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CONTENTS COVER STORY 12. SAM NEILL’S MANY HATS
FEATURES 8. A GRAND PALAVER! 10. AMAZING GRACE 16. FOLLOWING IN SIR ED’S FOOTSTEPS 45. PLUMP UP THE PENSION POT
FASHION & HEALTH 31. YOU GLOW GIRL! 32. TIME TO SHINE 38. SPORTS LUXE 40. NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
48. WORLD-FIRST BUBBLES! 50. BLACK FOREST IN A GLASS 51. DECADENT CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
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60. BLUE BAYOU 64. ON THE OUT 65. INDIAN INSPIRATION 73. THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP
MOTORING 76. PRETTY DARN BRISK 78. PREVENTION BETTER THAN THE CURE 80. PLENTY OF POWER 82. EASY TO IMPRESS
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A grand palaver! By Tracey Edwardes
Local comedic favourite Shay Horay presents his latest busker’s baby – Palaver Grand. With a handful of showbiz buddies, in the style of Graham Norton, riotous banter and sparing of wit will entrap the audience in the Spiegeltent on 14 February. The two-hour show promises hearty belly laughs. Photographer: DEAN MACKENZIE
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cut and edit a loose script as it goes on. These are stories the audience wouldn’t normally get to hear – personal information and funny bits. And because it’s from the horse’s mouth, it must be true!” As the Rubber Band Boy, Shay has smashed two Guinness World records for the most rubber bands strapped to a human face, and took the stretchy show to 30 countries. He asked a plastic surgeon if it was OK. “It was a great thing for my skin, he assured me, and would probably keep me looking younger!” Hailing from Geraldine, he cut his comedic teeth at Burnside High School, where his parents sent their talented son to for the renowned drama department. In 1996, while still a student, he hit busker bigtime. Now a quarter of a century later, he’s just turned 40. “I’m over the hill now – so I’ve got to start ticking off all the boxes.” He lives in Lyttelton with Riley the dog, who also has a few talented tricks. Shay’s a wicket keeper for Heathcote Cricket Club, where he also volunteers. Always having a side-splitting project on the go, he recently starred as butcher, florist and masseuse in NZ on Air shortlisted The Woolston Complex, filmed at The Tannery. Aspiring to launch Palaver as a live-audience TV series, he loves the concept of a chat show. “There’s nothing on TVNZ like it at the moment. It is closest in format to This Is Your Life”. Except this show will be a grand palaver of life’s more funnier follies.
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t’s for one night only and it’s going to be one heck of a line-up,” he says. Shay is best known at the World Buskers Festival as Rubber Band Boy and, in 2019, packed the house with busker show The Revolver Club. He recently hosted his inaugural Palaver chat shows in Lyttleton’s intimate Wunderbar - delving into the minds of colourful kiwi celebrities, one on one. Peter Rowley, legendary funny man and co-writer/sidekick for the Billy T James Show, was one of his victims. “Shay’s a great smooth-talking, cool, goodlooking guy,” Peter says. “The show was sensational. He delved into drawers from the back of my mind that I never knew existed!” He will be under the microscope once more for Palaver Grand, uniting with an eclectic cast of four on the couch – in front of a much grander audience. Other guests for the R18 show include favourite television host and comedian Dai Henwood, actor Jonny Brugh, aka Deacon the Vampire, of film What we do in the Shadows fame, and from Daredevil Chicken Club from USA – sensational improvisers and regular busker act. House band Lawrence Arabia will entertain. “These are all people I’ve loved performing with in the past,” Shay says. “Palaver means to talk unproductively at length – exactly like the open and free-flying nature of the show. None of it is scripted, I just
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Amazing Grace By Celine Gibson
It was always in his mind to cast an actress as young as possible in the role of Juliet because Shakespeare’s Juliet, of Romeo and Juliet, was a 13-year-old girl. Derek Doddington, Founder and Director of Top Dog Theatre, stands ﬁrmly by his ground-breaking decision. “With casting such a young cast, I’ll either fall on my sword or it will be the biggest triumph,” Derek says, with an irrepressible twinkle in his eye.
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hirteen-year-old Grace Opie, who plays Juliet in Top Dog’s Summer Shakespeare Festival, confesses she’s a bit obsessed with Shakespeare and has loved Romeo and Juliet “for ages”. Grace studied the play last year at her school, Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery and feels she has come into the show with a pretty good understanding of the story. “But speaking the lines is very different to reading them and studying the context of the play.” Grace says the portraying of Romeo and Juliet as the Bard of Avon intended them to be, makes the show feel a lot more realistic, as many of the decisions they make are impulsive and don’t end well. “It also explains how they fell in love almost immediately and how strong their emotions became that eventually led them to making decisions without much thought.” Grace has attended Original Scripts Theatre School since the age of six and says she has had great experiences there and with other theatre companies. Summer Shakespeare is her first experience of outdoor theatre and it’s been a positive one. “I’ve really enjoyed rehearsing outside at Mona Vale. I’ve loved the process and people, seeing everything come together and working with such an experienced team as Top Dog. Everyone has been really nice and supportive.”
Grace says she loves to perform and would like to explore as many different genres as she can in the future. “But definitely more Shakespeare!” Romeo is played by 17-year-old Rhys Murdoch and Mercutio by 18-yearold Felix Elliott, completing the teen cast of lead roles that Derek had long envisioned. “I’ve seen performances where the actress playing Juliet’s obviously too old – I recall one where they gave her a doll to make her look 13!” Derek has switched the gender of a few characters in the play in order to keep a good balance of male and female actors on stage – hence there’s now a Mother Superior and Benvolia instead of Friar Laurence and Benvolio. The original music score is composed by Harry Lawrence, and the wardrobe department is under the expert hands of Caitlin Maclennan and Polly Mortimer. “There’s rich comedy, beautiful live music, singing and dancing, and our costume people have done a brilliant job,” Derek says, “Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate love story. Pack a picnic, bring your deck-chairs, sit back and just enjoy being part of it all.” Romeo and Juliet is showing from Wednesday 12 February to Saturday 22 February at The Mound Lawn, Mona Vale, 6pm nightly and 2pm Saturday matinees. For tickets, visit www.topdogtheatre.com (gate sales available).
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Sam Neill’s By Melinda Collins
Sam Neill has been an international spy (Possession), a palaeontologist (Jurassic Park), a senior KGB oﬃcer (Amerika) and a corrupt policeman (Peaky Binders), but his most recent role was ‘host’ to a possession of family members who turned up at his Central Otago vineyard, Two Paddocks, over the Christmas holidays.
did get a bit of a break,” he says when we catch up in the New Year. “But it was chaos with grandchildren turning up… they seem to be proliferating!” The 72-year-old has been a grandfather since 2000 and, between three children and a stepchild, he’s since racked up several more, not that he’s complaining! “It’s always fun,” he says of the craziness that comes with a full house during the festive period. But that’s not to say he’s lonely when they go back home; there’s always the other side of the family to keep him company. Charlie Pickering (that’s his duck), Susan Sarandon and Anjelica Huston (a couple of his many beloved sheep), Helena Bonham Carter and Graham Norton (two of the cows) are all part and – very welcome – parcel of farm-life, Neill says. “Every animal has a different
personality, so I’ve grown fond of them and enjoy their company.” The Central Otago crew have developed somewhat of a media presence themselves, with Neill regularly sharing their exploits with his many global followers on Twitter and Instagram. It was 1993 when the opportunity came up for him to purchase the block of farmland near Queenstown. But it would take a giant leap of faith for Neill to plant pinot grapes in the first of his vineyards – of which there are now four – in the rugged Gibbston Valley. Because although Central is world-renowned for the drop now, in 1993 it was yet to be demonstrated that the region’s dicey climate could produce a quality pinot. But then wine – Neill says – is in his blood. His family has been trading in the business of ‘booze’ in Otago since the gold rush, importing and trading wine and spirits since
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as far back as the 1860s. “I’ve always enjoyed wine, I’ve never been interested in booze, but love wine; there was always wine on the table growing up,” Neill reminisces. “Once I went abroad and I could afford to buy good wine as opposed to ‘vin ordinaire’ then I got the opportunity to grow wine and realised I wanted to grow really good wine. It’s been a slow process to realise that, but a very interesting one.” So what makes a good wine? “You can reduce it to three things – the right grape, the right place and people. There are other things of course – patience, diligence, hard work, 8000 years of viticultural knowledge – there are many things that come into it, but I’m not interested in making wine; I only want to make great wine.” And great wine is exactly what he’s making, at least if accolades are any measure of success.
