Podcast – Human rights in the era of Trump

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses Human Rights the era of the Trump presidency specifically - increasingly inward-facing politics the overarching importance of the commercial sector and the impact of economics and equality…
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Coincidental chess…

Sometimes life just throws unexpected coincidences at you. I finally got around to watching the fabulous 2014 New Zealand film The Dark Horse (better late than never right?), featuring Cliff Curtis as Genesis Potini, former chess champion and battler with mental health issues. The film follows his attempt to coach the local kids' chess club The Eastern Knights, and…
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Winter in Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury

A selection of winter themed photographs from Kete Christchurch Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete Christchurch View more Picturing Canterbury posts Do you have any photographs of winter in Christchurch and Canterbury that you would like to contribute to Kete Christchurch? Kōrerorero mai…
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New Books – 29 June

Hi readers, some treats this week: This biography caught my eye - the authorised story of Nina Simone. What Happened, Miss Simone? What Happened, Miss Simone? is inspired by a documentary. Music journalist Alan Light (The Holy or Unbroken : Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the unlikely ascent of Hallelujah, and Lets Go Crazy: Prince and…
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Happy Birthday James K. Baxter!

Hokitika Bill, Hokitika Bill. I remember chanting this poem aloud at Primary School. Poet James K. Baxter was born in Dunedin on 29 June 1926. His parents were thinkers - his father Archibald was a conscientious objector and Millicent, his mother had been to College in Sydney. The dichotomy of social order was represented by his family …
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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

I read this book at the perfect time: at the end of a particularly trying week, on the first day of a particularly nasty bug. Reading something comforting in bed with a hot water bottle was the only activity I could bear, and luckily When Dimple Met Rishi delivered in spades. A lot of the books…
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