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Art in the Dark


An illuminating new project is giving a fresh perspective on Christchurch’s world-renowned street art. Sustainable lighting business, Gen Green, and street art champions Watch This Space have joined forces with project managers Living Space and the help of a council grant to celebrate the city’s street art by darkness.

 

 

Compelled to provide the community a free and interesting reason to come into the city centre after dark Gen Green and Watch This Space successfully applied for a Christchurch City Council Enliven Places Project Fund and have also been supported by project management firm Living Space.

Gen Green co-founders Greg Dirkzwager and Brendan Stafford have supplied the lighting for the initiative and Watch This Space Urban Arts Trust’s Reuben Woods has helped select eleven artworks and artists to be featured.

Greg says, “We really want to be part of the effort to get people back into the city centre and help the businesses there while also creating something interesting for people to do after dark.”

Reuben, who did his PhD on the subject of Christchurch’s street art, is passionate about providing both the art and artists a platform to have their work discovered and accessed – and giving the public a new opportunity to engage with the form.

He says the art and initiative has taken on a parallel meaning as attention turns to support our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The art has a lot of meaning and to many people in Christchurch as it represents the city during its toughest times.

“Some of the works talk about rebuilding and the restoration of Christchurch, so it’s important for us to do something now – and that’s lighting it up.”

Brendan says the installation process, hindered slightly by some springtime rain, was well thought out to illuminate certain parts of the art works, while also protecting from potential damage. It also involved extensive co-ordination with building owners to obtain access.

The eleven artworks chosen can be viewed on a map at www.watchthisspace.org.nz/#map and includes favourites like Askew on Gloucester Street, Kevin Ledo’s Whero O Te Rangi Bailey at the Crowne Plaza, Rone at Cathedral Square, and Erika Pearce at Allen St.


 

An extraordinary race day: Addington Raceway


It’s a highlight of Christchurch – and New Zealand’s – annual sporting and social calendar, and 2020’s IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day is shaping up to be something very special. With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington Raceway is pulling out all the stops to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.

 

Spread across two distinct areas, the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, 2020’s guests will not only enjoy the exhilaration of horse racing – but an exciting mix of new flourishes designed to surprise and delight even the most enthusiastic punters.

While Covid-19 restrictions means reduced capacity, it has also been extra motivation for organisers to ensure racegoers have an exceptional day out.

From bespoke cocktail bars, live music and DJs, to fabulous fashion, delicious cuisine offerings and even a rooftop party – this is no ordinary day at the races.

Packages begin with The Edge Public Village, where guests still have prime positions for watching the action, as well as cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, the Speights Lawn and a courtyard of food truck dining options.

Those in the elevated Lindauer Lawn option can not only stylishly roam The Edge Public Village area, but also enjoy premier views of the raceway and winning post, plus touch up their hair and makeup throughout the day at the glamerous pamper bar.

Guests also have access to the Lindauer Rooftop where DJs the Sweet Mix Kids will keep the party going – and they will also be surprised with some special treats throughout the day.

One lucky group will have the opportunity to win the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn Experience with their own private area and delicious treats. Keep an eye out on Addington’s social channels to be in to win.

Check out the full range of offerings online for the November 10 event, and don’t forget – numbers are limited.

Tickets on sale now at addington.co.nz.

THE EDGE PUBLIC VILLAGE
• Early bird $25 until October 13 • $35 from October 14 • Bespoke cocktail bars • The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition
• Food courtyard • Speights Lawn • The Edge Public Village DJ party area

LINDAUER LAWN & ROOFTOP
• $70 • Exclusive access to the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party • Free drink on arrival • Prime view of the racing and winning post • Cocktail lounge • Pamper lounge • Live music by the Sweet Mix Kids at the rooftop party • Charging booth stations
• Upgrade for 10 people to the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn • Access to The Edge Public Village


 

Style casting: Zebrano


Life is not a dress rehearsal, and the team at Zebrano will ensure you look the part – no matter your character.

MAAIKE YES

Whether you prefer a flirty feminine feel or more of a beautifully bold style, manager Michelle Carter and her team will help you find your iconic look.

