The Māori Church at Taumutu, With Members of the Māori and European Congregation: Picturing Canterbury

The Māori Church at Taumutu, with members of the Māori and European congregation. The Rev. Philip J. Cocks from Southbridge, the Rev. H. E. Ensor from Leeston, and the Rev. C. Griffin, the Wesleyan minister at Leeston, all hold periodical services in this church, which is largely attended by the fishermen from Taumutu Point. The…
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Daughters of Dystopia

Dystopia: relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. I love a great dystopian novel, it's a genre that can veer into classic science fiction, but the ones I love the most are the ones you can imagine happening in…
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Headscarves and hymens: Why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution

Over the years I've had ambivalent feelings toward feminism. However, this has changed markedly as I've encountered the work of people like Egyptian-American journalist and feminist commentator Mona Eltahawy, whose book Headscarves and Hymens states the case for "why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution"...and arguably a reformation. This book came up on my…
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The Troubles – Boxing Day, 1879

Wherever you go, you take your troubles with you. This was never more apparent than on Boxing Day, 1879, when sectarian violence broke out on the streets of Christchurch and Timaru, between Irish Catholics and protestant Orangemen. Although the more severe violence took place in Christchurch, it was actually the Timaru fracas that made it…
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Happy Hanukkah!

"Monica, Monica, have a happy Hanukkah!" I'm a tad ashamed to say that, yes, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Hanukkah is Phoebe's holiday song in Friends. I suspect that I may not be alone in my limited awareness... Yet Hanukkah is one of the most popular Jewish religious…
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