Interview with landscape gardener Rob Upritchard: The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap Spotlight

Vegetable gardening can be a finicky business, but city living needn't stop you from growing something edible. Rob Upritchard is a landscape gardener from Christchurch whose passion for growing has extended to his family garden, and his wife and children are all involved. He has connected with the newly opened Tool Lendery and does regular…
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Mother Nature: Giving us everything we need to create beautiful, natural, art

The chill of frosty mornings. Puddles to splash in. Trees a-flame with orange, red, and yellow leaves... and the crunch of those leaves underfoot. There's no doubt about it. Autumn is here, and she's arrived in all her glory. Sure, she's on her way out, and the early-morning frosts are starting to creep in, but…
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Podcast – COP and Climate change

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses issues around the UN climate change conference, the "Conference of Parties" or COP 22 which is underway in Marrakech and questions whether it's an effective…
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Podcast – Resources in the city with FESTA

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses issues around the use of resources in the Christchurch urban environment including - resourcefulness reuse / recycling / upcycling people power architecture and people using…
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Podcast – Food in the city with FESTA

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. This episode discusses urban food initiatives in Christchurch and issues such as - Environmental and social sustainability of urban food projects What defines 'foraging' Connections between ecological and political…
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Imagining a different Christchurch – Jessica Halliday and FESTA 2016

FESTA is a "biennial weekend celebration of urban creativity" and one of the coolest events on Ōtautahi's calendar. It is on this Labour weekend, kicking off with the SuperWOW disco at the Dance-o-mat on Friday 21 October, and ending with PechaKucha on Monday 24 October at 7.30pm. The unmissable big event is Lean Means on…
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Cockroach cuisine

The truth: By the year 2066 we will be eating insects as a significant part of our diet. Current population growth will mean that we cannot sustain our existing farming methods, be they of the animal or plant variety. Let's be very clear on this - we will have to supplement our diets with insects, or we will…
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