Celebrating Winter – Te mana o Hōtoke

Our theme for June is wintry, but it also brings a new start. Matariki – the Māori New Year – arrives at the end of the month. Explore what is happening at your libraries, and keep stocked up on library resources for those cold indoor days. You might want to book your kids and teens into KidsFest on next month - it always books out quickly!

Matariki art
Linwood Library at Eastgate. Friday 25 July 2014. Flickr 2014-07-25- IMG_0769


Matariki – the Māori New Year – takes place on Pipiri 18 June. There will be Matariki storytimes and activities at our libraries throughout June.

Our Māori resources include:


Get some hot reading tips for inside days:

NZ Book Month photo competition winner
NZ Book Month photo competition winner 2012. Photo by Danielle Rutter. Flickr CCL-2012-DSCF1531

Picturing winter

We have some images of winter and Matariki.

Browse our images collection, Flickr photostream, and Kete Christchurch for more local images.

Riccarton Mill in a snowy July 1895  [1895], CCL PhotoCD 4, IMG0018Riccarton Mill in a snowy July 1895, CCL PhotoCD 4, IMG0018

More winter stuff

What happened in June

Our timeline of historic Christchurch events.

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About our website themes

Each month we connect you with library resources and local events. We also dig out some of the gems in our collection that reflect the vibrant and diverse aspects of life in Christchurch.

Next month’s theme

In July our theme is Creating - Waihanga.

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