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A pioneering property

A pioneering property

As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote this month, the Christchurch villa where a lot of the legwork behind the campaign took place has been put on the market.


A pioneering property


Kate Sheppard’s former four-bedroom, three-bathroom Ilam villa was where Kate and her fellow suffragists wrote pamphlets, prepared speeches and collected thousands of signatures for their petition – which became the largest ever to be presented to Parliament.  The trailblazer and driving force behind this ground-breaking development in women’s rights lived in the home at 83 Clyde Road for 14 years during the campaign.  The signatures were pasted onto rolls of wallpaper in her dining room and later theatrically rolled out on the floor of Parliament by Sir John Hall, which helped convince a sceptical Parliament to vote through the revolutionary new electoral law.

Arguably one of New Zealand’s most famous and influential women, Kate Sheppard now appears on our $10 note – with Everest conqueror, Sir Edmund Hillary on the $5 note and HM The Queen on the $20 note. A commemorative bust of Sheppard has pride of place in the New Zealand Parliament and together with others in her progressive movement, she appears on a large bronze plaque on the banks of the River Avon in Christchurch. With much of the women’s suffrage campaign orchestrated from the house, it was registered as a heritage building by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust on 10 December 2010.

Now for sale for the first time in 33 years, the iconic home looks much as it did in Kate’s time, sitting on more than a manicured acre close to the heart of the city.  Under the stewardship of the current owner it has been transformed into a show place that few private residences can match. Architects Warren and Mahoney have brought the home up to 21st century standards, without losing the character of the home’s architecture.


For further details, contact listing agent Laurie Sutton on 027 260 7782 or email


Stockman Group

Edgy + sophisticated space: Stockman Group

Office space in Christchurch central is changing. These days we are seeing a move towards shared office spaces and the benefits that it brings to incubators, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Stockman Group has taken advantage of this opportunity and brings you its newest project at 38 Southwark Street, due to be ready late-2018.


Stockman Group



“If you want an edgy but sophisticated office environment, you have just found it,” Shaun says. The development will create an edgy office environment complemented by a café with courtyard. Sharing boardrooms, bathrooms and amenities, while still holding the integrity of your own office makes sense in these modern times where a business hub meets most companies’ requirements. The interior will have an industrial-feel with concrete ply and steel as some of the finishes.

The building will comprise eleven separate office spaces that will come furnished; a shared meeting room, reception and an open plan office area. With spaces available from 26sqm to 106sqm, there is an opportunity for all types of small to medium-sized businesses. Situated in the heart of the Christchurch rebuild, 38 Southwark Street is within walking distance to Little High and Madam Woo. With a variety of options available, contact Anna on how you can capitalise on this vibrant working space.



To discuss your requirement, phone or text Anna Morawiec on 022 059 7620, or email


Otautahi Builders

Built to Last: Otautahi Builders

For Matt Quinn, Otautahi Builders is a labour of love. After years of experience as builder and designer, he decided to go it alone and founded the company.


 Otautahi Builders


With his hand-picked tightly knit team and a growing list of satisfied customers throughout Canterbury, Matt and his team are well worth looking into for your next building project. Able to cover every aspect of the build process, they work closely with experienced architects and designers to create real homes to suit every budget. Matt will work with you personally and his team will go the extra mile to ensure nothing is overlooked and no corners cut.




Their latest project, in conjunction with renowned architect Greg Young, is four one-bedroom units, two up and two down. The units are situated at 448 Hereford Street and feature the latest building and design trends to give the unit longevity, a stark reminder that Matt will create a home built to last. Matt’s flair for new builds, renovations and problem-solving means that no project is too ambitious nor too tough. With Otautahi Builders, only the best will do.


For more information contact Matt direct on 021 682625 or email


Concrete Brothers

Cementing a Solid Reputation: Concrete Brothers

Concrete Brothers Ltd has cemented a solid reputation as everyone’s favourite concrete specialists. Founders Ben and Louis, despite not actually being brothers, have spent more than a decade developing a process of prepping, placing, cutting, washing and sealing, which will deliver you the best result for your next concrete project and at a competitive price.


