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“The higher you go, the fewer women there are,” Wangari Maathai.



Melinda Collins

university lecturer once asked me and a group of my female peers how many of us were feminists. One hand of the 12 present went up. That was just seven years ago; 118 years after women got the vote, 92 years after women were allowed to stand for parliament and 78 years after the first woman was elected into parliament. Somewhere between the brave and radical women’s rights campaigners of the late 1800s and post 1980s, it seems to have become uncool to be a feminist. Feminism by definition is simply the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. Yet, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Gender Gap Report, gender parity is still more than 200 years away. Men and women are different. We have different biological abilities, different hormones and we look – for the most part – different. There are slightly more women in the world than men – 52 percent of the population are women. And yet, most of the positions of power are occupied by men. In quite a literal sense, men rule the world. This made sense 1000 years ago when physical strength was one of the key determinants of survival. But we live in a very different world now, one where creativity, intelligence and innovation are equal determinants of success. Earlier this month we celebrated International Women’s Day. It’s one day a year where we reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women. And, while it may not be ‘cool’ to identify as a feminist, as my university lecturer pointed out that day, why wouldn’t you?

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Cantare in Italiano! By Céline Gibson

If you’ve long dreamed of singing Italian and sounding Italian, then Claudia Lues can help you realise your dream.


think my love of music began in the crib,” says South African born Claudia. “My parents are Italian; my mother sang all the popular Italian songs, including opera and my maternal grandfather was a conductor, so music surrounded my entire life.” In response to the earthquakes, Claudia pitched the idea of Italian singing classes to the Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association (CWEA). “I felt the need to do my bit – to help traumatised people.”

The CWEA gave her a ‘test run’ to ascertain interest. “That was in 2014. I began with six students then it kept growing. Now I have 15…and I would love more!” Claudia says there’s no need to feel apprehensive about singing in a foreign language. “It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Italian; the joy is in singing the words – that’s how you learn the language.” The song repertoire ranges from classics

to modern – “From Puccini to Bocelli, we do it all,” Claudia says. “My students say the class is the highlight of their week; they’ve grown to love the language so much, they’ve taken trips to Italy!” Claudia feels very fortunate to be doing what she loves most. “It’s who I am – a musical Italian. To share my passion and make people smile, that’s my goal. For me, it’s pure pleasure.” For more information visit



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fashionable philanthropy For more than 10 years, Sue Bramwell has put her considerable entrepreneurial skills to work for Nurse Maude, partnering commercial enterprise with a charitable imperative. Metropol talks to the dedicated General Manager of Marketing about her love of philanthropy and her dedication to the vital service that has been caring for the community since 1896. You have enjoyed a decorated career in journalism, marketing, communications and writing books for children, what attracted you to Nurse Maude? My family will tell you I was very badly designed to provide care (I’m the sort of person who would wander off and read a book in the middle of changing an Elastoplast) but very well suited to find the money for that care to be provided by others. I have always believed that your right to exercise choice and retain independence shouldn’t disappear with age or illness and so does Nurse Maude. Making that work visible to others is a diverse, complex and interesting business. How challenging can the philanthropic environment be in terms of engaging support and how can people help more? Working with sponsors, individuals and businesses that really get what we do makes it a whole lot easier. It is because of them we can provide end of life care and support free of charge to our patients and their families. Whether people are donating money, clothing for our hospice shops, furniture, and household goods to Maudes on Trade Me, or sponsoring one of our fleet of little white cars…there’s a whole lot of ways to be part of

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providing that care to those who need it most. We’ve been caring for the people of Canterbury for more than 120 years now, and we’re an integral part of the community. Thankfully, the community is also an integral part of Nurse Maude. What are some of the greatest joys in your role? As someone who is well known as being able to shop to Olympic standard, it has to be opening our seven hospice shops throughout Christchurch. Opening the first and the biggest in Merivale nearly 10 years ago was a heartstopping moment in terms of calculated risk but it has been incredibly successful from the day it first opened its doors. The skill, compassion, and sheer commitment the staff and volunteers of Nurse Maude put into their work is also a joy to behold. For many of those we care for we are often the only people they may talk to from week to week. We never forget that.

What would surprise people about Nurse Maude? Nurse Maude effectively started district nursing in New Zealand. She devoted her life to the poor and sick on the streets of Christchurch and was the driving force behind the registration of nurses. Her legacy is a large and diverse organisation providing nursing in our hospital, hospice and the community, homecare, specialist services such as home dialysis, wound care, school-based nursing and paediatric services as well as founding the New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care for research and development. I live in hope that one day the woman who saved the lives of generations of Cantabrians will join the bronze busts of the Canterbury Heroes outside the Arts Centre. What is the overarching philosophy of the organisation and how do the team live and breathe it? Alleviating suffering in our community. It’s not just about providing nursing and homecare, it’s about recognising that with age can come social isolation and profound loneliness. There’s a real sense of loss that comes with increasing

dependence on others and the belief of some that their life no longer holds purpose. Everyone needs to matter to someone and they matter to us. What exciting plans and events are on the horizon for Nurse Maude? The rebuilding of the Nurse Maude Hospital on McDougall Avenue, opening in September, would have to be one of the biggest in terms of size and financial commitment. Canterbury has the largest population aged over 75. In less than eight years the number of people aged 85 or more will have doubled. Many of the frail elderly cared for by Nurse Maude live in reduced circumstances with little or no family support and a bare minimum of income. The Nurse Maude Hospital is where they can live their final months in a safe and compassionate environment, where specialist palliative care is provided at no cost to them. If there’s one thing Nurse Maude does exceptionally well, it’s providing care that is often considered too hard, too complex and too expensive by other aged care facilities without imposing private charges.

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We started using Metropol’s ‘In Your Kitchen’ not long after we opened about three years ago and we haven’t regretted a day of it. Not having had a great experience with print advertising in the past, we were genuinely surprised and delighted by the level of customer engagement that our Metropol ads generated and how easily those leads translated into sales. We love how simple the service is, and how experienced the team are, as it makes doing business painless!

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Administration Manager McDonald and Hartshorne Congratulations to the Metropol team on their 20th birthday. Whyte Construction have been a very well served customer working together for the last 12 years as part of a high performance, high quality magazine. Colleen came to us with an offer, looking for a building company to feature in a speciality article and then took us on the journey to regular print media advertising and articles. With remarkable success, our brand has grown to be recognised widely throughout the Canterbury region. Well done Metropol for the last 20 years, we look forward to working with your team and seeing all the developments in the future.

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We started our business in 2004 and soon discovered that advertising in the Metropol was the way to go. Reaching a wide target market with their creative front pages, Metropol is a beautiful glossy magazine that I personally like to have sitting on my coffee table. They have always made the process easy with good communication via email and phone, to monthly visits to say hello and drop off some magazines. Our editorials are well written, always accompanied with photos and a great title. Congratulations on your 20year anniversary Metropol.

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Slime – slime videos are sweeping the internet and the sticky supplies are flying off the shelves

Cake decorating – there’s nothing sweeter than a craft you can eat Weaving – weaving looms and woven wall hangings have seen a recent resurgence Macramé – the biggest comeback of any craft form in recent memory Cake yarns – multi-colour, variegated yarns spun into balls that resemble a sweet confection Mermaids – from full crochet mermaid tails to embellished tiaras, mermaid crafts are making a huge splash in 2018 Unicorns – capturing the heart of crafters nationwide, parties, costumes and bedroom makeovers are all drawing inspiration from the mythical beast Moss & faux greenery – the easiest way to bring greenery into the home, without the hassle of watering.

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By Céline Gibson

Just when it seems the world is suffering a surfeit of doom and gloom stories, along comes a story big-hearted enough to illuminate the entire universe. Along comes Project EBC and four fabulous people – Mike Lowden, Bette Chen, Tina Morrell and Fergus Flannery.


roject EBC (Everest Base Camp) was born from the coming together of like-minded individuals whose passion and vision for Everest initiated a two-fold mission: to trek to Everest Base Camp (at an elevation of 5,364 metres) and to help a family from Khumjung Village rebuild their earthquake-damaged home. The home belongs to Tshering Thundu (Sandu), his wife, Tangii, and their four children. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake of April 25, 2015 wrought such havoc that Sandu – a porter and guide for more than 15 years who has summited Everest five times – and his family have had to camp under canvas ever since; not pleasant 16 March 15, 2018 Metropol

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IF ANYBODY CAN UNDERSTAND THE HARDSHIPS THIS FAMILY HAS ENDURED, IT’S CANTABRIANS.” “If anybody can understand the hardships this family has endured, it’s Cantabrians,” Tina says.

The cost for the materials and freight for the repair of the family home exceed NZD $20,000. Funds raised in excess of building and repair costs will aid in the children’s schooling and any surplus to support the Project EBC team, which will be working on-site in Khumjung for two days alongside local Nepalese tradesmen. This is ‘trekking with a mission’. With a goal of raising $25,000, Project EBC ran the 2017 Mount Cook Marathon as a team and raised $1,800+; they completed the 2017 CBD Stampede Obstacle Course, and on February 17 hosted a fundraiser gala dinner which raised more than $7,000. “It may seem only one family’s benefitting,” says Fergus, “but the community will help build the home – the ripple effect from that can’t be measured.” Tina nods, “A bit like conquering Everest – one step at a time.” For more information, visit

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ogether with a total reconfiguration, the structure had to be strengthened with engineers incorporating carbon fibre wrapping. Robert says the original architects had rotated the stair and lift shafts by 45 degrees. “Creating viable rooms out of interesting shaped spaces was challenging!” Three lower levels are now conference rooms. Converting bars, restaurants and kitchens from car parks required a change to flat floors and working with lowered ceiling heights. One design challenge was concealing necessary additional services within the existing structure: there is a 50,000 litre water tank hidden beneath the café floor area to provide water in an emergency. Originally the carpark wings were visually incorporated with the main tower block, but facade removal and the incorporation of a crisp white cladding now delineates them from the central tower, bringing the tower into sharp relief. Robert has brought human scale at street level with the use of multi-faceted canopies. But Weir Architecture is also an awardwinning house designer too. Robert enjoys the challenges of residential and loves working with his clients. Many clients have built three houses with him over 30 years, as their life stages changed. His modern style is softened with colour and sophisticated detailing; creating spaces that flow seamlessly is a trademark.

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Bryce Gallery: Min Kim Kingfisher

Ladies and gentlemen, forget Paris, London and New York. The best in art is right here in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve gone in search of some of the latest and greatest. When it comes to art, these four favourites are exhibitionists in all the right ways.


ART METRO: With more than 400 students attending classes weekly, this art school is ace! There’s an ABC for beginners and for the advanced student, classes in freehand drawing, sketching, pastels and water colour; there are classes in oils, acrylics and pastel techniques and, for those into self-expression, classes in abstract art. Children are offered after school painting, drawing and cartoon classes and the holiday programme is very popular. Do browse their gallery and chat to the artists at work.

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FO GUANG YUANG GALLERY: Taiwanese artisan Huang Da An is currently on exhibition until April 8, 2018. Huang is a self-taught artist who has recreated the traditional woodfiring ceramic art through a decadelong of experimentation. His ceramics speak for themselves; each piece is a joy – a wonder of texture and colour. Not to be missed! Auckland artist Dean Buchanan’s works will be on display from April to mid-July. His oils, typically large in size, are colourful, vivid and dramatic, reflecting Dean’s passion and connection to his homeland. Rumour has it that if you’re looking for the painting to grace your home, it should be a Dean Buchanan.

CoCA TOI MOROKI: Peter Robinson’s solo exhibition Fieldwork in which delicate, sculptural forms (comprising wood, wire, paper, metals, magnets and nails) sprawl through CoCA’s galleries. The intricate scale of the materials also highlights the nature of CoCA’s ‘Christchurch Style’ Brutalist Architecture. The exhibition coincides with the building’s 50th anniversary this year. CoCA was designed by Minson, Henning Hansen and Dines and was purpose built in 1968. Fieldwork runs 3 March to 13 May. Metropol March 15, 2018 19

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BRYCE GALLERY: Their first 2018 exhibition is ‘Nature Speak’, a celebration of our native flora and fauna from artists J. Stewart, Min Kim and Galina Kim. J. Stewart’s landscapes are mighty, magnificent works that draw the eye and hold your attention, while his C.F. Goldie inspired portraits are flawlessly executed. The subjects look into your very soul; their eyes speak of their stories, their history. Min Kim’s native tree and birdlife works are exquisite in detail and rendering. Min’s Kowhai, for example, is of the brightest, fieriest autumnal hues, while her New Zealand Falcon pays full tribute to these noble birds of prey. Galina Kim brings the flora component to the exhibition with flowers that you wish to reach out and touch. Her wildflowers are an untamed delight, while her peonies are delicate, yet flaunting and voluptuous. Planned since December 2017, ‘Nature Speak’ was definitely worth the wait! Nature Speak – 15 March to 10 April


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he firm was established four years ago by two directors, communityminded born and bred Cantabrians Pam Wheeler and Robyn Loversidge. The Christchurch and Kaiapoi offices merged with Thompson and Morgan in 2015 and acquired the clients of Ian McNish Lawyer, together with his long-time receptionist, Barbara Burney. Pam leads the conveyancing team. Having previously owned and managed her own business, she offers sound professional and practical advice. Christine Jackson was recently welcomed as an Associate. She is a licenced Conveyancer who qualified in Australia and has many clients in North Canterbury. Vivienne Holmes, a registered Legal Executive, works closely with Pam and her clients. Dee Woods,




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A collaboration between two North Canterbury wineries, a grape harvesting company and several other generous donors is producing wine with a difference and the couple behind the project-turned-wine-label are still reeling from its early success.

