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Metropol is honoured to work with some hugely successful brands and businesses in Canterbury. As we celebrate our 20 year anniversary, we want to take the opportunity to thank our loyal clients for trusting in our abilities to provide a platform to reach their targeted audiences and grow their businesses.

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“I have been with Metropol for about five years. It gets really wide coverage across the markets I’m trying to target. I get a lot of value and that’s clear by the number of comments I get from people who say see me all the time. In fact, I got a listing just before Christmas from a couple who had cut my photo out of Metropol two years ago and decided that when they went to sell, I would be the person they would see. People expect to see me in Metropol now, so it’s hard to not be in it. It is a no-brainer for me to be in Metropol as it fits with my branding.”

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Melinda Collins

t may be somewhat of a proverbial cliché, but when it comes to the notion that the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same, it’s a concept which is at its very heart, founded on truth. Much like the rebuilding city with its eclectic mix of old and new culminating in a dynamic central city space, the people that make up our city too play a key role in forming the vibrant urban centre which stands today. Christchurch is so much more than the sum of its parts and we’ve spent the past 20 years showcasing what makes the city such a cool one. But if we had to sum up how it got there, it would be the people. Having been in the privileged position to spend time with some of the city’s movers and shakers over the past several years, I can honestly say that they all link great cities to the people behind them. In true Metropol fashion, this issue serves to showcase the best the city has to offer. We have the events, the initiatives, the trends, the businesses and, in our Metropol Build supplement, the products and developments that make Christchurch tick. So kick back, relax and let us enlighten you.

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technicoloured By Tracey Edwards


Rangiora will become a technicoloured riot of high-energy fun next month, to celebrate its diverse cultural vibrancy.


he Pak n Save Rangiora Festival of Colour 2018 will be an unmissable inaugural event, from 10am to 4pm

on 24 March, at Victoria Park. Karl Howarth and Sarah Broughton, who organised Rangiora’s winter festival,

have taken a little inspiration from the worldwide Indian festival – similar to the one held in Christchurch, but with a twist that reflects North Canterbury’s bourgeoning multicultural community. “Throw in some colour cannons, a big LED screen, a foam machine and, of course, the throwing of colours and we have a recipe for a fun day!” Karl says. “The coloured powders are made from natural corn starch powder and food-grade natural dyes, which will wash off.” He suggests wearing a white t-shirt to really show them up. Colours and T-shirts will be available for purchase on the day. Cultural performances such as kapa haka, Irish dancing, Highland performers and bagpipes, Japanese drummers, Chinese dragon and Indian Bollywoodstyle dancers, will entertain and educate in an alcohol-free family environment. Meanwhile, talented local bands and musicians, and a DJ playing incredible international and dance music, will keep the party grooving. Among the free activities provided by the many sponsors are a children’s area with bouncy castles (including a free under 5’s castle), Bumpa Boats, and Water Walkers. An amazing selection of international food trucks and restaurants – many of them local – will befit the feast of colour. Visit or follow the action on Facebook.



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STARRY EYED Christchurch local Mandy Pickering captured the heart of the nation when she won Stars in Their Eyes in 2009. We talk to this talented performer about her incredible success.

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How much of a part did singing and performing play in your life prior to the competition? I always loved to sing. I taught myself how to play the piano and would spend hours just singing and playing whenever I had the chance. My parents met in a band, my mother is a singer and my father is a guitarist so I grew up with music all around me and it was a very natural thing for me to sing, although I hadn’t performed professionally before Stars In Their Eyes. What have you been up to in the last nine years? I had a whirlwind of amazing (sometimes terrifying) experiences following my success on the show; I performed my first professional gigs, recorded an album and toured in New Zealand and Australia. I couldn’t have done it without the help of some incredibly talented musicians who guided me along the way. Following the Christchurch earthquakes, the ‘Heart Strings’ Project became my focus. My husband and musician, Jason, and his craftsman father built seven unique guitars using timber from some of the city’s beautiful historic buildings that had fallen. These guitars were exhibited and toured around the country before being auctioned off and raising $111,000 to support the Christchurch arts community. I still love working at Champs-Elysées Day Spa and my marketing role means I can often work remotely, allowing me flexibility to perform at gigs around the country. Recently we have built a home on five acres in North Canterbury and I’m settling into the country lifestyle quite nicely. How much of a part does singing and music continue to play in your life today? I still perform regularly at weddings

and corporate events throughout the country, but more importantly, it is also still something I love to do just for myself… I have my piano in my bedroom and I play and sing every day. I understand music’s a family affair, with a musician husband and a music space in your newly built home? My husband, Jason, is a talented guitarist and he accompanies me on all of my gigs. He a huge support and I feel so lucky that music and performing is something that we share. Before the build of our home commenced, we built a separate studio that we lived in for six months while building was in progress, which has now been converted into our music studio. It is filled with Jason’s amps and collection of guitars, many of which were hand crafted by his father. Our two sons have grown into young men and have musical talents of their own, so they enjoy using the space as well, and even perform with us occasionally at more relaxed gigs. What have been some of the most stand-out experiences of your career? I loved touring in New Zealand and Australia as part of the ‘Heart Strings’ project and having the opportunity to support the arts in Christchurch in such a meaningful way. Performing at exclusive events have taken me to incredible venues, places I never dreamed I would have the chance to perform, such as Te Papa, the Beehive, Auckland Museum and many beautiful vineyards. Last month I was thrilled to perform at the Sunset Symphony Concert featuring the Auckland Symphony Orchestra to an audience of over 15,000 which is an experience I will never forget Amanda is performing at OGB on Saturday 17 February from 7-10pm

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FAIR’S FAIR By Celine Gibson

What greater pleasure than to take one’s leisure through a market or fair? Choose a venue, perhaps we shall meet you – absolute heaven, my dear!

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FRIDAY STREET FOOD MARKET: Cathedral Square every Friday 11am – 9pm. “Brings together the best in food trucks, live entertainment, buskers and more.”

LYTTELTON CRAFTS AND BAZAAR: Collets Corner (corner of Oxford and London Streets) every Saturday through to December 29. Artisan crafts plus retro clothing and collectables stalls.

MARKET ON THE FRONT LAWN – LOVE LIGHT SOY CANDLES: At 280 Hasketts Road, Yaldhurst every third Sunday, 10am – 2pm. “A market with a difference.”

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MT PLEASANT FARMERS’ MARKET: At 3 McCormacks Bay Road, every Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm.

NEW BRIGHTON SEASIDE MARKET: New Brighton Pedestrian Mall, every Saturday 10am – 2pm.

NIGHT MARKET: Ferrymead Heritage Park, the second Saturday each month 5pm – 9 pm. Gold coin entry.

OPAWA FARMERS’ MARKET: At 275 Fifield Terrace every Sunday, 9am – noon. “The ‘real deal’ growers’ market.”

SHABBY CHIC MARKET DAY: Rochester Village, Woolston first Sunday each month 11am – 3pm. “Heaving trestles of vintage items: clothing, jewellery, collectables. Retro, restored, revamped and recycled!”

THE CHRISTCHURCH FARMERS’ MARKET: At 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton every Saturday 9am – 1pm. “Best in Canterbury produce and gourmet foods.”

THE RICCARTON MARKET: At 146 Racecourse Road, Riccarton every Sunday, 9am – 2pm. Christchurch’s largest market – 300+ stalls. Ample parking.

GOVERNOR’S BAY FETE: Allandale Domain, Bamfords Road, Allandale Sunday 18 March, 10.30am – 2.35pm. Admission free.

TAI TAPU VILLAGE FAIR (TAI TAPU LIBRARY): Tai Tapu Village Saturday 3 March 10am – 2pm. Local produce, delicious food, live music.



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Walk THE Walk

Christchurch is a visual and physical treat for fleet-footed thrill seekers looking for some action. There are plenty of walking adventures through diverse landscapes to suit those from all walks of life – pun completely intended.


ithin just a short distance from the city, there are a wide range of walks, through native bush and wetlands, head up one of the many magical mountain peaks that frame the city, or go in search of some breath-taking coastal views along the eastern stretch. So why not take a walk on the wilderness side and try some tempting new spots with our quick guide.

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HALSWELL QUARRY: Halswell Quarry played a major role in the development of Christchurch, before ceasing production in 1990 after 140 years of quarrying. A unique 60-hectare park, it offers various walks from 5-40 minutes all accessed from the car park off Kennedys Bush Road. Toilets are located in the main car park area. You will also find picnic sites and a dog park area.

THE CRATER RIM TRACK: The Crater Rim walk traverses the length of the Port Hills from Godley Head to Gebbies Pass. Start at the Sign of the Bellbird, head along the Summit Road to reach the saddle on the south side of Cass Peak Reserve. A cattle grid marks the point where you can leave the road to access the track, which offers stunning views over the city to the Southern Alps. Toilets are located in the Godley Head car park.

WASHPEN FALLS: Just a one-hour drive from Christchurch, Washpen Falls is a loop track in a breathtaking natural setting in the midst of a working sheep, cattle and deer farm. Although a small fee is charged (which includes a track guide and use of walking sticks) it is well worth it for this exceptional little escape. Described as ‘a pocket of paradise where moa once roamed’, Washpen Falls is a conservation project that started 80 million years ago with a major volcanic blow.

CASTLE HILL: The grand limestone rock battlements of Kura Tawhiti led early European travellers to name this unique area Castle Hill. An area rich in Maori history, the track loops its way around the magnificent limestone rock formations but the joy in this area is heading off the track and exploring at your own pace.

MT SOMERS: If backcountry is up your alley, then Mt Somers is the ideal location, with a number of options for walkers of all abilities to explore and get a taste of backcountry New Zealand. There are a number of walks available including a half/full day hike to one of the DoC huts. For a circuit trip to Woolshed Creek Hut, walk in on the Miners Track and out via Rhyolite Ridge Track.

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or the answer, beautiful in its simplicity, we could do no better than ponder the motto of the organisation Big Brothers Big Sisters: One hour. Once a week. One life. Founded in New York, 1904 by war veteran, journalist and lawyer Ernest Coulter, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been in operation for 100+ years and has turned around the lives of more than 280,000 children per year. Matthew Button, Manager of BBBS Christchurch, came aboard 14 years ago and it’s evident he still loves his work. The dedication that Matthew and his team bring to the job of matching young people, aged 6-18, with nurturing mentors is both inspiring and heart-warming. Matthew outlines what it is about BBBS that makes it a great mentoring programme. “The value of working one to one is paramount; the importance of building up a young person’s confidence – to look them in the eye and say ‘You’re okay’, that’s the starting point of change.” Matthew says Christchurch people are very open to the idea of mentoring – 162 young people were matched with a mentor in 2017. “The earthquakes, though devastating, were in many ways a catalyst for kindness and thinking of others. People thought about the ways they could be of help and reached out to those in need. The goodness of people is very life affirming.” People like Duane Smithson, for instance. Four years ago, Duane

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was jogging past the office window of Big Brothers Big Sisters and says the name, for some reason, clicked in his brain. He did some research when he got home and then rang Matthew. “I’m not about saving the world, or changing 100,000 people’s lives,” Duane says, “I’m married with two kids; I’ve a great home and work life, but there was that sense of meaning and purpose that I felt could still be filled.” In his role as Big Brother, Duane meets up with his “young brother” once a week. “We play a bit of sports; he writes some amazing, funny poems. Early on I worked out that he’d a bit of an engineering bent, so we do stuff that kind of addresses that strength, as well.” Duane says mentoring has enriched his life in more ways than he expected. “If I can be valuable to just one person, let him know I have his back, that he’s got a mate cheering him on from the side-lines – that’s huge!” Matthew chimes in on why the presence of organisations such as BBBS are vital to all communities. “It’s not fair, and it’s not okay that some kids don’t have the chance to achieve their potential. We address that injustice. We provide them with that chance. It’s the greatest gift – it’s everything.” Information:

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A POWERFUL PLAY Bloody. Vicious. Brittle. Beautiful. Titus Andronicus.


hakespeare’s first tragedy and the play which made his name, Titus Andronicus is set in the glory days of the Roman Empire, with war-hero Titus returning home after twenty years of campaigning against Rome’s enemies – only to find a similarly fractured situation at home. Attempting to resolve the conflict that’s taking over his city, Titus instead unleashes the very forces that he was trying to stop, setting off a chain reaction of betrayal, murder and revenge that leaves no one unscathed. The Court’s Associate Director, Dan Bain, who has helmed countless Forge, Jesters and Kid’s productions, makes his mainstage directorial debut with Titus. “I’m

excited about the scale of Titus. It’s a challenge.” Bain and the creative team have been working hard to optimise the play for modern audiences, particularly for those who aren’t familiar with Shakespeare. “I really want this to be the answer to the argument that Shakespeare is boring. It should not be boring. It should be understandable all the way through. It should be exciting and a bit gruesome with some funny bits thrown in too.” “If you like Game of Thrones, you’ll like it. If you like your theatre visceral, you’ll like it. If you come to the theatre to feel something, you will like it.” Titus Andronicus opens at The Court on 17th February and runs through until 3rd March.


By William Shakespeare. Directed by Dan Bain.



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Join the culture club By Kate Pierson

There’s an informal, city-wide culture club in Christchurch, one that is made up of a population of bright eyed, bushy tailed entrepreneurs, quirky innovators, ambitious minds and curious personalities.

This culture club congregates all over the show - week after week, the bustling Christchurch social calendar providing compelling backdrops for them to convene and create masterpieces and memories. From art to music, and everything in between, the culture club is beckoning you its way and we’ve got your exclusive invite to the events that will see you rubbing shoulders with some whip-smart, whimsical and wonderful people. Natural Born Storytellers, Exchange Christchurch: now in its third year, Natural Born Storytellers is a place to cry with laughter, joy and despair. Coming up on 23 February, the theme ‘best date, worst date’ will see guest speakers sharing their tales of romance – from disasters to destiny stories. An event offering free admission, its objective is to foster a community that heals, inspires, listens, learns, grows and laughs together. For more information, visit

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Yoga at the Park: treat your mind, body and soul to a reboot with Yoga at Christchurch Adventure Park. Whether you’re a bona fide yogi, or just want to stretch yourself a bit (pun intended), these classes offer a community that loves yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Hosted by Kotte of ‘Yoga by Kotte’, they are perfect for everyone, from beginners through to regular practitioners. Entry is $20.

The Launch Club, Ministry of Awesome: Christchurch’s response to Britain’s Dragons Den, without the hair-raising, on-the-spot pressure that comes with the territory, The Launch Club is a workshop series tailored to early stage entrepreneurs who want to learn business basics in an immersive and interactive setting. Members can pay a very reasonable price to get ongoing coaching support from the club’s startup activator as well as get access to exclusive networking events and the wider entrepreneurial community. Network with like-minded ideators and realise your potential. Free events are always on offer, so visit to keep up with the play.

