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WINS AGAIN in 2014



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Metropol has yet again achieved high honours at the NZCNA Annual Newspaper Awards at the recent Awards Dinner in Wellington.


The Showcase Magazine for the Best

President of the NZCNA John Spring presents Trevor Laplanche, publisher of Metropol and Canterbury Rebuild magazines, the Winner’s Trophy and Certificates for Runner Up achievements. Trevor Laplanche gave credit to his team of passionate staff who “once again have produced a consistently high quality local magazine for the Christchurch reader.” “We are competing nationally against some very renowned publications at these awards, and being reviewed by peers in the industry and judged winners is a great accomplishment for our dedicated Christchurch team. Cantabrians can be assured they are getting the best product available in the market today; produced by a team of their own.”

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A culinary holy trinity Kiwis hungry for fine food The decade’s defining dessert Amisfield wines showcasing in Venice

cover The soft sheen on these simple, stunning drapes contrasts beautifully with the shaggy carpet and gorgeous olive couch. Hubbers Furnishings on Blenheim Road provide an excellent range of quality products to make beautiful interiors at home. Pictured is their Charles Parsons’ Sierra fabric in drapes – a 100% polyester, linen-look fabric available in four colours. The upholstery fabric, and longpile rugs, made to size, are also available in an extensive range of colourways.

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Features 4 Five minutes with Stephanie Evans 24 In your kitchen 35 Culinary hotspots



Škoda top again Impartial advice on the best from Europe Road test: The Kia Cerato Farewell to an imposing beast

Recipe 33 Eggplant tomato and feta salad 37 The cocktail Chef: How to make a Caesar

On the day of writing this I awoke to the disturbing and dreadfully sad news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet, Flight MH17 was shot from the sky over the Ukraine killing 298 people. The news has been met with horror around the world and not just horror, but also disbelief in Malaysia, where distress at the loss was amplified by the sheer incredulity of facing a second air disaster in four months. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, carrying 239 people, vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Angela Bennett, Editor in March. It has yet to be found despite a massive international search. The coincidence is giving me chills. By the time you read this more will have been uncovered, but setting aside, for a moment, the tragic loss of life, for Malaysian Airlines the coincidence is ruinous. Even though it is likely not at all their fault, it will be human nature for many people to avoid flying with them. The night before these events I had just finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt in which she used a quote from Albert Einstein “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” While I don’t believe God had anything to do with these recent events, coincidence is a strange, curious and often unnerving thing. Here are some of the world’s extraordinary coincidences as reported by Jamie Frater in ListVerse: While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the 1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favourites. She picked up the book and showed it to her husband. He took the book, opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: ‘Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs’, it was Anne’s very own book. In 2002, Seventy-year-old twin brothers died within hours of one another after separate and unrelated accidents on the same road in northern Finland. In 1930s Detroit, a man named Joseph Figlock was to become an amazing figure in a young (and, apparently, incredibly careless) mother’s life. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby’s fall was broken and Figlock and the baby were unharmed. A year later, the self-same baby fell from the self-same window, again falling onto Mr Figlock as he was passing beneath. Once again, both of them survived the event. In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I, went to a small restaurant for dinner, accompanied by his aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner took King Umberto’s order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant owner were virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began discussing the striking resemblances between each other and found many more similarities. They were both born on the same day, of the same year, (March 14, 1844). They had been born in the same town. They both married a woman with the same name, Margherita. On 29 July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restaurateur had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he expressed his regret, he was then assassinated by an anarchist in the crowd. There are many, many extraordinary coincidences that have happened, and no doubt some uncanny ones in your own life from time to time. Let’s hope that there are no more involving airlines, and that the superstition that bad luck happens in threes (originating from Shakespeare's play Macbeth) is just that – a superstition.

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orking from a rural property 7km from Oxford, Stephanie Evans has, over the past 15 years, developed a burgeoning beauty product business. From developing products for her own sensitive skin in her kitchen to now outsourcing to two South Island factories, supplying 16 different products to more than 250 retailers throughout New Zealand this is a success story that needs to be told. I caught up with Stephanie to discover more about her driving interest in the beauty product world and her brand Oasis Beauty… What inspired you to begin the complicated task of developing affordable ‘good’ beauty products for sensitive skin? I was turning the big 3-0 and tired of using products that made promises but never improved my sensitive, blemish-prone skin that was also, quite alarmingly, starting to show signs of ageing. Having far-fromperfect skin was affecting my self-confidence and I wasn’t in a position to spend a lot of money on what I considered at the time to be ‘the good stuff’. During that time, I stumbled across a book about natural skin care with some basic recipes. I decided to give them a try, got hooked and the rest is history! What type of ingredients do you use and how did you develop the ‘science’ behind the brand? My very first formulations were basic but I quickly noticed that my skin was responding, which spurred me on. The next decade was spent researching, developing and testing formulations to find the perfect balance of natural ingredients combined with sunscreen and vitamins A, C, B5 and E, to ensure my products improved and protected my skin without irritating it.

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Stephanie Evans We don’t use perfume or ‘parfum’ which contain hundreds of different chemicals to make the fragrance. Instead we use very simplistic compound oils that provide a nice sensory experience without loading up the skin with all sorts of unnecessary stuff. You won’t find any fragrance in Oasis Sun SPF30+ as it’s used on babies and children and I wanted to keep the formulation as simple as possible. Who is your target market? The majority are women aged 29 to 55 who, like me, have been frustrated with the hopein-a-bottle promises. A lot of women lack selfconfidence because of their appearance. I know what that’s like and it’s the best part of my job to turn that around. I think I look better at 46 than I did at 36.

What has been your greatest breakthrough in developing Oasis Beauty? During those 10 years of research and development, I trained as a beauty therapist so I could understand the skin better. One of the things I realised quite early on was that the sun was the main culprit causing premature ageing. It was clear that as I lived ‘down-under’ where the sun is at its most fierce, I needed to address this. It took a long time but I found a way to incorporate broadspectrum SPF25 sun protection into the day moisturisers without it feeling heavy, greasy or blocking pores and causing breakouts. Your products are for sensitive skin. Do they contain fragrance? Some of them do and some of them don’t, depending on their purpose and formulation.

You are an avid animal supporter– how has this affected your business development? Animals need us to speak up for them and if Oasis Beauty can play a small part to ensure they are treated with respect, then it’s been worth it. Stripping their environment or killing for financial gain, factory farming, animal testing, the list goes on. I can’t bear it and Oasis Beauty will always stand up for animals. In fact, we have a whole farmyard of rescue animals here at the Oasis Head Cottage that we take care of. Where do you do all your packaging and processing orders for your online store We keep it personal and everything is done at Oasis Head Cottage, which is an old railway cottage about 7km out of Oxford. I employ some lovely local ladies who process orders and pack them up so every delivery feels like you are receiving a special present. How do you keep your price point so competitive? I’m adamant that the Oasis range is kept as affordable as possible so everybody can have great skin. Nothing is over $50, yet the

formulations are premium. The trade-off is that we have to keep our operating expenses lean, which means no fancy offices or frills. Because I’m an introvert, this suits me fine. I don’t need to leave the house. On a more personal note; what is your favourite item of clothing? I’m a girlie girl and have a few Charlie Brown dresses. I don’t know why, because I hardly go anywhere! My favourite is a green floral satin dress with a big party bow at the back like we would wear when we were 10 and going to a birthday party. I feel so feminine, happy and girly when I wear it. It’s got a vintage feel, which I’m into and you definitely have to wear gloves with it. If you could go back and tell your teenage self something what would it be? Be yourself. The world worships an original. What is your proudest achievement? Being Marty Schmidt’s friend. He was the most compelling person I’ve ever met. He rang me many years ago to say he had just climbed Mt Everest and had used Oasis Sun SPF30+ and “it was the best sunscreen he had ever used in his 30 years of climbing”. Marty endorsed it without payment from me, because I couldn’t afford to pay and just because he believed in me and the products. We became good friends over the years and I miss him dearly. 27 July 2014 is the 1st anniversary of his death, along with his son, Denali, on K2. I am a better person because of Marty. He encouraged me to keep going when things got tough. I miss him. What is one thing Metropol readers would be surprised to know about you? There’s a lot about me that would surprise you as most people judge a book by its cover. Suffice to say, it hasn’t been a dream ride. In my younger days, I’ve hit lows where I’ve had no place to go and had to sleep rough. My partner, Ian, has been my rock and cheerleader for over 20 years and I couldn’t have achieved what I have without his support though the very bad times.

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Appy birthday


his month, is the App Store's birthday. It's been six years since Apple launched its App Store and TechCrunch celebrated with this fascinating look at the current state of the world of iPhone and iPad apps. Of the 1.6 million apps launched since 2008, 21% are now dead leaving 1.2 million currently available. Apple says 800 apps are downloaded per second but some observers point to trends that suggest people no longer use a wide variety of apps but instead are "power users" of just a few.

Baby-G turns 20


emember when everyone just had to have a Baby-G? In 2013, GShock celebrated its 30th Anniversary, and this year its sister brand, Baby-G, celebrates twenty years. To mark this special anniversary, Casio Baby-G is taking a trip back in time with a renaissance of the classic DW500C model. The retro-inspired BGD500 series will flashback to the touchstones of ‘90s style while still toasting modern, millennial tastes. It’s based on the original styling of

the DW-520, the first ever BABY-G watch. It features a simple square form that symbolizes the watch’s toughness, a protector that gives an impression of its shock resistance, and a cute roundish “G” logo. The new watch is also water-resistant up to 200 metres. Visit for more information.

Apple and IBM are teaming up Credit card use can predict illness


helly Palmer reports: Apple and International Business Machines will work together to create business software for iPhone and iPad users, setting aside a three-decade-old rivalry to cater to an increasingly mobile workforce. IBM’s staff will sell Apple devices to its business customers, and the two companies will work together to develop applications tailored to work with IBM’s data analytics and cloud services, the companies said recently. Apple also will offer customer-service support for

the apps. The partnership helps Apple pursue a bigger slice of the market for corporate users of smartphones and tablets. Working with its erstwhile foe also may help IBM chase other technology giants — including Apple — that have done a better job seizing on the mobile-computing boom. Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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ocated in the New Acton Precinct of Canberra, this boutique Peppers Gallery Hotel is steeped in history and features the award-winning Bicicletta Restaurant and luxurious rooms and apartments.

NZ blankets in demand


ade from pure New Zealand wool, their clean modern lines, fresh vibrant colours and geometric designs add instant impact to a living or bedroom space. Soft, generously sized and surprisingly light, they’re perfect for snuggling under on chilly wintry nights and are just the thing for travel. Forestry blankets are stocked exclusively in New Zealand at Collected and in design stores in Berlin, Zurich, Melbourne, New York and London. Designer Virginia Star Busmann is a Kiwi who began her design and textile career in Auckland. Virginia now lives in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and three children. Forestry Home blankets, 190 x 130cms, $195 are available from


op Stories raises a scenario: Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus-size clothing stores. For patients of Carolinas HealthCare System, which operates the largest group of medical centres in North and South Carolina, such a day could be sooner than they think. Carolinas HealthCare, which runs more than 900 care centres, including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices, and surgical centres, has begun plugging consumer data on 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients so that doctors can intervene before they get sick. The company purchases the data from brokers who cull public records, store loyalty program transactions, and credit card purchases. Read the full story at BusinessWeek

Factory reset doesn’t wipe all data


op Stories asks: Was that naked selfie you took really deleted before you sold your phone on eBay? A new study from security software vendor Avast calls into question the effectiveness of Android’s factory reset option, which many people have relied upon to delete personal data from their old smartphones before reselling or making a charitable donation with the old device. Avast — known for its security software on Windows, Mac, and

Android — purchased 20 Android smartphones from eBay, which has around 80,000 used smartphones for sale at any given time. Among the data that Avast employees recovered from the phones were more than 40,000 photos — including 250 nude male selfies — 750 emails and text messages, 250 contacts, the identities of four phones’ previous owners, and one completed loan application. Read the full story at CNET.

Flash Tattoos trend


he hottest fashion trend taking the US by storm, Flash Tattoos, is now available in New Zealand. Designed to look like bracelets, necklaces and beach bling, Flash Tattoos will be this summer’s must have style upgrade. Available in five different designs, Flash Tattoos were created to celebrate individual style. Waterproof, safe for the skin and able to last for up to 6 days, Flash Tattoos allow you to update your style regularly and with flair. For those unsure about getting a permanent tattoo, Flash Tattoos are the perfect noncommittal trial. The assortment of tattoos are available from $22 online and at selected surf and fashion boutiques. For more information visit

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Highlight of the city’s social calendar The Cancer Society Ball is a highlight of the city's social calendar, and this year was no exception. The 2014 event included entertainment from the NZ Army Band and the Vague As Brothers. The funds raised from this event will be used by the Cancer Society to deliver its free services to those living in Canterbury and on the West Coast with a cancer diagnosis. Having cancer is hard, finding help needn't be. So if you missed it this year, put it in your diary now and make sure you are at next year's Cancer Society Ball.

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Tim Scott, Helena McIntyre, Shane Dacre

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Leone Lecompte, Shane Lecompte, David & Megan Crum

Rebecca Smith, Dave Cresswell

Tony Clark, James Daniels

Helen & Alan Cowie

Kate & Matthew Reid

Brent Early, Jacki Lane, Carolyn & Paul Wisbey, Kieran Flynn, Chris Waite, Andrew Swift, Lynette & John McFadden Steve Wilford, Mike McKessar

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Culverden Christmas Country Fête


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t seems strange thinking about the Culverden Christmas Fête already, but organisers advise that it requires a lot of forward planning by visitors who will need to take the day off work to attend. This year it is in the same place – Wynyard, Culverden on Thursday 30 October from 10am – 4pm. The Fête is in its 23rd year and is going from strength to strength with a new, younger, enthusiastic, creative team on board. The 200 stallholders, who hail from throughout NZ, have been chosen for their quality, creativity and flair and the final line up is exciting. Michael van de Elzen, of TV fame, will be in the FMG Demonstration Marquee at 10.45am and 2pm (free entry) and with his good humour and good nutritious cooking he will be thoroughly entertaining. The Pimms Tent will again be in full swing, as will “Hop Baron” who craft brew traditional ales in Christchurch with their own antipodean twist. The music in the Food & Wine area is by the well-known Christchurch duo “Assembly Required” they will be playing throughout the day. Organisers said they have just tasted the Pre-paid Picnic Lunch created by White Tie, here’s what they said, “Wow it was so delicious - five of us couldn’t fault it.” So start planning now for this much loved country fête. For more information go to


erfectly positioned in the heart of Christchurch, Hotel Montreal is set to open at the end of September 2014. Melding refined elegance with modern sophistication the striking hotel is a thoughtfully orchestrated blend of design, art, food and wine in a remarkable boutique setting. Hotel Montreal is unique in design and beautifully finished with decadent furnishings and the latest in-room technology. The property provides 25 spacious hotel rooms most exceeding 50 square metres and each with their own private balcony. The Hotel’s Polo Bar delivers a superb seasonal menu focused on unique Argentine sharing dishes. Enjoy exquisite small plates in a relaxing environment where you can sit and unwind with a glass of award winning wine. The hotel

gardens offer a peaceful escape to relax or engage in a friendly game of croquet. On a warm summer evening, the open-air theatre provides the perfect opportunity to experience the latest art-house offering. Lilly Cooper of Cooper Developments and distinguished architect Thom Craig bring their architectural supremacy to the development of the existing site and the new luxury accommodation offering in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal is located at 363 Montreal St, Christchurch Central and are now taking bookings from 1 October.

