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


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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NZSO Mozart & Beethoven concert winners

Music notes

Recently we ran a competition to win a double pass to the NZSO's Mozart & Beethoven concert. All you had to do to enter was name one of our Music eResources. We had a healthy number of entries but there were only 2 winners, namely: C Dodd W Harvie Disappointed that you didn't win? You […]

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Win tickets to the NZSO Mozart & Beethoven concert

Music notes

Music lovers, take note! The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's 2017 season continues next month with a concert featuring works by Beethoven, Mozart, and John Adams on 4 April at Horncastle Arena. A free pre-concert talk also takes place 45 mins prior to the concert. The pieces performed will be: John Adams Shaker loops Mozart Clarinet concerto […]

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Caraval: Magical fantasy

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

If George R. R. Martin's Westeros of the Game of Thrones series is a magical take on an historical Britain, then the world of Stephanie Garber's Caraval is a similarly fantastical Italy. The story starts on a sun-soaked isle, the home of heroine Scarlett Dragna and her sister Donatella, but inevitably progresses to the home […]

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Emily Writes talks

Emily Writes

Emily Writes is a Wellington-based writer whose blog posts have a habit of going viral. She is mother to two year-old Ronnie and four year-old Eddie and over the last couple of years I have chatted with her online quite a bit. With a three year-old myself our online conversations have covered the full range […]

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