For some of the city’s most artistic visionaries, the Christchurch earthquakes proved to be the creative catalyst for some pretty exceptional endeavours. Earthquakes & Butterflies is one such work.


resented by Wickcandle & Imagine Theatre, directed by Helen Moran and with movement by Fleur de Thier, Earthquakes & Butterflies has been shaped from the life stories of a cluster of people whose lives crisscross like the fault lines under the city. Based on the first novel of award-winning playwright Kathleen Gallagher, Earthquakes & Butterflies is full of hope, humour and tenderness – strangers help unasked, generosity is freely given and shelter is for sharing. We talk to Kathleen Gallagher about the therapeutic storyline.

How long did it take? The work began from notes I took while living through the severe earthquake sequences here in Christchurch 2010 - 2012. I wrote the first draft with Elizabeth O’Connor of the Court Theatre as dramaturg. I then wrote the book, the radio play with Prue Langbein of Radio NZ National directing, a second draft of the play with Steven Arnold directing and finally have worked on this final draft with Helen Moran as director. Maybe now on the seventh anniversary we are in a position to watch and interact with it and transform. What was the intent behind this work? To listen with all of our senses, to heal, to transform, to move through, to touch places of great pain for the people of Otautahi Christchurch in a way that is healing for us - that enables us to move on and through, transformed, to see things in the light. To hold our experiences up into the light and to be with them in a new and more open way. To glimpse and describe ourselves and who we have become through the process of living through the earthquakes, staying here, being with, moving alongside, becoming whole.

Earthquakes and Butterflies will be at the Transitional Cathedral: Thursday 22 Feb at 8:00pm Friday 23 Feb at 12:00pm and 8:00pm Saturday 24 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm Sunday 25 Feb 2:00pm and 7:00pm To book visit

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Why did you make this play? To make some sort of sense out of what happened to us here - living for twenty months through 80,000 earthquakes including 10 major earthquake sequences, which is extremely unusual. Splitting of the tectonic plate occurs in only five percent of the world’s earthquakes. Whole new earthquake sequences continued to open up time and time again. We were never sure when they were going to strike nor how long for We all suffer various degrees of trauma, most of us have now experienced a life-threatening event.

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BLANK CANVAS After the Valentine’s Day proposal comes the search for a wedding venue – something exquisitely romantic, but also perfectly practical.


ossendale Vineyard is where breathtaking surrounds meet convenience, just 15 minutes from town. The photo-worthy 10 acres of pinot noir grapevines has been traversed by its fair share of VW combis, Harleys, and horses and carriages – there’s even landing-room for the helicopter. The vineyard is a purpose-built wedding, conference and events venue, which became Rossendale’s centrepiece in 2010, after outgrowing historic Lansdown Homestead. The adjacent former Rossendale restaurant was

leased to The Bicycle Thief in 2014 – a delectable eatery to complement its neighbour. Rossendale has its own on-site catering team and of course the exquisite Rossendale wines, including a stunning sauvignon bubbly, which can be sampled at the cellar door on weekdays. “Most couples have their ceremony in the beautiful grounds under the copper beech tree,” says Manager Graham Jones who, along with his wife Liz, has been a dedicated hands-on co-ordinator

for more than 18 years. “Our hire fee is all inclusive. We have good advice and contacts, and are always flexible. Weddings are not just about one day.” The vineyard is a grand blank canvas, comfortably seating 200. Chandeliers resemble the 25-year-old grapevines out the windows. There’s a bar, a fantastic dance floor and relaxation lounge. With parking for up to 100 vehicles, guests can leave their car overnight. Rossendale Vineyard is located at 100 Old Tai Tapu Road, Kennedy’s Bush. Visit


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Being a really strong and permanent suburban law firm has been Cameron & Co’s strategic plan during the last few years. And 2018 signifies another exciting year for the team, involving a change – but one that will create a stable, client-focused future.


he events of 2011 saw the city offices of the business relocate out of the CBD. However, despite obvious disruptions, the move provided opportunity to create a real identity and a new business base. It is one that’s more closely aligned to the heart of its strategic vision – and this has always been to make expert legal advice available to everyday clients. “Despite the fact that we used to have offices located on Durham Street, consolidating the business at the newlyestablished Riccarton Road site will physically put us closer to our clients and made us far more accessible,” says Manager Julie Beijen. “When the time came, the business elected to stay suburban, rather than return to the newly created Justice Precinct – Cameron & Co just doesn’t fit that mould. We’re not a big city law firm, we don’t want fancy offices, or a shiny, corporate façade.” The end of this month will see the closeknit team from Cameron & Co’s Ilam offices relocate from their current premises in Clyde Road, to the newly out-fitted permanent Riccarton Road office. The decision to establish a larger combined suburban office arose, as after the earthquakes, the business ended up with three of its four offices located in very close proximity. “It just made sense to consolidate and find a location that was still suburban, but could accommodate more of the team – all under one roof.” The Ilam office will relocate premises on 28 February. The move will see a continuum of legal services provided for former clients of Mitchell Mackersy, purchased by Cameron & Co in 2014, along with clients of partner Tim Holton and Associate of the firm Marg Morrison. “Being literally five minutes down the road makes the logistics a bit easier – so we fully intend to have everyone settled in and be open for business as usual the next day.” Cameron & Co’s new premises will be at 322 Riccarton Road, or visit for more information.

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eye By Kate Pierson


When it comes to art, eye candy in Christchurch is abundant. Fearless, edgy and thoughtprovoking, we have a run-down of the must-see exhibitions in your neck of the woods.

Exhibition Untitled #1050, Christchurch Art Gallery: Abstract art is an acquired taste, but love it or loathe it, it will pique your interests and either delight or torment your mind with its arbitrary meaning. Until 14 October 2018, a selfproclaimed ‘engrossing selection of abstract art by big-name New Zealand artists’ is on show at Christchurch Art Gallery. From the austere, geometric precision of Gordon Walters and Don Driver, to the spontaneous, expressive paintings of Gretchen Albrecht, Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon, Untitled #1050 focuses on shape, form, colour and materials.

Hannah Beehre: Mures, Et Terram, CoCA:

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Gretchen Albrecht Banded Orange 1973. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 1974

The Centre of Contemporary Art has always excelled in its role in showing innovative, explorative and sometimes confounding art that imprints itself on the memories of those who encounter its exhibitions. In 2018, it will continue to revel in this role, with Hannah Beehre’s Mures, Et Terram setting an eclectic tone. The large, seven-panel drawing explores chance as both artistic strategy and subject, and is presented as a collaboration between Jonathan Smart Gallery and CoCA. Hannah’s work is a powerful visual expression of her experiences following the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Animals act as an allegory for her human experiences, with her lens of experience also expanding to look at global politics.

Don Driver Painted Relief No. II 1972. Acrylic on canvas and enamel on aluminium. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased in 1972 with assistance from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council

Gas, The Physics Room:

Just a few days shy of the curtain falling on this exhibition, you’ll want to head to The Physics Room at pace to experience Gas, a collaboration between Mark Harvey and Shaun Hendy. Installed across two locations at 209 Tuam Street and The Physics Room’s new gallery space at 4959 Worcester Boulevard, Gas is exploring this state of matter in the context of nonlocality and what it means for gas to be in two places at once - what it can do for our psycho-political states, and how it can be owned and contained.


If post-summer holiday blues are raining on your parade, you might already be entertaining the possibility of a weekend getaway to give you a good dose of that summer holiday feeling. Let’s face it, a return to normality is never easy, so here are a few hotspots you can escape to, to bask in the glow of delicious denial! FRANZ JOSEPH GLACIER

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AKAROA: A quaint British and French colonial inspired town, Akaroa is just a short drive from Christchurch and nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. With its picturesque cottages, colonial architecture, craft stores and cafes, this sweet spot will delight the senses. Better yet, you can hop on a harbour cruise and experience the beauty of the local Hector’s dolphins and other special wildlife.

METHVEN: The gateway to Mount Hutt Ski Area, Methven is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the Garden City and is a great getaway destination any time of the year. While its popularity hits peak status when the snow begins to fall, any of the four seasons promise to deliver. Experience hot air ballooning, hunting, or a round of golf. Enjoy a nibble or tipple at one of the local eateries that promise to spoil.

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FRANZ JOSEF: Perhaps best left to a long weekend given it’s a bit more of a hike - A five hours drive - from Christchurch, this town and its glacier are worldfamous. Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers and a range of glacier hiking tours are on offer, as well as experiencing a heli flight and hot pools.

OAMARU: It might be a humble, inconspicuous player on the recreational scene, but Oamaru brings its A-game when it comes to recreation. With its preserved Victorian architecture, this seaside town doesn’t need to work hard to win affections. Enjoy the stunning Moeraki Boulders, two penguin colonies, a craft brewery on the harbour and walking and cycling trails that are dressed to impress. Metropol February 15, 2018 25

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Mondays in 2018 have never looked so good as the Arts Centre gears up for the return of its hugely popular Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series.


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Centre café Bunsen, the lunchtime concerts signal a shift from activation to proactive programming that fosters the

arts, culture, education and creativity. Renowned Canterbury violinist Fiona Pears launches the concert series, with local luminaries like Cathy Irons, Zara Ballara, Jennine Bailey, Helen Webby, Sacha Vee and the Sweet Adeline Chorus scheduled to follow. June 25 provides an opportunity to hear the finest from our young, emerging musicians when local secondary school students come together to perform in a chamber music concert, while on July 30, Burnside High School student Lixin Zhang will perform on piano. Lixin has performed to huge acclaim in Europe and has been offered musical scholarships in both Europe and the U.S. The programmed mix of established musicians and rising stars underlines the Arts Centre’s desire to create both platforms and pathways for local musicians. Concert Series Artistic Director, Trish Rainey, says she is thrilled to be re-launching the concerts. “So many Cantabrians have fond memories of attending performances in the Great Hall pre-quakes; this is a great excuse for people to come back and experience the restored space.” For further information visit, email enquiries or bookings concertsforchristchurch@gmail. com or find The Arts Centre on Facebook.

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New Brighton has come alive this summer, with the suburb’s newest playground attracting hundreds of people a day, since the beachside playground with its distinctive whale opened in December.


evelopment Christchurch Chief Executive Rob Hall says the playground has been highly successful, drawing people from throughout the city to check out the new attraction. “From what we’ve seen and heard, busy days can easily attract hundreds of people to the playground – many of whom are visitors to New Brighton.” The annual SummerTimes Kite Day event at New Brighton beach last month saw approximately 500 people getting together to fly kites or watch them being flown. One of them is Julie Adam, also known as ‘The Kite Lady’, who lives in Christchurch but travels around New Zealand running kite making workshops for children. “Whenever I fly a kite people

come and talk to me. It makes people smile. There’s a really nice community kind of feeling to it.” The city’s eastern stretch will also soon be home to a new skate park, with four sites short-listed for the bays area between Ferrymead and Sumner. Christchurch City Council is now asking the community to rate the four sites in order of preference to help it determine which site should be selected. The four sites are 26 Nayland Street Sumner, Sumner Beach near the Surf Life Saving Club, Scott Park Ferrymead and Redcliffs School site on Recliffs’ Main Road. People have from Monday 29 January until 5pm on 26 February to rate the sites and submit their feedback.

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It was rather fortuitous for Tiggi that her owners enrolled her with Ourvets back in 2007 when she needed her first puppy vaccinations. Since she was a puppy, Tiggi has developed a habit of biting off a little more than she can chew which has seen her need the use of the clinic’s diagnostic equipment on more than one occasion during the past 10 years.

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irst it was a children’s toy back in 2012, then a button in April last year – both found and surgically removed with the assistance of radiography. When Tiggi presented at the clinic with similar symptoms of lethargy and vomiting in December last year, the veterinary team had their suspicions! The team took a radiograph of Tiggi’s tummy to look for the cause. Despite the benefits of this technology, radiographs do have their limitations, veterinarian Dr Richard Lucy explains. “X-rays are best at differentiating certain things that are high density materials such as bone and metal,” he says. “Ultrasound on the other hand is an imaging technique which uses high frequency sound waves and enables us to look internally with greater accuracy. The two are very complementary as diagnostic techniques and ultrasound covers the limitations of x-rays.” Sure enough, the ultrasound uncovered a suspicious linear foreign object in her tummy. “This had caused Tiggi’s gut to be obstructed and to plicate or bunch up,” Richard says. “It was clear she had again eaten something she wasn’t supposed to.” Dr Thea Taylor removed the offending item – this time a tea towel – and Tiggi hasn’t looked back since! Opening up the gut of an animal always requires special care and vigilance to prevent contamination of the abdominal cavity and infection. For Tiggi, the surgery went well and was the only option for her to get better. “Tiggi had a very uneventful recovery, which is just what we want.” Ourvets St Albans is located at 98 Cranford Street. Visit or phone 03-355 6747. Open MondayFriday 7.30am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-4pm – including most public holidays.

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ichael Devine Insurance knows the ins and outs of the industry and can ensure you get the best cover for your needs, provide an annual review to keep your cover working for you and assist with getting claims through. A highly qualified advisor, Michael Devine has been an insurance broker for 36 years. Working with some of the leading life insurers, he keeps in touch with his clients regularly to ensure their

insurance portfolios are kept up to date, whether for life insurance, mortgage repayment, income protection, trauma medical insurance or business insurance. Michael Devine Insurance provides specialised knowledge also in the area of Group Medical Assurance for companies with more than 25 employees. For employers, these schemes can offer a strong incentive for attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent for as little as $11-$12 per week per employee,

reduce costs and improve the bottom line by giving staff access to faster medical care. Terms and conditions apply. Employees are safe in the knowledge that no medical requirements are asked at time of application and that means all pre-existing conditions are covered, as well as partners and children. Contact Michael Devine on 027 437 9119, or visit to find out more.

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A customer-focused chauffeur with a sense of humour and warm-hearted smile.

wner/operator Renan Singh is behind the wheel of the white Honda HRV, with the Blue Angels logo, that has been transporting his clients over Christchurch and surrounds for the last six months. It may be to the doctor, airport, hospital, appointments, a friend’s house, or even a trip to the seaside or down memory lane. The trustworthy driving companion does those little extras just to make someone’s day, helping with foldable wheelchairs, walkers, or shopping bags. Renan always assists his regular client, Eva from Hornby, to and from her door. She says it’s the reassurance and safety aspect that appeals. “He’s very good – a nice friendly fella. He comes and gets me every week and takes me

to my spinning classes in Bishopdale and Redwood.” When phoning Blue Angels, it’s Renan who answers. A customerfocused chauffeur with a sense of humour and warm-hearted smile, he knows the roads extremely well. “If I happen to take a wrong turn, I can adjust the price fairly, because it’s my own business. I’m also cheaper than your average taxi and charge a flat rate, whether it’s one person or a car full. Because I co-ordinate the bookings and do the driving, it all runs smoothly. People can feel safe sitting in the front. Most love to have a chat – or they can relax and enjoy the ride.” Hours Monday to Friday 9am5pm, or by appointment. Phone 03-260 4045 or visit

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When driving to work, meeting friends for coffee, or just strolling in the sunshine, have you ever pondered those magnificent murals gracing walls, shops, factories and buildings in our city?


ave you, after marvelling at the sheer scale, colour and imagination of the work, wished to have some explanation of it – some knowledge of the artist? Now, thanks to the people behind Watch This Space, you can accompany art historian and art writer Dr Reuben Woods on a grand, guided tour for answers to your questions.

