Happy birthday Caxton Press

The Caxton Press was launched on 10 June 1935 by John Drew and poet/typographer Denis Glover to publish New Zealand literature. Leo Bensemann had a long and fruitful association as a designer and illustrator with Caxton. Most of the decade’s best writers were first published by the company. Caxton Press tells the story on its…
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Great galloping grannies

The writing is on the wall for restful retirements and going gently into that good night. It’s just not enough now to hand out sweeties to the grandkiddies and have a monthly perm. And no one is expecting any words of wisdom from you either. Instead pensioners are required to recreate themselves. Nowadays, you must become more interesting, eccentric even. And don’t…
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A chat with carver George Edwards

Tohuka Whakairo (master carver) George Edwards (Ngāi Tahu) of Wairewa has created artworks for many organisations - various marae, the Christchurch City Council, Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) as well as whare and ceremonial gates. In this interview he tells of learning to work with wood, the challenges of transporting logs and carving totem poles as…
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Recent necrology, May 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 American poet, novelist and civil rights activist Jack Brabham, 1926-2014 Driver with an engineering flair who was the first man to win the Formula 1 title in a car of his own making Lorraine Cohen, 1943-2014 Woman at the centre of an infamous international drug…
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Budgeting tips

Top 10 budgeting tips Some great resources to help you save money and manage your budget. 1. Join the library A library card gives you access to free resources. Libraries also offer free computer and internet access, free or low-cost learning programmes and events in our libraries. 2. Set yourself a budget Explore the Sorted…
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A Midwinter Christchurch’s Dream of Shakespeare 基督城冬季的莎士比亚之

With 23 April 2014 marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare‘s birth, the Court Theatre is celebrating the Bard by bringing the midsummer heat into our Christchurch winter! It is currently staging one of Shakespeare’s most imaginative and magical plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and, fittingly, it is presenting it in a unique conception. Talented Chinese actors from Peking…
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