Neerlandia Choir


he Neerlandia Choir is a choir, whose founding members have their roots in the Netherlands. It was founded 32 years ago. Besides songs in Dutch language the choir's repertoire includes items in English, German, Italian, Russian and Latin. The core of the members are the people who originate from all over the Netherlands. Neerlandia Choir’s musical director is Bruce Blanchard and his accompanist is Michael Zon (organ and Piano). Rehearsals take place on Tuesday nights, 7pm until 9pm at the Aldred Church, corner Knowles Street and Nancy Avenue, Mairehau, Christchurch. For more information phone Yoka Saris on 384 9570.

Fantastic Fringe Festival for city


or the first time in 15 years Christchurch will have a Fringe Festival. Although the event in 2014 will be small and frugal the aim is to make the festival fantastic in future years. The Fab Four Collective has announced that the Christchurch Fringe Festival will be from 13-31 October. Fab Four Collective member and El Pancho, Sam Fisher says the aim is to encourage performance. “We want some of the incredibly talented people, or their friends or family or people they know or have met, or anyone really, in Christchurch, to create an event, exhibition, or production or gig and be part of fringe Fringe Festival 14. Sam feels he is qualified to be part of the event as he was on the NZ Fringe Trust in Wellington once and good mates with the previous Fringe organiser in Christchurch. “This is about fun, participation and giving it a go,” he said. “The festival is the fringe of Fringe festivals, aspiring to be as fabulous as the successful NZ Fringe in Wellington, and the excellent festivals in Dunedin and Auckland, but actually better in the long term,” said Sam. "We already have one to be announced sponsor, but need more. Preferably with money," he said. Performance poets, local theatre groups and comics and other entertainers have

been approached or have already been in contact and the programme will be developed during August. Programme Campeonísimo and Collective member Christy Ballantyne says acts are being assembled, “We know of some plays, some poets and a couple of other entertainers who want to be part of this fantastic event, and we will be announcing them as they sign up in coming weeks.” The Fab Four Collective are currently investigating the most important thing for modern events: the slogan, but have rejected Giving Christchurch an F after it failed focus group testing. Further work is planned. Increased weirdness is promised.


ne of “the most dramatic songbooks in history” will explode into life in the hands of “some of the greatest rock musicians alive” when The Dire Straits Experience comes together for an exclusive NZ tour. Assembled by Brothers In Arms veteran Chris White and prodigious singer-guitarist Terence Reis, this world class ensemble reignites the greatest hits from Mark Knopfler's platinum catalogue with the breath-taking skill and showmanship of the original 120-million-selling stadium phenomenon. Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, So Far Away,

Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road, Private Investigations…and much more, will come to life in a two-hour show with full concert production. The Dire Straits Experience began its evolution as The Straits in 2011, performing a sold-out charity event at Royal Albert Hall to ecstatic acclaim: "probably the best live band you'll ever hear" … "best ever live gig and "it was easy to forget we weren't watching the original Dire Straits in its early 1980s' prime." Christchurch, October 1, CBS Arena. For more information go to

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here’ll be a frosty feeling in Christchurch when NZ IceFest returns in September, transforming part of the Central City into an ice station and bringing Antarctica to the world. From 27 September – 12 October, Christchurch will play host to a range of Antarctic-themed activities, seminars, exhibitions and educational programmes aimed at giving an insight into the mysterious continent. NZ IceFest Director Chloë Dear says the festival celebrates New Zealand’s unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. “New Zealand, and especially Christchurch, have close links to Antarctica. Our city is the gateway to the continent, acting as the logistics hub for the New Zealand, Italian and American Antarctic programmes. The festival is a valuable opportunity to showcase the scientific, heritage and cultural importance Antarctica has to our city.” A sneak preview of the 2014 programme has been unveiled on the new-look website,

ickets to attend public shows at New Zealand’s premiere fashion event, New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW), are now on sale with tickets available from $20. Tickets to the Resene Designer Selection Shows (DSS) and NZ Fashion Weekend are available for avid fashion followers to secure their seat, and experience the very best of New Zealand fashion. This year NZFW and Jockey are offering an exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ experience. Anyone who purchases a Resene DSS ticket can win one of five fabulous VIP backstage experiences, and get a true insider’s view of NZFW. Tickets to attend NZ Fashion Weekend and the ever-popular Designer Garage Sale are also available, and with a $15 VIP Designer Garage Sale upgrade, shoppers wanting the first pick of the fabulous fashion can be some of the first through the doors with entry one hour before public admission. 9am, Saturday 30 August. NZ Fashion Weekend is the public’s chance to experience the unrivalled buzz and excitement of the biggest week in New Zealand fashion With runway shows, informative seminars, bargain designer shopping, the fabulous new Beauty Hub, DJ’s, stylish bars, amazing goody bags and loads of giveaways. NZFW: Monday 25 August – Thursday 28 August. NZ Fashion Weekend: Friday 29 – Sunday 31 August. The new-look NZFW website is now live at All public tickets are available through


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Splash of colour hits the city Blue Scarlet is loud and proud, with a bold vision and an even edgier dĂŠcor. And, let's face it, we all love a splash of colour, especially when it comes to the style stakes. Sick of decorating clients' homes in shades of beige, Lou Barker started her own online interior design and retail business based around a love of colour. She has since gone all out and leased retail space in an industrial part of Sydenham and opened a shop and base for her design consulting 78 Buchan Street, Sydenham.

Mella Kirkby, Lou Barker, Rachel Donaldson, Tyrone Fields (Blue Scarlett Partners)

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Cruising through life Cruising the world has never been so popular, or more affordable and House of Travel celebrated this with a Cruise Show in June. Held at the Chateau on the Park, the event showcased exclusive deals and information to whet the appetites of the crusiest of us all.

Jill Reid, Keith Reid, Selina McGowan

Barrie Wood, Tracee Buckenham, Christine Wood

Kris McNeill, Melissa Roberts

Helen Nixon, Jill Dawson, Caroline Pickett

Murray Williams, Brigitta Moore, Frances Williams

Ellen Batchelor, Rosemary Sivertsen-McNoe

Nicholas Bloom, Chris Hopkins

Robert, Alison & Jacob Kendall

Prue Dunbar, Stacey Mullinger, Alana Aldridge

Caitlin Harrison, Amy Nicholls, Gaylyn Murdoch

Ian Bowan, Helen Spillane, Irene & Rex Greenwood

Andrew & Serena Youngson

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Creating Winners Celebrating Success From Pre-School to Year 8, Cathedral Grammar is a place where boys and girls are encouraged to follow their dreams and strive to achieve success.

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Confidence returns in the CBD T

he plans for the future development of Christchurch’s CBD have been released, and they look set to bring all the ambience and culture back to the city centre at long last. The project has a completion date of 2016 and will see select pre-quake hotspots return refurbished, as well as welcome many exciting new developments. Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is confident with how the Government is ‘filling in the gaps’ in Christchurch’s business centre. Three new and privately-owned buildings will house 13 government agencies and open up roughly 1100 government worker positions, simultaneously encouraging an influx of business in the city centre. The buildings – Grand Central, Cashel Square Stage I and Cashel Square Stage II – while creating positions for government workers will also have additional space to house private tenants, retail establishments and car parking facilities. “These buildings are in or on the edge of the Retail Precinct, meaning an influx of 1100 people into shops and food outlets in the city each day,” Brownlee says. Alongside the three anchor buildings, The Strip will return to a picturesque setting for retail

Three new and privatelyowned buildings will house 13 government agencies and open up roughly 1100 government worker positions, simultaneously encouraging an influx of business in the city centre.

and dining with the bridge of remembrance proudly restored in the foreground. An open-plan courtyard extends from here to Colombo Street, providing a seamless pedestrian thoroughfare flanked by beloved boutiques through Cashel Mall’s new Retail Precinct. The Bus Exchange also returns redesigned, while new architectural establishments like the Metro Sports Facility, the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct and the North Frame and Margaret Mahy Family Playground add to a portfolio of attractions that help restore Christchurch’s iconic identity. The idea is to have a mixture of leading businesses and facilities within a handy and versatile perimeter. The government will invest $170 million in Christchurch over the next 20 years, reinstating the CBD as a modern city centre that essentially thrives with its society and stands as a ‘traditionally Christchurch’ destination for tourism and local entertainment. By creating a flurry of new precincts the Government hopes businesses and customers alike will be confidently drawn back to the CBD, and in turn see it become the reliable and fundamental hub it once was. “Development of the anchor projects combined with an increasing stream of private sector buildings is providing confidence to other investors that the CBD will be an economically viable and thriving space,” Brownlee Says. See for more information regarding the CBD and developments.

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Celebration is the tonic of the town


own Tonic is the new kid on the bustling block of Addington's café scene. All about big flavours, local and European cuisine, great coffee wine and cocktails, Town Tonic celebrated its opening on the ground floor of the striking new multi-storey building at 335 Lincoln Road, recently organised by Taste Events.

Experience travelling without leaving the city


in Kim has two passions – painting and travelling – and has combined the two for most of her professional life as an artist. Now you can experience her travels for yourself without leaving the comfort of Christchurch. Aptly titled Traveller, her latest exhibition, which is her most recent body of work, is now on at the Bryce Gallery at the corner of Riccarton Road and Paeroa Street Riccarton.

Jamie Bennett, Sam Marchant (Owners) Denise Bryce, Bruce Church (Owners)

Michael Smith, Lynnette Hudson, Giulio Sturla, Christy Martin

Angela Clifford, Yvonne Lorvin

Ben Harris, Chrissy Donaldson, Ken Donaldson

John & Alesha Collins

Susie & Richmond Paynter

Mac Stevenson

Rosemarie, Ralph

Michael, Adrian

Lauren Wilton,Tash Sword, Laura Richardson, Keri Bonham, Alice Johns

Victoria Powell, Marcia Butterfield, Nigel Dixon, Nicola & Michelle Blair

Alesha McCarthy, Amber Watson

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Dennis, Gillian Lorelei

Richard, Min, Avril

Sang, Tanwon

Avril, Andrew

Colin Cox, Jean Cox

Julie, Stephen

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From gallery and auction house to valuations Winston Churchill said that a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


t was an eye for opportunity that led Toby Macalister to make the most of circumstances which found ‘Watsons Auctions’, as it was previously known, looking for new premises back in 2011. The new WT Macalister opened its door at 330 St Asaph Street at the end of last year the smart new gallery and auction house is a combination unique to New Zealand, and one which has been eagerly embraced by the people of Christchurch. By the end of the year it had successfully staged the ‘AA Deans Art Trust Collection’, ‘The Silver Sale’, offering one of the largest collections of silver to be held in New Zealand, and the ‘Grahame Sydney –Robin Judkins Collection’. These sales were all single vendor collections and all made record prices. Art and art exhibitions are the core of the business, with the market for quality New

Zealand art continuing to rise steadily. WTM is the only gallery in the South Island to offer work by famous New Zealand artists, such as Bill Hammond, Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere. The gallery currently displays pieces by high quality artists including John Pule, Raymond McIntyre, Ralph Hotere, Pat Hanley, Frances Hodgkins, Rita Angus and others. The art auction taking place at WTM in August promises to be an important one. Early consignments for this auction include an early Rita Angus oil painting of the Christchurch port hills, a Toss Woollaston oil of Moana, a collection of works by Dame Eileen Mayo, Michael Smither, Theo Schoon, Philip Trusttum, and a rare collection of drawings by NZ artist Russell Clark. An exciting collection of classic and contemporary furniture will feature in the

Artist: Rita Angus

next auction at WTM. These auctions are always exciting and popular events which contain many unique items, making them ideal for those looking for something a little special for their homes. Prices compare very favourably with those in retail stores, and WTM warn that the auctions are very addictive. Valuations have also always been an important part of the business, with the

The art auction taking place at WTM in August promises to be an important one. Early consignments for this auction include an early Rita Angus oil painting of the Christchurch port hills, a Toss Woollaston oil of Moana, a collection of works by Dame Eileen Mayo, Michael Smither, Theo Schoon, Philip Trusttum, and a rare collection of drawings by NZ artist Russell Clark.

need for this specialist skill increasing dramatically after September 2010. Over the past few years Toby and the team have valued the contents of many thousands of homes across Christchurch, and they are still the preferred valuers for insurance companies, corporations, legal firms and private individuals. Their work includes valuing items for the Christchurch City Council and the Museum, as well as valuations undertaken for the purposes of insurance, matrimonial, estate division and current market value. Call WTM on 366 8396 to find out more about their valuations services and upcoming auctions, or take a walk inside their doors to see some of the work by New Zealand’s best artists.

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Creating unique travel experiences T ravel is not about where you go but how you see the world. The more people travel the more they look for unique and authentic experiences,” says Christine Hopkins, Owner Operator of House of Travel Ferrymead.

They have a team of experts who have travelled extensively but although they have discovered many corners of the world, the experiences of each individual and their perspectives on these destinations can be quite different. So when someone comes to them to discuss a holiday “we like to take them on a journey from the moment they are thinking of travelling right to when they return home,” says Chris She believes it is vitally important to be able to create a holiday for customers that is not only

unique to them but captures their personality in whatever they do and see. “I specialise in Europe as a destination and in my 25 years in the industry I can honestly say I have never created the same itinerary twice.” Because no one knows better than the traveller themselves what style of holiday they are passionate about, the itinerary is created as a joint venture between the customer and Chris. Her job is to offer recommendations and suggestions that the customer may not otherwise have thought of, “which means we co-create a holiday experience with real 'wow' factor that leaves a lasting impression long after they return home.”

“Our evenings have proved to be a huge success and are something that is unique to our office with insights into destinations from an unbiased perspective”. Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

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Chris says she is fortunate to be surrounded by a team of experts who are all avid travellers themselves. Customers benefit from their collective experience of more than 150 countries and it's not unusual for two or three members of the team to be involved in creating an itinerary for their customers. “We believe it makes sense to draw on each other's experiences to create the most memorable holiday possible for each customer.” House of travel Ferrymead specialises in offering travel evenings where they get to inform and inspire their customers on new adventures.