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His four small certified organic vineyards produce pinot noir and a little bit of riesling and he’s pretty proud of earning 95 points from Wine Spectator in New York two years in a row. Two Paddocks is low yield, boutique winery and perhaps that’s why it’s so good; or perhaps it’s the passion that goes into it. Ask Neill and he’ll tell you it’s all about the people. To Sam Neill, it’s the people that make everything. He first caught the acting bug off his older brother who dabbled while at university. It looked like “a bit of fun” especially when family on both sides were in the military. The fact that ‘bit of fun’ ended up becoming a career wasn’t something he expected, “but just as well because I have a spectacular lack of confidence in any other field!” “I certainly would not be much of a soldier, less of a businessman and probably a pretty average lawyer – all three things I contemplated at some point.” He’s earned three lifetime achievement awards in the last few months – one in Spain, one in New Zealand and one in Australia. And the accomplishment has given him reason to reflect. “It looks like a very busy life, but I remember a lot of sitting around listening to good music and spinning yarns with friends, so while it’s been busy it hasn’t been hectic.” Neill’s Twitter account says he is also seen acting “on occasion”, but at 72 it seems he is busier than ever, with a slew of new movies recently, topped by the recent announcement that
he’s reuniting with his 90s Jurassic Park co-stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum on Jurassic World 3 in June 2021. “I’ll be away in six weeks and that will take me somewhere warm when it gets cold in Central. I’m very fond of Jeff (Goldblum) and Laura (Dern) and it’s always great to reunite with old pals. There’ll be a lot of laughs to be had.” There will be plenty of local work on the cards too. “One of the best things about what I do is to come home and work on familiar ground,” he says. “I’ve actually done three films here and in Australia in the last 12 months; Ride Like a Girl has done well in New Zealand and I’ve got another one coming up soon in May called Rams which, as the title suggests, features a lot of sheep, a subject I know a little about given I’m a sheep owner.” He may have worked with some of the world’s best actors and directors on huge hits, including Jurassic Park and The Piano, he may also star in the popular British television drama Peaky Blinders, but at Two Paddocks there is little evidence of this glamourous, starstudded ‘other life’. That’s where you’ll find him in the country’s uniform of red and black ‘swanny’ and gumboots. He spends as much time as he can on the farm, between making movies, preferring the movies to come around when it’s winter in Central Otago. “When it’s midwinter in Central it can be very cold with short days as well, so I do like to be somewhere warm with some agreeable people to work with.” And although his two worlds really do seem like parallel universes, in Sam’s eyes, they have plenty in common. “It is people that are the most important thing. I’m lucky enough to work with some really great people in films and also in my vineyards and that’s been the most rewarding thing for me in all of this.” www.twopaddocks.com
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Sensational street food By Tracey Edwardes
The Night Noodle Market is not just noodles – it’s music, fun and fabulous Asian ﬂavours.
agley Park’s lakeside Entertainment Triangle will have 21 local and international hand-picked food stalls from February 6, Waitangi Day, until February 15. That’s 10 mouth-watering nights for
Christchurch’s celebrated popup event under neon lanterns. Event Manager Vanessa Fleming says stallholders are working on exciting new menus, with more plant-based options. Aussie Hoy Pinoy’s smokin’
BBQ skewers and Gelato Messina’s Thai full moon gelato dessert menu will wow. New onboard are Japan’s The Flying Noodle and Melbourne’s Puffle Dessert. Favourite local fare includes new restaurant Dish. Moa Beer, Crafters Union and the Coca-Cola Caravan have beverages to match the feasting. Achieving NZ’s Best Sustainable Event at the 2018 NZEA Awards, compostable packaging partner Ecoware, recyclable cans, and 100 percent recycled plastic bottles help the event move towards zero waste. Lion dancers, Takumi drummers, performers and live bands spice up the mood, with local funk/reggae band Horizon for opening night. Sport Suzie
will entertain the kids both Saturdays. Eclectic new visuals include an immersive entranceway and an 9m-wide neon-look “selfie” wall. Vote for the favourite ‘Top Chopsticks’ stallholder to be in to win $1000. Also Air New Zealand offers the chance to win economy flights for two to Asia. Entry is free and all ages are welcome, including dogs on a leash. There’s free Wi-Fi at the cashless event – all stallholders accepting major credit and debit cards (excluding AMEX) and have contactless payment facilities. Noodle Night Market runs from 4pm to 10pm daily – with a 1pm start for Sparks in the Park, on the last day. www.nightnoodlemarkets.nz
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FOLLOWING I SIR ED’S FOOT By Melinda Collins
The spirit of exploration is strong in the Hillary family. Sir Edmund Hillary’s grandson Alex is continuing the legacy, this time by kayak, rather than tractor. We catch up with Alex about exploring Antarctica.
Do you think the spirit of exploration is something that has been handed down in the Hillary family? Without a doubt! We all have different interests and hobbies but something that really binds us is our passion and yearning for adventure. It doesn’t have to be the high alpine couloirs and cols, but any place that tests our positivity and humour; that demands determination and teamwork; places like the Waitakere Ranges, the Southern Alps and the Khumbu Himalaya. We’re stronger together because of these adventures.
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You headed down to Antarctica 61 years after your grandad arrived at the pole on a Ferguson tractor. How did the trip come about? I applied to the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition programme and joined the team as the photographer. It was 61 years after my grandfather drove Kiwi farm tractors across Antarctica to the South Pole, but we went on a different kind of journey; kayaking around the Antarctic Peninsula. This meant that instead of the vast frozen deserts and barren glaciers, we navigated past icebergs, around whales and into penguin colony coves.
Your grandfather is a bit like New Zealand’s grandfather, possibly even New Zealand royalty. How important is it to you to carry on his legacy in some way? I think most New Zealanders really related to Ed; they respected and admired his determination, humility and compassion. He stood for resilience through success on Everest, he stood for preservation through his involvement and passion for national parks and forests and he stood for generosity through his philanthropic work in the Khumbu Himalaya. Growing up, I have seen the impact that his life has had on others; I’ve seen the forests now grown in the Everest area and the success of the incredible Sherpa people. I’m so proud of what Ed stood for and I hope his legacy will stand for positive change into the future. What do you think Sir Ed would have thought about your adventures? Our team had an incredible adventure in Antarctica; one that was unique and challenging in a place that Ed really cherished. He loved the idea of young people getting out and exploring. He was always encouraging that spirit of adventure in my siblings and I, even on a small scale, like climbing trees at the beach house, or around the garden. He would have been thrilled to see this awesome team of young Kiwis out exploring this incredible landscape; rising to the challenge and learning to become more resilient versions of themselves.
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What does 2020 have in store for you? I have big plans for 2020, at the end of last year I climbed Ama Dablam (6985 metres) in the Nepalese Himalaya – the Matterhorn of the Himalayas and literally twice as high – and from its summit, I looked across at my next climb; Mt Everest. I’m returning in March to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps to the summit ….. here’s hoping!
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Can you tell us some of the highlights for you? A journey to Antarctica is a journey filled with other-worldly experiences; we kayaked every day on inky black water that sometimes felt infinitely deep. On one particular day as the glaciers in the distance calved and crashed into the sea, that inky water that I paddled through became mottled with white beneath my kayak. We were hundreds of metres from shore so I was certain I wasn’t above rocks. The movement and colour was making my head spin for a moment until I could decipher form in the dark water… a massive flipper and tail gliding effortlessly below the thin plastic of my kayak, only three or four metres below. My heart was in my mouth as the whale moved forward and rose up through the water. I was overwhelmed with astonishment and awe. This huge female humpback whale had swum beneath me on its back and then rotated to crest the surface in front of me with a deep blow. It was a moment I’ll never forget; an absolute highlight.
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Time to end domestic violence
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of reported violence against women in the world – yet accordingly to the Ministry of Social Development, 76 percent of family violence incidents are not reported to police.
s part of Zonta International’s campaign to stop violence against women and girls, the Zonta Club of Christchurch South recently held a fundraising breakfast at the Elms Hotel, supported by more than 100 people. The keynote speaker was Jan Logie, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Justice (domestic and sexual violence issues). Jan has worked for a number of social causes, including Women’s Refuge before entering parliament in 2011. She also has a proud history as a volunteer – for
Youthline, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line, Wellington Rape Crisis Board and others. In parliament she has been a champion for people and families affected by domestic and sexual violence. She initiated a select committee inquiry into funding for specialist sexual abuse and social services, and her Workplace Protection Bill is designed to protect victims and reduce the significant economic impact of domestic violence. “We are committed to changing society, but it’s going to take all of us,” she says.
Powerfully, a true survivor in every sense of the word then took to the stage. Sharon Kerr is a Peer Support Specialist for Aviva – an organisation committed to making New Zealand violence-free through supporting social and personal
change. “What that means is I bring lived experience of overcoming family violence to my job,” Sharon says. Change is coming and it’s happening through the powerful determination of individuals and organisations like these. www.avivafamilies.org.nz
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: THE INS AND OUTS Intellectual Property (IP) can be a powerful advantage in the right hands. Metropol catches up with IP specialist and Patent Attorney Virginia Nichols from Saunders & Co Lawyers about how to use IP to your commercial advantage.
very business has valuable IP, but it is easy for owners or executives to overlook the opportunity to leverage those intangible assets fully for their commercial advantage. The first step is to perform an ‘IP audit’ to find out what intangible assets your company already has or may need or want. Many companies underestimate the value and commercial importance of the intangible assets they already own. IP comes in a lot of different forms, including trademarks and other brand elements, copyright in written text, technical or artistic drawings, photos and videos, know-how and inventions, processes, licences, customer lists and databases. Every company has different intangible assets, and should regularly consider their IP strategy as part of their evolving business plan.
It is important to ensure all intangible assets are correctly owned and that your trade secrets remain confidential. There should be clear contracts with employees, contractors, external providers and co-founders. Many legal disputes arise because the parties were not clear at the outset about who would own the output, or how it is to be used. This can be avoided by being proactive in getting contractual arrangements right before work starts (or as soon as possible). Certain types of IP rights are recognised by statute, which can provide a legal monopoly. Trademark registration is a very effective tool for brand protection and essential for any business involved in either exporting or overseas manufacture. Patents provide an extremely powerful protection for
any new product or process and should be given serious consideration by any innovative enterprise. The main ways to exploit these intangible assets include: • Protecting your own market position to keep competitors from copying you • Licensing others to use your IP, in exchange for an income stream • Selling some or all of your intangible assets to another company. As your business plan evolves over time, your IP strategy should do the same. Leveraging intangible assets can be extremely useful when expanding into new markets. Now is the time to maximise your IP potential. For a noobligations discussion about your current IP strategy, call Virginia on 03 963 1463. www.saunders.co.nz Metropol 6 February, 2020 19
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What drew you to the General Manager role with Showbiz Christchurch? I have spent a huge amount of my life in musical theatre; you could say it’s in my DNA! I’ve always felt at home in Christchurch and I’m really excited by the city’s rebuild, so when the opportunity arose to become a part of the musical theatre community at Showbiz Christchurch, I grabbed it with both hands.
New name in Showbiz He’s lived and breathed musical theatre for most of his working life. But for Paul Christ, the opportunity to come to Christchurch and take the reins of our local operatic society was a dream come true.
