The wahine who welcomed the visitors to Tuahiwi, North Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury

Date: 3 August 1922. "This was a week-long hui attended by Wiremu Ratana (1873-1939) and was the largest gathering of the Waipounamu Maori that had been held for many years. Its chief purpose was to discuss their claims over land taken from them in the past. Grievances were referred to as "Te hapa o nuitireni", […]

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Ballantynes’ Fire 70th Anniversary – 18 November 2017

About 70 years ago, on 18 November 1947, should you have been wandering down Cashel Street towards Colombo shortly before four in the afternoon, you would have seen a strange sight: Ballantynes co-owner, Kenneth Ballantyne, climbing down the parapet of his storefront. Flames all around him, he is the last to escape the Ballantynes' fire with his […]

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A natural quartet

I've recently been delving into some "recreational non-fiction" reading! Recreational non-fiction is what you might call stories based on fact that read as easily as a novel. This can be particularly true of memoir or biographies, and I've come across four such titles that I would like to recommend to you, the Christchurch reading public! […]

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The Boat Runner

When you read Devin Murphy's immersive coming of age novel The Boat Runner, you are carried away into a world where doing the morally right thing no longer seems so straight forward. Devin Murphy spent eight years working on this debut novel, inspired by his own and his wife's family history. He draws on the […]

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100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire

"One of the biggest and most destructive fires experienced in the city in recent years took place last night, when the big block of buildings known as the Canterbury Hall, comprising His Majesty's Theatre, the Alexandra and Victoria Halls, the offices of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, the offices of the Canterbury Industrial Association, […]

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Read all about it!

We have added two new online newspaper archives to our collection, The International Herald Tribune and The 17th and 18th Nichols Newspaper Collection. You can search them individually or alongside our other collections of newspaper archives using Gale Primary Sources. Use these resources at a library or enter your library card & password/PIN International Herald Tribune Historical Archive […]

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The Late Maka Makomako, A Ngāi Tahu Chief Of Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi: Picturing Canterbury

The late Maka Makomako, a Ngāi Tahu chief of Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi. "Maka Makomako, who was over ninety years when he died, is believed to be the last of the twenty-six principal chiefs who sold the first block of the 400,000 acres in the South, in Otakou, now Otago. The deed executed between the natives dated […]

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