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Back to work and breastfeeding

Kelly Dorgan of the Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service encourages mothers to talk with their employers about their intentions to breastfeed, and to make plans to support the whole whānau. By Kate Barber There’s often a lot of stress and guilt around returning to work when you have a baby – about leaving your pēpi to […]

The cat’s contribution to family life

There are many benefits to owning a pet: some we anticipated, others we have come to appreciate over time. By Kate Barber We got a kitten during the first lockdown – a little girl cat (we thought), who turned out to be a boy. “Shimmer” is a dull grey colour, but we think he has […]

The Show is back, and you’re invited!

In all its traditional splendour, The New Zealand Agricultural Show will be bringing the country to town in style this November, while offering a plethora of new events and experiences for visitors over three days – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9-11 November. Best of all, this year, all kids under 18 get free entry. Plus, […]

Extravaganza at Ferrymead

On Sunday 23 October, as part of the Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Festival, Ferrymead Heritage Park is pulling out all the stops to bring history alive for families.  The annual Extravaganza at Ferrymead has fascinating attractions for all: the Edwardian township to explore, steam train and trams to ride, plus a petting zoo, pony rides […]

Whānau tupu ngātahi: Families growing together at Playcentre

As an option for early childhood education (ECE), Playcentre is unique because it supports parents and caregivers to play and learn alongside their children. We want the best for our children, and we know how important the early years are: it’s when their brains ‘wire up’ and they develop the strengths and dispositions to deal […]

To be a boy or a girl

Many young people feel alienated and confused because they don’t fit with our traditional Western ideas of sex and gender, says neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis. The female (XX) and male (XY) model of biological sex is too simplistic, as are our traditional ideas about gender and sexual orientation, says Nathan Wallis. “The percentage of babies […]

A rewarding journey with Hato Hone St John

From first aid and friendships to life skills and leadership, the St John Youth Programme offers a raft of support and education for young Kiwis. Hato Hone St John is proud to support thousands of young New Zealanders, aged 5 to 18, to build on their strengths and reach their potential. While supporting their knowledge […]

Adventure starts here

The Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP) is great for those seeking to hone their skills on a bike, fly on the ziplines or get in touch with nature on the walking trails. Whether you’re looking for thrills, a leisurely ride with friends, or keen to get your young charges hooked on riding, CAP is a mountain-biking […]