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20 Years as Canterbury’s No.1 Lifestyle Magazine


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Powerful Partnerships 20 years of providing a platform for success

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

“I’m delighted that our business Harcourts gold celebrates its tenure of twenty years at the same time as Metropol. I’ve written for the magazine for almost that entire time and I have a deep connection to it. Looking back, it’s like having an old friend in my corner through good times and challenging ones. The feedback I get tells me it’s always well read. It’s a pleasure to have been a small part of the magazine’s big success story.”

Bruce Garrett

Lynette McFadden

Managing Director of Brook Serene and General Manager of The George

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Melissa Landrebe Owner of YOU Travel Ferrymead

“We started advertising with Metropol over 10 years ago. I felt it fitted with our business model. It’s a nice, high-end publication; it has a really good reach, it fits the demographic of our business model and it relates well to Canterbury. In terms of quality, there’s nothing else that matches it. Metropol is something people pick up and read, and they keep it. Metropol has also kept up with the times and is read online and through social media. So it was something I was happy to invest in and continue to do so.”

“Congratulations on 20 years of producing outstanding local content. We have found the readers of Metropol to be an ideal fit for our demographic and have enjoyed and appreciated a wonderfully beneficial long-standing partnership based on delivering mutual benefits and friendships. I was introduced to Angela Bennett when I first took up my role at The George 13 years ago and have long admired what the team have achieved with the publication. I look forward to each new edition to catch up with the latest local news and events.”

“Just a quick note to say how thrilled I am with the latest editorial for our venue The Vineyard @ Rossendale and to wish you all a happy 20th Year. Your magazine is a great vehicle to promote our business and even after our 16-year association with Metropol, we still get an immediate response after each issue. The quality of your product and the helpfulness of your staff makes it a pleasure doing business with Metropol. Here’s to the next twenty years!”

Graham Jones Manager of The Vineyard @ Rossendale

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows,” Helen Keller



Melinda Collins

’m not sure when you last told someone how amazing they are or, for that matter, when you last heard it yourself. Truth be told, I don’t think we’re hearing it or saying it nearly enough. We live in a fast paced world, one which takes no prisoners. With the high-pressure of modern life, it can be easy to forget to tell someone how well they’re doing, or perhaps we presume the incredible people we’re surrounded by are well aware of how incredible they are. But it never hurts to remind someone. Chances are you can remember the last 10 times you were criticised, but do you remember the last 10 times you were praised? Humans were designed to focus on negative circumstances and consequences. It’s what helped our forebears survive. As such, we have a naturally greater sensitivity to negative than positive events. Some researchers theorise that, psychologically speaking, for every bad reaction, it takes five positive reactions to repair the damage. It’s given rise to a new parenting concept – the rubber band method. The idea has it that a parent wears five rubber bands on their wrist for the day. Every time you lose your cool or say something unkind to your child, you move a rubber band to the other wrist. To gain the band back, you must do five kind/positive things with your child – a dance party, singing a song, reading together, etc. Although your colleagues may look at you a little strangely if you attempt to break into song, perhaps we all need to wear some rubber bands – consciously or subconsciously – to remember how to treat those around us. Metropol has been showcasing the positive for 20 years now, so sit back and read about all the incredible people and places right here on our very own doorstep.

Publisher Metros Publishing Group (NZ) Ltd Murray Dempsey General Manager: Tracey Prince Advertising: Ph: (03) 343 3669 Editor: Melinda Collins Production Manager: Julian Laplanche Creative Director: Tristen Nash Office Manager: Emma Dyer Distribution Queries: Photography: Wendy Cook Contributors: Allison O’Neill, Angela Waller, Ben Selby, Céline Gibson, Cheryl Colley, Kate Pierson, Kineta Booker, Nicholas Henare, Peter Walker, Rhonda Mitchell, Tracey Edwardes. Address: Physical: 16 Leslie Hills Drive, Riccarton, ChCh 8011 Postal: P.O. Box 9362, Tower Junction ChCh 8149, NZ Ph: (03) 343 3669 Metropol is published every fortnight and Metropol Build is published every month. Both are delivered to the best addresses in the Christchurch and Canterbury region. They are also available from many selected stores, malls, stands, waiting rooms and offices. Metropol and Metropol Build are subject to copyright in their entirety. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission will result in legal action. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the information contained within the magazines, however Metros Publishing Group (NZ) Ltd can accept no liability for the accuracy of all the information. The information and views expressed anywhere in these magazines are not necessarily the views or opinion of Metros Publishing Group (NZ) Ltd, its editorial contributors, freelancers, associates or information providers.

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and our nine exclusive peace of mind guarantees. These guarantees include fixed weekly fees for life – guaranteed*, full continuum of care, and our deferred management fee is capped at 20%. They have been designed to protect residents’ interests and are considered some of the most resident-friendly terms in the sector. We call it the Ryman difference, because not all retirement villages are the same. Also on offer to residents is the Ryman Triple A exercise programme and regular activities, events and outings. All of these facets combined together mean it is no surprise when our residents tell us ‘‘it’s the best decision we’ve ever made, why didn’t we do it sooner?’’

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The Ryman story began when company co-founder Kevin Hickman visited a resthome and didn’t like what he saw. There were shared bathrooms and little in the way of privacy or dignity for residents. He decided he would want something better for his mum. So, he teamed up with John Ryder to start a company with a very simple aim – the way Ryman Healthcare looked after people had to be “good enough for mum.’’ For more than 30 years Ryman’s villages have evolved to include resort-style amenities such as indoor swimming pools, bowling greens, cafés and hair and beauty salons. The way we care for people and the systems we use is constantly refined. But our core aim remains

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A DAPPER AFFAIR On Thursday 8 February, Crane Brothers celebrated the opening of its first South Island Store in the historic Midland Club on Oxford Terrace.

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Bob Parker, Jo Nicolls-Parker Sophie Pero, Debbie Lawson The building was developed in the 1930s and is now in the final stage of renovation including its iconic pink facade. Guests enjoyed drinks by Black Estate, Greystone, Main Divide, Mt Beautiful and Peroni. Food was by the Catering Department Photos by Jane Wyles Photography - for copies email:

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ome of the country’s biggest fashion powerhouses are coming together to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island next month. The annual family-friendly M Factor Fashion Show on Thursday April 12 will treat guests to collections from a range which includes Anna Stretton, Augustine, Repertoire, Sergios, Trelise Cooper, Escape Clothing and children’s clothing labels such as IvyBlu and Little Urban Closet. After the success of last year’s Fashion Show at The Foundry, owner and event organiser for M Factor Events Maree Harris is looking forward to bringing more glitz, glamour and fashion to this year’s runway, which is back in the Transitional Cathedral, where it was held in 2016. “It is such a stunning space and works perfectly as a fashion show venue,” Maree says. It’s not just your average fashion show, with models including families who stay at a Ronald McDonald House, a charity close to Maree’s heart. “My twin nieces and family spent two months at Ronald Mc-

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Donald House and it was such a calm, welcoming and family orientated escape for them away from the hospital,” she says. “It’s a really special charity to me, which is why I am so excited to use my passion to support such an incredible cause.” Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Mandy Kennedy has been humbled by Maree’s dedication to supporting the charity year after year and says the show is an integral part of the charity’s annual fundraising. “Last year over 3,700 families from across the country stayed at a Ronald McDonald House and, because we receive no direct government funding, we rely on community support like this.” The event will be 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. Funds raised from the event will go towards supporting thousands of families who walk through the doors of a Ronald McDonald House every year.

By Céline Gibson

Oil That Is, Black Gold…Texas Tea! Yes, ma’am, you heard right. That rag-taggle bunch of Hillbillies are coming to town, and they’re promising all kinds of crazy Clampett chaos!


roduced by Craig Hutchison of CAS’n’OVA PRODUCTIONS, The Beverly Hillbillies is the second show to be directed by Rebecca Wakelin. In 2016 Rebecca directed Dad’s Army and had such a ball, she couldn’t wait to get back in the director’s chair. The Beverly Hillbillies calls for 22 characters, with 17 actors on stage. “I love big shows and I love big casts,” Rebecca says. “We are only in the second week of read-throughs, but already there’s a great sense of camaraderie

amongst cast and crew.” Along with crotchety Granny, peacemaker Jed, heart-throb Jethro and the lovely Ellie-May, the show sees the return of unscrupulous banker Milburn Drysdale and his ostentatious wife Margaret, and Drysdale’s secretary, the prim and proper Miss Hathaway. “We’d love for people to dress the part – flaunt their favourite Hillbilly look. We plan to have the Clampett’s car (a near spot-on replica) parked outside the theatre, so people can pose as ‘the

Clampetts’ and have a photo or two of a fantastic, fun-filled show.” That’s as genuine a heart-warming invitation as the Clampett’s ‘Ya’ll come back now – y’hear?’ The Beverly Hillbillies: 19 April – 28 April. Bookings information visit Metropol has two double passes to The Beverly Hillbillies to giveaway. To enter, head to Entries close on Monday 12 March and winners will be notified on Tuesday 13 March.


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Sweet taste

of success Bree Scott’s successful foray into baking has been a glamourous one since her sweet treats went viral last year. We talk to the proud owner of Glamour Cake about the sweet taste of success.

