Happy Father’s Day

Kia ora and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads. Search our catalogue for stuff about fatherhood, fathers, and daddydom, and here are some Dads from our photo collection (including mine): Tuckered Out at Governor’s Bay. Justine McKelvey’s brother and father relaxing after a Sunday Day picnic at Allandale, Governor’s Bay. March 1963. Kete Christchurch…
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Adult Learners’ Week — He Tangata Mātauranga: an opportunity to try something new

My grade three teacher confused me. He told me that he learned something new every day. How could that be? He was a teacher and he knew everything. My grandmother and her sister added to my primary school-aged confusion by telling me that they enjoyed learning new things all the time. What was going on…
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Happy 50th birthday Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - can you believe it?! If Charlie Bucket continued aging, he would be at least 60 by now, and the Chocolate Factory would look very different after the unionisation of the Oompa Loompas. September 13 was Roald's birthday and is now celebrated world-wide as Roald…
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What’s for pudding, Mum?

I love dessert! Sweet, delicious dessert! Chocolate raspberry torte... New York cheesecake... spiced pumpkin crème brûlée... even good old rice pudding -- I love them all! Dessert is my favourite thing about going out for dinner, but somehow the fates (usually in the form of fractious children) always seem to conspire against me. On the rare occasions that we do go out, more…
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