Phoenix: A Celebration of Creative Wellbeing exhibition

Phoenix: A celebration of creative wellbeing is an exhibition showcasing work by artists from Ōtautahi Creative Spaces' Room 5. It is on display in the Exhibition Space on Hapori Level 1 in Tūranga until Sunday 11 August. The exhibition’s theme of transformation is expressed through the mythical story of the firebird Phoenix, which arose from the ashes and symbolizes regeneration, strength and renewal.
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“We’ve all been through a lot” Chessie and Chris Henry: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

I doubt there are many literary - or related - events where you have the author, one of their subjects and an audience made up of people who have been through many of the events described, to a greater or lesser extent, in the place where one of the events took place. This was the…
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Brighten up your life

Tomorrow, 21 June, is the winter solstice. The shortest day. The point at which the southern hemisphere of our little blue planet, with its jaunty, tilted axis, reaches "peak gloom". The weather will continue to grow colder from this point*, hardening into winter, but the days themselves and potential daylight hours will increase. And not…
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Pink Shirt Day 2018

If you have ever been bullied, you will know what it is like. You might wonder why they are doing it and when they will stop. You might feel sad or depressed. You might feel anxious, worried and alone. You are not alone, and you can get help. It is tragic that bullying has become…
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Podcast – Issues affecting men

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. Sally talks with Donald Pettitt (Canterbury Men's Centre), Iain Fergusson and Steve Carter (mental health advocates) about issues affecting men. Part I: Campaigns to raise awareness of men's issues…
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Reading in Mind for Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 October).  The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey reported that one in every six New Zealanders have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at a point in their lives. The report also highlights a link between mental illness and poor physical health: mental disorders are the third…
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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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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

In Eric Lindstrom's latest young adult novel, A tragic kind of wonderful, Mel is a beautifully complex young woman grappling with confronting decisions and emotions, navigating relationships with her family, friends and her internal 'animals'. Lindstrom's use of a first person narrative allows the reader to experience the intensity of Mel’s experiences, memories and decisions as…
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