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How did all this start? My baking career started when I finished high school. At the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and dad offered me a position as his apprentice so I decided to go down the line of baking! What has been your most successful creation? The donut! When I started Glamour Cake I designed wedding cakes and birthday cakes and loved it, but as I carried on I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. So I started creating cheesecakes which started to take off and I decided to give donuts a go. This was the winner. It started off with the Mars Bar cheesecake donut and it went viral. Then the following started to grow; 12 daily donuts of a particular flavour turned into 80. Then I started getting really creative with flavours and designs and one daily flavour turned into eight and 80 turned into hundreds! My favourite donut is the ‘Leamington’. With the combination of cream and jam laced with chocolate and raspberry glaze smoothed in coconut. Yum. You became an overnight sensation, but your success hasn’t come out of nowhere. Tell us about your family’s baking background? It’s actually taken me four years to get Glamour Cake to where it is today; a lot of hard work, tears, patience and sacrifice. If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t be where I am today! My dad has been baking for over 40 years, roping mum in when we were at school to help out. School holidays I’d be up at gosh knows what time, dressed, ready and waiting in the kitchen for dad, hoping he’d let me go in and help bake. As we all hit high school getting up early became normal as it became our job as hired help. So when it came to leaving school and thinking about what I wanted to be, baking was the last thing on my mind as it was almost second nature. Mum and dad have an amazing success story, going from a struggling family doing everything they could to keep two business going – the Clyde Bakery and Hillyer’s Café, only to sell it all and risk it on what dad could see as the next big thing – buying the Woolston Hot Bread Shop. People would queue down the street to get them as they were the only shop open over weekends, as there was no weekend trading. They both worked so hard; dad running the business while mum is running around making sure dad would still see us kids, bringing us into the shop just so dad could drop us off at sports

on a Saturday and watch our games. Mum would take over from dad and work so we could still have family moments. It’s amazing what dedication, hard work and support from others can help you achieve. Where do you draw your sweet inspiration from? To be honest I’m not 100 percent sure how I come up with some of my donut designs. I just have a particular way I like things to look and if I don’t like it I start again until I’m happy with the final outcome. Sometimes I have dreams of ideas and wake up in the morning and go into work and try and create it. It’s not a winner every time, let’s just say that much.

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When you list commercial or residential property with David Eden of Red Hot Real Estate, you just know you’re going to get a thorough, no-margin-for-error approach. You know this because David trained and worked as a helicopter engineer, on choppers servicing oil and gas rigs all over Papua New Guinea.


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ith an eye developed for detail and an ear that was finely tuned by listening for an engine’s ‘sweet spot’, David’s interest in property was piqued in Auckland where he spent every second month, released from a month of helicopter duty in PNG. Having invested in a couple of commercial properties in Auckland himself, David identified Christchurch as the centre with stimulating opportunities in residential and commercial property. “I like that Red Hot Real Estate is local and relationship focussed,” says David, who has worked in Australia and New Zealand. “It is a small company and if you

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First we started changing how we’re working, now we’re changing where we’re working, as savvy businesses embrace the global trend of flexible working spaces.



ow Christchurch businesses are reaping the benefits of this clever working platform, with the recent opening of two sites by revolutionary office-space provider Regus. With a world-wide infrastructure of office space, enabling people and companies to work with total flexibility, Regus opened the Hazeldean Road site in Addington in December and now a second premium location in the Awly building, 293 Durham Street. Established by European entrepreneur Mark Dixon in 1989, Regus is providing a perfect counterbalance to new city buildings offering large floorplates, long leases, and commitment to extensive fitouts. Redefining office space as a service, flexibility is the central tenet. Leases are for one month or as

many as you require, there are no fitout costs, and spaces range from a shared communal space through to any number of spaces and layouts, New Zealand Manager Pierre Ferrandon says. “The cost benefit is fabulous because you only pay for the exact space you need: you can upsize or downsize with immediate effect as you take on or shed staff.” There is car parking, bike racks, kitchen and bathroom facilities, with 24-hour access available. The Awly site even features a beautiful courtyard space, on site café and food offerings. All Christchurch clients have automatic complimentary access to 3,000 business locations across the world, in more than 1,000 cities and 100 countries. The interactive website can be found at

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Donna, why is Elmswood special? Our residents love our location. We are central, so families from a great range of suburbs find it easy to visit. Access is great for our residents too: close to shops and services and on a good bus route. Our mini-buses go out several times a week, on shopping trips, for lunches, or on scenic drives. Our village is a cosy, comfortable and safe base from where journeys as adventurous or as gentle as you like can begin!

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Donna Monk is the Sales Consultant at Elmswood Retirement Village and, although she is not a resident there, it feels like a second home.

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What happens each day in the village for the residents to get involved with? We offer an ever-changing range of entertainment and activities every week – the concerts and garden tours are very popular. Everyone chooses their own level of involvement in the social life – you can be as busy or as private as you choose. At what age would people ideally think about moving to Elmswood Village? Our youngest residents are around 80; any time between then and 85 is a great time to come and see our village, even if it is a future plan. We offer gorgeous villas, assisted living in apartment studios, rest home care and hospital care. We have our own full time registered nurse and a weekly GP clinic. We are privately and locally owned with a family feel; we’re not too big and our staff love knowing every single resident by name.

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o celebrate the launch of this luxurious, beautifully crafted and supportive new collection from Triumph, Ballantynes is giving Metropol readers the opportunity to win a Florale set of their choice. Available instore and online from Wednesday 7 March, Florale by Triumph is true to the brand’s 131-year-old heritage of offering trusted fits, innovative techniques and quality craftsmanship. The exquisite collection is worn and loved by Julianne Moore, and features figureflattering styles, decorated with signature Peony stretch lace, and rich embroideries of irises, dahlias and roses.


n Final Portrait – directed with wry wit by Stanley Tucci – Geoffrey Rush plays Alberto Giacometti and Armie Hammer plays James Lord, the young American biographer who endured endless sittings in hope of a portrait. Based on Peter Ackroyd’s 1994 novel, Limehouse Golem sees Inspector Kildare (Bill

Nighy) tasked with solving a string of grisly murders in Victorian London. While Tommy’s Honour offers an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf. Transmission Films New Zealand has given us two copies of each of these newly released films to giveaway to some very lucky readers.

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Magical Music

March is a musical month at Lansdown, with its festival tradition of presenting opera as entertainment and enjoyment. Short-winded and mesmerising, this is ‘narropera’ – narrated opera presented in word and song for 85 minutes.


njoy Mozart’s magical Don Giovanni, on 11 and 17 March; revel in Weber’s wonderful romantic opera Der Freischütz (The Devil’s Marksman), on 25 and 31 March. Narropera’s success lies in beauty and brevity, clarity and passion. Its surroundings are altogether impressive: ‘Lansdown’ is one of the oldest and most cherished properties in Canterbury, situated between Halswell and Tai Tapu, just 11 kilometres from Cathedral Square. A fairytale atmosphere of exotic Victorian trees, majestic architecture and a performing room of great elegance and size awaits the visitor. Enter another world and enjoy listening to the beautiful German soprano voice of Dorothee Jansen, to the fine musicianship of the Narropera Trio and to the dramatic narratives of Haydn Rawstron. Leave Lansdown with a much deeper knowledge of these two operatic masterpieces. And, as a curtain-raiser to the narropera season of performances, the fifth Lansdown Summer festival presents a glorious evening of Schubert songs – The Fashion Journal Songs – also with narratives, this Saturday evening, 3 March. All performances are from 8pm to 9.30pm. Tickets from $42. You’ll find the venue at The Golden Room, Lansdown House, 132 Old Tai Tapu Road, parking in substantial grounds. Details (bookings, artists’ biographies, location map) at or c/o The Box Office, Court Theatre 03-963 0870. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance, gates open at 6.30pm.

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By Kate Pierson

If you’re a kid of the eighties and nineties, the sight of sequins and sparkles might bring on a serious case of déjà vu, but in fact, you’re on a date with reality because these style statements are making a colourful comeback right now.


hile they may have fallen out of favour with the style powerhouses for a number of years, courting criticism for their ostentatious, some might even say, garish personality, they’ve quickly re-established themselves as the ‘go to’ for the coming seasons. From earrings to sequin and sparkle encrusted ensembles, this ‘more is more’ aesthetic is having its moment in a loud and proud fashion. Tom Ford brought sexy back with his sparkling undergarments on the spring/summer runway, with Marc Jacobs also coming to this pretty party with his sequined garments. Christopher Kane, Fendi and Gucci are also no strangers to a bit of sequin and sparkle magic, and the trickle down effect is in full force with high street retailers embracing these embellishments. Not for the faint hearted, history tells us this concept also has a somewhat transient nature, but don’t be despondent; anything relegated to the back of the wardrobe when it finally has the wind knocked out of it will most certainly enjoy a revival when future runways start to shine once again so invest with confidence.











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FORM& FUNCTION In life we’re taught it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And, while we wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment here at Metropol, we don’t discount the fact that sometimes we yearn for both form and function – especially when it comes to the beauty department.




ecause, let’s face it, sometimes a gal just wants to treat herself or another special lady in her life and when it comes to gifts we’re all about bringing the pretty back. So we’ve raided the bathroom cabinets and put together a selection of some of our favourite shapeshifting products that can take the form of gifts or treats.






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striking statement Adored store Zebrano has brought striking and statement clothes in sizes fourteen plus to New Zealand women for twenty-six chic years. Always pushing boundaries in design for larger sizes, co-owner Jenny Smith is thrilled to welcome new label Rundholz Black to the store’s stunning and carefully curated range.


enny says Rundholz Black brings attitude to your look; it’s distinctive with a different vibe. Direct from Europe, the label has the coolest interpretation of winter necessities. There are drop-dead gorgeous knits balancing elegance and edge, and combining a soft handle with exaggerated shapes. A boundary-pushing approach is applied to dresses and jackets with perfectly pitched punk rock appeal, ready to add a rebellious streak to everything you choose to wear them with. Jenny and her team’s knowledge is extensive: designers seek their input on fabric types, styles, cuts, and detailing that work in larger sizes. Jenny has

encouraged many Australasian designers to extend their size range, making top designs available to all. The company takes a boutique approach to fashion: each of the six Zebrano stores stocks a slightly different collection, collated specifically to suit the local customer. “It’s a very personalised and customer-focused approach to style selection,” Jenny says. There are also limited quantities in each style, and sometimes only one piece in a particular size and colour combination. Whether you shop in-store, online, by email or phone, this expertise, care and attention will be yours.



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DOWN TO EARTH DESIGNS On a planet where sustainability is crucial to the survival of all that we treasure, Steven Junil Park’s sartorial endeavours are weaving a fabric of hope. Metropol talks to the eclectic designer about his down-to-earth designs.

