Rockvale Stone & Garden

Then out came the sun! Easter arrived here with eight little ones and their parents. Numbers swelled when the Rockvale Garden Easter egg hunt began on Sunday morn….there was collecting and carnage when Scruff the dog got over excited and disgraced himself, by disposing of a Bantam – much to Continue Reading

Learning Chinese Can Be Fun!

Around 1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese around the world. Mandarin Chinese is mostly spoken in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Chinese joins English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish as one of the six official UN languages. Mandarin Chinese doesn’t have an alphabet. It is written with symbols. These symbols Continue Reading

Migrants Meet and Share

A new group is being established in Oamaru to meet the needs of the increasing migrant population. Maria Erdody, a member of the Waitaki Multicultural Council, arrived in Oamaru thirteen years ago straight from Uruguay. Maria a trained Psychologist spoke no English and came with her husband and three kids Continue Reading

Windows on a Women’s World

The first 10 Dominican sisters arrived in Dunedin in 1871. The congregation expanded rapidly, establishing schools throughout Otago and Southland, and eventually reaching as far north as Auckland. For most of their first century in New Zealand the Dominican sisters were teaching nuns, living in large enclosed convents cut off Continue Reading