The treasures of the herbarium

Ines Schonberger sorts through the 630,000 plant samples at the Lincoln herbarium.

Plants collected in NZ in 1769-70 still exist and tell stories.

Taste testing at Noodle Markets

A selection of dishes from the Night Noodle Markets.

The night was warm, the beer was flowing, and the queues were long - but what was the food actually like?

Night Noodle Markets - the menus

Tasty meat skewers are proving hugely popular at the markets.

Read our full list of menus for each stall at Christchurch's Night Noodle Markets and decide ahead what you want to try.

Noodle markets still heaving

The Collier and Munro families came together for a night with noodles.

The queues were a little shorter, and the wait times were a little less - but the appetites were just as large.

Families share anxiety fix video

Sarina Dickson, left, and Julie Burgess-Manning, authors of highly successful kids books dealing with anxiety, have released a short film showcasing how families have adapted to stressful environments.

Their books on anxiety have become a staple in schools across Canterbury, now two Christchurch authors have made a film.

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Eat And Drink

Taste testing at Noodle Markets

A selection of dishes from the Night Noodle Markets.

The night was warm, the beer was flowing, and the queues were long - but what was the food actually like?

Noodle market problems tackled video

Organisers promise opening night issues have been solved and encourage punters to try again.

Crowds overwhelm noodle market video

Plan your noodle market feast

Art And Stage

Creating a meaningful experience

Grayson Perry, Portrait Claire, 2014, photograph: Pal Hanson

My Pretty Little Art Career offers up a comprehensive mid-career survey exhibition of Grayson Perry's work

This week's Go Guide

Quidam comes to Christchurch this week.

From the Coast to Coast to Classical Sparks there's plenty happening in Christchurch this weekend

Shakespeare for the masses succeeds

Top Dog Theatre's Hamlet is being performed at Mona Vale until February 20.

REVIEW: Hamlet condensed into a pacy two-hour, open-air romp

Arts precinct vision released

The proposed $14 million Piano Centre for Music and Arts, which will be the first new building in the performing arts precinct.

The city council has released its vision for the performing arts precinct.

CoCA gallery returns

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s Organisation of Love is a ‘‘living sculpture’’, which invites participants to pair up and attempt to hold an assortment of plastic bottles filled with liquid in place in the space between their bodies.

Christchurch's Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) will reopen on Saturday after a five-year absence.

Summer Starter

'We've got the same name' video

Sophie Dawson, 9, and Sophie Lumb, 8, became instant friends after meeting at an end of year party.

Two Sophies from two quake-ravaged schools meet for the first time - see what happens next.

How a sloth starts summer

These people dressed better and ran a much greater distance than Alastair Paulin at The Press Summer Starter.

Alastair Paulin was forced his show off his "skinny, pale legs poking below too short running shorts" to get fit for summer.

Summer Starter offers American experience

Marie Smith, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, finished The Press Summer Starter fun run with her son and partner.

Tracy Hapi has lost 92kg in two years and gone from a size 34 to a 14.

Summer off to a good start gallery video

Start of the 10km The Press Summer Starter fun run.

More than 5000 people - and about 130 dogs - ran and walked across our city in The Press Summer Starter.

Summer Starter inspiration

Personal trainer, Cate Grace and husband Riwai Grace are encouraging others to join them in the Summer Starter.

Tomorrow, thousands of folk at least 120 dogs will take part in the second Press Summer Starter.

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