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pen Christchurch, the oneweekend-only celebration of architectural excellence, has called for building nominations for next year’s programme. The festival, organised by Te Pūtahi – Centre for Architecture and City Making – returns on April 30 and May 1 next year to showcase significant buildings that tell not only the story of Ōtautahi’s architecture, but of the city itself. This year’s inaugural festival in May saw some 12,000 visits to 46 buildings of varying styles, ages and functions, and participate in a range of talks, tours, exhibitions and activities. Open Christchurch and Te Pūtahi
director, Jessica Halliday, believes the building nominations process offers the public a platform for sharing their knowledge of Ōtautahi’s gems and a way to connect with their city. “During the inaugural weekend, we witnessed so many people finding pleasure in their encounters with some very special buildings and simply enjoying their city. People are hungry to connect with this place and our public nominations process is one means of facilitating this. “It gives people a chance to put forward spaces that are important to them - places we might not know about or have considered,” she adds.
NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW Anyone can nominate a building, but festival organisers ask that people have the consent of the building’s owner, custodian or tenant, for it to be considered for the programme. The final cut of buildings and sites will be decided by Te Pūtahi’s Building Council. They’ll consider many ways in which buildings can be exceptional, including design excellence, rarity, contribution to the city’s identity, significance to Māori architecture and history, innovation, sustainability, and heritage significance. Open Christchurch offers attendees the chance to experience great design from the inside and view their city in a new light. Festival organisers see the public nominations process as means for the public to contribute to this endeavour. The nominations form and the complete list of building criteria can be found on the Open Christchurch website (www.openchch.nz/). Nominations close on August 8 2021.
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Open Christchurch, a celebration of architectural excellence is calling for building nominations for next year’s programme.
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which keeps you in touch with some of Christchurch’s major developments. Yet again Ōtautahi is leading the way with civic centres for sports and recreation, and much-needed housing developments. Both sport and recreation are important for a work/life balance, as is culture. In this issue Metropol catches up with Christchurch-trained dancer Malia Johnson, now creative director for WOW which many of you will be going to see. We also talk to Circulation Tactix head coach Metropol Marianne Delaney-Hoshek, check out the latest fashions, and look at some upcoming commercial developments. All this and more in our latest issue so sit back, relax and enjoy the read.
Welcome to another issue of Metropol. Spring is a month away with occasional glimpses of warmer days ahead, yet for many the best of winter has yet to come. Regular snow dumps mean hitting the slopes, and for destinations such as Queenstown, a much-needed boost to income. As a newbie to the region, I haven’t found it too cold and was excited to have snow, albeit a small amount, at New Brighton. Spare a thought for those elsewhere battling the worst effects of winter, with high tides causing flooding, snow bringing power blackouts, and icy conditions leading to accidents. The message is take care and don’t take risks. This issue is chokka full of good reading, including our monthly build section
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E-bike festival coming to Arrowtown
Riders will descend on Arrowtown in November for a weekend of curated trail experiences, in New Zealand’s inaugural Cyclorama.
n November 13 and 14, e-bike riders from across New Zealand will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for bespoke adventures and fun trails curated to complement the natural surroundings and regional heritage. Event organiser Dave Gibson says that while international travel is still restricted, Cyclorama is the perfect chance for the growing number of Kiwi e-bike riders to take part in an event that is specially
designed for them. “We are offering a weekend with a great mix of fun activities, unique experiences and the chance to experience the incredible rivers, lakes and mountains that Arrowtown and its surrounds are famous for,” he says. The festival will boast nine different trails and rides themed around birdwatching, art, beer and wine tasting plus a special ‘Tour de Gourmet’. More adventurous riders will be able to stretch themselves with a
mountain ride dubbed ‘Cyclopath’. Complementing the rides will be a weekend of trade stalls and entertainment based on Arrowtown’s Butlers Green, where bike retailers will showcase bikes and accessories. The weekend will also offer a special orienteering event for families taking place on Sunday afternoon, themed around Arrowtown’s goldmining history. The full programme is on the website. www.cyclorama.co.nz
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Kiwis are experiencing more of their own country due to travel restrictions and, thanks to various overseas surveys, we have a list of Aotearoa’s top scenic spots.
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Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef Watching a show at the Sydney Opera House Seeing New Zealand’s Hobbiton Visiting the monolith of Uluru, or Ayers Rock Staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora Touring New Zealand’s Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
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Dedicated to dance Former Cantabrian Malia Johnston has been wowing audiences throughout New Zealand for years. She talks to Lynda Papesch about dance moves from tippy toes to WOW shows.
eaching children’s dance classes first showed Malia Johnston that her true career lay not in science and animals, but dance. As the creative director at WOW, she is now fully embracing her artistic talents. “When I was 22, I was studying zoology and environmental science at Canterbury University. “On the side, I was running a dance school for children, which I loved. “I was teaching and managing 13 classes a week, making shows and
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putting the kids through exams, yet in my mind this was my hobby, my fun time. “What was supposed to be more important were all the university classes that I was actively avoiding. “When I accidentally came across a full-time dance programme that I could audition for, it was like finding gold. “I had never thought training full time in something that I loved was possible.” Malia took the plunge, left university and never looked back.
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Working with WOW After training, she worked with a variety of companies in Auckland and in 2001 secured a role working on WOW in Nelson as an assistant choreographer. “I found an affinity with the organisation and took on the choreographer role in 2002 and after that became the artistic director.” Since then Malia has worked on more than 18 WOW shows, with dance and theatre companies, institutions and organisations across New Zealand and internationally. Dance has set her huge challenges and obstacles but mostly it has provided extremely rewarding opportunities. “It has become a way of living that I have fallen in love with.” She finds that her inspiration comes about when things fall into place, when she comes across a new creative partnership or opportunity that helps to grow the work she is creating or investing in.
“Dancers and movement practitioners are an inspiration for the work that I do. There are often large groups of dancers involved in WOW, which means there is diversity and representation from many physicalities, experiences and disciplines. “I enjoy working with serious movers from multiple backgrounds because no matter their discipline or training - whether hip hop, integrated, contemporary, ballet, cultural movement, kapa haka or movement forms beyond the arts - they all use their body as their creative tool. “Dancers are like beautiful harmonious bees: they’re coordinating thousands of individual parts as well as working with other bodies, with space, finding rhythm and expressing ideas. It is such a complex art form that resonates on so many invisible levels through the complexity and fragility of the human that is operating it.”
Her advice to young dancers dreaming of following in her footsteps is to trust their gut. “Your instincts are a beautiful navigator, leading you towards the best results for you and those around you. Invest in the things that naturally drive you, engage you, be present and focus on what interests you, challenge yourself and put yourself out there. “Dance is innately a collaboration with other people, music, light and space - so invest in people. Who the people are really matters - strong lasting relationships help you build skills. Develop relationships with people who work smartly to build strong and sustainable processes. Invest in those people who are keen to develop with you towards the future.” www.worldofwearableart.com
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A change in tactics The Good Oil Tactix have had an exciting albeit challenging run in the 2021 ANZ premiership, and as they head into the ﬁnal round it is crunch time. Georgia Summerton chats with head coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek about the team’s performance so far, bouncing back from challenges and what, in her eyes, motivation boils down to.
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It’s all about positive language. There is huge research around positive framing, which we do with our coaching. We try to pick up on the good stuff rather than the bad.
oming out of a strong pre-season, the Tactix were dubbed favourites in the upcoming competition, so the disappointing results from their first few games was understandably a shock to the team and fans alike. With the added pressure of injury and a large amount of travel from the outset, the Tactix were in a crucial position. Marianne says the losses forced the team to take a step back and adapt. “It made us look deeply into what we were doing, to make the changes we needed.” And change they did. After those first three rounds, the Tactix have not lifted their foot off the pedal. It has not been the smoothest road for the Tactix lately, with the Netball Mainland Zone being placed in voluntary liquidation due to financial strain of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Marianne has been there through all the uncertainty and seen them through the other side. The team are now under the governance of Netball NZ which is looking to be a positive step forward. If there is one thing the Tactix understand, it is the power of local support. Rounds four and five of the competition brought the team back to Christchurch, proving there is nothing quite like home soil. The Tactix’s came away with back-to-back wins at Christchurch Arena and the crowds definitely contributed to firing up the players, says Marianne. “When we do get home games, we are managing to really fill up the stadium now, which is a good shift over the years. We are getting massive crowds which is a real boost to us, and it’s cool seeing all the kids in the gear and supporting us, which was a vision that we had a few years back.” The pressure of the competition, the exhaustion of travelling and the stresses of injury, means the time between games is crucial. With quick turnarounds between games, Marianne focuses first and foremost on recovery. “We always prioritise recovery. We follow each game with two days recovery, then we have our main debrief and start our training from there.” As well as recovering correctly, Marianne understands the power of positivity, and uses this to drive the team and keep them motivated and focused. “It’s all about positive language. There is huge research around positive framing, which we do with our coaching. We try to pick up on the good stuff rather than the bad.”
