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Craze-y in love: Craze Fashion

Metropol caught up with Sherie McKinlay from Craze Fashion about some of their latest looks that are must-haves this chilly season. The store’s philosophy is ‘what you wear doesn’t just tell the world a story about who you are – it shapes the way you feel’. And we think this trio of choices will make anyone feel amazing, confident and ready for anything.


Jump around: Look and feel cool in this Dricoper Walker Denim Jumpsuit in vintage indigo. Made out of comfort stretch denim – it will hug your body beautifully.






Berry blast: Who doesn’t love a chunky knit? Especially when it’s the Thing Thing Milo Jumper in the colour berry. Winter-be-gone with this snuggly selection.





Stitch up: Add freshness and a pop of colour to your wardrobe this season with the Stitch Ministry Weave Sweater in blush. Pair it with a dress and belt and you’ve got yourself an awesome outfit!


Wonders of the Wild West

Rugged, remote and thriving with rich history and spectacular wildlife, the West Coast and its pristine wilderness makes it one of the country’s most treasured gems. We explore some of the wonders of the Wild West!



West Coast Treetop Walk
Lake Mahinapua, 12km south of Hokitika
Adventure through the canopy of ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees – 20 metres off the ground! – and enjoy sensational vistas of the majestic Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. An exhilarating experience for the whole family, the West Coast Treetop Walk is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Pram and wheelchair friendly!

Lake Matheson
State Highway 6, 162km south of Hokitika
Situated near the Fox Glacier village and surrounded by ancient forest, this picture-perfect body of water is a photographer’s dream! On a still day, you can capture an astonishingly clear mirror image of the snow-capped peaks of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman reflected on the lake’s surface. 

Shantytown Heritage Park
316 Rutherglen Road, Paroa, 10km south of Greymouth
Family road trip? You’d be silly not to stop at Shantytown Heritage Park! Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of this recreated gold-mining settlement. Here you’ll discover the rich history of the region with gold-panning demonstrations, steam train rides, an old-fashioned steam-driven sawmill, a hologram story experience and more!

Oparara Basin
McCallum’s Mill Road, 25km north of Karamea
Calling all nature enthusiasts! Nestled in the picturesque Kahurangi National Park lies the Oparara Basin, a magnificent geological treasure awaiting your discovery. This other-worldly wonderland boasts impressive limestone formations and is home to the Powelliphanta – large carnivorous snails. In nearby Karamea you’ll also find the Honeycomb Hill Caves, which are world-famous for their collection of Moa bones and other extinct bird species.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
Between Westport and Greymouth
They say great things come in small packages and this is certainly true of Punakaiki, nestled comfortably between Westport and Greymouth. It’s known mostly for the natural wonders bestowed up on it in the form of impressive pancake rocks and blowholes. Take a horse trek through the scenic landscapes, go rock climbing, bouldering and caving in the limestone formations, or paddle the Pororari River by canoe.


Quality pre-school education in the centre of the city: Cathedral Grammar School

The Cathedral Grammar Pre-School is a small family-orientated community-based education centre for boys and girls, located in the grounds of The Cathedral Grammar School’s central city campus.



Director Lyndell Turner leads a team of caring early childhood staff who possess a deep understanding of how young children learn.

“Each teacher is responsive to individual interests, strengths and abilities.

They listen closely to children, support them to develop a wide set of skills and share their ideas,” Lyndell says.

“Our pre-school philosophy values play as an instrument in stimulating and shaping child development and early learning. Through planned and spontaneous play experiences, children form relationships, share, cooperate, develop self-control, test ideas and friendships, extend their range of experience and form associations among things, events and concepts.

“Our programme has developed a balance between child-centred and adult-led play, together with a sense of structure. We also value extended blocks of time for children to make discoveries, to elaborate on projects and to evolve a script in symbolic play.”

The pre-school children are fortunate to be located on the grounds of The Cathedral Grammar School.

This means access to numerous activities and resources such as specialist art, music, yoga, library and physical education teachers which add value to an already strong and varied programme, as well as access to the school vans to go off-site for weekly gymnastics lessons.

At Cathedral Grammar, they recognise it is a great privilege to partner with families in supporting the educational journey of their children.

Learning is designed as a continuous pathway.

This means whole school alignment of curriculum and pedagogy, and a shared responsibility of student learning realised through a strong and cohesive team approach.

Their Pathways to School programme has been specifically designed to ensure that your pre-school child has the best possible start to school and introduces your child to the foundations of numeracy and literacy through a balance of structured play based interactions, whilst building relationships and connections with junior school staff and children in familiar environments.

