it the ring on your finger, the scarf around your neck, or the coverlet adorning your bed, there’s something about gold. Here are a few ways to get a touch of gold in your home this season.

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A gold chandelier: Choose an elegant chandelier that concentrates less on the metal but more on the glass – one with touches of gold on the arms will render a soft illumination without harshness. Window treatments: A single gold sash above the top of your curtains gives instant eye-catching glamour, or curtain hooks of antique gold that deserve to be seen. But for sheer drama, hang drops of gold organza over your existing drapes! Gold furniture: Swap curtains, linens, rugs and pillows with ones that have colour accents of gold. Create a glimmering gold feature wall, or if that seems too daring, paint a coffee table or the legs of footstools. Table touches: An exquisite gold runner along the dining room table cannot be underestimated. Pair it with a contrasting centrepiece, such as a dark bowl filled with gold decorative balls, or a blackbased candelabra with long gold candles and you’re set for a year of beautiful dining. Light dark spaces: Gold wall sconces, mirrors with gold embellished frames, or photos framed in gold, will gently effuse a room in light, while side-tables dressed with a neutral lampshade with a gold base, or a black lampshade with gold lining, add that extra touch of warmth and illuminated drama.

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A close collaboration between builder and designer created a home where every space suits the realities of family life. James and Micayela Hunter have three daughters and their new St Albans home passed the ultimate functional test – a birthday sleepover for 10. An architectural designer, James has worked with Daryl Hewitt of DJ Hewitt Builders for 15 years; their common bond being exceptional attention to detail. Light, bright and open plan with a 2.7m stud, cedar fins greet at the front door. Past the wide entrance, office and separate lounge, American Oak fins also form the stairwell and partitioning to a cosy dining area – linking spaces with personality. Doorways were intentionally kept to a minimum for easy-living flow between spaces. Adjacent to the living area and open-plan kitchen with a steel-framed island, a zigzag walkway leads to a private powder room, laundry and three-car garage. It was an engineering design achievement for the 5.5m of timber fins connecting the second floor. The landing sports an extra-wide hallway for siblings to run past each other to the four bedrooms, hobby nook, and fully tiled bathroom.

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Kitchens with punch Kitchen design in 2020 is going to be all about introducing feature colours and textures that add depth and style.


oving away from neutral tones and white features, we’re now looking ahead to a whole new world of design to create a much more personalised, user-friendly influence for the heart of your home. For more than 30 years, local, family-owned company Misco Joinery has been making ideas come to life throughout the Canterbury region and providing the whole package from design right through to installation. This year they’re noticing that, in line with global trends, people are moving away from white kitchens and adding more colour, feature shelving and additions that make life in the kitchen much easier. Waterfall kitchen islands are going to remain popular and melamine boards in grey, or warm wood grains, are being introduced to add texture and depth. Colour is even finding its way onto benchtops in a range of natural grey and marbled tones. Outside the kitchen, the laundry is also going through changes, as they receive more attention. They are starting to include more design elements, a variety of storage options, and there’s also a growing emphasis on it feeling more like a room of its own. The team at Misco Joinery say that while New Zealanders

do tend to follow some of the Australian and European trends, Kiwis always make their homes their own by incorporating clean lines and making space work best for their lifestyle. Misco Joinery is located at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, employing more than 45 staff who work with residential and commercial builders, as well as private clients in both the South and North Islands. The team of designers, manufacturers and installers may specialise in creating stunning kitchens, but they’re also the people to call for installing new wardrobes, laundries and commercial fitouts. To see the full scope on offer, features a range of imagery to give you an idea of the styles available, and builders’ showhomes are dotted around the country so you can see the product firsthand and discuss your options with the friendly and helpful staff. For more information on how Misco Joinery can help with your next project, phone 03 383 4384, email enquiries@, and check them out on Instagram @miscojoinerynz. Metropol 5 December, 2019 75

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By Céline Gibson



We modern-day humans have long harboured a fascination for all things tribal and, thanks to children’s books and Hollywood, our collective imaginations have run riot on the subject.