Can you tell us about your background in musical theatre? I first became involved in music as a conductor in the classical symphonic world. My first professional musical was actually My Fair Lady (the first show of the 2020 Saunders & Co Season playing from 3-18 April) and for 15 years I was Musical Director and Supervisor for numerous West End shows, including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera , The Producers and Mary Poppins. I was the Musical Director for Elaine Paige in The King & I at the London Palladium, and Disney’s worldwide Musical Supervisor for the Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, before moving to Vienna to work where the arts are really well subsidised and given huge importance. What are you looking forward to the most going forward? I’ve been very fortunate to travel throughout my career and see what musicals are being produced around the world, so I’m incredibly excited about what could be coming our way! There are some exceptional shows coming out of Broadway and the West End; we’re in talks to bring that excitement to Christchurch and make more worldclass theatre, utilising world-class local talent. How exciting is the 2020 Showbiz Christchurch line-up? It’s really exciting! These are exceptional shows and each one has some personal connection. My Fair Lady set a Broadway record when it opened in 1956 and its revivals have all been huge hits. Chess in Concert in association with the CSO (19-21 June), is re-visiting the work of the ABBA boys, with international hits like I Know Him So Well and One Night in Bangkok. Buddy Holly had so many number one hits that anyone can come to Buddy (11-26 September) and have a sing along and a good time, which is a theme of all the shows – everyone can enjoy them. www.showbiz.org.nz
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Gauguin in Aotearoa
An exhibition showcasing the works of artists Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc is soon to open at McAtamney Gallery in Geraldine.
itled Gauguin in Aotearoa, the exhibition features a series of paintings inspired by a time when French post-impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin had a ten day stopover in Auckland in 1895,
en route to Tahiti. Gauguin visited the Auckland Museum and, discovering the then newly-opened Māori Art wing, immersed himself in studying and making sketches of the artworks on display.
“Gauguin was a worldcitizen; he was half-Peruvian and half-French,” Proc explains. “He felt himself to be already cosmopolitan and, although he lived in France for some years, he didn’t feel at home
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there. Gauguin was searching for a newness, for diversity… he dreamt to find an optimal inspirational place and Tahiti seemed an idyllic destination for his creativity.” Proc says that, like Gauguin, she and Heimler are from Europe and have been searching for a place that is new and diverse yet also rooted in its history. “Our inspiration is to ask ourselves what would Gauguin paint if he were here in New Zealand now? Our work also asks can we choose another country and represent it; interpret this new land – our fascination with Māori culture and that underlying female presence? Gauguin’s paintings of women are rather mysterious; our big point of difference is that certainly, we want to celebrate and show the beauty and importance of women, but integral to our work is to make them contemporary – of today’s world.” Heimler and Proc have been painting collaboratively for 10 years. They work in tandem, from large wall murals through to diptychs. Gauguin in Aotearoa poses many questions, such as why alongside the Polynesian women featured in the series, there are also blue-eyed blondes, sports cars and, somewhat surreally, Heimler, Proc and Gauguin chatting in a doorway! “In sum, our art is a reflection of our quest to gain a deeper understanding of our single and united selves,” Proc says, “Our work is not didactic; rather, we raise questions. Our process is as much one of exploration as of discovery.” Find McAtamney Gallery and Design Store at 40a Talbot Street, Geraldine. Phone 027 305 3000 or email carolyn@ mcatamneygallery.co.nz.
in the city
Female entrepreneur event kicks off
A number of New Zealand’s leading lights in the purpose-driven entrepreneurial space are coming together to offer Kiwi women thought provoking, possibly lifechanging, action packed events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
he March events are guaranteed to inspire, engage, connect and help participants better understand their true purpose and how important this is, not only for everyday living, but specifically for entrepreneurship. With ‘purpose’ listed by the New Zealand Institute of Directors as the second most important issue for
directors in 2020, international businesswoman and founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Catherine van der Meulen was inspired to run the event series for current and would-be Kiwi entrepreneurs. She had met many during her business travels since moving to New Zealand from Sydney last year. Each event is jam-packed
with keynote speakers, networking opportunities, hands-on sessions, including a passion with purpose workshop, networking connector session and a range of inspiring speakers from Kiwi female entrepreneurs walking the talk. “There are more Kiwi women in New Zealand than ever before launching their own businesses and this event
series will champion these women, offering advice, training and coaching to help them reach the next level,” explains specialist trainer and coach, and B Corp Ambassador for New Zealand, Tim Jones from ‘Grow Good’. “The Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose events will also inspire and support women who need help taking their first steps to turn a business dream into a reality.” The Christchurch event is being held Wednesday, 11 March at the PwC Centre, Level 4, 60 Cashel Street from 9am-1pm. Tickets cost $150, plus booking fee, with $50 from the sale of each ticket going to the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand to support the Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific.
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Event of the summer By Celine Gibson
February always represents plenty of amazing events happening in the city and Cantabrians are gearing up for one of the hottest events of the year – the Lexus Urban Polo, coming to Hagley Park, Saturday 29 February!
he Colombo is giving its shoppers the ultimate polo experience whereby one lucky winner and three friends receive complimentary tickets to the polo, an outfit worth $400 from any of The Colombo stores, shoes, a facial treatment, a manicure and pedicure, hair and makeup. As for any special occasion, people love having the opportunity to dress to the nines, but it’s important to make time to fit in some necessary grooming appointments before the big day to ensure you look as fabulous as you feel. Book ahead in salons such as Pinkies or Embrayce Beauty & MediSpa which offer a Microdermaplaning facial and the Power of Three facial – the latter being a fabulous treatment that includes LED Light Therapy, Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Active Vitamin Infusion with Sonophoresis. Next step – your polo ensemble! For effortless elegance, tops and trousers from The Collective and Repertoire are of a luxurious drape and look sensational. Heels and wedges from Andrea Biani will show off those pedicures and nothing beats a statement clutch from Redcurrent. Annah Stretton does verve and vibrancy like nobody else, while those who prefer the casual but cool approach will find plenty of inspiration at Stencil. Rendezvous with friends at The Belgian Beer Café Torenhof, head to the Beer Library for your favourite pre-polo tipple or kick back with a coffee from Underground Café Colombo. Bring your enthusiasm to the game; cheer the players and clap every victory, as fan interaction is encouraged, but do be mindful of the ponies that can be easily spooked by spectator over-exuberance however well meant. Always stay alert for stray balls, mallets and horses. Whatever occasion is marked on your calendar for February, be it a party, a wedding, a special Valentine’s Day celebration, or the polo, make sure you look your best and stand out from the rest in something stunning from any of the beautiful stores at The Colombo. They look forward to meeting you.
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Ashburton: an all-rounder
When it comes to things to do, Ashburton is an all-rounder, with something for everyone. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite upcoming events.
HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOURS Date: Saturday 15 February Location: Ashburton Domain If you want to go to an event that is both family-friendly and guilt-free (zero waste, alcohol free and smoke free) – this is the one for you. Celebrate the diverse culture that is evergrowing in Ashburton. Henna tattoos, local musicians and bands, market stalls, spot prizes and the unique experience of partaking in a Holi Festival… what’s not to be excited about? www.facebook.com/ ChristchurchHoli/
TUTUS ON TOUR 2020 Date: Saturday 14 March Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Tutus on Tour 2020 – an event that is suitable for all ages. The performance features tailor-made dancing created by local talent as well as world-class superstars. With affordable tickets and only hour-long performances, this event is perfect to pass some Saturday spare time.
Paradise for Garden-aholics, Gift-aholics & Foodies 5 Archibald St, Tinwald Ashburton Open 7 days a week Phone: 03 3086858
TINA - SIMPLY THE BEST Date: Sunday 22 March Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre How could you turn down a Tina Turner tribute – she’s simply the best! The stage production will feature live vocals from Caroline Borole accompanied by a band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers. Don’t miss out on a night of Tina classic hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. www.ateventcentre.co.nz/ tina-simply-the-best/
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For as long as he can remember, James Rabbette, of Rabbette Ltd, has been involved in the building industry.
rowing up with a father who was a builder meant James loved spending almost every school holiday on site with his dad and, after starting a New Zealand Diploma in Business at Otago Polytechnic, he soon realised working indoors just wasn’t for him. He began doing outside labouring jobs before starting Rabbette Ltd at just 21! “I spent the next five years working by myself before taking on my first apprentice,” he says. “Now, after 15 years, we’ve built up
a fantastic team of guys who love masonry trades, get along really well, work hard for the team and take real pride in their work.” The business has now grown to include wife Alana who manages the accounts, three tradesmen, a third-year apprentice, a first-year apprentice and a labourer. “It’s hard to attract young people to take up brick and block laying, stone masonry, tiling and plastering trades, but it’s an extremely rewarding job; hard and physical, but really satisfying.” Rabbette Ltd covers Central Otago and the Southern Lakes area, with a special interest in masonry houses, built completely out of concrete blocks. “It provides amazing insulation,” he says. “People think concrete is cold because in the 60s they used to strap and line the inside of the block. Nowadays, the insulation is on the outside, which means the thermal qualities are exceptional. Having built two for myself, I find them extremely warm and comfortable to live in. “They hold the heat in winter and can’t burn or rot, so it’s a no-brainer, really.” For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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fashion Classic Blue Meet Pantone’s Colour of 2020 – Classic Blue. A solid, dependable hue, classic blue needs no introduction other than to say it’s a welcome shade to start the new decade off nicely. So, how to wear? Well, those new to blue should start by incorporating the shade via pops of colour – a neckerchief, sunglasses and handbag, perhaps – or try a monochrome moment by pairing with their existing white or black closet staples.
Bold Moves By Clementine Page
The new decade is well and truly here, and it’s time to dial up the boldness with colours that are loud and proud. We’ve sought out the top three most glorious colours trends reigning supreme in 2020.
Biking Red Forever a fiery hue that exudes confidence and powerful feminine energy, red shines bright against any skin tone. This year the fashion world will enjoy ‘biking red’, a deep, warm ruby shade with hints of purple and brown – the perfect addition to your existing autumn colour palette. Workwear inspiration: how about high-waisted trousers cinched with a belt and paired with a creamy blouse and heels… Saffron Yellow Always a reliable spring shade, yellow manages to hold its place on the catwalks for another year (we’re certainly not complaining!) Elevate any otherwise plain ensemble (and your mood!) with accessories in this sunshine shade, or go all out by wearing saffron yellow from head-to-toe – a jumpsuit or midi dress might just be your answer. As always, if you’re stuck for inspiration… let the runways be your guide.
