Ada Lovelace Day 2017: Celebrating New Zealand women in science!

It's that time of year again - when we celebrate women in science! Today (Tuesday 10 October 2017 ) is Ada Lovelace Day. Its aim is to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and maths. This year I'm featuring pioneers of science in New Zealand. From the nation's very beginnings, these women classified and preserved our unique…
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Remembering Norman Kirk

A big man in every sense, Norman Kirk was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 to 1974, and leader of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1974. He  died on 31 August 1974 and I would like to pay homage and possibly introduce him to another generation of Kiwis. It's not a…
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens Children’s Paddling Pool: Picturing Canterbury

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Children’s Paddling Pool with Stds 5 & 6 Spreydon School on an outdoor education class, 1946. File Reference: PH13-256. Kete Christchurch, CC BY-NC-SA 3.00 NZ. Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. In August 1946 the Christchurch Domains Board was abolished and the Botanic gardens and Hagley Park were handed…
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Chatting with New Zealand’s Threatened Species Ambassador

Today marks the beginning of Conservation Week and who better to talk to about nature and conservation than New Zealand's own Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki. A what ambassador? The Threatened Species Ambassador is a new role that was established within the Department of Conservation earlier this year. Perhaps we'd best ask Nic what that involves exactly..…
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It’s the Children’s Choice in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are trying something new this year with an expanded Children's Choice Awards. Children in schools from around the country have been given the opportunity to select their own list of finalists for the 2015 Children's Choice Award.  More than 6,500 children and young adults from…
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