hink of Tarzan swinging across the jungle; the dashing daredevil Lawrence of Arabia striding desert sands; Hepburn and Bogart pitted against the mighty Ulanga River aboard The African Queen and, for pure tribal embracement, nobody did it better than Eartha Kitt, famous for punctuating her songs with cat-like growls while slithering over sofas clad in figurehugging animal prints. In fact, the very word ‘tribal’ immediately conjures thoughts of perfumes, spices, exotic places, and err… seductive faces. Tribal art is often ceremonial or religious in nature and has a global reach across Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, which encompasses Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand. Many artists have been inspired by tribal arts; Pablo Picasso once stated that “primitive sculpture has never been surpassed”. When it comes to home décor, tribal

design and artware has long reigned supreme with its strong patterns and natural elements. In the latter part of the 20th century, tribal interiors tended towards the warm tones, but in the 21st century we’re trending towards the cool monochrome of black and white. At first glance it may appear as a Scandinavian take on tribal, but with an imposing ethnic artwork in dominant position and a few large handcrafted vessels strategically placed, the look is much bolder than the gentle Scandi interior. To really ramp up the tribal, think enormous basket-weave lightshades, low-level wooden coffee tables, and for eye-catching wall-art, horned animal skulls, feathered arrows, shields and spears, or a magnificent kilim of muralsized proportion. For a final flourish of monochrome tribal, whitewashed floors and walls contrasted with dark doors, louvres, storage shelves and screens deliver the ultimate in tribal chic.




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New homegrown garden festival Five garden designers, nine local schools, a collaboration of 32 community gardens and a range of top chefs, scientists, garden experts and sponsors are already signed-up and excitement is growing ahead of Christchurch’s new homegrown garden festival.


or three days in March 2020, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens will play host to the most innovative, exciting new garden festival on the horticultural calendar – Grow Ō Tautahi. A homegrown garden festival designed specifically for the Garden City, Grow Ō Tautahi is a free community event that draws on the best ideas from the local community, schools, garden designers, scientists, food gatherers and top chefs. Festival Director Sandi MacRae says Grow Ō Tautahi is much more than a flower show – it’s a local event based on the participation of Christchurch people in a variety of activities, displays and entertainment that will appeal to visitors of all ages. “We’ve got fantastic partners who bring creativity and innovation to the

festival – presenting partner Lincoln University will lead discussions on science and sustainability, while our Ambassadors, celebrity chef Jax Hamilton, interior designer Julia Atkinson-Dunn, award-winning garden designer Dan Rutherford and Ag Research scientist Dr Trevor Stuthridge, will all share their specialist knowledge. “Visitors will be able to sample locally sourced food prepared by celebrity chefs, explore cutting edge landscape design displays, participate in workshops and masterclasses, learn about food science, experience gardening through the eyes of local school children and generally revel in all that’s new, sustainable, innovative and fun in gardening and food sourcing.”

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Shop local this Christmas at Coco Gifts in St Albans, where you’ll find the perfect present amongst the classical, chic and enchanting collection.


escribed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for gifts, whether it’s for a birthday, wedding, or to say thank-you, every occasion is covered. From both classic and contemporary homeware and giftware, jewellery, handbags and accessories, to diffusers, beautiful candles, baby gifts, skincare, and gourmet food items – the extensive range and complimentary gift wrapping makes shopping a stress-free experience. “There really is something for everyone,” says owner Liz van Montfort. The Christmas candles range includes Fresh Pine by Ecoya, Christmas Lily by Surmanti, and Raspberry and Rhubarb by Circa Home, which smells good enough to eat. There’s also a selection of chic festive decorations for the tree and home to choose from. The store offers old-fashioned Layby and is located on 63 Rutland Street, where parking is easy. Follow Coco Gifts on Facebook or visit

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A year in review

When I was a child the year used to drag itself slowly through its 12-month cycle, but now, so many decades later, it’s practically breaking speed records! 2019 has been a strong year for highlights and the challenges have felt ever-so-slightly easier – or maybe I’m just finally learning to adapt and modify my response to continued stress. So, with another fast and furious year on the cusp of ending, now is the perfect time to consider its colorful tapestry and think about what I have achieved. It’s true, sometimes you’re so busy with the mechanics of your occupation that the opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture doesn’t present itself, but it’s so worthwhile when you do. So, where did I get it right? In the interests of simplicity, I said ‘yes’ more than ‘no’. ‘Yes’ to requests for help, especially if they delivered on our desire to give back or lift up those members of our community who are vulnerable or in great need. ‘Yes’ was also the answer when asked if I’d speak or present on personal or professional

