The Changeover: Girls with big hair, saving people

The film adaptation of The Changeover premiered in Christchurch a few weeks ago, and is now screening in cinemas across the country. If you haven't yet encountered this melting pot of red-zone Christchurch, subtle romance and sinister magic, I highly recommend watching the movie and reading the novel it was loosely based on. It's a measure of how well-loved the…
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Learning Chinese in Context 功夫在字

Chinese is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It was created and developed in a rich social, cultural and historical context. For people growing up in a different environment like Christchurch, learning Chinese can be challenging. Fortunately there are resources and strategies that can help. Combining learning resources 整合学习资源 In Christchurch, there…
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World Standards Day 14 October

Every year since 1970 World Standards Day has been celebrated to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers on the importance of standardisation to the global economy. The day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the standards. This year the theme for World…
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The Little Library Cookbook

You know that a book is a wonder when you stomp around the house muttering 'I should have written this'. The wonderful new cookbook by Kate Young The little library cookbook really is one such SATHM (stomp around the house muttering) book. Fiction and food are one of life's irresistible combinations, and 'literary' cookbooks have always been…
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Learning music with Lynda

Have you discovered our Lynda? I have. I'm struggling with music notation and learning to read music... I should have paid attention when I tried to learn at 11, because now when I'm trying to learn at 55, it's quite painful. It just isn't straight forward, there are weird rules and exceptions, and it's more mathematical than I…
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