“It’s about wearing the clothes you love, everyday – rather than saving them for a rainy day,” she says.

And finding those clothes starts with impeccable design.

Which is why Zebrano stocks high-end New Zealand designers including Maaike, Obi, Jason LIngard, Curate by Trelise Cooper, LaLa, Moyuru and Rundholz Black.

Each piece is carefully chosen for its place in the store, considered as much for its design as for its fabrication and reflection of classic and current styles.

EVERYWHERE DRESS MARBLE GOLD

Find Zebrano at 169 Victoria Street, phone 03 962 2035 or online.


 

European Flavour: Molto Bella


Reap the benefits of continental jet setting just 40-minutes from Christchurch. Molto Bella in Rangiora has an exclusive collection of clothing and homewares from the dreamiest European locations, including the Amalfi Coast, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Denmark.

 

Curated by owner Anette Drewery, each piece is lovingly considered for its style and design.

“No one in New Zealand has what we have,” says Anette, who aspires to bring the best of international style to her customers.

From Parisian chic, to Italian elegance and Scandinavian design, you’ll find pieces in natural fibres like silks and cottons alongside New Zealand OBR merino.

The latest lines of French favourites Rhum Raisin drop twice a year, for summer and winter.

Adorn your home with furnishings and inspired European touches, like books from Denmark, Belgium tapestry and quirky cushion designs, and locally made ceramics.

The store itself is tranquil with a pop of fun, just like any good vacation.

Peruse the exclusive selection to the ambient sound of the in-store water feature and get to know loved locals Flynn the golden retriever and Ash the cocker spaniel.

This is your final boarding call.


 

Now screening new dedicated aneurysm ultrasound: Veins NZ


At the new offices at 256 Papanui Road, Consultant Specialist Vascular Surgeon Peter Laws and the team at Christchurch Vascular Group (CVG) are now offering a dedicated vascular ultrasound service.

 

Aneurysm screening is one of the many services available.

Metropol asked Peter, “What is an aneurysm?”

He says: “Simply put, an aneurysm is a dilated blood vessel. However, if it remains undetected as it dilates, there is an increased risk of rupture. Such a rupture, if it happens in the community, can often prove fatal.”

Thankfully, the risk of rupture is low for small aneurysms but the prevalence in the community is relatively high and increases with age, ranging from 5- to 22-percent as age increases.

This is particularly true for the male population.

Currently in New Zealand – unlike the UK, America and Sweden – there is no available national screening programme which means there is no way to exclude an aneurysm, unless it is identified incidentally.

The easy alternative provided at CVG is a simple, non-invasive, inexpensive test that can be performed in minutes.

With Covid-19 on everyone’s mind, now is a good time to get your health in check.

Speak to your GP to obtain a referral or simply call CVG on (03) 365 4502 to make an appointment.

CVG is currently accepting patients over the age of 65 for consideration, or younger if there is a family history of aneurysmal disease.


 

Elegant year end events: The George


Commemorate the end of an unforgettable year with an elegant soiree at The George, a Christchurch destination for those who appreciate the finer things. Here, the range of world-class hospitality offerings can be tailored to suit any corporate or social get together.

Overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park, The George is an award-winning boutique hotel on the banks of the Avon River known for its immersive sophistication spread across an award-winning restaurant, five conference spaces and the private and stately The Residence.

Capitalise on this accessibly luxurious city setting for your end of year client or social function – whether that is a cocktail party, board lunch, classy high tea, sit down dinner or guided wine tasting.

The beauty of The George not only lies in its stunning setting, esteemed cuisine and grand interior décor, but the flexibility of its offerings to elevate your function or event – from canapé to digestif.


PARKVIEW
This light-filled space overlooks the Avon River and the sprawling Hagley Park, resplendent in its springtime glory.
Parkview can host up to 90 people for a seated, multi-course banquet or 150 for a cocktail affair.
Enjoy a bespoke, wine-matched menu crafted by the team behind two coveted Cuisine Good Food Award hats and two international Wine Spectator wine glasses.