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escribed as a “hell of a production” by The Times, the play first opened to London audiences in 2011, penned by British playwright, Nick Dear, who adapted his play from the novel by Mary Shelley. The Court Theatre’s Frankenstein is directed by Holly Chappell-Eason, and the one similarity to the National Theatre’s production is that the two lead actors, James Kupa and Wesley Dowdell, will be alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. The Court Theatre’s production will be unique, with its five professional actors joined by 15 NASDA actors as the ensemble. This adaptation, contrary to many previous ones, tells the story from the creature’s point of view, rather than his creator’s. The play sees young scientist Victor Frankenstein bringing to life a man-made creature, sewn together from dead body parts with little thought to the consequences. Abandoned by his maker and treated as an outcast by those around him, the Creature becomes intent on finding Frankenstein to strike a bargain. After being betrayed, the Creature is then determined to make Frankenstein pay. This international hit explores the eternal themes of humanity, good versus evil, and what happens when we blur the line between life and death. Frankenstein runs from August 7 – September 4 at The Court Theatre. For bookings call 0800 333 100 or visit the website.
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Wāhine Exhibition 3-31 July Wāhine is a multi-media, immersive exhibition sharing the honest life stories of Māori women. The beautiful portraits displayed at Tūranga are supported with powerful interviews and real-life recordings. www.thewovenwomen.org
Narropera 7 August Acclaimed Narropera Trio presents Weber’s 1821 opera in Golden Room, Lansdown(e) Homestead. The 90 minute performance will have you on the edge of your seat. Beautiful music, wonderful story. www.eventfinda.co.nz Common Threads 27 August An evening where fashion meets art and music. A fashion show from BellaBean Vintage and beautiful art of Louise Henderson and Reuben Paterson, fundraising for the Christchurch School of Music. www.eventfinda.co.nz
WORD Christchurch 25-27 August The largest literary organisation in the South Island, WORD Christchurch is a world class festival of writing and ideas. Come listen, be inspired, and learn from the incredible guest authors. www.wordchristchurch.co.nz
Vegan Ball 24 July The annual fundraiser is back! A night of delicious vegan canapes, live music, prizes and plenty of dancing. With a 70s theme, it is set to be an exciting night for all. www.eventfinda.co.nz
Christchurch Go Green Expo 7-8 August New Zealand’s largest green living and sustainable lifestyle show, your one stop shop for eco home and building, food and drinks, gardening, supplements, beauty and personal care and so much more. www.gogreenexpo.co.nz
The Firebird with Paquita 26-28 August The Royal New Zealand Ballet is performing The Firebird at the stunning Isaac Theatre Royal. The dancer’s classical technique will take centre stage, with soaring leaps to leave the audience breathless. www.viagogo.com
Women of Influence 12 August Come along for a morning at the Christchurch Town Hall and hear from and engage with a range of Kiwi women who are working towards making their communities a better place. www.womenofinfluence.co.nz
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Do your research Five months into his career as a licensed sales consultant with Harcourts Grenadier Avonhead, Simon Herbert is putting the service skills he learnt in the airline industry to good use helping others to buy and sell their properties.
fter 17 years in the aviation industry with Air New Zealand and Virgin Airlines, domestically and internationally, Simon finds his customer service skills are second-to-none. This proves invaluable when relating to all walks of life, all ages and stages; to all the people who make up his clientele. For the former farm boy from the Waipara, the coronavirus pandemic proved the end of an era. He’d already decided on a change of direction when the pandemic intervened. “I was on holiday in Germany when
an email came saying that all international flights were grounded!” Landing back in Christchurch, and seeing what was happening with the country’s property market, encouraged him to apply his aviation industry expertise to the real estate sector. “It’s a challenging role, particularly as it is a busy time for the market, yet it’s a career I am really enjoying,” he says. “My focus is on providing honest and transparent communication, combined with professional exemplary service.”
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hink about what skills you already have from past and current careers and see how they may fit into selling houses or fit in with buyers. “Consider what attributes you will bring to the industry, and find out how to apply them to create your own style. “Remember that everyone has different expectations, you need to be able to adapt without losing focus or clarity.”
hen an opportunity presents itself, take it; you don’t know when, or if, it will present again. “Currently the market is on a high with lots of buyer demand and a shortage of listings, which means owners will be looking to settle for premium prices. “When the market levels out, the high prices will drop.”
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ouncil chief executive Leonie Freeman says its members believe the Government’s proposed changes to interest deductibility rules will have a ‘significant chilling effect’ on increasing supply at scale and pace. The council says the proposed changes make it less likely people will help the Government build more houses for Kiwis. “While exempting new builds is encouraging, the Government has an array of levers it can pull to incentivise more housing to be built that don’t pull the rug out from under the feet of developments,” she says. Property Council has seen increasing interest in ‘Build-to-Rent’ development, a new asset class that aims to provide long-term rentals where tenants are treated as customers. “To amplify the potential of Buildto-Rent, the Government needs to create the right settings,” says Freeman. The council has asked that Build-toRent developments be exempt from the interest deductibility proposal. “Government has long said it aims to tackle New Zealand’s housing crisis and help more Kiwis into homes. It should not be tinkering with tax settings to make developments more difficult,” Freeman adds.
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hese are some of the questions people ask themselves and then their thoughts turn to investments. When thinking about investing, many people may only consider a one or two-year term deposit or a balanced fund. “The questions you should be asking yourself are ‘When am I planning on spending all of my money?’ and ‘When am I planning on spending bits of my money?’” says Financial Adviser, Alistair Bean. “If the answer to the first question is that I am never planning on spending all of my money, then this portion should be in longer-term investments. To the second question, allocate your short and mediumterm funds to your day-to-day budget and emergency needs, then that three to five year project that you have, with the remainder being specifically allocated to the longer-term and, insist on this to your Adviser!”
Here are some investment tips from Alistair: LONGER-TERM INVESTMENT Many of you now already have longer-term investments with your KiwiSaver and a lot of you now have six figure balances in your KiwiSaver as average salary and wage earners, if you are 40+ years old. Not even you can believe this has already happened as you read your last statement. However, because we don’t want to outlive our money, as we are living longer, your greatest risk now, is not having your funds allocated in the right area by perhaps having too much in short and medium-term and/or too conservatively-balanced fund investments.
MANY FORMS OF INVESTMENT Your Financial Adviser researches many different forms of investment every day and can recommend longer-term investments to you. Many of these investments may only be accessed by using a Financial Adviser and are not available to individuals, although wholesale and sophisticated investors may be able to access these funds directly.
Such investments specifically include KiwiSaver, where you can pick your own investments, for example individual shares and not just funds which, by themselves, are now very old school. With KiwiSaver, it is imperative that you choose one that gives you this choice.
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wners Steve and Annette Thomson have created an outlet for inspiring tastes and treasures both, with the café servicing one set of needs and the emporium and its fabulous selection of crafts and gifts another. “Breakfast starts at 9am, and the lunch menu at 11.30am, in addition to a selection of lighter bites, burgers and fries also available, and an assortment of beverages to accompany them,” says Annette. “The views from the upstairs dining room are spectacular, out over the Cust River and valley, the foothills and the snowcapped mountains.” Visitors can wander through the adjacent
emporium and see its exciting range of beautiful skin care, leadlight lamps, jewellery, clothing, artwork and homewares. A must-see is the range of New Zealand-made Lothlorian possum, merino and alpaca garments. Made from the finest and most sustainable yarns, the Lothlorian range includes luxurious, warm, knitwear and accessories for both men and women. “We are the perfect North Canterbury destination for an inspiring rendezvous; just 30 minutes from Belfast via Tram Road,” adds Annette. To plan your next rendezvous, phone 03 312 5595 or visit the website. www.route72.co.nz
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Super soups Warming, refreshing, delicious and simple to make, soups are a true one-pot wonder, and just as we embrace the cooler weather of winter, it’s time to embrace creativity with your winter soup repertoire. Here is Metropol’s round up for some easy soup-spiration for the cooler months ahead.