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This year ‘luminous’ is the hottest buzzword in the beauty world and we’re all about getting our glow on. Check out four ways to get your glow on.
Maintaining a good skincare regime is key to fresh, glowing skin. Skincare experts recommend double cleansing before bed to ensure all makeup and dirt is removed. Don’t forget to tone, moisturise (AM and PM) and exfoliate too! Exfoliating two to three times per week helps to get rid of blackheads, dead skin cells and other skin impurities. Investing in a quality retinol serum will help banish breakouts, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen and promote cellular turnover – all the tricks in the book to get the glow of your dreams! Just remember to apply sunscreen daily (though you should do anyway) as retinoids increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Ahh, the trusty makeup product invented solely for glowing skin - highlighter! Liquid highlighters are picking up the pace in 2020 and it’s no longer just about the cheekbones… now highlighting begins with the base. Radiance drops and tinted moisturisers with a glowing finish are two such products that can be applied before makeup to give you the glow you’re lusting after.
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Healthy, luminous skin is more than just, well, skin deep. You’ve heard it before and it cannot be over-emphasised – water is your skin’s best friend… but plastic is not, so ditch the traditional water bottle and opt for glass or BPA-free plastic, at the very least.
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Time to shine By Jess Murray
Ever want to look like you’re in a hair care commercial? We’ve pulled together some of our hottest tips for hair that is both smooth and shiny.
OPT FOR OILS: a little goes a long way with argon oil, so be sure to only use two to five drops! Start by warming the oil up – to do this simply rub your hands together after placing the drops on your palms. Finally, run your hands through damp, freshly-washed hair and massage the oil into your scalp. Apply two to three times a week to ensure silky smooth hair. A FINE SHINE: for our readers with finer hair this is the tip for you. The answer is three words and some beautiful alliteration: boar bristle brushes. It’s hard to deny the effectiveness of a hair tip that has been around since the 1800s and is so easy to implement... just use it like a normal brush. OH MY OMEGA: Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help towards hair health (which will contribute to its silkiness and shine). Load up on fish such as mackerel or sardines. If you’re not a big fan of seafood, there’s other ways to get your omega fix – fish oil capsules are a great alternative.
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It’s the time of the year we put comfort above all else. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. Be cool, calm and casual with our moodboard for inspiration.
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An extraordinary engagement Valentine’s Day, with the great sentiment and romance behind it, ushers in the perfect occasion for that once-in-a-lifetime proposal.
uch an occasion is certainly worthy of an extraordinary engagement ring defined by exceptional quality and craftsmanship. Polished Diamonds rises to this challenge with gusto. Operating through its incredibly efficient website www.polisheddiamonds.co.nz and from its plush location on New Regent Street, the business can offer veritable perfection. Utilising a state-of-the-art CAD system, bespoke and
synergistic engagement and wedding rings can be created using stunning, ethically-mined diamonds. These exquisite pieces have the potential to become legacy heirlooms, passed from generation to generation. Owner Dan Joines says if people can dream it, they can create it. “In a little over a week we can reproduce a client’s ultimate vision from their photos, images or design ideas.” Discover the infinite possibilities today, visit the design studio at 30 New Regent Street, or call 0800 233 299. www.polisheddiamonds.co.nz
If boosting your confidence is on your list for the New Year, take time to set some goals for your skin. Most of us would love skin that feels and looks a bit younger and, thanks to advances in technology throughout the past decades, there are plenty of treatments to boost your complexion, improve texture and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (without going under the knife!). Viora Skin Tightening is one of the most popular anti-ageing treatments at Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa. It can help
with tightening the skin on the face, particularly around the eyes and jawline, as well as on the body, such as loose ‘mummy tummy’ skin and cellulite. The treatment works by using radio frequency to stimulate new collagen formation and facilitate the reduction of fat cell volume, resulting in improved and tighter skin texture. Viora Skin Tightening is completely safe, painless and clinically proven, with no danger of skin response (unlike with laser treatments), and each treatment takes just 30 to 60 minutes.
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For Valentines month Natural Zest Skincare is offering the gift of Revitalise Facial Oil for you or someone you love for only $25 instead of RRP of $35. Use code “Valentines” when you order. One per customer for the month of February. Go to: naturalzestskincare.co.nz to place your order. Happy Valentines. www.naturalzestskincare.co.nz
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SPORTS LUXE By Tracey Edwardes
Leisure-wear’s cool new makeover
Comfortable, classy and practical while still being gorgeous and glamorous - the luxe sportswear style is less trend and more lifestyle. It is the second skin of healthy active people with multifaceted lives, who also adore fashion and femininity. Putting it together perfectly is the goal post. Is an outﬁt truly luxe or lackadaisical? We explore the rules to rock this racy ensemble. Valentine’s Day FACIAL SPECIAL
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Sport a pair of heels Wearing designer track pants? They desire a cute pair of heels to take them to Hollywood heights. It’s all about juxtaposition! Pointy toes peeping out from track pant hems is relaxed attitude. It is about blurring the lines of leisurewear. Change it up Pair an edgy over-sized jacket with slinky bike shorts. Baggy tops with baggy bottoms are lax rather than luxe, so pair a fitted top with a floaty pant, or oversized sweater with tight tapered trackies.
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Keep the cool to look cooler Along with bare midriffs, perforated materials and edgy laser cut-out designs are so hot right now. That extra airflow has the bonus of keeping us from overheating as we dash about our day. The right recipe Tempting – but head to toe super-sporty luscious luxe is just a tad too tempest. It’s easy enough though to tone it to perfection with a mix of textures and an item or two from our current fashion staples. Dress it up dress it down From the collecting the kids to dinner and dancing - transformer luxe is easy as. A blazer with rolled up sleeves, belts, handbags, bling and scarlet lippy - take them on, or off. A Wonder Woman quick change and it’s off to the next mission looking a million dollars.
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New Year, new you! Although New Year’s resolutions come in all different shapes, sizes and styles, it seems many of them lean towards health and wellness. After all, healthy body, healthy mind, right? By Melinda Collins
o if you’re looking to make 2020 your healthiest year yet, we’ve got the inside scoop from women’s health expert, author and speaker, Holistic Nutritionist Jessica Giljam Brown BSc, from Wellness by Jessica. Can you tell us a bit about your personal journey to better health and wellbeing and how this came about? I was diagnosed with chronic pain at age 17 after an accident and my journey began there. It wasn’t until later that I really found out how much control I had when it came to looking after myself and healing. At university, I learned about the science of the body, the chemistry of food and the reactions that take place, but it wasn’t until several years later, once I began working, that I learned about the immense healing power of food. There is a vast array of options outside of the traditional medical matrix that can help heal the body. It took a lot of trial and error to find exactly the right balance that worked for me; how best to reduce the inflammation that was triggering the pain, which nutrients I needed to boost to help support my mood and what steps to put in place when my pain did flare up again. Since my early days in clinic, I have grown immensely and have been very lucky to have some really great mentors who have opened
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my eyes to the wider world of both natural and mainstream medicine. I enjoy working right in the middle of natural and mainstream medicine, and pulling treatment options from both sides alongside my clients’ GPs and specialists. How critical is healthy eating to overall health and wellbeing? Your food supplies the energy and nutrients you need in order for every single function in the body to happen. Without energy and nutrients, your body can’t function as it should, so it is absolutely critical to eat well in order to function well. Food should always be the foundation when making health changes and trying to resolve issues, with sleep and stress management being on par too. What are some of your favourite foods and meals that contribute to health and wellbeing? Real food provides us with the best density of nutrients, so I try to make sure my diet is predominantly real foods, rather than processed. Green leafy vegetables are one of my favourite food groups because they provide so many nutrients. Kale, cabbage, lettuces, spinach, silverbeet and herbs contain vitamins A, B, C and K as well as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and lots of fibre. These nutrients support all of
our processes in our body. Fat rich nuts and seeds are something I encourage everyone to increase their intake of. The low-fat era has thankfully ended, but there still seems to be some residual fear around nuts and seeds. These foods are rich in heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, fibre, zinc, B6 and magnesium. These nutrients are particularly important for healthy sex hormones and skin health. Nuts and seeds provide valuable fats to our meals to help us feel more satisfied, keeping us feeling fuller for longer. You take quite a holistic approach to healthy living, so it’s not all about just eating well. What are some of the other key areas we should be focusing on when it comes to looking after ourselves? The body is affected by stress,
What’s your biggest piece of advice when we start struggling with our resolutions or fall off the bandwagon completely? Focus on getting ‘more’! It’s so much easier for the human brain to want ‘more’, so play to your strengths. Instead of ‘eat less chocolate’, change the goal ‘to eat more fruit’, or instead of ‘lose 5kgs’, set goals like ‘increase veggie intake to seven handfuls each day’, ‘walk 15-30 minutes per day’, ‘take a filling lunch so I don’t have to buy lunch each day’. What does 2020 have in store for you? I am really excited about 2020, there is a lot happening for me both professionally and personally. I am really proud to have a team behind me to help me bring all my ideas to life. We have lots of women’s health courses coming this year to help women resolve their hormone concerns and some couples’ fertility courses to help prep couples for a healthy pregnancy. To stay up to date with what is happening, you can follow along via Facebook and Instagram.
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sleep, environment, connections and relationships and movement, so all of these areas need to be focused on alongside what you eat in order to be truly well. I work with my clients on all of these areas, pulling in extra expertise as needed. I find that stress management and sleep improvement is what is most needed for the majority of people and is something I always address. I encourage clients to set up relaxation practices that work for them, it could be meditation, a short yoga sequence, breathing exercises, walking, reading, or dance. I also help them set up a sleep hygiene routine that helps them get more restorative sleep. Once stress and sleep are better managed, I find that people can make far better choices about what they eat.