THE RESIDENCE
Elevate an end of year board meeting, or host an intimate cocktail, lunch, high tea or dinner party at the stately three-bedroom private villa adjacent to The George hotel.
Home to a private board-cum-dining room bookended by a display of cellared salmanazars and French bay windows, and a sitting room which opens onto the charming private lawn and rose gardens.
Welcome guests with a champagne on the manicured lawn, before coming inside for an intimate cocktail party for up to 35.


50 BISTRO
Step into the triple threat of 50 Bistro for stylishly casual all-day neo-bistro dining befitting long lunches, special-occasion dinners as well as refreshing breakfasts the morning after.
Divided across a restaurant, conservatory and lounge bar, the secluded yet light-filled conservatory can seat guests in one long table of 22, or enjoy a more casual, multi-table set up for up to 30. As with the other options, tailored menus can be developed to suit the mood and occasion of your special event.
A resident sommelier can also guide a wine flight through the world class wine list, and ever-expanding gin and whisky menus.


ELEVATED EVENTS: An array of spaces and customisable offerings for any size corporate or social meeting, cocktail party, dinner, high tea, brunch or breakfast.
BESPOKE MENUS: Award-winning chefs and sommeliers can design bespoke cuisine and beverage offerings.


conferences@thegeorge.com
(03) 371 0255
www.thegeorge.com

Dinner party delights: Salmon Heaven


It’s a beautiful and tranquil space that Salmon Heaven now occupies in the recently opened Provedore, a gourmet lover’s paradise situated in the Bush Inn Centre.

 

What a joy it is to find a fishmongers that thinks outside the square, for alongside the extensive cabinets of salmon – which stocks hot and cold smoked, as well as raw salmon, in a variety of cuts and packages – there are a vast array of other gourmet products that make entertaining a breeze for the host or hostess wanting to access everything for their dinner menu at a convenient one-stop shop.

Consider the canapé as your ultimate appetizer. A selection of deluxe homemade crackers from Totara Cottage, delicately smeared with a delicious gourmet preserve from Buoni Sapori, topped with a divine black truffle brie or triple cream brie (aptly called OMG) from award winning cheesemakers Over the Moon, will give your guests something to exclaim about while you’re preparing the salmon.

Deborah and Lisa are the lovely ladies behind the counter; having both been involved with the salmon industry for a number of years, what they don’t know about salmon isn’t worth knowing!

Gift hampers can be ordered either instore or online. Salmon Heaven have a superb and sophisticated website. Free shipping within New Zealand makes ordering a gift hamper as simple as choosing the contents to go in it then placing your order.

Do try to resist the temptation to send it to yourself!


 

Going Global: Global Living


Not being able to go global doesn’t mean you can’t. Global Living owner Kieran Kavanagh tells Metropol how travel restrictions are seeing Kiwis focus more on what is around them – typically their homes.

 

 

Furnishing a home with top of the range and custom-made furniture can feel as good as a holiday, and that is precisely what many New Zealanders are doing as a global pandemic renders them domestic, says Kieran.

At Global Living’s Moorhouse Avenue store, Kieran says customers are choosing to upgrade their home comforts with the handpicked range of stylish and contemporary furniture.

Here, those searching for top-tier brands will find New Zealand Made, Kovacs Design Furniture and Scandinavian-inspired Danske Møbler.

Or, choose to have something custom-made to suit the size and style of your home. A product can be designed, priced up and made for you – all at no extra cost.

Better yet, speak with Interior Consultant Marie Thoen who uses her experience, expertise and eye for design to select the right furniture for your home – even if that means coming out to see the said abode.

Besides, well-designed, high-quality furniture lasts much longer than a holiday.


 

Your own blank canvas: Rossendale Vineyard


“Each bridal couple we work with has unique tastes and ideas. They just have to tell us what they want and we will make it happen,” says Rossendale Vineyard’s events manager Graham Jones.

 

 

“We have such an adaptable canvas here in our venue, it can be dressed and themed to suit all tastes – from rustic to contemporary, traditional to funky, sophisticated to casual.”

Not only is Rossendale a blank canvas waiting to be painted, it is also an all-inclusive venue supplying beautiful napery, sparkling glassware and shining cutlery.

“There is real convenience for our guests because we set everything up for them. It’s all ready to go – so, much less stress and also much more economical in both time and money. ”

There is even more to Rossendale than the wedding venue itself. The garden settings add to the versatility.

