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Ramping up for 2022 wedding season

The beginning of a New Year means it’s time to look ahead and start making plans for all those upcoming family celebrations sitting in your diary.



When it comes to organising a wedding, anniversary, birthday or gathering, it’s important to know you’re booking a venue with people who have proven experience and expertise.

Graham and Liz Jones have been with Rossendale for more than 20 years and operating at the Rossendale Vineyard site for the last 10.

Specialising in weddings, each year they return to work to discover a flurry of bookings following Christmas and New Year’s engagement announcements.

While there is still time to secure your place for 2020, they’re now taking bookings for 2022.

Graham says they offer guests a picturesque, relaxed setting that can accommodate up to 150 guests and there’s plenty of car parking.

“Often, when people book venues, they have to book someone to help organise the event, someone to run the bar and a caterer, but we do it all,” he says.

“We have a team of chefs, a wedding coordinator on-site every day and dedicated staff, so you’re always dealing with one person. That consistency and communication is so important.”

The in-house catering team is highly experienced, serving fresh, delicious food that caters to all dietary requirements.

“It’s quite a big venue, but we’ll do anything from two to 200 people,” Graham says.

“We have a lot of loyal customers who come back and book all their family events and occasions with us.”

Phone 03 322 7780 for a no obligation chat to discuss your options today.


The Influencers: Leeann Watson

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

As this is my first Metropol column for 2020, I would like to wish you a happy – and prosperous – New Year.  It’s already shaping up to be an exciting year ahead.

Two key milestones will be the opening of Te Pae Convention Center in October and the completion of the Lyttelton Cruise Berth Terminal – both of which will help drive increases to our tourism market.

In May, Ōtautahi will host TRENZ 2020, our country’s biggest business-to-business travel and trade event, attracting 300 international travel sellers.

We will also be ramping up to host the 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup final, with benefits including a global audience of 180 million, $3 million spending boost and 15,000 extra bed nights.

At a political level, locally we will see our new council hit its stride with a new Chief Executive at the helm, as well as a strong focus on transparency following last year’s review.

Nationally, political activity will ramp up in the lead up to the September General Election – the $12 million infrastructure investment is a prime example.

I expect further announcements to be around increases in welfare and health spending, and some tax or effective tax relief.

Globally, we can expect to see continued economic volatility including the US (particularly given the November presidential election), the tension in Iran, the outcomes of Brexit and the impact of the global coronavirus outbreak – all significant for international trade and our economy.

That’s all adding up to a year of change and challenges – but also opportunities – for our city.

New Year, new design looks

Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong about how to maximise the potential in your investment through renovating.



When you delve into the reasons why we renovate, it’s about finally getting the opportunity to have our homes align with how we want to live, Angelique explains.

“When you look at the reasons to renovate, it is very clear.

When we sign up to sell our houses, we have advertising fees, auction costs, selling costs and then moving costs… this all adds up, so why not stay where you are and put that extra $20-$30,000 into your own pocket and renovate?”

When it comes to renovating, the world really is your oyster. “A new kitchen, bathroom, paint; wallpaper, lighting, adding a room – anything is possible.”

So what is this style maven seeing coming through in interiors in 2020?

“Our homes are getting a more international feel with lighting available in beautiful finishes like steels, coppers and gold,” Angelique says.

“There’s also beautiful new stones in colours we haven’t seen in New Zealand before and from all over the world, such as greens, greys and taupes.

“If you are looking at Pinterest and at all the designs and the new products available, it becomes very exciting.”

There’s plenty of product options and at both ends of the pricing spectrum, so there really is something for everyone when it comes to renovating.

“International brands and also our lower end suppliers are bringing out products that are exciting when you’re looking at upgrading and renovating,” she says.

“It’s so exciting to see the stunning new products coming in from suppliers.

Angelique is currently working on two large renovations and we are looking forward to profiling these projects in the 5 March issue of Metropol.

“Over the next couple of issues of Metropol I am going to be touching on renovation work; how to make your renovations easier and how to ‘do it once and do it right’.”

Phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd.


Editor’s Perspective: 23 January 2020

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie



When a New Year dawns it is already a great year – we’ve yet again been blessed with an opportunity to live and love.

And, although it seems rather cliché to say, it really is a time of year that is capable of inciting profound transformative change to mind, body and soul.

Of course while some changes in life work, others may not, but the whole point is about giving something new a go.

After all, as Einstein so wisely and poignantly pointed out, doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity.

So whether the changes you are contemplating in your lives this year are great or small – whether it is simply to turn your talented hand to a new hobby, curling your tongue around a new language, changing jobs or taking an entrepreneurial punt on a new venture – go hard!

It’s time to give it your best shot and don’t worry if it doesn’t work out entirely as you had planned, you will no doubt be richer for the experience.

The Metropol team is excited to embark on yet another adventurous chapter in 2020 and look forward to you joining us on this journey.


Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editors Perspective: 17th Jan

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be” – Abraham Lincoln

It is the season of resolutions, but perhaps it should simply be the season for being happy.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an A-type personality who can’t get through a day without having it plotted out with goals, to-do lists and calendar alerts. I’m also well aware of the positive results attained by aiming high.

Melinda Collins
Melinda Collins

But the fact is, over the past century, despite immense progress in health and wealth, human happiness has not advanced.  Happiness is when your life fulfils your needs, when you feel satisfied and fulfilled. It’s a feeling of contentment.

It’s easy to think of happiness as a result… a result of working hard and accomplishing, of getting that to-do list ticked off and of succeeding at life. But perhaps we have this back to front. Shouldn’t happiness come first? After all, happiness, they say, actually makes us more productive.

We’re all familiar with the concept of glass half empty, glass half full, right? When it comes to your cup, it doesn’t matter so much whether it is half full or half empty, but rather whether you fill your own cup first.
According to Simon Sinek, putting yourself first is not selfish at all, “Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else.”


So in 2019 I vow to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher; to make plans and yet be okay if they occasionally fall through and to set goals, but be open to change. Most importantly, to make time for myself.

After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.