“Our evenings have proved to be a huge success and are something that is unique to our office with insights into destinations from an unbiased perspective. The evenings we create are not for a particular product but about the experiences you can expect and the many ways in which you can enjoy a destination,” says Chris. She says that there is nothing more exciting than to be involved in this inspirational stage of a customer's planning. Some will come with an idea of what they are after and leave with a list of

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more than they ever thought was possible. “I truly believe these evenings start the beginning of a wonderful relationship with our customers. If we can't travel with them we are just as excited to be at least on the ride as we work closely together to develop the holiday of a lifetime.” The next set of travel evenings are soon to commence with a focus on European destinations and experiences. Register your interest and contact House of Travel Ferrymead on (03) 376 4022 or email Christine direct to find out more.


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Putting the fine in fine jewels You will be forgiven for weeping when you realised Filigree Fine Jewels' workshop/retail store on Montreal Street was closing down. But they just wanted to double the good news by saying they've opened a satellite store, named Filly in the Tannery Emporium Woolston where you can get your Filigree Fine Jewels until the new Filigree store opens at 447 Colombo Street Sydenham. And, what better reason to celebrate?

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Health & Beauty

Slow-burning natural beauty


unburnt deserts and a hit of retro Californian glamour were designer Deanna Didovich’s inspiration for ‘Diamonds,’ RUBY’s covetable Spring/Summer 2014 collection. With its sparkling swimming pools and manicured lawns, Palm Springs has long been an oasis in the desert. Perhaps its most famous and fabulous resident was eternal icon Elizabeth Taylor, who in her Hollywood heyday - with her chic poolside style and taste for diamonds - is the ultimate Ruby muse.

Taylor’s inimitable influence can be felt throughout the range, from playful vintage-inspired cuts - slim, cropped pants, pencil skirts, breezy lounge sets, dreamy off-theshoulder tops and dresses - to sweet florals, gingham, a python sweat shirting and a pop of vivid azalea pink.

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hile the resort paradise has long been considered the diamond of the Coachella Valley desert, the surrounding landscapes - vast, spiritual and untouched spaces like Joshua Tree National Park - are jewels of a different sort, and held equal attraction for Deanna, who translated the slow-burning natural beauty into a palette of peach, dusty brown and burnished gold, delicate wild prints and soft blue denim. Ruby’s contemporary aesthetic comes through for spring/summer 2014 in a classic sporty mood that lends balance to the more overtly feminine elements - clean lines and cool shapes in perfectly slouchy or subtly structured fabrications, timeless stripes and refined hues of grey marle, washed blue, ivory, navy and white. ‘Diamonds’ is the ultimate Ruby collection, effortlessly incorporating the label’s signature aesthetic while remaining fresh, fun and modern…

Ruby’s SS14 accessories pay homage to the silver-screen legend, with molten gold chain necklaces and belts set with coins, highwaisted bikinis, strappy wedge sandals and a sweeping widebrimmed hat that is set to be a star adornment for the season.

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A blooming affair… O

oby Ryn has some perfect transitional pieces that will take you through the rest of winter and have you looking blooming wonderful through the cooler days of spring. Add some flower power to the dull days of winter and get your floral fix whether it’s in the form of dresses, tailored pants, flowy shirts or heavy winter coats. Ooby Ryn debuted as a Verge Breakthrough designer at ANZFW and is the brain-child of Cambridge based designer Robyn Brooks. The Ooby Ryn concept store opened in late 2006 and stocks New Zealand and Australian designer brands. Robyn designs two ranges a year and Ooby Ryn is stocked in approximately 15 boutiques throughout New Zealand For more inspiration head to

Ooby Ryn Pacific Dress $309, Ooby Ryn Wild Cat Dress $315, Ooby Ryn Tigermoth Coat $399, Ooby Ryn Stunt Woman Skirt $245.

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Nike Rosherun in Black/ Ash Grey Retail $129.00 Available at Stencil 363 Colombo St Sydenham. Ph. 03 374 6134.

For years they've delivered Canterbury stylish aesthetics out of retail emporium The Colombo, and they now have a second location back up and running in the city centre where their roots began. “The Colombo has been the perfect spot to simultaneously rebuild our identity and provide an exciting retail destination for customers... we loved the fresh new beginning and the connection The Colombo and the owners provide,� says owner James Scott. Their stocking of men and women's wear offers a contemporary nod towards fashion and every day basics. There is no one style, age or audience that Stencil directly appeals to, rather their compelling creativity and regular turnover brings classic trends finished with modern nuances. Some of the finest labels in store like Huffer, Nudie Jeans and Vanishing Elephant work with sophisticated silhouettes and classic styling that seamlessly translate from day to night. Similarly, a timepiece cabinet of contemporary watches sits alongside a selection of 5-panel hats, the latest Nike footwear and other creative articles for individual accessorising. Stencil's Colombo location has built them a loyal following, so naturally a second store at Re:Start was the perfect solution to cater to evergrowing demand. The new space expands on their unparalleled variety of fresh, signature style, while staying true to their principle of exclusivity by only sourcing one or two pieces in each item. Visit Stencil at The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, or at their new location in Re:Start.

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By Rachel Smith


European fashion


n a small villa down a quiet street there is an unexpected world of high end fashion, which you would normally only expect to find in such places as Paris or Sloane Square, London.

A visit to Victoria Black is all about enjoying the shopping experience – it is touching and feeling the luxurious fabrics, seeing the best European designer collections for yourself, and taking your time. “Come in and enjoy it,” says director Karen Smith, of the carefully refurbished historic villa in which she has created a little taste of Paris. Every room in the villa is part of the store, with beautiful garments and accessories from France, Belgium, Italy and Germany displayed throughout. From the spacious dressing room with its huge mirrored wall, to the beautiful courtyard garden where visitors are invited to enjoy a

coffee or glass of wine, it is a shopping experience to linger over and enjoy. Karen travels to the fashion shows of Paris twice each year, with business director Malcolm Fleet. After attending the fashion shows, they have the exciting and challenging work in the buying rooms, of deciding which of the high end fashion items will be the best fit for their Christchurch boutique and their customers. It is fitting work for Karen, who returned from 20 years living in London to follow her passion for fashion and design. She places importance on high quality fabrics, such as the hand printed silks of Dries

Garments from Victoria Black are unlike any others you will find in the city, all pieces that are beautifully finished and wonderful to wear. Van Noten, and Faliero Sarti scarves which feel as though they will melt away at your touch. The resulting garments are unlike any others you will find in the city, all pieces that are beautifully finished and wonderful to wear. Just landed in store is the new spring and summer 2014 collections. “The fantastic colours of Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, and the range of stunning black and white pieces from Ann Demeulemeester, who also designs fantastic foot wear,” says Karen of the new collections, which this season includes the new


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Ruben red ankle sneakers and little suede sandals. It is the pieces that you will be challenged to find elsewhere that make Victoria Black so special, including French furs, the crafted beaded pieces of Peachoo + Krejberg, and the Super Duper range of handmade beaver felt hats. As well as their European designs, they also stock New Zealand label, Tolaga Bay Cashmere, whose soft cashmere is completely produced in New Zealand. A selected range of fragrances, jewellery, sunglasses and hand bags, all European styles, are also available in the villa, as well as a preloved designer vintage rail. Victoria Black is just a stroll down from Merivale Mall at 85 Office Road, with onsite parking available. Visit, talk with Karen on 3791197, or best yet visit the store to experience it all first hand.


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o your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Are some of your teeth sensitive to cold or when you bite? Does one of your teeth feel like it's a little loose? Dr David Walsh, clinician at the dental practice Dentistry on Merivale, has over 25 years' experience in dentistry and he talked to Metropol about the implications of these symptoms. “If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have 'gum disease', otherwise known as gingivitis or the more advanced problem of periodontitis. Just what does this mean? Firstly - a little anatomy. Teeth are suspended in their bony sockets with a tissue called the 'periodontal ligament', which is a very thin layer of tissue that holds the tooth root in the bone. The gums (or 'gingiva') sit like a skin over the bone and are rolled up against the 'neck' of the tooth. There is a small space around the tooth at this level, just below the 'gum line', called the 'sulcus'. In healthy gums, this sulcus is usually 2-3mm deep. A rough or unclean surface on the tooth root within this space will cause inflammation, or bruising, on the inside surface of the gum tissue. It is this inflammation that leads to gum disease. The rough surface can be caused by many things, including rough fillings, decay, plaque or tartar - a hard mineralised deposit that slowly builds up on most tooth surfaces of most people. If left untreated, the inflammation of the gingiva can lead to swelling of the gum as well as loss of tooth attachment to the bone. The gums will bleed easily, the root will be less protected, and the deepening space will be increasingly difficult to clean. Painful infection and tooth loss can be the end result. Prevention is the

key, so we recommend frequent and regular dental hygiene visits, as well as careful daily home care. The treatment of advancing gum disease involves many steps beyond the scope of this brief explanation. Advanced gum disease may require treatment with a periodontist, who is a dentist who has specialised training in this area.

Clinician: Dr David Walsh BSC DMD (Canada, 1987)

State of the art restoration of teeth is only worthwhile if they are going to stay in the mouth through healthy gums.

At Dentistry on Merivale the prevention and treatment of gum disease is an integral part of providing top notch dental care. State of the art restoration of teeth is only worthwhile if they are going to stay in the mouth through healthy gums. We have a very experienced hygienist who specialises in this area and who is available to help you keep your teeth for life." Dentistry on Merivale is located on the first floor inside Merivale Mall with an additional entrance off Papanui Road. Phone their friendly and knowledgeable team on (03) 355 8297.

Hygienist: Ms. Shona Ferguson RDH (Scotland 1998)

New clients are always welcome.

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Factor also stocks a wide range of accessories to complete any outfit, be it a classic string of pearls, leather satchels, calf skin belts, or scarves to add a splash of colour. Belinda also has a wide range of accessories to complete any outfit, be it a classic string of pearls, leather satchels, calf skin belts, or scarves to add a splash of colour. For the remaining chilly days of winter there is still the chance to pick up warmer pieces, such as nineteen//46's line of New Zealand designed knits, and to make the most of their continuing winter sale. Step inside Factor at 9b Normans Road in Elmwood Village, give them a call on 3559050, or visit their Facebook page to see what's new in store.

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an array of colours, and their higher cut classic jeans. There are pants to fit every body shape in store, with European label LTB's range providing great mid or low rise jeans, with different washes available each season. With Factor named after the Dunedin label designed by Belinda's sister Wendy Jones, there are always items from the Factor collection in store – designs that can only be found at here and in Wendy's store White By Design.



orgeous items for the new seasons, as well as those needed to get you through the rest of winter, are now in store at Factor clothing boutique, located in the heart of Elmwood Village. The new spring and summer ranges have just arrived in store, with Canadian label Spanner first on the rack. Spanner is one of two Canadian labels which are new to Factor for the spring and summer season. Their colour range of blacks, whites and metallics is a great fit for Factor, which is known for its natural coloured garments. New stock will be arriving every week, including the new Gaudi and Mama Que ranges, which owner Belinda Gilroy describes as classically elegant with gorgeous fabrics and styles, and the New Zealand designed range, Design Nation. Belinda is a strong supporter of New Zealand designers, with many featuring in store including wonderful colours from Sable & Minx, Silk Body, Velocity and local designs from Art Style and Vassalli. For Belinda and Margie the thrill of their work is helping customers to put together an entire outfit, or find a piece that will work with their whole wardrobe – whether this be from their new labels or those that their loyal customers have grown to love. Vassalli pants and jeans, a line from the well-established Christchurch clothing company Van Roli Limited, are an ever popular item at Factor. They stock the full Vassalli range, which includes a great selection of pull on pants, from skinny fit pants in black and white herringbone print, to fine needle cords in

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n original handbag in soft, quality leather that is both functional and incredibly stylish is a pleasurable discovery that sets you apart.


The Zabbana design theory is femininity with an intellectual edge. Zabbana handbags capture a dream combination of shape, detail and purpose. Zabbana is the creation of Kelly Bozzone. Before launching her unique collection of handbags and jewellery in January 2009, Kelly studied design, art history and life drawing at the Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, jewellery techniques at the Manukau Institute of Technology and worked for a year in the jewellery wholesale business here in New Zealand. Kelly now designs all Zabbana limited edition leather goods which are crafted in fine, quality leather. They are innovative and original; designed and personally handcrafted to an exceptional standard. Designer clothes at affordable price Concept store: Fashion, art jewellery, etc Friendly atmosphere Parking at the door 48 St Albans Street, Merivale

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goss’ T Kay’s collection includes a classic range of bustiers, corsets, corsolettes, bodysuits, robes, briefs and suspenders, plus some special edition tulle skirts and sequinned evening coats.

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he word is out… GOSS is unique – high quality, New Zealand made lingerie that defines ‘luxury’ in every sense of the word.

Handmade from her workroom in Stonefields, Auckland, company founder Kay Goss uses every bit of her more than 30 years of experience to fashion her extraordinary collection with meticulous care to ensure perfect fit and glamorous shape that evokes characters like Grace Kelly or Betty Draper. Kay’s collection includes a classic range of bustiers, corsets, corsolettes, bodysuits, robes, briefs and suspenders, plus some special edition tulle skirts and sequinned evening coats. Much of it is too gorgeous to be hidden and items like her bustiers and corsolettes can even be worn as outerwear with skirts or even jeans. Says Kay, “Lingerie is unique in that it can transform how a woman feels, whether it is worn to be seen, or not…” Kay’s fabrics range from rich textured guipure laces to delicate weaves and whether nylon mesh or 100% silk, chosen to not only look gorgeous but feel luxurious against the skin. Details like boning and covered seams are neatly finished and garments subtly but elegantly provide that structure needed to make a woman feel confident, feminine and fabulous! Kay even provides a made-to-measure service to cater for the very petite to the very voluptuous. “Just the act of slipping into something so special can transform how a woman feels and the way she meets the world,” she says.

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BeautyFILE Lancôme’s Vernis in Love With inspiration from effortless Paris chic and playing homage to its cult lipstick L’Absolu Rouge, Lancôme launched the Vernis in Love lipstick range for winter 2014. For a mid-winter lift in spirits take a tip from Parisian women: red lips, skilfully sculpted in vibrant colour, accompanied by the perfect manicure… effortless chic. Metropol’s pick – 47 Rouge Rayonnant. RRP$57

Aspect SMC Super Moisturising Complex This is a super nourishing anti-ageing moisturiser with stem cells. It provides instant relief for dry, dehydrated skin and it is packed full of cell targeting ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Stem Cell extracts, Peptides, Green Tea, Oil soluble Vitamin C and Canadian Willow herb. Its purpose is to provide a barrier function and protect against free radical damage. We found results were: smoother, more refined skin texture and a decrease in the appearance of fine lines. A fantastic moisturiser for winter! RRP$87 Available from Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Christchurch,

Metropol beauty tests some of the latest products on the market to help you decide if a product might be right for you…

SkinMedica’s TNS® Recovery Complex SkinMedica call this the ultimate defence in anti-ageing. It is very effective – targeting tone, texture, elasticity as well as improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However it is not for the fainthearted as it has an unusual and somewhat unpleasant smell! If you want results though we would recommend this complex, formulated form naturally occurring growth factors, antioxidants, soluble collagen, cytokines and matrix proteins. It’s hardworking and you only use a drop on your skin before applying your usual moisturiser or night creams. Apparently it has a huge celeb’ following including Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Anniston. RRP$257 Available from Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Christchurch,

Oxygen Crème Exfoliator This is a must for dull winter skin. Suitable for all skin types it cleanses, gently exfoliates and leaves skin smooth and primed for following treatments. It contains vitamins and essential oils to soothe at the same time. Well priced, this is worth searching for in a pharmacy, health or department store. RRP$39.50

YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Lèvres Rebel Nudes For the stylish woman who likes a more subtle lip colour this Rebel range from YSL is perfection. Because they believe that “nude doesn’t stop at beige” YSL has launched Classic Nudes, Rock Nudes, Emblematic Nudes and Far From Boring Nudes. With names like Beige Anarchist and Naughty Mauve these lip colours are intense in depth but not overpowering. Women with fair skin should opt for the orange tones, while those with darker skin can go with all of the eight shades in the range. Metropol’s pick – Fuchsia Tomboy.