Alanna and Pete Chapman


lanna and Pete Chapman initially started 27Seconds as a oneoff fundraiser for Hagar – an international NGO that helps survivors of modern-day slavery. “We wanted to help so we created delicious wine, where 100

percent of the profits go to survivors,” Alanna says. “It was only meant to be a one-off fundraiser. But as we sort of delved deeper, it snowballed into a company.” Terrace Edge, which is owned by

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Pete’s parents, provided the grapes for 27Seconds’ first run of wine and Omihi Creek Harvesting harvested them for free. Greystone Wines, just up the road from Terrace Edge, did the winemaking, with various others jumping on board to help. Alanna was working in Hagar’s Christchurch office when she learned that every 27 seconds a person is trafficked into slavery and, while in India, walking through the alleyways of Sonagachi in Calcutta, the country’s largest red-light district, she and Pete witnessed it first-hand. Alanna and Pete, a viticulturist who works on the family vineyard, realised wine was one way they could help. “We love the idea that something accessible, like wine, can be used for good. It empowers people to make a difference through just a single choice.” Alanna says the combined generosity of the wine community meant 27Seconds was able to give away $10 from every $17-$23 bottle in the first run of wine. Greystone Wines provided heavily discounted winemaking, Kiwi bottle supplier O-I halved its prices, another company provided free caps and local designer Piet van Leeuwen of Port Edison did the labels pro bono. “We love our labels. We’re super proud of them. Piet wanted to portray the name itself so that’s why there are 27 dots on the front and there are three dots that you can’t see as well. The idea behind that is once someone has been sold it is sort of like an ending,” Alanna says. “It’s a really morbid topic but there is hope as well. There are things that can be put in place that reduce trafficking. We wanted it to be a hopeful brand as well so that’s why the colours are quite bright.” 27Seconds’ Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Rosé are available online and there are plans to start selling wholesale to local restaurants. Three bottles of 27Seconds wine can provide a young survivor with a school uniform, shoes and stationery for a year, five can provide a bike to get to school and seven bottles every month can put a survivor through university. Interview courtesy of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

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Lansdown House, the venue for Lansdown Summer

Music at Lansdown After Mozart’s Don Giovanni on St Patrick’s Day, ‘Lansdown Summer’ concludes its 5th festival at the beautiful heritage property at 132 Old Tai Tapu Road, with its second ‘narropera’ – a narrated format of opera. Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’, The Devil’s Marksman will be held on 25 and 31 March.

arropera reduces an opera to its musical and storyline essentials. Performances last 85 minutes and are without interval, as mesmerising as a ‘Who dunnit’. One hundred and fifty years ago, Wellington’s Evening Post wrote, “The great event of the operatic season, Der Freischütz, took place last night. The applause was immense... such cheers hardly ever have been heard before in this theatre.” Fifty years later, the same newspaper wrote of another performance, “Lovers of operatic music will welcome the performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz, next Saturday. The best cast of soloists to be obtained in the Dominion has been engaged”. The NZ Herald described a third performance of Der Freischütz as “one of the most beautiful compositions in the repertoire of operatic music, too well known to require any detailed statement of the plot”. It is hard to believe that a work that was so loved and admired in early New Zealand is now unknown. So, head to Lansdown and discover the exquisite music and wonderful story of Der Freischütz, for yourself. When and where: Giovanni 17 March; Freischütz 25 March and 31 March, The Golden Room, Lansdown House, 132 Old Tai Tapu Road at 8PM, parking in grounds. Bookings, location map and more are available from or c/o Box Office, Court Theatre 03-963 0870. Take a picnic, gates open at 6.30pm.

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be”. While some people are quite content to maintain the status quo, others see opportunities for improvement.


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events guide The temperatures may have begun their downward descent, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lock yourselves inside! We’ve gone in search of some of the hottest events around that will be sure to bring some warmth to your autumn.


Food, fun and flicks: American Express is bringing the Openair Cinema festival of food, fun and flicks to Rauora Park from 15 March to 1 April. There will be an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances

before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen. Better yet, you can bring along a ‘Doggy Date’! Pampered pooches will receive the VID treatment with a pawfect picnic platter of doggy delights and their own canine couch. Tickets start at $13 and are on-sale now at

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Some of the country’s leading horse and pony riders are getting in behind the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with the second annual Jump for Cancer Hagley charity event at North Hagley Park on 25 March. St. Margaret’s College students will be collecting donations on behalf of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and food vendors will be selling everything from coffee and gelato to gourmet pizzas and potatoes. General admission is free with VIP tickets available from To find out more, head to the Jump for Cancer Hagley Facebook page.

Middle-aged man in lycra! Following a sell-out premiere season across New Zealand, much-loved Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow remounts for a final ride into Christchurch in the acclaimed one man show, MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra), in all its lurid lycra glory for ‘Le Tour d’Isaac’, from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Shining as the affable, yet uncomfortably relatable anti-hero in the one-man show, Hadlow commands the stage. With his energetic presence and childlike enthusiasm to the character, he breathes life into the cleverly crafted monologues to delight even the most stoic of MAMIL-phobes.

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Colourful fun : All the colour and fun of a carnival is coming to Cathedral Square on Saturday 24 February. The popular Latino market is heading into the city from 4pm to 8pm on so you can enjoy a delicious culinary collection of Latin street food, live music, art and craft and, of course, the warmth of the local Latin community. There will also be workshops, a dance floor and performances with Latin rhythms (including capoeira and samba do Brasil). So bring your most colourful clothing – and your dancing shoes – and prepare for a night of colourful fun.

A catwalk crusade: Designers and celebrities are set to hit the catwalk on Thursday 12 April wearing the latest New Zealand fashion. Guests at the annual M Factor Fashion Show will see collections from the likes of Anna Stretton, Augustine, Repertoire, Trelise Cooper and many more to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island. Held at 7pm on Thursday 12 April at The Transitional Cathedral, tickets are available at and are priced at $75 for VIP, $55 for General Admission and $20 for children and students.

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On Saturday 17 February, special guests joined excited colleagues celebrating the grand opening of Earth Organic Hairdressing.

Ollie Aylmer, Jonny Sim

Deborah Vepcoe, John Vepcoe, Nicola Devine

Caitlin O’Malley, Hannah King, Alice Knight, Traci Aylmer (Owner)

Justine Bradford, Charlotte Joynson, Amanda Duke.

Hayley Watts, Brendon Foster

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The experienced salon stylists work with natural and organic products while the salon has been created from recycled, sustainable timbers

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EAGLE-EYED EVENT On Thursday 15 February, Eagle Brewing held a crowdfunding campaign event to attract support of its ambitious new endeavour - a new brewpub, ‘The Port and Eagle’.

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Ritchie Davies, Samara Gallagher, Shermane Yosores

Steve Kemp, Alisa Kou

Nick Knowles, Mark Wagenvoort, Lyle Johnson

Jonathan & Tim Beckwith Melanie & Adrienne Noonan Guests enjoyed nibbles and refreshments and the chance to hear about the unique project - specifically the investment rewards scheme, its commitment to corporate, social and environmental responsibility, and support of the community. Photos by Jane Wyles Photography - for copies email: 26 March 15, 2018 Metropol

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They say the best things in life are free… But that’s not so for con-artist couple Trudi & Stephen in Roger Hall’s newest play, Easy Money.


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aking its worldwide debut this March at The Court Theatre, Easy Money is a laugh-a-minute satire about greed, with playwright Hall describing the play as having “no moral, no message – just entertainment.” Adapted from the 17th Century play The Alchemist; Easy Money is a hilarious romp which follows the two con artists as they try to fool their prestigious Auckland neighbours into buying shares in the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The duo claims that there’s a congestion toll coming that will send shares skyrocketing… If, in fact, there are any shares at all. Featuring Roy Snow, Luanne Gordon, Lynda Milligan, Bruce Phillips, Geoffrey Heath, Jared Corbin, Gregory Cooper, Susannah Kenton, Melinda Joe and Albany Peseta, director Ross Gumbley has assembled a dream cast. “I’ve got a cast who are wonderful actors and packed with funny bones.” Will Trudi & Stephen’s neighbours fall for it? The question on Hall’s mind is whether or not audiences will. His aim is for audiences to walk away wondering, “...would we have been taken in by them?” To find out, you’ll just have to go and see it all play out... Easy Money opens at The Court on 17th March and runs through until 14th April.

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ast year’s National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) competition saw Christchurch writer – and former Metropol scribe – Rachel Smith, awarded runner-up, while first place went to Auckland writer, Patrick Pink, for his flash Gunshots Are Too Common. “Flash is a concentrated moment, a distilled glimpse, the juicy essence between characters, setting, conflict and time,” Patrick says of the genre. “Every word is precious and precise. Flash challenges the writer. Flash is poetry. Flash is meditation. It restricts and releases. Flash is the visceral stuff of heart and guts.”

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Founded in 2012, NFFD is now one of the most anticipated writing competitions in New Zealand. The 2018 round is open until 30 April and, as New Zealand’s celebration of the shortest form of fiction writing, winners are announced on the shortest day of the year – 22 June. This year’s judges are acclaimed short story writers, novelists and poets Tracey Slaughter and Sue Wootton. Last year, NFFD launched the Youth Category, and this year sees Patrick and poet/writer Tim Jones as judges in this space. NFFD 2018 introduces a te reo Māori prize in both youth and adult categories, judged by poet/ novelist and short story writer Vaughan Rapatahana. This year, the fourth annual Micro Madness series will also run, with 22 micros selected for inclusion, and three winners will be selected from the 22 finalists. So, calling all Cantabrian writers...the challenge is on! Think you can fashion that flashiest flash? Well then… head to those keyboards – pronto! Held at Space Academy, June 22 from 6-8pm. More news and updates, including other publications and competitions involving New Zealand writers of compressed fiction, can be found by visiting

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A SAVVY LAUNCH On Sunday 18 February, Savvy Hair Design celebrated the launch of some brand new products.

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CITY OF CHOICE In a recent speech, Peter Townsend the former CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, referred to Christchurch as “the City of Choice”. A quick trip around the town will underline the ‘about to blossom’ feel that the city has. 2018 is going to be a year of celebrations whether it is new inner-city shopping centres, the Christchurch Hospital extensions, the Terrace, Hoyts new fifty million dollar theatre complex, Victoria Square or the new Central Library. Cones are starting to disappear slowly and the completion of the Town Hall with its new space for the CSO is scheduled for next year. The promise to build on this opportunity is evident as we look at the red zone and consider the wide range of options, the revitalisation of New Brighton and - after too long a time, a repaired Cathedral. In the inner city, new residential projects are well underway and stylish complexes such as Cranmer Gardens, offer a genuinely exciting alternative to suburban living. This luxury development is exclusive to Harcourts Holmwood and comprises of 39 spacious, high-spec apartments and penthouses.

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In the suburbs and in the satellite towns, new subdivisions and shops are springing up and just in time, a network of motorways are connecting them to the city. Of course Christchurch has a long way to go and while it has already been seven years we need to keep reminding ourselves of the magnitude of the task and the progress which has been made so far. What it represents is the bright future of our city and that same optimism can be applied to the real estate market. Low interest rates and sustained migration are the external factors having a positive effect on property. At Holmwood we continue to see encouraging numbers through our open homes and strong auction results in 2018. Christchurch today is an incomplete work of art but it will become a city of choice, just mark my words.

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Here are a few facts about this amazing place we all call home: • A record 6.57 million passengers travelled in and out of Christchurch Airport in the 2017 financial year. • The Christchurch Convention Centre will be a world class conference facility supported by accommodation, retail, hospitality. (Construction of the Convention Centre is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2020). • “The Terrace” with its seventeen hospitality spaces will be fully operational by the end of March. • The Education Department are building or redeveloping 115 schools in greater Christchurch, 23 of which will be completely new builds. • Christchurch Outpatients will be located in a new five storey building of some 10,500m2 in area and will open later this year. • When it’s finished this year, the Christchurch hospital’s state-of-the-art Acute Services building will have: additional operating theatres, around 400 inpatient beds, extended

radiology department, an expanded intensive care unit, an emergency department and a rooftop helipad. • The Margaret Mahy Family Playground is the largest play project in New Zealand. • There have been 1240 demolitions within the four avenues since the September 2010 earthquakes. • There are 681 short term rentals available in Christchurch available through organisations such as Airbnb. • The 42,000m2 Justice Precinct is heated and cooled using aquifers beneath. It’s a heat exchange technology that works like a heat pump. • Christchurch residents and visitors will be able to enjoy new riverside bars, central city cinemas, a farmers’ market, a new swimming pool complex, and a new library in 2018. More than half a billion dollars’ worth of developments are nearing completion and are set to open across the city this year.

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in the city Behind the Scenes

If you’ve ever been to a Showbiz Christchurch performance and been blown away by the onstage performance, you’re seeing just a small fraction of the local talent that culminates in an end product of this calibre.


he 80-year-old community theatrical society stages three productions each year. The Saunders & Co 2018 season commences at the Isaac Theatre Royal with Wicked from 6-21 April; followed by Broadway Hitmen, a concert of Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber hits, from 13-15 July; and is completed by Les Misérables opening on 14 September. Up to 100 people can be involved behind the scenes in just one show, volunteers who put hundreds of unpaid hours into their roles. In Wicked’s on stage performance, you will see two leads (played by four actors on alternate nights), six principal roles, 16 ensemble cast and 15 dancers, with 16 backing vocalists and 18 orchestral performers in the pit. Backstage however, 100 equally important parts make it all come together.

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Up to 100 people can be involved behind the scenes in just one show.

Vicki Morris-Williamson with some of the hats under construction or refurbishment for Wicked. Photo courtesy of Showbiz Christchurch.