Concrete Brothers


With a tightly knit and highly qualified team, Concrete Brothers takes every job seriously. A specialist in not only residential but commercial projects too, it will have you covered whether your needs are for your new home, removing and replacing your existing concrete and everything in between. However, Concrete Brothers doesn’t stop at just residential hard landscaping. It has completed projects with a commercial and civil angle, such as the Te Ana Marina in Lyttleton, and this proves the company can undertake any challenge.

Concrete Brothers stands by its product and has a wide range to choose from. Exposed aggregate, plain and coloured concrete and even asphalt are available. The company can also tailor packages to suit any budget and will give you an in-depth consultation, absolutely free.



For yet more reasons as to why this team is the definitive choice for your next project, visit the new extensive indoor and outdoor showroom at 186 Carlyle Street, Sydenham, visit or call 0508 DRIVEWAYS.


M O Brown Builders

Bespoke Beauty: M O Brown Builders

Every new home M O Brown Builders creates is bespoke, using traditional, old-school values of quality workmanship. It’s no surprise this well-respected company received three golds in the Master Builders House of the Year 2018 for Canterbury. To earn a gold, a build must achieve more than 90 percent above industry standard, comprising of 65 percent workmanship, and 35 percent design, functionality and style.


M O Brown Builders


A stunning home in Mays Road, Papanui, achieved both gold, in the Nu Look New Homes $700,000-$1 million category, and gold reserve award – one of only 100 homes nationwide to go to the finals in November. Classical-pitched roofs frame two pavilions of random-width cedar and white-painted brick veneer. A central entrance proceeds to a sunken lounge, while a full-height glass gallery leads to the library. Four bedrooms are ensconced in one pavilion, with living in the other, encompassing 328sqm. The open-plan kitchen opens to a large deck with a louvred pergola, the scullery and an alfresco bar. The sound Armadillo engineered foundation system, thermal-broken double-glazed windows, passive solar design, and upgraded insulation all future-proof this beautiful home.

Two further gold awards were for hill-site abodes. In the Nulook New Home $700,000-$1 million category, judges deemed an intricate, multi-level Westmorland build as a work of modern artistry. Nestled into a steep site, four-levels feel more like two with its clever flow. Copper tones and glass cladding embellish the entranceway, then down a timber staircase via a glass-panel cavity slider is the kitchen, dining and lounge. Another in-wall sliding door opens to an entertainment room and a north-facing deck’s frameless glass wall blocks high winds, but not the stunning views.


M O Brown Builders
A Huntsbury house achieved gold in the New Home $550,000-$700,000 category. This earthquake rebuild has maximised views, staying sympathetic to the original Wayne Seebeck design and 258sqm layout, while modernised with warmth, light and space. Now of seismically-sound lightweight concrete and schist, it retained the stunning spruce timber beams and beech tongue-and-groove ceilings at its heart, with the added warmth of timber flooring. Third generation builder owner Mike Brown, has been in the trade for 32 years with Christchurch new builds, rebuilds, repairs and alterations, from Selwyn to Sumner. “We offer a full contract with a fixed price,” he says.  “Our small company size ensures we can focus on client relationships and retain our quality.”

Now his son has joined the team, there’s four generations of builder DNA behind the family-run business. Mike’s wife Lisa runs the office, where new clients are welcome.  “Good subcontractors and our own carpenters have been with us a long time. Tom O’Connell, our project manager who has been with us for eight years, did his apprenticeship with us. Our close-knit team work well together, offering consistent, personalised service.”


An award-winner most years, Mike achieved a national award for his own Spencerville home in 2010, shortly before it became a quake casualty. He’s been contributing to the city’s rebuild ever since, but soon it’s time to rebuild the family home – perhaps the next award winner!


David Reid Homes

Raising the Standard: David Reid Homes

You have taken the plunge and decided to build your dream home. Naturally you want to have complete confidence in the right business capable of turning that dream into a reality. That’s why popular favourite David Reid Homes should be top of your list.


David Reid Homes


According to Sales and Design Consultant, Chloe Brewer, the national award-winning builder is constantly “raising the standard”. “Few building companies are able to consistently provide you with the same level of quality, innovative house design, and the personal service and expertise you need,” she says.

