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Sister Act: Mood Hair Salon

Sisters Ada and Iwona are a dynamic duo on the New Zealand salon cutting, colouring and styling scene. The pair’s passion for impeccable hairdressing has seen them work around the world, landing in their little spot in New Brighton about 18-months ago.

Sisters Iwona (left) and Ada (right)


Upon entering Mood Hair’s seaside salon, you’re greeted by the grins of the two glamorous sisters, who have created a gorgeous atmosphere.

The light-filled, modern space features clean and contemporary interiors; natural wood finishes, statement tiles, and architectural indoor plants snaking skyward from a planter box.

The pair are driven by a passion and love for their craft.

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together,” says Iwona.

This passion has taken the sisters all over the world; from Poland, to the UK, Australia and, now, to New Zealand.

“With Mood, we wanted to create an exuberant atmosphere for our clients, while providing them with breathtaking results,” she says.

When it comes to the art of hairdressing, Ada believes, “a great hairstyle is the best accessory”.

“Our clients love coming to us because we get to know them, and not only what hair colours and styles suit them – but what suits their lifestyle, too.”

Mood Hair specialises in blondes, brunettes, and all things balayage, with the sisters staying atop the world’s trends – check out their online “mood” board at the address below.


City’s hottest opening

It was one of the city’s most hotly anticipated openings expected for April, before the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown put the He Puna Taimoana, New Brighton hot pools on hold.




However, there was no dampening down the excitement for the opening on Queen’s Birthday weekend, which was a sell-out for the whole of the opening weekend.

The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.

“After the events of the last couple of months I am sure lots of people are going to really welcome the chance to have a relaxing soak in the hot pools,” Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says.

The Level 2 restrictions meant the hotpools had to operate at reduced capacity, with the steam room and sauna not available for use.

An online booking system enabled people to book into one of four two-hour sessions each day.

The first session will be at 10am, the second session at 12.30pm, the third at 3pm, and the final session at 5.30pm, with a maximum of 50 people allowed into each session.

A single entry into He Puna Taimoana will cost Christchurch residents aged over 15-years $14.

The cost of admission for a child under 16 or with a Cando high school student ID card will be $10. Children aged three and under will be admitted for free.

Christchurch residents who want to use the pools regularly will be able to get even cheaper admission rates if they take advantage of the multi-entry cards and membership options that will be available.

For example, a monthly pass to the hot pools for a child will be available for $54.

If they visit the pools three times a week, each visit will only cost $4.50.

The standard admission charge for those who live outside of Christchurch will be $18 for an adult and $13 for a child.


New Brighton’s Hottest New Project




Christchurch residents and visitors will soon be making the most of New Brighton’s revitalised foreshore with the much-anticipated opening of He Puna Taimoana, the New Brighton hot pools.

The hot pools are part of the wider regeneration of New Brighton, led by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) on behalf of the Christchurch City Council.

The work includes exciting public projects which are transforming the foreshore, along with a focus on the business centre and surrounding area.

Apollo Projects ensured the vision became a reality, completing the hot pools project in less than 12 months.

“The complex has five pools, a cold-water plunge pool, steam and sauna rooms, changing and toilet facilities, naturally-lit reception and café areas and first aid and staff facilities,” Project Manager Keeva Irving says.

“The landscaping, both internal and external, has been designed to bring harmony to the complex and provide a user-friendly yet robust space.”

The pools are all different sizes and shapes, and range in temperature from 12⁰C to 40⁰C.

Apollo Projects became involved at the tender stage.

Chosen as the preferred contractor, the team worked with DCL using value engineering to reduce costs and enhance the project’s buildability.

With a tight site, sandy substrate and exposure to weather, the team programmed the build into phases to best manage the issues and then co-ordinated the planning with all the sub-contractors.

The marine environment meant DCL’s design team had to carefully select functional and durable materials.

The Apollo team’s success is down to carefully planning every detail, along with regular and effective communication with all parties, especially DCL and Architect Andrew Watson.

Apollo Construction has worked with Christchurch City Council on a number of other successful builds, including Normal Kirk Pool, Scarborough Splash Pad and the award-winning Taiora: QEII Sport & Recreation Centre, and the company hopes to work with the council on future projects.

“We think the hot pools will be a valuable asset to the New Brighton community and represent an important role in the overall regeneration of the area,” Keeva says.


Soul Style Organic Hair Salons

A soul-ful salon: Soulstyle Organic Hair Salons are the easy going environmentally friendly salons you need to check out

The vibe is chill, the feeling is restorative and the products are eco friendly at the two Soulstyle Organic Hair Salons owned and operated by Deanna and Greg Campbell.

Soul Style Organic Hair Salons

Blending authenticity with style to bring you the uplifting but calming experience that every hair appointment should be. Locally roasted Switch Organic espresso is brewed for you by expert barista Greg, including Rangiora’s Claridges Herbal tea range that anyone passing by can come in and enjoy.
The South New Brighton salon came first, and Lyttelton is the latest lucky community to get a soul boost. Deanna and Greg love the feeling of being a part of the city coming back to life, growing and regenerating. They’re on a mission to help retain our heritage: both salons are located in older buildings stuffed with character, with the Lyttelton salon housed in an original 1880’s building. Greg and Deanna love the community feel of the port and are excited to be one of the many new businesses in Lyttelton.
All the products are organic/natural, ammonia free, mineral and plant based, and locally sourced where possible. With 100 percent grey coverage and stunning fashion colours, you are in safe hands with these talented stylists. Soulstyle’s Mother’s Day special is a free cut and organic treatment with every colour in the week after Mother’s Day (conditions apply) and, of course, vouchers are available.
Feed your soul, nurture your style at Soulstyle!