Eating your greens is an imperative. Eating your green soups, on the other hand, may seem less appealing. Think again; green soups are a delicious way to deliver your 5-plus a day. Broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, herbs and kale are all green bases waiting to be boosted with other vegetables, spices, stocks and creamy bases.
A hearty pumpkin soup is, for many, the first flavour that springs to mind when the subject is raised. While a classic milky, stock-based version is a comforting favourite, it’s time to branch out. Use spices like chilli, ginger, turmeric and kaffir lime, bases like coconut cream and toppers like barley and roast nuts.
ON THE PULSE Lentils have had a bad rap in years past, but those who are converted to the power of the pulses will tell you how delicious a lentil (or grain, for that matter) soup can be. With the rise of plant-based eating, lentil soup recipes are abound, and rich in warming, flavours. Try a tomatoey Middle Eastern-inspired rendition with cumin, coriander and fennel seeds.
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Divine dining at gin gin Six months into their New Regent Street home and gin gin’s offering is more reﬁned than ever, as its understated, approachable, and seasonal menus deliver a complete experience for diners.
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hether it’s long lunching with friends, a cosy date night or a more dressed up affair, gin gin’s relaxed and inviting setting caters to all. The warm service and welcoming atmosphere allow diners to settle in, as the knowledgeable team ensure each customer gets something a little special from their visit. The kitchen has fun creating new and exciting menus, highlighting interesting ingredients and flavours. Head chef Jackson Mehlhopt says, “We push the boundaries of the small kitchen with each menu more refined and streamlined than the last, seeing what our customers are loving and using that feedback when creating the next.” gin gin’s new winter offering features delicate, punchy, and perfectly balanced dishes like the Cloudy Bay tuatua clams, which are lightly warmed on the barbeque until the shells pop open, and finished
We push the boundaries of the small kitchen with each menu more reﬁned and streamlined than the last.
with fig leaf oil, wild tree strawberries and champagne foam. The late-night offerings are perhaps the most indulgent; beautiful desserts paired with a tipple from the extensive cocktail list makes for the perfect night cap. For something sharper, a chilled martini, stirred to perfection and served ice cold also makes for a nice evening finisher. With live music every Friday and Saturday night, coupled with their latenight menu on offer until closing, gin gin is a dreamy late-night destination. Freshly shucked oysters with finger limes and olive oil, hand-stretched pizzas, or the divine rotating cheese platter are all available right into the early hours. And from night to day; gin gin is now open for lunch on the weekends, where the talented chefs and bartenders curate an exciting set menu for the table, allowing diners to really trust the experts. www.gingin.co.nz
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Wholesome & delicious Pesto Chicken & Roast Veggie Salad from My Food Bag SERVES 4
READY IN 45 MINS
Veggies 400g potatoes, diced 2cm 2 carrots, cut in half lengthways & sliced 1cm 1 red onion, cut into wedges 100g roasted capsicum, sliced 400g pumpkin wedges 1 drizzle of olive oil 100g baby spinach 25g sliced almonds Chicken 600g free range chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces Classic spice blend (1 tsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp oregano) 1 drizzle of olive oil Dressing 100g basil pesto (store bought) 2 tbsp mayonnaise (store bought)
Before you start Preheat oven to 220°C (or 200°C fan bake).
Prep & cook veggies Prep potatoes, carrot and onion. Spread in a single layer on 1-2 lined oven trays and toss with pumpkin and oil. Season with salt and pepper & roast for 25-30 minutes, until tender and golden. Turn once during cooking.
Prep chicken & dressing Pat chicken dry and cut into 1cm strips. Toss in a large bowl with classic spice blend. In a small bowl combine mayo and basil pesto.
Cook chicken When veggies have 15 minutes cook time remaining, heat oil in a large fry-pan on mediumhigh heat. Cook chicken for 6-8 minutes, turning, until golden and just cooked through.
To finish Prep capsicum. Toss veggies with capsicum, spinach and almonds.
Serve Veggies topped with chicken and pesto dressing.
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Practice makes perfect, and 30 years is certainly plenty of practice!
hat started as a small Christchurch business is now one of the most trusted and loved bakeries in New Zealand. Original Foods Baking Co. has been baking delicious, sweet treats since 1991, celebrating 30 laps around the sun this year. The proudly New Zealand owned, Wigram based business started out selling donuts to fish and chips shops, and from those humble beginnings has grown over the last 30 years to a multi-award winning, much loved bakery with over 180 wonderful staff members. Company CEO, Anthony Honeybone said the whole team feels proud to reach the major milestone of three decades in business and would be celebrating it in style, unsurprisingly, with cake! “We are humbled to have had the loyalty and support of all our customers for so many years and we want to give back, share and celebrate with as many people as we can,” he said. And there is good reason for that customer loyalty! Be it birthday cakes, office shouts or party spreads, Original Foods Baking Co. take out the stress and time, with an offering of more than 100 kinds of delectable cakes, brownies, slices, and donuts. You can find these delicious baked treats at Countdown stores, and the bakery also has its own onsite café, ‘The Donut Destination’, dedicated to amazing donuts and other goodies direct from the bakery door. Visit at 8 Stark Drive, Wigram, open Monday to Friday 7.30am–3.30pm, or the website below. www.thedonutdestination.co.nz
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30 years of sweetness
Melt-inyourmouth treats “We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” - David Mamet
ny stress will certainly melt away with a taste of the pies at Mrs Denton’s takeaway cafe and deli on Kendal Avenue. Owner and consummate pie maker Delwyn Lanauze relishes baking her small-batch handmade pies with their luxurious fillings and clever flavour combinations. “Making pies is therapeutic, creative and stimulating,” says Delwyn. She specialises in seafood pies and always has four varieties
on the menu – Chatham Island blue cod with leek and parsley, scallop, cream paua and seafood chowder – all original and innovative recipes. She does produce the usual combinations as well, such as steak and kidney or steak and mushroom, but the Delwyn originals are the big hit. Pies are not the only delectable offerings at the cafe. The cabinet is full of baking and sweet treats, from apple strudel and
bounty balls to raspberry almond tarts and peanut truffles. “My take-home heat and eat meals are also very popular – so easy and convenient. I can hardly keep up with the demand for blue cod fish pie, lasagne, cauliflower mac and cheese or the ratatouille pie.” Mrs Denton’s is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2.30pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm. Visit the Facebook page below. www.facebook.com/mrsdentons
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Fantastic gintastic Metropol writer Nicholas Henare wraps his tastebuds around a few of the different gins on offer at Big Daddy’s Liquor this month.
Big Daddy’s Stores Brougham Street 03 366 5737 151 Waltham Road, Eastgate 03 381 3660 227 Linwood Ave, Shirley 03 386 0528 205 Hills Road,
Celebrating diversity with a coloured Crystal Head vodka bottle, the infamous skull bottle is still filled with a pure and classic tasting vodka to drink straight or add to a cocktail. A show of support to the LGBTQIA+ community, this great vodka is now in a multicoloured skull bottle. A great talking point around your liquor cabinet.
ne of the go-to beverage festivals of the year is Gindulgence. I went along with Big Daddy’s to sample some of the best gins that New Zealand has to offer. Classic gin, contemporary gin, pink gin, barrelaged gin, navy gin, the list goes on! Talking to Karen Harrower from National Distilleries to learn the intricacies of its gins, I discover that New Zealand has more than 100 options from local distilleries. Big Daddy’s liquor selects the cream of the crop. The gin resurgence is not surprising. Combined with one of the 16 Fever Tree tonics and mixers available, gin can be customised to however you want it. Add New Zealand botanicals to the mix for even more options. Don’t forget Gintastic is coming to Christchurch Saturday October 30, another wonderful beverage event.
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Redemption Bourbon This easy drinking whiskey is distinguished by a subtle rye forward flavour because of its 21 percent rye content, giving it a light hint of spice. Great straight, but wonderful in a classic bourbon sour or your favourite bourbon cocktail. Think caramel with over ripe bananas. Bourbon bliss.
