Recent necrology, March 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Cover of Hotel du LacAsa Briggs, 1921-2016
    Wide-ranging social historian and university administrator who delighted in the throw-away ephemera of everyday life
  • Cover of It's Goodnight from MePat Conroy, 1945-2016
    Novelist whose fictionalised accounts of a traumatic childhood were turned into successful films
  • Ronnie Corbett, 1930-2016
    A fine comic and an entertainment treasure
  • Peter Maxwell Davies, 1934-2016
    English composer, conductor and one-time enfant terrible who became Master of the Queen’s Music
  • Patty Duke, 1946-2016
    Troubled actress who won an Oscar at age 16 for her portrayal of the blind and deaf Helen Keller
  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt, 1929-2016
    Celebrated Austrian conductor, the ‘pope’ of baroque music revival
  • Keith Jeffery, 1952-2016
    Historian who revealed how spying nuns and exploding filing cabinets helped the fledgling MI6
  • Nancy Reagan, 1921-2016
    American actress and wife of the 40th United States President

Things to do in the school holidays – April 2016

School holidays start on Monday 18 April – or after school on Friday 15 April. Our libraries and learning centres will be busy with animal-themed programmes and activities as well as origami, scavenger hunts, and games.

School holiday programmes

Here’s some picks – some require booking, so check them out and book in:

At libraries and learning centres

  • Toy animal sleepover – leave a toy at the library, then pick it up in the morning. There will be pics taken on the shenanigans it gets up to … (free)
  • Minecraft game zone (aimed at 8 to 12 year olds) 3D gaming experience that involves creating your virtual world and interacting with others ($7 per kid)
  • BeeBots (for 4 to 7 year olds) Kids can explore a story with a BeeBot and learn basic robotic skills. ($7 per kid)


In Christchurch

  • Make Where the wild things are masks and Pet Monsters at the Christchurch Art Gallery. ($8 per child)
  • The movie is going to be played in the auditorium on Wednesday 27 April at 7pm. (gold coin entry)
  • If – like us – you are bit obsessed with that sugary delight of Pip & Pop at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Sweet Dreams (are made of these) is for you. Your kids will help create a colourful mosaic using stickers created by Tanya Schultz, the artist who made it. This event is on 10, 17 April, 8 May, and 5 June. (free, but book in)
The newest new world by Pip & Pop
The newest new world by Pip & Pop. Flickr 2015-12-20-IMG_1690
  • If it’s a nice autumn day, explore the Kids Discovery Trail at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. (free)
  • Cultural Constellations by Science Alive! is a neat experience for the whole family. You sit in the StarDome and feel like you are exploring space. ($5 per person; $20 for families of 4 or more)
  • Go for a swim at one of our local pools. (see prices)
  • Visit Christchurch’s superpopular Margaret Mahy Playground, or one of the other many cool parks. Playgrounds are listed in Find:Chch. (free)
Margaret Mahy Playground
Margaret Mahy Playground. Flickr 2015-12-23-IMG_1728

Moata’s post has great suggestions on reading and stuff to help make travelling with kids more fun and less stress. And of course your local library has plenty of CDs, DVDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks, books, mags, and stuff for kids.

We’d love to hear your ideas of things to do in the school holidays too.