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance This is a beautiful fragrance that is sensual, and a little mysterious. Ralph Lauren’s master perfumers (both a male and female developed this fragrance) blended notes to create a beautiful contradiction between pink peony and deep black vanilla. This is a confident fragrance – perfect for winter and spring – which has just been released. Top notes are of raspberry, Italian bergamot and lychee; mid notes are peony, jasmine and freesia and base notes are black vanilla, iris absolute and ambrox. Definitely a winter pick-me-up you will have pleasure in discovering. RRPs 30ml, $89.90, 50ml $115


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An elixir for Christchurch style F ashion and sporting styles merge together in a new range of top-class clothing and luggage that can be found at the just-opened Alchemy Equipment store at The Tannery, in Woolston.

Featuring a wide range of boutique shops, The Tannery has become, over the past 12 months, Christchurch’s new fashion centre, and the impressive clothing available at Alchemy Equipment is certainly going to attract even more people in search of quality with a new look. As the name Alchemy implies, this is a company set up to create something new and extraordinary by bringing together both performance and style in one product. Alchemy Equipment was founded last year by two experienced designers, Campbell Senor and Quentin Hart, with differing

backgrounds but who had both previously been associated with Macpac, specialists in outdoor clothing. Campbell had been the creative director and co-owner of Macpac, with more than 20 years’ experience working with technical clothing and equipment. Quentin brings an elegant, refined style into his design through a tailoring acumen developed during his earlier tenure with Jasper Conran and Tom Ford in Britain. Combining their joint experience, they set out in search of an alchemy that fused the often disparate requirements of function and form, creating products rich in both style and substance, equally equipped for the challenges of urban and outdoor environments. “When it gets cold and wet in Christchurch, people going to the supermarket wear performance clothes that keep them warm and dry, but there’s no elegance. However, there’s no reason why they’ve got to look like they’re going to climb Mt Cook,” says

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Alchemy Equipment launched its new range of performance clothes in January at the ISPO (Outdoor, Ski, Action and Performance Sports) Trade Show in Munich, where it was named as one of the best five new brands of the year.

Campbell. “Our style is understated, less colourful, more fabric and texture based, which makes it elegant. People may not wear our clothes on Mt Cook, but they certainly will when they come down.” “People want to be fully kitted out in technically based clothes, to which we add

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a touch of class, while still keeping an eye on technical performance. This isn’t really just sportswear – it’s lifestyle,” says Quentin. “Out outdoor jackets feature tailored insides and zipped pockets. Our jeans are canvas instead of denim, featuring black metal buttons, with some hints of tailoring.” Featuring opulently appointed insulation and merino essentials, each piece of men’s apparel, such as rainwear, has been created to have genuine technical merit with a flattering, modern styling. The women’s apparel is made up of chic sportswear created from Italian knits, Turkish cottons, Japanese laminates, New Zealand merino and an alchemy that binds them together in a balance of performance and style. Alchemy Equipment launched its new range of performance clothes in January at the ISPO (Outdoor, Ski, Action and Performance Sports) Trade Show in Munich, where it was named as one of the best five new brands of the year.

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Come in and view our selection of fashion forward Belgium designed Ice-watches.

Watches from $109.90 and clocks from $79.90

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Dry, itchy skin?


waihi bush flaxseed oil may be of benefit to you. Flaxseed oil is largely renowned for its skin healing powers. Eczema, psoriasis and acne are common skin conditions which can cause itchy, red and patchy skin. Skin revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil work to nourish dry skin, brittle nails and lack lustre hair. A tablespoon each day will benefit your body in many ways other than your skin.

Try some today and feel the benefits!

BARRINGTON Barrington Ph. 332 1730

Ph: 332 0450 Also in MERIVALE & AVONHEAD MALL

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Textured black is the new black


here’s no way black was ever coming out of our wardrobes but black has taken on a new and much more exciting twist with the focus on texture – fabric and feel. From leather and lace to mohair, lamé, bouclé, cloqué, cotton tulle, python, suede, wool, and fur the best thing about black is its touch. Add a little weaving, twists, patching and layering and it gets even more appealing. Mix up the textures and black will never be dull…

Prices from left: Glamour Boutique Mignon Sexy Silhouette dress $499, Ketz-ke Shaggy Cardigan $159, OOB Licorice 850ml Ice cream $11.99, Loobie’s Story Mezze Jacket $339,Fujifilm instaxmini90 camera $249.99, Andrea Moore I AM Swing Me Jacket $395 & Mini Me Brixton Skirt $194,Overland Bari Boots $259.90, Mi Piaci Elysa Bag $230, Mi Piaci Rescue Boots $270, Ketz-ke Sailor hat $59, Glamour Boutique Mignon Brilliant in Black dress $499

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By Cheryl Colley

Your pharmacy in sickness and in health


any people strive to create their dream home. Karen Crisp has created her dream pharmacy on the corner of Wairakei and Greers roads in Bryndwr. The bright, warm and spacious pharmacy is a metaphorical world away from the little community pharmacy directly across the road that Karen bought in 1990. “We opened the new pharmacy in January,” Karen says. “When this larger space became available I just jumped at the opportunity to relocate. I was able to completely gut the space and develop a purpose-built pharmacy to cater for all the healthcare services I wanted to be able to offer to the local community and to people from further afield in the city.” Crisps Healthy Living Pharmacy is much more than a conventional pharmacy. It’s a one-stop shop for customers’ well-being and healthcare needs with its motto of “Your pharmacy in sickness and in health”. Karen has been the President of the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand for three years, which has enabled her to observe international trends in the pharmacy profession, especially the trend towards integration of a range of

services within a pharmacy premises. “In the new pharmacy I wanted to provide the most effective ways of helping customers and patients with their health concerns and requirements.” Healthcare, information and advice from pharmacists and a service for supporting patients with long-term conditions to manage their medicines are just part of what’s offered at Crisp’s Healthy Living Pharmacy. There are also three consultation rooms on-site where customers can seek advice in private from the trained staff or have a free blood pressure check, zinc test or weight loss coaching.

“We opened the new pharmacy in January. When this larger space became available I just jumped at the opportunity to relocate,” -Crisps Healthy Living Pharmacy owner Karen Crisp.

Regular clinics at the pharmacy include podiatry every second Monday of the month and midwifery care on an as-required basis. Hayley Boon, Crisp’s natural health

Teena Morgan, Patricia Stowell, Eve Kitto, Vanessa Ott, Karen Crisp, Gillian Stewart, Hayley Boon

consultant, specialises in clinical nutrition and is available Tuesday – Friday offering nutritional advice in-store or as a private consultation. A naturopath is also available by appointment. For the filling of prescriptions Crisp’s is also ahead of the play with advances in dispensing equipment technology. Karen’s new pharmacy tool is the Willach Round Shelf which aids efficient and failsafe dispensing of drugs. “I had seen it in use in Australia and we were the first pharmacy in New Zealand to use one. It’s very fast and efficient and frees the pharmacists up to spend more time with patients.” Healthcare is the pharmacy’s priority, but it also offers postal services, passport photos, a safe children’s play area, a patient bathroom and a wonderful selection of cosmetics skincare and gifts. You can’t miss the smart green and white Crisp’s Healthy Living Pharmacy at 283 Wairakei Road with ample parking outside. Phone 359 7816 or email

Medicines don’t work, unless you take them!

We offer a range of services to help you take your medicine, and to help support your family aging parents living independently.

Phone Karen to make an appointment and nd out how we can support you.

Ph. 03 359 7816

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Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm Sat 9.00-1.00pm Sun Closed

283 Wairakei Rd, Christchurch Phone: 03 359 7816 32 July, 24 2014 Metropol




Bars & Cafés


cuisine & DINING OUT

Purple reign T

he purple varieties of aubergine, or eggplant as it is also known, are available all year round in New Zealand. It is very common in Southern European countries where it is highly prized. The Greek put eggplant in a traditional recipe called moussaka, the French in their traditional recipe, ratatouille, and the Turks in imam bayildi. Actually a fruit, eggplants contain many fine seeds. Emma Galloway author of My Darling Lemon Thyme – Recipes from my real food kitchen shares a delicious recipe to try…

Eggplant, Tomato & Feta Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

RECIPE 2 medium eggplants 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 2 handfuls (250g) cherry tomatoes, cut in half 100g feta cheese, crumbled Large handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly torn Large handful of mint leaves, roughly torn

Pomegranate molasses dressing 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 small garlic clove roughly chopped ¼ C (60ml) lemon juice 2 Tbsp runny honey 2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4-6

Preheat oven to 200C. Line two oven trays with baking paper or grease well with olive oil. Slice eggplants into 1.5cm rounds, then cut each round into quarters (or bite-sized pieces if you prefer). Transfer eggplant to oven trays, drizzle with olive oil and season well with sea salt and black pepper. Using your hands, mix well to evenly coat the eggplant in oil. Spread slices out in a single layer and roast for 15-20 minutes or until golden underneath. Flip each piece over and cook for a further 10 minutes or until golden on both sides and tender right through. Remove from the oven and set trays aside to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, make the dressing by pounding the fennel seeds in a mortar and pestle, adding the garlic and pounding until smooth. Add lemon juice, honey and pomegranate molasses. Stir in olive oil in a steady stream, while mixing, to form a lovely emulsified dressing. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. To serve, arrange alternate layers of eggplant, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta and herbs onto a serving platter. Drizzle with as much of the dressing as you like and serve. Any leftover dressing will store in a glass jar in the fridge for one week.

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in your kitchen A wine to savour by the fireside. Tohu Marlborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 A deep garnet red, this wine is packed with berry flavours, along with some spicy oak. Available at your favourite wine store. Ph 0800 864 894

Stylish Grimac Italian Coffee Machine. Make barista coffee in your home or office. Available in 5 colours. Available from:

The Crowded House Coffee Company Ltd 2 Baigent Way, Middleton Christchurch Phone 03 348 5089

Taste the difference with grass-fed Angus beef delivered to your door from Green Meadows Beef. Free delivery nationwide.

Green Meadows Beef W: P: 0800 632 333

Wake up and smell the cookies! Cookie Time has just launched Breakfast Cookies in two delicious flavours - Superfruits or Nut Seed & Honey. This new breakfast of cookie lovers is available now in dairies and petrol stations.

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Succulent, tender & juicy. Perfect Pork is a convenient range of grain-fed Canterbury pork that comes complete with a simple 3-step cooking instruction and includes a matching inpack condiment sauce. Available at Raeward Fresh stores.

Giveaway Metropol in association with Perfect Pork has four double packs of delicious pork cuts to giveaway. To be in the draw to win email your name and phone number to : with 'Perfect Pork' in the subject line. Entries close on 15th August. The winners will be notified and delivery time arranged. One entry per person.


Scorpio Books 113 Riccarton Road, 379 2882 or Re: Start Cashel Mall 377 8462

PÉRIGORD TRUFFLES Fresh 2014 black périgord truffles from local Tewnion Truffière on the Pescatore menu. Select from an entree special or opt for a truffle addition. Curried Eggs - truffled hens egg, curried potato & cured egg yolk Truffle Addition - add freshly shaved black truffles to any dish.

Pescatore E: P: 371 0257 W:

Head down to see us next time you have a celebration. We can create large sizes of our cakes and add the finishing touches to make it extra special. Ph (03) 366 9108





GBC-GARDEN BAR CAFE GBC is the latest addition to Shirley's Garden Hotel complex. During the day GBC offers a range of delicious gourmet food from its cabinets, as well as great coffee; then come the evening it makes a transformation into a bar with a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere that's perfect for after-work drinks or perhaps a few cocktails. Grab a friend or the team and get down to check it out!




Gather up some friends and head to Meshino for a wonderfully relaxed evening of fabulous food and wine ’

SPECIALS: Open 7 days, 4 nights

SPECIALS: Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm and Live music Fridays from 5.30pm

Fully licensed Bistro style food Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 7am til 5pm and Wednesday to Saturday 7am til late

Open 7 days from 9 am til late

At the Garden Hotel Complex 110 Marshland Road Ph. 03 385 8880


SPECTATORS Spectators 7 Day Bar & Bistro was purpose built in 2013 to cater for the expanding Addington area that required a good bar & bistro offering value for money. This diverse venue offers a relaxed environment suitable for corporates and families alike. We offer; - Breakfast & Lunch Seven Days a week - Dinner Six Nights a week - Pre and Post Show Dining - A ''Game Day'' Menu for all sporting home games - Kids Eat Free on Sundays - $10 Tuesday – A La Carte Special - Pre Orders – perfect for corporates/groups on a tight schedule - Big Screens, TAB Facilities & Race Track Views Opening Hours: Monday – 7.30am til 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday – 7.30am til late Saturday and Sunday – 9.00am til late Contact Details: 65 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington Raceway LICENSED

147 Esplanade Clock Tower End Sumner Ph. 03 326 7923


MADAM KWONG’S CHINESE RESTAURANT Specialising in both Cantonese & Sichuan cuisines. First class barbeque selection. Set menu from $23 per person. Dining & takeaways. Also offering yum cha service for lunch. Functions, weddings and group bookings welcomed. Fully licensed. Free on site parking Prices: Noodles and rice dishes from $10. Roast pork and roast duck cooked daily on site. Peking duck dishes from $50 Owner operated.

Corner of Creyke and Ilam Road

Diamond Harbour

CHALFONT CAFE & BAR Open seven days a week, Chalfont Café and Bar is just a 10-minute trip by Black Cat Ferry from Lyttelton or a stunning drive around Lyttelton Harbour. Part of the original Diamond Harbour Country Store, the licensed café offers a vast selection of cabinet food and menu options, with plenty of gluten-free options available and only free-range eggs used in the bustling café kitchen. All food is prepared on-site. * Stunning views, covered outdoor bar area, Hummingbird coffee, Cassels & Sons hand pulled real ales, family-friendly, nostalgic atmosphere.