topics including business culture, resilience, consistent high performance and mentoring. And some of the biggest ‘yeses’ went to incredible people who approached us about the possibility of joining our company in the search for a business that provided inspiration in addition to a rewarding career path. I firmly believe this commitment to getting good people on board, people that embrace our culture and our values, is why we hold the awards for No. 1 Residential Office nationally and internationally for Harcourts and No. 1 Franchise in New Zealand for earnings per consultant. A firm ‘no’ (or two) also made an appearance, however, when I met people considering a real estate career while wanting to avoid accountability, hosting open homes or training – the list went on, unlike my tolerance! I may be old-fashioned, but it will always be a ‘no’ if you front up to an interview in jeans or arrive late, underprepared and over-entitled. So, what else has stood out this year? An active, even marketplace with interest rates at very low levels making first-home owners feel more optimistic than they have for a long time. More and more legislation and an acceptance that the AML (anti-

money laundering) requirements which began last year, whilst inconvenient at times, are here to stay. Landlords have also had to continue incorporating changes in the way their rental properties are presented, maintained and tenanted, and this looks unlikely to abate. Professionally, we have also had the incredible benefit of Chris Kennedy (formerly the CEO for Harcourts NZ) joining us as General Manager. To say this has done a lot to relieve some of the workload and stress that occurs when you are running a dynamic, successful company whilst driving ever-forward is an understatement! As for Christmas, personally, I’ve always loved this time of year. The mother in me will miss our beautiful eldest son and his partner who will spend the season working in the Japanese mountains, but I will have the company and joy that other family and friends have always provided. To those of you that read my monthly column, I wish you a Christmas that makes you feel happy rather than stretched and stressed, and a 2020 full of promise.



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FUN FRENCH NIGHT AT ELMSWOOD RETIREMENT VILLAGE The Villa residents of Elmswood and Fendalton Retirement Villages recently gathered together for a fun-filled French evening. Their talented chef served up an exquisite three-course French meal and everyone enjoyed French music and a spontaneous rendition of the can-can by the staff. 1. Gillian Dobbs, Letitia Welsford (General Manager), Joyce Imlay 2. Lorna Laing, Rayma Clephane 3. The Elmswood Retirement Team 4. Margaret Cox, Jill Richardson, Fiona Cameron 5. Gordon & Isobel McIntyre 6. Alan Edmunds, Melissa Henderson (Activity Co-Ordinator), Murray Wallis Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event.







FIRST WINDOWS & DOORS CHCH CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS! Loyalty is First Windows and Doors Christchurch’s number one company value so the company invited those who made it all possible over the last 30 years – staff, customers, and suppliers, along with their families – to Ilam Homestead for a celebration of their 30th anniversary. Second-generation owner Simon Carrodus says, “It was great to reminisce about old times and we’re really excited about the next 30 years!” 1. Simon Beecroft (Sales Rep, First Windows and Doors Chch), Simon Carrodus (Owner, First Windows and Doors Chch), Will Petheram (Chef) 2. Shalesh Prasad (First Windows & Doors Chch), Rayna Reddy, Ruha Reddy, Cecil Reddy (First Windows & Doors Chch) 3. Simon Carrodus (Owner, First Windows & Doors Chch), Mark, Carter & Kate Tomkies, Chris, Mel & Alex Van Tongeren (Tomkies Construction) 4. Brendon McStay (Paul McStay Homes), Tony Borlase (First Windows & Doors Chch), Steve O’Loughlin (Builder) 5. Lisa & Ray Gould 6. Graeme, Jane & Simon Carrodus, Lizzie Dryden Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event. 82 5 December, 2019 Metropol

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In a state of evolution, the Garden City’s architectural typology is nothing short of distinct. New building facades are playing with eye catching angles, colours and materials – a welcome digression from the archetypal concrete and stone buildings previously adopted in the city, as we usher in a new era of urban architecture. Metropol 5 December, 2019 83

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In a state of evolution, the Garden City’s architectural typology is nothing short of distinct. New building facades are playing with eye catching angles, colours and materials – a welcome digression from the archetypal concrete and stone buildings previously adopted in the city, as we usher in a new era of urban architecture.