The pre-school can currently offer places to prospective enrolments. For more information and centre tours, please contact their Registrar, Nicky Oram on 03 365 0385 or email enquiries to


Little shop of wonders: Canterbury Playcentre Shop

Lockdown was the perfect time for parents and children to strengthen their bond and spend quality time together. While it may not have been smooth sailing every day, it would have been a learning curve for many. Metropol sits down with the team at Canterbury Playcentre Shop to see how their little shop of wonders helped in those tough times.



“Before lockdown our shelves were empty,” Jessamy and Megan explain.

“We sold a lot of dolls; it gave the children something to nurture. Chalk was also very popular; everyone was drawing on their driveways. The parents wanted their children to do things that would keep them calm.”

The pair also noticed that post-lockdown a lot of parents were coming in and asking advice and different ways they could play with their children.

Lockdown enabled them to spend “time with their kids without distraction”.

“It would nice if that carries on,” Jessamy hopes.

You can see they just want to help you provide the best play experience possible for your little ones, from the smiley faces at the counter providing tips, tricks and advice, to the ‘think before you buy’ pamphlet by the register.

Another part of their caring nature is how they run their loyalty card programme.

For every $100 spent (a stamp for every $20), The Canterbury Playcentre Shop will give a $5 credit to your nominated Early Childhood Education provider (cash purchases only).

We think that’s pretty special… and a great way to support your local.


The Trusts Act 2019: Saunders & Co Lawyers

How upcoming changes will affect your family trust. If you have a family trust or act as a trustee, you should be aware of the changes to trust law which are set to come into effect in January 2021. Saunders & Co Lawyers Associate, Charlotte Grimshaw fills us in on the changes and what they mean for family trusts.



The new Act requires greater transparency for trusts and how they are managed.

The Trusts Act 2019 aims to reform trust law in New Zealand for the first time in about 65 years by better setting out the core principles relating to trusts, and providing better rules and mechanisms for trust administration and dispute resolution.

The new Act requires greater transparency for trusts and how they are managed, including that trustees will now need to tell beneficiaries if they are a beneficiary and must provide beneficiaries with contact details of the trustees, details on any change of trustees should that occur and the beneficiary’s right to request trust information.

Trustees are then better able to be held accountable by beneficiaries.

The Act also aims to provide more clarity on the role of those involved in trusts.

It clearly sets out the various duties that apply to trustees – those that are mandatory (duty to act honestly, in good faith and for the benefit of the beneficiary), and those that are default (exercise due care and skill and impartiality in making decisions and managing trust assets).

It is important to note that the new Act will apply not only to trusts created after its commencement but also to trusts that are already in existence.

As a result of these changes, settlors, trustees and those thinking of setting up their own family trust should then consider the measures required to comply with the increased trust obligations and even consider altering their practices to ensure compliance.

This may include refreshing knowledge of the principles of trusts and duties of trustees, checking that important documentation on trust assets and decision-making are complete and in order, and ensuring the contact details of those involved in the trust are available.

Having the advice of a lawyer who is experienced in trust law is beneficial in ensuring you are advised correctly when looking to set up a trust, or in checking that your trust is compliant with the latest trust law.


Selwyn Sounds announces lineup

Popular New Zealand Music Festival Selwyn Sounds in Lincoln is likely the very first major music festival in the world to go on-sale since COVID-19 prevented crowds from gathering.



The iconic annual South Island event scheduled for 6 March will next year celebrate its fifth anniversary of entertaining music and festival lovers.

The March 2021 event has a distinct Kiwi flavour this time around with headline act, Australian based Kiwi rocker Jon Stevens rocking it out alongside Stan Walker and The Jordan Luck Band; The Kiwi 7 – Annie Crummer, Op Shop’s Jason Kerrison, The Lady Killers – Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke, Supergroove’s Che Fu, Nathan King; Andy Lynch from Zed and Rodney Fisher from Goodshirt performing their own tracks.

They come together as duos to play hit after hit before these celebrated entertainers take the stage together to perform a set of iconic Kiwi rock anthems exclusively at Selwyn Sounds.

To round out an unbelievable day of entertainment, the Remnants of Hello Sailor and crowd favourite cover band Automatic 80’s will also be in the line up.

“I can’t wait to hear collaborations of some iconic Kiwi rock classics and of course I’m pumped to be belting out some of the best hits from INXS and Noiseworks!,” headline performer Jon Stevens says.

“It will be a sensational weekend and I can’t wait to celebrate and be part of one of the world’s first big music events since COVID-19 shut us down. We are BACK baby!”


Luxury in Hanmer: Village Lake Apartments

For the ultimate luxurious getaway, set in the heart of beautiful Hanmer Springs, one simply cannot overlook Village Lake Apartments, where exceptional hospitality awaits.


The modern spacious apartments are the perfect place for any occasion, whether a romantic getaway, family escape or even a corporate meeting.