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Metropol caught up with fertility specialist, Dr Pete Benny, who has just returned to New Zealand as Genea Oxford Fertility’s Medical Director, about the options available for making families.
What attracted you to working in this field? I’d always enjoyed science, particularly learning about endocrinology (hormones). The field of fertility applies science to helping people have a family. Many women have spent their entire lives trying not to get pregnant, then they’re shocked when they can’t easily have a baby. What are some of the reasons why we’re struggling to get pregnant these days? The prevalence of infertility in each age group is the same as 20 years ago, or longer. The difference now is that people are delaying pregnancy, so the age they are trying to get pregnant has increased. In the past, there wasn’t the technology available to help. Now there is.
What are some of the biggest myths when it comes to fertility? A major fallacy is that if people try IVF, it will be instantly successful. Many people believe they can delay starting a family because of their faith in IVF. Sadly it doesn’t always work. Another common myth is that infertility is primarily a female problem. We know now that it is just as likely to stem from male issues. How long should couples wait before they seek medical advice? If you’re under 35 and there is no obvious problem, seek advice if you’re not pregnant within a year of trying to have a baby. If you’re over 35, see someone within six months. But always seek advice if something just doesn’t feel right or you are worried.
Should we be thinking about fertility well before we actively want to get pregnant? I think we should all be more aware of our fertility and the things that impact upon it, particularly lifestyle and environment. We should have a plan for our lives and if having a family is important, then allow time for that to happen. What are the treatment options available in New Zealand for fertility? Treatments depend on the cause of infertility. The first issue to consider is your lifestyle. For example, poor nutrition or too much stress won’t increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Other issues, such as endometriosis or lack of ovulation, may need to be addressed to allow conception. There are various options available including IVF to fertilise the eggs; fertilisation using microinjection (ICSI), or identifying the right embryos with PGT-A. If we can’t treat someone with IVF, then we explore donor eggs or sperm, donor embryos or even surrogacy. We can also recover sperm directly from the testes, if necessary. What are the benefits of nonmedical approaches in increasing the chance of pregnancy – such as relaxation techniques and meditation? It’s difficult to prove that these methods treat infertility. They do however help people deal with the delays that are often associated with treatment and may give people time to achieve a natural conception. Such techniques can also help people deal with the stresses of not achieving a pregnancy. What’s the most fulfilling part of what you do? It is watching people grow, while achieving their goal of having a family. I get a huge amount of joy from seeing them fulfil their desire for a family.
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A BIG SWING FOR A GOOD CAUSE The New Zealand Brain Research Institute hosted a fundraising event that was a smashing hit.. literally. The annual golf tournament, that took place at Shirley Golf course, was a great way for participants to show their support for a worthy cause. Featuring sunshine, beverages, nibbles and good company - what wasn’t there to smile about? 1. Ben Wilkinson, Marcel Brew, David Kerr, Margie Weston 2. Lindsay Jago, Ivan Donaldson 3. Lindsay North, Chris Richmond, Helen Richmond, Jan North 4. June Edwards, Struan Cain, Valerie Hobbs, Gary Gillard 5. Colin McDougall (Commercial Director, NZBRI), Ken Lawn 6. Phil Badger, Greg Hedges, Mike Rondel, Paul Alexander Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: firstname.lastname@example.org Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event.
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Whether it’s a comfortable three decades away or in a few short years, it’s tempting to put off planning for retirement and facing ﬁscal reality.
ow much of a nest egg we really need can be subjective, varying vastly depending on situations and expectations. A figure plucked out by a few professionals is $300,000 per person
or $400,000 per couple. And then there are some experts that say we need a million or two to relish our twilight years. Ironically both can be right. We all have unique needs, dreams, and fates.
Do the maths All incoming funds and likely outgoing expenses meld to make the final pot of gold. Calculate incomes from weekly New Zealand Superannuation, other pensions, tenants, boarders, projected KiwiSaver funds and other investments. Will the mortgage be paid off? Will there be lump sums from cashed-up investments such as property or the fine art collection? Whether it’s a flowchart of likelihoods or a list of outgoings and incomings, it pays to put pen to paper and update continually.
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Plump up the pension pot By Tracey Edwardes
Decide on your lifestyle Some people might be content living off a well-tended vege garden, for others it’s banqueting on a river cruise. Lavish or frugal – or indeed somewhere in between – decide what lifestyle fits with reality, and work toward a healthy dollar sum. Expect the unexpected Unplanned medical costs, helping the children out financially, global events or even new opportunities, being overprepared brings peace of mind. If forthcoming inheritance is in the mix, be aware anything can happen. Security is planning for the worst case scenario. How much to save The closer we are to retirement, the larger percentage we should be stashing away from our salaries. Invest wisely in purchases that increase in value or will make money. For example, will this latest computer help increase my income? As leisure days loom faster we are more likely to work smarter than harder. Regardless, every little amount will help and it’s never too late. The bucket list Retirement buys the time, but not necessarily the bucks. Wish-lists invariably come with a price tag and they are generally better crossed off early, while we are fit and able. Make a list of the ‘mustdos’, and ‘would like to do’, and ferret away the required funds. Get advice from all angles Take on board all the workable tips from financial advisers, success stories from happy retirees, an accountant who knows your spending habits and online research. The website www.sorted.org.nz has useful advice and current pension rates. Seeing retirement as an exciting staging of life makes the saving up for the adventure a pleasure.
Downsizing Many plan to downsize upon retiring to plump up the pension pot, but when it comes to the crunch, it might be difficult to sacrifice creature comforts. Living frugally in a nicer home might appeal to one, and a humble abode and overseas trips to others.
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The pharmacy is staffed by qualified pharmacists and offers the following to customers: • Medicine management – full advisory service on medications and supplements. • Prescriptions – from qualified pharmacists in the fully functioning dispensary. • Vaccinations – including flu, whooping cough, meningococcal disease and shingles.
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Completing the point of difference that makes Unichem Cashel Pharmacy stand out from the rest is their vast range of general services: • NZ Post – both New Zealand and International postage • Car Registration and User Charges • Photo processing • Passport photos • Dry cleaning • Wellness talks – Head Pharmacist Annabel is available for keynote presentations, technical lectures and workshops, as well as pharmacy training and media comment. Unichem Cashel Pharmacy at 111 Cashel Street is the ultimate in convenient, onestop shopping… need we say more? Phone 03 595 1289. Open Monday-Friday 8am6:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm, with public holidays 10am-5pm. www.cashelpharmacy.co.nz
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World-first bubbles! Just when you thought there was nothing better than bubbles, Champagne Lanson went and made bubbles better, with the world’s ﬁrst fully organic and biodynamic champagne – Lanson Organic Brut NV.
iodynamic farming is the haute couture of food production. Based on a set of farming principles developed in the 1920s, it is understood to conserve and energise the soil, producing healthier plants. “Working closely with our growers in the Marne Valley in the champagne region of France, we have crafted our
champagne to be fresh and vibrant whilst retaining the heritage style of Lanson and meeting strict regulations to be labelled organic and biodynamic,” says Champagne Lanson President François Van Aal, who flew in from France to launch the new Lanson Green Label Champagne within the lush surrounds of Amazonita,
on Oxford Terrace. Time-consuming and expensive, biodynamic principles are a significant step-up from simply being organic. Lanson Organic Brut NV is produced using organic grapes grown exclusively on an estate vineyard at Verneuil, in the heart of the Marne Valley. “Committed to organic and
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ou can sit at your table and BBQ a wide selection of beef, pork, duck and lamb right in front of you, sharing the intimacy of face to face with friends.
It’s not just charcoal BBQ though; there is wide range of premade authentic Korean dishes to choose from, including a great selection of smaller
‘street’ dishes like, Gim Wrap – a traditional dish of deepfried glass noodles wrapped in seaweed – all the way through to Kimchi Stew; totally delicious! With a great atmosphere and friendly staff, there’s something on the menu for even the fussiest eater. There’s a great family menu so the kids will be happy too and perhaps mum and dad can try Soju, a tasty Korean beverage. Or you can sit back with something from the great wine list, like a Pegasus Bay Riesling or an Asahi beer.
With individual table ventilation systems, it’s true charcoal BBQ without the smoke. Renowned for their good size portions and being a fun way to share food with friends, why not try a great style of eating at Ye-Chon BBQ and Restaurant. Find Ye-Chon at the Windmill Centre, opposite ANZ, at 95 Riccarton Road. There’s plenty of parking and it’s open from 11:30am till late. Phone 03 341 3314. “Jeulgyeo” means enjoy!
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Whether youâ€™ve got leftover brownie or cake to use up, or you make one from scratch, this rich Black Forest is a treat to tempt any Valentine. INGREDIENTS Cake and cherry mix 4 slices of chocolate cake or brownie 2 tablespoons of a cherry liqueur 410g can of pitted black cherries 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 stick of cinnamon 2 teaspoons cornflour 4 scoops vanilla ice cream Chocolate Sauce 100g chocolate, melted 1/2 cup of cream METHOD Cake and cherry mix 1. Break cake or brownie into small pieces, sprinkle with cherry liqueur and set aside. 2. Drain and reserve half a cup of liquid from the pitted black cherries. Place 1/2 cup of the cherry syrup in a saucepan with white sugar and the cinnamon stick. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring this to the boil, before removing from heat. 3. Dissolve the two teaspoons of cornflour in one tablespoon of water, then add this cornflour mixture to the cherry syrup mixture and cook over a medium heat until sauce boils and thickens. 4. Remove pan from heat, discard cinnamon stick, then stir in cherries and set aside. Sauce Combine melted chocolate and cream in a small bowl and mix well. TO SERVE Place half the cake into the base of four individual serving glasses. Add half the cherry mixture to each glass, then top with remaining cake and cherry mixture. Place a scoop of ice cream on top then pour over chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.
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Truﬄes are an easy recipe that will reap many brownie points from your Valentine this year, especially when you personalise them with their favourite ﬂavour combo.