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in the city On the approximate 1.5 hour walk through the CBD, beginning from the Canterbury Museum, names will be matched to masterpieces. Names like D Side, Jacob Yikes, Owen Dippie and Askew. Dr Woods says the act of leaving one’s mark – from cave markings to contemporary muralism – is “something that’s been occurring basically throughout time. You’ll find graffiti in some of the most obscure, out of the way places.” The artworks were commissioned either through local government or cultural institutions, one by a major insurance company, while others were part of street festivals. The tour puts graffiti, murals and street art in both a local and global context. As well as walking tours, Watch This Space offers a free interactive map for phones, iPads or computers. Proceeds from tours go back into the organisation to maintain and update its map and written content. Tours take place every Friday and Saturday, 11am - 12.30pm, minimum five guests. Email for group bookings or book now at


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By Kate Pierson


It’s the sartorial gift that has kept on generously giving over the generations – fringing. No one trick pony here!


n intersection of bohemian style, Native American culture and Great Gatsby glamour, ‘the fringe’ continues to bask in the glow of fashion critics’ adoration and it’s not hard to see why. From the flapper gowns made famous by the protagonists in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary genius The Great Gatsby, to the catwalks of Versace, Rodarte and Bottega Veneta, and into our own wardrobes, the fixation on fringe never seems to wane and with good reason. Even the Ancient Greeks had their own romance with the aesthetic, with Homer’s Iliad full of references to the style. This season we’re crushing on fringe accents – from earrings to slides. We’re also big fans of fringing that is a leading heroine in pieces like skirts and dresses. An ode to femininity, fringing gives every woman the chance to have her ultimate ‘swish swish’ moment on the dancefloor as a formal but flirtatious addition to any outfit and the good news is that any investment pays for itself over time as there is no expiry date on this kind of elegance.


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ith a shift in gender boundaries that is less revolutionary than evolutionary, the modern day blurring of the sexes has been the organic development of a changing attitude in global culture as a whole. The upshot: more choice and not just for the risk-takers on fashion’s cutting edge. Back in August when Pink accepted the VMAs Video Vanguard Award, she recounted how her daughter had once said “I’m the ugliest girl I know… I look like a boy with long hair”. Pink’s response was a PowerPoint presentation featuring “androgynous rockstars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on, wave their flag, and inspire the rest of us”. Ever since Coco Chanel’s inspiring decision to design pants for women in the early 1900s, modern fashion has challenged perceptions of gender and identity. Since then Mick Jagger has worn a “man dress” onstage, Vivienne Westwood has dressed herself in the same shredded tees as the Sex Pistols, Jean Paul Gaultier has worn a cone-bra dress for a photoshoot and not so long ago, Gucci sent men down the runway in pussy bows and cardigans. Here, we pay respect to some of androgyny’s most beautiful champions, with a mood board of inspiration because, in Pink’s words, pioneers from David Bowie to Annie Lennox “help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty” and we think that’s a beautiful thing.




Whether it’s on the streets, store shelves, or runways, men and women’s clothing are no longer so easily definable.

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bri ht F By Kate Pierson

Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. And we’re wishing for lots more stars! Lucky for us, the rest of the fashion world is pining for the same aesthetic.


or 2018, heaven really is on earth with this power player sending a strong message of inspiration, strength and hope in politically charged times. The intersection of politics and fashion may seem far-fetched, but it’s not the first time emerging style has been used to make a social statement. More and more these days we are seeing designers use their collections to articulate and amplify their beliefs and to pledge allegiance to causes or important characters in our midst. From feminist ideologies to animal welfare, the sartorial platform provides a megaphone for global messaging. Beyond their political connotations, the arrival of stars on the style scene has also been attributed to our fixation on emojis, patterns and astrology. The twinkly beacons of hope that have inspired the style greats – from Calvin Klein to Christian Dior – stormed down the runways at New York Fashion Week with a plethora of big designers indicating they are betrothed to this new style behemoth for the coming seasons. From delicate jewellery right through to athleisure, stars are making a sparkly impression.



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s a plucky nine-year-old, she offered to help out at a salon in a block of shops where her parents owned a bakery. She started out doing odd jobs, such as making coffees and sweeping the floor. The salon owner was so impressed by Sarah’s work ethic, she began paying her. “I ended up staying there till I was 14 years old,” She says. “After the salon closed, the owner got me an after-school job with another salon and I began an apprenticeship.” Today, Sarah has her own salon Savvy

Hair Design and leads a team of four senior stylists. “I started out on my own from a converted garage 10 years ago and started building up a clientele. It grew so much I had to start turning people away, so that’s when I realised I needed to move to a bigger space.” Sarah renovated a beautiful villa on Colombo Steet in Cashmere and will celebrate five years in the premises in July. Providing a personalised, one on one service to every client is what sets them apart, she says. “We feel it’s really

important for our clients to have the same stylist, from start to finish.” Also offering make-up and wedding hair services, the salon uses only cruelty-free products and the option of chemical-free hair colours and styling ranges. Sarah’s mum is also a valued member of the team. “Mum takes care of the clients as receptionist/salon assistant and also bakes handmade treats for our clients to enjoy.” Savvy Hair Design is located at 5 Colombo Street, phone 03-942 4179 or visit






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GO BIG OR GO HOME: This winter it’s all about big statement earrings. And yes, that means the bigger the better. Graphic and arty and just a little bit eccentric. Now is the time to pull out those doorknocker earrings from the eighties. Styled with today’s hair, makeup and clothing looks, they will be given a modern resurgence totally different than how they were worn in yesteryear. Big earrings can often mean heavy which also serves to shorten their life expectancy on you. Seek out larger than life styles that are as light as a feather in feel. Donning heavy earrings is like wearing jeans too tight – you will lose the will to live very shortly into the day or night.


I love fashion jewellery. It’s an affordable way to recharge your wardrobe, transform an old outfit and make a dull ensemble feel bright and sparkly again. When it comes to jewellery, this season it’s about making a statement. Wear your heart, not on your sleeve but on your ears, collar or layered up on wrists. Here’s how:

EIGHTIES SCULPTURE: Think sleek graphic metallic earrings, neckpieces and cuffs, looking for light-weight metals. Fabulous when worn with top-to-toe all black or an all-white look.


BAROQUE RESTYLED: Intricate Victorian style pieces are back and complement the rich jewel hues or ruby, emerald and ochre colours coming through in clothing. But here again they need to be big. Look for lace-like styles interwoven with sparkling jets and delicate jewels.



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VIP PASS: Proof that you can make a fashion trend out of almost anything, Dior sent models down the runway wearing layered up wristbands that you would expect to see at Coachella. This was then mixed with thin almost hippy-like string bracelets which saw many a fashion influencer clamouring to replicate the chosen look. Bracelets are taking on almost skin like qualities with layers of thin and slightly hippy looking bands seen lathering up wrists.

STATEMENT RINGS, ON EVERY FINGER: Karl Largefeld has been doing it for decades and it has finally trickled down into mainstream. Mix your precious metals with bold knockout rings across the knuckles for a toughie-sticker-take on ringing up the bling. Mix high and low for the look of effortless chic. Cheap-as chips mingleing with break-the-bank jewels – I like it!

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love your smile Dawn, from Pukekohe in Auckland, couldn’t be more pleased with her new Lovebite dentures. Made by internationally renowned Christchurch clinical dental technician, Richard Greenlees, they have restored the look of her natural smile and given her considerable confidence.

hen we started the process, Richard asked me to bring in some photographs of my natural teeth and put a lot of time into recreating the exact look. My new dentures are so much better than the old sets I’ve had over the last 17 years. I’m very happy.” Dawn flew down from Auckland once a week for five weeks for consultations with Richard and found him to be a ‘good guy’ to deal with. “He is very accommodating and easy going. It was also great to deal directly with the person making my dentures. This was a much better process than with previous dentures, where I had to pretty much go with what I was given, whether I liked them or not. Richard was very patient and is fussy with his work. He made my teeth look so natural, real, and a little bit aged – not like the sparkly white dentures everyone else has.”

Richard put a lot of time into recreating the exact look. Dawn says the return of her confidence is one of the biggest pluses of her new Lovebite dentures. “Losing your teeth is not a nice thing to go through and can make you feel like you’ve lost your personality. My new dentures have recreated my natural look and returned my confidence.”

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Upstairs in Rangiora’s popular spot Conway Lane, Chrome Hair Boutique has substituted the usual bustle for peace and privacy. “Our clients love coming here, it provides a real sense of relaxation and comfort,” says owner Joanna Wolff. “It feels like an escape.”


oanna opened Chrome eight months ago after taking two years out from her 12-year hairdressing career to study Fine Arts. With a focus on natural products and eco-friendly practices, her clientele grew so quickly that she now leads a team of three. The other talented stylists include Jess, an expert in perfecting blonde hair, and Michelle, who specialises in Keratin blow-outs. Tiffany provides client care in reception as salon assistant, taking care of the finer details and ensuring everything runs smoothly. The salon prides itself on delivering a personalised service, specifically tailored to meet each client’s unique needs and lifestyle – while keeping up to date with current techniques

and trends. The boutique’s calminggreen décor visually expresses holistic, natural hairdressing. “I don’t see things in black and white,” says Joanna. “Everything’s about balance.” One of the specialty ranges available at Chrome is So Pure from Keune, an innovative family business from Holland that gives back to charity. Environmentally cautious, it uses pure plant technology, with no ammonia, sulphate, parabens or animal testing. Visit Chrome Hair Boutique, 172 High street, Rangiora. Visit or Facebook. Open Tuesday to Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. Phone 03-423 3148.

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How did your love of fashion begin? I loved clothes, shoes and makeup from a very early age. I loved dressing up. My mother was relieved when I went to intermediate because I got a uniform and didn’t have 15 changes a day! I didn’t know about fashion design, I didn’t have that background as my mother didn’t sew. Though we certainly bought clothes! One of my early jobs was as an in-house model for a shoe company, which I loved! From there on every job I tried to get something with a fashion bent to it. Through that I met my husband who was very involved in fashion and travelling the world. I was the tag along but deeply fascinated by what they did and frustrated at being on the outside. So fashion has been a long and passionate love affair. It’s an industry that has been said to not take any prisoners, why do you think you have been able to form such a strong global following? There’s an old adage in clothing, that you’re only as good as your last range. There’s never been a truer statement. It’s all about whether it will sell or not – every piece has to be a ‘fall in love with it’ piece. There’s a lot of clothing in the world, there’s a lot of choice and price points. Mine is always in the top price point, so I’ve always been driven to create distinction in every piece. I was once told something that has become my mantra – that it must have everything right with it. I want to get an ‘everything right with it’ moment for every piece.


I loved clothes, shoes and makeup from a very early age.

How have you been able to stay current after more than three decades in the fashion limelight? For me it is about always evolving. When I went into this business, I went in without training. While that was difficult in the beginning, it has been a blessing because I’ve had to be instinctive about everything I do. I’ve evolved, I’ve listened to how the market is changing. There’s been a major revolution in clothing in the last five years through social media and e-commerce which has massively changed the dynamic and way in which people buy. They’re relying more on social media. I educated myself on all the new technology. Business today is completely different to when I started out. We didn’t have a graphics team, or a social media person. Today Instagram queens can’t be seen in the same outfit twice, so now we

sell to rental places. Five years ago, that business didn’t exist. It’s about constantly keeping an open mind and being open to change. How would you describe your style evolution? I always like to say my pieces are timeless and I still believe a great deal are, but I still like to keep current with what’s happening in fashion. I’m a believer that the only fashion you need is that which makes you feel confident and beautiful. My style has evolved because of that philosophy. Fashion is ever-changing. In New Zealand we have a really small population. So I can’t come out with lime green this season and next season as well. I’m incredibly lucky to be able to travel, I go to a lot of fabric fairs, I follow Instagram and what’s happening globally. It’s my passion, it’s what I love to do.

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Christchurch Colorectal advises that vigilance is key – any concerns or symptoms should be addressed, particularly when there is a family history of bowel cancer. You can make an appointment for a diagnostic colonoscopy with Christchurch Colorectal. Bowel cancer can be more successfully treated – with a 90 percent chance of long-term survival – if detected early. If there is a delay in diagnosis and treatment and the cancer is more advanced, it is harder to cure. So the clinic’s advice is ‘don’t delay’. Even if there is no evidence of a malignant tumour there may be pre-cancerous polyps – most can be excised at the time of colonoscopy. Most bowel cancers develop from benign polyps so all but the smallest should be removed to ensure they don’t turn into cancer. Christchurch Colorectal is based at Specialist Centre@21, Level 2, 21 Caledonian Road, St Albans – on the Southern Cross campus. These are new modern rooms with easy access, including a lift and discreet covered and uncovered parking. Contact details 03-968 3140 or via Metropol February 15, 2018 49



It’s the harmonious blend of factors at Bodyfix that’s got everyone talking. Owner Moana Williams explains that Bodyfix is a motivational ‘family’ environment and it’s clear this is a social haven where members come to get their daily exercise fix.


here’s a relaxed, friendly vibe and a strong community focus. “This is a welcoming, supportive place to work out, no matter how fit or unfit you feel you are,” Moana says. “We encourage people to take a healthy approach to feeling fit, healthy and happy.” A body that moves is one which is filled with energy and life. The team at Bodyfix provides a fun filled exercise environment to move your body and feel great about yourself - a place for everyone from absolute newcomers to those training for an event. This unique gym specialises in group exercise classes and the expert trainers offer a wealth of industry experience. “We have a really balanced team, who are all highly knowledgeable in their own niche markets,” she says. “There’s a real fun, family feel and we offer a personal touch. And the vibe attracts the tribe – likeminded people refer their friends, so the membership grows naturally.” Moana says that not being linked to a franchise and being a one of a kind gym is exactly what the team set out to achieve. “Since opening our doors in 2011, what our team have achieved in terms of creating a place where people feel at home is something that is very unique.” BodyFix has supported a range of charities over the years by raising money through events.

THE VIBE ATTRACTS THE TRIBE. “Exercising is also about mental health – a clear mind is a remedy for most things, which is why we focus on supporting mental health charities.” After-hours gym access is also available, as well as freezing options for those who want to put their membership on hold, and no additional fees are incurred above its regular membership. To try BodyFix, check out and trial with a seven-day pass.


