Te Rerenga Kōrero – Koina!

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission publish weekly Māori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on. Koina! Yes, that's it! Full list of 50 rerenga kōrero for the year Browse our Te Reo Māori resources. Previous Te…
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Podcast – Bilingualism in a single language-dominant society

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day is on 21 February. In this episode Sally speaks with University of Canterbury and Growing up with Two Languages researchers Una Cunningham and Jin…
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What languages do you speak?

There are approximately 6900 languages in the world today. That's right - six thousand, nine hundred! That's A LOT of different languages! How many of them can you speak? We all learn a language when we are born. That's our 'mother language' - we pick it up from our family and friends, and learn it without too much effort…
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Local author Jane Seaford: The Insides of Banana Skins

I've read a few authors on counter culture: Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, W.S. Burroughs, Irvine Welsh but The Insides of Banana Skins is more like Marianne Faithfull's account of life on the wall ... Jane Seaford (Lyttelton, Dead is Dead and other stories) tells a story of a group of young naive women and men who live together, exploring the freedom of late 1960s…
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Wednesday 22 February 2017 – Earthquake Commemorations

The sixth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 quake is on this Wednesday 22 February. There are events on for the community to come together to reflect, and remember. Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial Dedication and Civic Memorial Service Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial will be unveiled on 22 February 2017 at a…
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My date with Lynda

With my husband out of town with work, I found myself home alone on Valentine’s Day, I decided instead of watching some soppy romance film, I thought I would spend an evening getting to know Lynda. With 5,800 courses and 260,000 tutorials, first glances were impressive. Lynda.com is an online video tutorial website that is…
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