OPTIONAL FLAVOUR FUSIONS Mint leaves (chopped with stems removed, about 1 cup) Cinnamon and cardamom (1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom pods) Amaretto (1-2 tablespoons) Espresso powder (1 tablespoon) and coffee liqueur (1 tablespoon) Hazelnut essence (1/2 teaspoon) and toasted chopped hazelnuts Orange oil (1/8 teaspoon) and orange liqueur (1-2 tablespoons) OPTIONAL COATINGS Truffle coatings Cocoa powder Finely chopped hazelnuts Finely chopped almonds Chocolate sprinkles Drizzle with melted chocolate METHOD In a small, heavy saucepan bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer (stir and scrape down the sides with a spatula every few minutes). If you are using one of the optional flavour fusions, stir it in with the cream (and ignore vanilla in the next step). If adding mint or other solids, after the cream simmers, remove from heat and let seep for an hour. Strain away any solids and return the cream to a simmer before proceeding with the recipe. Ganache: Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place it in a separate bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and add the vanilla. Allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until smooth. Allow the ganache to cool, then place in the refrigerator for two hours. Use a teaspoon to roll out balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands), then roll them in your optional coatings. Place the truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the refrigerator overnight.
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SPECTATORS BAR & BISTRO Addington
NEW TEMPLTON CAFE Open at 5.30am! Highly recommended coffee, great service & delicious home made food including a brunch menu. Come & meet our friendly team.
A 45 min drive from Christchurch and nestled at the base of the Southern Alps, next to the famous pink donut. See why this iconic cafe has been serving customers for 24 years. - Breakfast menu Mon-Sunday. - Innovative Cabinet food. - Sublime home baking. - Woodfired Pizzas Fri-Sunday. - Private functions and outside catering.
Come to Spectators in 2020 and try their epic specials! You can enjoy their delicious burger or foot long pizzas and receive a 2nd one for FREE every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Book a table today!
Main West Coast Road, Springfield Open 7 Days Ph 03 318 4880 Yellowshack@gmail.com
65 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington Ph 03 339 7915 www.spectators.co.nz
HOON HAY THAI RESTAURANT Hoon Hay
THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE Chardonnay today!
FIRST TABLE Canterbury
The place to go for a Thai meal you will not forget... delicious flavours, fresh daily. Dine in or Takeaway or home delivered meals. Fully licensed Restaurant.
Awarded GOLD at the NZ, International Wine Show 2019, The Winemaker’s Wife Chardonnay is the perfect wine to share with your friends. Chill, then serve in your favourite glasses. Be sure to sip slowly to savour the white peach, nectarine and toasted oak. Accompany with a platter of light bites. RRP $25.00
Book the first table at participating Christchurch eateries and you’ll get 50% OFF the FOOD BILL FOR TWO, THREE OR FOUR DINERS! Choose from 90+ Christchurch restaurants and cafes. Use promo code METROPOL to get $5 FREE CREDIT!*
5 Kirk Road, Templeton. Located in the Templeton Medical Centre Ph 021 177 5507
Open Tuesday - Saturday Lunch 11am-2pm & Dinner 5pm-9pm Sunday - Dinner 5pm-9pm
9 Coppell Place, Hoon Hay, Christchurch Ph 03 339 0320
Available Online or at Fresh Choice | Liquor King | Glengarry Wines www.thewinemakerswife.co.nz
For full details please visit spectators.co.nz .
Book now at www.firsttable.co.nz/chch *Promo code can only be used on new sign ups. $5 free credit to be used towards booking fee. Booking fee is normally $10 per reservation. Credit must be used within 30 days of signing up. Follow us
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DRAGON HOUSE RESTAURANT Upper Riccarton
JAPANZ BAKERY South City Mall
OCEAN CAFÉ & BAR Sumner
Real Chinese style BBQ and meals, amazing seafood combination choices. Journey across the diverse culinary regions of China, with a menu that focuses on Sichuanstyle hotpot and street food. Our kitchen uses artisan ingredients from Sichuan, alongside premium New Zealand meats, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables. Tame you fiercest dragon now.
Cream Donuts Special! 6 for only $16. Perfect for your office shout, birthday party or a gift for your special someone. Yours to enjoy! Choose from Custard, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Redbean, Greentea flavours Subject to availability.
Life’S A Beach... at ocean café & bar scarborough.
6 Brake Street, Upper Riccaton Open 7 Days 5.30pm-12am Ph 03 946 6688 Find us on: www.ubereats.com www.firsttable.co.nz
South City Mall, Colombo Street Open 7 Days Ph 03 943 4066
147 Esplanade (Clock Tower End) Sumner Open 7 Days Ph 03 326 7923 www.oceanscarborough.co.nz
Open Daily @ 8am for Breakfast & Lunch. Open late on $5 Friday.
Indian Bistro & Tandoor SALA SALA Merivale
THE LONG KNIGHT Halswell/Longhurst
MAJESTIC INDIAN BISTRO Ferrymead
Introducing the first restaurant in Christchurch to serve Japanese Wagyu Beef via a self-cook tabletop stove. Yakiniku or Japanese BBQ is a renowned style of cooking where you can enjoy a selection of fresh meat, seafood and vegetables with a special dipping sauce. Come and try our new menu - our friendly staff are eager to serve you our selection of Japanese beer, sake and whisky.
New Lunch & Dinner Menu At The Long Knight this February
Perfect for a drink with friends family lunch, a quick bite to eat, the full dining experience, or a private function. Worth a visit!
Food standards based on the famous “Delhi 6” in India. We have an extensive new menu combining with some of your favourite dishes slowly cooked in the traditional way to bring out the true flavours. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free options available. Lunch from $10. First visit receives a 10% Discount! Dine-in - Takeaways - Deliveries - Catering
142 Papanui Road, Meivale Open Tues-Sat 12-2pm & 5-9pm, Sun 5-9pm Ph 03 355 5932 www.facebook.com/SalaSalaYakiniku/
Cnr Hamill Rd & Caulfield Ave, Halswell Open Every Day 11am til Late Ph 03 322 1862 www.longknight.co.nz
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Super Rugby Must try Platters Sunny Outdoor Area next to the park
9 Humphreys Drive, Ferrymead Ph 03 384 2310 or text your order to 027 788 5002 www.themajesticfood.co.nz
THE BIRDWOOD Becknham
BELGIAN BEER CAFE Sydenham
LITTLE RIVER CAFE & STORE Little River
Come in to The Eatery for our world famous breakfast board ‘The Birdwood’ and locally made kombucha. Linger for our house roasted coffee and warm service. Open daily 8am-4pm. Great wine list and Three Boys on tap. The Pizzeria is your go to place for Artisan, hand stretched, sourdough pizza. Open Mon-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 3pm-10pm Craft Beer on tap and a stunning wine list.
Valentines Day -Friday 14th Feb Valentines Martini and Valentines Double Chocolate and macerated strawberries. Come and enjoy; drinks, dinner or a decadent dessert Book Now.
We are famous around Canterbury as specialists in rustic home-cooked savoury and sweet foods. We have heaps of great gift ideas in our store, championing all that is local and you will not find a better wine or craft beer selection anywhere on the Peninsula.
13 Stanley Street, Sydenham Open 7 Days Ph 03377 1007 www.belgianbeercafe.net.nz
Main Road, Little River Open 7 Days Ph 03 325 1933
76 Malcolm Ave, Beckenham Ph 03 332 3256 www.the birdwood.co.nz
JOLLY SEAFOOD CHINESE CUISINE RESTAURANT
LE BAKERMEN CAFE Wigram
JOLLY SEAFOOD REATAURANT Wigram
TWO FAT POSSUMS West Melton
Got fussy eaters? We’ve got something for everyone. From house-made pies, desserts to an extensive cafe menu. LeBakermen Cafe and Bakery has a big passion for providing quality coffee - with Havana Coffee Works supplied beans, we also provide single origin soft brew coffee.
Possibly the most extensive Chinese menu in Christchurch. All day menu available including Peking Duck, beef, roast duck, Pork Buns (gluten free options available). Brand new modern décor with extensive lighting features and seating for 200 people. Open for Lunch including Yum Cha. Also open for Dinner. A truly special function venue which comfortably seats 200 people. Fully Licensed.
Gold Card Lunches Mon-Fri Mon /Tue Woodfired pizzas $20 Tues Quiz night - free entry & prizes $15 Burgers Wed $20 Steak Night Thur / Fri $10 Waffles Sun Function Room - fundraisers/private functions Takeaways available
187 Wigram Road, Wigram Open 7 Days Ph 03 421 5496 www.lebakermen.co.nz
1/187 Wigram Road, Wigram Open 6 Days, Tues-Sun Ph 03 322 7898 www.jollyseafood.co.nz
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INDIAN ZAIKA Merivale
LEVEL ONE CAFE & BAR New Brighton
CRAFT ROOM CAFE Heathcote
Authentic Indian Cuisine Customers rave about how our curries and naans are simply the best they have tasted. Devoted locals bringing you an authentic taste from overseas. Our food is cooked on our premises for you to enjoy in the Restaurant or as a takeaway meal. Open: Monday 4:30pm-10pm, Tuesday to Sunday 11am-2pm & 4:30pm-10pm.
LEVEL ONE is a beach side Craft Beer and Coffee Bar offering all things creative from Clothing swaps to live music and social co-working. Come along on a Tuesday and experience Open Mic and tapas Tuesday; with wholesome soul food Tapas dishes and talented acoustic musicians from all over Christchurch sharing their music this is definitely a night not to be missed.
Locally owned cafe. For lovers of homemade fresh food and locally-roasted, fairtrade coffee. We have good eats, locally sourced crafts and art, and a beaut’ spot for coffee in the afternoon sun on our terrace.
178a Papanui Road, Merivale (opposite Office Road) Ph 03 925 9904
FLORA CAFE Health Precinct, Central City Fabulous food in the heart of Christchurch’s Health Precinct. Unknown Chapter Coffee Muffins + Scones Homemade Slices Breakfast and Lunch
Level 1/217 Marine Parade Ph 03 423 3170 www.levelone.nz
1/66 Port Hills Raod, Heathcote. Old Maltworks site not far from the Gondola Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm Sat -Sun 8am-4pm Ph 03 351 1488
THE PEDAL PUSHER Addington
YE-CHON KOREAN BBQ Riccarton
Delicious Meals, Refreshing Beverages, Relaxing Atmosphere.