Vicki Morris-Williamson has been volunteering for Showbiz Christchurch for 19 years and is part of a team responsible for ensuring hats and costumes are made show ready and fit the brief of Director Stephen Robertson. Successful Broadway shows like Wicked, complete national and international tours before the rights to stage them are given to community theatre groups. Showbiz Christchurch is the first in New Zealand to get these rights to stage Wicked. “The Showbiz Christchurch performance is a whole new production,” Vicki says. “Stephen creates the best shows he can and is completely invested in bringing something special to the stage. He visualises exactly what he wants down to the smallest detail. We then start with the bones of the costumes, adding and improving everything, making it our own unique show.” Vicki is currently living in a sea of green, as she works diligently to overhaul hats that came from an international production and create new ones for the Emerald City townsfolk in Wicked. Just about every member of the cast is on stage for this scene and every costume has a hat. That’s 35 hats, each representing Vicki’s work to realise Stephen’s vision for it. Vicki wears many hats herself in the months that go into each performance. She is involved in costuming, pre-setting (planning set positioning), pack in (putting props up in the theatre), then the intheatre rehearsals, before the run of shows. “I warn my hubby heading into show season, that he won’t see me for three months,” she laughs. But working around a full-time job, it’s not an exaggeration. It’s a family affair for her though. Vicki’s son James (then 12) joined her in her first production, playing Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Her daughter Jenna – a professional dancer from the New Zealand School of Dance – made her Showbiz Christchurch debut at 19 and will be performing in Wicked when it starts next month. Tickets are available from

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uilt in 1934 and leased from the Sydney Tramway Museum, Tram 1888 started life at the Fort Macquarie Depot – now the location of the Sydney Opera House. It was used on the city’s Watson’s Bay line until the Fort Macquarie Depot closed in 1955 and even received air raid precaution modifications to minimise window damage during World War II. From 1955 to 1960, the tram was shuffled around Sydney depots until the body was written off and sold to a tobacco farmer in New South Wales, where it accommodated seasonal farm hands for 24 years until 1984, when the farmer donated the battered tram body to a local council interested in its preservation. The restoration involved removing hundreds of nails that had been hammered into the inside of the body for coat hooks, lantern holders and clotheslines. The tram was furnished with original R-class seats before being put on display in Bondi Junction for five years. In 1993, it entered storage before the Sydney Tramway Museum took responsibility for it in 2000. The museum shipped Tram 1888 to Bendigo, where it was restored to an operational level. In subsequent years, it was put on display in Melbourne, repainted and used on a tour around Melbourne’s tram system. In 2009, Tram 1888 was leased to Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology, before being leased to Christchurch Attractions late last year.

City’s new Centrepiece The inner city’s trams are iconic Christchurch at its best. But the latest addition to Christchurch Attractions’ eyecatching fleet is Tram 1888 – a handsome blue R-class with a very colourful life.


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The perfect throw-over for a t-shirt or turtleneck; the ultimate in effortless, chic cover-ups; a loyal companion to every season – the kimono, a Japanese native, is gloriously adaptable and lives up to its literal translation ‘a thing to wear’.


rom flowing tops to floor-sweeping maxis, the kimono silhouette has found favour with multiple styles. The hallmarks of a kimono include its robe style, attached collar and wide, floaty arms. Flattering for every body type given the extensive range of options, the kimono captures the imagination most when made in a bold pattern or plush fabric – we’re a big fan of vibrant velvets right now, particularly in millennial pink or this year’s Pantone colour of the year – ultra violet. The go-to in Japan for formal events or festivals, the kimono has retained its special occasion status but is also channeling some low-key vibes too. Perfect as a slip-over at the beach or as a resort-wear staple, this stylish shape-shifter is a serious contender for most versatile wardrobe must-have.




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As our wardrobe waves goodbye to summer, embrace the autumn aesthetic and all of its delicious offerings. It never plays by the rules.

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& bold the beautiful

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Kristen Stewart’s two businesses couldn’t be more different – there’s the bold and there’s the beautiful. And now they’ve come together under the one roof.


irst there’s Kristen Stewart School of Makeup (KSSM) – an innovative training school, which provides a professionally focused Diploma of Make-up Artistry for those passionate about make-up art in the fashion and photographic industry. Then there’s the bold – Kristen Stewart School of Special Effects (KSFX). The only school of its kind in New Zealand, KSFX offers fast-paced courses in techniques

such as SFX (cuts and bruises), airbrushing, prosthetics, TV makeup and working with facial hair and wigs. Previously housed in Victoria Street, KSSM has now moved into KSFX’s space at unit 4, 75 Peterborough Street, close to the library. “It’s a much bigger premises,” Kristen says. “And it’s a much more suitable premises. It means we can have the beautiful side of

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the business upstairs and the industrial side of the business downstairs, bringing two separate identities under the one roof. “It’s been really hard operating from two different spaces, so we’re excited about the future.” There’s some more exciting changes in the pipelines for these innovative local makeup schools. Kristen says they will soon be offering more specialist short courses, in areas such as airbrushing and hair styling. “We have a photography studio and hair basins here, so the new facility will enable a much greater range of options.”

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It’s that time of the year when our wardrobes begin the transition from summer’s gloriously bold and beautiful primary colours, to the navys, greys and deep burgundys that make up most of our outfits from March through to May.



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ut if you want to buck this trend, there’s certainly the scope this season – a kaleidoscope to be precise. Yes designers the world over have come to the party with bright, uplifting, colourful clothes that bring sunshine and happiness to the winter months. The influence of abstract art and an expression of creative freedom, there is something for everyone when it comes to this creative collaboration. This is your chance to put your brightest foot forward and get clever with colour. Check out our mood board to find out what lies over the rainbow when it comes to this stylish trend setter.



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Christchurch’s Corneal Lens Corporation is thrilled to welcome the Evolve range of eye drops for dry eyes. Created and manufactured in London, Evolve Eye Drops quickly became a top seller in the UK, prompting Corneal Lens Corporation to bring the premium products to New Zealand.

hitney Parsons, Marketing and Accounts Manager for Corneal Lens Corporation, says because this is a top quality and specialised dry eye product range, it is only available through optometrists nationwide. The four products in the range are: Hypromellose 3 percent for mild dry eye, Carmellose 0.5 percent for moderate dry eye, and H.A 0.2 percent for severe dry eyes. There are also eyelid wipes for general lid and eyelash hygiene, Whitney adds. Whitney’s favourites are the Carmellose and the H.A., but your optometrist will advise you on the best item for you and offer free samples. “Each of the four products within the range is preservative free and can be used with contact lenses,” Whitney says. They are easy to use – contained in a small portable squeezy bottle, with blue tip technology to help with accuracy, and are competitively priced. Once opened, the bottle will last for three months. As well as supplying Evolve eye drops to New Zealand, Corneal Lens Corporation is the maker and supplier of specialist contact lenses, contact lens solutions, TheraTears, and Ortho-K – the type of contact lenses that you wear overnight to reshape the cornea of your eye.

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Micropigmentation specialist Pip Mcgregor is well known throughout the country for producing stunning eyebrows and now she’s set her sights on the New Zealand cosmetics industry. “Historically New Zealand salons have had it tough sourcing excellent product with healthy margins that clients love,” she says.

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t’s not enough to just sell a makeup anymore – makeup needs to be good for the skin, outperform pharmacy and retail brands for wear and pigment density and, really importantly, consumers are becoming far more socially responsible – makeup now needs to be cruelty free.” Two years ago, frustrated by trying to find a brand to stock in her own successful Christchurch clinic Making Faces, Pip decided to create her own collection. The brand Lauren & Louise was titled over a glass of wine using Pip’s middle name – Lauren – and her collaborator and makeup artist Tammy’s middle name – Louise. It took two years to finalise the collection, which is sourced predominantly from New York and Australia. “We tried hundreds of formulations from multiple high-end cosmetics manufacturers around the world and we couldn’t be happier with the final collection – our stockists’ feedback has been fantastic.” Other than the manufacturing, Pip has been dedicated to sourcing New Zealand suppliers wherever possible. “I love that some of our suppliers are literally two minutes away. During the development stage I felt like I was seeing our packaging and branding experts every other day. The team at Pakworld did an amazing job, as did Spectrum Print and Riana Bennett from Ree Design, who also helped with our entire marketing image and print material. Another award-winning Christchurch business we worked with was Mint Design – they were integral in helping us with our online presence. We are asking New Zealand hair and beauty salons to support local, so it’s important we are walking the walk too.” The new season’s 37 eyeshadow and pigment pots launching this month also tell a story and personalise the journey of the brand. To name a few there is Tawny Tammy, Samtastic Bronze (after Pip’s fantastic receptionist), Nelliata (after Pip’s best friend and Lauren & Louise National Sales and Marketing Manager Shanelle) and even a holographic fuschia named after Pip’s daughter’s colourful Nanny, Deborah. “Without these people Lauren & Louise wouldn’t exist so it’s just a small recognition of thanks and that they too are part of this awesome brand.” For more information or to become a stockist, email


AN ORTHODONTIC REVOLUTION “Online ‘dental monitoring’ will completely change the delivery of orthodontic care,” says Ronald Sluiter of OrthodontiX.


ental monitoring is appbased artificial intelligence developed in Paris to follow an ortho-dontic treatment intensely and Ronald is pleased to offer it in each of the three Canterbury OrthodontiX clinics. In his opinion, the sophisticated software will become essential for busy people, or for those who live a distance from their clinic. While a standard two year plus on aligner treatment requires about 25 visits to the orthodontist, dental monitoring can cut those trips down to just 12 or 13. Currently suited to Invisalign aligners, the technology will be available for use on all the aligning tools. The programme enables a patient to take weekly photographs of their teeth, with and without aligners, using their smartphone, then Ronald receives

that scan for analysis at the clinic. A patient from the West Coast is using the technology. “I haven’t seen her in eight weeks, but I have seen her progress every week!” The app notifies Ronald if the client forgets to take a picture, it checks that the attachments are still in place, that the movement is happening correctly, and identifies when a patient should move to the next aligner. It costs extra, but Ronald says the benefits far outweigh the cost, reducing logistics and decreasing treatment time because of optimised aligner change. Aligners fit better, making treatment more discrete, patients receive instant feedback and more intensive care through weekly analysis, plus people love to see evidence of how their smile is changing.



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Made in the Shade is a boutique brimming with a colour wheel of flattering fashion – in natural, breathable, fabrics.


his season’s Optimum Knitwear has arrived and includes the ‘coffeebean top’ with contrasting cuffs and collar,” owner Ali Donn says. “Clients often say ‘I love that style but would like perhaps a different colour’ so we order it for them. They can browse their website or our Optimum lookbook.” “It’s all good fashion fodder here – with a twist,” she says. “Pretty prints, bling cardigans – so cute and different. There are lots of blues, textures, twin sets and stripes, and scarves to match. We can help you choose and organise your entire winter wardrobe from go to whoa. And we advise clients when their favourite collections arrive!” From Canada, there is the Gabby Isabella collection, with


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Natural, preservative-free and organic are the buzz words of the culinary world, as we increasingly seek foods which are equally as good for our bodies as they are for our planet. Yet it’s not just our food which is getting the natural makeover, as we seek safer and simpler products to fill up our bathrooms.


feminine detailing from laceembellished jerseys to floral quilted jackets, and also the lovely Lissette-L pants. NYDJ jeans’ winter range has landed, and timeless New Zealand-made Anne Mardell dresses and tops come in adorable patterns in sizes 8 to 18. When Ali was a youngster, her favourite saying was “I’m made in the shade” – meaning I’m cool, home ‘n’ hosed. And that’s how she likes her clients to feel – relaxed and comfortable. “I buy in what’s easy to wear, and what fits and hangs beautifully. You just put it on and feel great.” Made in the Shade, 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, open Monday-Friday 9am5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit


lean, green and organic are just some of the terms that have crossed the culinary divide and made their way into mainstream makeups with, even more surprisingly, vegan and glutenfree also making an increasing appearance on cosmetic packaging, alongside fragrance-free and paraben-free. Thankfully, New Zealand and Australia are proud homes to some pretty powerful players in the natural beauty space, including Plantae and Ethique. And it’s not just the ingredients list that these top talents are taking more responsibility over, with brands such as the Goodness range of skincare products and Christchurch’s own Lauren & Louise makeups choosing to source and supply only cruelty-free products. Germany was first to this consumer consciousness party, banning animal testing in 1986 and, by 2009, the entire European Union had joined in. Since then, Israel, India, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and parts of Brazil have all banned cosmetic testing on animals. We’ve roped Australia in too, with the country now committed to banning all cosmetic animal testing by July 2018.




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ental implants are small, pure titanium screws that are surgically placed in your jaw and have proven themselves to be a reliable addition to the treatment options currently available in high quality dental practice. Implants are placed and then left to heal for three or more months, during which time ‘osseointegration’ occurs – the bone heals around the implant fixtures, locking them into place permanently. False teeth, crowns, or other appliances can then be attached, either with screws or cement. If only one tooth is to be replaced, generally a porcelain crown will be attached to a single implant fixture. If a few teeth are missing, more than one fixture may be required – a three or four teeth bridge can often be attached to two implants. Or if a full arch (all the upper or lower teeth) is to be restored, several fixtures can be placed, with the denture either screwed to or clipped onto the fixtures. Dental implant treatment can initially be more costly than conventional treatment options. However, as it provides a very long term solution, the cost is often comparable over time. Doctor David Walsh has more than 25 years of experience with providing implant based solutions for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information contact Dentistry on Merivale, upstairs inside Merivale Mall, on 03-355 8297 or at

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a stylish statement t Leonardo da Vinci once described simplicity as “the ultimate sophistication”. It’s an apt description of Juliette Hogan’s style statement.


label which is characterised by strong, paredback, minimalist design, her pieces are a powerful combination of unfussy femininity. This is a designer who is all about timeless quality. Metropol talks to Juliette about her sartorial inspirations and her latest collection. Can you tell us how your career began? Mum taught me to sew from a very early age, but I never had aspirations to be a fashion designer. I studied Textiles at Massey University in Wellington and went on to win the Dare to Be competition to study at Parson’s School of Design in New York. This time really shaped who I was as a designer and it was only then that I decided I was going to come back to New Zealand to start my own label.

The fashion industry has been said to not take any prisoners, why do you think you’ve been such a success? Perseverance and clarity. I have had always had a very clear idea of my design sense and clarity about where I’ve wanted to go. How do you create designs which resonate so strongly with New Zealand women? Opening stores has given me amazing insight into what women want to wear. I have always been a selfish designer however, having direct contact with the wonderful people who engage with my brand gives me invaluable insight. I am in business to make women feel good about themselves. Who are some of your biggest fashion inspirations? I can never succinctly answer this question as I don’t look to celebrities or other designers for inspiration. Inspiration comes from more abstract places for me such as beautiful open landscapes, subtle movement in a silk or dappled shadow formations. What’s the most fulfilling part of what you do? Seeing women in my designs, working with my amazing team and getting to do what I love every day. What are some of the new looks and styles which we can expect to see coming through in the coming seasons? AW18 Undertone is such a beautiful rich collection and my stand out piece is the Surround Coat in Talc; it completely envelopes without overwhelming you. I also love the rich merlot and deep reds that run through the collection.