“Our gardeners have been working very hard during the autumn and winter months to ensure everything will be stunning for spring and summer weddings.

“There are so many beautiful mature trees and shrubs here – oaks and copper beeches, rhododendrons and kauri, as well as extensive lawns and a stream boundary. So many location choices for an outdoor ceremony.”

You can contact Graham on (03) 322 7780 or email gra@rossendale.co.nz.

He will be delighted to show you how the friendly professional Rossendale Vineyard team make it easy to transform your wedding ideas into a wonderfully memorable day.

He may even be able to summon up some available dates for you in March/April of 2021.


 

Super Summer Sound


The wide appeal of Kiwi supergroup L.A.B is making waves here and abroad. Metropol catches up with lead guitarist and vocalist Joel Shadbolt ahead of their Christchurch show.

L .A.B, pronounced as each letter, but representative of a laboratory where pioneering ideas are cooked up, is behind one of the country’s most popular songs of the moment.

The nostalgic Kiwi summertime bop, ‘In the Air’ has spent 35 weeks in the Official New Zealand Top 40 Singles chart, 33 of those in the top 10 and three as number one.

It’s the first New Zealand number one since Lorde in 2017, the first independent single since Flight of the Conchords in 2012 and is nominated for a coveted 2020 Apra Silver Scroll song writing award.

Comprised of members of some of New Zealand’s most well-known bands of recent decades, L.A.B’s five members are Kora’s Brad and Stu Kora, Katchafire’s Ara Adams-Tamatea, and Miharo Gregory, and Joel Shadbolt.

Joel told Metropol how the accidental success of ‘In the Air’ has help the group – who have three albums under their belts since forming in 2017 – cement its sound.

“The thing with ‘In the Air’ is none of us thought it would be a number one hit,” he says. “It keeps growing legs with how long it’s been out and just keeps going.”

The reason for that?

“We think people are attaching themselves to the nostalgic sound. Lyrically, it’s about young love, it’s very much about that summer love.

“Musically, it’s more of an old school song feel. It’s different from other music which is prominent at the moment, but it seems to resonate.”

Starting life as a Kiwi reggae band, the supergroup’s sound has developed to put its blues, rock, RnB, and funk influences more centre stage.

“When I hear [‘In the Air’], I hear influences from the ‘70s with the basic beat, simple guitar chords and bassline – yet when kids at school hear it, they can hear something fresh in it because it’s not what they’re used to hearing.”

And it is inspiration from that era which the band is really tapping into, he says.

”The older the sound we try to come out with, the more it seems to resonate with audiences as something new.

“We’re influenced by the music we were brought up on. We have really close connections with music from Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder, their music resonates with all generations and when we write our music we’re conscious about doing that, too.”

‘In the Air’ is from L.A.B’s third album, which Joel sees as a turning point for the band, which he says will be further demonstrated in its fourth album due to be released this summer.

“In our third album we found the groove so to speak. You can definitely hear Kora and reggae more so in the first and second albums. The third, we don’t ascribe it so much to other bands, we just hear it as L.A.B.

“The sound is always evolving, but now we get to the point where we’re say that’s an L.A.B sound.”

Covid-19 disrupted L.A.B’s planned Australian tour as well as shows in Auckland and Hamilton. However, once the country went from Alert Level 4 to 1, the capacity of the New Zealand shows were increased – and the concerts were the first major events to take place amidst a global pandemic.

“Because of the pandemic we’ve been able to reschedule and make the shows bigger. We went from 1000 people at the Power Station to 6000 at Spark Arena, and also ended up playing to 6000 at Cloudeland’s Arena instead of 1000 at The Factory.”

They will also be headlining a number of New Zealand music festivals this summer, should they go ahead due to Covid-19.

At which time, L.A.B will perform alongside other Kiwi favourites Benee, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Shapeshifter, The Upbeats, Broods, and Sola Rosa.

When the band comes to Christchurch in October Joel says audiences here can expect to hear their super summer sound.

• L.A.B are playing Horncastle Arena on October 31. Buy tickets at www.ticketek.co.nz.