NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Canterbury festival

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Festival – which starts on Monday – is  a great chance for you to find out more about this year’s finalists.

In Canterbury we have a fantastic programme of events, including storytelling at the Christchurch Farmer’s Market and a tour around the native bush of Riccarton Bush on Saturday 14 May. There’s also school visits by author, Kyle Mewburn, and some cool competitions that you can enter.  Your school might even be celebrating by joining The Big Read on Wednesday 11 May.  Make sure you enter our festival competitions for your chance to win some of the finalist books.

For more details about the Canterbury Festival, which runs until 17 May, check out

Canterbury lamb in its ultimate, appetising form

We continue our food-related series for Records and Archives Week, with this tasty image:

Canterbury lamb in its ultimate, appetising form

The text reads: “Every year, ships load at Lyttelton and other ports with thousands of frozen carcases from the freezing works. Thus, the lambs which grazed on the on the sunny Canterbury Plains find their way to feed the British people”.

It’s a page from a wonderful pamphlet, Christchurch, New Zealand, city of beautiful gardens and parklands, tourist centre of the South Island. It’s well worth a look.