The National Distillery, The Proof
Glenfiddich 12Yrs Old Since 1887, Glenfiddich has been using the same water and perfecting the art of great whisky in the valley of the deer. Matured in American oak and European sherry oak casks for 12 years, this one has a sweet and creamy mellow finish. My grandad drank it so who’s to argue with him. A great dram with friends.
You want to make a unique copper-stilled gin from New Zealand botanicals? Well, here’s The Proof; a limitededition spirit that proves the National Distillery is still bringing innovation and refinement to its brand with time-honoured traditions.
The National Distillery Verdigris Gin A gin inspired by the classic London dry gin bouquet. A supporting duo of lemon peel and native flax seed. With the taste of New Zealand pine, citrus and orris root, it’s an approachable, easy drinking dry gin. A great all rounder for any palate. Add a Fever Tree tonic for a great classic dry.
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In your kitchen
THE GOLDEN LOTUS
Chef Barb’s amazing food made daily is voted amazing by her customers. Pies, sausage rolls, bacon & egg rolls, sandwiches and more. Full range of barista coffees plus homemade hot soup. Friday night fish & chips 5-7.30pm. Easy access situated by the gas station. Open 5am to 2pm Monday to Friday. 6 Mt Cass Rd, Carrfields Waipara Junction
Offers delicious, fresh and authentic Thai Cuisine. We are BYO, in a convenient location in the heart of the city with plenty of parking. We offer dine in, takeaways and delivery service. Catering also available.
Low Carb, Keto and Diabetic all day menu and cabinet food that changes daily including a variety of slices, cakes and cheesecakes. Check out our extensive range which is added to monthly either instore or on our website. We are the one stop shop for all of your specialty dietary requirements. 379 Ilam Rd, Ph: 03 351 4414 www.crispcafe.co.nz
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Our generous and delectable grazing platters are now complemented by our range of Birthday Cakes, Sandwich platters and gourmet salads. We can help you with all of your family get togethers or corporate events in Hanmer. Call us today! E: email@example.com Ph. 03 315 7190
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TWISTED FLOUR & SUGAR MERCHANTS Our sensational new range of Vegan cakes are out now. Try our mixed box of mini cakes – they are simply delicious. Strawberry with strawberry puree, Blueberry with vegan lemon curd, Orange with Pistachios, Lemon with crystallised ginger, Vanilla with passionfruit. firstname.lastname@example.org Kate 027 2459043
Simply delicious! MRS DENTONS Come and treat yourself to a scrumptious scallop pie or maybe an Italian eggplant pie! Fairlie Bakehouse pies in store too. Fine. Food. Fast. Takeaway Cafe and Delicatessen. Monday to Saturday 9am to 2pm Ph. 03 357 4516 027 469 0206 168a Kendal Ave, Burnside 44 22 July, 2021 Metropol
Treat your tastebuds and support a fabulous local eatery at the same time. The only hard part is deciding where to go first!
BIG BANG CHICKEN & SUSHI Korean Fried “Yum Yum” Chicken Spicy, Sweet Soy & Garlic, Lemon. New original style Juicy Tenders in-store now. Online orders: bigbangchicken.mobi2go.com Phone orders: 03 386 2880 114 Marshland Road, Shirley
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While holding beautiful blooms is the core purpose, a vase can make a statement on its own.
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Impactful colour, interesting shapes and different textures can make a vase an artful addition to your living spaces and add a surprising new dimension to more
neutrally decorated rooms. As they take up little space and are subtle enough, go bold and even a bit cheeky with your vase selection. The possibilities are endlessly fun.
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Character study Let rebooted neutrals bring a multidimensional minimalism to your bedroom.
Background in Resene Blanc with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Eighth Fossil, Resene Tapa, Resene Bison Hide, Resene Tea, Resene Blanc, Resene Antidote and Resene White Linen; bowl in Resene Double Gravel; and vases in (from top) Resene Sandstone, Resene Quarter Drought and Resene Sandal.
FURNISHINGS: Black frames from Kmart, art from Etsy/ Art Design, duvet cover from Home Republic, pillowcases and cushions from Adairs, chair from Freedom Furniture, throw, cushion and rug from Città.
Styling by Vanessa Nouwens | Photography by Bryce Carleton
hat are ‘character neutrals’ when they’re at home? You’re looking at a few of them. The Resene Tea paint used on this wall is one such colour, as is the floor in Resene Blanc. The former is a complex river-boulder beige that’s perfect when pure white seems too harsh. The latter is a restrained Parisian white also available in versions from stronger-hued Resene Triple Blanc to the palest Resene Eighth Blanc. Sitting perfectly within this palette is the warmed green-beige Resene Bison Hide
on the bedside table and lampshade. The vase and frame in smoky, understated grey Resene Tapa bridge the gap between these paler character neutrals and the contrasting dark bowl and lamp base in ebonised Resene Black. Painting accessories such as these is an affordable way to layer colour in an interior scheme and provides a satisfying creative project even a novice DIYer can pull off. To give an old bedside lamp or thrift store find a new attitude, remove the shade, bulb and
fitting from the base, then gently sand the base to give your paint something to stick to. Painting your lampshade will be even easier – all you need is a brush and a Resene testpot. When choosing a colour, remember it’ll have an influence on the light the bulb casts. In a neutral sleep space such as this, a colour that’ll impart a warm, enveloping glow will maximise your character neutrals’ chameleonic potential and be the difference between blah and ta-dah.
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DJ HEWITT BUILDERS - CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF BUILDING EXCELLENCE
A 25 year reputation that extends beyond award-winning buildings. Transforming imagination into reality, from land selection, planning, budgeting and design to building expertise. Let our experience and reputation be the foundation of your next build.
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An enviable rebuild had a knock-on effect when the next-door neighbours also chose DJ Hewitt to rebuild their own dream home. Knowing Daryl’s reputation for perfection, the clients felt this was their insurance that the outcome would be a fabulous future-proofed home. An exciting new lifestyle, while still in their same cherished Mt Pleasant location. The process was also as they had excepted – simple and well organised – with Daryl and his perfectionist team of sub-contractors extremely efficient in working with the extra challenges of a hill site. The strong skeleton of the near 279sq home was rebuilt on the same footprint – solid concrete in structure, and Rockcote finished. Juliet windows in both the living and dining areas were suggested as easy indoor-outdoor flow to enjoy the vista. Not just an eye-catching feature, the clients were amazed at how much they are in use, three years on, without having to step outside.
The original five small bedrooms were consolidated into three larger ones allowing for greater living space. The laundry by the original kitchen was moved downstairs to make way for the heavily used scullery in the luxury Lume designed cook’s haven. Daryl was always at the helm with his renowned regular communication and enthusiasm. Tara, his wife and interior consultant, was also on hand the whole way through, surprising with latest solutions and trends, the couple wasn’t aware existed yet. The dual-levelled home is as breath-taking as it is functional. A streamlined, polished interior incorporates areas of natural dark and light wood for a homely warmth. Not surprisingly, the house and the build process were also admired by neighbours to the left. Now a triple showcase of DJ Hewitt Builders workmanship will soon sit proudly above the city.
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o how can you maintain a healthy temperature setting that heats the house evenly and efficiently, while regulating all its occupants at a comfortable degree of contentment? The answer New Zealanders are turning to more readily when buying a home or renovating, is underfloor heating, with a resounding and fitting applause. Aqualine Products Ltd, leaders in the wholesale plumbing industry, has an efficient underfloor heating solution for all your home and industrial heating needs. Underfloor heating is a value-added luxury to any home or space and Aqualine, with a long company history dating back to the 1940s, understand this to be an essential longterm home investment. It also imports, designs and assembles wholesale plumbing components to the industry, and by factoring in our local climate and building codes, this extensive manufacturing research and development enables it to easily adapt to industry market changes. This provides a choice of highquality products and services, empowering decision-makers with greater personal home heating options.
Aqualine’s Heating system is a clean, safe, and zero-allergen central heating system, operating at low water temperatures, reducing operating costs to a minimum. Underfloor hydronic heating transforms into a slow-release radiant floor heat bank, providing uniform temperature throughout your home. These radiant heat systems are aligned with the ‘optimum heat curve’ as defined by the heating industry, making it the most economically efficient means of heating.