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“We are niche funders who commit to small and interesting projects to help them become large and interesting projects. “The reason Professor Don Bevan started our foundation is because we have a huge hospital base here, a medical school and the University of Canterbury. We have a lot of lovely, young, bright minds fresh out of study with their PhD, and if they are not supported or given opportunities, they go overseas and we risk permanently losing that intellectual capital.” With $1.6 million given away annually by Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and a goal to give away $2 million annually by 2020, Russell says the foundation wishes to sincerely thank all its generous donors. “We have been so blessed in the generous bequests received. A lot of people think, ‘I don’t donate because surely they are only interested in big donors’, but actually, it is our hundreds and hundreds of small donors who give us what they can that helps us push our reserves up. There are a lot of worthy charities in New Zealand and we’re so thankful because the only reason we can do all of this is because of our generous community.” Tomorrow – 16 March – Canterbury Medical Research Foundation is partnering with the Cancer Society for its annual Russley Golf Club Tournament. Also on the agenda this year, is its annual Wine and Art Auction where $100,000 is guaranteed to be raised to support a selected project. Applications for project funding have also just closed, so keep an eye out for further news. Visit Metropol March 15, 2018 49

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The core principles of the programme as follows: ONGOING CARE: A commitment to building a long-term relationship with patients to provide them with an outstanding care experience. The day of their first visit marks the beginning of a long-term relationship. After the visit, the team will coordinate all the follow-ups and make sure that all concerns have been addressed. Patients will also be sent a reminder about their next check-up date.

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A DEDICATED WELLNESS DOCTOR: A dedicated wellness doctor, who takes all the time necessary to understand health concerns and carries out a comprehensive head-to-toe examination, will be available. At the end of the evaluation, the doctor will discuss examination findings and test results. The doctor will then recommend a management plan which may include lifestyle advice, treatments, further investigations, and specialist referral. A comprehensive written report will be provided and either delivered to the patient’s home or emailed.


My Health Check-up is the most comprehensive health evaluation tailored to health needs. The comprehensive checks include: • History and exams • Comprehensive lab tests • Cardiac health • Lung health • Visual health • Hearing • Biometric evaluation • Specialised diagnostic imaging (as clinically indicated). Wigram Health believes in the genuine and compassionate care of people, the kind of care that the team members would want for themselves and their loved ones. It wants to reinvent traditional healthcare and turn patients’ healthcare experiences into positive ones. Moreover, it wants to bring together a team dedicated to exceptional patient experience, smart use of technology, and people-centred design to bring this vision to life. Providing the same day appointments, extended opening hours, minimal waiting, and virtual consultations so that patients can access care with minimal disruption to their busy lives is all part of the service. To make an appointment for My Health Check-up or find out more, please contact Wigram Health on 03-349 8613. Email, visit Metropol March 15, 2018 51

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adestination dining Someone wise once said, life’s a journey, not a destination. On the journey to Hanmer, there is a great place to stop in Culverden at the Red Post Café’.


t has a fantastic cathartic old-style cottage garden to relax in and partake in some wonderful home baking and savouries that make it one of those unique, special places you find on your journey. If you’re lucky you might get to try the Carrot Cake with an outstanding coffee. The Salmon Soufflé is always a treat but perhaps, if it’s a hearty feed you’re up for, then the Big Breakfast is the way to go. The Steak Sandwich never goes amiss or perhaps Red Post Café’s famous Seafood Platter. There are gluten free options for those that need it

and, with a cabinet full of fresh treats for the weary traveller, there will be something for everyone. If you’re visiting North Canterbury, you can immerse yourself with the locals and Carolyn or Trent will be able to tell you where to find all the special places to see and visit in the area. North Canterbury has so much to offer and Red Post Café is a great place to start your adventure while recharging the battery. Make this part of your North Canterbury itinerary. Open from 8am–5pm Monday to Thursday, weekends until 5.30pm and Friday until 8pm.

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COMMUNITY DRIVEN The growth of the Twiss Keir Realty team is impressive. Established more than 30 years ago, it recently boasted five branches – Hanmer, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Belfast and The Palms.


ith the recent purchase of Four Seasons Realty – with offices in Hornby and Rolleston – there are now seven offices, 91 salespeople, 33 staff and management and 10 in property management, with a franchise area that stretches throughout North Canterbury, Selwyn and Christchurch’s outer suburbs. “We are the largest sales team in our market with the largest property management portfolio. We sell on average one in every three residential properties in

North Canterbury and one in two lifestyle properties. But it is not our size that defines us – we are a dynamic and varied business designed to cater to all from the smallest property to multimillion dollar estates. “We pride ourselves on client results. We see ourselves as the most effective sales team with a genuine focus on keeping our clients happy. We have experts in residential, commercial and rural as well as business brokers, a farm specialist and the only known viticulture specialised

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Where function meets style A couple’s wedding day is arguably the holy grail of any possible event. The true definition of a celebration, each and every detail comes together to create memories that will last a lifetime.


ehind the glitz and glamour of the day itself, are key essentials fundamental to the success of the day. Few would know this better than Dakins Group, a true specialist in the sanitation industry.

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In a stroke of irony, Dakins has taken the concept of sanitation and made it into something extremely stylish – an impressive feat! Offering everything from single unit portaloos to luxury facilities, guests can enjoy posh practicalities. The business is justly proud to be the owner of the South Island’s largest selection of 20-foot and 40-foot portable toilet and bathroom blocks cementing its place as the region’s foremost supplier to large scale events. The pride and joy of the fleet is a stateof-the-art New Zealand-built deluxe men’s and women’s bathroom block called the ‘Sheraton’ with contemporary vanity areas, full-length mirrors, hand lotion and even hair straighteners for that special touch. “Throughout any event all our facilities are monitored by service technicians charged with keeping everything in pristine condition. We know that every event is judged on the quality of its portable toilet facilities,” owners Diane Dakin and Jay Ritchie say. Able to take an event’s sanitation needs from conception through to creation, the highly ambitious and skilled Dakins team members offer impressive expertise. They can take care of the small details from the necessary planning and implementation right through to staffing. Services are now available in Wanaka and Queenstown. To discuss facilities for your event, contact the Dakin Group on 03-384 9100 or 0800 325 467, or email

Somewhere Special It feels like a relaxed art gallery space – a place to browse, chat and fall in love with something precious. Via Sollertia Jewellers on New Regent Street sparkles a little differently.


any think handmade means out of reach,” says Manager Clare. “In reality, it isn’t.” The 28-year-old has already been in the industry for 11 years. She’s fun, incredibly inspiring and her craft is her world. Treating every client equally, Via Sollertia creates affordable simplicity through to exquisite high-end. Clare pushes boundaries by adapting up-to-the-minute trends from America, Asia and Europe – from period styles to contemporary simplicity. She hand-draws all her designs, encouraging client involvement, which are then handcrafted inhouse. Display pieces are unique hand makes too. “We also recreate old into new. Recently, a lady had her grandmother, aunt and mother’s jewels redesigned into a new ring. “There were hugs, tears of joy, laughter and sentiment. It automatically became special. That’s what this is about.”


Beautifully styled grey hair is turning more heads than ever before in a growing trend towards natural beauty – enhanced with a little salon magic.


aster Stylist Vicki O’Fee, of V for Hair and Beauty upstairs in Merivale Mall, says women often start to grey by 35, or even earlier – and many are now loving the look and making the most of the change. It’s important to choose a shade that suits your skin. The grey colour palette in clothes fashion has never dated, so sultry hues of silver, sand, dove, iris and lilac for hair can also be incredibly feminine and flattering. Like any change in hair colour or style, it’s a transition, so planning ahead for special occasions is vital. V for Hair and Beauty’s stylists offer a complimentary consultation and may suggest going lighter with a base colour, highlights, age-blend colours to soften obvious lines, or weaving in lowlights for darker hair. Visit

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armalade is well known for catering to lovers of Tencel, modal, bamboo and viscose. “This season the classic velvet coats and organic cotton dresses from Fairtrade favourite Nomads Clothing are back – and cosy knitwear and New Zealand merino will keep you warm and toasty!” says owner Jessica Fearnley-Campbell. “As well as stocking the famous breathable bamboo socks from UK Fairtrade brand ‘Thought’, we now carry its full range of lounge wear – perfect for relaxing, yoga or the busy mum. This collection means you never have to compromise style over comfort again!” Marmalade also continues to extend its range of Fairtrade and sustainable accessories and giftware to complement the gorgeous clothing. New this autumn are packs of reusable metal straws from CaliWoods NZ, and felted Easter decorations from Namaste – which supports child rescue in Nepal. Meanwhile magical Fairtrade fairies, pirates, unicorns and mermaids are this month’s latest edition to arrive from UK company ‘Believe You Can’. Oxford’s annual A&P Show on 31 March is the perfect opportunity to make the cruisy 40-minute drive to this enchanting North Canterbury town this Easter. Perhaps try out the new authentic curry house, or pop into the retro 50’s diner – but definitely include a visit to Jessica’s beautiful, inspiring boutique. Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities, 49A Main Street, Oxford or visit

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Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.


e’re all different, because we have different backgrounds and choosing a perfectly suited agent is a tactical step,” says Marijke Sheppard of Ray White Rangiora. Marijke, a former teacher, believes in dealing with facts and believes this, coupled with ensuring the owner’s involvement throughout the process, is where her success for her clients lies. “It is important my clients are fully informed and involved, including pinpointing the target market, the advertising and creating a price point,” she says. Professional photographs are a must. “You have one shot at making an impression – and there’s definitely an art to it. It’s a marginal expense compared to the benefits.” She believes presentation is paramount and with her experience and attention to detail,

Marijke offers those useful and creative tricks of her trade. “It is important not to leave any stone unturned or cut corners. Be prepared for all scenarios. I provide a full property appraisal; my vendors get honest weekly written reports from buyers who have viewed which include anything that can be improved or changed. Sometimes we have to have those difficult conversations. “It is important that we, as agents, are informed, up to date with local knowledge, so we can pass this onto our clients. But while these conversations can be hard, it is important to keep positive and always include a little humour! There’s merit in believing things happen for a reason!” Phone Marijke (pronounced Ma-rye-ka) for a chat on 027 461 6127, email or visit

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ut if silver linings can come in ship-sized packages, this could well be one, with the ship’s demise spawning a historical account of the Kaiapoi Port. Developed soon after Kaiapoi was established in the 1850s, the Port of Kaiapoi became one of the busiest coastal ports in the country, but its 175-year history was at risk of being lost. When the ship met its untimely end, the MV Tuhoe Kaiapoi Trust took up the challenge of preserving its history. Rebranding itself as the Kaiapoi Maritime Heritage Trust, it set about commissioning a book to detail the port’s colourful past. “We wanted to do something to recognise the history of the port and the boats that sailed in and out of it for all those

years,” explains trust member Andrew Blackwell. Writer Colin Amodeo and trust member Paul Croucher captured the changing fortunes of the port that was once the centre of commerce for North Canterbury in Taking the bar – A history of Kaiapoi Port. It was a labour of love for Colin, a maritime historian with ancestors who have been seamen. “It is the kind of book which will appeal to ship lovers elsewhere and not just to Kaiapoi residents. My intention had been to place Kaiapoi port history in a wider framework of New Zealand history,” Colin says. Taking the Bar is available from Blackwells Department Store in Kaiapoi. For a full list of stockists, please visit www.

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cuisine Drinkable Soups By Kate Pierson

When someone suggests wrapping your laughing gear around the newest culinary powerhouse ‘drinkable soup’ you’d be well within your rights to look at them like they’re a little bit bonkers for stating the obvious. The concept of drinkable soup seems pretty standard, right? Wrong.


rinkable soup is flipping the status quo on its head. The new foodie favourite dominating the headlines has rendered spoons redundant. Just your lips or a straw are all that’s required to indulge. Dubbed the new ‘juice’, drinkable soups can be made from scratch at home and enjoyed cold or hot on the go, or alternatively, purchased from the cafes or grocers who are supporting this new wellness warrior and its super powers. Superfood power that is. Drinkable soups are packing a super healthy punch with all their yummy ingredients – veggies galore, plus all the other goodies like kale, hemp seeds, ginger and turmeric. Marrying the best of both worlds – convenience and nutrition – they’ve moved out of the margins and into the mainstream. Bottoms up!




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Uber hit the global market some time ago, revolutionising the transport industry overnight. Now we’re being spoon fed generous amounts of its culinary innovation via Uber Eats. Shattering glass ceilings in the tech industry, the Country Manager Emma Foley talks with Metropol about what it’s like to run one of the most iconic brands in the world.

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The Uber Eats concept is revolutionary – what does it mean for the culinary industry in Christchurch? Uber Eats offers Christchurch locals unprecedented convenience, selection and reliability to get the food they love, delivered to where they happen to be. There are currently more than 100 restaurants and more than 5,000 freshly prepared menu items available on the Uber Eats app. Since we launched in October 2017 we’ve expanded the Uber Eats Christchurch service area by more than 55 percent. We covered 100 square kms at launch, and we now deliver to an area spanning 155 square kms. How is Uber Eats harnessing the best of technological innovation? Uber Eats is an on-demand food delivery app and website that helps bring millions of people around the world the food they want, at the tap of a button. If you compare our platform to retailers who embraced the move to online and to customers wanting to use multiple channels, they are doing the best today. We are passionate about helping restaurants thrive. We do this by offering 24/7 support, access to innovative marketing campaigns, data about the meals they sell, and reliable access to delivery services. Women in tech remains a hot topic given the gender imbalance across the industry – how does it feel to be the Country Manager for one of the world’s most recognisable tech companies? I absolutely love my job and feel lucky to be surrounded by passionate people. Currently my

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manager and her manager are both female, so I feel lucky to have some great role models to look up to. I would love to see even more women going into careers in technology. While the obvious path is continuing to study STEM subjects through school and university, it’s also great to realise that it’s never too late to give it a go. I’m a passionate member of our ‘WomANZ’ committee (our Australia and NZ women’s employee group). One of the projects is determining how we can use our skills and experience to encourage more young women into tech careers.