Lunch 11am-2:30pm Dinner 5pm-10:30pm Closed Tuesdays

Hours: Open Mon – Wed, 9am – 4pm, Thurs – Sun, 9am – late

At back of Caltex Petrol station on Blenheim Rd & Java Furniture 155 Blenheim Road Ph. 03 348 3638

2 Waipapa Ave Diamond Harbour Ph. 03 329 4465

(separate dinner menu served Thursday-Sunday)

75 Rutland Street, St Albans Ph 355 2449

City Centre

THE SQUARE RESTAURANT & BAR Serving fresh, local produce with a Kiwiana air in a modern and charming atmosphere – The Square Restaurant’s a la carte lounge offers semi formal dining in contemporary surroundings – great for business dining or entertaining family & friends. From fancy cocktails, local & international beer to an extensive wine selection – The Square Bar offers a relaxing environment with comfortable chairs, a at screen television and re place.

SPECIALS: Rip out this ad and present to our staff to receive a 50% discount on our dinner a la carte menu. (T&Cs apply).

52 Cathedral Square, City Centre. Ph 372 2111 Hours: Mon-Sun, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and All Day Snack Menu. Licensed.

Phone (03) 339 7915 Metropol July 24, 2014 35

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A culinary holy trinity: Mercato, Seresin, and Olio Nuovo


lio Nuovo is the freshest possible extra virgin olive oil you can find. When you put a spoonful of it in your mouth, you experience a creamy, bright, pungent and peppery flavour; a pleasantly tart burst of fresh olive oil taste. It’s not filtered or even allowed to settle the way most oil is, but bottled straight away after being pressed, so it may be somewhat cloudy due to particulate matter and moisture. You need to consume Olio Nuovo quite quickly, as fruit particles in suspension will begin to ferment and the oil will mellow over a couple of months. It would be sacrilege to use it for heating and cooking, however! In Italy the annual release of Olio Nuovo is one of the few occasions you will find Italians dipping bread directly into oil, and savouring a piece of grilled bread with oil and just a pinch of sea salt. Marlborough-based Seresin Estate’s three properties are planted with 5,000 olive trees – all imported Tuscan varieties chosen for their fresh, peppery and intense flavour. Fruit from the Leccino, Minerva, Frantoio, Pendolino and Maurino trees are blended to

produce extra virgin olive oil. Seresin’s Olio Nuovo is the oil in its most intense, raw state, as it is enjoyed in Italy. Each year the flavours vary slightly, but give

Jim Rawdon of Seresin will be at Mercato on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July for the launch of this seasonal delight. Those 250 bottles will disappear from shelves like magic, however, so it will pay you to prebook yours to avoid missing out. Once they are gone, you will have to wait for another year! Mercato’s role is to educate, to enlighten, to stimulate interest in high quality, but affordable ingredients. “Seasonal celebrations like these spark people’s curiosity in food, and here we try to offer limited releases to our customers,

Mercato owners Ngaire and Marty Baker, at 100 Fitzgerald Avenue in Christchurch, are delighted once again to offer Seresin’s first pressing for the season: 250 bottles of only 600 of their Olio Nuovo produced in 2014.

a good indication of what the whole press will taste like. Mercato owners Ngaire and Marty Baker, at 100 Fitzgerald Avenue in Christchurch, are delighted once again to offer Seresin’s first pressing for the season: 250 bottles of only 600 of their Olio Nuovo produced in 2014.

Come down to


and enable first timers to experience our passion,” says Ngaire. To coincide with the launch of Olio Nuovo and a host of new product ranges Mercato will be offering 20% off over the two days, allowing you to celebrate in a bigger way. Keep an eye out for the biennial 2014/2015


TOP SHOP Retail Excellence Awards, as Mercato is an entrant, with the finals and award evening in September. There is a People’s Choice award where your daily entry on line at could reward you with a $500 prize. Mmmm…food for thought?

Evening Dining

Check out our Tuesday Steak & Beer Night! Enjoy a $15 Steak, Fries & your choice of salad or veggies with a pint of Tap Beer* or glass of House Wine

Wednesday $15 Burger & Beer Night! NEW COURTESY VAN

Call in or enquire 2 Flavell St, Heathcote Ph. 384 1124

Courtesy van is now available at the days & times listed (conditions apply) Thursday - Saturday Pickup: 4pm- 8pm, Drop off: 8pm-close Sunday Pickup: 2pm - 5pm Drop off:5pm -close

Station One is now open 7 days ‘til late Delicious salmon, steak or just have a hot drink and desert. Also popular place for a great breakfast! Station One is ideal for your private function. Enjoy our Beer & Wine.

Phone 03 3481 124 to book

509 Papanui Road Ph 03 982 1118

our courtesy van for a pickup or drop off


hachi hachi

Ph. 348 8418 36 July, 24 2014 Metropol

a striking restaurant enjoy the finest of japanese food & ambience

Bush Inn Centre



Present this when ordering 4 or more main dishes with dinner Sun-Wed Valid until 31st August 2014 * Terms & Conditions Apply

Bush Inn Centre Cnr Riccarton & Waimairi Rds

Ph. 03 348 8881

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he new Best Foods Best Little Cookbook 2 features a collection of recipes created by Jo Wilcox. Using New Zealand’s favourite mayo and the new Best Foods Aioli, Jo has created delicious recipes that add zest to family favourites and introduces some new taste experiences. With sweet and savoury ideas the Best Little Cookbook 2 offers a simple yet creative way to enjoy Best Foods! Whether as an accompaniment to your favourite dishes or as a delicious addition to your cooking, Best Foods Mayo and Aioli are made from ingredients of the finest quality and are sure to bring out the best! Your cooking will never be the same!



Bringing out the best

Mary's mixologist

Historically the Caesar is of Canadian origin. Sometimes referred to as a "Bloody Caesar", and apparently remains predominantly a Canadian drink. Although the drink is similar to a "Bloody Mary", the Clamato juice gives it a completely (and much better) taste. A combination of tomato and clam juice, don’t be put off by the clam juice, it gives more of a celery salt rather than a fishy taste. Seafood restaurants in Canada often add a Shrimp or Prawn as an additional garnish. Clamato juice is available from Richard Uttley, Food & Beverage Manager at the Rydges Latimer reveals the secrets behind making a delicious Caesar... Richard Uttley

How to make a Caesar Glassware Traditionally served in a highball glass, a glass tumbler contains 240 to 350 ml. It is used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks. Available from Total Food Equipment, Moorhouse Ave.

GIVEAWAY To help you bring out the best in all your culinary creations Metropol in association with Best Foods has three prize packs to giveaway, including Best Foods Aioli and Mayo (Real or Light), a Best Foods tea towel, along with a new collection of delicious Best Foods recipes. To be in the draw to win, email your name and phone number to: with ‘Best Foods’ in the subject line. Entries close 1 August and the winners will be notified on 4 August. One entry per person.

Recipe 45ml Absolut Vodka 120ml Clamato Juice 1 teaspoon horseradish Sriracha sauce to taste Celery stalk Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice, stir and garnish with celery stalk. Bloody Mary's is now online so check out where they will be publishing all the Mary's Mixologist recipes on their site for easy reference.

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Cheeky, Tasty, Fast & Fun CAFE

Open Monday to Friday 8am till 4pm

Purple Weka Café & Bar is a centrally located café with its own twist on Kiwi café dining. Providing you with a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy great coffee and some real Kiwi (Weka) Kai like Nana used to make. Fully licensed, Plenty of car parking.


Monday to Friday 8am-5pm Saturday 9.30-3pm

Don't be a bird brain….Get your Weka fix!


Open Monday to Friday 8am till 5pm Saturday 9.30-3pm


48 Fitzgerald Ave Ph (03) 366 0258 facebook/

Saturday mornings from 10.30am

Ph. 03 377 6994 100 Fitzgerald Avenue opposite Lichfield Street Metropol July 24, 2014 37


Kiwis hungry New Zealand’s food and hospitality industry is alive and thriving, according to results in from the recent Fine Food NZ (FFNZ) food retail, foodservice and hospitality international trade exhibition held in Auckland.

V Great gifts, Great Coffee...

isitor numbers attending FFNZ 2014 stood at 6404, up 305 from the last show in 2012, which reflects a 5% increase. Visitors to FFNZ are almost exclusively top quality buyers, from across New Zealand and around the world. The show’s organisers reported registration from delegates visiting from as far afield as China, India, Thailand, the Pacific Islands, the United States, Malaysia and Australia, all looking for quality New Zealand suppliers, despite the high dollar.

harness this interest. We chose to host our Barista Smackdown competition at the event, which matched over 40 top baristas against each other in a knock out competition to find the Smackdown Champ. It was a great way to acknowledge and appreciate these skilled coffee artists,” says Bidois. Dona White, CEO of North Port Events, the company that runs Fine Food NZ, says: “The intense interest in food provides a

huge opportunity to members of these industries in New Zealand to grow and flourish. Fine Food NZ provides a way to connect suppliers with buyers, to enhance and extend the industry as a whole,” says White. “It also allows this huge hub of food industry members to share information and pick up on national trends. For example, at the moment we’re seeing a big movement towards fast, fresh, casual restaurant dining.”

Marisa Bidois, CEO of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, reports an increase in sales for NZ cafes and restaurants in the last year at just under 10% – the largest increase in over six years.

café & gifts Rolleston Shopping Centre Rolleston Ph 347 3314 Open 7 Days

In addition, Marisa Bidois, CEO of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, reports an increase in sales for NZ cafes and restaurants in the last year at just under 10% – the largest increase in over six years. “The hospitality industry in New Zealand is exploding. Kiwis love food – they love to talk about it, discover new places to eat and flavours to try, they love to cook and to watch it on TV!” says Bidois. “Fine Food provides an opportunity to

Fine Food NZ Bake Competition

Authentic Vietnamese Food FINE FOOD+COFFEE CATERING SERVICE Come try our Yose Nabe during the cold winter!

Open Mon-Fri 5am-4pm Sat 5am-2pm Sun closed Try our delicious Traditional Crispy Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce

LUNCH SPECIAL 12-2PM $6- $9.50 Dinner Menu available from 5pm

Shop 7 / 21 Humphreys Dr. Ferrymead Ph. 376 6000 38 July, 24 2014 Metropol

Richmond Village Fully licensed & BYO Ph.389 999 78

Harney & Sons ine tea tasting in-store at Raeward Fresh Marshlands ‘Grand Opening’ on Saturday 2nd August 11-2pm. Gift with purchase while stocks last.

186 Papanui Rd PH 355 1481



Spanish Cuisine

for fine food

The Shout

Fine Food NZ

Fine Food NZ also played host to a number of significant industry events: Best New Product Awards Best New Retail Product – Bennetto’s Drinking Chocolate Best New Foodservice Product – Sealord Chilli Battered Prawns Best New Equipment Product – JL Lennard NZ with IceZone Bakery of the Year Awards Bakery of the Year 2014 – Heavens Bakery of Greenmeadows in Napier Runner up – 10 O’Clock Cookie Baker Café in Masterton Third place – Melody’s Bakery of New World in Palmerston North Gourmet Pacific Challenge, by the NZ Chefs Association Winner – The New Zealand Culinary Team of Richard Hingston, Darren Wright, Steve Le Corre and Mark Sycamore. Who Owns The Pavlova? (Australia vs New Zealand), by the NZ Chefs Association Winner – The New Zealand Culinary Team of Richard Hingston, Darren Wright, Steve Le Corre and Mark Sycamore. The Shout Fight Club Day 1 Winner: Cocktail: The Jammy Pirate Mixologist: Garth Parkinson, of Bellini at The Hilton Auckland Ingredients: Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, blackberry jam, fresh lime, cloudy apple juice, apple cider vinegar, freeze dried berries. Day 2 Winner: Cocktail: First Round Mixologist: Leon Bavlon, of 1885, Auckland Ingredients: Waiwera Juniper Vodka, lemon, orange marmalade, Fountain Drinks Cherry and Pomegranate, mint. The Restaurant Association’s Barista Smackdown sponsored by Tiger Coffee and IncaFe Winner – Masako Yamamoto of Atomic Coffee Roasters and Café in Auckland. For more information go to

NEW MENU Truly Tapas

Botanic Gardens, 7 Rolleston Avenue Ph. 3792252

AMAZING atmosphere!



Rookworst Sausage , red cabbage,garlic mash, Dijon mustard AND Pint of Jupiler, Belgium's largest selling lager



20 Durham St, Sydenham @ The Colombo Car Park Ph. 377 1007

BIANZ Pastries

Fine Japanese dining in Christchurch

Boutique Winery, Restaurant and Event Venue

Riccarton Location Opening Soon! Now Open Late Nights Thurs, Fri, Sat


2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead Where meets West P. 348 5644

“A Barrel of Laughs” with Tim & Gary Winery Lunch and Comedy Show

Sunday 3rd August

Fantastic Evening Menu, Coffee, Cabinet food

Catering service available Please enquire for details

Tickets $65

Hours: Mon - Sat 6.30am - 9.00pm Sunday 6.30am - 6.00pm

Book at

Ph. 3588 490 45 Merrin Street Avonhead e.

Families' Favourite The Ideal Place for Birthdays & Functions OPEN DAILY Lunch & Dinner from 4pm

NORTHWOOD SUPA CENTRE 548 MAIN NORTH RD PH 323 5420 Metropol July 24, 2014 39

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Fresh, delicious artisan breads B

read, the quintessential staple of many meals; and Europe, purveyors of fine bread-making – it's a match made in Christchurch. Breads of Europe is a return to the ageold tradition of artisan bread-making which differs vastly from the mass produced preservative-laden bread we find packed into supermarket shelves. First of all, Breads of Europe make smaller batches as they

cater to a niche market of bread connoisseurs and nutritionally aware customers therefore a return to the fundamentals of bread making is required. Secondly, pride in production is attained through sheer artisan passion – the bakers focus on the quality ingredients, the process and add a dash of 'love' to make each batch special. It certainly seems the food industry has had an intervention and seen the light, or perhaps the customer has sought the seed of change? Customers are turning away from the mass market, cheaper alternatives in favour of quality produce with no odd scientifically enhanced Pride in production is attained through sheer ingredients. The artisan passion – the bakers focus on the artisan craft of breadquality ingredients, the process and add a dash making stretches of 'love' to make each batch special. back over 30,000 years yet the processes remain mouth-watering line-up including: pretzels, remarkably similar today. Made using the white loaves, grain and dark loaves, smaller finest ingredients, slowly fermented and hand bread products and many sweet products shaped, artisan breads are baked in small including the increasingly popular cronut (a batches using masonry ovens which utilise hybrid mix of deliciousness, think croissant vs the steam to form the unique golden brown donut). crust found on many traditional varieties. Gluten tolerant Bread of Europe General Manager Jill Allison The very word 'bread' often sends a shudder states, “We work 24/7 with a fantastic group down the spine of gluten sensitive people yet of bakers, through to packers, to give our Breads of Europe have a selection for those customers the best possible artisan products; delivered to them daily, fresh out of the oven.” with intolerances to the wheat protein. Spelt, an ancient grain whose properties make it a The Breads of Europe range includes a






close relative but in fact a non-grain, can be used in the bread making process which then renders the low-gluten spelt bread tolerable to those with gluten sensitivities. The good news is, the Breads may be of Europe but their availability is still very Christchurch. See the website for a list of retailers and to enquire about the opportunities to stock the bread at a café or restaurant. Contact: Website, phone (03) 381 1048 and email

Tastes so good!