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makeover, is overseen by Glen and Elly and carried out by them and their dedicated team. Administrator Elly says Glen’s vast and extensive horticultural and landscaping knowledge, plus their reputation for completing a job quickly and efficiently, has built strong client relationships. “Our clients know we deliver outstanding results, and should any unforeseen problems arise, we’re great at finding solutions that are both cost-effective and sound.” With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this dynamic duo plan to continue growing the Styx Landscaping brand by exploring further horticultural pathways. Elly, who is already halfway through her Diploma in Landscape Design, has a keen interest in the environment and sustainability; couple this with Glen’s passion for, and pursuance of, quality work and workmanship, and the future of green spaces in Canterbury promises to be nothing less than stunning. Phone Glen on 027 439 7963, or Elly on 027 567 0016. For more information, email or visit

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s this is my last Metropol column of the year, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight an initiative that is very close to my heart. In my role at The Chamber, I have seen first-hand the great work and outcomes that our many charities provide to those in need in our city. This year I am pleased to lend my voice to the Bayleys Plate Up for a Purpose campaign, which challenges local chief executives to raise $5000 each, culminating in a memorable evening of fun and food at the Town Hall on 29 February. At this event we will join forces with top Canterbury chefs to cater a three-course dinner for 180 people! The funds raised will go towards the Christchurch City Mission’s Back to School programme, which pays $300,000 a year towards the school costs of children from families who struggle with the significant financial outlay at the start of the school year. This gives these kids the resources they need to start the new year and – most importantly – the confidence to fit in with their peers and stay in school, helping to give every child in Canterbury the chance to get the education they need to succeed. The Christchurch City Mission is not alone – there are so many amazing organisations in our community that need our help. As we head into the holiday break, I would encourage all of you to do something (regardless of how small) to help create a positive impact in our community.


hat a wonderful few weeks it has been in Christchurch. We’ve hosted royalty and we’ve revelled in the Canterbury Anniversary events that bring the region together each year. In my mind, there is no better place to be in the spring than Christchurch. It was an honour to welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Christchurch. I was delighted to host them on a walkabout in Cathedral Square where many people turned out to greet them. During their visit to Christchurch they got to see Tūranga and the Riverside Market – two attractions which have breathed new life into our central city and helped make it a vibrant place where people want to be. The vibrancy of Christchurch was also on show at the New Zealand Cup meetings at Addington and Riccarton raceways and at the New Zealand Agricultural Show. I was thrilled to be able to present the winner’s trophy at Addington to the connections of Cruz Bromac. But the real highlight for me was standing alongside Terrill Charles and Peter Corbett, whose horse Dee And Gee won the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Riccarton. I had the honour of presenting them with the Trainer’s trophy. Four years ago, Terrill was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and given just four and a half months to live. Through sheer determination, support from Peter, and her passion for their horses, she has battled on and defied the odds. Their story was an inspirational note to end Cup and Show Week festivities on.


ot only is our Te Papa Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct project the largest urban transformation ever undertaken in New Zealand, but now it has also been deemed this year’s best, winning the prestigious George Malcolm Award for supreme excellence at the 2019 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards. The Avon River Precinct includes the City Promenade, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, The Terraces, the Victoria Square and Bridge of Remembrance restorations, all the artworks and plantings along the river and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. We’ll have the remaining elements completed next year. The judges noted, “Te Papa Ōtākaro has emerged as a significant and transformative urban landscape, maximising the opportunity provided by the earthquakes, to develop an exemplary interweaving of urban edge and river. Enhancing the cultural landscape of the city, as well as the ecological and social values, has provided Christchurch with a central core that holds the city together, and re-presents it with a new vision.” The real beauty of the Avon River Precinct, which was also named as one of three finalists for Most Improved River at the 2019 New Zealand River Awards, is that it will only get better with time, as the plants and gardens mature, as more people take the time to walk and enjoy the City Promenade and as more private developments and public projects, like Te Pae, start opening out onto it. Congratulations to our partners on this project: Christchurch City Council, Matapopore Charitable Trust, and the outstanding design teams at LandLAB, Boffa Miskell, WSP-Opus, and Rough & Milne.