What does a day in your life look like? There’s no typical day leading the Uber Eats NZ business, and it’s one of the things I love most about my role. I’d say my role is a 50/50 mix of people management and business strategy – but every day looks different! I might start the day with a check-in meeting with my team, discussing our key business metrics and diving into any issues or project details. In the afternoon, you might find me on a call with a colleague in Brisbane talking about our virtual restaurant initiatives (where restaurants can run new brands out of one kitchen), a meeting with one of our large restaurant partners, then in a call with one of our product team in Singapore discussing the rollout of one of our new app features. And of course, finding some time for emails! It takes a lot to stay on top of all the exciting things happening with Uber, so connecting with my colleagues around the world is a must.

The International Culinary Studio is marching to the beat of its own delicious drum, no cliché concepts here! In fact, this revolutionary innovation – an online culinary school and chef courses – has been touted as a world first.


Choose your own favourites from our delicious selection of sushi flavours

Try our scrumptious Dumplings, Curry and Soup for the cooler weather All Served In Bio-Degradable Packaging

Open 7 Days a Week 10am to 5pm Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm Sat-Sun

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

Fendalton’s best kept food secret Spoil yourselves with a dinner date at Room 205 Complimentary Glass of Champagne or Wine when you mention this Metropol Advert (for Dinner Customers only) Thursday/Friday/Saturday for Dinner 7pm – late Bookings Essential

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rom helping aspiring chefs to chase their dreams and fulfil their potential by becoming qualified in the foodie field, to helping those with experience further enhance their skills, the learning model has been designed in recognition of the fast-paced lives people are leading and the need for flexibility when it comes to upskilling. It seems age really is just a number when it comes to capability with the International Culinary Studio blessing even the little ones in our midst with some impressive culinary prowess thanks to its Mini Chef and Mini Baking Programmes. Every busy parent’s dream, these comprehensive courses educate children on all of the fundamentals, with a generous dose of finesse and fun thrown into the mix. Five lessons at four hours each run across five days. The Mini Chef Baking Programme starts with an introductory module incorporating dressing for the kitchen, personal hygiene and safe food handling, before baking some delicious biscuits. Swiss rolls, pavlova/meringues, chocolate mousse and almond tuille, and cakes/cupcakes are also on the menu. The Mini Chef Cooking Programme begins with the same introductory module and lessons include learning how to make pasta, parmesan twists, dessert and even offers an industrial kitchen tour through the studio’s virtual kitchen. For more information about what the International Culinary Studio can offer you and your family, visit

leading the business way

Caffé 1808 sits in the heart of the Waterloo Business Park. It is a café with its own unique history, crisp modern décor, and exclusive Molinari coffee that aficionados drive across town to experience.



he Business Park has a vision for the future and the changing ways we do things, especially in the business environment. Work spaces are changing and 1808 is leading the way in accommodating the businesses in the area, and the city. Ten minutes from Christchurch Airport, and twenty from the CBD, 1808 offers catered morning teas and lunches, a licensed café experience, and a top-class meeting room. Seating up to 12, and possibly more, the meeting room is airconditioned, well connected with wi-fi and bluetooth, a 55-inch TV with cables and connectors provided, a whiteboard, and controlled lighting. There is a separate entrance, or enter through the café, and the doubleglazed sliding doors create a virtually

soundproof environment. Of course, meetings are catered via the café. Order from the menu or the cabinet, or tailor morning tea and lunch for attendees. All dietary requirements are catered to. Business meetings, client or job applicant interviews, presentations, or just a quiet lunch with colleagues, the 1808 Meeting Room provides a unique space at very reasonable rates. There is stunning outdoor seating, and even a basketball court nearby for the super-energetic. If preferred, the 1808 team will bring coffees, morning teas and lunches to you! Contact Andrea Wyld, Caffé 1808 Manager, on 027 277 2731 to discuss requirements and see for more information.

We ensure every meal is a unique and memorable event

Get in touch today to see how Twentyfour Catering Co can make your Wedding, Private Dining, Birthday, Anniversary or any special event a great success! meg@twentyfourcatering PRIVATE FUNCTIONS WEDDINGS EVENTS CONSULTING & TEMP CHEFS

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Catering to Commitment One of the most important considerations to make when planning a wedding is the food you are going to serve your guests. With so many possibilities, and so many other things to arrange, it is definitely an advantage to use a catering company that is dedicated to “making your wedding day, as well as the planning process, as relaxed and simple as possible”.

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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hat is Continental Event Catering’s commitment to brides and grooms. With more than 50 years’ experience catering all manner of events in Canterbury, the South Island and beyond, the team prides itself on the knowledge and understanding the company brings to every event. Working with wedding planners, or directly with brides and grooms, “the only limit is your imagination,” says Event Manager Kate McLauchlan. Keeping abreast of modern trends, and setting a few of their own, Continental’s team of enthusiastic staff provides efficient, professional, and friendly service at every stage. There is a wide variety of menu options, using the freshest local produce and catering to all dietary requirements. Bespoke menus can also be designed specifically to complement your desires and the character of your special day. Between now and 31 August this year, Continental has an amazing offer for couples getting married. Book the catering for your wedding with Continental and you will go into a draw to win a Continental food and beverage package to the value of $10,000! Details, terms and conditions of this fantastic opportunity are available at An intimate affair for 50 or an extravaganza for 2000 (or more!), Continental is your #trustedcaterer.


Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup rolled oats 2/3 cup brown sugar 125g butter 1 tablespoon golden syrup 1 tablespoon manuka honey (or any other kind) 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 tablespoon boiling water A handful of crushed macadamia nuts

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125g white chocolate 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt 1 teaspoon lemon juice

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a classic cookie comeback

Put this location on your dining map - located in the prestigious Sir William Pickering Drive.

These clever little creations were made famous during World War I, when loving mothers and pining housewives sent care packages of these golden goodies to New Zealand and Australian soldiers.


n time for ANZAC Day next month, we’ve given this classic little cookie a 2018 facelift. A chubby version of its predecessor, this frontline favourite has

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a chewy middle, a decadent coconut texture and the added crunch of macadamia nuts, topped off with a delicious yoghurt drizzle.

Protein shakes, smoothies, Preheat oven Homemade to 180c. Grease and line a Gluten-free savouries, Raw cakes, cookie sheet. Place flour, coconut, oats, Lactose-free, Caffeine sugar and nuts in a free, bowl and mix well. Vegetarian foodgolden available daily. Place butter, syrup and honey in a saucepan overwith low aheat untilparty butter has Spoil your guests private upstairs melted.on our amazing deck. We are a child friendly environment. Combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a small bowl, add to the butter mixture and stir. Pour over oat mixture and 1/49 Sir William Pickering Drive the ingredients together. 03mix 357all2011 Open 7 days Roll tablespoonfuls into balls, place on the cookie sheet and flatten each cookie gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take care not to overbake which will take away from the chewy centre. Remove from oven and allow to cool. For the yoghurt drizzle, seal remaining ingredients in a ziplock bag and sit in a mug or bowl of hot water for 5-10 minutes, until white chocolate is melted. Open ziplock and stir to combine, then seal again and twist bag to push mixture into a point. Make a tiny puncture in tip of bag with a toothpick or knife and squeeze in a zig-zag pattern over cooled biscuits.

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.

Put this location on your dining map - located in the prestigious Sir William Pickering Drive.

1/49 Sir William Pickering Drive 03 357 2011 Open 7 days


Gorgeous Food It’s something of an institution on Springs Road in Wigram. For more than ten years the Gorgeous Food specialist bakery has been delighting locals and those from further afield, with its ‘gorgeous’ range of tasty classic and not-so-traditional freshlymade treats, both savoury and sweet.

Book your pre-show dinner or drinks and enjoy a warm atmosphere with friendly service

Gorgeous Food

Indulge Yourself With Gorgeous Food…

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

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

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e are proud to have served the community for so long,” says coowner JoAnne Fryer. “Our food is healthy and made fresh every day in our bakery using top quality ingredients. Real butter and eggs – baking the way it should be.” Firm favourites are the delicious pies, quiches and sausage rolls, as well as the bakery’s own style muffins and scones, Dagwood sandwiches, filled rolls and wraps. “We have been asked a lot lately for salads and we have really enjoyed creating some especially scrumptious flavour combinations that we have had to try ourselves, of course. We have a chicken teriyaki salad with baby corn and bok choy, a pesto pasta salad with smoked chicken and a roast pumpkin salad with beetroot and feta. They are really good to eat on a hot day – or any day for that matter.” An array of slices too has customers returning. ”Our gluten-free caramel meringue slice flies off the shelves as does the citrus slice and the ginger macadamia slice. And we are famous for nana’s chocolate fudge slice – a much loved family recipe. A slice and a cup of our takeaway Vivace coffee – what better way to indulge yourself?” Gluten free products are available, along with a great variety of options for business or home catering.



Sumptuous selection It’s said we eat first with our eyes. They attract us to beautifully presented food and activate our taste buds. That’s the effect of the sumptuous display in the food cabinet at the Majestic Tea Bar, Barrington.





FERRYMEAD 2a Waterman Place, Ferrymead Christchurch Ph. 03 3764071

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he Majestic Tea Bar is a premium café offering the very best to its customers – the best food, the best teas, the best coffee and the best hot chocolate – along with an ambience and decor that speaks of yesteryear, with its comfortable armchairs and unique crockery. The ever-changing cabinet presentation is freshly made each day by the café’s three chefs who delight in being creative, devising treats to appeal to all tastes. But the cabinet is just a tempter to the full kitchen menu on offer. There are all day breakfast favourites from Eggs Benedict Royale, to Creamy Mushrooms and Omelettes, not forgetting the fluffy pancakes. Lunch is a varied offering – anything from an open grilled sandwich or a carbonara or wedges. Then of course there are sweet treats, including signature cakes, slices and handcrafted chocolates. “We love cooking,” says Head Chef Mark. “Our food is passion on a plate. It’s fresh and wholesome with a real homemade feel, as well as a new twist on some classic dishes. Every dish is made to order and for us only top quality in ingredients and presentation is good enough. We set ourselves high standards and put our heart and soul into everything we make.” Located in the Barrington Mall, open seven days – with the kitchen menu available until 3pm daily.


he humble chickpea is packed full of goodness and when roasted makes a tasty snack to munch on while enjoying a beer, or as a healthy lunchbox treat. Ingredients • 2 cans chickpeas • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt • 2 to 4 teaspoons spices or finely chopped fresh herbs, like chili powder, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, sweet or smoked paprika, rosemary, thyme, or other favourite spices and herbs Method • Pre-heat oven to 210C • Strain and rinse chickpeas. Dry the chickpeas well. Lay them on a clean dish towel or paper towels and pat them until they are matte and dry. Remove any loose skins that come off while drying. • Spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix well so they are evenly coated. Don’t add the spices now, add them when fresh from

the oven, or they may burn. • Roast 20-30 minutes, shaking the pan every 10 minutes. The chickpeas are done when golden and slightly darkened, dry and crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle. • Sprinkle your choice of spices over the chickpeas and mix well to coat evenly. Serve while still warm and crispy or cool and enjoy in salads or as a lunch box snack.



If you’ve noticed the increasing number of foods that have been turning green recently, you might be forgiven for wondering what on earth is going on.


By Melinda Collins

hese clever little culinary concoctions have been injected with matcha. A fine green tea powder, matcha has been produced in Japan for centuries, with Buddhist monks using it to help them stay calm and alert during meditation. Despite this illustrious past, matcha has only really hit the fore of western conscience in more recent years, where it has struck a culinary chord with the wellbeing crowd. Its vivid green colour comes from the high levels of chlorophyll produced by growing the tea leaves in the shade, a method that also boosts its inherent antioxidants. While matcha can be purchased in its raw form in health shops, it’s increasingly making an appearance in cafés, bakeries and even restaurants inside a daring range of baking, smoothies, desserts and plenty of other cooked creations – even burger buns! Matcha and… well anything really, might just be a match made in culinary heaven. Metropol March 15, 2018 67


Crispy Roasted Chick Peas


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sweet love

Attractive cabinet food or options from breakfast/lunch menu plus delicious Weekend High Tea served

When you work within or establish a new business, what makes you the happiest? Heath Wells posted at 16:05 on his Facebook: “It’s Valentine’s Day and I cannot think of anything nicer for Heather than a sweet treat from what is, in my opinion, the best patisserie here in Christchurch, Patisserie Yahagi... This is their creation to celebrate today - a heart shaped raspberry and chocolate mousse.”

• 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


or Eri Yahagi, the owner of Patisserie Yahagi at Church Corner mall in Upper Riccarton, happiness comes in knowing that her customers enjoy her desserts and cakes, but especially when they pass that joy on to their dearest people. These were posted on the Facebook page of one of her customers on Valentine’s Day.

Heath Wells posted at 16:33 posted on his Facebook: “So this just happened… This morning Heather Wells and I had a conversation along the lines of Valentine’s Day being a commercialised thing and we wouldn’t buy into it and get each other anything. Of course I was like, ‘Yeah right! As if I would not get something’. So, as per my previous post, I went along to Patisserie Yahagi and got that heart shaped treat… Well, it seems Heather Wells had similar thoughts, and also called into Patisserie Yahagi on the way home and picked up this gorgeous looking chocolate tart! Great minds think alike!” This heartwarming story is right at the heart of what Eri loves most about her business. “They got their desserts from Patisserie Yahagi for each other because they thought this was the best for each other!” And so Eri will continue to bake her desserts and cakes to make people you love like your partner, family and friends happy. Who’s your special someone that you want to treat with Patisserie Yahagi’s creations?

Delicious Menu f� a eal appetite

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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Gold Award Winner

Meals available all day



2 Gerald St, Lincoln Ph. 03 325 2408


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

The Pantry, Ballantynes

Handmade by Ballantynes order your Maple Walnut Cheesecake and Passionfruit & Chocolate Easter Logs, both gluten free and delicious in store at Ballantynes Christchurch. $39 each.

Impress your guests with a cake unique for you

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes by Sallys. With years of experience, Sally produces stunning cakes for all occasions, hand-made and decorated to your liking. contact Sally: Ph. 022 350 3318

The Pantry, Ballantynes

Sold out already in the rest of New Zealand, Ballantynes is the exclusive South Island stockist of the hot new product Seedlip. Non-alcoholic spirts, No Sugar, No Sweetner. 700ml, $68.