Was fashion always written into the stars for you? I was never really that interested in fashion, I just enjoyed making things with my hands. I used to buy clothes from the op-shop and alter them, which is how I learnt to sew. Even now I would hesitate to say that I’m a fashion designer; I just prefer to say that I make clothes. I think fashion requires the stamina to keep up with trends and the market but since I make everything myself, from start to finish, I work a lot slower and focus more on each individual piece. Tell us about the eclectic materials you work with I try to be resourceful about the materials I use: we live on a planet with limited resources. I find a lot of good materials at op-shops and sometimes friends will donate fabric that they nolonger want or need. Using second hand materials means that I have to respond to the restrictions and idiosyncrasies the materials present. The fabric I find informs what I make; I don’t draw up an idea for a garment then go buy the fabric. I’ve found a lot of satisfaction in making natural dyes from things that would otherwise go to waste: walnut husks, avocado pits, coffee grinds, elderberries, tea dregs etc. What have been some of the major highlights of your career so far The fact that I can make my work and be recognised for it is probably the biggest highlight ever. I’ve had a couple of times when people have started to tear up when they’ve put on something I’ve made – it’s really heartwarming to know that someone feels such a deep connection to something I’ve laboured over. I also worked for Comme Des Garcons for three seasons and got to go to the shows which were truly incredible.

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rom the styling stations to the skirting boards, the salon furnishings were beautifully handcrafted by Traci’s husband Ollie, using recycled timber from earthquake-damaged buildings. The carefully selected organic product ranges and hair colours consist of Angel Du Provence, De Lorenzo and Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi collection. “We wanted to keep everything authentic to the image we are creating and really care what goes into the products we use.” Traci hired talented Kiwi artist Flox to paint the walls with stunning botanicals – an array of beautiful natural properties used in the hair products, such as lavender, ginger, aloe vera and mint. Originally from Brighton, England, Traci has been in the industry her entire life. She fell in love with New Zealand five years ago when travelling with her family and opened Earth Organic in December last year. Through word of mouth referrals, Traci’s clientele grew so quickly she now leads a team of three to keep up with demand – two experienced senior stylists, Caitlyn and Hannah, and a talented apprentice, Alice. “My staff are wonderful and we all have a strong commitment to keeping up with the latest trends and techniques.” Visit to book online, follow on Facebook and Instagram, or phone 03 365 7393 to make a booking.

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If you’ve been ‘checking out’ Metropol – see what we did there? – for the latest looks of 2018, then we’ve got you covered because checked prints have been winning hearts all across the world, while plaids and tartans have also made the cut this sartorial season.



his is one look which will have you putting your hand up and calling ‘checks please’ and not because you want the bill! The true beauty of these pieces is that it takes little persuasion for them to make their way from high-end to high street, integrating into the wardrobes of the masses with stylish ease. Shining through from the fashion weeks of New York, London, Milan and Paris, the checked print has put our early-adopter radar into overdrive. If you’ve checked out some of the recent fashion shows, you’ll see no garment has been left untouched, with the big names in fashion rocking out the checked trench coats, skirts and pants; Burberry took it one step further with a tartan stiletto x sock combo! So check out our mood board of inspiration – puns always intended! 1. MLM HOUNDSTOOTH BLAZER. 2. MISSGUIDED CHECK CROP SHIRT. 3. GENERAL PANTS COMPANY APRON. 4. COTTON ON CHECK PANT. 5. T.M.LEWIN SCARF



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For those contemplating a career in the nail industry, foundation courses will also run during school holidays for 13 to 17-year-olds. “We plan to have lots of fun and give advice on further study options,” Karen says. “We also ensure sterilisation, sanitation and safe practice is followed to ensure industry standards are high. A technician may be an expert in acrylic, but may want upskilling in Integrity or Gelavish gel, glass wraps or NOP odourless acrylic systems.” A qualified technician, Karen has used INM professional products for decades and, coupled with her background in the freight industry, is in a strong position to import and distribute to salons and beauty schools nationwide. International judges that will be guest educators at NailX include Lance Hazlett in E-Filing, and NZ Nail Technician of the Year 2017-18, Rachel Stevens, in Gelavish. Previous winner and this year’s runner-up, Amanda Viviers, will share her secrets of nail art and 3D sculpture. Other internationally trained INM Educators, such as Christchurch-based Claire Archer from The Art of Nail Technology will offer classes in various applications. “Salons that purchased from 2017, will receive training credits. So book your space soon to ensure you won’t be disappointed!” Visit email or phone 0800 2 NAILX (0800 262 459).

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Menopause Symptom Treatment

A new treatment for some of the less discussed symptoms of menopause is expected to change the lives of many South Island women.


hile menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and sleep disturbance are much talked about, up to half of post-menopausal women are also affected by Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). This involves changes to the vagina and urinary system, which are caused by falling oestrogen levels. Symptoms can include burning, itching, urinary tract infections, dryness and pain during sex. Unlike hot flushes and night sweats, which may disappear over time, genito-urinary symptoms can remain and even get worse as a woman gets older. To help the many local women

experiencing these issues, Oxford Women’s Health has this year introduced the South Island’s first MonaLisa Touch laser treatment for GSM. Non-hormonal and non-surgical, MonaLisa Touch works by stimulating the body’s regenerative processes to create more hydrated and healthy cells in the vagina. It has a low risk of side effects and is suitable for women of all ages. Oxford Women’s Health Gynaecologist Dr Olivia Smart says the treatment has only been introduced following a thorough investigation of its effectiveness. “Improvements are well documented and more than 50,000 treatments have been

performed in Australia and other parts of New Zealand,” Dr Smart says. MonaLisa Touch is quick, pain-free and requires no downtime. It usually requires three sessions of five to ten minutes, providing relief from symptoms for up to 18 months. One maintenance treatment every 12-18 months is then required to retain the full benefits. The treatment can be used with or instead of hormonal therapy such as topical oestrogen creams and is suitable for women who have had cancer treatment. Women may experience GSM as early as their 40s and even earlier if they go through menopause as a result of chemotherapy or a hysterectomy. “It is fantastic to be able to provide a treatment that can significantly reduce these symptoms and improve women’s everyday lives,” Dr Smart says. To find out whether MonaLisa Touch may be right for you, ask to be referred to Oxford Women’s Health by your GP or simply call 03-379 0555 to book an appointment. Metropol March 01, 2018 31

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TimberNook has just celebrated its first anniversary of facilitating experiences for children in a range of natural settings around Christchurch.

he focus of TimberNook is nature-based play, weaving the therapeutic aspects of nature with an understanding of child development, creating play opportunities that challenge the mind, body, and the senses. With programmes for preschool and primary aged children, it is designed to empower rather than just entertain. Children are inspired to think and play in new and creative ways. Group and independent play can include themed programmes such as Knights and Dragons, with fort and castle building; Barefoot and Buckets, building rafts to test on the river; or Storybook, where stories are used as inspiration for play in the forest. “We always have interesting loose parts, building materials, digging equipment, pots and pans for a mud kitchen, string and wool. Tree climbing, rope play, carpentry, learning to whittle and more occurs in a safe environment with great supervision to master these more ‘risky activities’,” Kim says. The benefits of such naturebased play are many, such as improved gross and fine motor skills, increased auditory processing, better visual and social skills and emotional growth. With birthday parties, school holiday experiences and regular weekly sessions, Kim and her TimberNook team are kept busy. TimberNook can also host early child and school groups for excursions. Contact Kim on 027 934 0409 and look for TimberNook Christchurch NZ on Facebook for more information.

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When it comes to the hit events on the Canterbury social calendar, the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival is right up there with the best.


et under the picturesque oaks of Glenmark Domain in Waipara Valley, the festival is back next weekend Sunday 11 March to celebrate the local bounty of the flourishing region on Christchurch’s very own back doorstep. This year headline chef, food writer, executive owner and chef of Homestead and Company Sam Mannering will be cooking up a storm. Proudly raised in Canterbury, Sam is returning to his favourite region to create a dish that has North Canterbury written all over it. What makes Sam’s homecoming even cooler? He’ll be donating 100 percent of the proceeds made from his stall on the day to festival charity partner, Māia Health Foundation. Festival attendees can also donate

to Māia Health Foundation to help fundraise for a bigger, better rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital to ensure faster emergency treatment – a cause close to the hearts of those in the region, with 100 rescue helicopters call outs from Canterbury between Feb 2016 and June 2017 alone. Alongside Sam, notable foodies and wineries attending include Black Estate, The Bone Line, Pegasus Bay, Greystone Wines, Cakes by Anna, Grizzly Baked Goods, Jonny Schwass, Kaikoura Cheese, Anteater, Bearlion foods, Utopia Ice, Sweet & Savage, while headline band The Eastern will be on hand to make your Sunday super special. Tickets: Adult $30, sober drivers $15, under 18s free. For more information visit


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The fitness industry has forged an almost cult-like following because, although the fads come and go, a healthy diet and exercise is the closest formula we have to a fountain of youth.

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he latest craze turning heads faster than a pirouette is the barre workout and this is one recreational activity which we can honestly say is on point. Taking its cues from sculpting ballet warmups, the barre workout has spread in popularity in much the same way as spinning, CrossFit and yoga. There’s no tiptoeing around the benefits of this recreational powerhouse:


Be core-ful: You core is about so much more than getting a 6-pack, try a 29-pack! The core includes some 29 muscles and barre workouts can be used to engage them all!


Super strength: By targeting the large muscle groups in the body, barre workouts can effectively burn more calories! By increasing your resting metabolic rate, your body will continue to burn calories even once you’ve finished your workout.


No pressure: The controlled, bodyweight focused exercises of barre workouts increase muscle endurance and stability, which reduces pressure on joints, tendons, ligaments and the spine.


Fabulously flexible: Of course, don’t forget that barre training is a great way to enhance your flexibility while significantly improving strength. Improved flexibility ensures joints are moving freely, which can improve your posture.

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cuisine Flavour Month


By Melinda Collins

Much like our wardrobes, the contents of our kitchen cupboards too are influenced by trends and, just like we freshen up our sartorial selections when it comes to the changing of the season, our culinary cravings can also benefit from a revamp.


o what’s the flavour of the month in our culinary creations? Well, topping the list of Whole Foods’ 2018 food trends list is edible flowers. While we’ve long been seduced by the culinary cool cred of this trend through the creative efforts of Christchurch’s own Cakes by Anna, whose dalliance with decorating of the floral kind has had our mouths watering for some time, edible flowers can also be used to add flavour to salads, soups, and beverages. The Beetroot Gnocchi with goat cheese, roasted golden beetroot, toasted almonds and baby spinach by local hotspot The Monday Room, which features on our cover this issue, is a very delicious example. Edible flowers such as lavender, hibiscus, or elderflower also make sweet additions to ice blocks or marshmallows. However, it’s important to note that not every edible flower is alike. While some can be eaten in their entirety, others need parts removed before they can be consumed – such as roses, which need their pistils and stamens removed – so do your research first, or utilise the delicious power of flavoured teabags, with the likes of hibiscus and lavender teabags now available on the market, giving you some floral flavour without the sugar.