Experience continuous comfort at minimum cost and maximum efficiency. Using the thermal mass of the concrete slab, the heat transfer delivers optimum comfort at much lower temperatures, reducing over-heating. Incorporating
hydronics, underfloor heating with a high-efficiency condensing boiler reduces running costs with up to 20 percent savings on gas bills.
Aqualine Products Ltd keeps driving industry trends with its ongoing commitment to providing technical solutions and expert advice from specifications to installations for the vast range of quality products and services throughout New Zealand. Its dedicated sales teams help provide ground support by applying their local market knowhow, assisting plumbing retailers and wholesalers alike. The company works with nominated contractors to install an underfloor heating system for current or future flooring, whether for a slab, a screed or a sprung floor surface.
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Warming up winter
It’s frosty and you decide to turn the heating up, only to discover that your partner has invariably turned it down and the energy-saving yoyo effect begins, testing your patience and indoor creature comforts. Warmth is powerful, personal and key to establishing the experience you wish to enjoy with loved ones.
Creative feather art From small beginnings, one family-oriented New Zealand business is slowly yet surely making its mark in the creative world.
Awatea, left, and Te Maari modelling feather art.
watea Design is a small whānaubased business located in Paerata, South Auckland, yet its clever contemporary feather art is flying all round the world. Dedicated to the art and craft of contemporary feather art, its creations range from one-of-a-kind heirlooms to imaginative wall art for grand homes. “Every one of our projects is a unique opportunity to showcase contemporary aesthetics,” says customer service manager Tracey Aramoana. “We specialise in creating high quality contemporary, creative feather art.” The company’s origins spring from “the creativeness of our Nani (mum) and whanau”, says Tracey. Nani’s lifelong journey began with harakeke, extending to raranga, mop
and muka. While honing her skills, she supported her whānau working as a career sample machinist for top fashion icons. In 2018, Nani used her skills and technical knowledge to create the first prototypes of what became Awatea Design’s blueprint. “Since then, she has focused on mahi with whānau to create our legacy,” says Tracey. The company is not just workoriented but family-oriented too. “We live by our values of whānau, excellence, accessibility, creativity and aroha, and encompass this in our work,” says Tracey. “We are inspired to help support people, our communities and other pākihi. We love seeing people succeed and are always willing to try to help where we can.” Visit them at the website below. www.awateadesigns.co.nz
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Girl, put your records on Despite music streaming services being the norm, vinyl records have a hardy and increasing fanbase. Metropol’s gadget guru Ian Knott checks out a turntable that will be a talking point in any living room.
othing beats the tactility of pulling a vinyl record out of its sleeve and holding it in your hands. It’s a feeling of ownership that you just don’t get from streaming or downloading music. And with the right equipment, the sound quality you get from the more-than-century old technology is still second to none. As with most things electronic, the quality you get directly correlates to the depth of your pockets. But British audio equipment manufacturer Rega has an entry level turntable that delivers incredible quality without the need to take out a second mortgage. The Planar 1 turntable is hand-made, like all Rega products, and not only looks slick in black or white, but doesn’t require a degree in sound engineering to set up.
Simply unpack, slide the balance weight onto the tonearm, remove the stylus guard and you’re ready to spin your favourite vinyl. As a record spins, centrifugal force tries to throw the stylus outwards, but gone are the days of putting a 50c coin on top of the stylus to keep it on track - the preset bias force on the Planar 1’s tonearm eliminates any adjustments. So as Corrine Bailey Rae so sweetly sings, rediscover the pleasure and quality of vinyl and “Put your records on”. With Rega’s sleek Planar 1 turntable adorning your lounge, your friends will be flocking to you with their own record collections. And at only $700, it’s a relatively painless outlay that will deliver one of the more pleasurable things in life... listening to music the way it was meant to be heard.
Rega Planar 1 turntable Plug & play design - simple to set up. Dimensions: H11.7 x W44.7 x D36cm (lid closed) Available in black or white Superb quality at an entry-level price.
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Design excellence Christchurch kitchen designer Davinia Sutton made history at the recent National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) Excellence in Design Awards, with her business taking home a record-breaking 13 awards.
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er awards, for seven unique kitchen and bathroom designs, included the prestigious Supreme Kitchen Design Award, the Supreme Bathroom Design Award and the Designer of the Year Award. NKBA President, Nick Thompson says Davinia’s dominance at the awards was unprecedented. “Never before have we had one designer win the three biggest awards of the
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night. This display of talent and power demonstrates that Davinia really is at the top of her game. Congratulations to Davinia and her team at Detail by Davinia Sutton.” Her supreme award-winning kitchen gave the judges “butterflies” with its bold design and modern wow factor created using Patagonia granite enhanced with back lighting detail, and an Artisan Stone benchtop. Also invoved in the project was Hoogervorst Builders. “It has astounding beauty and detailing that grabs you and holds you close,” the judges said. “The stunning slab selection is backlit which adds to the drama and understated glamour. “The mixing of timbers is a great success, and the detailing and materiality is a showstopper.” “The designer has incorporated a slight Japanese influence that creates luxury and evokes deep emotion. “Masculine materials have been used, but carefully layered, to create an elegant and sleek design. This kitchen has wow factor and is of international quality,” said the judges. The kitchen also won the 2021 NKBA Lighting Design Award and the 2021 NKBA Canterbury Chapter Recognition Kitchen Award. The 2021 SUPREME Bathroom Design Award went to Davinia Sutton for a ‘dark
and moody master ensuite’ featuring a dual entry, dual vanities and dual WCs with a large double shower zone at the heart of the room. The 2021 NKBA judges described the ensuite as amazing, clever and different. The bathroom also won the CDS Bathroom Design Award and the 2021 Canterbury Chapter Recognition Bathroom Award. She won 2021 NKBA Designer of the Year for her work on the two projects achieving the highest combined score by the judges. The judges said she knows how to evoke emotions through unwavering attention to detail and an understanding of how to
achieve understated luxury. “The designer selects beautiful choices of finishes and integrates a sense of opulence into their work. A masterclass in balance and material choices,” they said. Sutton also won the Supreme Bathroom Runner Up for a modern Hampton’s style bathroom, the Supreme Kitchen Design Highly Commended and the Manufacturing Craftmanship Award for a large open kitchen influenced by the style of architect Sir Miles Warren. Her company won another two NKBA Excellence in Design Awards for two other spaces.
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More NKBA winners Canterbury designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors won two NKBA 2021 awards.
he first was the Spatial Innovation Design – Commercial award for an inspiring showroom with a difference, the ‘Neff Market Kitchen’. Judges noted the space had a wonderful rustic vibe while also balancing a warm and inviting refinement. “The incredible corner details on the island are clever and interesting. Simple finishes and a really good use of materials make this a perfect kitchen for a commercial home. Texture enhances this welcoming space with its flavour of provincial France,” Armstrong Interiors was given a brief to keep within the Neff brand look and feel, but to enhance this style even further. Angelique sourced 150-year-old reclaimed French oak beams and used them as posts at each corner of the island, cutting into the Neolith top, exposing the core of the timber on the top.
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They were also used to frame the back wall of units, to look as if they are supporting the brick wall. Boras Tapeter original brick wallpaper was used to complete the market feel. Angelique says both wins were a lovely surprise, especially since there were 80 entries in the kitchen categories. “We only entered kitchens this year, whereas last year we focused on our bathrooms.” A current trend, she says, is to renovate kitchens as homeowners decide to stay put rather than sell in a high housing market. “People want to get it right to stay in their existing homes; to make their kitchens and bathrooms beautiful to look at, functional and comfortable,” she adds. Her second accolade came as runner-up in the 2021 Outstanding Kitchen Renovation category
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Other Canterbury designers to win were: Nicky Claridge of NC Design, 2021 Kitchen Distinction Award, $40,000 to $60,000. Kitini Outdoor Kitchens, Spatial Innovation Design - Residential Runner-Up. Michelle Lamb of Lume Design, The Canterbury Chapter Recognition Kitchen Award.
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A bathroom can be a sanctuary in the home. The place you start and end your days, relaxing in the bath, performing beauty rituals, and winding down. Having a beautiful space makes these moments so much more enjoyable.
enovating a bathroom is no small task, and a full reno can be expensive and time consuming. A few simple updates to your bathroom can create a beautifully luxurious space, without too much hassle. Consider colour palettes and
materials; simple is best and a more minimal approach will give a more expensive feel. Stick to neutrals, with maybe a pop of one or two colours. Opting for materials such as marble and glass will match most colour ways, as well as textures of velvet or linen for added luxury.