2018 limited edition by local producer ‘She Universe’ for Ballantynes. 300 grams of gorgeous, dairy free chocolate that’s perfect to share! $29

The Pantry, Ballantynes



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

You could WIN Discount Off your Coffee and Cabinet Food at our Happy Hour Game Time! Sunday 18th March & Sunday 25th March 2-3pm (T.C’S apply)

Euro Gourmet Meats

303 Colombo St, Christchurch Ph. 03 337 2929

Cafe Vivo

Available at EAGLE BREWING 55 Riccarton Rd Shop Opens Mon-Sat Ph. 03 341 6849

333 Harewood Road, Bishopdale Christchurch

Ph. (03) 360 0996

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Ali’s Lemons

The hunt is over! Try our Hot Cross Buns, Easter Egg Stuffed Cheesecake, decadent Easter Eggs with Chocolate Truffles or an Easter Egg Chocolate Cake! If you’re looking for something special, you won’t be disappointed!

Sweet Revenge

Ph:03 3528815

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:

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

HALSWELL BAKERY & CAFÉ 346 Halswell Rd Ph. 322-4600

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Fresh, traditional, distinctive Made with love by Ali in Christchurch Looking for an alternative to chocolate for your Easter gifts? Ali’s Lemons delicious range offers quality solutions using Ormond Orchards’ organic lemons. Available from Christchurch Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, Tanner Street Bakery, The Lincoln Pantry, The General Store in Akaroa and Moore Wilson in Wellington. Contact Ali:

An authentic boutique family winery producing powerful, vibrant wines including the one of a kind Méthode Traditionelle Sparkling Riesling. Order direct from the vineyard. Free delivery nationwide.

Clark Estate Phone: 03 579 4752 / 021 386 831

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

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!


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

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

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:

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

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

Nutritious & Delicious Bespoke Catering Platters, Finger food, Feasting Menu's Weddings Corporate Functions Check out our Exclusive Pop Up Dinner Club

The Waikuku Beach Kitchen Ph. Mette 027 902 7829 or Kylie 021 813 244

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


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

Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards

Want to experience the top beef and lamb cuisine in New Zealand? Visit

Rangiora’s newest butchery, with beautiful handcrafted sausages, dry cured meats Wild game and Home kill

Simply the most stylish coffee machine around! Available in a range of colours use with beans and/or pods.

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.

23 Islington Ave, Islington. Phone 03 348 5089

78 Barrington St, Somerfield Ph. 03 337 0422

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The Crowded House Coffee Company Ltd. The Butcher’s Mistress 84 High Street Rangiora Ph. 03 313 7191

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home A By Kate Pierson

Bohemian decor can’t help but be a stand-out style in any room. Bohemian is too hip to be square; it’s a welcome digression away from the conversative; proudly eclectic. Whoever partners with this concept must appreciate an adventurous aesthetic.

free-spirit, bohemian decor embraces culture, colour and carefree style – from compelling patterns and fiery orange, saturated purple, terracotta and metallic shades, to ornate boxes, mismatched china, vintage finds, and striking tapestries, every feature in your bohemian space should tell a story. The best part about bohemian decor is that it can be done on a budget with repurposed and reclaimed items offering a cost-effective way forward. And when it comes to dressing your bedroom in this down-to-earth decor, it’s not hard to uncover some charming features and accents that will see you resting your head in boho heaven. Rugs, curtains, duvets, lighting and accent pillows can all play their part in creating the ultimate boho style story. Trinkets like lanterns, antique candelabras, shabby chic throws and mystical artwork will add to the ambience. Pinterest is a great place let your imagination run wild before you bring your ideas to fruition.



Relaxed & Contemporary Style

with an organic eclectic twist

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It’s going to be a big year for the Casa Construction team. With Wanaka’s population continuing to grow, Casa Construction has decided to start operating across the area, beginning early 2018.


asa will primarily focus on residential new builds, working with local architects and building teams to deliver beautifully crafted homes. Working in Wanaka has been a long-term dream for Casa Construction Director, Jeff Root. “A number of our clients either have holiday homes or are looking to move down that way. We’re delighted to be able to work with them on their new projects down there.” Both construction activity and costs are expected to continue to increase in the

broader Wanaka area, yet these challenges have not deterred the team. A number of innovations in supply chain, sourcing and team management are being considered to ensure the award-winning Casa Construction team can continue to exceed client and architect expectations. Jeff adds, “It’s exciting to be able to bring something a little different to the market. There are a number of good operators down there already. We’re looking forward to the challenge of delivering the Casa promise of being on-time and within

budget while maintaining the highest quality construction experience possible.” The Casa team will kick off its Wanaka venture with projects in Hawea and West Wanaka. The team will be led by Jeff who will commute fortnightly, as well as a lead construction manager on the ground. Casa Construction will continue operations in Christchurch alongside the new Wanaka venture. For more information, contact Jeff Root on 021 460 670 or go to our website

BUILDING WITH HEART People choose us because we are excellent craftspeople. They recommend us because we care.

Visit our show home, 75 Forfar St. St Albans to find out more.

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By Melinda Collins

It is perhaps more often seen sashaying its way down the catwalks, but we’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for velvet’s sumptuous style in a much broader application.







his season the elegant material is making its way beyond the wardrobe, so now you can add a touch of luxury to almost every room of the house. This design damsel is having its moment in the homewares spotlight, with a luxe look that could soften almost any heart.

Take the plunge with a statement sofa in this season’s trending tones or dip your toes in the decorating pool with smaller accents like cushions and throws. If you really want to make a glamorous statement, its opulence pairs perfectly with a bit of bling, so shop our sumptuous look.

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Enjoying the landmark of 20 years in business in Christchurch, David Whyte, Director of Whyte Construction is reflecting on achievements past, plus looking forward enthusiastically to the next score of years.


ost-earthquakes, David is proud to have thousands of satisfied customers. While residual

earthquake repairs are now more complex and the team continues helping Kaikoura clients, the company

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is also ‘full steam ahead’ on client projects, driven by passion rather than need. Original and repeat clients have been waiting patiently for the peak of earthquake work to pass, so they can carry out alterations, extensions and new builds. Residential projects are core, from entry level, to large scale hillside architectural homes such as Kiteroa Terrace, pictured. But at any one time the company will be deeply involved in a great diversity of work, with current projects including recladding a university hostel and alterations to a funeral home. Weathertight homes are also a specialty. “We are excellent at solutions,” David says. “We are not into mass housing, but we are competitive with them.” There are no packages. “It’s bespoke to your needs, from end to end.” Your single point of contact is a trade qualified project manager who is experienced, personable, and both quality and service-driven. Low staff turnover is a source of pride – the team is highly skilled and dynamic, and loves new ventures and problem solving. “We assist and guide clients in a way that enables them to come out of their comfort zones.” The team loves “the delight in people’s faces, when they see what they have achieved”.

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collection The new purpose-built warehouse at 12C Symes Road Wigram that showcases RCS Cleaners Warehouse products is a must visit for both residential and commercial customers. This is a family business that manufactures its own chemicals, such as the number one seller Citrus Shower Shock.




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e also make Odourgone, Window Cleaner and Transclean – a commercial grade vehicle wash,” RCS Cleaners Warehouse Director Peter Sidey says. “We have a wide range of products to suit both residential and commercial applications.” The industrial chemical division is the South Island’s major supplier of chemicals into a wide variety of industries from engine reconditioning to fishing, vehicle workshops and the transport sector, suppling everything from toilet paper to truck wash. The commercial division specialises in the hospitality and education sectors, as well as catering for motels, hotels and day cares. “We are proud to make our own New Zealand made products and continue to expand our range.” Living out of Christchurch is no hindrance, with online purchasing available for products, including the award-winning range of MYTEE® Microfibre chemical free cleaning cloths and mops, brushes, brooms, mops and buckets, cleansers, window cleaning supplies, vacuums, commercial and domestic vacuum accessories. Giving back is important to the company, which nurtures future generations through community projects. RCS Cleaners Warehouse supports grassroot sports in Canterbury and provided care packages for North Canterbury farmers during the drought. The friendly staff know the products and can provide guidance and problem-solving capabilities. Visit


Available to the domestic market • Industrial chemical solutions

• Nature clean biodegradable house hold chemicals and hardware • MYTEE Microfibre mops and cloths • SCOOPY window condensation removal • SHOWER SHOCK shower and bath cleaner


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ecade after decade this style staple maintains its place on the ‘latest looks’ lists. Beloved for its timeless appeal and ‘dress up dress down’ versatility, it’s always on trend. But this shape-shifting chameleon has sidled its way into the home and according to the powers that be, adding a dash of denim is a sure-fire way to bring enduring style to any space. Much like its performance as a fashionable powerhouse, when it comes to homewares, denim offers a notquite-neutral alternative to all of those whites and greys, can play to a variety of aesthetics, and provides a sought-after splash of textural interest. With options in dark-wash, chambray, faded and even the well-worn look available, there is something to suit every style. So shop our inspirational look, or raid the wardrobe or thrift store to craft some clever creations all of your own.



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As a businessperson, you’re always acutely aware of what’s required to maintain your personal and professional reputation, in addition to maintaining the goodwill of the public and your clients. Falling short on the delivery of what you promised is unacceptable, but it can nonetheless happen despite the best of intentions. It’s always confronting when you deal with a client’s disappointment and, with the power of social media, it’s important that you listen, learn and help – before matters get out of hand. Social media has an enormous ability to highlight issues, often whilst reducing a situation to only one (aggrieved) perspective. But nothing is ever that simple. In real estate, for instance, owners, purchasers, agents (whether listing or selling) and the companies they work for all have a stake in the outcome and a role in the proceedings which adds layers of potential misunderstanding. Recently, I found myself sitting with a family who had purchased a home. Their relationship with their sales consultant was extremely

positive, but they were disappointed at some of the actions taken by the vendor of the home they had purchased. Unfortunately, on settlement, the home was no longer in pristine condition. It wasn’t clean or tidy, gardens were overgrown and fixtures had been removed, leaving unsightly holes in the walls. The ‘dream home’ dream was being shattered, and they wanted to talk to someone about their feelings. With care and resourcefulness, all the problems were able to be addressed, but it made me think about how easily you can lose a valued client. Dealing with issues openly and promptly is always ideal, and usually results in the best outcome, but there are several alternative responses I have noticed – and personally been on the receiving end of – when it comes to client dissatisfaction.

ahead of facts, this approach tilts the situation toward the subjective, and usually the opportunity for a compromise or a solution is lost. It can also be extremely expensive, not just financially but mentally. So, it’s probably worth remembering that although the client may not always be right, he or she is always worth listening to. And to those serial perpetrators of poor customer service: front up, listen up and, if you are in the wrong, own up! Finally a nod to the month of March. I call it a month of madness as we move with strength and focus to the end of the financial year. To the Gold team regardless of how you finish I know you are always pushing to be the best.

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e derive comfort from attempting to qualify or quantify certain facts, particularly when it relates to aspects which are beyond one’s immediate control. The ‘long tail’ of the regional rebuild being one such, rather significant, example. What was, in its ‘recovery’ stages, a test of our innate fight or flight responses, has now in an official capacity given way to the ‘rebuild’ phase, a phase one could easily argue required more stamina, both personally and professionally, as we waited with baited breath for the new places and spaces to come to fruition. Yet the metamorphosis now visible at street level is palpable, as our architects reimagine a cosmopolitan city that is perhaps shorter on stature, but certainly not on personality. Christchurch is full of creative, ambitious businesses, developers and architects who are making their own mark on the rebuilding city, with a developing physical typology that is nothing short of distinct. And yet, at the same time, it’s not a complete architectural about-face, as those responsible for this metamorphosis work hard to marry our built heritage with contemporary creations, offering an exemplary model of what is possible when ingenuity and innovation are the motivating drivers. As our new building facades play with clever new angles, colours and materials, our heritage icons make features of their ornate and rather elaborate detailing, with historic identities such as Stranges Lane and the Isaac Theatre Royal rubbing architectural shoulders with the likes of The Terraces and the Deloitte building. Each and every one of these distinct developments has its own story and yet each plays an equally important role in telling the new story of Christchurch.

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city is a brand. Just like any great brand, we need to be clear on who we are and what we stand for. We need to be aspirational to inspire bold thinking to attract great talent and interest in our city. ChristchurchNZ are in the midst of redefining our city’s identity. As they work with various stakeholders, it’s clear innovation is key to our city’s brand. Innovation has always been in our blood with business pioneers like Angus Tait (Tait Communications), Bill Hamilton (CWF Hamilton) and Sir Gil Simpson (Jade Software) leading the way. I am privileged to see outstanding innovation and creativity every day. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. In addition to more established companies, we are lucky to have many young, passionate entrepreneurs making their mark locally and internationally. Young companies like Banqer, Ethique and Corvecto reinforce that innovation, creativity and experimentation stretches across generations. In February, Christchurch launched Yoogo Share – the first in the Southern Hemisphere. We also heard a great international tech company has chosen to base their APAC office here, choosing Christchurch over Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. We are on the right track to redefining ourselves as a place that embraces and nurtures open-minds, experimentation, creativity and innovation. We have an exciting opportunity to reposition our city and must ensure the vision is bold, yet ensure we are able to deliver on the promise. Businesses and entrepreneurs must continue to be supported by a strong, connected ecosystem, and local and central government policy must nurture an innovation-led economy.


t’s not often that you get involved in a construction project where the aim is to keep almost everything the same, but after 13 months of work the fully restored Victoria Square was reopened to the public this month. No major work had been carried out on Victoria Square since the 1980s, so time and the earthquakes had taken a bit of a toll, with cracked pavers and ponding proving hazardous. A significant 40,000 man-hours, 2100 metres of cabling, 800 metres of pipe and 170,000 pavers later, the space has been returned to its former glory, with wider paths and additional lighting making Victoria Square more accessible. Australasia’s first illuminated electric fountain, the 87-year-old Bowker Fountain, is also back to its colourful best, with new pumps and lights. Additional features like the brass and concrete Kanakana table recognise the site and the city’s bi-cultural heritage. All this effort went into Victoria Square because it is somewhat of a central city linchpin. It sits along the river promenade that’s currently under construction, its neighbours are the Performing Arts Precinct and the Town Hall and people using the Convention Centre’s meeting rooms will be gazing out onto Victoria Square every time their eyes wander. This restoration ensures the best of Christchurch is on show for anyone in the central city. So, on a sunny day, why not come grab a Vanilla Ice, take a seat by the Bowker Fountain and reacquaint yourself with this restored space.


ew Zealand was recently named as the most prosperous country in the world by The Legatum Institute. The London based think tank has recently released its annual global Prosperity Index for 2018, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous nations. New Zealand now outranks Finland – a country we are often highlighted as performing poorly against. Since the index was first founded in 2007, our lowest place was fourth and we have taken out the top spot seven times. Given recent newspaper headlines outlining our childhood poverty statistics, the housing crisis and rivers we can’t swim in, this came as a surprise to me. So, I did a little more research and thinking on this topic. The Legatum Institute doesn’t view prosperity as being just the amount of money that a country has. It compared 104 variables in developing the rankings, including personal freedom, natural environment and social capital. Further reading of their website provides more detail. It’s well worth a look – just visit When reviewing these results, it seems to me that all of us have a role to play to ensure that our collective prosperity is spread more evenly. We are doing ok, but we can do better. Smart central government policy and investment are obviously key, but these wheels take time to turn. In contrast, a nimble, grassroots-engaged, factbased charity or social enterprise can make an impact quickly, if it is well supported.