Village Lake Apartments provides you with luxury and refinement which is second to none.

All apartments feature a fully self-contained kitchen, full laundry facilities, spa bath (the accessible apartment has a tiled walk in shower), under floor heating and gas fire.

Comfort is prominent, with luxurious beds in all the apartments ensuring the best night’s sleep and stylish décor to match, Village Lake Apartments truly has a ‘home away from home’ vibe.

Within a few minutes’ walk of the Hanmer Hot Pools and other local amenities, Village Lake Apartments should be the only choice for those wanting the best.

Check online for their amazing mid-week deals or treat yourself to that special weekend away.




Diner-style burger bar: Boulder Burgers

Stop for a bite to eat and something sweet at Boulder Burgers, Hanmer’s 50s-inspired, American-style burger bar in the Boulder Precinct at Chisholm Crescent.



Step back in time and enjoy the ambience of an American diner-style burger bar, complete with good ol’ 1950s cartoons and rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of the Wurlitzer jukebox, or relax in the sun outside with their outdoor furniture and a stunning view of the surrounding hills.

Burger buns (fresh from Hanmer Bakery daily) are loaded with all the gourmet goodness; fresh meat patties made by hand, house-made mayonnaise, relishes and other tasty condiments, salad and more.

Take the Big Boulder for example; a mouthwatering combination of double beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, red onion, pickles, aioli and tomato jam.

Or how about the Boulder Brunch – bacon, hash brown, avocado, free range egg, lettuce, aioli and tomato jam… it’s sure to get your taste buds tingling.

Room for more? Be tempted by their delicious loaded dog or loaded fries – smothered with bacon, cheese sauce, sweet chilli and sour cream, they’re the ultimate foodie favourite.

Finish off with a sweet treat – you’ll be spoilt for choice with their impressive range of delightfully devourable sundaes, shakes, splits and floats.

Find Boulder Burgers at 8 Chisholm Crescent, Hanmer Springs. Phone 03 315 5104 and check out their menu and trading hours at


Spa-tacular prizes! Champs Elysees Day Spa

Supporting local businesses, collaborating as we move forward and, of course, making ourselves feel fabulous, are the touchstones of this extraordinary winter. Champs Elysées Day Spa is leading the way with a wonderful new promotion which brings all three concepts together.



Ten gorgeous brands are joining forces to share products and services for their mutual support and our marvellous advantage.

This exciting competition offers a prize pack worth $2000 dollars, comprising gifts from Armstrong’s Christchurch, The George Hotel, Dyrberg Kern, Fashion Society, Occula, Issimo Shoes, Merivale Manor, Jenny Burtt Florists, Maison de Crêpes, Matis, Russley Golf Club, and of course, Champs Elysées.

Every booking you make with Champs Elysées in July and August to the value of $99 or more generates an entry to the $2000 prize package.

And, as if that were not exciting enough, each partner business will also be running a competition in-house, with a $150 Champs Elysees voucher to be won.

In addition to the competition, Champs Elysées is running a scavenger hunt: each partner business will display a poster at their premises and in the bottom right hand corner will be a unique letter.

To enter, you need to visit each business, locate the poster, note down the unique letter and once you have collected all 10 letters, assemble them to discover the secret word.

Happy hunting!

Send your entry containing the secret word via Champs Elysées’ Facebook Messenger or Instagram direct messaging.

Each of your individual entries gains you two extra entries, plus an entry to win a bonus $150 voucher to use at the day spa.


Sit down with Sophie: Sophie Divett Jewellery

There’s nothing more personal than getting a piece of jewellery custom-made. Local Cantabrian Sophie Divett is providing a one-of-a-kind experience to her customers in creating beautifully bespoke pieces. Metropol sits down with Sophie to get to know a little bit more about her and her bustling business.



Tell us a little bit about Sophie Divett Jewellery. Where did your passion for jewellery come from?
It started when I was studying for my Bachelor of Fine Art, back in 2012. I was making these very small, delicate sculptures out of organic materials and wire. Jewellery was a very natural progression from that.

Is there a certain style or inspiration for your work?
I get a lot of inspiration from things that are ‘perfectly imperfect’; Ancient treasures, well-worn and weathered surfaces, objects that become more beautiful because they have history. Everything I make has a very organic feel.

What’s your environmental policy?
I think about minimising the impact on the planet with everything I do. Metals are recycled, ethically sourced and conflict free. I use sapphires from small-scale operations in Australia, ethically sourced salt-and-pepper diamonds and recycled white diamonds, which are natural diamonds that have been reclaimed from pre-existing jewellery, so no new mining needs to take place. All of my gold rings come in beautiful handmade Rimu boxes and proceeds from these go toward forest regeneration initiatives.

For more information on Sophie’s creations, head to her website.