Mushroom cloud formation: Picturing Canterbury

Mushroom cloud formation over the Port Hills. In the foreground is the Government Life building. 26 January 1985. Appearing on the same day as when acting Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer confirmed that New Zealand would not abandon its anti-nuclear stand, the Christchurch Weather Office reassured residents that the cloud was just a Cumulonimbus cloud formation. Do…
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Recent necrology, February 2019

Some well-known people who have died recently Stanley Donen, 1924-2019 Director and choreographer who helped transform the Hollywood musical Albert Finney, 1936-2019 Actor who made his name as the archetypal angry young man in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning William Hawkey, 1932-2019 Composer, teacher and musician, formerly conductor of Christchurch Harmonic Society and University of…
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RBdigital Comics

Calling all comic book fans! Christchurch City Libraries has a new eComic collection on RBdigital. RBdigital Comics is a collection of great comics including Marvel titles. You'll find Judge Dredd, Spiderman, Fantastic Four and X-Men. You just need to sign up for an account on RBdigital Comics, if you are an RBdigital Magazine user, you…
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Podcast – Period poverty

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Period poverty occurs when women and girls are unable to afford menstrual products. Join advocates Julie Chapman (KidsCan), Dani Barrington (Leeds University), Olie Body (Wā Collective) and Laura O'Dwyer…
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Kate’s top 2019 Pride picks

Welcome to Pride 2019! Christchurch City Libraries is hosting different Pride events at Tūranga this year  – check out Zines, Book Speed Dating, and a panel discussion with QTopia, or bring the whānau along for rainbow stories. In celebration of the season, I’d like to share my top picks for rainbow books for kids and…
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Alison Comfort with the The Merrie-Midgets puppet troop: Picturing Canterbury

The Merrie-Midgets were a puppet show hand-crafted, built and performed by the Comfort family of Christchurch from the mid 1950s until 1965. The show travelled the length of the South Island, along with appearances in Auckland and Wellington, and was a regular feature on Hays Roof during school holidays. Alison Comfort with characters from The…
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