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hristchurch’s rebuild is an opportunity to transform our city and leave a legacy for future generations, something which requires public and private organisations to partner together. Exploring these new ways of working together has long-lasting, farreaching benefits for all of us. I’m really pleased that Regenerate Christchurch has now signed agreements with both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. These will enable new and innovative opportunities for research, teaching and learning, particularly around the environmental and social regeneration, and ecology of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area – the former red zone. We’ll share resources and knowledge, and collaborate with two of New Zealand’s most recognised universities to create new learning experiences for local and international students, communities and visitors. We’d like to establish a world-leading living laboratory, where we learn, experiment and research; testing and creating new ideas and ways of living. It’s also an opportunity to demonstrate how to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by natural hazards, climate change and a river’s floodplain. Long-term, we want to see Christchurch recognised as a leader in developing technology for communities to adapt to climate change, and see an increase in science and technology-based jobs in our city. These partnerships between Regenerate Christchurch and tertiary providers will provide opportunities for staff and students, such as trialling ideas and projects that could also lead to commercial opportunities, involvement in internships, community engagement, research, and investigating the long-term impact of regeneration.


ccording to the 2017 report ‘Future demand for construction workers’, released by the MBIE, construction investment growth is set to peak in 2020 and increase the requirements for construction-related occupations until at least late 2022. This means employers are facing an increasing skills shortage and having to alter the ways they recruit and retain the best staff. Businesses within commercial or residential construction now have the opportunity to grow. The issue stopping them is being able to get the right staff members to take on those projects and deliver quality work. There’s no area where there’s an abundance of staff, from labour to carpenters to subcontractors such as plumbers or electricians, right through to site-based staff like site managers and supervisors, quantity surveyors, project managers and site engineers. Every single area of every project is very difficult to recruit, making it hard for people to fill up their business with top-notch people. We do look to Australia, which is obviously fairly close by and has a similar way of building, but we do a lot of work with attracting people from South Africa and the UK as well, and we have also sourced candidates from the US. Retention is probably one of the biggest focuses any [construction] employer has at the moment. People are moving much more frequently than they have done in the past and that’s because it’s so competitive a lot of employers are looking to attract people from other businesses who are already trained in a similar method of construction.


ne of the biggest remaining challenge of our rebuild is the ongoing mental health impacts of the earthquakes – especially for our kids. As well as the initial trauma, there have also been the years of slow grinding recovery, which has been especially hard for the people still stuck in broken homes and battling EQC or their insurance companies. That is why there has been a 93 percent increase in demand for mental health services for young people in Canterbury since 2011. This is something that our Government is committed to taking action on. It is why Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced we will give every child in Canterbury and Kaikoura access to a mental health professional through their school. We will spend $28 million hiring a range of mental health professionals from counsellors to psychiatrists to work alongside schools and teachers to help our local kids get the support they deserve. The roll out will start in the east of Christchurch and Hornby and will be completed by mid-next year. This policy has been designed alongside experts at the CDHB. They have been some of the unsung heroes of the recovery, providing mental health for people who need it most. By working in partnership with local experts, we have been better able to understand the needs of Canterbury kids, and have come up with a plan that I believe will make a huge difference for our young people.

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ne of so many wonderful new builds in the city, the very public yet very personally passionate, process of bringing The Terrace to life gives it a talismanic feel, symbolising the strength and confidence, leadership and faith it has taken to get to this point.

Forged in the fire of Antony Gough’s vision, The Terrace, a glamourous and aesthetically pleasing precinct featuring innovative, thoughtful design, has brought this city section to life again, with twenty different hospitality environments open with minimum hours of 11am – 11 pm seven days, plus commercial space. It wouldn’t be out of line to describe Antony Gough as the King of the rebuild. We talk to Antony about his milestone. The Terrace has been a labour of love for you, how does it feel to have all that hard work and dedication now coming to fruition with the new bars now starting to open? A huge relief and very exciting seeing it all come together. How do you think the overall rebuild is going? The private sector is going very well, though it has taken longer than any of us would have expected. The Anchor Projects however need to get a hurry along. What are some of your favourite buildings or developments – both old and new? The Terraces – particularly the wooden building – The Arts Centre, Deloitte

House, The Crossing with its variety, Stranges Lane and the Bus Exchange. What do you see as some of the challenges facing the city as we move forward? I worry that all the cycle lanes may make travel by cars, trucks and buses too difficult. The Anchor Projects and the CBD housing are progressing too slowly. What do you think we’ve done well at as a city throughout the rebuild process? The Avon River precinct and Earthquake Memorial are excellent! Getting our sewerage and water systems back to normal as well. What do you love about Christchurch and, as a developer, what makes you choose to stay here? Christchurch is a city of huge opportunities. A brand new CBD surrounded by an exciting housing population, it is now getting a real sense of vibrancy. What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you? I have a car parking building to build and then I need to bed down The Terrace Precinct. This won’t happen by accident, it needs lots of planning and hard work behind the scenes.

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‘Beautiful character and heritage spaces in central Christchurch’. That’s the tagline. But in reality, Box 112’s day to day is much grittier. Think clearing out an old welder’s workshop, strengthening an abandoned heritage building and retrofitting a former grocery distribution centre.


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Its portfolio includes a rubber mouldings factory which is now a coffee shop and roastery (The Anchorage) and a grocery distribution centre turned bar and eatery (Welles Street). The company is also repurposing six former industrial buildings in Welles Street. The complex, which will be home to a mix of artisan businesses, is named The Welder after another long-standing tenant. Stringer says buildings from the 1950s and 1960s are just as important to Christchurch’s history as those marked with the heritage stamp. “The easy option is to bulldoze them and start again, but as the city grows and fills in we’ll just never get an opportunity to get these kinds of buildings back. They are actually going to be our future heritage buildings – as crazy as it sounds. They will be very iconic amongst the sea of glass.” The Anchorage, Welles Street, Supreme Supreme and The Welder are all part of an area of town Box 112 has branded ‘South Town’, “an area of the city that has always had more grit and intrigue to it,” Stringer says. Box 112 is also developing Christchurch’s five-storey former Public Trust Building, which has been awarded a $1.9m heritage grant from the Christchurch City Council. “We are always looking to partner with interesting local and national businesses that are looking for an authentic and unique space to leverage off.”

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he company, which buys, fits out and leases buildings in Christchurch, is all about tackling the city’s ‘too hard basket’ when it comes to development, says partner James Stringer. “Buildings are not just spaces, they have memories attached to them.” Stringer joined Box 112 in 2016 after his colleagues Sam Rofe and Rob Farrell set it up a year prior. As a director of the Christchurch Heritage Trust, he was excited to steer away from new builds and tackle projects others might overlook. “When you go overseas to any major city, you’ll often find the real soul of the city is always a few streets back – it’s the places the tourists hunt out, it’s the places the locals go. “We can’t go down the road of a utopian city, we have to remember that grit and intrigue is what makes a city. Pockets, things for everyone.” Stringer says he, Rofe and Farrell look at some of Christchurch’s less-thandesirable buildings, including those historically used for industrial purposes. “We hunt buildings that are really well located and have a story. Some of them are pretty tricky, they’re often tied up in insurance disputes. We really admire people who have held on to them for so long,” he says. Box 112 finds investors for each development and co-owns the buildings.



Alan Judd is owner of two thriving Christchurch companies operating in commercial kerbing and infill concrete – KerbworxNZ, and Canterbury Kerb and Concrete.


erbing is in Alan’s blood – he took over the business established by his father in 1965. With more than 60 collective years of experience in the current team, all areas of concrete are covered. KerbworxNZ primarily works for corporate clients on large roading projects or subdivisions. Last year, KerbworxNZ laid in excess of 50,000m of kerbing. Currently employing 12 staff, KerbworxNZ has the capacity to lay more, and can operate all over the South Island having already worked in Blenheim,

Queenstown, Timaru and Oamaru. Recent projects include the Flemington subdivision in Lincoln and a major current Christchurch development, the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub. In 2016, Alan purchased Canterbury Kerb and Concrete, enabling him to offer a greater package of services to his existing clients. With a domestic as well as a commercial focus, Canterbury Kerb and Concrete offers excavation, kerbing, and concrete infill using colour and stencilling. The company’s use of coloured stencilling in concrete infill is a real point

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INVESTMENT FUNDING It’s safe to say that Christchurch has been leading the way when it comes to earthquake research, as we become determined to be an infrastructural world leader.


ow a University of Canterbury infrastructure engineering programme has been awarded $12 million investment funding from the MBIE Partnerships Scheme for a project titled ‘Infrastructure Systems Engineered for Improved Value and Resilience’. Led by UC Quake Centre director Dr Robert Finch, with UC’s Ada Rutherford, Professor of Architectural Engineering Larry Bellamy as the Science Leader, the project’s purpose is to transform the building and construction industry so that it leads the world in digital design and construction methods, material

and manufacturing technologies, and “Ultimately this will contribute to wealth construction systems. creation for the country and more resilient UC Quake Centre director Dr Finch says communities.” the sector is internationally competitive, Professor Bellamy says the aim is for enhances the wealth, resilience and commercialisation of new digital and wellbeing of New Zealand communities material technologies to be under way opportunity our experienced and comprehensive advice in and supports higher levels of economic to provide within two years of the project ending, advice in the planning and undertaking of your Canterbury building pr growth. spawning a new manufacturing sector and “It means both industry and significantly improving the productivity of Government can now work together the building industry. to drive research outcomes that will “After five years, we expect leading change and improve the performance and firms will be utilising new building affordability of infrastructure development methods and technologies with direct in New Zealand over the long term,” he financial benefits to New Zealand in the says. hundreds of millions each year.”



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he fires, which broke out in February 2017, burned 1600 hectares of land on the Port Hills, claimed the life of firefighter Steve Askin, destroyed eleven homes and tore through the Christchurch Adventure Park, forcing its closure after just eight weeks of being open. Christchurch Adventure Park General Manager, Anne Newman, says at lot of hard work has gone into getting the park up and running again. “For those staff who were working at the park on that day it was obviously a stressful and traumatic experience to go through. Many staff then lost their jobs following the fires and, for those who did remain, it was ten months of incredibly hard work to get things prepared for a re-opening.” Sales and Marketing Manager, Sheena Crawford, says the facilities continue to grow. “We have recently re-opened two more of our trails, so in a biking sense we are getting closer and closer to our former capacity and are aiming to quickly grow beyond that. We have had over 40,000 people through the park in the first two months; 30,000 of those going up the chair and over a thousand enjoying the ziplines. “There is no doubt that there are still challenges for us to overcome as we continue to recover, but we are stoked to be back in business and seeing so many people out enjoying what the park has to offer again.”

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Encompassing the surroundings and conditions in which we live and work, our environments are some of the most important considerations when it comes to our overall health and wellness.

ould and asbestos are two of the most common environmental hazards, ones which we are all too familiar with on a local level as our city rebuilds, from the ground up. However, it is comforting to know that locally owned firm MBC has the experience and know how to make your home asbestos and mould free. Owned by Mark Hamilton and Felicity Drennan, MBC specialises in a wide range of tasks that cater specifically to managing the environment, which sometimes is no easy task. A Licenced Asbestos Removalist, MBC is able to undertake any asbestos removal project, large or small. With years of experience in public, commercial and residential sectors, no job is too much for the team. With a strong record of providing successful mould removal, MBC can also provide a simple clean through to a complete strip out, with competitive rates combined with superior workmanship. Asbestos and mould removal services are complemented by chemical decontamination, contaminated land remediation, erosion and sediment control. For further information on asbestos or mould removal, any of MBC’s other environmental services, or to get a free quote, visit or phone 03-354 4377.



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he stonework goes from the entrance exterior, right the way through the centre of the house and then back outside again. A twosided fireplace utilises this stone feature, enhancing ambiance and the feature’s ingenuity further. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three car garaging and every other conceivable essential, this home is clad in a mix of plaster, cedar and stone. “The team enjoyed the unique challenges and certain level of difficulty a hill build presents. It is always satisfying doing a build with excellent high-end products. The homeowners are very happy with the final product and my team is proud of the result,” says Hamish McLeish of McLeish Construction. This architectural home was designed by Peter Hawtin and completed within nine months. Licensed Building Practitioner Hamish McLeish has 20 years building experience. A family operated business, it has a reliable and enthusiastic team based predominantly in Canterbury and can cater to projects further afield. “We take immense pride in the quality of workmanship and attention to detail in every aspect of our work and offer a ten-year guarantee. Our projects are completed on time and within budget by a team of qualified builders and apprentices.”


Further hubs will be added in April, including The Crossing, Ara Institute, the University of Canterbury and the Lyttelton Community Centre. By then there will be 100 battery electric vehicles at 10 or more hubs across the city.