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Charcoal’s culinary cool cred It doesn’t look or sound like something you would want to ingest, however, activated charcoal is the latest culinary constituent on everyone’s lips and it’s the antithesis of the unicorn food craze of 2017.


his sooty, jet black powder has been a mainstay of Chinese medicine for thousands of years based on its detoxifying capabilities, yet discussions surrounding its health benefits have reached fever pitch recently amongst an increasingly health-conscious foodie scene. Now local cafés and bakeries are turning smoothies, burger buns and even coffee – known as ‘gothic coffee’ – black with foodgrade charcoal. Completely different to the charcoal for your grilled barbecue or charred wood from the fire, activated charcoal has been treated by high levels of heat so its surface expands and becomes incredibly porous on a

microscopic level. Hence its use in treating cases of drug overdoses and poisoning, where it traps toxins in the intestinal tract and reduces the amount of poison able to enter the body. The ‘activation’ process helps the charcoal bind with anything it comes in contact with, which explains its addition in many beauty products – and even toothpaste – lately, based on the idea that charcoal will bind to dirt and oils to clear your skin. Although we don’t purport to know the efficacy of such claims, what we can tell you is that charcoal activated cooking certainly earns some culinary cool cred, at least if Instagram has anything to do with it.

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When did your passion for food begin? I know it’s a cliché, but my mother loved entertaining and from a young age I was her ‘kitchen hand’. I soon learnt to decorate the table to five-star standards and of course was always trying to improve on her recipes. Her friends loved being invited to our house for a buffet and together with my mother, we never let anyone leave without having an awesome experience of which the food and table setting were a talking point. Your online culinary school has been touted as a world first – tell us about the concept International Culinary Studio is the first to offer a blended learning experience with a ‘City & Guilds (C&G)’ Qualification as the optional exit level. This is offered to individuals and companies for their employees who are not in the position to go to a face to face environment, but they can gain a qualification whilst at work. Our Learner System teaches people how to cook using videos, tutorials, interaction with me or one of the other chefs online via live demonstrations, chatting to their peers also in the industry, and being assessed in the workplace. It is easy to use and students can complete their courses as quickly as they would like to. The examinations are done online and C&G Certification is issued from London (UK). The World Association of Chefs (WACS) recognises this as a benchmark for chefs in the industry. How do you think cuisine in NZ stacks up against the rest of the world? Having worked and travelled across the world, New Zealand has by far one of the best ranges of culinary choices in terms of restaurants and many diverse, experienced chefs working in multi-cultural establishments. Christchurch can be very proud of its new range of restaurants.

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ahead of the gastronomic game

The International Culinary Studio is a world first. A response to a substantial appetite for a blended learning experience, this compelling concept is serving up a generous portion of innovation. Metropol talks to Chef Andy Cordier about what’s cooking for the studio in 2018.

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There’s a cool new kid on the hospitality block in Christchurch; a charming and atmospheric old Irish pub, with a bar and dining service that is carving its own niche.



Rolling Stone opened on Colombo Street on 25 January and, although it’s an Irish bar and restaurant at heart, its fine food and welcoming environment make it a central city watering hole not to be missed. There’s a highly experienced hospitality team behind the new venture, which they say is all about good food and lively entertainment. “We wanted to create a friendly environment that caters to everyone, whether you’re looking for a comfortable coffee and brunch with friends, or a relaxed dining experience in the evening,” the owners say. The menu features hearty Irish fare – Guinness pies and beautiful roasts,

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Evil Genius Bar & Café – Live Music with Lisa Baxter Two Fat Possums – Guitar Sessions every Thursday

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Pegasus Arms Restaurant & Bar – The Preservatives Out of the Box Ten27 – Boiling Billy Classic Rock

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Cranford Ale House – Live music every Sunday Dux Central – Sunday Jazz Sessions

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alongside classic Kiwi favourites like eggs benedict, beer-battered fish & chips and a signature burger. This hospitality team knows how to put on a good night. Open mic nights, traditional Irish sessions, karaoke, live bands and DJs will ensure there are plenty of reasons to head to this central city hotspot. Of course, St Patrick’s Day will be a popular one on 17 March with all day entertainment, Irish dancing and music, but A Rolling Stone can also play the perfect host for a wide range of events, such as birthdays and work do’s. There’s even an upcoming charity Star Wars Day. A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St or phone 03-377 4787.

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Since inception back in 2004, The Oaks of Darfield has become a major attraction as both a place of fine dining and quality accommodation.

Located at 2171 Clintons Road, Darfield, the historic Canterbury property – surrounded by a large stand of mature oak trees and a large garden with sunny courtyard – is sure to amaze. The Oaks of Darfield provides an intimate fine dining experience second to none and is able to cater for evening dining, casual lunches, private formal dinners, weddings and cocktail parties. The restaurant menu has been designed around seasonal produce

by the chef, who sources local ingredients wherever possible. Open for dinner on weekdays and weekends, The Oaks’ facilities and menus are also available for seminars, social functions and events. When it comes to accommodation, The Oaks oozes quality with three well-appointed guest rooms upstairs, all with queen-size beds, private bathrooms, flat screen televisions and free wireless internet access. Open Wednesday through to Sunday and Mondays and Tuesdays by prior arrangement. Due to popular demand, reservations are essential so to book your stay or dinner, call 03-318 7686 or visit

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ocated at 205A Hills Road since September 2017, Café PJ is the result of Pam Jones (hence the PJ) vision to create a café where fresh is best and a smile goes a long way. Café PJ, open seven days, contains plenty of seating for you and your nearest and dearest, not to mention plenty of parking on and off site. All sweet and savoury eats, from scones to gingerbread figures, are made fresh each day, along with delicious gluten free and vegetarian options. Café PJ’s popular all-day breakfast menu contains a mouth-watering selection of dishes including French Toast,

Eggs Benedict and PJ’s Big Breakfast, giving you sausages, bacon, egg, hash browns and toast. Also, a five dollar kids menu is sure to keep the little ones entertained. If the day is a hot one, a cool milkshake, iced coffee or chocolate, or even a beautifully prepared cup of coffee or tea makes for an enjoyable break. With the combination of friendly staff, delicious treats and quality surroundings, this is one spot not to be missed. Bookings for large groups are taken regularly. For more information, have a chat with Pam on 03-386 1372 or visit the website or Facebook page,




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FERRYMEAD 2 Waterman Place Ferrymead P. 348 5644 FERRYMEAD@TEPPANYAKI.CO.NZ


HISTORICALLY UNIQUE The Tai Tapu Hotel, or ‘The Tap’ as it is better known, has been at the forefront of social activity within Tai Tapu ever since inception way back in 1856. Strongly rooted in the history of Canterbury, The Tap has been the definitive place for eats, drinks and functions.

A TOP SPOT If you’re heading north down Cranford Street, there’s a great place to stop in for some great food, spend time with friends, and enjoy a beverage or two at 305 Cranford Street.


he Cranford Ale House ticks all those boxes and more. Frequented by locals who take full advantage of the spacious garden area on sun filled days, the friendly staff provides a great atmosphere for the many events. From Quiz night on Monday, two for one steak night Tuesday, Kids dine free on Wednesday, shout your mate on Thursday, ‘Fish, Chips and Pint for $20’ on Friday,

Weekend Roast on Saturday, and Sunday Live music from 3pm, there’s no day of the week that doesn’t have a reason to drop in. It’s great to see that this top spot supports local sports teams, and even better that kids can eat there for $12 a plate! Functions can hold up to 80 people comfortably, so if that farewell, birthday, or family doo is stressing you out, why not

let the team do all the work and provide great food, location – and even do the dishes! There’s plenty of parking too. The schnitzel has a lot of fans, but at 350g, the giant ribeye steak is sure to please too. With a menu full of favourites, there are plenty of great reasons to take another look at Cranford Ale House. It’s fresh and friendly, so we suggest you drop in soon. Metropol March 01, 2018 41



alking of functions, the team at The Tai Tapu Hotel is happy to make yours truly memorable. Encompassing all that is the country, The Tai Tapu Hotel Function Venue built on the old stables site is a popular venue for weddings, celebrations, parties, anniversaries, dances, promotions, conference dinners, cocktail evenings, product launches, quiz nights, fundraising shows, etc. If these walls could talk, oh what stories they would tell. At the front are spectacular cedar doors are, to the rear bi-fold doors which open onto the magnificent private patio and grassed outdoor. The venue overlooks the picturesque Tai Tapu Golf Club and the Halswell River. Available to hire for your private or business function, features and services include fully licensed bar and experienced friendly bar staff, all glassware, catering options, interior and patio furniture and heaps of character. For more information or to book your next function, call 03-329 6819 or visit the website



Church Corner Location

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A ROLLING STONE THE IRISH HEART OF CHRISTCHURCH Great traditional fare Open 7 days, for brunch, lunch & dinner. Gathering no moss, just warmth, atmosphere & hospitality.

10am till late

PANADERO FILIPINO BAKERY - NOW OPEN! Treat yourself to our delicious range of doughnuts, including the Mango Cream Doughnut, and our famous Purple Ube Doughnut. With a wide range of Filipino-inspired bread, pastries and cookies, which are all freshly baked in-store, there’s always something new to try.


Quiz Night


Two 4 One Steak night

WEDNESDAY Kids Dine For Free THURSDAY “Shout Ya Mate” & Free BBQ SAT & SUN

579 Colombo Street

305 Cranford Street Christchurch

Shop 7, Peerswick Mall, Church Corner 388 Riccarton Road

City Centre (by South City)

(03) 377 4787 Instagram + Facebook

Roast of the Day and a Drink for $20.

(03) 355 0218

Ph. (03) 343-4057

(No Boarder)





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A SLICE OF SOUTH INDIA Right here in our City Dosas, appams, idlis and so much more





A great place to soak up the sun over a long lunch or linger over dinner in our homely restaurant. Relaxed or casual with separate bar, restaurant and large outdoor area. Fully Licensed - A la Carte.