Ye-Chon is a new Korean BBQ spot serving up a generous range of traditional Korean Cuisine in a contemporary setting. The family thrives to serve genuine Korean food but also share their culture with Christchurch. Ye-Chon specialises in “Korean Barbeque”, a dining format rooted around communal values. Their in-house wetaged cuts grilled over charcoals and generous hospitality is sure to keep you craving!
Book your pre-show dinner or drinks and enjoy our warm atmosphere and friendly service. Open: 7 days 11am till late
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284 Lincoln Road, Addington Ph 03 335 0095 www.pedalpusherchristchurch.co.nz pedalpusheraddington
95 Riccarton Road, Windmill Shopping Centre Open 6 Days: Mon-Sat 11.30am-8.30pm Ph 03 341 3314
ROOM 205 COFFEE HOUSE Fendalton
THE ELMWOOD Strowan
PEPPER BRIDGE INDIAN Addington
We are a local and friendly café in Fendalton. Serving fresh homemade food (GF, VG, DF, KETO) and barista-made coffee. We can cater for up to 60 people in our upstairs area that offers privacy and comfortable seating. Our customers tell us we are the best choice for their brunch / lunch meeting!
Eat - Drink - Play New Restaurant Functions Quiz Nights Meetings!
An Indian gastronomic gem for dine in-or takeaway lunch & Dinner.
205 Fendalton Road, Fendalton (corner Clyde and Fndalton Roads) Open 7 Days Ph 03 351 1488 www.facebook.com/Room205chch/
Summer has arrived! Pop into Pepper Bridge to make your spring season delicious. Summer Happy Hour offer: Curry, Naan, Basmati Rice & Kingfisher premium beer $22 for one person.
Superb food, great prices. Ample free parking! Your new local!
300 Lincoln Road, Shop 9, Addington Mall. Open Tues-Sat 11.30am-9pm, Sun 5pm-9pm Ph 03 595 0442 www.pepperbridgeindian.co.nz
1 Normans Road, Strowan, Christchurch Open 7 Days 10am-11pm Ph 03 355 5345 www.theelmwood.co.nz
HARCOURTS GOLD SHARES SOME INSPIRATION Recently words of wisdom were passed on to eager listeners by some of the city’s most inspirational speakers at a Harcourts Inspirational Women event. The event was a massive success thanks to hosting by Harcourts gold and talks were given from Top NZ Stylist - Stacey Beatson, Two Raw Sisters duo Rosa and Margo Flanagan, and Harcourts gold’s very own power couple John and Lynette McFadden. 1. Lisa Dillon-Roberts, Sandra O’Brien, Fiona Kay 2. Angela Boyle, Stacey Beatson 3. Amy Hooper, Chelsea Verdonk, Sara O’Connor 4. Rosa Flanagan, John McFadden, Lynette McFadden, Stacey Beatson and Margo Flanagan 5. Margo & Rosa Flanagan 6. Mark O’Loughlin, John McFadden, Cameron Bailey Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: email@example.com Check Metropol’s Facebook for more from this event. Metropol 6 February, 2020 57
The happy dairy Sue Trafford of Charing Cross Cheesery says it felt like it could be a “cool adventure” when she and her husband Guy were invited to become part of the new Riverside Market in Christchurch. “To make the transition from food producers to food retailers was a real leap of faith, but it’s been amazing and so much better than we expected.”
ue says that apart from providing the best in gourmet foods, Riverside
Market has a good educative aspect. “With our artisan cheeses, for example,
customers can chat with us about what they like and take advantage of our in-depth
knowledge to find something that’s completely new to them and they’d never find anywhere else.” Purveyors of their own homegrown sheep’s milk, yoghurt and cheeses – of which their feta, halloumi, and the smoothly moreish labneh are proving irresistible to cheese lovers, Charing Cross Cheesery also showcases other South Island cheese and dairy brands. “Being ethical, sustainable, keeping it local and building strong supplier relationships is important to us,” Sue says. “It’s what being a true, traditional cheese monger is all about.” A recent addition to their dairy fare is – wait for it – sheep’s milk gelato! Coming in scrumptious flavours such as Amarena Cherry, Citrus, Coffee and Rich Chocolate, customers are more than curious to try it. “We’re the only people in New Zealand making sheep’s milk gelato. Once you taste it, there’s no going back!” Find Charing Cross Cheesery at Riverside Market on the corner of Lichfield Street and Oxford Terrace. www.charingcrosssheepdairy.co.nz
Try our range of exquisite, unique, products made by South Island artisan producers, including Charing Cross Sheep Dairy, Emilio’s Cheeses and Cranky Goat.
Become a locavore. Open 7 days at the Riverside Market, Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central. Phone 027 312 9447 www.charingcrosscheesery.co.nz
TREAT YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO AN INDULGENT AFTERNOON High Tea vouchers now available at crowneplaza.nz/hightea
Terms & conditions apply. Bookings essential. Available for a limited time only. Host responsibility limits apply. R18 for the sale of alcohol.
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Serving locally sourced food with an interesting twist. Creative, delicious dishes
Come in & try our NEW Menu!
55 Faringdon Blvd, Rolleston Ph. 03-260 0866 Open 7 Days 9am-Late thepedalpusher.co.nz
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THE ROLLIN PEDALER
What a fab summer to be drinking chilled Ataahua wine with your favourite meal and best friends! And this beautiful weather is perfect for ripening grapes for wine. Order your summer supply at www.ataahuawine.co.nz
When life gives you sunny days, eat Ice Cream! Available for all private hire events. Weddings. Birthdays. Corporate. Anniversaries. Traditional Ice Cream Tricycle. Providing not only Ice Cream but an experience. www.trpicecream.co.nz firstname.lastname@example.org
A Bakery treasure trove at the bottom of the hill. An easy location for you to pop in and stock up on our bakery products. Delicious hand made cakes, Danish pastries, pies, sausage rolls and Underground Coffee. Catering also available. 73 Centaurus Rd, Huntsbury Ph. 337 8214
HALSWELL BAKERY & CAFÉ
The heat is on! The BBQ season is in full swing. We have everything you need for a great sausage sizzle on your deck or in the backyard. 9c Normans Road, Strowan. Ph. 03 355 0932 Like us on Facebook & find us on Instagram Open Tuesday to Saturday
GURUJI INDIAN FOODS An authentic indian supermarket with very low prices on quality dry fruits and nuts. Almonds, Hazel, Cashew, Sunflower, Raisins, Sultanas to name a few. 12 Bath Street, Christchurch www.guruji.co.nz
Catering for any occasion Work shouts, parties, picnics or just because! Club sandwiches, savouries, filled rolls, slices, cream cakes, birthday cakes & much more. Orders essential. 346 Halswell Road Open 7 days Ph 322 4600 www.halswellbakery.co.nz
New summer menu at this wonderful winery. Visit Melton Estate in West Melton for a wonderful winery experience and lunch. Taste award-winning boutique wines. Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, for family celebrations and corporate events. Cnr Weedons Ross & Johnson Rds, West Melton. Ph 03 347 4968 www.meltonestate.co.nz
Delicious nibbles and finger food for your next corporate event. Specialising in interesting tasty and lovely savoury food. Fiona’s offers very “real” food that has a casual rustic twist and is very well priced. Ph 03 351 3414 Mob 027 229 5671 www.fionasfood.co.nz
Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too. Fine. Food. Fast. Takeaway Cafe and Delicatessen. Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside Ph. 03 357 4516 027 469 0206 Metropol 6 February, 2020 59
Blue Bayou By Tracey Edwardes
We’ve long had a love affair with the colour blue and in 2020 it’s just as popular as ever. We check out how to work this watery hue into the home.
lue is a cool colour on the palette wheel, but one which warms the heart. Mysterious inky depths of French navy and indigo through to the softness of powdery baby blue, there is purpose and place for its mood-inducing effect in every room. Blue buddies up well with other shades. Blue and white is a traditional combination with historical beginnings on exotic palace walls and tiles, to classic crockery patterns and gingham cloth. Dark blue and white in a kitchen is a sophisticated alternative to the smart black
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and white theme. Blue and green can be harmonised to copycat nature. A blue and purple blend is pure lavenderpatch lusciousness. Whereas blue and yellow evokes Italian themes. Pairing bold blues with orange, fuchsia or hot pink saturates the shade. Adding sandy shades as a neutral softens blue. Bright blue adds adventure to kids’ rooms, when paired with other primary bolds. Pale blue with silver or gold is so palace of Versailles, and is pure art deco decadence against cobalt blue. In the bathroom, blue creates a watery playground and in
the living room, an expansive airy feel. Peace and serenity abound in a bedroom of blues – a restful, natural background. French blue is always chic – think dusky denim and cornflower, with blue on blue textures perhaps merging with whites and greys. Washed out grey-blues are perfect in a home that follows a neutral palate. Blue greens of the aqua palate fit in anywhere. Certain shades of blue in the wrong lighting, or without natural light, can feel a little cold. Just like the sky, blue comes alive against the sun rays. Dark shades ironically
make small rooms appear larger, as the depth merges the corners. However too much expanse of navy in a large room can be too sombre. In the living room, especially with large windows, blue merges with the sky or blends with watery view. Jazz up a beige carpet with a sumptuous blue rug. Blue glass for water vessels or ornaments conjure up images of Greece, a place where they love to paint the walls and floors in this very Mediterranean colour – even with all that sea and sky they’re blessed with. But we all just can’t get enough of blue.