Christchurch is now home to New Zealand’s first fully battery-powered electric car sharing scheme. Developed by Christchurch City Council and run by Yoogo Share, the scheme lets people hire electric vehicles at different points in the city.


oogo Share General Manager Kirsten Corson says it is the biggest deployment of electric cars in New Zealand, with Hyundai Ioniq and BMWi3

vehicles now available at several hubs in the city, including Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and Christchurch International Airport.

“This is an exciting new transport service powered by electricity that is largely generated from renewable energy,” says CCC Resource Efficiency Manager Kevin Crutchley, who was Project Manager for the scheme. “The result is a service with zero tail pipe emissions that will both reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, which will have positive health benefits for the residents of Christchurch.” Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she is proud that Christchurch is the first city in New Zealand, and one of the few cities internationally, that has such a service. “It’s a smart and sustainable way for businesses and for local residents to get around town and I’m excited to see the service grow. [It] will deliver improved environmental and health outcomes and help the Council achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

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umber 1 Conference Street offers buyers a rare opportunity to secure a parcel of prime real estate in the heart of the prestigious Victoria neighbourhood, just a short stroll from all the excitement of the city centre, and with the upmarket Victoria Street Precinct, and Hagley Park, right on its doorstep. The owner has put together an exciting proposition, with concept plans and resource consents already in place to build an exclusive, standalone 470sqm, four-level, five-bedroom private residence on the site. With properties in this exclusive area selling in the multi-millions, this is a unique opportunity to purchase an iconic parcel of land and build this extraordinary home for much less than you would pay for it already completed and on the open market. The well thought out design of the home (created by the owner and Don Donnithorne Architects) would suit a range of potential buyers, from large, blended or multi-generational families, to professionals seeking work-from-home options, and retirees wanting plenty of room for family and friends to visit.

Luxury features include a 2.7m high gallery space on the ground floor, which could be closed off at either end for potential use as a workspace, gallery, or contemplative place for yoga or exercise. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms are also located on this level, which has internal entry to the garage and access to the lift that connects all four levels of the home. Three spacious living spaces are connected to a European inspired kitchen on the first floor, along with a secluded master suite with incredible private facilities. The pièce de résistance of the design is the spectacular roof terrace, with a lap pool, sauna, spa, pavilion, outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. It is the ultimate entertainers’ space. You’ll never want to leave home! A 2.4m high basement with bathroom and kitchenette is a valuable extra space, which could be set up as a home theatre, gym, games room, workspace, a student apartment, or even as luxury Airbnb accommodation. Fully engineered drawings and a geotechnical investigation of the site are also complete, allowing a lucky purchaser to progress

immediately to full working drawings and construction. There are very few opportunities to develop a large, standalone home like this so close to the CBD. All the hard work has been done, and you could be living in your sophisticated new inner city pad before the end of 2018! Are you ready to be part of creating a future iconic architectural home in a class of its own, which will be enjoyed by you and the generations to come?

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Chris Beer Architectural Builders builds exquisite homes. The company has a profile publication full of images of stunning properties to showcase its passion for architecturally-designed homes. But even more than the actual houses it builds, the team at Chris Beer cherishes the relationships established with clients and the trust and empathy that develops throughout a building process.


e take immense pride in crafting homes for them that will be real homes and that they will love to live in,” Chris Beer says. “We work by the mantra ‘crafted by hand; made to be loved’ and that is what we deliver.” One of Chris Beer Architectural Builders’ latest projects – a 480sqm home on the Mona Vale Stream – encapsulates every facet of the company’s operating philosophy. “We have walked each step of the path of this build process along with our clients, from the insurance claim, to the house design by Noordanus Architects, to the build itself and then to the handing

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over of the keys. It’s been a two-year journey made easier through open and transparent communication. What we are most proud of is that our clients are simply delighted with their home and know it will be a pleasure to live in for years to come.” The Fendalton home is a masterpiece of both exterior and interior design, making features of different materials and custom-made fixtures and fittings. The house is clad in bluestone, copper and composite metal. A double-height entrance way and copper front door make a truly impressive statement and is just a tempter for the beauty of the interior

where attention to detail is everything. Many of the special elements of the home have been created as one-off pieces, designed by the architects, created by Chris Beer Architectural Builders to the highest of standards. The outcome of the build is breathtaking. “You don’t get a second chance with a project of this calibre. It has to be right. Of course there were challenges, but our strength as a team is the way we deal with these, talking through any issues and possible solutions with the clients and keeping the communication channels open. The result – happy clients.”

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maller living spaces are rapidly gaining popularity and with good reason. Despite their simple, clean lines, Cubes tiny homes are some of the best specified units available – as well as having some very clever design features built in. Cubes are inexpensive to own, cheap to heat and maintain, easily transportable and with a funky design aesthetic. No longer the domain of the ‘granny flat’, Cubes small living spaces are being adopted by young couples as first homes,

professionals as a low-maintenance apartment alternative, farmers and orchardists looking for affordable worker accommodation, and landlords/Air BnB operators seeking exceptional rental returns. With four set designs and the ability to customise to suit individual needs, why not pop in for a look, explore online at, or give Cube a call for a no obligation chat on 03-332 0053. Concurrent with the opening of the show home, Cube Cabins is also proud

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to announce its support as official construction partner for the Daisy Chain Trust. The trust does fantastic work in our local community around suicide awareness, prevention and recovery. The team at Cube will be showing support with a number of tiny homes for the Daisy Chain Trust’s new retreat in Christchurch. To find out more or to support this amazing organisation, check out the website or Facebook page daisychaintrust.

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A STAGE LIKE NO O Nothing grants a building company the stage to illustrate their flair better than a showhome. The very stylish designs of the two new Mike Greer Homes showhomes in Prestons Park, Marshlands exhibit an endless supply of fabulous ideas that can be implemented into most of the company’s home plans. By Allison O’Neill


he single-storey home at 21 Prestons Park Drive is impressive. Designed for luxury living, the choice of colours and designer wallpaper is an interior feature that manages to be both bold and subtle, simultaneously. The bathroom is fit for a goddess. The way the shape of the bath complements the shape of the room and window is no accident, nor is the luxurious vibe provided by the marble look tile you notice as you step up to the raised bathing platform. 108 March 15, 2018 Metropol

The kitchen is another focal point, with Velux skylights in the raised ceiling over a waterfall kitchen benchtop. “The kitchens in these showhomes are very high-end and offer inspiration to clients who want to build their absolute dream home,” Mike Greer Homes Sales Manager John Callaghan says. The 226m2 home has three double bedrooms, a family bathroom (that also features the eye-catching Velux skylights), ensuite, office, two living rooms and a

double garage – all the space for modern family life. Next door at number 19, the 275m2 twostorey home is designed to maximise site and sun, featuring four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, internal laundry and double garage. Carefully designed to be spacious without feeling overwhelmingly large, the open plan layout of living spaces creates the heart of the home. The exterior plaster cladding (Integra Facade System in white) on number 19



was completed by Resene Construction Systems, with the Resene team playing a significant role, given the nature of the project: a two-storey dwelling with over-roof areas and multiple claddings. “The homes look very sharp,” Resene Construction Systems National Sales Manager Simon Petrie says. “The recess plaster features two gable ends, with acute angles and a clean and sleek finish. The contrasting dark cedar shows the best of both products in a fantastic combination. We enjoy working closely with Mike Greer Homes. Their front-line communication is of a very high standard. Their design team and project managers have a wealth of knowledge to ensure a high standard of work is undertaken and met for their clients, meaning our products end up showcased beautifully. We review all details on projects collectively to ensure expectations are exceeded.” The tile supply for both showhomes was done by Garey Burgess of Giovanni Tiles, who works closely with the Mike Greer Homes inhouse colour consultant Haley Cleine. They discuss trends and designs while having a play with new products to see what will work best for each project. “Haley sees the bigger picture, so once she is happy with the concept I work to her vision and provide solutions, sourcing products especially,” Garey says. “I travel internationally personally selecting tiles. Because Mike Greer Homes is my biggest customer I keep them in mind when sourcing product and immediately introduce Haley to the new top of the range tiles that I know work well with their customer base. We have a reciprocal loyalty and I know the entire team. Both companies receive great benefits from our long-term relationship.” Dyers Road ITM supplied the building products and worked with the design team on both projects to ensure they met council criteria and the design briefs. “Our close working relationship with Mike Greer Homes means we are involved in the design process, which in turn leads

to higher quality end products,” Dyers Road ITM Commercial Sales and Business Development Manager Andrew Reeves says. “After more than a decade working together, the relationship has flourished to a point where we work not as supplier/ client, but as a team – a partnership to achieve high quality homes built in a timely fashion while still meeting the competitive pricing demands of the both the market and individual clients.” These homes feature traditional design methods, as well as new panelised technology, the results of which Andrew is very proud of, his favourite feature being the cedar claddings on both houses. “They are eye-catching and look incredible,” he says. The high-spec kitchen and walk in pantry in number 19 is courtesy of Misco Joinery, which supplied Hafele European hardware with soft close drawers and powder coated handles. “The cabinetry has lasered edges which removes the glue line and makes them very smooth and ultra-watertight,” Penny Abell of Misco Joinery says. “This is a standard measure for all cabinetry we supply to Mike Greer Homes.” A launch party for the Mike Greer Homes sales team and project managers was held at number 19 to introduce them to the new line products from Misco, Hafele Hardware and Grass Componentry Range – such is the depth of knowledge Mike Greer Homes likes the team to have. Penny’s favourite part of the kitchen? “The size of the benchtop – all that entertainment space, people seem to be going for larger benchtops more and more,” she says. It is obvious why Mike Greer Homes consistently wins awards at the Master Builder House of the Year: it gets the details right. The company’s long-term industry relationships fuel high-quality results and there is synergy on every project. John says of those involved in the project, “They are all fantastic, great quality, service and great installation teams” – and it shows in the finish of these breathtaking homes.

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With the completion of the first new building on the south side of Cashel Mall right in the inner city, another piece of the Christchurch CBD reestablishment jigsaw has been slotted into place.

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ook Brothers Construction is proud to have been the main contractor to carry out the work on such a significant development. The project was just the type of large undertaking that this construction company thrives on with its logistical challenges and strong architectural vision. The four-storey building comprises 2,000 square metres of commercial and retail space, topped off by a loft style apartment and balcony. A hanging garden in the front of the building is a stand out feature of the project, bringing greenery to the modern façade. “The building certainly makes a dynamic feature on the Cashel Mall streetscape with its stunning seventeen metre glazed frontage to the mall,” Cook Brothers Construction Project Manager Tony Morley says. “It’s something of an architectural masterpiece of mixed materials from basalt panels and

frameless glass shop fronts to a large living wall of plants giving colour and vibrancy to the modern industrial design. It certainly was an interesting, enjoyable and rewarding build to work on and it was finished on time and to programme.” The developer Denis Sunderland had a property on the site prior to the earthquakes and had a vision to rebuild there as soon as possible. However, with the requirement for masterplanned proposals for the retail precinct it took four years for work to commence. “During the construction process we worked closely with Cequent Projects, the mall operators and the Christchurch City Council to minimise disruption to the surrounding businesses while still keeping on track with the agreed programme on a tight site with limited access,” Tony says. “All credit is due to the build team on site whose extra efforts achieved this great result.”

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us,” Churchill once said, and Canterbury’s pioneering company, PurePods, is leading from the front to ensure we are in the best possible shape.


umans’ stress response reduces just moments after entering a green space, and the term ‘biophilia’ is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. Glass eco-cabins PurePods are the essence of biophilic design, incorporating natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature and views and other experiences of the natural world into a minimalist luxury cabin.

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A sojourn in a PurePod is a unique, lifestyle experience. Stephanie Hassall, CEO of PurePods says the twin goals of the company are to have the smallest ecological footprint possible, while providing luxury and 360-degree views. Privacy is key: each PurePod is located on private land, with fabulous views well away from all human activities. The experience starts as soon as you pull off the main road and leave the world behind. From your carpark, it is a 10 to 30-minute walk (depending on which PurePod you have chosen) with your overnight bag, through an indigenous nature trail. Once there, native planting is visible under you, the sky above you and the views through three walls. There are five individual PurePods located in secluded and beautiful parts of Canterbury, and they are looking for new locations. Stephanie says the first PurePod was built on site with most materials carried in on foot. Over the last 18 months they have developed a more prefabricated system. “It’s like a giant Meccano set, with as small an environmental footprint as possible.” The buildings are PurePods’ trademarked and patented design, including the in-floor heating system set into the all-glass floor. Of course, PurePods use the expertise of local craftsmen, and from the beginning Coombes Sheet Metal and Fabrication has supported Purepods’ innovative designs by constructing components for the water and heating systems, and weatherproofing panelling, enabling it to perform in an exposed and remote natural environment. The newest PurePod is at Pōhue, located high above Port Levy, where the view is rolling tussocks, down to the bay and out to the Pacific Ocean. Rock Formations (named by the original WWII Veteran owner’s Greek bride), known to climbers as The Acropolis and The Monument, are in front of and behind you. Choosing which PurePod to book online is the most taxing part of the experience. The PurePods are identical, but each setting is unique: mountain, sea, bush, winery, and the seasons bring further variation: snow views, or golden grasses? You can book the next available PurePod, or a specific one, or why not PurePod-hop and try them all! PROJECT PARTNERS Pure Pods Accommodation Ph: 021-685-022 Web:

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OUTSIDE THE BOX Annelies Zwaan met David Bar when she was living in a tiny house of her own making. Not a crammed flat like most students, but a beautiful little log cabin she had created as a response to rising housing costs.

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Corner of Wrights Rd and Old Main North Rd, Kaiapoi. email: Ph 03 327 2050, Fax 03 327 2051

For: lightweight Flooring, Panelling, Framing, Roofing, Cladding and Plywood for your Tiny House try Kenneally Timber Products.

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Florian Angerer 021 083 60256




Safepower works on your behalf to get you connected. We will sort the paperwork and then inspect and liven your new connection to the Orion Network.

If you want temporary power, we take care of the whole process. We get the connection approved and then provide, install and liven our temporary supply box on your site.

If you want to isolate your property or are after a permanent disconnection, we have the experience and expertise to ensure this is carried out promptly and safely.


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For a complete turn key package Contact David 0800 333 360

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Metropol - 15th March 2018  
Metropol - 15th March 2018  

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