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or a city recovering from a major disaster like the Canterbury earthquakes, all the evidence suggests that simply rebuilding buildings and restarting businesses is not the end of the recovery journey. The lasting impact of the trauma of the disaster and the long, grinding recovery that follows can have lasting mental health impacts on our people. And this is especially true for our young people. I’ve spoken to many parents and teachers who tell me of the real mental health impacts the quakes and their aftermath have had on young people in Christchurch, from anxiety to depression to developmental delays. That’s why I’m so proud of the Government’s Mana Ake programme, which gives every child in Canterbury access to a trained mental health worker through their schools. This policy was actually a personal mission of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and the Government worked closely with the CDHB and their mental health experts in designing its details. So far, 2030 students have received help individually and a further 2070 students have received help in a group. That’s thousands of young people getting the mental health support they need. I’ve personally met with some of these young people and their families and heard them talk about what a huge difference having access to counselling, and being able to learn coping skills, has made in their lives. One mother told me of the total transformation in her son and how it has helped their whole family. The success of this programme shows what we can achieve when we take mental health seriously.


ne of the best parts of my job is getting to meet talented entrepreneurs and helping them succeed. And that’s exactly what the whole team got to do last week at the Pressure Cooker final of FoodStarter 2019 – a national competition looking for the most innovative food and beverage startups in New Zealand. There were five talented startups who made the cut on Wednesday night from a total of 121 entries from all over New Zealand. The judging panel got to taste some seriously delicio7us vegan Kiwi Dip, the creamiest sheep’s milk yoghurt, flavourful vegan pastrami, dainty prebiotic pudding, and the most amazing vegan sausage we have ever had the good fortune to experience. And – you guessed it – the winner was Ananda Simply Wholefoods with their spicy vegan sausage that was simply outstanding. Locally sourced, plant-based, dairy and gluten free was definitely the theme of this year’s competition, nicely summed up by one of the competitors, Paul Seymour, whose presentation began with the statement ‘Veganism is the greatest social revolution in the history of the world!” Ananda now goes on to win the $75,000 FoodStarter business incubation package whose main prize is the holy grail for most food startups – full distribution of their product across the Foodstuffs South Island retail network, courtesy of New World. They’ll also get a full brand review from Strategy Advertising, everything they need to scale to retail production from FoodSouth, and business mentorship and commercialisation how-to from our team at Ministry of Awesome.


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s the year draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the agencies and organisations that have contributed to greater Christchurch’s regeneration during 2019. If you are a regular reader, you will know of my ongoing admiration and acknowledgement of the private sector’s significant role in Christchurch’s regeneration. You will also know of my advocacy for a cohesive public sector working in partnership with investors, developers, business owners and others. The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 specifies five strategic partners - Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council. We also work closely with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), ChristchurchNZ and Development Christchurch Ltd (DCL). Our relationships with these two local public sector agencies have been enhanced further this year by co-locating to enhance our collective performance and create a platform for Christchurch’s future development, beyond the limited lifespan of Regenerate Christchurch and the legislation we operate under. This ensures the knowledge we have developed is preserved for future use and supports transferring regeneration leadership responsibilities to permanent, locally based agencies. This transition will build on the progress made so far and ensure Christchurch is well-placed to make the most of future regeneration opportunities. As we approach the official start of summer, on behalf of the Regenerate Christchurch team, have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and all the very best for 2020.

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he awards jury, which was led by Auckland architect Malcolm Walker and included architects Jeff Fearon (Auckland), Melanda Slemint (Christchurch) and Penny Fuller (Sydney), toured 44 shortlisted projects over nine days in late August and early September. Standing gracefully at 60 Cathedral Square (on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets), is Christchurch’s new central library Tūranga. The $92.7 million five-storey building is being hailed as the most modern public library in the southern hemisphere and the largest in the South Island. Architectus won the John Scott Award for Public Architecture for Tūranga, which it designed with Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and in close cooperation with Matapopore Charitable Trust and Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Also in the public architecture category the jury bestowed a New Zealand Architecture Award on Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall in Leeston, Canterbury, designed by Architecture Workshop.




Two very different projects won awards in the Heritage category. Rose Historic Chapel is an early twentieth century Christchurch convent chapel that was extensively damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and has been painstakingly restored by Dave Pearson Architects. Meanwhile, the Nelson House Alteration by Sharon Jansen Architects is a sensitive reworking of an early 1960s house designed by Ernst Plischke, an Austrian émigré who was a key figure in New Zealand post-war modernist architecture. Chen-Anselmi Units, two townhouses designed by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture in the Christchurch suburb of Sydenham, won an award in the Housing Multi Unit category, and another Christchurch project, Menzies POP!, located in Sumner and designed by Architects’ Creative, received an award in the Housing Alterations and Additions category. For a full list of the 2019 New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards’ winners, visit