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a little bitof home Perhaps one of the last things you might expect to find in the rural backblocks of Canterbury is an authentic Thai restaurant, nestled among fruit and hazelnut trees. Nevertheless, there it is. Lemongrass.


or Sriamorn Reavill, Lemongrass is a dream come true. From her childhood in Chachoengsao, near Bangkok, where she learned from her grandmother the essence of food preparation and sharing, to an orchard in Loburn, her journey has been an eventful one. She met English born Paul in Thailand, married in 2003 and, six years later, found herself in Lincoln, with a dream of opening her own restaurant. While on a visit home, a tarot card reader told her she would soon own a property with a pair of two-storey buildings. “That’s rubbish,” she thought because, at the time, she and Paul were building a one-storey house in Lincoln.

Fast forward, post-earthquakes, a property in Loburn is available. Paul wants it; Sriamorn is reluctant; until she sees it and falls instantly in love. It has two buildings, each with two storeys. They moved and, after some extensions designed and built by architect Paul, Lemongrass was born. It is a special place. Quiet. Secluded. Open seven days for lunch and dinner, Sriamorn has bought elements of her childhood to the menu. Using local fare, the Thai beef salad, she says, “never disappoints”. With other dishes such as Kai Phad King, Panang Beef Sirloin Curry and tasty desserts, the drive into the country is well worth it. Bookings are essential, phone 03-310 3102.


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The clinking of wine glasses has been a symbolic acknowledgement of success for almost as long as wine glasses have been used to consume our favourite tipples. So the clinking of glasses will have taken on special meaning for one of Canterbury’s own – Dom Maxwell of Greystone Wines – as he was named the New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018 in the inaugural Gourmet Traveller Wine last month.


he judges said Dom’s fusion of traditional winemaking and groundbreaking techniques (notably vineyard fermentations) earned him the accolade, which propels him into New Zealand’s winemaking history. This is the first year Gourmet Traveller WINE has run the award in New Zealand and the 20th year it has run in Australia. Bob Campbell chaired the judging

panel alongside two of our country’s most esteemed wine judges and critics, Raymond Chan and Cameron Douglas (Master Sommelier). In accepting the award, Dom said he was “honoured, humbled and surprised” and thanked his team for the support and dedication over the past 14 years. “We have an exceptionally talented industry of winemakers in New Zealand, so it’s

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incredibly humbling to be awarded this title,” Dom says. “I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am for my team and how proud I am to be part of this amazing wine region. North Canterbury makes up just three percent of New Zealand’s total wine production, so we all share a fervent determination to make the best and most genuine wines possible.”

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For any keen craftsperson, it is often very difficult to find a one stop shop which contains all your knitting, fabric and patchwork needs.

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ever fear though, because Quilters Quarters is just that shop. Located at 9 High Street in Rangiora, right next to the Warehouse, Quilters Quarters, as the name suggests, is an absolute treasure trove for any passionate pattern maker or sewing sensei. Quilters Quarters contains all your supplies for textbook textiles and holds the largest range of patchwork fabrics in the South Island. Everything including wool, sewing patterns, cross-stitch and embroidery kits fill the store, leaving you truly spoilt for choice. If you are after a particular fabric or material, Quilters Quarters is more than happy to source

Georgia is kitted out with Pauline’s knitting with wool from the store

it for you and will deliver nationwide. You will also soon be able view their full range via the upcoming online store. With plenty of onsite parking and a location right in the heart of Rangiora, Quilters Quarters offers friendly service with years of experience and an amazing range of quality materials and products. For more information phone 03-313 6765, email or visit the Facebook page QuiltersQuartersRangiora. Open Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

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Framing specialists Lynn and Graham Barr are experts at framing anything such as photos, paintings, stitch-works and memorabilia. However, it’s the difficult framing jobs that Graham enjoys. “We pride ourselves on taking framing jobs others say no to,” Lynn says.


or example, a local trotting enthusiast requested the framing for display of the full-length driver’s suit of famed Canadian trotting driver, John Campbell. Several other framing companies had declined, but Graham accepted the challenge and completed the job. They can also print photographs with a Canon Pro 4000 large format printer onto canvas and on semi-gloss, matte, metallic and poster papers. “For special images we recommend the Hahnemuhle fine art paper – a beautiful, textured art paper,” Lynn says. A popular alternative to canvas, photographs can also be printed onto foam board and laminated. Using a heat vacuum press, the high-quality laminating process provides a non-reflective matte

surface which has a UV inhibitor which protects the art work. When it comes to non-reflective glass for frames, the latest innovations from Tru Vue are available at Framemakers. Tru Vue claims the Ultra Vue UV70 boasts crystal clear colour transmission and a virtually invisible antireflective surface. Very reasonably priced, the difference is amazing. When customers look at it, Lynn says, “they genuinely doubt there is glass in the frame at all”. Framing memorabilia, shipping framed art nationwide, and framing art for exhibitions, competitions and charity auctions, Lynn and Graham are specialists. Located at 137 Main North Road, Woodend, visit or through Facebook.

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The Butcher’s Mistress is the newest butchery in Rangiora, operating since October 2017.


alena Hitchcock and her team of butchers offer a delectable array of locally sourced meat – lamb, hogget and beef (all selected on the hoof), free-farmed pork, South Island venison and organic Wash Creek lamb. “Traceability is important to me – to know the animal has come from a top local farm and has been well cared for,” Halena says. “Happy meat!” Of course, the Butcher’s Mistress offers high quality gourmet cuts, old fashioned dry cured bacon, ham and hand-crafted sausages to suit the most discerning tastes. “To shop at a butchery means personal care,” Halena says. “We pay close attention to personal tastes and portion control for families of all sizes.” Homekill and wild game processing is also available at the Butcher’s Mistress. Halena and her team can guide you through what cuts, hanging time and small goods best suit your meat. Check the Facebook page for specials, or pop in to the store at 84 High Street, Rangiora. Contact Halena on 03-313 7191.

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If there’s ever been a stress-free wedding ceremony, it’s when there is a professional taking care of all the music.


ou won’t need to worry about downloading the ceremony music onto a playlist on your iPhone, finding someone willing to be in charge of pushing play at the right time, giving your precious phone and password to said person, making sure your phone has enough battery, turning your phone onto flight mode so there’s no interference during the ceremony… the list goes on.

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When basking in the glow of the highly coveted, hand-selected gem collection at Via Sollertia, one would say the beautiful jewels on offer are anything but simple.

F My advice – hire someone; a DJ, band, duo, solo artist, anyone that does music for a living and knows what they’re doing. No longer will there be awkward silences as the person in charge of the music forgets to press play. No longer will the wrong song be played as you walk up the aisle after you’d sent ages looking for the perfect song. By hiring a professional, you know that your aisle song is in safe hands, your guests are entertained with background music as they wait for the bridal party to arrive and music continues seamlessly as the ceremony concludes, leading you into an afternoon of fun songs. And the bonus is, they usually bring along a mic for your ceremony too. The great thing is you can hire the music pros for just the ceremony, the ceremony and the afternoon, or the whole day. By saying yes to the professionals you’re taking away the awkwardness of wrong songs being played and unplanned silences. Two things to cross off your list of worries.

or more than two decades, the boutique diamond dealer has been designing, creating and supplying bespoke diamond and gemstone rings, custom made for its discerning clients. This unwavering focus on stunning gems has now manifested into a service for grooms and brides to be that takes them on a creative journey - The NU Proposal - a journey that truly is beautifully simple. This exciting innovation provides a unique opportunity for proposals to be centred around the gem only - a process that can be undertaken by the proposal maker, or the couple, through a collaboration of their ideas. Following the engagement, the pair can return to store to enjoy the experience of selecting a setting. For more information about finding the perfect diamond, just for you, visit the team at 11 New Regent St.

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What’s On? After the high of the Christmas holidays, finding activities for the little ones in our lives can present somewhat of a challenge to our fatigued imaginations and our sensitive bank balances.


ot to worry, we’ve got your calendar of activities covered for the next little while. Check out this kid friendly ‘what’s on’ list in our beautiful garden city:


GUIDED MUSEUM TOURS: The Christchurch museum enriches the mind and educates hungry minds - for free! Better yet, friendly staff host guided tours of the museum every Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30-4.30pm. Just check in with the staff in the museum foyer five to ten minutes before the tours begin.

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MAKER SPACE: Every Saturday from 1-2.30pm, Maker Space takes place at Halswell Centre. Hosted by Christchurch libraries, kids can enjoy the company of peers their own age while getting stuck into hobbies, crafts and games.

STORYTIMES: If you love to encourage your child’s learning through a love of stories, you and they will really appreciate storytimes at the Upper Riccarton Library which offers an interactive programme including stories, songs, rhymes and play. This free event is also offered by the Christchurch Library.

INGHAM LAZY SUNDAYS: On Sunday 18 February, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens will come to life with the free, all-ages gig ‘The Swan Sisters’ which makes for a perfect outing for all families. The Swan Sisters are awardwinning singer/songwriter, Amiria Grenell, and accomplished professional actress and musician, Amy Grace. Their music is a delicate blend of styles including folk, country and dreamy pop, with a dash of swingin’ blues. Pack a picnic!


sweet as Whether you have an insatiable sweet tooth, or a preoccupation with pretty cakes, Rebecca Dickson of Rebecca Jane Sugar Art has you covered. Metropol talks to the queen of beautiful treats about her creative culinary adventures.

Your cakes are extraordinary – where do you get your inspiration? I like to be creative and design my own cakes, even if it means putting my spin on a popular trend. Weddings are a big focus and I love working with couples to create something unique that tells their story, or brings in details from their wedding. I encourage clients to bring me noncake inspiration. Nature, art, fashion, interior design, architecture all have so many textures and details that can be translated into cake design. Was baking always a great love? I’ve always loved cooking, in particular experimenting. Alongside that I’ve always been pretty crafty. When I had kids, I discovered cake decorating and it seemed like two things I loved were coming together. So now I love the baking and decorating parts equally and enjoy the challenge of creating something that not only looks great, but tastes yum too. What have been some of your favourite designs? I’ve had the chance to do some epic wedding cakes. I love it when a couple is willing to try a design that’s a little different to the norm. One was a winter wedding – the cake travelled for an hour and was the tallest I’ve ever done! My cake tiers are a standard four layers of cake high, but this was two tiers at eight layers high each.




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n these beautiful summer evenings, what could be a more perfect end to the day than al fresco drinks with friends? When the cooler weather kicks in, the inside is cosy, warmed by a roaring fire, and the courtyards are heated. The 2018 Super Rugby season starts in February. The mighty Crusaders open their campaign on the 24th, and No.4 will have that and every Crusaders game live on the big screens. It’s a popular time with a great following and the atmosphere is electric. And what would a friendly neighbourhood gastropub be without a delicious and varied menu that caters to all tastes, including gluten-free meals? Open seven days from breakfast ‘til late, the No.4 menu includes favourites such as chicken wings, turkey schnitzel, salads, shared platters and, of course, a range of prime Canterbury beef. There are also some uniquely tempting dishes, such as Hot Smoked Salmon, or Succotash Eggs on the breakfast menu; for lunch there is Risotto or Whitebait Sliders Protein smoothies, and, forshakes, dinner, Homemade Peruvian Pork Belly, or Beef Gluten-free savouries, Raw cakes, Cheek Laksa. Lactose-free, free, RenownedCaffeine for its generous and varied Vegetarian foodhas available platters, No.4 gaineddaily. a reputation for exceptional outparty for daily Spoil your guestsdining. with aLook private specials,on such $12 Tacos on Tuesday, $10 upstairs ouras amazing deck. We are a child friendly environment. cocktails on Thursday, the Boss’s shout on Friday and much more. Drop into No.4 at 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale. Visit for the full 1/49 Sir William Pickering Drive menu other details. 03 357 and 2011 Open 7 days

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No.4 Bar and Restaurant is a premium establishment in the heart of this on Merivale. Housed in a converted 1920’s Put villa, it location offers exceptional indoor your dining map - located in the and outdoor dining and refreshments. prestigious Sir William Pickering Drive.

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55 Faringdon Blvd, Rolleston Ph. 03-260 0866 Open 7 Days 9am-Late 284 Lincoln Road, Addington Ph. 03-335 0095 Open 7 Days 9am-Late

Protein shakes, Homemade smoothies, Gluten-free savouries, Raw cakes, Lactose-free, Caffeine free, Vegetarian food available daily.

Spoil your guests with a private party upstairs on our amazing deck. We are a child friendly environment.

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Mix together 2 tsp ground coriander, 2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder and ½ tsp ground turmeric

To serve ½ cup sour cream ½ tsp Moroccan spice mix (see above; optional)

Photographer:Tom West

Moroccan Meatballs with couscous salad Serves: 5

Cumin, coriander and turmeric are all popular spices in Moroccan cuisine. Enjoy these fragrant flavours, meatball-style! PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins

Preheat oven to 220°C and position oven rack in centre of oven. Lightly grease a large casserole dish (measuring about 25cm x 35cm) and place into oven to preheat. Bring a full kettle to the boil. Bring a small pot of salted water to the boil. Preheat barbecue hot plate to mediumhigh (if using to cook meatballs). Place all Moroccan meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix well using clean hands. Roll into golf-ball-sized balls. Carefully place into preheated baking dish in a single layer and bake for 13–15 minutes, until cooked through. Turn oven setting to grill (leaving oven rack in centre of oven) and grill meatballs for 2–3 minutes, until golden. Alternatively, cook on barbecue hot plate for 8–9 minutes, turning often, until cooked through. While meatballs cook, prepare the rest of the meal. In a large, heat-proof bowl, combine boiling water, couscous and salt. Stir, cover and leave to swell for 5 minutes. Fluff up grains with a fork. Prepare veggies. Cook broccoli in pot of boiling water for 3–4 minutes, until bright green and tender. Drain, place under cold, running water to cool and drain again. Quarter cucumber lengthways and dice into 1cm pieces; grate carrot. Stir all veggies through cooked couscous, along with vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. In a small bowl, mix sour cream with second measure of Moroccan spice mix (if using). To serve, divide couscous salad among plates and top with a few Moroccan meatballs. Spoon over sour cream.