David Reid Homes knows every taste of living is different, therefore, every bespoke design is tailored to meet your requirements. “Whatever your budget, we will ensure you get the best quality materials and advice as we walk you through the build process step by step, from initial design, to build and finally, you moving in,” Chloe says. “We stand by our rock-solid guarantee. Whether you look at architectural designers, quantity surveyors and builders/engineers, you are dealing with professionals, who can build anywhere in Canterbury.”


David Reid Homes can bring your vision of home to life, as it has done for a generation of Cantabrians. For more information, visit or email “We are looking forward to meeting with you soon.”


National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations

Stopped in their Tracks: National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations

Canterbury’s own Ingrid Geldof has made the province proud again by bringing home nine awards from the National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations (NKBA) awards presentation. Ever modest about her achievements, Ingrid quietly admits it is the highest number of awards ever won by a designer in a year.


National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations


You can see how her design for the ‘Georgian Bathroom’ stopped the judges in their tracks. The bath forms a focal point sited beneath two mullioned windows. It is approached via an avenue lined with twin vanities set against partition walls, which screen the shower on one side and the toilet on the other.

The bathroom is flooded with light, enhanced by the glossy large format marble-look porcelain tiles. The twin vanities are in dark stained solid oak, with Caesarstone bench tops. In the kitchen, the marble-look tiles cover the floor, while lighting is classic spotlights, under bench, and lit glass-fronted and shelved cupboards. The empire crystal chandelier is a dramatic focal point over the convivial dining space at the end of the 6.5m island.

Ingrid worked closely with co-designer Rachel Barnes on the intricate details, while Bridget Sullivan of Room Interiors worked with Ingrid on the home’s colour choices and drapes.
Advanced Joinery manufactured the joinery. They have worked with Ingrid for a number of years and, with Ingrid, achieved the NZ Manufacturer Craftsman Award. Director Greg Ayers says, “It is a pleasure to work with Ingrid, her plans are detailed and easy to use”.


National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations


Ingrid says Advanced Joinery has been amazing with the detailing required. “You can see the workmanship that has gone in and the award is well deserved.”
Greg says, “it’s a thrill for the team to receive this award for the detailed work they did”. Advanced Joinery has also won the Canterbury Region 2018 NZ Master Builders Heart of the Home Kitchen Award for another project with Ingrid.

The Georgian kitchen and bathroom brought home six awards plus the new award: NKBA Designer of the Year, earned for the two kitchens Ingrid entered; Canterbury Bathroom of the Year sponsored by Artisan Stone, Certified Designer Bathroom of the Year sponsored by The Kitchen Hub, Overall NKBA Bathroom of the Year, sponsored by St Michel, Classic Kitchen of the Year, sponsored by Schneider, Kitchen $80,000-$100,000 sponsored by Gaggenau, and the Manufacturer Craftmanship Award, sponsored by Burns and Ferrall, which Ingrid is proud to share with Advanced Joinery.



The Ardrossan subdivision

Tai Tapu’s Best-Kept Secret: The Ardrossan subdivision

The Ardrossan subdivision is located in the beautiful township of Tai Tapu with its meandering Halswell River, mature oaks, silver birch and beech trees, the historic stone church and library, all with a back drop of the sweeping Port Hills.


The Ardrossan subdivision


As the developers, John and Grania Ryan, have sold the first two stages already, the third and final stage in Ardrossan is now presented to the market, providing one of the last chances to capture the lifestyle on offer in this quaint semi-rural community. There are 13 lots to choose from with section sizes ranging from 701m2 to 1,002m2 which ensures you can craft anything from a low-maintenance home to a more substantial family-size property. Position yourself amongst the selection of quality properties that already occupy the subdivision and enjoy the idyllic vista that spans from the Port Hills across to the Southern Alps.


