National Volunteer Week 2017

Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference in your community. Here is some information from Volunteering New Zealand on National Volunteer Week 2017. This year’s theme is: Live, laugh, share — Volunteer Kia ringa hora: Me mahi tūao National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2017 will be held from 18 to 24 June. This positive message is about celebrating what volunteers […]

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Armchair Travel newsletter


No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter Subscribe to our bimonthly Armchair Travel newsletter to discover new titles and recommended staff picks.

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Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

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Our latest Thrillers and Suspense newsletter includes the following titles: Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and best picks straight in your inbox. For more great crime and thriller reads, check out our lists of winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Awards, of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, and of the Ngaio […]

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National Flash Fiction Day in Christchurch – Thursday 22 June 2017

Come along next week to the fab free event Flash in the Pan on National Flash Fiction Day 2017. When: 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 22 June 2017 Where: Space Academy, St Asaph Street Subscribe to the National Flash Fiction Day Christchurch Facebook event Flash in the Pan is a popular night that brings together flash fiction […]

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Be in to win tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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We are running two exciting competitions during June and July this year. Express your creativity and be in to win 1 of 10 family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. Craft Yourself a Creature - A Family Challenge! (all ages) Entries open Thursday 1 June and close Friday 30 […]

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KidsFest 2017

KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 8 to 22 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and book your spot! Tickets are on sale NOW. See KidsFest events at Christchurch City Libraries. Browse the KidsFest website for all KidsFest […]

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Fantasy newsletter

Find out about new fantasy titles, book awards and some topical picks by our selectors. Starting next month, you'll begin receiving our new and improved Fantasy and Science Fiction newsletter. This new newsletter will expand your speculative fiction horizons and deliver the best of both science fiction and fantasy -- monthly. Look for the first issue coming your way in June. May's newsletter […]

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Mabel Howard – New Zealand’s first woman Cabinet Minister

Mabel Howard

It is 70 years since Mabel Howard (1894 - 1972) became New Zealand's first woman Cabinet Minister.  She first entered Parliament in 1943, after winning the Christchurch East by-election on 6 February. In 1946, she won in the newly-formed electorate of Sydenham. On 13 May 1947, Mabel was voted into Cabinet by the Labour caucus, on […]

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