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ew landmarks are rising in central Christchurch on a satisfyingly regular basis and the latest building to catch our eye will break ground before Christmas. Built by David Magill Builders, this three-story home on the corner of Cranmer Square and Chester Street West will be a milestone on your journey north across the city, planting its roots and taking its place in the 170-year history of Cranmer Square. In fact, we can look forward to a long future association with this home – its foundation comprises piling down to 16 metres, with a raft floor laid on top of that, and a comprehensive structural steel superstructure by Blueprint Consulting Engineers. The striking silhouette created by the semi-rooved deck on the top floor is complemented by the unusual charred cedar cladding. Originally a Japanese technique, the charring is done by Christchurch-based company Chartek. Once sealed the blackened wood weathers, but does not require the maintenance that ordinary cedar does. The owners of the home are current inner-city dwellers who are keen supporters of a thriving centre and love the CBD lifestyle. Architect Kelly Rush of Krush Architecture has designed a clever home where owners and guests can operate independently if they choose. The top floor hosts the master bed, ensuite and wardrobe and opens out to the partly covered deck. The middle floor contains the kitchen, lounge and living area plus another deck, while the ground floor is dedicated to three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. Director of David Magill Craig Freeman says completing this home will take 12 months, as it’s an interesting design located in a busy area which impacts on access. “This build is right in our ball park – all of our buildings have a degree of difficulty, whether that be design, location, client, or sometimes all three, and we are very comfortable with that.” Craig assumed ownership of the company on the retirement of David Magill in 2016. Dedicated to continuing the values that David instilled in him and the rest of the team, Craig says, “Everyone has

been together for a long time, including our subcontractors. The mission has always been to be well-respected among our peers, and we are so proud that no-one ever has a bad word to say about us.” Craig brings a unique and desirable skill set to his role. In a previous life he served the country in the New Zealand Army. Discipline in all areas is innate to his approach, while communication with people is a real strength. “I can talk with anyone, and zero in on what is important to them.” His training brings an incredibly valuable agility to a project. “We are not stuck in any comfort zone or set routine, so we react quickly and positively to any road block.” Craig places a lot of emphasis on being proactive, rather than reactive. “It buys us a lot of time.” Every job is worked on by in-house carpenters. “It is vital that their trade and craftsmanship is top notch”. The company works with contactors that they have had a relationship with for several years. “I went through my apprenticeship with a lot of the people who are now leading the companies that we work with,” Craig says. David Magill Builders happily runs a gamut of homes from $2 million to first home and retirement homes, with five house and land packages becoming available at Ravenswood for $500k, and an entry-level show home at Ravenswood open next year. “What our clients have in common is that they want well-designed, bespoke and interesting homes but with value for money. They seek top-quality products but not necessarily the designer label on them,” Craig says. “And you shouldn’t have to compromise on your quality, your tradespeople, design or the interest on a modest budget.” Driven by a determination to do a good job and honour all promises made to clients, Craig cannot understand why anyone would take the ‘over-promise under-deliver’ approach. He ensures his team go out of their way to hit targets and do a great job. “Regardless of size or price, in 20-50 years, I want people to say ‘who built this incredibly wellconstructed home?’” visit

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advantage of spectacular views of the Southern Alps, and the challenge of earthquake repairs to adjoining units in South New Brighton; Nathan Cook Builders has hundreds of satisfied clients. Its latest challenge was an early 1900s villa in Opawa. After complicated negotiations with EQC and insurers, work began on the complex restoration. The house was lifted and new foundations were laid. Inside, many of the original fireplaces, pedestal sinks, stained glass windows, light fittings and rimu floors were retained. A brand new feature staircase was installed, as was a new designer kitchen by Woodshack

Kitchens in keeping with the period of the house. The entry and hallway were returned to the original style, and an antique, claw-footed bathtub was added to the bathroom. The roof and chimneys were newly tiled, and original tiles were re-laid around the fireplaces. A single garage was demolished, and a two-storied garage with separate laundry and loft space was built. A new master suite within the existing roof space was constructed, and a dormer added. After nearly two years, this lovingly restored villa is again ready to be occupied. Visit or call 03 347 7356.