Here are a few more tips: LIGHTING AND MIRRORS Creating the right lighting can really elevate a space, especially if there is not much natural light in your bathroom. Try adding a beautiful lamp or hanging light. A statement mirror is another way to not only accessorise but create space and bring light to the room.
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Give Tony van der Plas and his team at Timber Tru a length of timber – or any board for that matter – and watch the joinery magic happen. They can transform the materials into bespoke, made to order kitchens, storage spaces, windows, doors and wardrobes – whatever their clients require.
e really enjoy a challenge, something that’s a bit out of the ordinary,” says Tony. Definitely out of the ordinary and needing a good deal of thought and
consideration to get it just right, was a recent project to fit-out a utility truck for a surveying company. This required following a client’s design for a large storage unit to slide into the back of a double cab, canopied ute – a unit with large pigeon holes for signs, a lock box and storage for pegs and poles and trays for all the other paraphernalia you might expect a surveying company to take out on a job. “It was a tricky commission because of having to make sure all the various components were exactly the right size, but it was the kind of bespoke design that we specialise in. The client company was so pleased with the result that they have given us a second ute to fit-out and there may be a third to come.” Slightly more conventional perhaps, but still with that made to order element, was the work Timber Tru undertook for the renovation of a house in West Melton. “The client wanted to replace all the original doors and windows with updated new
styles, all double glazed and featuring rosewood frames and cedar doors. We hadn’t worked with rosewood before and it is a beautiful material that achieved the very natural look the client had envisaged,” says Tony. Over a three-week manufacturing period, the team produced a set of bi-fold doors and a bi-fold window, a pair of French doors and five standard casement windows that were all installed to open out on to the verandah of the house. “Quite a stunning finished product that we are proud of and that the client loves.” The variety of work is another aspect of the job that Tony and his joiners value. “It’s always interesting and different. Sometimes even designing a wardrobe space becomes a truly made to order and made to fit project. We worked with a client who had never had a wardrobe in her bedroom but had been planning for years to have one installed. What she ended up with was a wall to wall and floor to ceiling wardrobe with shoe shelves, drawers, hanging spaces and sliding doors – a huge space.” To request a free consultation for your joinery project call (03) 389 2986 or email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org. Metropol 22 July, 2021 61
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I’ve had to be many things in the course of a very long career. From sales consultant to business owner; a manager and a mentor. I’ve been a confidant, a real estate historian and a trendsetter, but now the requirement to be a magician and a mind reader – as well as a futurist – reflects an even greater level of expectation from the public. by Lynette McFadden
This market is beyond statistical analysis. How can you possibly rationalize the sale of a local property for $740,000 more than it sold for one year earlier? Or the sale that was brought forward for a brand-new property (meaning the owners accepted a pre-auction unconditional offer at a level they would happily sell for) on an offer of $1,040,000 – only for it to then travel an additional $225,000 in the auction room, ultimately selling at $1,265,000. Finally, another property that was listed on behalf of, their term, 'career private sellers'. Having decided to sell their property on Trade Me for what they thought was a hefty figure of $725,000, they engaged a real estate team and sold at auction for $865,000 instead. Rather than overwhelm you with a longer list of incredible results, let’s pause and consider the origins of these unusual times. We’ll start with May 2021, as the June statistics were not available at the time of writing this article. It was during this month that prices nationally were on average 30% higher than the same time last year. 30% is an enormous difference and obviously represents a windfall to those selling and the need for a strategic rethink by those purchasing. Low interest rates coupled with low bank deposit rates also creates an ideal formula for property purchase, although the prospect of these rates increasing is just starting to get some traction. I’ll
be interested to see if recent reports of increases next year will play out. But these aren’t the only reasons for our current market frenzy. Let’s look at some additional elements: 1. Listing numbers have contracted, creating a 'buy now' scramble amid a fear of not being able to get on the property ladder if you wait. FOMO is real. Ask any of the multiple groups attending open homes, auctions and new build seminars. A tip for anyone waiting for spring to list their home: consider moving earlier on your intentions if you want the chance of an exceptional price. Beat the crowds, in other words. 2. Tony Alexander has highlighted the prospect of potentially one million expats wanting to return having the effect of increasing local Kiwi’s desire to buy now before the market changes to accommodate this influx. And think of the word ‘changes’ as meaning ‘goes up’. Though a recent adjustment to this theory is the pull of a stronger labour market and higher wages in Australia, meaning we may also lose people to migration. 3. Money usually diverted into travel is now finding its way into property investment and renovation. This is the category that I personally fall into at the moment. Now I’m going to quote Tony Alexander one more time: “before the 1990s household debt in New Zealand was less than 60%, today the ratio is near 165%.” It goes without saying that this could be a very vulnerable place for some. What’s the answer? As I said, I’m not a clairvoyant, I’m just one party in this incredible place we all refer to as The Market. But here’s some simple advice: think carefully, get counsel from skilled experts not uninformed mates, and if you think you could find yourself in a tight spot through overcommitting, then rethink and adjust your wish list. In the meantime, stay warm and here’s to happiness.
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Enjoying the outside inside Contemporary living often includes an “outdoor” kitchen, even a ﬁreplace and a lounging area, all under cover and sheltered from the elements. Temperate weather doesn’t mean staying indoors. If you plan it right you can stay warm, cosy and dry in a purpose-built outdoor room. Here are some of Metropol’s tips for the essentials…
Fireplace or fire pit? Both work for warming your outdoor room, as does a gas heater. Architects can even design a double opening fire centrepiece that’s indoors on one side of the wall and outside on the other.
Relaxing in comfort necessitates protection from the sun, wind and rain, plus some comfy seating. Think soft sofas, luxurious loungers and maybe a bean bag or two, enclosed by sliding or stackable doors, or dropdown screens.
Kitchen wonders An outdoor kitchen may be as simple as having your free-standing barbeque under cover, built in or having an actual second kitchen complete with a sink constructed. A pizza oven is another option.
Luxe lighting When building or renovating, it’s easier to plan lighting, but don’t forget options such as fairy lights (lots of them), free-standing standard and small lamps, and of course a few candles for a romantic setting.
Soft throws Cuddling up in front of the fire with a soft woollen blanket or throw, the latest Metropol magazine, and a glass of wine might just be the ultimate relaxation on a wet wintry day.
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Seeking architectural wonders Do you have a building of architectural, cultural and historical significance?
pen Christchurch, the oneweekend-only celebration of architectural excellence, has called for building nominations for next year’s programme. The festival, organised by Te Pūtahi – Centre for Architecture and City Making – returns on April 30 and May 1 next year to showcase significant buildings that tell not only the story of Ōtautahi’s architecture, but of the city itself. This year’s inaugural festival in May saw 12,000 visits to 46 buildings of varying styles, ages and functions, and participation in a range of talks, tours, exhibitions and activities. Open Christchurch and Te Pūtahi
director, Jessica Halliday, believes the building nominations process offers the public a platform for sharing their knowledge of Ōtautahi’s gems and a way to connect with their city. “During the inaugural weekend, we witnessed so many people finding pleasure in their encounters with some very special buildings and simply enjoying their city. People are hungry to connect with this place and our public nominations process is one means of facilitating this. “It gives people a chance to put forward spaces that are important to them - places we might not know about or have considered,” she adds.
NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW Anyone can nominate a building, but festival organisers ask that people have the consent of the building’s owner, custodian or tenant, for it to be considered for the programme. The final cut of buildings and sites will be decided by Te Pūtahi’s Building Council. They’ll consider many ways in which buildings can be exceptional, including design excellence, rarity, contribution to the city’s identity, significance to Māori architecture and history, innovation, sustainability, and heritage significance. Open Christchurch offers attendees the chance to experience great design from the inside and view their city in a new light. Festival organisers see the public nominations process as means for the public to contribute to this endeavour. The nominations form and the complete list of building criteria can be found on the Open Christchurch website (www.openchch.nz). Nominations close on August 8, 2021.
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We are lucky that our students have an outward looking view, strong convictions and stand for what they believe in.