Public Dining or Private Dining room options available Happy to customise our menu to accommodate special occasions or dietary requirements.

Open Monday - thursday 11am to 12am. Friday & Saturday 11am to 1am and Sunday 11am to 10pm

Hours: Tuesday -Sunday, Lunch 11.30am to 2.00pm Dinner 5.30pm - Late

142 Papanui Road Merivale Christchurch 8014

105c Riccarton Road Christchurch

69 Centaurus Road Cashmere

Reopened Under New Management

(03) 343 5435

(03) 337 2227

(03) 355 5932

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A FUN, QUIRKY CAFE with great atmosphere and stunning views. Cyclist and dog friendly. Real food made with love from locally sourced produce. Dietary requirements catered for. Fully Licensed.


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Come try our exciting new menu!

Open Daily @ 8am for Breakfast & Lunch Open late on $5 Friday...

Still serving up authentic international dishes, traditional favourites and a great cup of coffee in the center of the city. Open: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat: 9am-2pm. Open: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat: 9am-2pm.

21 Mary Muller Drive, Heathcote, off Chapmans, off Port Hills Rd.

287 Durham Street

147 Esplanade Clock Tower End Sumner

(03) 384 5263

(03) 260 1171

(03) 326 7923



Location Edgeware / Shirley


Image (x1 only) A NEW “MUST DO” CAFE Delicious food and well made coffee – all made on site daily with love – and you can taste it. • L’affare coffee • All day breakfast menu • Gluten and dairy free options • Sandwiches made to order • Open 7 days • Gold Card discounts

Near intersection with Gloucester St



St Albans

Image (x1 only) STUNNING NEW MENU Fresh & delicious, check out the extensive and contemporary brunch, lunch and dinner menus served at Protocol the must visit restaurant in Cashmere, Christchurch

205A Hills Road

Near The Cheesecake Shop

2 Colombo Street Cashmere

(03) 386 1372

(03) 9642880

COFFEE AND FOOD TO MAKE YOUR TASTE-BUDS EXPLODE With NEW Weekend Brunch Menu. Our food and coffee will make you loyal - plus we give you more rewards with our coffee card. Special deal for Metropol readers - when you purchase any food from the cabinet receive a FREE Coffee plus Free Wifi available. We accept Super Gold Card.

159 Cranford Street, St Albans (03) 355 8744 Metropol March 01, 2018 43


Riccarton Location


Image (x1 only) TREVINOS RESTAURANT & BAR YOUR PERFECT FUNCTION VENUE! Nestled in the heart of Christchurch, filled with mountains of food and lakes of beverages, sits an astounding restaurant with irresistible and fine tasting food, accompanied by an unmatched atmosphere. Welcome to Trevinos.

Cnr Riccarton Road and Monavale Ave (03) 343 5378

Join us on facebook



City/Hagley Park

Image (x1 only) TRY OUR FRESHLY MADE SIOPAO Athentic Asian Style “Try our freshly made BBQ Pork Steamed Bun” (Siopao). Fluffy soft dough bursting with sweet bbq pork flavour. Hand made daily for ultimate freshness and quality, tantalising your taste buds. Come in and try a “Siopao” today!

FAMOUS HOME MADE FRESH FOOD Come in to Enjoy our Raw Berry Cacao Cheesecake and our Salted Caramel Banana Muffins along with our Tropical Mango Smoothie with drizzle yoghurt.

Open 7 days. Daily 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

Amazing gourmet food and great coffee! Parking available

The Barrington No 256 Barrington St, Speydon

12 Moorhouse Ave Opposite Hagley Park

(03) 337 3322 or 021 178 9514

Ph.03-366 0066

(No Boarder)


Woolston Location


Image (x1 only) OFTEN QUOTED AS “THE BEST THAI IN CHRISTCHURCH” Amazing authentic Thai food will also turn you into a Green Chilli Thai restaurant advocate.




Home delivery, Takeaway available, BYO, Vegetarian friendly. Green chilli also available for personal functions party, set menu & also delivery service. Special 10% Discount for seniors and students

• New technology micro coffee roasters • Easy installation, software controlled • Very affordable (rent from $60/wk) • Reduce coffee costs by 50% or more • Increase revenues, profits and business worth • Create your own coffee brand • Design your own coffee blends • Full training and ongoing support provided The future of coffee is here, enquire now.

1/596 Ferry Road Woolston, Christchurch

24b Essex Street, Phillipstown

Special lunch for $10

Green Chilli THAI RESTAURANT (03) 381 2855

(03) 384 9993 44 March 01, 2018 Metropol


021 334 332

THE HOME OF SHARED DINING The Monday Room’s new location is the place to be for shared banquet family style dining. The new restaurant is open 7 days a week from 5:30pm. Check out the new menu online at:

To book phone 03 377-5262 or email:


Canterbury Location


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Book the first table for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating Christchurch eateries and you’ll get 50% OFF the FOOD BILL for 2 to 4 DINERS! Choose from 70+ fantastic Christchurch restaurants and cafes. Use promo code METROPOL to get $5 FREE CREDIT!*

Indian Pearl Restaurant offers affordable family dining and takeaways with a home based ethnic menu. Come and enjoy our great family environment and meet our amazing staff, or have your meal home delivered. Open 7days and fully licensed

Amazing Lunch & Dinner Menu including a wide range of salads & fish options. Discover these delectable delights of our restaurant with friends, celebrate a special occasion, host an event wine or cocktail. We look forward to welcoming you to The ‘Hof! Host a wine or cocktail event.

Book now at

*Promo code can only be used on new sign ups. $5 free credit to be used towards booking fee. Booking fee is normally $10 per reservation. Credit must be used within 30 days of signing up.

352 Colombo Street Sydenham, Christchurch

20 Durham Street, Christchurch

(03) 379 1863

(03) Ph. 03 377 1007

(No Boarder) Riccarton



Image (x1 only) NUTRITIOUS AND HEALTHY OPTIONS PACKED WITH FLAVOUR • Breakfast/Brunch and cabinet food • All food made on the premises • Wide range Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Paleo options • Open 7 days • Indoor & Outdoor Seating • Catering available - free delivery city wide

Westfield Riccarton Mall 129 Riccarton Road Ph 03 983 4652


West Melton

Image (x1 only) STUNNING VIEW, EXQUISITE FOOD Only a short 1 hour drive from Christchurch, the Methven Resort Hotel is the perfect choice for your wedding. With accommodation in the Mt Hutt Village, plus our onsite chef offers a special wedding menu with a wide range of flavours to suit all of your guests. • 3 heated outside spas • 25 metre outdoor swimming pool - seasonal • Accommodation 47 ensuite rooms • Bar • Conference room can hold 300 people

51 Main Street Methven

0800 22 44 40

TWO FAT POSSUMS CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS Gold Card Lunches Mon-Fri Mon /Tue Woodfired pizzas $20 Tues Quiz night - free entry & prizes Thurs/Fri Curry & Beer special Function Room - fundraisers/private functions Set Menu available for large groups Opening hours: Sunday 9am - late Monday - Saturday 11.30am - late

Weedons Ross Road West MeltonVillage Ph.03 421 6481 Metropol March 01, 2018 45

(No Boarder)


Barrington Location

South City Mall Location


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TRY OUR FRESHLY MADE SIOPAO Athentic Asian Style “Try our freshly made BBQ Pork Steamed Bun” (Siopao). Fluffy soft dough bursting with sweet bbq pork flavour. Hand made daily for ultimate freshness and quality, tantalising your taste buds. Come in and try a “Siopao” today!



Pies, Doughnuts, Danishes, Sandwiches, Coffee Japanese-Curry puff, Cookie buns, Redbeans, Cream puffs. Our customers opinion is that our pies are one of the best in town and are very happy to travel long distances to our shop – we welcome you to try!

Serving up fresh seasonal food, the Untouched World™ Native Garden Café is a favourite with locals for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Cosy up by the fire with a coffee and a tasty treat from the cabinet, or dine alfresco in the peaceful native garden setting. Just 5 minutes from Christchurch Airport with plenty of off-street parking available, it’s a calm oasis away from the hustle. Open: Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:00pm Sat - Sun 9.00am - 4:00pm

Open 7 days. Daily 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

The Barrington No 256 Barrington St, Speydon

South City Mall

(03) 337 3322 or 021 178 9514

Ph. 03 943 4066


Tai Tapu



Image (x1 only) TAI TAPU HOTEL & FUNCTION CENTRE Come and enjoy our taste of Summer with our delicious variety of platters. Established in 1856 “The Tap” is one of the oldest standing bar & restaurants in the country. Our 3 qualified chefs have created an extensive Al a Carte menu – something to suit everyone! Be sure to phone for a reservation as we fill up quickly over the weekend. Restaurant Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12pm-8pm.

780 Old Tai Tapu Road Tai Tapu (03) 329 6819 46 March 01, 2018 Metropol


155 Roydvale Avenue Burnside (03) 357 9499




Image (x1 only) THE HOME OF SHARED DINING The Monday Room’s new location is the place to be for shared banquet family style dining. The new restaurant is open 7 days a week from 5:30pm. Check out the new menu online at:

To book phone 03 377-5262 or email:

MASSIVE MARCH SPECIAL @ CAESARS MONDAY - Kids dine FREE* TUE& WED - $20 Grill on the rocks Menu* CRAZY FRIDAY SPECIAL- Free dessert with any main menu* Open Daily: Brunch/Lunch 11-4pm. Dinner from 4pm *Conditions apply

Northwood Supa Centre 548 Main North Road

(03) 323 5420




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Waimairi/North Beach

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Magnitude Cafe introduces their lovely new salads for summer with delicious varieties of smoothies for you to enjoy. Freshly roasted house-blend coffee and a wide range of teas and “Good Buzz Kombucha”. Warm, welcoming atmosphere with modern decor and free Wifi. Please inquire about venue hire,catering and large group bookings.

A short drive from the Airport, Outstanding fresh coffee & tasty deli food, excellent brunch menu or something new from the our amazing waffle feast! Perfect venue for your next function, Catering available.

A hidden gem completely different to any other city venue Beach Cafe has an exciting new menu and a beach vibe for the totally relaxed experience, be it family, walking the dog or work meeting.