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Having recently received a National Award at the 2019 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards in the Additions and Alterations Category, I thought it timely to share a few thoughts on my approach to altering houses. Often there is already a good amount of dollar value in the existing house, so one needs to be careful and pragmatic about where and how to spend any money on it.

like to explore the ways in which the house is currently working, both aesthetically and functionally. To love what is there avoids a fight to change it into something it is not. A 1950’s bungalow, unless a lot of money is spent, will always look like a 1950’s bungalow. Commonly, a house has been altered in the past and it is first an exercise in restoring logic. Why is there a porch halfway down the corridor when the entrance is now through the living area? Sometimes it is a very simple case of relocating a

couple of doors and internal partitions to make a major difference. The aspiration, once work is complete, should be to have the house feel like it was always meant to be that way. When looking at any new requirements, the house needs to deliver for its occupants, so my first study is where these needs can be accommodated within the building footprint. If possible, major cost can be avoided by redistributing spaces within the house. If there is a need to push out, do it carefully so that it complements the existing house.

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The not-for-profit was the world’s first accommodation network to become carboNZeroCertTM certified and, with 13 properties, remains the largest. To remain certified, YHA’s managed hostels and National Office must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent per year. The organisation has beaten this target for the third straight year, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 8 percent from 2018 to 2019. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, YHA New Zealand offsets its remaining carbon emissions via an accredited carbon offset programme supporting the regrowth of natural forest on the Banks Peninsula. YHA continues to invest in solar and geothermal energy. Replacing lights with LEDs, new solar installations, doubleglazing and insulation upgrades all help shrink hostels’ carbon footprint. The new YHA Lake Tekapo, a state-of-the-art 128bed development which opened in April 2019, is fitted with photovoltaic panels and a solar hot water heating system.


CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS Longevity and loyalty are two defining qualities of First Windows & Doors Christchurch. The spring party to celebrate 30 years in business brought together Graeme and Jane Carrodus and Clynt Inns who started the company, as well as second-generation owners Simon Carrodus and Lizzie Dryden.


he revelry brought together current and past First team members, customers, suppliers and their families at the lovely Ilam Homestead, where entertainment for the children combined with fabulous catering for a joyous event. “It was great to reminisce about old times, and we’re really excited about the next thirty years for this family business,” Simon says. “Many of our customers have been dealing with us for over 25 years and are a huge part of our success,” Simon says. “We were so happy that

the Stake Glass team – Jake, Steve, Tim and Dan, could join us to mark the occasion. Our brilliant customers – Brendon McStay from Paul McStay Builders, Tony Andersen from Trendsetter Homes, Kevin from Peter Ray Homes, Todd & Lee Newman from Newman Homes, Steve and Sandy O’Loughlin, Mark and Kate Tomkies, Chris and Sam from Tomkies Construction and Nic and Penny Johnston from NR Johnston Builders, Paul Vucetich from PV Builders, and all their families as well – made the day memorable.”

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The company has garnered accolades aplenty. Paul McStay Homes says, “We have been working with First Windows Christchurch for almost 20 years. We have always received a great level of service and look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship we have with them.” Clark Bros Construction commented, “First Windows and Doors Christchurch have been an outstanding supplier of all our aluminium joinery needs for the last eight years, from price to product and service they have been nothing short

of excellence. First Windows & Doors Christchurch are reliable every time and we would highly recommend them. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.” PV Builders Limited, which has worked with First Windows & Doors since 1998, also praised the company. “I have found them very professional to deal with. Friendly, reliable, nothing is a problem, it’s an awesome team environment, always punctual with deliveries and it’s a great product!” Why would you go anywhere else?

It’s all in the detail

Multi award-winning Christchurch designer Davinia Sutton’s stunning kitchen and bathroom projects for two Canterbury homes were recognised at the recent 2019 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Awards (NKBA) New Zealand, where she was also named 2019 Designer of the Year.


eld in Melbourne, Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton attained 12 awards altogether on the night, with the majority of the accolades won for the two homes. One of the

projects (pictured), constructed by Ainsworth Builders and manufactured by Ashburton Joinery, was a large open kitchen featuring traditional cabinetry, a custom-made steel

rangehood, a dark-stained solid timber island bench top, brick bond tiled splashback, off-white joinery and engineered stone. Described as elegant, wellproportioned and textural,


