World Buskers Festival

The SCIRT World Buskers Festival is a Christchurch tradition. It is the largest outdoor festival in New Zealand, and one of the biggest street performance festivals in the world. 2015 In 2015 the World Buskers Festival runs from 15 to 25 January. As in recent years, North Hagley Park becomes Busker Park, and contains a…
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Kites and Kite Day

Flying kites has an important role in many cultures across the world. This page lists kite events, and kite resources at your library. Māori used kites, Te Manu Tukutuku, for recreation and communication. Kites were often seen as connectors of the heavens and the earth. Kite Day at New Brighton Every year during Summertimes, Kite…
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Sneaky characters, intrigue, love, betrayal, and dressing sheep in helmets to frighten off the English army

I’m always excited to read new books, whether it’s a debut or the latest in a series, but there’s something equally exciting about discovering a new favourite author who already has an extensive back catalogue. I’m now halfway through Dorothy Dunnett‘s House of Niccolò series with four to go, having finished her six-part Chronicles of Lymond…
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Digging Christchurch: Underground Overground Archaeology display

Underground Overground Archaeology have a fascinating collection of old stuff on display at South Library. A recent find is some old hats dug from the new Justice Precinct. The Christchurch landscape contains within it the clues to a long gone era of the city's history, when horse-drawn carriages took the place of cars, long skirts…
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Running on empty

It's now less than 12 months before I have a go at my first middle distance triathlon, the Half Ironman. That in itself is a worrying thought, but at least it's 11 months away, and not 11 weeks - now that would be a cause for concern. Who decided that a half ironman was middle…
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Name this library!

Construction on the new library, pool and community facility in Halswell is coming along nicely. We need your creative input to suggest a name for what will be a major facility and permanent touchstone in the Halswell community. I've got some ideas!: HAL (for the 2001 fans amongst you - nice and short) Splash'n'read'n'meet Halswellarama…
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Happy Birthday Amiable Jane

It is a truth universally acknowledged... that readers of Jane Austen must be in want of more! I can still remember it so clearly - my first encounter with Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. I was in my pink-walled, sloping-ceilinged, shoe-box bedroom, staying up way past bedtime reading Pride and Prejudice for 7th Form English…
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