Te Rerenga Kōrero – Mau mau ana!

Ākina te reo - support the language

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission publish weekly Māori phrases that can be used to support or cheer someone on. Mau mau ana! Caught! Nabbed! Hear Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki - Phrase of the week. Full list of 50 rerenga […]

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Win tickets to the NZSO Schumann & Barber concert

NZSO poster

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are in town again this month with a concert featuring works by Brahms, Schumann and Barber on 21 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The pieces performed will be: Brahms Tragic Overture Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor Barber Adagio for Strings Barber Symphony No. 1 We had 2 double passes to give away to library […]

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The Gig Guide: June 2017

Audience

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue? Comedy Cori Gonzalez-Macuer 1 June Dance Royal New Zealand Ballet: Three by Ekman 9 June Tiki Taane Mahuta 12 June Black Grace: As night falls 28 June Kids CSO Music trails […]

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40 years ago in a galaxy not far away…

May the force be with you

On a Wednesday in 1977 a phenomenon began. That phenomenon was Star Wars. Released in only 32 cinemas in the US on 25 May of that year the sci-fi space opera broke all box-office records and changed the movie making business. Star Wars was one of the first films to generate "round the block queues" […]

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Matariki – Māori New Year 2017

Matariki 2017

Matariki - the Māori New Year - will take place on Pipiri 25 June 2017. During Matariki we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth, Papatūānuku. Matariki 2017 is a fresh look through old eyes at Māori oral traditions, practices […]

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James Gleick at WORD Christchurch: No spoilers for Time Travellers

James Gleick and Professor Daniel Bernardi

James Gleick does not want to offend anyone. The author of numerous books of a scientific bent is careful with his words and keen not to ruffle any feathers. It's speculation on my part, but I wonder if his experience is that, on the topic of Time Travel, passions might sometimes become inflamed? A curious full house […]

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Five Forget Mother’s Day

Five Forget Mother's Day

If you'd told me when I was ten years old that I'd still enjoy a Famous Five tale 30 years later I'd have been thrilled. If you'd told me that at 15 I'd have been mortified. Such is the inextricable (and uncool) bond that Enid Blyton's youthful sleuths have with childhood, innocence, and jolly good fun. But […]

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The Gig Guide: May 2017

electric guitar

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue? Music May presents many more opportunities to listen to music than usual in Christchurch with New Zealand Music Month performances at a library near you including Adam McGrath of The Eastern, as […]

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Anzac Day in Christchurch 2017

Wreaths

Tuesday 25 April 2017 was Anzac Day. All our libraries were closed on this public holiday. Read our page on Anzac Day and Gallipoli to find out more about this commemoration. Commemorative services often begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial, where they are joined by other members […]

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The Gig Guide: April 2017

The Christchurch Banjo, Mandoline and Guitar Orchestra, 1907. h Wright.

Planning on attending a concert, show, or gig in Christchurch? Then why not take a look at what we've got of that artist's back catalogue? Comedy Cosmic Shambles, featuring Robin Ince, Dr Michelle Dickinson, James Nokise, Dr Helen Czerski, Professor Lucie Green 10 April Flick Electric Co. Comedy Gala hosted by Urzila Carlson 28 April Kids […]

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