A chat with carver George Edwards

Tohuka Whakairo (master carver) George Edwards (Ngāi Tahu) of Wairewa has created artworks for many organisations - various marae, the Christchurch City Council, Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) as well as whare and ceremonial gates. In this interview he tells of learning to work with wood, the challenges of transporting logs and carving totem poles as…
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Queen’s Birthday 2014

Monday 2 June is a public holiday on which New Zealand celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. 21 April was her actual birthday and she turned 88 (she was born in 1926). See also: Our page on the Queen's Birthday holiday [kids]. Search for Queen Elizabeth II in our collection. The Queen's page on…
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Weaving art and lives together

Paula Rigby is a skilled weaver, with years of experience creating beautiful items from natural fibres of harakeke or flax, feathers, and more contemporary fibres. Matariki is a time when weaving was taught and practised, and garments were made using the fibres prepared in the previous year. In this interview she shares her knowledge of…
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Kapa haka

Kapa Haka is commonly used to describe a modern day performance of traditional and contemporary adaptations of Māori waiata, mōteatea, poi and haka. The prestigious Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is being held in Christchurch from Wednesday 4 March to Sunday 8 March 2015. Kapa haka at Eastgate. Flickr: CCL-2012 Kapa haka is an…
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Ngā Manu Tīoriori (The Songbirds) – The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group

The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group has been in existence on and off since 2000. However, following the initiation of Dr Terry Ryan as Christchurch City Libraries’ kaumātua, it was decided that the group would meet regularly in a more ‘formalised’ arrangement. The purpose of the group is to tautoko speakers at various occasions that…
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Happy Mother’s Day

Kia ora and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums. Here are some Mums of days gone by: The hospital, a wooden building in Durham Street, Sydenham, had been opened about two years earlier. It was a birthing place for the wives of working men. The hospital was, like other hospitals, named St. Helen's to…
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