Unit 2, 314 Tuam Street

Mention this advert and receive 15% off your total bill (May not be used in conjunction with any other special offer)

Next Door to Clinch Automotive

333 Harewood Road Bishopdale, Christchurch

(03) 360 0996

(03) 366 3051


West Melton Location


Image (x1 only) ARTISANAL BREADS AND PASTERIES French Bakery where everything is homemade and prepared using traditional French methods. We also do catering. Indoor/outdoor seating. Burtons coffee. Free wifi. Open Tuesday to Friday 7am-4pm. Saturday 8am-3pm.

9/736 Weedons Ross Road West Melton (03) 421 6559

Your host Frank Tamati looks forward to welcoming you to their beach!

16a Beach Road, Waimairi Beach (03) 382 8599 Fully Licensed



Church Corner

Image (x1 only) SPECTATORS 7 DAY BAR & BISTRO $30 pizza & 2 drinks special! Indulge in a large pizza and 2 drinks before any event at Horncastle Arena for only $30*. With free parking at the door and opening out onto the Lindauer Lawn, Spectators is the place to start your night on the right note. * Terms and conditions apply see our website for details

ODDS ARE - YOU WON’T FIND A MORE LIVELY VENUE TO DRINK. EAT. PUNT. A great variety of delicious high quality food to dine on before or after you join in the fun, great music, 18 gaming machines and a TAB machine 9am- late, 7 days a week

Opening Hours: Mon: 7.30am to 4.30pm. Tue to Fri: 7.30am til late. Sat & Sun: 11am til late. 65 Jack Hinton Drive Addington Raceway

(03) 339 7915

7 days bar & bistro located at Addington Raceway

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Somewhere over the rainbow is the Sweet Revenge cake artist dreaming up a masterpiece to be devoured. Any celebration needs cake and we have a cake solution for all occasions! Our cakes are a feast for your eyes and an experience your taste-buds will thank you for. Don’t today!

Make the most of the warm weather with award winning sausages and BBQ meats from

Sweet Revenge

Ph:03 3528815

Everybody’s Butchery

your gluten free and paleo specialist. Ph 03 366 4947 372 Selwyn Street

Fleurs Designer Cakes Celebrate your occasion with only the best... Contact Fleur on 027 233 2277

Come meet the ‘down to earth’ Straight 8 Estate team and enjoy a free wine tasting at the cellar door - open 9-6 daily. Cheers James & Mary

Straight Eight Estate

Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious Scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie!! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too

MRS DENTON’S Fine. Food. Fast Takeaway Cafe, Delicatessen

168a Kendal Ave, Burnside Opening hours Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm Closed Saturday and Sunday until April Ph. (03) 357 4516 027 469 0206 48 March 01, 2018 Metropol

2321 Main Sth Rd, Burnham, Ph (03) 347 6878 or 027 722 8416

Let’s talk turkey. Sliced and Shredded Roast Turkey 300g & 100g variants, & the Shaved 100g selection. Perfect complement to your favourite sandwiches & salads. Look out for the Santa Rosa Turkey range in your local supermarket!

Simplicity reigns supreme at Dispense. Everything here is made on site from scratch, From the salads, jams, chutneys to baked goods. Moody blue walls and wooden features make this place easy to get comfy in.

Dispense Espresso 1005 Ferry Rd, Woolston Open 7:30-4 Mon-Fri, 9-3 Sat

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

Spoil yourself and your friends with our fresh, handmade, delicious catering. Finger food, canapés and antipasto platters through to sandwiches, savouries and even the cake! Catering for all occasions, birthday parties to corporate catering 100+. Book yours today.

Catering in a Box

7C Witham St, Hornby. Ph. 027 414 1692

Brewers Union

Craft beer fillery and mobile bar service. Can be found at the Ohoka and Lyttelton Farmers Markets. We specialise in craft beers and ciders made locally in Canterbury. Book us for your next function, birthday, wedding or special occasion. Ph. 021 0295 8041

The only thing as sharp as these lads is the quality of our products. Taking extra care in each product shows with every sale at Peter Timbs Meats, as service with a smile and quality with care will have you shopping from Mr Timbs each and every meal! Come in store at either of our great locations!

Peter Timbs Meats Ltd.

70 Edgeware Road, Ph (03) 366 1780 Farrington Ave Bishopdale, Ph (03) 359 5729

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.

Your most wonderful “Chillax Café” is waiting. The first taste for a better day - from the Philippines. A perfect place to satisfy your cravings that takes you back home with a twist. Just Chill, Eat, & Relax! Open: Tues to Sat 9am - 7pm, Sun 9am - 5pm.


Unit 2/249 Stanmore Rd, Ph (03) 260 1649

Chillax Cafe.

The Gelato Lab Ltd

Fine Ataahua wine of Waipara Savour the delicious flavours created in our kitchen, indoors or alfresco in our amazing outdoor area. Vegetarian & Vegan options using veges and herbs from our own garden. Private functions & fully licensed

Cafe 186

186 Yaldhurst Road Avonhead Ph. 03 342 4283

Enjoy a chilled glass of delicious Ataahua Wine this summer! Purchase from Pukeko Junction Winestore and Gallery or order online or email:

A Bakery treasure trove at the bottom of the hill An easy location for you to pop in and stock up on our bakery products. Delicious hand made cakes, Danish pastries, pies, sausage rolls and Underground Coffee. Catering also available. Una Bakery 73 Centaurus Rd, Huntsbury Ph: 337 8214.

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Beach Café, by Waimairi Beach, lets you kill a few birds with one stone, so to speak. “Take the dog for a walk, a romantic stroll with your partner and then a couple of wines – perfect,” says Manager, Frank Tamati.


rank and his brother, Mike, recently reopened the Beach Café. They grew up in the eastern suburbs, attending Wainoni Primary and Shirley Boys’. The beachside community is in their veins. After successful careers up north and abroad, they have come home to give back to the community they love. Dog friendly, with water bowls and treats for pooches, and very family friendly with an enclosed, covered playground and a menu for the littlies, Beach Café brings great food and drinks to the seaside

environment Kiwis know so well. It’s a bright, airy space with a décor and feel that reflects the beach, which is a two-minute walk away. It’s the perfect place for breakfast before, or after, a stroll or a swim. “The waffles for kids have gone nuts,” Mike says. “Very popular.” The brunch menu has something to please everyone. The tapas, small plates, and platters are fantastic for sharing, and a good match with a Squealing Pig wine selection. Walking groups, mums and dads groups,

business meetings, and group functions – birthdays and even weddings – are all catered for. With a bar serving beers, wines, and bubbles, and flexible hours – 9 ‘til 4 every day, and late Fridays – “it’s a great place to have a great feed and a sneaky wine, and just relax,” Frank says. Coffees to go, cabinet food, varied menu, or just an ice cream on a lazy Sunday afternoon, Beach Café definitely has service with a smile. Beach Café, 16 Beach Road, North New Brighton, phone 03-382 8599.


the place to go There’s more than one good reason to visit Café Vivo in Bishopdale shopping centre. It’s not just the amazing amount of parking that gives you great access to the el fresco dining area. 50 March 01, 2018 Metropol

t’s also not just because it’s on the way to the airport, just off Harewood Road, making it your meeting place for the catch-up with a friend for a good quality coffee with no stress on parking. It’s the great staff and exceptional barista-made coffee that got me. Despite a servery filled with delicious morsels of cakes and tasty treats, the hearty goodness of the main breakfast menu caught my eye. I mean who doesn’t love a good eggs benedict? Though you could choose eggs Florentine or Eggs Atlantic – that’s the salmon one – not a bad choice to have to make with such good food on offer. You might be lucky and arrive on waffle day or any day with a fantastic special to take advantage of. Happy hour doesn’t include the brunch menu but that won’t stop you from enjoying so much of what Café Vivo has to offer at a great price from 2pm-3pm on Sundays, with some of the café’s beautiful light meals. There is room for groups of up to 20 for that special function. Or if you’re in the area and wanting somewhere to relax and take a load off while enjoying a coffee, why not drop into Café Vivo for your oasis in a busy day. Bishopdale Mall, 33 Harewood Road, phone 03-360 0996.





Is the traditional décor in your home all just a little too ordinary? While not every item in your home should make a statement, there’s certainly room to rock a few unique pieces to stop your visitors in their tracks.


hether it’s a large-scale centrepiece like a cabinet or rug, or simply some dip your toes in the water statement accessories, conversation starters are all about creating unique focal points and bringing visual interest to your interior.

Travelling mementoes are a great option, as are unique one-off furniture items, but equally anything which catches the eye can make interior magic. While too many statement pieces can end up creating competition, a standout centrepiece is an attention seeker in all the right ways.

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They are Ron and Adrian Bradley and together they are Innovate Renovate, specialist renovation managers. “We can carry out renovations and repairs of all types and complexity, from fixing a leaking tap to building a new house around a tap!” says Adrian with a chuckle.




e is serious though. Since Adrian and his father began Innovate Renovate five years ago they have undertaken many different projects, not only earthquake repairs for which they have earned a deservedly strong reputation, but also bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations, garage conversions and deck construction, as well as painting, plastering and general drainage works. Currently they have several projects on the go involving the insulation of rental properties to ensure they meet the requirements of the latest legislation. “We have a number of repeat clients now and word of mouth recommendations about what we can do have spread. We are known for

being able to think outside the box to analyse problems and find solutions for them. We are often asked to take on jobs others don’t want to touch. We thrive on challenges and feel a great deal of satisfaction seeing projects completed to a high standard.” Adrian says that Innovate Renovate’s team treats every job in someone else’s home as if it was their own home. Only the best detailing and finish is good enough for them and they take a great deal of pride in adding value to properties through their workmanship. To find out more, visit or phone 03-351 7039 and speak with Ron or Adrian.