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Angelique Armstrong Armstrong Interiors Ltd
New Year, new design looks Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong about how to maximise the potential in your investment through renovating.
hen you delve into the reasons why we renovate, it’s about finally getting the opportunity to have our homes align with how we want to live, Angelique explains. “When you look at the reasons to renovate, it is very
clear. When we sign up to sell our houses, we have advertising fees, auction costs, selling costs and then moving costs… this all adds up, so why not stay where you are and put that extra $20$30,000 into your own pocket and renovate?” When it comes to renovating,
the world really is your oyster. “A new kitchen, bathroom, paint; wallpaper, lighting, adding a room – anything is possible.” So what is this style maven seeing coming through in interiors in 2020? “Our homes are getting a more international feel with lighting available in beautiful finishes like steels, coppers and gold,” Angelique says. “There’s also beautiful new stones in colours we haven’t seen in New Zealand before and from all over the world, such as greens, greys and taupes. “If you are looking at Pinterest and at all the designs and the new products available, it becomes very exciting.” There’s plenty of product options and at both ends of the pricing spectrum, so there
really is something for everyone when it comes to renovating. “International brands and also our lower end suppliers are bringing out products that are exciting when you’re looking at upgrading and renovating,” she says. “It’s so exciting to see the stunning new products coming in from suppliers. Angelique is currently working on two large renovations and we are looking forward to profiling these projects in the 5 March issue of Metropol. “Over the next couple of issues of Metropol I am going to be touching on renovation work; how to make your renovations easier and how to ‘do it once and do it right’.” Phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd. www.armstronginteriors.co.nz
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home PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMIE ARMSTRONG
MASTERING THE HILL Nelson Mandela once said “after climbing a great hill one only ﬁnds there are many more hills to climb,” and actually, that’s just the way that Jim the Builder likes it. Providing construction excellence in Christchurch, the team has been building on the hills for more than 25 years.
im Stenberg, Principle of Jim the Builder, says they approach the issues thrown up on hill sites “by taking a practical approach and by being involved in the project from the start if possible”. “We talk with the owners, architects, and engineers to come up with a practical solution that will meet the client’s budget and enable us to build their dream.” Planning and good management is key to their approach; it helps them deal with weather, erosion and drainage problems that are common on hill sites. “Throw in our many years of knowledge of how to tackle a job, and nothing beats us,” Jim says. “In fact, the more difficult the build
is, the more exciting the project will be. That’s why we do jobs that are not just your cookie cutter home – they really challenge our team and push them to deliver an outstanding result. Our latest Master Builders Award for the Best House in Christchurch in the $1.5-$2 million category was for one such home.” Experts in all foundation types, the team makes each specific engineering design a reality. “With rocky hill sites we tackle each individually; rock type makes a difference. Involving us early means we can help with house position so it structurally ticks all the boxes, sits in its most cost-effective position with regard to excavation and maximises the view.” www.jimthebuilder.co.nz
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On the out By Clementine Page
In the warmer months it seems we spend as much time outdoors as we do in. So why not open up those patio doors and make the most of outside life by creating a haven for alfresco living?
irst things first – it’s important to prioritise investing in quality outdoor furniture and accessories; think of your outdoor area as an extension of your living space and style accordingly. And remember, comfort and function are two of the most important attributes conducive to relaxation and entertaining, and should be at the forefront of your furniture decisions. When it comes to seating, hanging furniture is bigger than ever in 2020 – this year’s trends look to modular
and dynamic styles such as swinging day beds/sofas and classy hammocks. Opt for weather resistant and anti-fade fabrics for all outdoor seating, and ensure there are enough side tables to accommodate for drinks and nibbles. Premium umbrellas - particularly cantilever ones - are perfect for maximising your outdoor space and providing that much-needed shade from New Zealand’s searing sunshine. For 2020, large swathes of singular materials are out and mixed materials are in. Don’t
be afraid of experimenting with multiple metals – copper, brass, aluminium and chrome are the types you’ll want to take advantage of. Choose natural materials in earthy, neutral tones to complement surroundings – cane, bamboo and wicker pieces are expected to gain further momentum in 2020 for this very reason. Living features such as vertical walls of plants and hanging herb gardens give you plenty of extra space for growing your favorite plants while also serving as
an attractive addition to your landscape. Succulents are back on trend and are a lowmaintenance option either potted or arranged in hanging planters. Don’t forget - kitchens are no longer restricted to the interior of your abode. Modern alfresco dining calls for more than just a solo BBQ and a dining table; hot plates set into a stone island make cooking - and entertaining - easier than ever, while a traditional pizza oven is an asset that can be used all year round.
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Indian Inspiration By Clementine Page
Does the new decade call for a revamped interior? In 2020 it seems we’re yearning for that new, fresh feeling - so it’s not surprising Indianinspired interiors are reigning supreme in the world of home trends. “A pool can mean a lifetime of enjoyment, it's our job to make sure it is.”
he colour schemes and decor of other countries and cultures have influenced interior design trends for some time now – take Scandi-chic for example, or the intricacies of Middle Eastern decor. This year one such trend welcomes the eclecticism of Indian interior design - Pinterest searches for ‘Indian living rooms’ have skyrocketed more than 2000 percent as people begin to move away from the crisp and clean Nordic styles towards vibrant and festive interiors. Interior experts recommend beginning with a neutral shade as a base - think the palest yellow, beige or washed out brown - and opting for rich, earthy colours like
terracottas, ochres and spiced reds for your focal elements; you can’t go wrong by using the spices India is renowned for as inspiration. Decorative accents like sculptures, rustic earthenware, poufs and finely woven rugs all draw on the raw beauty of Indian interiors. Choose tarnished metals like brass, copper and gold, add cultural richness with dark, exotic woods like ebony and rosewood – particularly those engraved with authentic Indian patterns and floral designs – and swap out your simple white linen and block colour cushions for brightly coloured, intricately patterned fabrics – it’s all in the details.
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Space to stash Many homes don’t have a dedicated mudroom, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a place to stash your stuff right after you walk in the door. This simple and stylish entryway is designed to keep things tidy and takes up next to no ﬂoor space. STYLING BY KATE ALEXANDER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYCE CARLETON
his soft and understated scheme, with walls in Resene Moonlight and floors in Resene Grey Olive, looks warm and inviting to guests. The vintage bench offers a cheerful surprise, painted in Resene Chorus Line and Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta, and offers seating for those heading out to tie their shoes with plenty of space underneath for painted baskets to keep footwear that’s waiting to be worn out of sight. The hooks are handmade using a small piece of pine and painted in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta – to match the picture frame and bench legs.
Background is Resene Grey Olive and A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top to bottom) are in Resene Moonlight, Resene Influential and Resene Chorus Line. The kete basket bag is painted Resene Influential.
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Luxe Landscapes With more than 15 years of landscaping and construction experience in England, Australia and New Zealand, Carl Gildea specialises in designing stylish, unique gardens for homeowners to enjoy.
t all began on a working holiday in Australia where he enjoyed the creative and satisfying work of laying
paving and building retaining walls. When he arrived in New Zealand, Carl established his own company Willow
Landscapes, covering all aspects of landscape design and construction from decking and retaining walls, to
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driveways, lawns and creating completely new gardens. “I’m told I have a very good eye for detail and symmetry. That’s why I love paving, but because one of my hobbies is building timber furniture, I am also passionate about using timber in gardens to fashion pergolas, screens, fencing and decking.” Carl’s pavement designs are bespoke and beautiful, ranging from perfect straight lines, to sweeping koru-shaped patterns. All paving, patio builds and other concrete works are completed to professional topquality standards by masonry craftsmen. Decks, pergolas, raised garden beds and fencing are all simple, yet stylish ways Carl and the team can transform bare landscapes into modern, appealing spaces to entertain, relax and enjoy. He also has a deep appreciation for New Zealand’s flora and fauna and is passionate about introducing natives into all the gardens he designs and constructs. For a free quote and design inspiration, call Carl on 021 536 442.
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Whether planning a new home in Canterbury or further aﬁeld, a consistent quality design process should be achievable. Architect Craig South, of Allfrey + South, suggests distance need not present any impediment to success.
iven all the advantages of connectivity in today’s world, overcoming distance to achieve great architecture is a challenge that architects can readily embrace, provided they have the right client-
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Itâ€™s hard not to like the Lexus RX. The large SUV has been the biggest seller for the premium Japanese brand for many moons now and, for 2020, the peopleâ€™s choice has been tweaked and updated. We got stuck into two variants of the new car over a two-week period. So, the 2020 RX, is it still good? Well, yes actually.
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Share twin from Christchurch. Based on departing 05 Sep 2020
• Return economy flights from Christchurch • All accommodation, meals, sightseeing, entrance fees & domestic flights • English speaking guides HIGHLIGHTS A CYCLO TOUR OF HANOI’S OLD QUARTER – TAI CHI ON HALONG BAY – A ROYAL DINING EXPERIENCE IN HUE – GOLDEN BRIDGE OF DANANG – LEARN ANCIENT FARMING TECHNIQUES IN HOI AN – SUNSET CRUISE OF ANGKOR THOM – PHARE CIRCUS – LOCAL MARKET VISIT AND COOKING CLASS
B E T T E R TO G E T H E R BARRINGTON 331 7182 I CHRISTCHURCH CITY 365 7687 I FERRYMEAD 376 4022 I HIGH ST LANES 335 3722 HORNBY 344 3070 I MERIVALE 355 2200 I NORTHLANDS 352 4578 I RANGIORA 313 0288 I RICCARTON 341 3900 SHIRLEY 385 0710 I UPPER RICCARTON 343 0869 CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only departing 01 Feb – 30 Sep 2020. Valid for sales until 29 Feb 2020 or until sold out. Due to limited availability of special pricing on departures and availability of airfares the discount may not be offered on all departures. Prices are per person, twin share. Flights are economy class from Christchurch. To connect with airline schedules additional arrangements may be required at an additional cost—Refer to 2020 brochures or wendywutours.co.nz for tour details and booking conditions. Allied Member of TAANZ. Accredited IATA Agent. A deposit of $2000 per person per tour is required within 24 hours of confirmation. Additional charges: Tipping US$85pp apply. Not valid in conjunction with other offers (except loyalty discount). All tours are subject to availability. Further conditions apply, for more information see ask your House of Travel consultant for full details.
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