Salt on the Pier

A seaside setting: Salt on the Pier is the seaside location you need for your perfect beach wedding

With the seaside backdrop affording incredible views across Pegasus Bay and the New Brighton Pier itself providing access for stunning photograph opportunities, Salt on the Pier at New Brighton is a great location for your wedding or special event.

Salt on the Pier
According to Sam from Salt on the Pier, there are some great packages to choose from for any budget from Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Premium menus, all providing a wonderful night of delicious food and a great choice of beverages for even the most discerning palate.
The company’s highly experienced front of house staff and great chefs, who are extremely talented and knowledgeable, are there to facilitate your event and make it easy, so you can have a relaxing experience on the day. With online booking available at, it’s easy to get it sorted.
Just download the function information package to find out everything you need to know or call Sam on 03-388 4483.


Savvy shared spaces: fourteen awesome places to co-work in Christchurch

Christchurch is embracing the burgeoning international trend of co-working, with savvy businesses snapping up shared spaces throughout the city. Whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, start-up or community group, the clever co-working concept is creative Christchurch at its best.


Evil Genius Bar & Lair
Unit B, 1091 Ferry Road
Described as a café, bar and co-working space for ‘outcasts, geniuses, mavericks and misanthropes looking for a cool spot to work, eat and drink… not necessarily in that order’.

6 Hazeldean Road Addington and Awly Building, 287-293 Durham Street
A statement office, friendly coworking space to hire, a buzzing business lounge and meeting rooms with all mod cons – it’s all here to rent between these two innovative spaces.

215 Marine Parade, New Brighton
‘An ecosystem of passionate and driven professionals’, offering desks, an event space, meeting room, parking, in-house events and networking, with beach views and surfboard storage!

Christchurch Community House
301 Tuam St, Christchurch Central
Run by a group of non-profit organisations committed to modelling a strong, connected community, there’s ‘hot desking’ for community groups, and a range of tenancy options and bookable rooms.

270 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central
Desks and meeting rooms for freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups in the vibrant Boxed Quarter laneways, it even has a roof-top balcony.

76/106 Manchester St, Christchurch Central
A hub of high-tech digital collaboration for some of New Zealand’s brightest high-tech companies, it has meeting rooms, event spaces, a co-working lounge and hosts interesting speakers every week.

The Boardroom
10 Wakefield Ave, Sumner
A shared space for remote-working Sumner residents, it’s located above the local surf shop, with six permanent desks and one hot desk, available between 9am and 5pm.

146 Lichfield St, Christchurch Central
An innovation hub for start-ups, scale-ups and small businesses with 40 desks, meeting rooms and an open event space for up to 100, offering tailored support, programmes and events.

Awesome HQ
192 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central
Provided by the Ministry of Awesome, this co-working space is designed to support start-ups, freelancers, small businesses and individuals.

Phillipstown Community Hub
39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown
Made up of groups working towards developing a more inclusive community, it has three community lounges and several office spaces.

The Collect
Suite 1, Level 1, 185 Manchester St
Offering desks and meeting rooms, its founders wanted to create a home for freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs to ‘create a diverse community where our workspace continually inspires us’.

376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham
Providing spaces to produce, showcase and share creative works, there’s an onsite licensed café and bar, exhibition and event space, and a loft apartment for visitors and artists in residence.

4 Ash Street, Christchurch Central
There are 150 desks, three meeting rooms and an open event space. Marketed as ‘more than just a desk’, insightful people and programmes are on hand to help businesses grow.

111 Cashel St, Christchurch Central
A free co-working space at BNZ in the CBD offering flexible hot-desks and meeting rooms, available for anyone during business hours.

Christchurch Activities

What’s on: keeping the kids entertained

With little minds to inspire and little legs to tire out, the role of a parent can be beautifully relentless. We might not offer a babysitting service here at Metropol, but we do love to brainstorm on your behalf.

Here are some of the fun things our city and surrounding areas are throwing up in the coming weeks, so you can let your inner big kid run wild and take your kids on the ride with you.

Christchurch Activities


Love bubbles? Hop to it down to Brighton. This Easter Sunday, 100 free bubble mix and wand sets are up for grabs. The Christchurch Faerie Circle and The Christchurch Circus Centre will delight the senses of little ones, along with the weekly Seaside Market’s delicious range of stalls. Kids can get their adrenalin hit with the bouncy castle and express themselves with free face painting.

14-15 APRIL :

It’s time to let off some steam! The Annual Steam Extravaganza – the biggest in New Zealand – is coming to town. Make your way to McLean’s Island during the first week of the school holidays and step back in time. More than 25 traction engines from around the country will be on site, along with sheep shearing, oat threshing, stone crushing and working horses. $15 entry, under 15 – free. The price includes a ride.


Up, up and away in some very beautiful balloons! The only event of its kind in the South Island, balloonists from all over New Zealand will feature at Hororata Night Glow. Hot air balloons will decorate the night sky, glowing in unison to music.
Sweet sounds at this autumn festival will come from Holly Kimber, Volts and The Easy Hearts. Enjoy culinary treats from the Sensational Selwyn Food and Wine trail and an amazing array of street food.