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Supportive in pink

Canterbury is turning pink for breast cancer this month – with fundraising walks, relays, breakfasts and even buildings turning pink.



Thousands of Cantabrians are set to take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities including the Relay for Life, Pink Ribbon Walk, Pink Ribbon Breakfast and the annual Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, which is this year buoyed by the airport and Canterbury Museum being illuminated in the colour.

In the Canterbury DHB region around 400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and sadly around 77 die.

The initiatives celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost, promote breast health awareness, and raise much-needed funds to work towards Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand’s vision of zero deaths from breast cancer.

The Relay for Life on October 10 saw teams moving for 12 hours, while the Pink Ribbon Walk on October 17 is a 5km or 10km walk for groups to dress up in pink and lap Hagley Park.

Meanwhile, the Canterbury Museum, Fanfare Sculpture and Christchurch Airport and Airways Tower are illuminated in pink for the Global Illumination campaign to draw attention to the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, where collectors take to the streets to collect change and donations for the foundation.

Anyone can also register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, where guests are invited to attend and donate to the cause, too.

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Life on film

Four Canterbury photographers have been recognised in the prestigious NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year competition. ‘A Year in Aotearoa’ is currently on display at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland, but Metropol has selected four of the six winning photos from, locals, Toby Dickson, Struan Purdie, Alden Williams and Nathan Secker to share here.


Three months after the Christchurch mosque shootings, a remembrance event was held at Hillmorton High School for the victims of the terrorist attack.

Alden Williams, finalist Society and Culture







A large male sperm whale rests on the surface of the ocean while two dusky dolphins investigate his head in Kaikōura.

Toby Dickson, finalist Aerial






The mirror-still waters of Lake Lyndon captured with a wakeboarder braving the near-freezing water.

Struan Purdie, finalist Aerial





Early morning light breaks through the Christchurch fog on a midwinter’s day, captured from the Port Hills.

Alden Williams, finalist Landscape





From the land: Selwyn District Council

Selwyn is only 10 minutes from central Christchurch and a gateway to wild scenery, producers of food lovingly made from the land, and is steeped in Canterbury’s agricultural history.



Bordered by the stunning braided rivers of Waimakariri and Rakaia, the waterways provides fertile ground for farmers and adventurers alike.

Exhilarating jet boat rides are available on either of the rivers, passing through breath-taking gorges along glacial waters. Both rivers are favourite trout and salmon fishing destinations.

Stunning walkways and tramping spots are plentiful along the banks and around the lakes. Kura Tāwhiti (Castle Hill) and Cave Stream are great family destinations, some will recognise the scenery from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Lincoln, Tai Tapu, West Melton and Rolleston have weekly markets showcasing local produce and crafts. While visiting, pop into the art galleries at Lakeside and the Liffey in Lincoln.


• Country experiences – farm tours and farm stays
• Touring routes – The Great Alpine Highway and Inland Scenic Route • Unique food producers and farmgate sales • Country lodges • Fishing
• Hiking, biking and camping



• Meet Us in the Country: October to November, highlighting country experiences and showcasing Selwyn in spring.
• Hororata Highland Games: November 7
• Kirwee/Courtney Show: November 21
• Cedar Park Gardens Open Day: October 24


Flights of fancy: GCH Aviation

There’s another way of looking at a corporate or personal celebration event this festive season for Christchurch, combining luxury with relaxation and the opportunity to explore our own backyard. People are moving around in smaller, more intimate groups these days, however, they are still looking for something memorable for their next event.



Iconic local, GCH Aviation – known to most as Garden City Helicopters – is making the most of the city’s extraordinary backdrop with heli winery lunches for couples, groups and corporates looking for a special way to celebrate, reward loyal clients or just do something new.

It’s the ultimate way to bring the magic back to 2020!

Enjoy a helicopter flight to one of our region’s world-renowned wineries to enjoy beautiful food and award-winning wines from either North Canterbury’s Black Estate or Waipara Hills, or the Selwyn District’s Melton Estate.

“It’s an opportunity to think outside of the box for your next corporate event, or even getting a group of friends together to do something unique for the festive season,” says GCH Group Marketing Manager Caroline Blanchfield.

“With our heli charters, we can land on a mountain for a picnic, jet boat up the Waimakariri River followed by lunch at a winery or even get you up to Hanmer for a spa day and horse riding, whale watching in Kaikoura, or arrange an exclusive luxury lodge lunch at a variety of stunning locations. Essentially, we can tailor-make an experience to fit a range of people and budgets.

“It’s been a hard year, so why not let Garden City Helicopters take you somewhere special this season?”


Racy race day jewellery: Canterbury Jewellers

A racy jewellery range is raising style stakes, putting the canter in Cup Week fashion.

Iconic Canterbury Jewellers has crafted an exclusive Equestrian collection, befitting of a day at the races.

Wear a horseshoe ring for luck, a riding-crop broach, or a stirrup pendant.

A bracelet of snaffle bit links can highlight the details in two metals, such as rose gold against sterling silver.

Diamonds or gemstones studding a horse-shoe clasp make for a bracelet with winning charm and the horseshoe nail curved into a ring is an eye-catching race day memento.

The pieces also make treasured gifts and heirlooms for equine enthusiasts and horse lovers.

Choose from the online free delivery service or drop into the store. With at least a week’s notice, Canterbury Jewellers will tailor make in most metals and gems.