Danish “ Friendly Service with a Smile”

‘The Cronut’


Breads of Europe

friends, family, workmates

Bakehouse Shop Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm and Sat 9am-2pm


Our Danish Sweet Pastries come in • Apricot • Blueberry • Apple • Chocolate • Cinnamon Swirl • Pain au raisin Come in and enjoy!

Unit B 10 Garlands Road Woolston Hotline phone 381 1048 Happy Hour: Wed-Sun 4-6pm All Beer & House Wine $5

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 03 366 7722 236 St Asaph St Look Left after Madras 40 July, 24 2014 Metropol

P. 355 5299

7 Normans Rd

Hours: Mon-Tues 8am-3pm Wed-Sun 8am-10pm Available for functions

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The decade’s defining dessert


n the 1970s, it was jelly moulds. In the 1980s, it was frozen yogurt. And for the past decade – cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes. This decade’s defining dessert – the macaron.

But not just any macaron, the perfect macaron. Bakers spend years perfecting this sweet treat; the perfect crispy shell, with an interior which is the right level of chewy, the ruffle on the edges symmetrical and slightly extended off the base. The perfect macaron is not an art, it’s a science. The local wizards behind this masterful recipe are Amanda Marchant and Bridget O’Sullivan. Operating under the apt moniker J’aime les Macarons, this passionate pair have been making magic in the kitchen since 2008. Like all the best Kiwi success stories, there’s a great little story behind this one too. With Amanda’s husband running the Riccarton House Farmers’ Market, she had access to a commercial kitchen and a marketplace. J’aime les Macarons took off and when she joined culinary forces with Bridget, they were able to expand, soon securing premises at 9F Normans Road Strowan. It’s been a popular destination ever since and not just with the locals. So, in 2012 a second store was added to the mix, J’aime les Macarons @ The Colombo nestled comfortably at 363 Colombo Street. Glass cabinets are filled with the

company’s mouth-watering staples and with flavour combinations like ‘apple, lime and mint’, ‘cinnamon doughnut’ and ‘chilli chocolate’ it’s not surprising the sweet selection is such a hit. With macaron delivery available nationwide, they aren’t restricted to the locals and what better gift to send your loved ones? Now celebrating six years in business, J’aime les Macarons has turned its talented

J’aime les Macarons’ cakes are proving just as scrumptious as their meringue-based predecessors. Striking Alaska Cake, Green Tea and Pistachio Cake, a Chocolate Caramel Tart, with a centre of runny caramel... hand to cakes. Using the same high quality ingredients and the same talented team, J’aime les Macarons’ cakes are proving just as scrumptious as their meringue-based predecessors. There are always new and decadent creations arriving at the stores, striking Alaska Cake, Green Tea and Pistachio Cake, a Chocolate Caramel Tart, with a centre of runny caramel, a layer of caramel milk chocolate ganache topped with

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Callebaut Crisp Pearls. You guessed it, there’s something very special about J’aime les Macarons’ cakes. The flavours, design and presentation make them one of a kind; ones that deserve to attend every dinner party and every celebration. Choose from the current selection or ask about how to get a cake tailor made to suit your needs. You could take a peek at the Facebook page, but be warned, there will be no going back. If you pop into one of the stores, you will even find some additional surprises… perhaps some freshly made Cannele or some beautiful hand painted Pod Chocolates. Order yours now from Or keep an eye out for the pop up shops popping up around the country.





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Amisfield wines showcasing in Venice The specialist producer of multi-award-winning Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines is the exclusive wine sponsor and supplier to the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) exhibition at the Biennale which runs until November 23. Amisfield wines, sourced from fruit grown on its estate vineyard beneath the Pisa Mountain range in the renowned Central Otago region, was served during the official opening events and will be served at associated events for the duration of the Biennale at the New Zealand exhibition, staged in the Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina. It is the first time New Zealand has been present at a national exhibition at the world’s foremost architecture event which is the leading forum for the exploration of architectural ideas, and the pre-eminent showcase for building design. “This is a unique opportunity to partner with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and their inaugural ‘Last, Loneliest, Loveliest’ exhibition, and it was a privilege to accept the invitation,” said Amisfield CEO Craig Erasmus. “Architecture and the importance of design has always been a very strong element of our brand. “In 2012, 55 countries took part in the event which attracted 180,000 visitors and 3,000 accredited media, so we’re pleased to be in Venice this year for an event which will help us achieve unprecedented international exposure for our global brand.” Tony van Raat, Commissioner of the New Zealand Exhibition, said, "This is a great opportunity to put New Zealand as well as New Zealand architecture on the world stage, and we're glad that an outstanding company like Amisfield sees the Biennale as a wonderful opportunity to present itself at a prestigious international forum,” he said.

Architecture and Amisfield The Amisfield Cellar Door & Bistro building Built in 2002, Amisfield’s Cellar Door & Bistro overlooking Lake Hayes near Queenstown, was designed by leading architectural firm Warren and Mahoney. This three-storey building incorporates 1,500 tonnes of Glenorchy schist with the interior design based around hefty beams salvaged from a bridge being demolished in the southern part of the region. Taking two years to construct, the building houses a wine cellar in the basement, the Cellar Door and Bistro on the ground level, and offices on the third.

The Amisfield Winery building Built in 2006, Amisfield’s Winery is hunkered into the foothills below the Pisa mountain rage in the middle of the Estate vineyard. Designed by Christchurch architect Charlie Nott and built of concrete and COR-TEN steel, this building houses Amisfield’s state-of-the-art gravity fed Pinot Noir winery. The long roof line matches the fall of the surrounding hills, while native plantings ground the building amongst the surrounding Estate vineyards.

Photo by: Shantanu Starick.

Photo by: Shantanu Starick.



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he latest residential building consent figures released recently show the demand for new residential properties continues to be steady at a monthly building consent rate of 1,922 for the first five months of 2014. Statistics New Zealand figures released showed 2,125 new dwelling and apartment consents issued in May 2014, compared with 2,082 in April. Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) CEO Warwick Quinn says that the overall trend has stabilised after two years of strong growth. Quinn expects some 23,000 – 24,000 residential building consents to be issued in 2014 up from 21,300 in 2013 and 16,929 in 2012. The two main centres of Auckland and Canterbury still make up nearly 60% of all activity and this is expected to continue. Quinn says, “Auckland’s growth over the last 12 months is 30% higher than the previous 12 month period while Canterbury’s is 40% higher, mostly on the back of Christchurch City doubling the number of consents issued

in the last year as the Canterbury region’s rebuild gets underway”. The rest of New Zealand continues to be steady he says and RMBA has yet to see any significant impact from the recent rises in the official cash rate and the consequential impact on mortgage interest rates. Mr Quinn says the identification of special housing areas in Auckland, and more recently Wellington, has not yet manifested in any upturn in consenting levels. He says an immediate response was never likely given it takes time to work through the feasibility analysis and then the resource and building consent process but the results should come. He says over the last 20 years New Zealand’s residential construction rate has fallen from six builds per 1,000 population to around four per 1,000, resulting in reduced supply while population has continued to grow. The nonavailability of land is the key driver; this needs to be corrected if overall property prices are to be contained Quinn says.

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A new build in Queenstown and a renovation in Wanaka have been named this year’s finest Southern homes, winning Supreme Awards in the Southern Region Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year.

Southern John Gavin Construction Ltd’s build in Queenstown

Rilean Construction (Central Otago) Ltd’s build in Queenstown

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Carnie Developments Ltd’s build in Queenstown

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Southern Region Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year Awards

Cliff Erskine Builders Ltd’s build in Queenstown

ITM Renovation Award $250,000-$500,000 Gold & Category: The Breen Construction Company Ltd, Alexandra Future-Proof Building Renovation Award over $500,000 Gold & Category: Dunlop Builders Ltd, Wanaka PlaceMakers New Homes $250,000-$350,000 Gold & Category: Turnkey Homes Ltd. Wanaka PlaceMakers New Homes $350,000-$450,000 Gold & Category: B J Carter – Builder, Invercargill James Hardie New Homes $450,000-$600,000 Gold & Category: Stonewood Homes (Central Otago), Wanaka Nulook New Homes $600,000-$1 million Gold & Category: JMB Construction, Invercargill Carters New Homes $1 million-$2 million Gold & Category: Gray Bros Residential Builders Ltd Dunedin Westpac New Homes over $2 million Gold & Category: John Gavin Construction Ltd, Queenstown GIB Show Home Award Gold & Category: Allister Saville Builder, Queenstown Supreme Award and Southern Region Registered Master Builders 2014 House of the Year John Gavin Construction for a home in Queenstown Supreme Award and Southern Region Registered Master Builders 2014 Renovation of the Year Dunlop Builders Ltd for a home in Wanaka For

Turnkey Homes Ltd’s build in Wanaka

Dunlop Builders Ltd’s build in Wanaka

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Designer’s work brings her home designer like myself.” Nichola divides her time between Christchurch and Auckland to provide face to face contact for clients, with the following design work and communication covered by email and phone. “If clients need me on site at vital stages of a new build or renovation, I also dedicate time in those situations when required,” says Nichola, who has always worked remotely throughout her career to cater for jobs and clients in other locations. While kitchen and bathroom design are her areas of speciality, the work often extends into others areas of the house, including full home renovations and new builds. “I always look at a home as a whole, rather than one aspect in isolation,” says Nichola. “I quickly get a feel for what clients want and then have a clear vision of what needs to be done and see flooring, finishes and lighting as absolutely essential in achieving a cohesive and successful design.” A career in design had always been in mind for Nichola, who describes her time living in Europe and the constant exposure to incredible architecture and interiors, as a turning point. She returned to complete her Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture in 2000 in Sydney, with the renovation of an inner city apartment one of the first jobs she took on. It was a whirlwind six months, with Nichola


hristchurch will always be home for designer Nichola Blakely. Nichola is an expert kitchen and bathroom designer - her stunning design work can be seen in homes across the city and she is continuing to provide these services throughout New Zealand. “I want to help as many people as possible, so I've put together some package options for kitchens which cover all budgets as well as the scope of my involvement,” says Nichola. “I am flexible and can design packages to suit most situations which hopefully allows more people access to a


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The appropriateness of Gap Filler Architect Cymon Allfrey debates the importance of Gap Filler versus the dwindling need for temporary structures… Cymon Allfrey


he notion of taking ‘gaps’ and treating them in a creative manner, following the quakes, offered our city a symbol of regeneration, when it felt as though all else was lost. It illustrated an ability to think about, and deal with, recovery, while bringing a quirky, fun undertone to the devastation. For me, the issue at hand when it comes to debating Gap Filler is identifying the difference between Gap Filler and temporary structures. While one offers a creative outlet, the other is purely driven by commercial gain. Gap Filler provides a public service. It is a not-for-profit organisation, which is investing creative energy into spaces across the city by providing us something to enjoy. Its ability to provoke discussion, debate and thought should be seen as a positive. It is allowing our design community to experiment, while allowing the people of Christchurch to experience how we might like our city to take shape. Whereas on the other hand, there are the temporary structures that have emerged

from the motivation to meet the city’s service needs. Gap Filler takes inspiration, passion and creativity from the city and its people, and invests it back in the form of an interactive architectural form; while pop-up structures offer an amenity to the people. What we have now is some prominent sites along the gateway to the city continuing to be treated in a post-quake manner. Consider Victoria Street, it is becoming a remarkable area with immense commercial awareness. It offers a signal of hope in the speed in which new structures are being

on these temporary structures to offer us a place in which to meet friends, enjoy a coffee and mingle. They are now taking customers from those who have reestablished themselves. We should be supporting those who have fully invested in the rebuild of our city. Not those who are still, nearly four years on, offering us a concrete pad, and walls comprised of scaffolding and white plastic. With hospitality services, business and retail all back in operation in the central city, we should be embracing more Gap

We should be supporting those who have fully invested in the rebuild of our city. Not those who are still, nearly four years on, offering us a concrete pad, and walls comprised of scaffolding and white plastic. built. Which in turn signifies the return of services and amenities to our city. However, with this immense growth and emergence of new, is there still a place for temporary structures? Yes there is a commercial reality, and the owners of these pop-up ventures are within their rights to make money, but the bottom line is now is the time for this to end. With the rebuilding of our city well and truly underway we no longer need to be relying

Fillers, or other such artistic ventures, on the sites which still remain untouched. We should be looking for creative opportunities to capture our attention. Take, for example, Neil Dawson’s sphere in Latimer Square, it is unique, quirky and drawing the interest of locals and tourists alike. We should be looking for a reason to attract people into our city through the use of space. By attracting the people we are attracting commercial sustainability in our

central city. Beginning at the Re:Start Mall, a Gap Filler, or art trail could lead visitors on a journey through the city; just imagine the commercial development that would follow. However it should be said that Gap Filler is not the answer to everything and it has to be the exception and not the rule. Some Gap Fillers can be basic, but at their very least they are inspiring and generating thought around the use of space and urban design. As we rebuild the city, Gap Filler should be embraced for its ability to allow us to experiment with space and time. Transitional architecture saw us embrace the Cardboard Cathedral and offer public spaces for congregation, while the best solution for rebuild was found. Perhaps the long-term solution for Gap Filler is through the dedication of permanent spaces in the city to transitional architecture. Having ‘gaps’ that are designed to become public exhibition platforms for design, form and structure. Gap Filler needs to be considered as part of us, not who we are. It allowed the city to be innovative and responsive to a unique event in time. We should be celebrating the way it has made us feel, and the manner in which it has inspired us, as a city, to be passionate, creative and to think outside the box, when it comes to rebuilding a beautiful and creative city.