SALE Our Biggest Best Autumn

Cnr Wairakei Rd/Roydvale Ave P. 03 358 5565

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EVER! 2 March – 18 March

Sustainable Splendour Combining innovative design with practical expertise and sustainability, Sculptural Landscapes has been creating beautiful outdoor spaces in Canterbury for the past four years.

creating unique & sustainable outdoor spaces

specialising in construction & design retaining walls I decking I stone I fences steps I paving I pathways

Ph. 03 390 9983

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he company aims to incorporate an element of sustainability into every project. “We use recycled materials wherever we can, such as railway sleepers and old bricks, as well as sustainable, chemicalfree options like macrocarpa,” says director Jon Russell, who leads the small, talented team. Specialising in construction and design, Jon is dedicated to providing a space unique to the individual’s home and lifestyle, whether it’s creating from scratch, a renovation or general maintenance. He says the company’s success can be attributed to fresh ideas, friendly service and a genuine love of what it does. “It all comes down to quality work and a desire to keep our clients happy.” Offering both residential and commercial services, the team has completed a stunning portfolio of projects in Canterbury. One of its many stand-out creations is a small section in Edgeware, which was transformed using Halswell Quarry stones sourced from earthquakedamaged homes, macrocarpa garden beds and a range of fruit trees and vegetable plants amongst a selection of native foliage. To help turn your landscape aspirations into reality, call Jon on 03-390 9983 or email for more information. Visit to view the team’s portfolio and follow on Facebook and Instagram.


SALE ON 20-40%





57a McSaveneys Road, Marshland Growers of quality perennials and shrubs

PH/FAX: 385 4675


Specialists in Fencing & Decking

Andrews of Canterbury Ph. 027 899 3556

Two New Display Homes Now Open..

SALE NOW ON! I N S TO R E & O N L I N E B l ack & Whi te Chai r WAS $975, N OW $675 Jennian Homes Canterbury North have two new Display Homes that are now open. With their outstanding features and functional design, they are sure to impress. 7 Lemonwood Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 4pm 9 Westpark Boulevard, Rangiora Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 4pm At Jennian Homes Canterbury North we pride ourselves on delivering the home you’ve always wanted. So, what are you waiting for? Come on over and see for yourself what life could be like in a Jennian Home.

Jennian Homes Canterbury North 212 Main South Road, Sockburn P 03 741 1436 E 54 March 01, 2018 Metropol 03 384 3965 | 137 Victoria St, Chch

Worldly artisan


Inside Corcovado, the Pampas plains of Argentina and the volcanic mountainsides of Iceland meet the steamy forests of Borneo, with both soon to be joined by the azure skies and coast of Mozambique.


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ou’ll find artisan treasures of the world at Corcovado, chosen with regard to complete authenticity and integrity, and of course in accordance with Fair Trade principles. Owners Larissa and Andrew Hamilton say there is a Corcovado way, a philosophy that drives them. Almost all of the products in the store are unique in New Zealand and they come to you directly from the hands of the artisan that created them: Corcovado avoids middle men or wholesalers. That every product meets the principles of Fair Trade is non-negotiable: the items must be made by people who are treated well and paid a fair price. Products are then priced fairly for New Zealand customers, completing the cycle of both fairness and transparency. Larissa and Andrew travel regularly to explore the out of the way places of the world where they meet and are inspired by the craftspeople and artists creating exceptional products. In partnering with them, Larissa and Andrew are instrumental in the growing movement away from mass market, machine made, disposable possessions. “We understand that our customer is a conscious consumer, the type of person who would rather buy once, buy beautiful, have it last, and love it forever,” Larissa says. Summer was spent travelling in Mozambique where they were inspired by the natural beauty, the use of sustainable, natural materials and the way artisans put them together, plus the surprising, utter lack of non-biodegradable waste. There is an inherent reduce, reuse, recycle, plus repair approach in Mozambique Larissa says. The environmental consciousness is amazing. “Our trip reconfirmed our commitment to the use of natural, real materials, and for us to continue to discover genuine craftspeople, and bring their products directly to New Zealand.” They had established a few connections before they left but the idea was to be open to anything that inspired them on the journey. Larissa says they were moved by the sights and sounds of the country well beyond their expectations. One special supplier they have aligned with is a Fair Trade accredited blind artisan, who weaves mats and rugs made from the leaves of a local palm species. The intricate patterns are recreated from his memory, and each rug takes months to create. Larissa says it is a privilege to connect with that level of skill and dedication. The new range from Africa will start to arrive in the middle of the year, and Larissa says the global product range will continue to increase, with further intrepid expeditions planned. Visit



e have been hearing a great deal about the amount of plastic that is finding its way into our planet’s oceans and about how we should reduce our use of the material. Total Food Equipment is definitely fighting the good fight on this environmental issue. The store stocks multicoloured stainless eco-friendly water bottles for hydration, along with stainless straws and reusable eco coffee cups. Look on another shelf and you will find bio-degradable storage bags, paper snack and sandwich bags and reusable paper towels. One roll of these replaces 18 rolls of conventional paper towels! No cling wrap or plastic bags in sight here. Tfe also has compact under-bench composting bins for saving food scraps and eliminating wastage. But tfe is forward thinking in other ways as well, constantly searching suppliers and manufacturers for new and more efficient equipment to help cooks create their culinary masterpieces. Recently arrived in store is the MasterPro Sous Vide Precision Cooker. ‘Sous vide’ is French for ‘under vacuum’ and the method uses sealed pouches to cook vegetables, fish, poultry, red meat and more in a water bath, achieving succulent, nutritious and flavorsome results. The tech-

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nique has been used by chefs for decades to lock in natural juices creating food that is evenly cooked from edge to edge. With the MasterPro Sous Vide Cooker we can all achieve chef level perfection. Another new arrival at tfe is the MasterPro 12 in 1 stainless steel multi-cooker pressure cooker. This clever machine can take over all your cooking tasks and certainly help you to declutter your cupboards of pots and pans. The multi- cooker features six cooking functions (slow cook, sous vide, sauté, steam, yoghurt, pasta) and six pressure (rice, meat/poultry, bean/ chilli, soup/porridge, canning, potato) . There is also a ‘keep warm’ setting and a countdown timer so food is ready when you need it and an easy lock function keeps your pressure cooking safe. The MasterPro Multi Cooker makes creating a wide range of hearty meals easier than ever. Total Food Equipment is situated at 218 Moorhouse Avenue in the Mid-Way Moorhouse complex. The store is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and there is easy access with plenty of parking. Don’t forget the store’s wedding register programme while the wedding season is still with us.


colour me cosy With a chill in the air and the long nights settling in, there’s no better time to up the cosiness factor in your home. So why not make your home a haven with a harmonious blend of autumn’s hallmarks.

his season, sophisticated earthy shades partnered with light neutrals will dominate, alongside tribal-inspired textured furnishings – perfect for creating the nurturing space we crave for when the temperatures start their downward descent. A collection of rich hues inspired by traditional cultures and folklore, the Dulux Kinship Palette is one of four key themes identified in the Dulux 2018 Colour Trends. Featuring warm terracotta, russet, soft grey-greens, cosy neutrals and pops of vibrant red that hint at an Eastern influence, the range pairs beautifully with the natural materials that are so popular right now – warm timbers, stone and linens. Whether you choose to go allout with these deeper shades or dip your toe in the water with a few touches, the key is to pair them with a complementary white or neutral boasting similar undertones, creating balance and allowing the bold hues to enhance rather than overwhelm a space. A warm white, Dulux’s Cardrona sits beautifully alongside the pinkish and heathery hues of Maiko and Glen Murray, while its cooler sibling Hakataramea ensures deeper shades such as Very Terracotta, pop. So why not colour yourself cosy this autumn.

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obbert specialises in exquisite European antiques that he personally selects and ships to New Zealand. If clients have a piece in mind they cannot find themselves, there is a very good chance he can source it from Europe. He also restores furniture in his onsite workshop – some need a good wax and others, a complete fix and rebuild. “I love a finished piece that embraces its past while still looking stunning for today’s use and enjoyment. There is a warmth, character and history in

well-designed furniture and artefacts that have lasted centuries past their construction,” he says. Antique lovers must visit Halkett Barn, they will meet a kindred spirit in Robbert. He has clients throughout the country (and even tourists who have asked him to ship irresistible items back to their home countries). Follow Halkett Barn on Facebook (and get yourself added to the mailing list) to see the arrival of new shipments first. Visit Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm at 499 Halkett Road.



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There are lamps, silverware, art, linen and porcelain. “Some clients (collectors) who bought porcelain from me are always looking for more, so I always keep my eye out for them.”

“Some clients are very knowledgeable and passionate about their collection, and we have some robust conversations about various pieces and their history.” Robbert has a degree in mining engineering but always loved restoring and updating character homes and furniture. After purchasing more antiques for himself than his home could handle, Halkett Barn was born. “I should have done it earlier,” he says. .

“My sons used to think antiques were ‘boring and old’ but they have helped unload shipments and studied the craftsmanship in the pieces and have already claimed those they hope to acquire in time.”

If your personal interior style is contemporary, that does not mean you cannot adore antique items too. They complement each other – one creates a feature (or perfect backdrop for) the other. “I like both antique and modern furniture. An antique piece in a modern house gives contrast and warmth.”

The beauty captivates people: The workmanship and detail impresses even the young ones. Robbert’s advice to someone who has never brought antiques before? “Just start, buy only what you love, mix it up and have fun.”

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t takes a certain level of experience to get hill builds right, there are more complications on a hill site and it needs to be done correctly,” says Landmark Homes Canterbury Commercial Manager Coralie Pollard. “We have a full team working on smaller homes, apartments and townhouses to lifestyle homes and hill sites. “’Stay in your neighbourhood’ is the new catch phrase for us at Landmark. For people who want to stay in their local areas (if they have children at local schools or enjoy the facilities around them) we offer a full remove and rebuild service; a step-by step process that allows you to live in the suburb of your choice, in the house of your choice,” Coralie explains. Landmark Homes can take clients through the full design and build process, and work with a team of consultants which specialises in elevated sites. You can visit the new Landmark Homes ‘Leigh Design’ show home in Burwood, located at 31 Prestons Park Drive, Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Visitors are swept away by the clever design and layout, the spec and finishing, as well as the thoughtful interior design that makes it a dream home.