Visit the collection online, or email or call for a request. 75 Peterborough Street, Christchurch.


Everything home, on show

Our homes have been on our minds more than ever before in 2020, and this weekend’s Canterbury Home Show is a one-stop-shop for the advice, inspiration and products required to enhance your abode.


With free entry this year, locals can browse more than 100 exhibitors, chat with experts, and enjoy some food and drink. Metropol caught up with event organisers to see what attendees can expect:

INSPIRED BY LOCKDOWN – With lockdown and the associated Covid-19 travel bans, many New Zealanders are inspired to tackle those home improvement projects. Whether it’s large scale renovations, some minor cosmetic changes or upgrading our appliances – the Canterbury Home Show has everything under one roof to shop around.

FREE SEMINARS – The Seminar Series offers a great range of expert sessions with topics covering; maximising your space, passive house principles, creating great outdoor spaces, as well as the always popular kitchen design, bathroom renovations and colour trend sessions. As well as Resene’s Colour Your Home space with designers on hand.

SMARTER HOMES – See the latest in home tech at the Samsung Hub, like the Frame television which turns into an art display when you’re not watching it. Or the Terrance TV, a weatherproof TV made to be attached to your outdoor entertainment area. As well as touch screen fridges, washing machines which send you text reminders, and more.

Canterbury Home Show, Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October, Horncastle Arena


Mt Cook masterpiece: Lone Pine Building

The remarkable 600sqm Mt Cook Homestead is a magnificent addition the breath-taking Aoraki Mount Cook environs.


Tasked with bringing RW Design’s plans to life, award-winning Tekapo to Timaru-based Lone Pine Building reused the original homestead’s Rimu as well as recycled timber beams, ceilings, door frames and skirting boards.

Teams worked in four day, 50-hour blocks for 12 months to bring the masterpiece to life – including erecting framing and roofing during a wet and windy July 2019.

Locally owned and operated by qualified Master Builders, Jason Gordon and Andrew Bell, Lone Pine Building delivers quality results – including being the only South Canterbury-based company to win Supreme out of 90 Canterbury homes in the 2019 Master Builder House of the Year Awards.


The Influencers: Leeann Watson

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

Tēnā koutou katoa. As I write this, we are in the lead-up to Māori Language Week.

With a growing Māori population reflected in our workforce, customers and stakeholders, there has never been a better time to grow our competence and awareness of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique and rich Māori heritage, culture and language.

While our children may be learning te reo at their schools and daycares, where does this leave those already in the workplace?

I am not fluent in te reo by any means, but I am willing to learn, which is why I joined some of my colleagues at our recent Māori Culture and Language in the Workplace workshop – a new programme of learning The Chamber launched this year.

Facilitated by Anton Matthews (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri), also owner of Fush restaurant, the three-part course covers basic pronunication, greetings, common workplace words and phrases, as well as an outline of tikanga (customary system of values and practices), and an overview of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its importance today.

For many people who want to learn, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a great starting point to gain the confidence to give it a go – in fact, the course has been so popular we have another scheduled for November, as well as an advanced course.

This demonstrates an appetite among our business community to learn more about one of our official languages and share in our collective responsibility to keep this important, unique language alive. We’re all in this together — he waka eke noa.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

Christchurch Mayor

I have been looking forward to October for a range of reasons, but the main one is the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival 2020. We might not be able to hear from overseas writers who had planned to participate, but the brilliant talent of our own writers will inspire the devoted readers among us.
The festival will encourage debate and discussion about people, places and ideas. I registered and bought tickets straight away.
I believe such festivals contribute to the essence of what makes a liveable city. Festivals that cater to children, young people, and people from every background and walk of life lie at the heart of the kind of vibrancy we need to bring the central city alive.
At the same time this festival encourages us to think. How much do we all know about the Ngāi Tahu Settlement with the Crown? How well did we know Llew Summers, the man behind the amazing sculptures in our city? How well do we understand the journey that writing a biography (Charles Upham VC) represents, and what it says about the writer, Tom Scott?
And then there are the writers of poetry and prose who will offer an answer to the question, “Who are New Zealanders?” And in another session what they would say in a letter to Ōtautahi.
I am really looking forward to listening, thinking and discussing these with others, and to see central city venues and streets come alive with people enjoying each other’s company and thoughts.


The Influencers: Marian Johnson

Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer

With continuing concern around the impact of Covid-19 on the job market, there is no time like the present to consider entrepreneurship as the way forward.

This doesn’t just apply to people already active in the work force. Graduating students are also entering the hardest job market since the GFC.

Entrepreneurship will be a critical driver of our economic recovery. We will rely on new start-ups to innovate new ways of meeting our country’s needs, supporting our own populations, and providing new jobs.

As Cantabrians, we are extraordinarily lucky to have what is fast becoming a dynamic community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and start-ups.

If you are new to entrepreneurship, there are excellent online resources on the Ministry of Awesome website at and at

There are also a number of monthly meetups worth getting along to including Canterbury Angels’ Pitch & Pizza events (; Ministry of Awesome’s well known start-up meetup, Coffee & Jam (live in October on the Ara campus); and Start-up Breakfast Club powered by the team at MYOB.

All of these events are free and just require a simple online booking. All Ministry of Awesome events are livestreamed on Facebook as well so get on to our channel and learn.

Christchurch has the red carpet rolled out for high growth entrepreneurs and innovators and there’s no better time than now to go chase that dream.