READY IN: 30 mins

Moroccan meatballs

Couscous salad

600g beef mince 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1½ tbsp Moroccan spice mix (see below) 1 cup grated cheese 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 egg ¼ tsp salt 1 tbsp tomato sauce

1 cup boiling water 1 cup couscous ½ tsp salt 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets and stem diced 1cm ½ telegraph cucumber 1 carrot 1 tbsp vinegar (e.g. red wine, white wine, cider) 1–2 tbsp olive oil

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Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. It can be a be a challenge organising the perfect wedding, there’s so much to think about. The George hotel is the perfect venue, an intimate, personal, boutique five-star experience.


ne couple booked their wedding night for the Classical Sparks to enjoy the fireworks, but if your organising isn’t that specific, the friendly team at the George hotel can offer inspiration. With luxurious suites to relax and an enjoy your special day in, great access to the Botanic Gardens for photographs and even a Downton Abbey style venue at The Residence, this is the perfect location in the city to tick the box on so many of those important details on your list of to-dos. If you haven’t popped the question yet, the team can help with that too. Perhaps the concierge

will sprinkle the rose petals on the bed and get the champagne on ice in your room while you pop the question over a stunning meal at Pescatore. When you book an appointment to view The George for your special day, you’ll receive a free bottle of Nautilus Cuvee to get the most wonderful journey in your life off to a great start. If you want to enjoy the luxury, style and service that only The George can provide, email the wonderful team at weddings@ You’ve got the right partner, you’ve got the dress, now get the right venue – The George hotel.

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By Kate Pierson

If you’ve ever had a moment where one of the trending food topics has left you red faced as you’re not in the know, you’re not alone. Cuisine is a moveable feast and is always serving up new ideas. Here’s the lowdown on a few favourites right now.


FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOMS: hailed as one of ‘the’ hottest foods for 2018, a functional mushroom is much easier to digest than its seemingly abstract moniker! Also known as medicinal mushrooms, this ancient food comes in multiple varieties from Reishi to Chaga to Lion’s Mane. These fungi friends are very effective foods as they are herbs and adaptogenic – put simply, thewy help the body respond to a wide range of stressors and normalise body functions. Every type of mushroom has its own benefits and a long history – Shiitake really captures the attention. Its medicinal properties were valued and became widespread during the Ming Dynasty and as well as supporting the immune system, the pharmaceutical Lentinan was extracted from the Shiitake mushroom and is the third most widely prescribed anticancer drug in the world.


King of the culinary castle for some time now, a mention of superfood ‘kale’ will still raise the odd quizzical eyebrow. It’s a cruciferous vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. Kale has a split personality - one with smooth leaves and one which is curly giving the leaves a crinkly look. Most commonly boiled (but also great in a steamer or in the pan), it becomes increasingly bitter over time, so is best enjoyed within two or three days. Be picky when it comes to the crop you chose heads of kale on the smaller side are better as they’re more tender. Leaves should be crisp and bright in colour.

TURMERIC: used in India for millennia, the bright yellow spice turmeric has become a headline grabber, courting attention thanks to its medicinal properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and offers powerful antiinflammatory effects as well as being a strong antioxidant.

Enjoy a Pleasant drive or Ferry trip over to Dark Star Ale House

Open 7 Days a Week


2E Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbour Ph 03 329 3245 Open: Wed-Sat 10am-late Sun 10am-4.30pm (Variable)

10am to 5pm Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm Sat-Sun

40 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Arts Centre (next to Canterbury Cheesemongers)

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ingredients 180ml any milk 140g dark (70%–85%) chocolate, broken into squares 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

to serve: SEA SALT FLAKES: 1 handful of fresh raspberries or cherries or a mixture 1. Gently heat the milk in a saucepan for about 45 seconds until hot all the way through. 2. Place 120g of the chocolate in a high-powered blender or food processor with the maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract. 3. Very carefully pour a quarter of the hot milk into the blender or food processor (or use a ladle, if you prefer) and blend until smooth, then repeat, adding a quarter of the milk at a time, until all the milk is combined and the mixture is silky smooth. (You need to add the hot milk slowly so that it doesn’t scramble the egg.) 4. Pour into four small ramekins or glasses and leave in the fridge for a minimum of 1½ hours, or 1 hour in the freezer, to set. Photographer:Issy Croker


Chocolate Pots

5. When you’re ready to serve, grate over the remaining dark chocolate or top with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes or a few fresh raspberries or cherries.

tip If using coconut milk, you’ll need the full-fat kind, which tends to separate in the tin, so pour it out, give it a stir and measure out 180ml for this dish, then use the rest in soups or smoothies

These lovely little pots are not only rich and smooth, they use just five ingredients and take only five minutes to make.

Serves 4


hey are perfect for preparing ahead of time as they need to set in the fridge, then all you need to do is pull them out at pudding time and grate over a little chocolate to serve. You can use any type of milk here. Nut milk (another delectable recipe featuring in

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Eat Happy) makes the mixture moussier and lighter. Coconut milk makes it really rich and quite thick but without tasting coconutty. These pots will keep, covered, in the fridge or freezer for a few days. If freezing, allow to defrost for 40 minutes before serving.

Recipes extracted from Eat Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food by Melissa Hemsley, published by Ebury Press, RRP: $55. Photography by Issy Croker.

freshhaven food Christchurch foodies love Raeward Fresh for the high-quality food it has been providing to thousands of customers every week since 1995. The beautifully presented store with its rows of fresh fruit and vegetables caters to everyone.

KGorgeous Food erri Lee, a Christchurch local, is the owner/operator and is proud of her store’s range and quality. “We have the largest range of vegetables and fruit in Christchurch, with everything from taro and lychees to the staples.” The produce is delivered daily to the store from local markets and growers. “By ordering every day it means our customers are taking home fresh, high quality produce that will last in their fridge,” Kerri says. The store’s Grocery Manager, Rosie

Owner, Kerri Lee & Rosie Wilson - Grocery Manager

Wilson, works hard to hunt out unique and new products while also providing the go-to ingredients every home chef requires. Rosie’s worked in the store for over five years. “I just love our store. I love talking to our regular customers and hearing about the dishes they are making at home.” Rosie and her co-worker, Inca, are behind the great displays and fantastic grocery specials. Her favorite products include Tio Pablo - Mexican range, House of Dumplings, Zest homemade biscuits,

Gorgeous Food

Pure NZ Ice Cream and Azzuro Oils from Waiheke Island. “The store continues to evolve into a real foodie haven and I’m looking forward to Store Manager Amber Coffin’s new cheese fridge being installed. She assures me the range is going to double with some delicious new cheeses being offered from early February,” Kerri says. Raeward Fresh, Harewood is at 800 Harewood Road, the airport end. It is open every day until 6pm.

Enjoy Summer at Fresh summer fare made daily. friendly, welcoming service

Indulge Yourself With Gorgeous Food…

Freshly baked, healthy, handmade on the premises, gorgeous takeaway food. Extensive range of slices, sandwiches, pastry products, Vivace Coffeefee Open 6 days | 66-68 Springs Road, Wigram Retail Shop 03 344 6043 Kitchen 03 344 6044

Hours: Mon-Fri 7am - 4pm Weekends 8am - 4pm 800 Harewood Road, Cnr Johns & Harewood Rd (03) 359 0138 café

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Popular pizzeria Spagalimis Pizzeria opened its doors in Christchurch in May 1978, serving pizzas to locals and visitors ever since. Believed to be the oldest restaurant in Christchurch, it is proud to continue the same traditions since it first opened on the corner of Kilmore and Colombo Streets.

he pizzeria is now located in the wooden building on the corner of Salisbury and Montreal Streets which was built in 1899. Extensively repaired after the earthquakes, it is the perfect fit for the pizzeria, with two dining rooms, a private dining room and a trendy bar area. The outdoor deck is a favourite spot for a glass of wine or pint of beer sitting amongst the terracotta flower pots. The pizza menu is extensive with something for everyone. From the traditional and always popular Spags Special through to the on-point Lime Chicken, no one is left out. All dietary requirements are covered, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Pastas and salads are also available and the beverage list is very exciting. Plus, it’s great to see a real size pint being served. The pizzeria is a great spot for a quiet meal for two or a group. The private dining room is a unique space perfect for any sized group to enjoy a fun night together. Sharing a pizza makes for a social and affordable night out. Parking is also available behind the restaurant, enter off 381 Montreal Street. Reservations can be made by emailing or calling 03-3773 113. Takeaway pizzas are always available.

Laundry? We can handle that!

29 Talfourd Place Ph/Fax 3742188

Come and visit us in the historic Ironside House, built in 1899 Christchurch’s oldest restaurant Spagalimis Salisbury Street Pizzeria and Bar • Full bar and cocktails • 39 Delicious Pizzas on the menu • Outdoor dining and deck area • Private dining room 381 Montreal Street, Corner of Salisbury

Ph. 379 7159

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Artisan salt expert Michelle Devereux from Saveur de Sel recently released a new salt blend for summer and Metropol readers were given the incredible opportunity to name this delicious new culinary creation.


ow called Bella Roma, the mix of oregano, rosemary, sage, parsley and a dash of lemon was named by Marie Marshall, as judged by Michelle and local culinary expert Mark McCracken of Comber Cuisine. Marie took home a prize pack including the new blend which works well with meat, pasta, vegetables, as well as egg and cheese dishes. More than 90 entries were whittled down to 10 finalists, with the nine shortlisted entries also receiving a sample of the successful new seasoning, which is just the first in a series of world salts Saveur de Sel will be producing. Not sure about you, but we’re excited to see what’s coming!

Crispy skin fish fillets & new potato salad


friend was lucky enough to share in some locally caught Canterbury Kingfish. This recipe will do any other firm white fish justice, matching fresh flavours and simplicity to deliver a delicious summer dish.

500gm Kingfish fillets, skin on New season potatoes 100ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 2 tbsp red wine vinegar Zest and juice of a lemon Salt and pepper 1 shallot, finely diced Small bunch of basil leaves 2 tsp capers (optional) 50gm gherkins, diced (optional) Potato salad: 1. Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and keep warm 2. Combine olive oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper. 3. While potatoes are warm, pour over the dressing and add olives, capers, shallot and gherkins. Set aside and keep warm.

Fish: 1. Preheat a BBQ or pan to medium heat. 2. Brush the fillets with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the fish skin side down on the BBQ or fry pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning once. 3. Add torn basil to the potato salad. 4. Divide potato salad among 4 plates, top with BBQ fish and serve with a small green salad.

Every dish has a story... From Akaroa salmon and Wakanui beef cheek to venison from the Canterbury high country, we have travelled near and far to source the finest local ingredients for our dishes. Sample the best of our shared menu with the new ‘Trust the Chef’ selection.

OPEN DAILY, 5:30pm - 10pm 764 Colombo Street, Christchurch 8011 | 03 741 2829

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Gold Award Winner

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376 Riccarton Rd Church Corner Mall, Upper Riccarton P. 341 7421

Book your function with us

Located at 48 Fitzgerald Ave, Purple Weka Café and Bar is one of Attractive cabinet food or Christchurch’s best relaxed options from breakfast/lunch menu weekend dining spots, where good fun and great plus deliciousgoes Weekend High Tea service hand inserved hand with great Kiwi style breakfast and lunches.

W • Birthdays • Corporate • Engagements • Baby Showers • Celebrations • Fundraisers Cnr Riccarton Road & Hansons Lane (03) 348 1886 Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm, Sat & Sun 8.30am-4pm

ith plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of onsite parking, the café offers a stylish ambience and friendly atmosphere, second to none. For Purple Weka, a new year means a tantalising new menu. Start your day by getting stuck into a succulent omelette, eggs benedict or a hearty big breakfast, all part of Purple Weka’s popular breakfast menu. For lunch, why not sample their gargantuan Gourmet Beef Burger or Open Chicken Sandwhich. A hot cup of barista made coffee is never far away, and a great selection of cold drinks is a welcome

Let us introduce you to the wonderful flavors and hospitality of Morocco and provide an unforgettable dining experience. Shop 3/300 Lincoln Road, Addington,Christchurch, P 03 338 2882

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companion on those hot summer days. Purple Weka is also fully licensed so wine and beer is also available. All sweet and savoury delicacies are made fresh each day and the kids menu means the wee ones’ cravings will be catered for. Speaking of catering, Purple Weka is also more than happy to provide your next work or social function with quality eats and beverages. For more information, visit, visit the Facebook page or call 03-366 0258. Open Monday to Friday 6am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.



ow does all-youcan-eat sushi for $12 sound? That’s what is happening in February at Milieu. Mondays and Tuesdays, from 12 ‘til 2, take advantage of the new sushi buffet, for just $12. Sushi is also available any time for the rest of the week. Located in busy Addington, Milieu is a part of the vibrant fabric of the commercial area. Servicing office blocks for breakfast and lunch with coffees, cabinet food and a la carte meals, it also does catering platters and hosts functions. There are always vegetarian and vegan options. Open weekends too, Milieu is a fantastic place to meet friends

We are 110% committed to bringing you the freshest and most wholesome of ingredients, prepared and cooked with love.

before shows and games at local theatres, Addington Raceway and AMI Stadium. Also starting in February and continuing throughout the year is an upgrade to the lunch special surprise Milieu is known for. From 12 ‘til 2 weekdays it’s Mexican week. Could be nachos; could be tacos. Sombreros are optional, but encouraged. Then it’s Italian week. Pizza, pasta, possibly even cannoli! Or how about Japanese week? Asian week? Every week a new take on some ethnic favourites to tempt tastebuds for lunch. Dine in or take away, all for around $20. Watch the Facebook pages for updates, or just pop into Milieu on Wrights Road, Addington.

$10 BURGER & BEER DEAL IS BACK! The Crusaders are back for 2018, and so is our legendary Game Day $10 Burger & Beer deal.

Crusaders vs Chiefs Saturday 24 February Chantelle

We’ll take the work out of your next dinner party


7 day bar & bistro located at Addington Raceway 65 Jack Hinton Drive (03) 339 7915

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Exciting new concept store A new artisan delicatessen on Opawa Road embodies the romance of trading with local, organic and gourmet goodies. Bulk refilling of organic wholefoods to reduce plastic and waste. GF/DF/Paleo friendly cabinet food. Awesome Atomic coffee and vintage vibes.

The Noble Merchant

Open daily including weekends 132 Opawa Road

CANTERBURY KOMBUCHA New local salubrious probiotic drink live & raw Made with Fair Trade and Organic Ingredients Buy direct or ask for us at your favorite café and whole food store

At Gordon’s, we pickle whole & sliced gherkins & onions, and relish. ‘Pickle your own’ peeled pickling onions & whole gherkins also available, to create your own favourite recipe! Prime Smoke premium hot & cold smoked salmon now in-store at ‘The Picklery’.

The Picklery - Retail Shop Open weekdays 9am – 3pm 1 Timothy Place, Wigram Ph.03 3480 223 E:

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Multi-Award Winning Butchery Now in larger brighter premises at 303 Colombo St. Unique smallgoods, top quality fresh meats. Great service, great value.

Yumm. is your friendly food supplier using locally grown produce and goods baked fresh daily. A great range of luxury pantry items and kitchen equipment from well-known NZ brands. Friendly staff on hand to help!

