Old Accommodation House: Picturing Canterbury

Old accommodation house. Kete Christchurch. Pearce_family_photos_21. Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0 NZ.

Old accommodation house, location unknown, date unknown but probably in the 1930s to 1950s. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete Christchurch View more Picturing Canterbury posts Do you have any further information about this photo? If so, please […]

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Feeling festive, out of Africa!


So I missed WORD Christchurch Autumn Season but just up the drag from Cape Town, in the beautiful Western Cape lies Franschoek, where every year (in May) the Franschoek Literary Festival (FLF) takes place. I was curious to see how Africa festivates*, so my daughter and I offloaded the kids and headed into the mountains. What is it about […]

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Youth Week at Christchurch City Libraries

This place is lit, New Brighton

National Youth Week 2017 is 26 May to 4 June 2017 and this year's theme is "Our voices count, count our voices". Events at Christchurch City Libraries during Youth Week Linwood College Showcase Concert - Part of New Zealand Music Month Thursday 25th May 25 5:00PM – 6:00PM Linwood Library at Eastgate This concert will feature […]

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Ipu by Gillian Whitehead – free online New Zealand music


Ipu by Gillian Whitehead brings together a unique ensemble of piano, cello, and pre-European Māori instruments and voice. Ipu is a poetic tale of love based on a story by Tungia Baker (translated into Māori by Wena Tait). An ipu is a gourd used to carry food and goods and ipu korero denotes a story-teller, someone who 'carries' stories. The ipu is employed on […]

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Douglas Adams: 25 May is Towel Day!

Douglas Adams

“Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.) After having spent a few weeks Time Travelling this month, you can be sure I kept my towel handy. Towel Day, 25th May, is a day […]

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RIP Chris Cornell – Soundgarden


Chris Cornell played his final gig with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday night and hours later was found dead in his hotel room. Chris Cornell was best known as singer and songwriter for Seattle grunge band Soundgarden, which had critical success with the 1994 album Superunknown, and Grammy Award winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and […]

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Douglas Lilburn – The Three Symphonies – free online New Zealand music


Douglas Lilburn - The Three Symphonies features James Judd conducting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) is considered 'the father of New Zealand music'. Lilburn’s three symphonies represent the heart of his creativity. The first and second symphonies written in the 1940s and early 50s clearly bear the resolve, energy and determination of […]

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Kids’ Books newsletter

Girl reading in a chair made of books

Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading. Be first in the know: subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox. Included in this month's newsletter are: For more great reads for kids, check out our Kids' […]

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Historical Fiction Newsletter

Pocket Watch and book

Tales from ancient times or more recent history - read about the latest historical fiction titles in our monthly newsletter. This month's newsletter includes -   Subscribe to our newsletters and get our latest titles and top picks straight from your inbox.

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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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