The Science of Christmas

We may not have the snowflakes, chimney (well most of us in Christchurch don’t anymore!) or the appropriately attired Father Christmas, but we do have a uniquely Kiwi Christmas. Here are a few science-based facts on Christmas to share with your kids (or colleagues). 1.   …

Easy family barbecue ideas

We all love barbecues and cooking outdoors during summer, so having some easy standbys you can whip up with a smidgen of effort is always handy. Here are a few ideas to get you started: No-cook chickpea vegetable salad Dressing ingredients •    ¼ cup finely …

Kids’ summer birthday party ideas

Spring and summer are great times to have a child’s birthday party. With all that sunshine, keeping kids (and party mess) outdoors is a no-brainer. Outdoor parties offer a raft of new possibilities. We’ve put together a few summer sizzling kids’ party ideas to get …

What to do if there is an earthquake in NZ

What to do if there is an Earthquake!

New Zealand lies on the boundary of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. Most earthquakes occur at faults, which are breaks extending deep within the earth, caused by movements of these plates. There are thousands of earthquakes in New Zealand every year, but most of …

Why self-control is so important

A recently-aired documentary on New Zealand’s Dunedin study highlights the importance of teaching self-control to children. The Dunedin study is a long-running cohort study of 1037 people born over the course of a year between 1972 and 1973 in Dunedin. Its researchers found that young …