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Mike King, founder of The Key to Life Charitable Trust, recently provided a clear and definitive example of this philosophy to us all when he made the decision to surrender his membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Mike King has been campaigning for a number of years for better access to mental health care for our children and teenagers and in 2019 was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and named as New Zealander of the Year for his work within this area. Due to his belief that the situation in New Zealand has not improved, he felt
A five-floor 1600m2 building is well underway at 12 Oxford Terrace. This is planned for office and service provision and due for completion later this year. At the other end of the Precinct, early site work has begun at 38-44 Oxford Terrace. This building is designed for clinical provision and support and is likely to be a three build programme. It is a major construction comprising 11000m2 over eight floors and will make a bold statement on the eastern Precinct boundary. In mid-June, the University of Otago gave its final approval to the construction of a $178 million project in the heart
the honour no longer sat comfortably with him and so would return his medal. I have both admiration and a feeling of sadness for Mike. I admire his strong conviction, and for staying true to who he is and what he believes in. I am equally sad that as a country we have not enabled the necessary change to happen that is so badly needed for our youth, and therefore, subsequently led to a ‘champion’ like Mike feeling the need to return his medal. Strong convictions, outward focused view, standing for what you believe in. A great lesson for our students at Cathedral Grammar.
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of the Te Papa Hauora Christchurch Health Precinct. This is the biggest single construction ever undertaken by the University and will be the new home for 500 staff and more than 1000 students. The Christchurch campus is a training base for medical students, as well as a research-intensive campus. Planning is well advanced, and the building is expected to open in 2025. These three new builds will add significantly to an already well established Health Precinct. Exciting times for Christchurch city.
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With the distinctive flowing lines of its tile façade, the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, which is emerging in our city centre, is an impressive sight.
We’re blessed in Christchurch to have some fabulous heritage buildings in the heart of our city centre.
It’s a large facility, with 28,000sqm of useable floor space, although it will eventually have some sizeable neighbours with up to four taller hotels planned for the precinct area on the southern side. Physical work has yet to start on those hotels so in the meantime we are landscaping that space to make it an attractive area for locals. Much of the talk about Te Pae Christchurch centres on the economic benefits that it will provide to our city and region. The 74 events currently confirmed for the venue will provide about $43 million of direct economic gain. Business event travellers typically spend twice as much as
They need to be protected and looked after because they help tell the story of Ōtautahi Christchurch and its people. Since the earthquakes, we have carried out a massive programme of repairs and restorations, but there are still some high profile and beloved heritage buildings needing work. I am delighted that as part of the Long Term Plan, the council approved a new heritage targeted rate that will be used to help fund restoration work on several buildings, including the Canterbury Provincial Council buildings, the Old Municipal Chambers and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery.
leisure tourists, so it will be great for local hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. Pre-quake, Christchurch hosted more than 20 percent of national business events. Our new facility seems to be putting the city back on the map, with a number of national events coming to Te Pae Christchurch and other local venues. Te Pae Christchurch will also be a great facility for Cantabrians. Those 74 confirmed events are likely to attract about 120,000 visitors through the doors. Interestingly, about 20,000 of those will be conference attendees, with the remainder coming to other events. One expo alone is likely to attract 10,000 visitors.
Work has already started on the restoration of the Old Municipal Chambers, which is why the building is currently shrouded in white plastic. I can’t wait to see the transformation when it finally emerges from its cocoon next year. As part of the Long Term Plan the Council also approved a new targeted rate that will be used to pay for a $5.5 million capital grant to help complete the current restoration work at the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. The Arts Centre has long been a hub for arts, culture and creativity in Christchurch and a real jewel in the city’s crown.
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ost spaces for lease have been snapped up however the developers from MON, who are behind the project, say there are a few still available. They add that it is essential the tenants are the right fit for The Prebbleton Village, reflecting the high-quality that visitors and
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locals will expect. Tenants include a pharmacy, real estate offices, a nail bar, a physio, a gym, and of course several exciting hospitality retailers. New tenant, Chris Cox, who is the Franchise Director and Founder of Majestic Tea, says his stylish and sophisticated cafes
are breathing new life into the cafe scene around New Zealand. “I believe Majestic will become a local icon in The Prebbleton Village,” he says. “With more than 35 different teas, the very best quality hot chocolates, coffee and food selections, discerning customers will love
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what we offer. It’s perfect for us.” Karen Frater is behind The Prebbleton Village Pharmacy and lives locally. She is looking forward to setting up a truly community-based pharmacy to support local needs. “We’ll be strengthening the relationships
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we already have through our pharmacy in Halswell and establishing new ones with health providers in the area,” she says. “The Prebbleton Village is an ideal location we can do this from.” If you want to take the shopping activity up a notch, Elite Gym is a definite destination for you. Mel Nunan, who will run Flex Fitness at The Prebbleton Village, says because there are so many great stores in the same place, her clientele will have options around their exercise routines. “They can have a coffee and chill beforehand, or head out for lunch afterwards. We are also open 24 hours so that provides options for people especially those who are commuting into Christchurch and want to exercise before they start work,” she says. Ray White’s Emma Langton-George says her team is experienced and knows the area and market extremely well. “The Selwyn District is experiencing unprecedented growth so the knowledge and professionalism of the Ray White team in The Prebbleton Village will be a significant advantage to those looking to buy or sell in the area,” she says. The Prebbleton Village, which is the first retail and services hub of its kind in the area, plans to be open by March 2022. Be quick, you won’t want to miss out being a part of this stunning development. Find it on FB @theprebbletonvillage and online at the website below. www.theprebbletonvillage.co.nz
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aster Joiners belong to one of the world’s oldest trades, dating back to the 12th and 15th centuries. Most of us have heard of Master Builders and Master Plumbers, but Master Joiners are perhaps not so well-known. A joiner is a skilled tradesperson who works with timber and board products to create constructions such as kitchens, doors, windows, staircases and counters. It is an area of professionalism and craftsmanship. Joiners are represented in New Zealand by the Master Joiners
Federation which has 10 regional associations, including one in Canterbury. As a group they aim to promote the Master Joiners brand encouraging customers to use joiners who are masters of their trade, producing high standards of workmanship. Membership of the Federation has benefits not only for customers, but for the joiners themselves. It bestows credibility and the interaction and sharing of information with fellow joiners is invaluable to all involved. Metropol 22 July, 2021 71
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Canterbury based residential property and housing developers, Andrew and Stephanie Robertson, have broken ground at VVV Group, figuratively speaking. A June 24 open day showcased their latest six-unit development, the McLeod Street Townhouse project.
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what design influences Kiwi’s desire to incorporate into their homes, this passionate team is invested in creating warm, healthy quality homes for homebuyers and investors alike. The VVV Group endeavours to incorporate its vision of an integrated indoor-outdoor flow with its interior design aesthetic throughout the well-thought-out builds, bringing the outdoors lifestyle into the home experience. Andrew Robertson worked together with Architectural designer Trevor Grenon to
design the townhouses, where one of the key objectives was to bring an upgraded modern townhouse development into the established Richmond housing community and environment, comfortably allowing for a smooth transition of the build’s look and feel. Noticeable key features, such as gable-style roofing, were incorporated from the surrounding homes and new deliberate design elements, for example neat outdoor landscaped areas, added a stylish nuance with unique opportunities for residents to create a more personal
home experience. The open plan layout design didn’t require being fenced off, but rather conveyed a coherent display of independent houses, intelligently spaced off four avenues, blending into a modern street address. As a corner site, this location allowed for great access to indoor space and light. “This project was a great affordable fit for first time buyers, downsizers, investors, or anyone looking for a low maintenance, ‘lock up and go’ practical home space with the added aesthetic charm.” The Group’s driver is the satisfaction and pride of turning out comfortable quality home developments for Cantabrians, readily producing a high end finished product, without compromise, it says. This strong work ethos requires a dedicated, trendsetting, reliable and consistent team of equally committed tradespeople and professionals, working together to deliver the same joint industry message of quality builds. “This unified vision and sentiment, along with the focused attention to the project’s needs, from conception to delivery, is what makes VVV Group every bit of its Italian adage, Venire, Videre, Vincere (To come, to see, to conquer.)” Andrew says.