303 Colombo St, Christchurch Ph. 03 337 2929

The Colombo Mall, 363 Colombo St Ph. 03 365 2440 Find them on Instagram

Euro Gourmet Meats

New Cellar Door open 4-8pm in Marlborough everyday. Bringing the Awatere Valley to town. In the courtyard of Dodson Street Beer Garden, enjoy vibrant and authentic wines, then head indoors for dinner.

Clark Estate Ph. 021 386 831

Call by now for your very own Bento Box at Sesame Sushi Order yours now!

Sesame Sushi & Asian Fusion 33 Elgin Street (Corner of Colombo St & Elgin St) Ph. (03) 943 7872


Craft Beer & Cider Fillery A craft beer oasis in Rangiora. Free tastings and knowledgeable advice to help you choose from 20 taps pouring an ever changing selection. A new kind of craft beer experience! 7 Durham Street, Rangiora

Curiosity Gin

Award winning Recipe 23 is a contemporary style gin with a New Zealand Twist. Distilled here in Christchurch using Canterbury grain, East Coast Manuka, Gisborne Citrus and Otago Lavender. The perfect taste of summer.


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Ali’s Lemons

Fresh, Traditional, Distinctive. Made with love by Ali in Christchurch. Summer days call for cooling, reviving refreshments. Ali’s Lemon Fresh & creamy Lemon Ice Cream are affordable luxuries, fitting the bill perfectly. All natural, no preservatives. Available at Christchurch Farmers’ Market Contact Ali:

Dunsandel Country Cafe & Bar

Open 7 days our local cafe restaurant & bar offers a wide range of menu & cabinet options with a family area. Treat yourself to our delicious new summer menu with our welcoming staff. Main South Rd, Dunsandel Ph. 03 325 4007

We have it all @ I Spy food. Damn delicious pies, seriously good vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Fresh bread and gorgeous cakes. Coffee and a micro roastry onsite.

I Spy Food

78 Barrington St, Somerfield Ph. 03 337 0422

The Winemaker’s Wife Pinot Gris Rose Riesling

Now Available Delicious Handmade Pies, including Vegan! A welcome addition to the tasty range of food at Penelope’s are our freshly made pies which are quickly becoming a firm favourite. Be surprised with a visit today! Penelope’s Café 32, New Regent Street Ph. 03 365 3263 E:

Loburn Grove Taste and enjoy handcrafted products made from locally grown, spray free hazelnuts and fruit. At Loburn Grove we specialise in crafting the finest hazelnut oil, dukkah and butters, gourmet fruit syrups, chutneys and sauces.

Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

It’s harvest time for all that luscious produce that goes into Sallys jams, chutneys and sauces. A new batch of our stunning Apricot, Riesling and Lemon Thyme Jam is now available at Ballantynes, Fresh Choice City Market, Total Food Equipment, Christchurch Farmers Market or contact Sally:

Bespoke Platters Using local Canterbury produce to create delicious, aesthetically pleasing platters to cater for all occasions from children’s birthday parties to large corporate functions for 100+ people. Book your platter today! Ph. (03) 921 2943

Melt your Taste Buds with our Gelato… Artisan gelato and sorbetto served in our boutique gelateria at 5/132 Opawa Road. Now open Sat and Sun 1pm - 7.30pm See our facebook page for week day openings Gelato also available for events and wholesale to restaurants and cafes.

The Gelato Lab Ltd


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hanmer springs


Our food is made from scratch to satisfy all of your needs. All of the ingredients are carefully selected by Chefs who will always ensure that you have an amazing dining experience at MK Restaurant.

By Tracey Edwardes

Next month, Hanmer will be alive with the sweet sound of song.

24 Conical Hill Rd, Hanmer Springs (Located in the Village Complex) 03-315 5323 or 02108206256 Enjoy our

Al Fresco Dining In our Garden area

F Call in to enjoy our delicious Cakes and biscuits

2 Highfield St, Culverden Call 03-315 8492

rom Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March, the Alpine village will provide the stunning setting and become host to the Festival of Voices. Anyone is welcome to either participate and empower their vocals, or to simply singalong and enjoy the performances held at Hanmer Springs Alpine Memorial Hall. One of the talented tutors and coordinators, Lisa Tui Jonathon, says Hanmer already has a strong singing community and this inaugural

event supports world music, acapella and a community singing together. She attended the incredible Festival of Voices in Tasmania, which attracted participants worldwide, and hopes this year’s inaugural event for New Zealand will be just the starting note. The festival involves four workshops for songsters and song leaders, of all abilities, and three performances in a variety of genres. Including Saturday morning’s pop-up choirs in the village, events will crescendo over the melodious weekend, until Sunday’s Concert Finale. Inspirational tutors include revered singer Naomi Van den Broek and Julian Hay of Voice Co fame, winners of TV1’s The Naked Choir, and special guests at the soiree on the Saturday night. Fortuitously, awardwinning New Zealand icon Jason Kerrison will be in concert at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa on the Saturday, 9 March. And prior to this unmissable weekend on Saturday 3 March, Parabola West will showcase at a house concert in Hanmer, with her eclectic mix of Celtic, Nordic, folk and electronica. Visit Hanmer Music and Art at for information and tickets details (or for Jason Kerrison’s concert).

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The Pied Piper of Hanmer Join the Hanmer Bakery gourmet pie fans and head on down to our fabulous bakery located in the heart of Hanmer Open from early morning until late afternoon 7 days a week, 6am - 4pm. Shop 6, Village Shopping Mall Hanmer Springs 7334 Phone: 03 315 7714 Email:

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By Kate Pierson

Lazy day Sundays have never looked more stylish. Better yet, you can enjoy them every day of the week now in the comfort of your very own Pyjama Lounge.

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Pyjama Lounge?” you ask with curiosity. Yes, the newest addition to the modern abode, the Pyjama Lounge is trending, taking the home decor world by storm. It sounds like a revolutionary concept, but in fact, it’s a recycled idea whose name has been given a revamp.

No identity crisis here though – the same fundamentals and style principles still apply: a space in close proximity to bedrooms (usually upstairs, but we’re flexible) that offers a place for family to congregate, boasting unpretentious furnishings with the emphasis placed on comfort and coziness.

Mod cons are certainly allowed in this space – TV, sound system, the works – but the central idea is all about intimacy, creating an environment where families can bond and chill out together. The firm favourites in these spaces seem to be an abundance of the type of cushions that you can get lost in, lots of books, board games, cosy floor rugs you can sleep on, mood lighting, with a tip of the cap towards kitsch eye candy for the theme – certainly fits the vibe of the space! In this contemporary day and age when we don’t often have time to push the pause button, the Pyjama Lounge provides the perfect excuse.

Piccadilly Bookshop in Avonhead Mall for the most amazing selection of fiction and non fiction books in Christchurch. LATEST RELEASES



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Cole and Son Wallpaper

dare to be different In a world of neutral walls, have you ever wanted to just do something completely outrageous? Go all out with a vibrant print, slap up some totally mismatched wall hangings or colour clash to your heart’s content?


nless you’re an interior decorator or utterly fearless (we envy you, outrageously), the concept of statement walls can make the hearts of the boldest decorating darlings do a nervous little pitter patter. But what this style pundit lacks in modesty, it makes up for in punch. Check out our mood board of inspiration, after all, as they say, go big or go home.

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A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND WORDS: Make a style statement without saying a word by filling your wall with a completely random mix of art and photos, everything and anything that makes you happy.

BE A WALLFLOWER: When faced with the task of redecorating a room, nothing packs quite as much punch as wallpaper.

GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER: Ok, so it might not be the lowest maintenance option, but a living wall is definitely going to have the wow factor!

DISH IT UP: Why not use some striking dishes to create something utterly unique. An eclectic group of framed mirrors will also do the trick.

COLOUR ME CLEVER: Why not get creative with some tape and paint to create a one of a kind geometric design. Use blackboard paint and you’ve created a more literal blank canvas.


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wner Adrian Kay leads a dedicated team of four skilled tradesmen, specialising in kitchen renovation/remodelling. “Our kitchen facelifts are what sets us apart,” he says. “We retain the bones of the kitchen and replace the doors, drawer fronts and benchtops for a completely new look.” The service will not only breathe new life into your kitchen and provide a stunning result with the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality, as well as saving homeowners thousands of dollars. Using locally sourced materials, it’s also a more eco-friendly option, with as much of the existing kitchen re-used as possible. Adrian established Dream Doors Christchurch six years ago. “I wanted to get involved in the rebuild, to help

people get back on their feet and this was a small way to give back.” The business offers a complete package and a bespoke service, guiding the customer through each stage of the process, from design to installation. Everything is taken care of – from arranging the electrician and plumber, to splashbacks and appliances. A free upgrade to the latest melamine door technology – laser edging – is currently available, so now is a good time to create your dream kitchen. “Laser edging gives a much cleaner, crisper look. We have a full range of door styles and patterns, and benchtops for any budget and look you’re trying to achieve.” Located in Wigram, ph 03-338 1081 or email for a free consultation.


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Exceptional Education SPACES FOR


IKON Architects has long been involved in the planning and development of St Thomas of Canterbury College’s campus and is pleased to see the completion of the latest addition – the new multipurpose science and technology learning studio.


significant building programme has seen the development of the two-storey

Mt Sion learning centre and the replacement of earthquake prone or damaged buildings

with a new multipurpose gymnasium complex and learning studio. The gymnasium and learning studio have been realised through a collaborative partnership with Apollo Projects. Replacing a significant amount of building stock with a limited budget was a challenge but both projects were successfully delivered with Ikon and Apollo working together in a fast-tracked design and build process. Both projects are constructed using prefinished insulated Kingspan cladding panels. A key element in their costeffective construction, the panels form both a durable cladding and interior lining, with exposed structure creating a refined semi-industrial feel. The learning studio features three large interlinked teaching spaces with several breakout rooms which can be subdivided by large glazed sliding doors. With a simple neutral colour palette, more vibrant colours are used in floor and wall finishes to define breakout zones and staff areas. Exterior colour highlights key features, such as the red canted colonnade that frames the exterior courtyard and ties the building in with the established context. St Thomas’s is now in a great position to continue to provide high quality education thanks to the innovative design approach of Ikon Architects and close collaboration with Apollo Projects.


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irector, Grant Irving, established his building company in 2008. He’s been in the building trade in Christchurch all of his adult life and has a vast amount of experience. He heads a team of three Licensed Building Practitioners and one apprentice. He also works alongside Administration Manager Kelly Irving, his wife, and Quantity Surveyor, Mark Shaw. Together, they all comprise GI Builders, a professional team of home builders, small enough to care, big enough to deliver. Deliver they do. In the competitive environment that is post-earthquake Christchurch, renovations, repairs, cash settlements, rebuilds and new builds now have added complications that home owners need to be aware of. The team at GI Builders are experts at them all. “It’s about having an understanding of the current building situation in Christchurch. We’ve all worked through the earthquakes, and it’s now quite a different environment to what it was pre-earthquakes,” Mark says. Mark is in charge of contracts and costings, and works closely with clients and contractors, ensuring cost-effective solutions are applied to every aspect of every project. He works closely with Grant who project manages every job. Whether a small renovation job or bespoke new home build, Grant will work with you from concept and planning, to

completion. With a broad network, GI Builders is well placed to fulfil its mission to provide exceptional personal service and construction and an outstanding, quality finish. You can even walk through a 3D version of your house using the BIMx app. “We’ve got the knowledge and connections to not be baffled by any request. We have a good rapport with a wide range of expert tradespeople and professionals,” Kelly says. Such experience and knowledge is invaluable in the current environment. “We have long-term relationships with architects, interior and landscape designers, fencing contractors and plumbers.” Good relationships with multiple suppliers ensure competitive pricing for customers, without compromising quality. With a small team like GI Builders, clients get the individual attention they deserve. Grant works hard to keep his clients well informed. Whether negotiating on his clients’ behalf for cash settlements – something Grant is doing more now as insurance companies take the option – or interpreting data from geotechnical engineers, he offers a friendly, personal service customers don’t always get from larger companies. “I’m the builder, I’m the one you deal with, and I understand the issues,” Grant says. Contact GI Builders and see more info at Metropol February 15, 2018 79

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Like the first balmy nor’wester of spring, a visit to Naturally Tiles in Mandeville Street bathes you in a warm feel-good glow. Owner Heather Cayford, together with Patsy Price, exude such an empathy for their clients and a passion for their tiles that the showroom feels like a home away from home.


eather and Patsy understand the build process; they also understand that people sometimes come in feeling stressed about the decisions they need to make. Their expertise enables budget, location and style to be combined to find the perfect tile. Heather and Patsy’s constant aim is exceptional service and they manage to put even the most pressured clients at ease. The Naturally Tiles experience doesn’t begin and end with the service. The tiles they sell are unique and gorgeous, and imported straight from Italy. With no “middle-man” between Italy and Heather, the customer is assuredly getting a direct link and the authentic item. Heather travels to the trade shows in Italy, while sales reps come to Naturally Tiles at least twice a year to showcase the latest products. In addition, the new product catalogues arrive at regular intervals throughout the year and these are available for clients to look through. You can order straight from the catalogues and if you see something in the catalogue that isn’t in the showroom, samples are freighted in. There is a calmness in the showroom and Patsy says this is due to the colourways of genuine Italian tiles. They tend towards the gentler colours of nature because of taxes imposed in Italy on the discharge of brighter oxides to the environment. Heather and Patsy are skilled in selecting tiles for a traditional or classic feel, or for a scheme that is really à la mode. Passionate about interior design, it is a great pleasure as well as ongoing professional development to study upcoming trends. Patsy thinks the future holds slightly warmer colours. Her current favourite range is Edilcuoghi - “a great price for high design in wall and ceiling tiles, it’s highly naturalistic in soft colours”. Metropol February 15, 2018 81

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Have you ever celebrated a birthday and stopped to wonder exactly where that year (or years!) has gone? It comes upon you as either a pleasant surprise or a deep awakening, and the nostalgia it creates leaves you remembering what happened whilst posing the question, how did I fare? I’m doing just that as I wish Harcourts gold a happy birthday. From small beginnings to great success on an international stage, being named the No. 1 franchise in New Zealand consecutively and having the No. 1 office for Harcourts worldwide for three of the past five years, as well as Papanui being the No. 1 office in Christchurch and New Zealand, this company has become an integral part of who we are as leaders in our industry and members of the community. Twenty years ago, my husband John and I started in business by purchasing one suburban real estate office. It was situated in Papanui and had been left leaderless after the tragic suicide of its then owner. Understandably, the small team of consultants, the caretaker manager and the owners of the few properties listed were in a transition stage whilst the business was put up for sale. It was a nervous time: we were members of a four-person group seeking to purchase the business and with three of us already working at a large successful competitor’s office, it’s fair to say our purchase didn’t make us flavour of the month!