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Accessories are a room's best friend W

ant to beat the winter blues, without a big commitment? In décor, like many things in life, it is all about the little things. So when you want to give your home a virtual facelift, what better way than small embellishments with big impact. According to, it is the little things that count and, when it comes to your interior spaces, these will “separate the memorable spaces from the forgettable ones”. And let's face it, what separates a house from a home is less about the building itself, and more about the sense of comfort we're able to create behind closed doors. First step in any interior facelift it to pick a theme or style that reflects your personality and works well for you and your family, both physically and aesthetically – modern minimalist, shabby chic, artsy or eclectic to name just a few. Paint is by far the quickest and easiest way to

transform a room. It's also one of the most affordable. For a modern twist, try a bold feature wall in paint or even wallpaper to create a focal point and give the room dimension and contrast. The right use of light can add flair and impact to any room. Add feature lighting tied into your overall style or try inconspicuous lights behind one focal point in the room. Have a play with mirrors and see how you can create the feeling of increased space. Clear out the bookshelf or wall-unit of all those trinkets and clutter. Invest in strong feature pieces which will draw the eye. To add variety, invest in a few easels and lean your favourite pieces of art against them, or try a decorative shelf with a raised edge to display pictures for hallways and bathrooms. Not all pictures have to be hung in frames, so get creative with the way you display your artwork. Little splashes of personality make big differences to the feeling within your space. Think of some of your hobbies, greatest travels and favourite mementos and incorporate them into your space. Work with what you've got. Try rearranging your furniture with new angles or more intimate sitting areas. Remember, furniture doesn't have to be pushed up against a wall. Accessorise; much like you throw on some earrings or a funky belt to complete an outfit,

Much like you throw on some earrings or a funky belt to complete an outfit, accessories are a room's best friend. Throws, cushions, candles, plants, photos and art are all great ways to add some spunk to your space.

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accessories are a room's best friend. Throws, cushions, candles, plants, photos and art are all great ways to add some spunk to your space. Slide a cover over worn couches or chairs. Add drama and interest to a room with new lampshades in unique shapes and styles. Buy a few small rugs and place them around the house, or angle the area rug currently under your coffee table. Replace outmoded kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware with more current handles. Grab some new faucets and showerheads for your kitchen and bathrooms. Lastly, once your style transformation is complete, relax and enjoy it, you've earned it.


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Living, breathing architecture Living well is something we all aspire to. Although that has different meanings for everyone, for the majority it is about having an environment to call your own, somewhere to put your personal stamp and express yourself.


here are many design scenarios which seek to create an ideal space and experience for living. But integral to ideal spaces are homes which take care of our needs. The modern day home has become the primary driver that tends to these needs both physically and emotionally. Houses are primarily for people, and we all have to take that responsibility seriously. It’s about a sense of wellbeing for both current and future users. Environments create a framework for how we interact socially so must contribute positively to that. Wonderful spaces, light qualities, materials and geometry must all be considered to create a dynamic setting for going about our daily lives. While it is imperative to work through function and pragmatics, it is when they are coupled with an understanding of how we engage with a home that the magic truly happens. Fostering an awareness of how you move through a space, what you see, what you touch and how you feel is crucial. What can become a mundane experience in one home, can be transformed into a wonderful daily encounter that reinforces who you are, reflects your sense of style and celebrates your aspirations. Quite simply, a living, breathing architecture.

It is this constant drive to enrich people’s lives through the joy of architecture that reflects Stufkens + Chambers Architects’ deep commitment to the client. Stufkens + Chambers Architects don’t have a signature style as such. The progressive practice is more known for having an ‘approach’ as opposed to a ‘style’. What this means is that the architectural firm approaches each project with an open mind and without preconceived solutions or responses. Each site is different, each client is different and

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therefore it is logical that the resultant architecture will be equally broad. The answer lies in a good brief, a creative team, an openness to ideas and a collaborative approach. Stufkens + Chambers is all about the creation of design solutions that tell your story, meet your budget and enhance rather than detract from the environment. The company strives for planning clarity, logic, functionality and the resultant element of delight, with a reputation as an industry leader built by providing clients with both high quality design and outstanding personal service – evidenced by numerous awards and high percentage of repeat business. For further information, visit or call the Christchurch office on 03 359 4033.




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Make time for a peek


f you’ve been looking for the perfect gift shop where you are always sure to find something for everyone, let me share with you one of the best kept secrets in town!

Et Elle is located at 312 Ilam Rd (across the road from Jellie Park and up by the corner). Its mature park-like setting is alive with birds, it has the convenience of off street parking and is a veritable Aladdin’s treasure trove, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to browse, and preferably take your friends along too! You may be tempted by jewellery, clothing, scarves, glassware, candles, lamps, rugs, furniture and cards, men’s gifts and those with a distinctive NZ flavour. Many items are imported, and supply that “wow” something different factor, without being over budget. Owners Elle & Al specialise in finding fabulously different items, and pride themselves on their constantly changing range. Take the time, take a peek. You won’t be disappointed.


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ustomers are discovering and loving Pinkerbelle, the shop full of gorgeous gifts for girls of all ages. The store at 4/569 Barbadoes Street has been open for around nine months and grandmothers, mothers and little girls report that it is a wonderful place to shop with unique gifts across a range of prices. But it is not only the ladies who are becoming addicted to the store. Lots of men are making Pinkerbelle their gift shop of choice. They can park right outside the door; they know they will get helpful advice from staff as to an appropriate gift for their wife or daughter and that it will be exquisitely wrapped with lots of bows and bling. Sorted! Unique gifts are Pinkerbelle’s point of difference. Really cute right now are little charm bracelets. The bracelets themselves

are $12.50 and each charm costs $4.00. The variety of charm designs is delightful – from owls, turtles and music notes to clocks, handbags and Eiffel Towers. Little girls will also covet the “Imprint” range of colourful opaque tights with their butterfly, birdcage or flower patterns. Exclusive to Pinkerbelle in Christchurch is the Complete Kids Nutrition range, an innovative new range of dairy superfood shakes for fussy eaters or for everyday growing and active kids. The product is 98% sugar free and is loaded with vitamins. There are four yummy flavours and the shakes make an excellent alternative to biscuits for after school snacks. Pinkerbelle has a gift registry, a loyalty system and, best of all, the “pink wow factor”.


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Girls Overnight / Travel Bag. Available at Pinkerbelle, Cnr Barbadoes St and Edgeware Rd. Ph. 943 6633.

‘The Birdie’ - Blue Scarlet is not just about colourful interiors, we stock colourful bikes too - Bobbin Bicycles come in various styles, sizes and of course colours! Gorgeous wire or wicker baskets and accessories also available. From Blue Scarlet, 78 Buchan St, Sydenham. Ph. 021 1151 325.

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As well as offering their comprehensive year round range of items in store and online, The Homestore’s exciting Expo on 25th and 26th July will feature 16 suppliers demonstrating their latest products, models and methods. “It’s a chance for customers to come and look, browse, play, taste, touch or try a selection of our best and newest lines in the enjoyable atmosphere of a fair,” says The Homestore’s director Michelle Thompson. In the mall atrium there will be demonstrations of new models including Jura’s automatic espresso coffee machines, WMF German cookware, Bodum’s glassware, a super convenient spiral vegetable slicer from Westmark and a smart hand blender from Cuisinart USA that’s brilliant for many things especially pesto and nuts. Zyliss will be on show and so will Kitchen Aid’s stand mixers, there will be a demonstration of the latest popcorn maker by West Bend and cast iron cookware by Lodge and Maxwell Williams will have quality specials both in store and in the Expo.


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People have become very interested in different methods to produce foods and will be delighted by a demonstration of McPherson’s hand held butter maker. “It’s easy and makes great butter,” Michelle says. There are also some magical gadgets like the “Yolk Out” egg separator and a “must-have” handy-seal or vacuum to re-seal food and freezer bags. In addition to kitchen products, Aromatherapy will showcase their latest products and Living Light Candles will demonstrate their new collection of candles and fragrances. Operating Friday 25th and Saturday 26th 11am-3.30pm, the expo provides a superb opportunity to shop for items of quality and longevity for gifts or for your own home. Purchases over $30 in any store throughout the mall, enters the buyer into a draw to win fabulous prizes too! For more information on the striking range visit, phone 0800 843 4663 or of course make your way to The Homestore’s exciting expo on July 25-26 37/189 Papanui Road, Merivale.


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All that glitters is gold H

e’s a business owner and senior consultant of the award-winning Harcourts gold franchise, not to mention one of the highest performing real estate sales consultants worldwide, so Metropol asked Cameron Bailey about the post-quake real estate market and the best piece of advice he’s ever received. What’s the real estate market like at the moment in Canterbury? The market is still very busy but not as heated as last year. I talk in my appraisals that I believe the market is like “balls bouncing on a table”, some areas and price levels are showing more demand than others. Areas that “bounced” high last year may not have quite the same demand this year and vice versa. You will find for well-priced properties there is still strong demand and buyers are still prepared to compete for good properties. I think there has been a change from last year and now more than ever there is a lot more skill and experience required to extract premium prices in the current marketplace. If you hadn’t gone into real estate, where do you think your career would have taken you? Believe it or not, from the age of about eight I wanted to be a doctor and went through Health Sciences at University, I then ended up moving to London where I lived for six years. When I came back I actually even looked at Homeopathic Medicine as a career, but at the same time caught the real estate bug and I’ve never looked back. What’s the best part of your job? It has to be exceeding my vendors’ expectations in the auction rooms, and seeing how excited they get when they sometimes sell their house for $60,000-$80,000 more than reserve. I also love the ongoing relationships we build up with clients as you sell them their first homes and then over the years move them up the property ladder. How do you find juggling a demanding real estate role with a young family? Always tough, having identical twin girls that are almost four years old is challenging but I am lucky enough to have fantastic

support from my partner and family that enables me to do what I do, and for that I can’t thank them enough. What’s the biggest selling type of property in the Christchurch market at the moment? In a busy market, most things are selling well but are all price dependent. I think one of the most buoyant areas of the market today is high end properties. I believe that “$2m is the new $1m” with strong numbers of buyers and demand for properties over $2M, and as high as $5m. A lot of people have recently surfaced with insurance cheques to spend so a great time to sell this level of property, which I think may change as new freshly-built properties come to the market in the next year or so increasing choices and options for buyers. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received? “When the tide goes out you can see who’s wearing togs!” Stephen Collins (Harcourts legend) told me this a few years ago and I think it’s so true and still makes me laugh. Why did you choose to build your career with Harcourts and in particular, Harcourts Gold? With Harcourts being the biggest real estate company in Christchurch I never considered anywhere else, and then the choice of Harcourts gold, and the opportunity to work with John and Lynette McFadden who are internationally regarded as the best in the business, was a no-brainer for me. There is strength in numbers and to have a team of hundreds of other agents and their buyers being able to sell my listings can only achieve good results for a vendor. I have just seen this achieved by selling a property in Burwood where they had been trying to sell privately, then listed with another real estate company and eventually came to me where I achieved a sale within a week for more than the vendors’ expectations.

How do you prefer to unwind in the weekends? Unfortunately there are no weekends in real estate and I generally work seven days a week with Saturday and Sunday being some of my busiest days. Currently I relax and de-stress at the gym every morning at 6.00am and have recently been trying a bit of yoga but still can’t touch my toes!

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Bringing colour to the kitchen I

t’s July – the coldest part of winter if you subscribe to the truism that the worst of winter arrives after the shortest day. Total Food Equipment (aka tfe), the home of all good homewares, bakewares, knives and appliances for amateur and professional chefs, is doing its utmost to eradicate thoughts of winter blues from customers’ minds. “We’ve filled the store with colour and brightness, warmth and cheer,” says owner manager Sandra McLay. “This is the time of year when people crave colour in their lives. KitchenAid, that iconic brand of kitchen appliances, has a wonderful range of inspiring and uplifting colours for its products, including its classic stand mixer. There’s apple green, azure and electric blue, as well as the more traditional red and black. With so much redecorating of homes happening around Christchurch people are looking for a new, interesting and different colour palette. They will certainly find it here.” The unconventional colour theme spills over into the ranges of bowls and jugs, platters and plates that tfe has on display throughout the store. It warms the spirit simply to look at them all. The Staub cast iron cookware range from France, currently

on winter promotion, adds to the delight for the eyes with the red, basil green, mustard and graphite colours of its French Ovens or Cocottes. “I haven’t stopped at acquiring colour for homewares and cookware only,” says Sandra. “We have a new range of chefs’ jackets in pink and lime green arriving soon. They will really brighten up any commercial kitchen!” Warming just the spirit goes only so far, however. The body needs that kind of sustenance too. At tfe it comes in the form of either a little sachet or a bottle of delicious Sandra is also excited about tfe’s new range of clocks by award-winning British designer Oliver Hemming. These clocks are definitely innovative, creative and beautiful and have been featured in museums of design around the world. They are a wonder to look at, evoking that artistic feeling we feel deep down in our being. Who could help but be warmed by such inspired artistry? Total Food Equipment is situated at 218 Moorhouse Avenue in the Mid-Way Moorhouse complex just west of Durham Street South. The complex is home to other upmarket furniture and lifestyle stores and has plenty of parking and easy access. The store is open Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm and Saturday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm.

“This is the time of year when people crave colour in their lives. We’ve filled the store with colour and brightness, warmth and cheer,” -owner manager Sandra McLay.

festive spices for making mulled wine – midwinter Christmas in a glass, perfect after a day on the ski field, or simply a wonderful cosy pick-me-up at home. All that is then missing to create that classic winter socialising meal is a cheese fondue. Naturally tfe can supply just what is required – a cast iron fondue set in either red or black.

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Taking the kitchen outside

ecent warm nor’westerly spells and the appearance of shoots on many of our roses have tempted some of us to think spring is just around the corner. One enjoyable activity which is becoming more popular is the concept of an ‘outdoor kitchen’ – something of a step up from the conventional notion of a barbecue, and you might like to give some thought to this before the warmer weather arrives. Pretty much any food can be prepared outside. Grilled items, sauces, dips, vegetables – they all work well in an outdoor kitchen. Before you get carried away, however, check or phone Customer Services on 03 353 9007. Outdoor fires are not allowed without a resource consent in any residentially-zoned area. Exceptions are barbecues, hangi, umu and appliances that burn with a blue flame. The most basic item is of course a barbecue grill. A

chimenea is an interesting addition, although does require resource consent in any residentially-zoned area or in any Clean Air Zone in Canterbury. Pronounced (chim-in-eeya), Spanish for fireplace, chimeneas are functional works of art that are great conversational pieces and make an elegant addition to any outdoor deck, courtyard or patio. The Mexicans have been using chimeneas as effective heaters and cooking appliances for hundreds of years. They have been introduced to the western world relatively recently over the past twenty-five years as we turn more to outdoor living. A chimenea can be used for cooking simple items, such as hot dogs or sausages. However, they do burn solid fuel, with a yellow flame like ambient outdoor fires, braziers and pizza ovens, so check regulations carefully first. It is ideal to have a shelter, such as a roof or overhang so that the outdoor kitchen does not get wet, and if you go about this in the right way (storage cabinets) you can permanently keep items such as rotisserie, toaster oven, and other utensils in a safe and dry environment. It is important to have cabinets that leave enough ventilation around the cooking equipment and to use a qualified

electrician for all electrical work. A simple toaster oven can be used for a variety of outdoor cooking events. You can heat up refried beans in a casserole dish, or you can heat up rice or other casseroles. You save by not heating up the inside of your house in the warmer weather, and cooking outside lets the cook enjoy the outdoors. A single burner can perform a variety of cooking tasks – stir fry, cook rice or to steam veggies. The settings may be different than a regular stove, but practice will help you determine which are best. If you are having an oriental barbecue, you can grill the teriyaki chicken outside while stir frying veggies at the same time. Plugging your rotisserie into an outdoor kitchen gives other options to grilled meats. A blender is a good idea – use it to mix smoothies for brunches or to make margaritas for dinner. Find a benchtop company and see if they can provide off-cuts – granite is a good idea – for cutting and preparation surfaces. Start thinking about the possibilities now – an outdoor kitchen is great for entertaining or just as a family dinner alternative – and you could be enjoying its benefits when spring finally does arrive.