Three fast-moving developments are currently underway. Investors or homebuyers can venture a peek or buy off-plan with the inner city located Hereford Street build and be a part of watching their dream investment come to life. These stylish units, located next door to the reserve, will make a cosy home, or equally their proximity to town will make for an easy work commute and entertaining evenings out and about. The 16-unit build on Avalon Street is unique, with each trendy unit having its own entertaining courtyard and access to a shared lawn. Seventeenth century satirist, Jonathan Swift, once wrote, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others,” VVV Group stands true to this, turning spaces into places you can call home, so make your dream investment an actual reality. Visit the website below.
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Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have developed a low-damage solution for bridges that would yield little to no damage if hit by a strong earthquake.
ed by UC Civil Engineering PhD student and chartered bridge engineer Sabina Piras, under the supervision of professors Alessandro Palermo and Gabriele Chiaro, the team has developed a solution which, using self-centring rocking bridge columns, can achieve large displacements with minimal damage. A rocking column comprises two main structural components: one or multiple high strength bars that act like rubber bands to recentre the column, and several conventional steel bars that are detailed to dissipate energy and can be easily replaced if heavily damaged. “When an earthquake occurs, the column rocks over the foundation. The joint where the rocking motion happens is designed and detailed such that it can be easily repaired in a very short time,” says Piras. The repair work on the joint could be done over a one night closure, preventing major traffic disruption, she says, in comparison to current construction methods that can take months or even years to fix or rebuild. The 2016 Kaikōura earthquake had a major impact on the transport network with damage, landslides and liquefaction affecting more than 900 bridges. After visiting Kaikōura, the researchers understood the need to know how lowdamage rocking solutions perform in various soil conditions. “It’s like driving a Ferrari on the road or rough terrain; its performance will not be the same,” says Professor Palermo.
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A dream collaboration The team of BG Cooke construction, VIP Steel, SAN Architecture and Tetrad Consulting worked seamlessly together to deliver a major project in the Waterloo Business Park – a new head office and 3000sqm warehouse/distribution centre for the expanding children’s clothing business, Jamie Kay.
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therefore felt very privileged to have been entrusted with the structural integrity of a quite complex design brief.
Being a distribution centre requires space for machinery to move around without obstacles such as support columns getting in the way. Tetrad Consulting’s solution – massive 52m clear span steel portal frames – a more economical option than conventional trusses. “It was certainly at the top end of the scale for an unsupported span,” say the design team at Tetrad, “but we
are solution-focused and the client’s instructions were very specific. We just made it work and that’s our area of expertise.” Besides structural steel, the warehouse building is constructed of pre-cast concrete panels for which Tetrad provided the fabrication drawings and an innovative construction methodology – steel put in place first and then the panels. This negated the need for panel propping rather than the usual reverse procedure. “It all made for a fast, smooth and cost-effective build.” www.tetradconsulting.co.nz
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Hydroslide heaven coming Look up to the top of the under construction Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre on St Asaph Street, then imagine yourself hurtling down from that height at 40km/h on a hydroslide.
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ith five slides, ranging from two to three storeys high, Christchurch is set to become home to the biggest and best collection of indoor hydroslides in the country when construction is completed around the end of 2022. Parakiore is being delivered by Crown company Ōtākaro Limited and will be operated by Christchurch City Council. Ōtākaro Project Director, Alistair Young, says the slides will draw people from around New Zealand to central Christchurch. “Parakiore will be home to the country’s first trapdoor hydroslide, where you wait in a chamber, never quite knowing when the floor is going to drop away on you to start a speedy descent to the pool below.
Having five slides means we can offer a range of thrills, ensuring a wide range of people want to come and try the facility out. The sphere slide is being assembled on site now. It is ridden by two people in an inflatable raft, so mum and dads can join in the action with the kids. A big day out with the family on the slides and in any of the eleven pools at Parakiore can then be followed up with a walk along the river, to a lunch spot in town or for a bit of shopping. That flow on effect is what the Anchor Projects are all about.” The colouring of the hydroslides is as unique as the excitement they offer. The traditional blues and reds have been replaced with a combination of black and grey.
“We worked closely with Council and Matapopore on a design that adds extra depth to the facility. So, what we have here resembles silver-bellied eels in an eel pot, allowing us to showcase a Ngāi Tūāhuriri / Ngāi Tahu tradition in a contemporary way,” says Young. The new name – Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre – also aligns what was the Metro Sports Facility with an overarching desire to tell a story about the region’s cultural heritage. Parakiore was the son of a Ngāi Tahu chief of Kaiapoi Pa. He is described as a man of great strength and amazing speed as a runner. Young says when the doors swing open, he certainly expects to see a few people sprinting for the hydroslides.
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The former Trinity Congregational Church and Christchurch’s oldest surviving colonial building, Shand’s Emporium, are to gain new life as a microbrewery, an authentic Irish pub and more.
he buildings, on the corner of Worcester and Manchester Streets, are being leased from the Christchurch Heritage Trust (CHT) by the Inkster Company. It plans to develop Grimstone Treacle Emporium upstairs in Shand’s, and a small Irish pub downstairs. A microbrewery will be built at the site of the old Trinity church. The former church, designed by Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort, was opened in 1875 and is the oldest masonry structure in central Christchurch. Both buildings have Category 1 heritage listings. Trinity Church and Shand’s Emporium were only weeks away from demolition when the Christchurch Heritage Trust purchased them in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Shand’s Emporium, which was purchased for $1, was relocated from Hereford Street to its current site in 2015.
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“The two buildings are a tribute to their strong and indomitable character and a reminder to us of their roles as a portal to the past,” says Trust Chair Dame Anna Crighton. A community loan of $1.2 million from the Christchurch City Council has been essential for finishing the restoration. “Before this loan, we were in a conundrum. We were unable to get a tenant without the restoration finished, but didn’t have the funds to finish the job,” says Dame Anna. “We are honoured with the confidence the council has placed in the Trust and operator to deliver an exceptional outcome for the city. It shows locals and visitors the pride our city has in its history, and how important it is to see our heritage adding to the vibrancy of the city while being commercially sustainable.”
The Christchurch Heritage Trust was formed in 1996 to promote the permanent preservation, enhancement, renovation and re-development of heritage and historic buildings, places and objects in the Christchurch metropolitan area. Kate Sheppard taught Sunday school at Trinity in the 1880s and worshipped there as did Henry James Nicholas, the only Cantabrian to receive the Victoria Cross in the First World War. He was killed just days before the end of the war. Shand’s is the last surviving colonial commercial building in Christchurch’s central business district, and was built by Liverpool merchant John Shand, 10 years after the first English immigrants arrived in the Canterbury settlement. Shand’s withstood the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Its subsequent neglect prompted the Christchurch Heritage Trust to step in to rescue it. Purchased for $1, it was moved to its new site.
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Expert team, happy clients Cordial Homes is bringing freshness and innovation to the construction market in Christchurch - an exciting step forward for a business sector which can sometimes feel a bit carbon-copy. Directors Hardik Patel and Jason Williams bring a staggering array of skills and experience to their business, which leads to a standout and unique company profile, and has resulted in many happy clients in a short space of time.
ardik is a qualified and experienced engineer and if that wasn’t enough to bring to the table, he returned to academia to study finance and project management. Jason is a licensed building practitioner, a professional in the trade for more than 20 years with detailed knowledge of the latest building techniques. The pair began working in commercial fitouts before offers to build homes began to roll in. “We build everything from first homes to mid-range to very high spec architectural homes,” says Hardik. There is an incredible amount of service on offer. Hardik says “My qualifications and skills allow clients to get more than they ever thought for their budget.” Hardik is able to analyse existing plans to see where reconfiguration might lead to a more spacious and usable floor plan. He can redesign roof profiles to make them more attractive, and recreate details to make them more effective and cost less. “I have a flair for design, plus my engineering and finance qualifications mean that clients are amazed at the home they get compared to the home they thought they would have to settle for,” says Hardik. The team is also delighted to work with people who haven’t
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Three key Christchurch property developers have joined forces to plan a $90 million precinct for the former convention centre land, between Kilmore and Peterborough streets.
he consortium, comprising the Peebles Group, Mike Greer Homes and Blackcomb Property Group, plans several buildings covering 7000sqm of land opposite the Christchurch Town Hall. These will include townhouses, a hotel, offices, retail and hospitality space. The project is seen as a major breakthrough for the area, largely undeveloped since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Christchurch City Council-owned site has been seen several failed development attempts since the quake-damaged convention centre was demolished in 2012. Peebles Group director Richard Peebles says the timing is right for this project. “Everyone thought it would be a pipe dream
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