Leaving where we were was very tough, paying off the loans that allowed us to purchase the business even tougher, whilst the workload mentally and physically was exhausting. Having our youngest son not too far into ownership also added to the complexity of building a business. A new baby who didn’t sleep, a business in growth mode and the expectation to sell fulltime wasn’t easy, and I will remain forever grateful for the family support I received during that time. But slowly, and then not so slowly, the tide started turning. Like all home-grown success stories, whilst the start is often simple, momentum creates its own magic – as does innovation, luck, a massive work ethic and an unholy drive to succeed. One office rapidly became four, and those four original offices still comprise much of the business we know today. But it hasn’t always been a linear journey. At one time the company mushroomed to include seven offices with branches on the West Coast and Wanaka. Logistically, this was difficult and meant John would clock up enormous hours and miles traversing the country to oversee the various offices. I look back and wonder at his endurance. Later, a near-fatal crash in Wanaka whilst John and our two sons were travelling as passengers with another driver, and an admission that we felt stretched, meant we went back to our Christchurch roots and

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sold the outlying offices to colleagues. Not partnership changes, market movements, earthquakes nor any of the other many struggles along the way have caused us to lose our commitment to our industry, our business or our people, and the incredible pace has meant the last twenty years has gone by in a flash. From one office to five … 17 listings to 1,300 per year … 10 people to 123 – it’s been such a privilege. The lessons learnt have been huge. Two that stand out for me include: • There is no such thing as work smart, not hard. Sorry. To succeed you will have to do both. • Get a business mentor. For most of our years in the industry we have worked with Gilbert Enoka. It has been enlightening, encouraging and essential.

There you have it. I love birthdays and this one feels very special. Let me say, on behalf of the team, thank you to everyone who has made the twenty years so worthwhile. Thank you for everything.

Lynette McFadden



décor destination Have you ever seen a picture of an interior design so beautiful you fantasise about stepping into it? That’s the feeling you get crossing the threshold at the Kit and Caboodle showroom on Elgin Street.

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t’s a destination store: here you’ll find the perfect blend of old and new furniture, accessories, lighting, and soft furnishing. Owner and Interior Design Consultant Alex Marie says, “the philosophy is to create timeless, evolving interiors that give enduring pleasure”. Interior Design Consultant Andrea Tudehope describes the showroom as “a visual tool to inspire”. The antiques are sourced within New Zealand, while the new pieces are imported from around the world and based on old European designs with a modern twist. The gorgeous showroom is just the beginning of the journey though; Kit and Caboodle is predominantly an interior design consultancy. Alex and Andrea describe their interior design style as a fusion of contemporary and classical. Andrea says their design aesthetic remains very stable – they don’t follow trends, believing that if the design is classic and done well, it will last the distance and the client will love it for life. Current favourite fabrics for Alex are stripes and florals “but we both have really broad tastes which helps us to engage with clients. We go in with flexible minds and get in tune with people.” “Everyone has an opinion, even if they think they don’t they will have personal likes and dislikes,” Andrea says. “We never impose our desires on them, and the design has to fit with their lifestyle.” This design duo will do the whole process for you, from inception through to procurement. It can be a whole-room or house concept from scratch, but they are just as happy to add the perfect finishing touches to your ideas. “We can work within anyone’s budget regardless, and create a lovely look,” Andrea says. They start with finding out what a client already has or would like to use, then work out how to get maximum value for money with changes and additions. A gentle upgrade could consist of new wallpaper or curtains, or simply reupholstery of favourite pieces. There is a huge library of textiles at the showroom and people are welcome to browse. The pair will do in-store consultations, or come to you at home. Alex and Andrea’s reputation is widespread, many clients come through referrals, and recently they’ve worked in Hawkes Bay and Wanaka. The brand new website is live with products available online. Find Kit and Caboodle at 7 Elgin Street in the city, or phone 03-379 6575.

new things

a hidden gem

Ding Bats Garden Chimes by Andrew Lyons $45 each from Heathcote Valley Gallery. Handcrafted Children’s Patchwork Cot Quilt. Available at Rickety Rosies.

A life-sized Gorilla named Dandelion, sculpted from Mt Somers limestone, welcomes everyone at the entrance to Heathcote Valley Gallery – a hidden gem on a beautiful tree-lined road.


andelion’s creator, Sculptor Andrew Lyons, no longer had a place to sell his works post-quakes so when the home in front of his own abode was demolished, he took the plunge. With help from his wife Carole and their friends, he designed and built a gallery, using recycled materials wherever possible, including a cedar tree on the property felled due to a dangerous lean which he then transformed into the gallery’s bespoke front door. Heathcote Valley Gallery showcases the works of top local artists, painters, potters, and jewellers, alongside Andrew’s own wood, stone and recycled sculptures. The aim is to sell quality local art, that is also affordable, so he keeps prices lower than others. Visit 22 Station Road, Heathcote or

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Trinket box handmade by Frank Hakkaart at West Melton Pottery. $30

Beautiful gifts from Coco Gifts for the season of love.

Water features from $650 at Bali Hai Imports

Wide range of outdoor furniture. Bali Hai Imports

Droolicious Doggy Donuts from The Barkery Brothers

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By Melinda Collins

It seems the matte finish has lost its lustre as mirror-like finishes on metal accents and fittings begin to outshine their understated adversary.

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Wide range of Ellen Giggenbach prints available at Industria

Oliveri Pepe kitchen mixers. A selection of finishes and solid design in a modern, stylish mixer. Visit to find your nearest retailer.

Some of the exclusive sculptures of animals at Art & Frame.

es, while we courted our crush on matte black and welcomed this pared-back palette into our homes, shiny metals are making an increasing appearance on everything from table legs, to bathroom fittings, and from pendant lights to ornaments. So let yourself be beguiled into some shiny new toys for your abode, your inner magpie will thank you for it.


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new things




the rules By Melinda Collins

If you ever questioned your mathematics teacher’s assertion that geometry would play an integral part in post-school life, we’ve got news for you.



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eometry – unexpected angles, unusual shapes, repetitive patterns – is one of the hottest decorating trends to hit the home. Though not new by any stretch of the imagination, the visual contrast geometry brings to the home has made it an enduring aesthetic across every room and for quite some time now. But in 2018 this style staple is rewriting the rule book and mixing it up, just for you. Traditionally big, bold and a little bit in your face, the modern incarnation of geometric décor is pared back, often a one colour palette with a textural geometric print. Geometrics are a great way to shape up your home, with the walls, furniture, mirrors and upholstery all empty canvases to do just that. Why not play it safe with small geometric accents or be a little bit brave and add a pop of colour. But don’t forget, this is home decorating and not high school geometry class after all, so now it’s time for you to play your own rules.

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When choosing a Landscape Designer for your property – it is important you choose wisely. Whether it be for a small courtyard area, the extension/rebuild of an existing property or a complete new build.


ou want someone who has extensive knowledge of all design concepts, the latest products and vast horticultural experience. Meet Luke Robertson, Designer at Artworks Landscape Ltd. Luke joined the team with 10 years already under his belt at Texture Plants. He is a professional in design as well as a qualified horticulturist. “I believe the success to any landscape requires a well thought out design encompassing not only the site but the



client’s needs and wants – with an eye to the future and how those needs and wants may change over time. The layout of hard surfaces (paving etc) is one of the most critical factors to any good design – this will be the most expensive element in the construction and is the longest serving,” Luke says. “Soft landscaping (plantings) can always be updated and modernised at minimal costs to the client (provided there is a good back bone to the design).

Too many people make the mistake of not allowing enough budget for their landscaping. The result can be disappointing when the client realises just how much time they spend outside. Areas often can be staged to accommodate the total budget – not all landscaping is done in one sweep.” It all starts with a consultation – so give Luke a call today on 021 409 942 or enquire through the website

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Editor: Melinda Collins

“Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance” – H Jackson Brown Jr



wise man once said to me ‘if it’s not funny, you’re looking at it the wrong way’. And, although one could certainly argue that there is plenty in the world that doesn’t tickle the funny bone, when it comes to defining the all-encompassing nature of perspective, it’s proverbially on point. While some saw the post-quake central city as a veritable waste land, others saw its potential. Our architectural visionaries not only had the drive and determination to bring these heritage buildings back to life, but they had the courage to see some pretty difficult projects through to the finish. One such visionary is Shaun Stockman. The name behind some of Christchurch’s biggest and brightest post-quake redevelopments, Stockman has become one of the city’s most ardent supporters and one who has maintained his tireless campaign to invigorate the central core. People, he says, are the heart of a vibrant, thriving central city and creating a space to draw them back in is what drives him. We talk to Stockman about his favourite Christchurch buildings, on page 107 and profile one of his latest projects. The Victoria Black building at 199-201 High Street was set in what was a bustling retail hub 150 years ago and, with the architectural vision of the likes of Shaun Stockman in its corner, the central city is again making good on this promise.

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Shaun Stockman’s tireless campaign to invigorate the central core has resulted in the redevelopment of buildings such as Stranges Lane. We talk to Stockman on page 107 and profile one of his latest developments on pages 111-113. Image courtsey of


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The Influencers

Leeann Watson

Albert Brantley

Mason Reed

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive

Fraser Thomas Director - Geotechnical Engineering


reparing yourself for the future will be essential and there is no better time than the new year. Change is everywhere, and the pace has never been faster, whether it is new government policy, climate change or digital disruption. Take technology for example – many New Zealand businesses are already behind when it comes to adopting new technologies. Changing your mindset to thinking about the opportunities that technology will bring and not wanting to miss out, rather than focusing on the cost and other barriers, is a good way to start. Think about the changes that your industry may face from digital disruption. Think about technology from outside your industry that may have an impact on your business. Think about how you might refocus your resources and respond. And think about how you might be able to take advantage of the change. Take the time out from your day to day and start a conversation with someone with a different perspective – a scientist, a graduate, a next gen-er. Be open. Listen to new ideas. Look out for the warning signs of disruption – be alert to the signals and work out how you can respond. Accept that change is inevitable. View it as an opportunity, not a threat. The right mindset and the right environment for change can transform your business. The chamber will support our members through this. Our organisation is also impacted by the change and we will have to adapt and evolve, while at the same time supporting our members.


n 2018 Ōtākaro will get out on the road. We have three main areas of work. Manchester Street beside the East Frame, and Durham Street and Hospital Corner which adjoin the Avon River Precinct. Most will be finished mid-year. It is not a simple resurfacing job. Behind the fences, contractors are completely digging out the old road, replacing metre after metre of broken pipe and suspect cable, before laying new structural layers to support a smooth road, paved and shared paths, bus stops and garden beds. One of the most significant challenges is that not all the existing services under the road are exactly where the old plans say they will be. When the crews dig up the ground and find something unexpected they must treat the services as live. It could be a safety hazard or providing essential water, power, wastewater or telecommunications to a nearby business. Once contractors know what it is, they must work out whether it is best to go around it or move it. This can mean a redesign of the plan, which takes time and limits the work that can be done in the interim. We’re now seeing the results. On Manchester Street alone, many of the 398,000 pavers that will line the street have been laid; 170 new trees have been planted; there’s 5.5 kilometres of new kerbing in place and underground there’s 700 metres of new stormwater pipe, with more to come. We appreciate your patience during the push to the finish.


he country is obsessed with the ‘housing crisis’. The reality is the ‘housing crisis’ is not a nationwide problem but an Auckland problem. You’d be hard pushed to convince me there is an issue with finding an affordable house for a first home buyer in Dunedin, Buller, Greymouth, Whangarei or even Christchurch. In my opinion the real crisis is the impending ‘rental crisis’. Recent governments have bowed to public pressure, introducing measures to make it harder for the private sector to provide residential rental accommodation. These appear to have been introduced to pave the way for first home buyers to be able to purchase their own homes. There is now an under-supply of residential rental accommodation in most parts of the country, further exacerbated by the popularity of Air-bnb. Supply and demand problems haven’t yet affected Christchurch which is still a renter’s market, likely because of the Canterbury earthquakes, which resulted in the fast-tracking of subdivisions (and, in some cases, rezoning of land) that was the catalyst for a building boom in the following years. The introduction of ‘as is where is’ properties, is also likely to be a contributory factor. If Christchurch is affected by the ‘rental crisis’, the blame should be firmly laid with the Government, which has created an environment that victimises the people in society who require reliable, affordable, long-term residential rental accommodation. The Government is removing the private sector from the residential rental market, that will leave the government as the sole provider of residential rental accommodation.

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he year 2018 is shaping up as an exciting and busy one, not just for Regenerate Christchurch, but also for Christchurch as a whole. In the central city, it’s exciting to see momentum gathering from both private and public investment, as events, new projects and businesses attract people back to the heart of Christchurch and continue to transform our city. One of the most significant events in early 2018, will be a major public exhibition for the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area. This is the former red zone section of the city from Barbadoes Street to Bexley and New Brighton. The exhibition will take people on an interactive journey through where we’ve come from, the future, the costs and benefits, and the likely timeframes. There will be many opportunities for public feedback, including online. We’ll also have mobile teams visiting key gathering points (such as shopping centres and events) to give people more opportunities to take a look and have a say. Following the exhibition, we’ll prepare a draft Regeneration Plan which will be completed by September – including a preferred land use plan for the area. Again, we’ll provide people with the opportunity to have a say on this draft plan, which will confirm responsibilities for funding, delivery and governance. It is expected to be finalised by the end of 2018. This is the country’s largest regeneration opportunity, one that can transform both Christchurch and New Zealand. We’re very excited about the future of our city.


efore the election we set ourselves some hefty targets of what we wanted to achieve in our first 100 days. From the Prime Minister on down, we were clear we wanted to hit the ground running and show exactly what type of government we would be right from the outset. It’s been a whirlwind time as we have made good on our promises. We’ve helped make housing more affordable for Kiwi families by introducing legislation to ban overseas speculators from buying our houses. We’ve introduced new standards for rental accommodation, so everyone can grow up in a home that is warm, safe and dry. We extended paid parental leave, boosted Working for Families, raised the minimum wage and set out to boost the powers of the consumer watchdog the Commerce Commission when it comes to the prices consumers are paying at the pump. We’ve stopped the state house selloff, we’ve made post-secondary school education more affordable and launched our mental health review. In Canterbury, we’ve begun work on an independent enquiry into EQC, new support for mental health and ways to get the Metro Sports Facility project back on track after the $75m budget blowout under the previous government. Here locally, we know we have more to do: we’ve got plans to further boost the local economy with research and development tax credits, invest in public transport to free up congestion and speed up the recovery of our city. It’s an exciting time and the best is yet to come.


here’s a lot of talk about needing to attract new capital to Christchurch, in particular, the central city. But, we don’t talk enough about the need to encourage more human capital to Christchurch from the international talent pool. This human capital might take the form of new migrants or expats, with many of the latter now signalling a desire to return home. What both groups offer Christchurch is diversity, an invaluable global perspective, new networks and, often, investment capital. We’re currently fielding a lot of enquiries from expats who, when visiting family during the holidays, have noticed the growth in the city since last time they were here. They are definitely eyeing up the immense opportunities and lifestyle Christchurch offers. Increasingly, recognising the value of a global perspective is part of the changing nature of the recruitment market and what employers value. Sure, there’s a requirement for the core skills but we’re seeing a lot more emphasis on the softer skills; the ability to have emotional intelligence, build meaningful relationships, lead, analyse, problem solve and think on your feet. The environment we operate in now is far more dynamic with technology and disruption coming at us at a rate of knots. You can see it as a threat or an opportunity. The companies that engage new team members who can adapt quickly, identify and analyse where the opportunities and challenges lie, will be the ones that will be best positioned to take advantage of these opportunities moving forward.