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Home entertainment

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he very word technology is technological, quite the oxymoron, but tech has certainly made our lives simpler and Paramount Audiovisual harness that simplicity to transform the home into a feast for the senses.

We live in a technologically advanced world so why shouldn’t we live in a technology advanced home? The days of multiple remote controls, complex standalone home entertainment control panels and over-complicated audiovisual systems are long behinds us. Simon Zust, director at Paramount Audiovisual, explains the new era of ease: “Three remotes and eight button presses to play a DVD, four presses just to turn sky on… both scenarios are simply ridiculous. A home entertainment system should be seamless to use and 100% reliable. Paramount AV design audiovisual systems that are seamless to use while still offering the latest in media and technology. We use iPads and other tablet options to control your audiovisual system, as well as Logitech Harmony remotes - these devices make using your system seamless, and they look stunning.” Despite our entertainment systems being easy to use, we always give a comprehensive ‘client walk through’ to ensure they are completely proficient with use to get the most from their entertainment experience.

New home, elaborate new experience When building a new home it’s best to start with the end in mind. Paramount start by “assessing in detail their client’s specific needs/desires and work up from there” says director Simon Zust. Key elements to a good system include seamless control devices to turn on/off/operate each component and welldesigned, future proofed cable systems. Just picture it now, the home of your dreams kitted out with the latest in audiovisual offerings which you control with elegant ease. Paramount can design and install an elaborate multi-room system so you can have different media playing in various rooms simultaneously – perhaps the kids want to watch a movie in the lounge while you entertain guests with music in the dining area – not a problem.

The new medium of media The way in which we consume media has changed drastically over the past few years. Paramount Audiovisual are up-to-play with the latest in web-based home entertainment such as Spotify (unlimited music streaming) and Netflix (a low cost monthly subscription which allows access to thousands of movies and TV shows on demand). So as the media landscape continues to change, it’s best to have the experts assess your audiovisual needs early in the design phase. “We can work with your builder and electrician to align our install with their plans – the goal being to make the install as efficient as possible.” Paramount Audiovisual support and specify some of the finest brands in the industry – Marantz amplifiers and receivers, Bowers and Wilkins Loudspeakers, Classe Audio Hi-Fi components, Audioquest Cables and more. In today’s hectic world our leisure time is of ‘paramount’ importance so get the advice from a company with experience and enthusiasm to ensure your home feels homely once the keys are handed over. Contact: Phone 021 132 1003, website, email

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ŠKODA top again Aaron Frazer -Brand Manager Miles Continental

Škoda makes great cars. From humble beginnings at the turn of the century to the present day, the Czech company has come a long way in the space of a few decades. The jokes and sniggers every time a Škoda appears have disappeared and been replaced by raised eyebrows and genuine respect and admiration for the brand.

KODA has emerged top gun for the third year running in surveys of customer satisfaction around the world, the most recent being the well respected UK Auto Express Driver Power survey. The Škoda Yeti managed to score an impressive 92.7 per cent out of 100 for customer satisfaction. That in itself is a remarkable achievement and the same can be said across the Škoda range. The entry level Citigo hatch took second place with the Superb saloon taking third. Now, there aren’t many manufacturers who have won a hat trick in terms of happy motorists. This is proof of Škoda’s radical turn around which began when the company became part of the Volkswagen group. Every brand needs a performance line and Škoda is no exception. After cutting their teeth in the world’s rally stages, the introduction of the RS line was inevitable and has proved to be something really special.


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The RS namesake was first introduced to the Škoda range in 2001, with the launch of the Octavia RS. By now Škoda was changing and the Octavia RS signalled a new era for the Czech company. The Octavia was then joined by the Fabia RS, a car which really took the brand to new heights in terms of performance, quality and value. Today, RS is regarded as a force to be reckoned with and the new Octavia RS Wagon is considered by many to be "all the car you could ever need." Available in a wide range of colours, including Škoda Green,

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gun for the third year running in surveys of customer satisfaction around the world, the most recent being the well respected UK Auto Express Driver Power survey.

a colour which traces its roots back to the origins of the marque. Thinking of buying a RS or regular Škoda soon? Then look no further than Miles Continental on Tuam Street in the central city. Miles has been at the forefront of European car sales for 15 years, specialising in Volkswagen, Renault and of course, Škoda. Miles Continental is determined to bring you the best quality and service for new car sales and customer care. The Škoda brand has been part of the Miles Continental group for six years and is going from strength to strength. Aaron Frazer is brand manager of Škoda for Miles Continental. With nearly a decade in sales experience and a genuine love for all things motoring and motorsport, Aaron is your man and will see you right. As Škoda is in such high demand around the world, supply models including the RS Wagon are in short supply, they simply can’t get them out of the factory quick enough. So get in quick for your test drive now.

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olkspower is Christchurch’s most experienced VW and Audi specialist with the technical equipment, knowledge and expertise to maintain these quality cars at optimum performance. With such specialised knowledge, it comes as no surprise that technicians from throughout New Zealand often contact Volkspower in Christchurch for advice.

Technical know-how The workshop is impressively high tech and uses Autologic Diagnostics to identify the service and repairs required. Modern cars are virtually “computers on wheels” and require up to date knowledge to run at their optimum capability. Therefore Volkspower’s owner, Marty Douglas ensures his technicians have all gained intense understanding of these complex European brands. Customers can be confident that their VW or Audi will receive meticulous attention and ability to get it fixed or serviced quickly and efficiently. Because the records of individual vehicles can be accessed through the software, the diagnosis for repair is fast and impressively accurate. Autologic Diagnostics is also backed up by brand-specific assistance and integrated technical support for Volkspower Christchurch is just “one click” or phone call away from the experts in the UK.

service and warrant of fitness at the same time. “This is especially good now that warrants are only required once a year for late model vehicles as it means you can get it all done at once and your car is in the garage for a short time.” Volkspower also imports, sources and stocks a large and varied range of late model new and second-hand spare parts at reasonable prices.

Modern cars are virtually “computers on wheels” and require up to date knowledge to run at their optimum capability.

Regular servicing Keeping your car warranted and serviced is a safeguard against costly repairs down the track. Regular car and maintenance not only improves its performance and longevity, but helps to avoid breakdowns and the inconvenience of having your car off the road while it is being repaired. With the onset of winter Marty advises car owners to make sure their vehicles are ready for colder conditions with a service check-up. The Volkspower team can also complete a combined

Spare keys cut and coded If you haven’t got a spare key for your vehicle, Volkspower Service and Spares Ltd can cut and code keys for most VW and Audi vehicles. All keys are cut on site for a perfect fit and keys can be coded for most models. They can cut and code keys, program transponders for all VAG brand vehicles and keys can be coded to suit early to current generation models. Air conditioning servicing Volkspower also has the latest in air conditioning servicing and at a very reasonable cost, keeping your air condition in good condition through both summer and winter is a must. Friendly service Marty and his team are a happy, friendly bunch who genuinely put customers’ needs first and offer exceptional service to keep clients’ cars well maintained, safe and on the road. For more information visit the Volkspower website or free phone 0508 89 3276.

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Impartial advice on the best from Europe


he Europeans make the world’s best motor vehicles, that is a universally acknowledged fact but when you reside in Christchurch and want to get your hands on a well designed and engineered vehicle from Europe, where is the best place to go? Christchurch European of course. Bringing the best selection of European manufacturers to New Zealand, Christchurch European stock a wide range of European brands and without being aligned to any one brand, they can offer honest, impartial advice on which vehicle suits a customer’s needs. Niki Mills explains, “If you go to the BMW showroom it’s obvious the dealership will want you to drive out of there in a BMW but with Christchurch European, we stock Audi, Jaguar, BMW and Range Rover so we can advise you which brand or vehicle best suits your requirements.” More for your dollar As the New Zealand dollar continues to rally against other world currencies, namely the Pound, importers like Christchurch European can offer their Kiwi-based customers better value for money at present. “We can also go to our extensive overseas markets and order a vehicle for a customer and have it shipped here. With the exchange rate currently favourable for New Zealanders, it’s a good time to capitalise on the power of the dollar when purchasing a high end European vehicle.” European vehicles for all Browsing through the list of Christchurch European’s online ‘vehicles in stock’ section on the website gives any prospective buyer the opportunity to scout the high-end offerings and align their potential purchase with their budget. With vehicles ranging from $20k to $150k, there’s plenty of choice for all to own a premium European vehicle. Contact the team today and talk through the finance and warranty offerings that complement the rather exquisite line-up of European vehicles. Contact Website:, phone (03) 366 8328, email

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Good looking, well specced, user friendly Damien O'Carroll, editor of road tests the Kia Cerato hatch…


ompeting in the small car segment has always been a tough game to play in, but these days it just keeps getting tougher. Just like trying to choose which car to buy in the segment… Kia haven’t made it any easier by releasing the rather good and extremely good-looking hatch version of the Cerato, either. We take one for a bit of a thrash and are impressed.

OUTSIDE Likes: Looks sensational, especially in the greyish/brownish metallic of our test car. Brilliant wheels suit the colour too. Looks particularly sexy from the rear 3/4 angle. Dislikes: The corporate grille is heavyhanded and clunky in comparison to the swooping lines of the rest of the car: the car is graceful and European looking, the grille isn’t…

UNDER THE BONET Likes: The 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre fourcylinder petrol engine feels like it will free up nicely, but ours only had 850km on it so was still relatively tight. Six-speed transmission is slick and smooth, particularly on the upshift. Dislikes: But it can be a bit ragged on the downshift. Hopefully engine will free up, otherwise it is a bit reluctant. Sounds a bit strained in the upper revs.

ON THE ROAD Likes: Handling light years better than Korean cars of only a few years back. Light and nimble. Tons of grip. Steering is responsive and direct. Probably the best stability control calibration of any Korean car. Dislikes: Of the three levels of steering assistance, none of them really nail it properly and it is relatively mute. Will understeer when pushed, but not unforgivably.

INSIDE Likes: Nicely designed and laid out interior. Startling level of spec – a heated and ventilated driver’s seat! Sat nav/infotainment unit is a wonderfully intuitive thing to use and it works beautifully too. Dislikes: Still quite a lot of hard surfaces, albeit of a good quality. Odd ridges on dash and door panels are distracting. Trip computer screen is cluttered. Seats look great, but are a little hard and wide.

VERDICT The Kia Cerato is a sensation-looking hatch that does pretty much everything well. But nothing spectacularly. Nothing wrong with this and many, many people will be very happy with a Cerato. And rightfully so too, after all it is sharply-priced, remarkably well specced, extremely user-friendly and, as mentioned previously, very good-looking. In fact, if you were to step into one from a mainstream Japanese or Korean car that is a few years old, chances are you will be extremely impressed. Price: $37,490 Engine: 1.8-litre inline opposed four-cylinder petrol Power/torque: 110kW/178Nm Transmission: Six-speed automatic Fuel consumption: 7.7L/100km Co2 emissions: 184g/km

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the glorious M156 6.2 litre naturally aspirated V8. The regular C63 produces 336kW but the 507 gets a 37kW power hike to 373kW (507hp), hence the name. Plus, thanks to the AMG Drivers Pack, a zero to 100km/h time of a blistering 4.2 seconds and the lack of a speed limiter means a 280km/h top speed. AMG’s Speedshift seven-speed automatic box also makes an appearance, which isn’t bad. Press the start button and like a junkyard dog, it growls into life. Blip the throttle and the growl becomes a snarl, rev hard to the redline and the snarl becomes a bellowing roar. Contrary to appearances, the 507 is fairly docile around town.

to an imposing beast


t’s hard when saying goodbye to a close friend. You reminisce about the good times once shared between the two of you, and then the tissues appear in abundance. Such is my feelings towards Mercedes AMG, for the car you see here, the C63 AMG Edition 507, is the last naturally aspirated V8 road burner C-Class we will see. You might think this is just another Frankenstein creation from the unhinged engineers at AMG, but you would be wrong. While the C63 AMG is not a pretty car, the aggressive lines and edges borrowed from the Black Series, make for an imposing beast. Titanium grey 19 inch AMG alloys immediately grab your attention, along with black decals, nostrils in the bonnet, a carbon fibre rear diffuser, pumped out wheel arches and black rear lip spoiler. Inside, AMG’s performance tentacles are everywhere. The sports steering wheel, buttock hugging leather chairs and

Photos by Amelia Ritchie plenty of AMG badges. Everything feels purposeful, leaving you in no doubt of the 507’s muscular prowess. The alcantara wheel feels tailor made to your mitts and all the interior functions like the Sat Nav and sound system are easy to understand and operate. What lies under the bonnet is what will be missed the most,

A torrent of explosive acceleration and roaring V8 thunder leaves you more awake than a Red Bull binge. A tight turning circle and plenty of all-round vision is good to see. Ride quality is firm, but never uncomfortable and as you rumble your way to your next dinner date, passers by turning their heads becomes a common occurrence. When pushing hard, a C63 commands respect and the Edition 507 is no exception. OMG, rather than AMG, is better used when putting your foot down. A torrent of explosive acceleration and roaring V8 thunder leaves you more awake than a Red Bull binge. The seven speed box is slightly delayed when shifting up, but shifting down is a real treat. Sharp turn-in and instant throttle response in Sport Plus mode leaves you hungry for more. The only downside is the 507 drinks like a football team, but who cares when you have this kind of grunt on tap. A C63 AMG with Edition 507 upgrades will cost you $181,407, a lot for a C-Class, but worth every cent. While the future is bright for the boffins at AMG, right now the 507 represents their wonderful sorcery at its best. Auf wiedersehen buddy.


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front inlets, adaptive suspension and plenty of M badges. Inside, the driver focused cabin wraps itself around you. A spot-on driving position offers many levels of comfort. A large infotainment screen offers clear maps and menus which are accessed by BMW iDrive, which now has the sketch pad feature, allowing you to draw in a letter when searching for an address on the Sat Nav. Head and legroom is generous, though rear passengers may be a tad cramped. But why be a passenger when you can drive it. The base 428i gets a 2-litre four pot while the 435i benefits from BMW’s twin-scroll turbocharged 3-litre straight six. This engine needs no introduction, as it has been a BMW hallmark for many-a-moon. A limited 250km/h top speed (as you would expect), 225kW and

zero to 100km/h is dealt with in a mere 5.1 seconds. Four driving modes, ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus can be selected, with Sport naturally being the top priority for track day warriors. The car will default to Comfort mode on start up, which

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