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the design incorporated the early 1900’s architecture of the home. The ‘elegant and refined’ bathroom ensuite from the same home renovation also received two awards, featuring a ‘stunning tessellate tile floor of white and charcoal.’ The second award-winning kitchen, constructed by Mike Greer Architectural and manufactured by Woodshack Kitchens, blended effortlessly into the beautiful architecturally designed family home – sleek and modern, with an urban edge. The home’s awardwinning bathroom featured a bold palette, with the selection of finishes providing a sense of sharpness and personality. Davinia says the awards are a great reflection of local workmanship and it’s a privilege to be recognised by industry peers. “NKBA is an amazing organisation that really supports designers and the awards provide a fantastic launching pad and exposure that can lead to international recognition.” Contact Detail by Davinia Sutton on 03 356 2722 or visit

Crafting Homes When it comes to building on the hills, only the very best in experience and expertise will do, and that’s where renowned hill builders, Steve Brown Builders come in. Director Steve Brown has been bringing dreams to life in conjunction with leading architects for 30 years.


e offer our clients a quality service, we are approachable and personable,

with communication as our hallmark, and that has naturally led to our longevity and great

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reputation,” says Steve. “We are always incredibly proud of our end product, and it’s a favourite

moment to hand it to its new owner.” A stunning project – not on the hills but requiring the ingenuity, craftsmanship and planning of the toughest hill build – was the authentically faithful like-for-like rebuild of a 1913 earthquake-damaged mansion that required complete demolition, much to its owners’ sorrow. Today the two-storey brick and half-timbered home’s extensive ornate plaster ceilings, Italian marble fireplaces, leadlights, and panelling are proudly in place. “We don’t often get to build these and were delighted that the owner opted to rebuild, to illustrate our skills,” says Steve. Forty-five years’ experience gives Steve a rare depth of knowledge about specialised builds, giving his team a huge advantage. “In those days we did everything without the benefit of the specialist trades that now come in. I like to think that our apprentices gain the ability to do all the work if required, and are highly skilled in most areas when they become qualified,” Steve says. “You can see the craft in the

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Final call for repair coverage T

he policy gives homeowners 12 months (no later than 14 August 2020) to register their interest. House relevelling company, Precision Solutions, says the time to check levels and foundation issues is now. Contracts manager Charles Porter estimates there may be “thousands of people out there who don’t know they have problems”. “It’s only for a year, and if you think of how many homes have been bought and sold in Christchurch since 2011… There are pockets in Christchurch that sustained more damage

than people realise, and I’m not talking about the east side, that’s pretty obvious. I’m talking about everywhere, including Papanui, Casebrook and Cashmere, where people have purchased houses which have settlement issues and earthquake damage that they are not aware of. When they try to sell, they may be forced to get a builder’s report which will then show up any issues. If you miss this time period to make a claim you could be out tens of thousands of dollars.” The team offers a free initial site visit within the Christchurch area that provides assessment

Following the 15 August Government policy announcement that owners of onsold over-cap Canterbury properties can apply for an ex-gratia payment to cover repairs, Precision Solutions is urging locals to have their properties assessed.

to identify issues and help navigate the remedial path. They work alongside engineers and industry professionals to provide the homeowner with a complete package to repair their homes properly. “We do a floor level survey free of charge. This helps us identify any foundation settlement and potential earthquake damage. If there is a problem we can help them go through the process. We can help them navigate what they need to do with EQC, which is actually pretty straightforward. We provide a copy of the floor level survey which they can

make a remedial claim with.” Precision Solutions offers house relevelling, building and renovation work and a project management service. “If you think you have issues, do something about it now before it’s too late when the year’s up,” urges Charles. “I would suggest 90 percent of the calls I get result in finding damage to the house that needs rectifying. “Our assessment and quote is obligation and costfree. We can also work with homeowners to help projectmanage the entire repair.”

Have you purchased an Earthquake repaired property? Have you checked the foundations and floor levels? Do you think you might have problems? Call us for a free initial assessment before it’s too late. You can also download a free copy of our guide from our website.

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Whyte Construction has comprehensive packages we can tailor for you.

The experienced team at Whyte Construction is synonymous with high quality workmanship.


And let’s start planning together for 2020

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Whyte Construction wish you and our many clients of 2019 a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year We offer the complete package: A great team of architects, designers, engineers, builders and consultants. From minor alterations like kitchens and bathrooms, to extensions and new builds. We have your building needs covered.

Whether you’re building an architectural home or undertaking a residential repair, our master build team ensures we deliver to your timeframe and budget. The commitment to you is to provide continuity from the start of your project through to completion.

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You’re protected by the 10 year fully comprehensive guarantee (covering workmanship, building products and completion of your contract). This gives you peace of mind knowing you’re protected.


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