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ith a series topic of ‘FutureBuilt: Today’s Cities to Tomorrow’s Jobs’, we took the opportunity to talk to Swanson about how the construction industry needs to evolve to meet the world’s changing needs.

parameters of regulations that are reactive, rather than a proactive. China, India, Dubai develop with extreme speed. A primary reason for this is that the regulations change responsibly with the develpoments, rather than the developments working within a set of rules. A reactive regulation prescribes what you can and can’t do based on a strict set of guidelines. A proactive, performancedriven regulation breeds creativity, conscious and thoughtful design and truly embraces the profession of architecture and trusts our architects and designers to utilise their skills and expertise.

How does the construction industry need to grow and evolve to meet the world’s changing needs? When we look at a great car company who produce only five car models, we don’t dismiss them because of their limited range – we select the car that will offer us the best design for our needs. We seem not to think like this when it comes to the buildings we create. Vehicle manufacturing processes are becoming more adaptable to change and yet, when we look at construction, we still hammer a nail into wood, or put a bolt through steel, on site, in all weather conditions despite the available technology utilised in all other industries. Buildings consume over half the world’s energy, and utilise over half the world’s

natural resources, yet the automobile industry is 90 percent cleaner than 20 years ago despite increasing production. By looking at a manufacturing model in the construction of buildings, we have the opportunity to create cleaner and more adaptable buildings. We can create new industry related jobs, new industry efficiencies by utilising the tried and tested products and work collaboratively together with other industries and industry organisations and regulation writers. We should be focussing on buildings having a conscious contribution to our lives and our world, rather than focussing energy on practices that we have been completing since the hammer replaced rock on the end of a stick.

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In a city which is rebuilding at a rapid pace, what are some of the key challenges? It appears there have been significant stopping blocks in the way of progress. Whilst the re-construction of Christchurch is moving ahead rapidly now, I can’t help but wonder what may have happened had an alternative throught process be utilised when looking at rules and regulations. In Chicago, we have similar hurdles, with a building code formed on the basis of the Great Fire, 130 years ago. In the modern world, it’s crazy this has any impact on what a designer can and can’t do, yet around the world we work within the

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ut the sense of change has been far from skin deep, as the city has gone from rebuild to reinvention and Mayor Lianne Dalziel has been able to witness the transformation first hand. Her role hasn’t been an easy one. In the five years since Dalziel became the 46th Mayor of Christchurch she has battled fires – both in the literal and figurative sense – and yet, despite the enormous hurdles, she remains determined to seize the enormous opportunities created by the earthquakes to reinvent our city and define our future. A “fierce advocate” of her city of birth, Mayor Dalziel says Christchurch is experiencing a metamorphosis of change as we evolve to meet the changing needs of the modern day. “The city is now reinventing itself and becoming more innovative, creative and focused on sustainability, environmental protection and food resilience,” she says. Projects like the development of New Zealand’s first urban food hub, Ōtākaro Orchard, are proving that community-led progress creates valuable and meaningful outcomes. “Christchurch has a really important part to play in finding some of the solutions to questions being asked globally around sustainability and environmental management. “Innovative design and creative solutions are being applied to community-centric spaces throughout the city and the wider region.” Mayor Dalziel says Canterbury is also an excellent base for emerging technologies such

THE CITY IS NOW REINVENTING ITSELF AND BECOMING MORE INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE AND FOCUSED ON SUSTAINABILITY.” as New Zealand’s first fully-autonomous Smart Shuttle at Christchurch Airport. People often don’t realise “just how hightech our history is”, she says, including the fact that several high-profile pioneers of technology have their roots in the region, such as innovative engineer and motorcycle designer John Britten. The city’s spirit of reinvention following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 has won international acclaim and resulted in “an overall feeling of a city where anything is possible. We’re open to new people, new ideas and new ways of doing things”. She encourages visitors to keep coming back to Christchurch see the progress “as we turn New Zealand’s oldest city into New Zealand’s newest”. Interview courtesy of

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New lease On life By Rhonda Mitchell

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ith a brunch restaurant (created by the team that gifted Francesca’s Italian Kitchens to the citizens of four lucky South Island towns) going in the Caffe Roma space along with Crane Brothers, it seems likely The Midland Club Building will shortly gain an affectionate new title. DNG Construction has already done three fitouts for the clients, including Francesca’s in the Isaac Theatre Royal, and is thrilled to complete this one in another beloved historic building. 360 Architecture’s design had to work within the restrictions imposed by the building’s heritage status: the 1930s building contains heart rimu panelling and kauri floors, stained-glass windows, ceiling roses, cornices and original fireplaces.


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Pureh20 to go Cr Jamie Gough tells us why this matter is so close to his heart.

Why is the water chlorination issue such an important one to you? Water is just so important to Christchurch in general. Pure, untreated water is one of our greatest assets, so adding anything to it, albeit temporary, doesn’t sit comfortably with me. How complex was this decision? It was going to happen whether we liked it or not. On one hand we could do it in partnership with the Crown and Medical Officer, then have it removed prior to the end of the year once the well-heads are fixed. On the other hand, if we said no, it was clearly going to be imposed on us anyway and as a result, risk not being able to have it removed after the work is completed. The irony is shortterm chlorination will likely ensure it won’t be required in the long-term. Are you comfortable with the decision to temporarily treat the water supply and what do you think the approach should be moving forward? It wasn’t a decision that I was happy to make, but it was the right one. With my own business dealings I’m open to moderate risk – in fact I quite enjoy it. With public money, my risk-appetite is considerably lower. When it comes to the public’s health and wellbeing, I don’t think there is a healthy amount of risk to assume, so my appetite for it is essentially nil. You have a young baby, how much more passionate does that make you about issues? My wife and I have a five-month-old baby. Nothing puts life into perspective like having a child. The reality is, three people died in Havelock North due to public water contamination. If the law allowed me to hold councillors personally liable, I would crucify any councillors who knowingly allowed a contamination risk of the public water supply resulting in harm to my little boy.

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What is your preferred approach long term? We’ll accelerate the work that needs to be undertaken on the well-heads to ensure our water is back to its pure and pristine best as soon as practically possible. The comprehensive work will mean our water supply is significantly safer going forward so temporary measures like this in future will be highly unlikely. Apparently chilling chlorinated water in the fridge gets rid of a lot of the chlorine-taste, so I’m thinking chilled water with a slice of lemon might be in order for the next wee while!

build How do you think the overall rebuild is going? The inner city is buzzing with the Cashel Mall seeing some major developments like the Crossing, BNZ Centre and Triangle Centre complete. Equally, there is development in Manchester with the new Quest Hotel nearing completion, with the likes of streets like Southwark – Walker and Welles emerging as very hip with the re-purposing of older what were industrial buildings. The completion of the walkway through the East frame that links the Lichfield Lanes to Margaret Mahy Park is a pleasant walk. We have the new Hoyts to look forward to and Ballantyne’s are rebuilding a large section of their retail premises. What we are lacking is the residential in the East Frame, albeit it is underway but I feel this is essential to bring younger people into city life. The Metro sports centre was always going to be a hard one, given the land that was chosen to place it on, but I feel we should forge ahead with it, in my view as a community we have lost so much and to have this would be great.

taking stock Shaun Stockman is the passionate central city developer behind the redevelopment of many of Christchurch’s most beloved historic buildings, including Stranges Lane in High Street and Kensington House in Manchester Street. We talk to Shaun about his favourite buildings and profile one of his latest projects – 199-201 High Street – on pages 111-113.

What are some of your favourite buildings – both new and old? The new section of the Crossing is my favourite new building because of the interesting mix of facades and materials; it just makes it so interesting to look at and does not just look like a shopping centre. My favourite older building is the Old Government Building in the square it has strong lines and gives a solid vibe, it’s also is great to see it being used. What do you see as some of the challenges facing the city as we move forward? The balance of carparks available on the street is huge in my view, as the malls have good parking so we must compete. Whilst I believe we have to accommodate cyclists, we must keep the balance of keeping people in jobs and businesses able to function with accessibility. The sports centre challenge is also paramount in my view.

What does 2018 have in store for you? I am just finishing the replacement Billens building now, and have the Victoria Black Building at 199-201 High Street in planning, and I am aiming to be building by the last quarter of this year. I am also involved in 34-38 Southwark Street with what was WL Browns Foundry and Engineers buildings, that will be repurposed for office and café use.

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A woodland retreat By Rhonda Mitchell

Moved by the primeval indigenous and historic exotic timbers of Hanmer Forest, Architects David Sheppard and Max Warren of Sheppard and Rout have designed a forest homage to the venerable Kiwi holiday houses remembered from past family retreats.


ith its woodland setting, David and Max say it felt right to design this house in no-fuss cottage-style, with pitched roof and cleverly positioned windows to frame the sylvan view slots. “It’s important not to make a holiday house simply a scaled down city house,” David says. Max is pleased with the integrity of the design within its environment. Clad in battened and sealed plywood, the naturally pale colour of the timber will remain but will mellow a little with time. The colour of the steel roof was chosen to recede into the wooded background. Inside, the colour also largely derives from the materials. Lined with plywood throughout, there is a mix of the natural golden tone, with some walls and ceilings washed in white for balance. David says the owners were great to work with, they didn’t want anything fussy and were more than pleased with the materials that allowed for an economic build on the compact section. Hanmer builders O’Brien Construction provided a supremely straightforward process at a great price. The overall feel of the house is simple but sophisticated, spacious but cosy, an almost Scandinavian sensibility filtered through a traditional Kiwi lens. “The owners have had lots of admiring knocks on the front door,” Max says.

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AN ARTISTIC DUO The entrance of Corina and Glen O’Neill’s Loburn property is just a teaser as to what’s beyond. The beautiful iron gates lead up to a striking timber and iron outdoor set, and that’s before you’ve even set foot inside Flaxton Iron’s workshop.

or more than 20 years Glen has been fashioning wrought iron and steel into all manner of objects covering a range of industries. Working closely alongside another local Canterbury business – local studio Art Fetiche which produces unique 3D signage – the company has fitted out more than 250 commercial premises. Flaxton Iron recently moved into a new factory in Wickham Street, Bromley and Art Fe’tiche to a larger premises in Lupins Lane. With many of the big names in restaurants and bars under their commercial belt, the two companies have taken a big bite out of the hospitality market and are playing an increasing role in the ‘new’ Christchurch as hot spots such as Victoria Street spring up. The innovative two firms were recently involved in the development of a unique charcoal barbecue in a mobile caravan with local star chef Johnny Schwass. Flaxton Iron designed and built the large BBQ smoker and Art Fe’tiche designed the very unique trailer to transport it. Together they manufactured the rustic trailer and fitted the BBQ smoker into it. Wood fired pizza ovens and teppanyaki tables are also more popular than ever and Flaxton Iron has built a number of products for the likes of Spice Paragon, Mexicanos and Chin Wag. Contact Flaxton Iron on 03-384 8420 and visit, or Art Fetiche at 03-389 8866 or

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HIGH STREET’S original hub By Peter Walker

A hundred and fifty years ago, High Street was a bustling retail hub. As a main arterial route from the CBD to the eastern suburbs and Lyttelton, many of Christchurch’s department stores and retailers were located there.

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n 1900, noted architects William Clarkson and Robert Ballantyne designed a modest commercial building – one of many they designed – located at what is now 201 High Street. Hosting drapers, tailors, milliners, a watchmaker, a tobacconist and more, that building stood strong for more than a century.

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Some of the projects include, The Atlas Quarters, The Crossing, 177 high street recently completed, Greymouth Hospital being well underway which included 4000m2 of membrane, 3000m2 of K15, 2000m2 of ceramic facade tiles on vertical rail, and 600m2 of ACM.

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For the last forty years, the property was owned by Barry Watson and, for many of those, it housed his antique auction house and real estate agency. Fashion boutique Victoria Black was its final tenant and now its namesake. Today, nothing exists of the original building save the façade. But what a façade! Victorian Free Style, the large arched windows and flanking pilasters and cornice, with intricate relief work, make it unique and beautiful. “I had to have it,” says property developer Shaun Stockman, who purchased the property, and façade, which now stands alone propped up by shipping containers, in late 2017. “The more you study the façade, the more you fall in love with it.” Shaun has a lifelong passion for not just rebuilding, but recreating. “We didn’t just buy buildings. We bought something that needed repurposing.” His company has returned the Stranges Building, including Stranges Lane, Kensington House, and The Exchange, to the cityscape. And so he intends to return 201 High Street to the city. Office/retail, with construction set to begin later this year, “the challenge for Simon [Simon Geary of CanForm Structures, with whom Shaun has a long working relationship] will be restoring the façade.” But he has the utmost confidence in his team. “It’s important to me, being instrumental in bringing back that history to High Street.”




Today Homes is proud of its record of providing the home building service people are looking for, since 1987. The locally family owned and operated company offers an impressive range of designs, in both single and double storey.



he latest Show Home is ‘The Wigram’ at Awatea Park, Wigram. There are two more at Farringdon, Rolleston, and a further two at Sovereign Lakes, Kaiapoi. Another opens mid-March in Preston’s Park, Burwood. At 173 sqm, ‘The Wigram’ plan offers a great entry level home, and features an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, ideal for entertaining. The separate lounge offers privacy while allowing plenty of light through the designer double French doors. Exterior courtyard access is enabled through the double sliding door. At Farringdon, the ‘The Burnham’ design features three-car garaging, while ‘The Maddison’ has a walk-in butler’s pantry adjoining the kitchen. At Sovereign Lakes, ‘The Ohoka’ displays

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a media room and ‘The Flaxton’ features the perfect bay window complete with seat. As well as the design range, Today Homes offers home and land packages, turnkey and investment packages, plus a complete design and build service, whether you are dreaming of a first home, a lifestyle home, an architecturally designed work of art, or a family HQ. Today Homes has the experience you need and will walk you through the process. New home consultants, in house architectural designers, quantity surveyors and tradespeople are right there on the experienced team, waiting to make your building process easy. Enquire today – phone 03-341 6460 or visit




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This issue we talk to Dame Trelise Cooper, Christchurch rebuild star Shaun Stockman, and we've got a great family friendly recipe from Nadia...