The Ardrossan subdivision

The Tai Tapu township enjoys a real sense of community and is home to numerous amenities including wineries, the rail trail, golf courses, the local hotel and the ever-popular café, The Store. Presenting the perfect backdrop to raise a family, Ardrossan is within walking distance of Tai Tapu village and school, and in close proximity to Lincoln High School and Lincoln University. Being positioned at the gateway to the Banks Peninsula tourism and recreational district, Tai Tapu holds strong appeal to those with a passion for outdoor pursuits.

The Ardrossan subdivision


Due to the exclusivity of the subdivision and the desirability of the area, high levels of interest are anticipated and there is also real potential for future gains. A high quality finish has been achieved at Ardrossan with beautiful stone entranceways leading you into these boutique sections. Secure one of the few remaining opportunities to construct your dream in a relaxing village setting while still being within a 15 minute drive of Christchurch city.




Transforming the housing model: Chaptr

Post-quake, after a 28-year career in banking, John Brophy swapped his suits for high-vis, bought a scaffolding company and became immersed in the building industry, giving himself a whole new perspective on home finance.




Recognising the inefficiencies in the home building process and smarter ways to build new homes, he decided to something about it. Metropol talks to Chaptr Managing Director John Brophy about the new model for financing new home builds that strips out the wastage.


What is the key mission?

Our mission is to make buying warm, comfortable, new homes more accessible for all New Zealanders. Chaptr brings a fundamental change to the way houses will be built in New Zealand. Our transformational approach to financing new builds helps people buy residential sections and build homes for a noticeably lower cost, while guaranteeing their capital from risk.


How are you doing this?

Chaptr works collaboratively with developers, builders and brokers to manage financial process and risks more efficiently. As a Chaptr buyer, you get a cheaper house and land package, while the developer, builder and the bank are placed in much more secure positions.
We offer buyers a range of house and land packages in agreed residential developments with a wide selection of builders and house plans. As a home buyer, you only need the deposit for the land to get started, so you borrow less to get on the property ladder and you get a full house and land package at the end. The developers use your capital to help with their costs and everyone saves.
Home buyers also save twice on the build because Chaptr’s registered master builder partners offer you standard plans at extra competitive fixed prices and, because they have a guaranteed buyer, they remove their spec build margin. There’s no risk either; Chaptr arranges the financial transaction to offer buyers peace of mind financially. Your deposit is protected in a secure trust account.
By paying less for something worth more, you’re not only getting onto the property ladder and into safe, warm homes, you’re also getting ahead with greater equity in your property.


How much of an impact do you envision this having on the traditional building industry model?

Chaptr’s model is unique. We’ve spent considerable time developing the commercial, legal and technical intellectual property that will allow a complete step-change in the way residential developments are financed and risk managed.
While the parties are still the same, Chaptr has changed the financial relationships between the parties. Chaptr allows for a much more collaborative process between developers, builders and buyers. The outcome from this is lower risk and better financial outcomes for all parties.
Essentially, Chaptr delivers the exact same house on the same section for a lower price. This leads to great opportunities for buyers, as well as developers and builders.
Personally, I’m most excited about the potential for social good. By making warm new homes more affordable, we’re improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. We’re hoping to partner with organisations who build affordable new housing to increase our impact and help them build better homes for less.


Rock Solid Fencing

Flash Fencing: Rock Solid Fencing

Few people know and appreciate a quality fence quite like Rock Solid Fencing Ltd. After fencing for nearly a decade as employees, the team decided to give it a crack themselves, to great success. The business started at the end of 2011 in the aftermath of the earthquakes that rocked our city and, since then, has been going from strength to strength.


Rock Solid Fencing


Rock Solid’s specialties include post and rail fencing, post and wire fencing, standard wooden boundary fences, trellis, pool fencing, glass panels, Elitewall, decks and retaining walls. All projects can be tailored to suit your budget.
Only the best materials are used and each fence is built to stand the test of time, as evidenced by the company’s portfolio of completed projects, including BP Fendalton, Z Ferry Road and Rolleston School.
The sheer level of dedication and professionalism by Rock Solid has gained it a firm foothold in the industry. With so many satisfied customers throughout Christchurch, this local firm is well-placed to undertake your next fencing project.


For more information phone
027 343 2945 or visit the Facebook page