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relative newcomer on the Christchurch curtain and blind manufacturing scene, though well-known in Auckland since 2001, is Officine Voluptas, where modern design meets cosy comfort. Over the years, the company has built a solid reputation for high-quality curtains, very competitive pricing and excellent service. Now Christchurch customers can experience that winning combination. Located in a character house in Riccarton that is ideal for displaying full drops of curtain fabric, Officine Voluptas’ showroom is like an Aladdin’s cave of colour, design and texture. There is everything from sensual velvet and shimmering silk, to the warmth and practicality of wool, as well as easy care cotton and polyester. The designs are as varied as one’s imagination. A little girl would adore curtains in her bedroom with characters from Frozen, while sheers with a subtly elegant leaf or magnolia design could grace any lounge window while protecting precious furniture from UV glare. There are so many window dressing possibilities – not only drapes, but also the patterns and textiles of roller, vertical or Roman blinds. Officine Voluptas can manufacture them all. “We offer a full package for customers in Christchurch and out to areas such as Rolleston and Lincoln – free measure and quote and free

installation,” says Kris Yang, who set up the Christchurch branch. “We want the whole process to be easy and enjoyable. Choosing window dressings should be a really delightful, pleasurable experience – that’s the meaning of the ‘Voluptas’ part of our name, while ‘Officine’ is Italian for workshop – and we certainly make every effort to help and advise customers on the right fabric for the rooms they want to dress, as well as on the type of track, rod or tie-back that will set the drapes off to perfection.” Once measurements are taken and the fabrics chosen, the window dressings are manufactured in the company’s Auckland factory. “It normally takes only two weeks for the curtains or blinds to be produced. As soon as they are ready, we will contact the customer to arrange a convenient time to install. We are very pleased to offer a two year warranty on both our fabrics and our installation. We would love to see Christchurch people at our showroom as we have some very good price offers for our new branch.” Officine Voluptas is located at 25 Picton Avenue, Riccarton. Phone 03-349 4888 or 021 079 7069. Email

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It’s been touted as ‘the new millennial pink’. We’re not sure if it’s going to be able to knock this ruling hue right off its perch, but lavender is certainly not shy about what it has to offer our abodes this season.

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t may not have been in the running to steal the Pantone Colour of the Year crown of glory, but a quick meander around the digital atmosphere tells us that lavender is having more than just a moment – it’s winning affections for its serene and versatile nature. Every variation looks crisp and compelling with white, and brighter lavender is a match made in heaven when paired with lime green and orange. If you opt for a softer shade, then beige, magenta and yellows will make a striking partner.


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motoring for the Allure discussed here. The 5008 features the same engines as the 3008, with both petrol and diesel available. The 1.6 litre petrol in our test car produces 120kW of grunt and will return a combined fuel figure of 7.3L/100km respectively. Despite being front wheel drive only, the 5008 contains five driving modes, normal, mud, sand, snow and ESP off; all of which tailor the engine’s power output to suit the conditions. The interior is easily one of the 5008’s best features. I loved it for its quality touches, complemented by futuristic angles and layout. One could easily see James Kirk doing the school run in one of these. All models get an easy to use touch screen infotainment system coupled with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, 3D Sat Nav, Dual Zone Climate

Control, Blind Spot Detection and Keyless Start as standard kit, plus the 12 inch HD driver display and its features are clear and concise. Inside there are oodles of nooks and crannies for storage, including compartments under the rear passenger foot well. Plus, the extra rear seats can be stored away or removed completely, giving you a whopping 780 litres of boot space. Front and rear, the seats themselves offer plenty of lateral support without sacrificing comfort and the extra length in the wheel base over the 3008, 4641mm, means the 5008 has more space for you to slob out. Head and legroom front and rear is generous even, believe it or not, for the extra seats in the rear. On the move and with la petite steering


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Unique in Sparkling Brown Metallic with Cream Leather, 3.0 Twin-Turbo Diesel, Heated/Electric/Memory Seats, LED Headlights, Panoramic Sunroof, Black 19 inch Sports Alloys, Surround Cameras, BMW New Gen I-Drive with Bluetooth Streaming/CD/AUX/USB/NZ Nav, Full Electrics etc. An ultra-modern Luxury SUV!.

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The latest V6 Supercharged engine- Power and Economy with lower Emissions than Diesel. Heated and Cooled Leather Seats and Heated Steering Wheel, Electric Running Boards, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist Monitors, Surround Cameras, Bluetooth/NZ Nav/USB, Ambient lighting etc. A very unique easy-care colour!

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Only 66,000kms from new and imported and sold by us to its only NZ owner. Serviced and maintained by Clinch Jaguar, Full Leather, Heated/Electric/Memory Seats, Touch Screen NZ NAV/CD/AUX/ Bluetooth Phone, Luxury Woodgrain inlays, Factory Sports Alloys, Cruise Control etc. Fantastic condition, inspection will impress!

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This year’s new model Mitsubishi 2018 ASX was a real surprise to review. It’s a small SUV but what I discovered was the only small thing about it was the price, with a cost of only $26,000. @nickhenare


or that price, one might expect low end features; the ASX was anything but. At 112 kW it had plenty of power to zip around in. It’s a 2L and seemed to be really good on the petrol too. It was a smooth all-wheel drive and plenty of room in the cabin for the kids and all their gear. Interior seating has changed from a fabric version in last years to a funky stitching and leather trim. The rear has been upgraded too taking it from a rather ‘normal’ look to something a little bit more special. A nice set of alloys too, so overall the whole package was a pleasant surprise. iPhone integration on an easy to use 7” touch screen with two USB connection charger/audio ports left me thinking that the ASX has everything that the modern driver looks for. How they do it at that price I’ll never know! Cargo room was enough for anything my family can throw at it. Yes, it doesn’t have the auto rear opening door like its more expensive competitors, but it would tick a lot of boxes on someone looking for an SUV and I still can’t get over the bang for buck you get from this vehicle. Good on you Mitsubishi ASX, go you good thing.


Servicing – Lube and Tune Transmission Servicing Brake Servicing Fuel Injection WOF repairs Auto-electrical

Suspension repairs Engine Reconditioning Pre Purchase appraisal 324-328 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

Latest diagnostic equipment Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Ph 365 0531


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Triumph Street Triple RS $20,990+ORC

Triumph Bobber $20,990+ORC

Triumph Thruxton R $24,490+ORC

I drove up to the film set of ‘Monster Man’ in the Mercedes A180, a film I play a pretty rough Maori fella in. Not quite the picture you get of a driver of this refined, elegant little vehicle is it?



umboots, unshaven with a Swanndri and beanie: quite the contrast to this 90kW, 200Nm 0-100 in 8.6 seconds, 5.8 litre athletic performer. However, I got the chance to drop gumboot on the accelerator all the way to the Hurunui and found it a pleasure to drive. It’s a looker – like me, right! – with all the style you expect from Mercedes. A relatively affordable price, with entry level at $47,900. It’s a hatchback, but you wouldn’t know that from the front with its sleek grille. It was great on fuel consumption and even though I’m not a great fan of column shift, most other features make it a good all-rounder. There’s room for school bags, groceries – and real estate signs! The sunroof gives an open cabin feeling and the black and silver interior creates a nice clean feel. Exterior lines and profile are nice too. Things that get the tick? Sunroof, automatic tension adjusting seatbelts, interior, dash interaction, steering and acceleration controls, refined interior and iPad style display. It has its place in the Mercedes fleet: it’s a sporty number for around town and I liked the open road performance. Talk to the team at Armstrong Prestige about a test drive. If you’re after comfort, sportiness and safety features, you’re not wasting your time.

Bring home a souvenir from your test drive. Take the Vito for a spin and go into the draw to win a $10,000 holiday^. Visit Armstrong Prestige to test drive today. ^To enter, you must test drive a new Mercedes-Benz Vito or Valente van at any participating Mercedes-Benz in New Zealand between 3rd January 2018 and 31st March 2018, and fill in a test drive from in the form product. Entry is limited to one per person. To be eligible to enter this competition you must be a New Zealand resident and you must not be an employee of Mercedes-Benz or its dealerships. The competition winner will be drawn on Thursday 5th April 2018 and the winner will be notified by email or phone before 5pm on Friday 6th April 2018. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of the terms and conditions. For full terms and conditions see

Armstrong Prestige Christchurch 6 Detroit Place, Addington, Christchurch 03 343 2468 MBA0068_Vito_HP_262x200_v6

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Alittle SPORTY number

By Nicholas Henare

Take a moment

and explore the USA.

Dixieland & Rhythms

New York, Niagara Falls & Washington DC

11 days from Chicago to New Orleans

8 days from New York City to Washington DC









share twin. Flights are additional. Based on 03 July 2018 departure. Tour the historic RCA Studio B, cradle of the “Nashville Sound” in the 1960s; enjoy reserved seating at the Grand Ole Opry, the home of country music; explore Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beautiful estate; immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of New Orleans.

share twin. Flights are additional. Based on 07 August 2018 departure. Feel like a true New-Yorker on your sightseeing tour through the Big Apple’s main attractions; take a sightseeing cruise at Niagara Falls; drink in Washington DC’s history on a tour with your Local Guide.



The best holidays are created together. HOT.CO.NZ BARRINGTON 331 7 182 I CH R I STCH URCH CI TY 3 6 5 76 87 I F ER RYM EA D 3 76 4 0 2 2 I H IG H ST L A NES 3 39 3 4 4 0 HORNBY 34 4 3070 I ME R I VALE 35 5 2200 I N O RT H L A NDS 3 52 4 578 I R A NG IOR A 31 3 0 2 8 8 I R IC CA RTON 3 41 390 0 SHIRLEY 385 07 10 I UPPE R R I CCARTO N 343 0869 CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only from 08 February 2018. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (08/02/18), subject to tour availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. All prices are per person, twin share and include any applicable charges. Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of $250 per person per tour is required within 7 days to secure reservation. Only the following offers are combinable - they may not be combined with any other promo/discount: 2.5% Early Payment discount (must pay in full 4 months prior to departure), $100pc Second Tour discount (applies when multiple tours are booked at the same time for travel within the same calendar year) & Save 5% Journeys Club Repeat Traveller benefit (must be a Journeys Club member and present member number at time of booking and before final payment is made. Journeys Club discount is based on land-only portion of core tour on twin share price, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, upgrades, taxes/fees, tips and, supplements/reductions). Offers applicable to Singles - single supplement applies. Offers reliant on space availability and applies to new 2018 Cosmos USA bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Offer may be withdrawn or amended at any time with notice. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full details.

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Metropol - 1st March 2018  

This issue we explore the delightfully whimsical with edible flowers, bring back the sequins & sparkles of the '80s, and race away in a Ford...

Metropol - 1st March 2018  

This issue we explore the delightfully whimsical with edible flowers, bring back the sequins & sparkles of the '80s, and race away in a Ford...