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Rocking the stone look: Deccan Stone

We’ve long been a fan of natural stone, after all, rocking this look gives you looks and longevity! Whether you’ve got a summer barbecue project in mind, a driveway to pave or a commercial kerbing job to undertake, there’s a stone profile to suit.


Metropol caught up with Deccan Stone Director Paul Rice about paving the way in the industry.

“We’re seeing a lot of granite and what most people know as traditional cobbles for driveways,” says Paul.

“Segmental arches as opposed to straight lines are increasingly popular; offering a traditional pattern that is structurally strong and aesthetically pleasing.”

There are numerous variations of stone profiles that can be utilised to get the look and feel for the job, he says.

While some people love strong lines, others prefer a more handmade look: “If that’s the case, we use hand-cut stone.”

Open by appointment only, Deccan Stone’s yard features examples of the different colours and textures and Paul can talk through colours, thickness and the best profiles for the application.

A landscaper by trade, Paul started his career in London in 1990. Arriving back in New Zealand, he started up a landscaping construction business and a stone importing business – operating symbiotically.

In the last two years, he’s purchased commercial land and built an office and storage facility to be able to offer retail and trade sales – though he’s still out on the tools for the better part of the day.


Head to Hanmer

With everything that has unfolded these last few months, it’s time to help greater Canterbury get back on its feet. We’ve all got a part to play and supporting small local businesses is one small way we can do just that. Such businesses can be found in the tourist favourite, Hanmer Springs.



Metropol has long had a Hanmer section in the magazine, showcasing some of the town’s greatest places to stop off, eat or have fun at.

Now is your chance to visit them. There’s a reason the little town is so popular with tourists… it’s because it has a bit of everything, for all ages.

From the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa to the beautiful bars and restaurants, adults can have a romantic weekend away, with plenty of options for adventure or relaxing.

Meanwhile a family adventure might be on the cards and Hanmer Springs can cater to that too, with the minigolf course, maze, bike and walking trails, a Hanmer High Country Jeep Tour or even visit the Amuri Ski Club just 17km down the road.

It’s time to show your support and utilise the amazing places we have right at our back door. After all, Hanmer is only a hop, skip and a jump over the river.


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.


Gadgets and gizmos galore

You don’t need us to tell you that we’re well and truly into summer. The days are getting hotter and as a result you’re more than likely green with pool envy.



Now is the ideal time to start the planning and installation process for your pool which can be installed all-year round with the winter months proving just as popular.

Whether you are installing, upgrading or adding the latest and greatest gadgets to your pool, Julie and Warren Hastings at Lagoon Pools are the people you want to talk to.

They have an exciting Shimmer Range to make your pool stand out.

Your pool will look like it’s scattered with millions of diamonds as the light touches the pool surface.

It’s the perfect way to elevate the look of your new purchase. “We also have an exciting new colour available, a white pool with a blue sparkle, called Shimmer White,” Julie says.

“A lot of people want to update their equipment or add new features; it’s not just about installing pools!”

As leaders in swimming pool technology offering pumps and filtration, robotic cleaners, lighting, heating, covers and rollers and water features, as well as pool surrounds it’s easy to see why they’re on top!

Don’t be envious; be the envied next summer! Phone Lagoon Pools on 0800 927 282 or check out the website to find out more.


Methven Resort

An idyllic location: Methven Resort

Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.


Methven Resort


This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event, to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
The main conference room, the largest in Mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.

The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic back drop for photos. Early booking is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular.  Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100.There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25-metre heated pool.


Visit or phone 03 302 8724.


QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

An adrenalin-charged project: The new QEII

Not since the Commonwealth Games of ‘74 has there been such excitement in east Christchurch. The new Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, sporting an adrenalin-charged hydro slide, is world-class.

QEII Recreation and Sport Centre


Apollo Projects, specialising in aquatic and sport centre design and construction, completed the 15-month build, on time and on budget. Councillor David East commended the work. “These thoughts, spaces and the layout have been exceedingly well delivered by Apollo Projects.”
The remediated ground was rammed with aggregate piers every 2.1m; a solid foundation for the Travis swampland.

“There was a creative health and wellness focus; a change from just swimming; a place to reconnect and meet the entire community’s needs,” says Apollo’s Business Development Manager Iain Ansell, who was ironically working at QEII during the quakes. “The addition of the hydrotherapy pool reflects a worldwide trend for aging populations.”
There are five pools, a splash pad, spa, sauna, steam-room, weights and gym, wooden sprung fitness studio and spin room. A floating floor allows half the 25 x 25 main pool to repurpose from 2m to 1.2ms. Pools are low-maintenance stainless steel, from the company behind Singapore’s Marina Bays Sands infinity pool.

QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

The inflatable rafts of the AquaSphere Hydroslide snake down 120m of exhilarating twists and turns. Add aqua toys, rope bridge and a lazy river, and its thrills rival any theme park.
“Project Manager, Steve Hastie, did a fantastic job leading a great team. A project of this size delivered on time and budget demonstrates a real win for the Canterbury and the construction industry.”

Lagoon Pools

Prime time for pools: Julie from Lagoon Pools tells us why winter is the best time to get your pool installed

With colder weather approaching, it may not seem like the time to be thinking about a swimming pool. However, now may be exactly the right time, says Lagoon Pools’ Julie Hastings.

Lagoon Pools

The busiest time is from September onwards, with people wanting their pool in by Christmas,” she says. “Pools can be put in all year round. Winter installs are very popular and allow for a no-rush, stress free time.”
While the actual installation of a pool only takes four to five days, there are a number of other things to consider and plan.
Julie and husband Warren are the owners of Lagoon Pools. It supplies most of the South Island with pools by ‘Leisure Pools’, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of composite fibreglass swimming pools.
Julie and Warren will help with every stage of the planning and installation, if required. Council consents generally take at least 20 working days to secure. Landscaping can take time, especially when you consider designing the layout, choosing pavers and fencing and having them installed. It can be a lengthy process, so it pays to get started early.
The Leisure Pools website – – has lots of information about the pools available,
as does the Lagoon Pools site – – which provides information about the accessories available to make your new pool even more enjoyable. Automatic cover systems and hidden covers are popular. Fountains and strip lighting can make your pool a focal point of your landscaping, even in the winter months.
Contact Julie on 0800 92 72 82 or via  the website.