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Te Rerenga Kōrero – Rutua (te hoariri)!

Ākina te reo - support the language

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. Rutua (te hoariri)! Tackle (the opponent)! Hear Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Full list of 50 […]

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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

Chilbury Ladies' Choir

It’s 1940 and the Chilbury village men, young and old alike, are called upon to fight to defend their heritage and their immediate future. The Vicar leaves a note on the church noticeboard stating that ‘As all our male voices have gone to war, the village choir is to close’. This high-handed attitude rattles on […]

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“Here comes your band…”

Pixies

The iconic and legendary Pixies are well and truly back and we are giving away tickets for their Christchurch show on 9 March. In 2014 they returned from a 23 year hiatus amid much anticipation with their comeback album Indie Cindy, which was met with thunderous applause & critical acclaim (...from myself, at least!) and if they'd stopped there I would've felt […]

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Te Matatini: Excellence in Māori Performing Arts

kapa haka performance

Te Matatini.  The many faces. Wednesday marked the opening of what is one of the biggest events on the National Māori calendar.  Eagerly awaited by thousands, this biennial event is the paramount event for Māori performing arts. An extravaganza of live performance and a bringing together of some of the best exponents and practitioners of […]

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Gas Mask: Picturing Canterbury

Gas mask [1919], Kete Christchurch

One of the Pearce family wearing a WWI gas mask at the Pearce family home on Aikmans Road, Merivale, about 1919. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete Christchurch View more Picturing Canterbury posts

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Do you judge a book by its cover?

Woman reading a book

Everyone knows you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, right? But we do, of course. I mean, when you're browsing the library shelves, it's the cover that attracts you to a book, isn't it? I've heard that you're supposed to read to page 90 (!) of a book before you decide if you […]

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WORD Christchurch – All About Women

All about women,

Yesterday a car pulled up next to me while we were sitting at the lights, and the gentleman inside (I use the term loosely) rolled down his window. 'Cheer up!' he called. 'Come on! Smile for me!' If this doesn't happen to you on a regular basis then perhaps you won't understand why my immediate […]

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Te Rerenga Kōrero – Koina!

Ākina te reo - support the language

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! Hear Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Full list of 50 rerenga kōrero […]

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