Celebrate Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day – Monday 19 September 2016

Monday 19 September 2016 is Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day - On 19 September 1893 women in New Zealand got the vote, and the white camellia was the symbol of the suffragists. Here in Christchurch, there's a celebration honouring the achievements of women from 12 to 12.30pm by the Kate Sheppard Memorial on the…
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How to grow a champion

I have recently been asked about information on nutrition for young athletes. It would seem that a good breakfast and lunch is not enough. Maybe it's the Olympics? How do you grow a champion? Side by side with good nutrition for young athletes is the issue of sports injuries, and many a promising athlete or…
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It’s raining Raina

It seems apt to be writing about American cartoonist Raina Telgemeier's latest graphic novel Ghosts (released September 2016) after a night or two of 'dark and stormy' wild weather across the country. I lay in bed snuggled up with my children to keep warm, making up spooky stories to tell them as the wind lashed…
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Win tickets to the Church Tour 2016

Whether you're religious or not, churches are often very pleasing spaces, and well suited for musical performance. Now in its eighth incarnation, The Church Tour has become something of an institution as each year a different set of talented Kiwi musicians and songwriters perform acoustic sets in a selection of houses of worship up and down New Zealand…
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Recent necrology, August 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently Neil Black, 1932-2016 Leading English oboist Daniela Dessi, 1957-2016 Italian operatic soprano Don Donnithorne, 1926-2016 Leading Christchurch architect Lois Duncan, 1934-2016 American author of fiction for teenagers whose novel I know what you did last summer achieved cult status David Hallett, 1955-2016 One of New Zealand’s best bird…
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