We occasionally run competitions for kids, teens and adults.

Current competitions

uncover - huraina competitions - all entries must be received by 5pm Sunday 29 April

Win tickets to Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul

Win one of three A Reserve double passes to see Science in the Soul! Email with the title of any book written by Richard Dawkins along with your name and contact details to be in to win!
Friday 11 May, 7.30pm at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Win a book: Find the missing word

Kids! Do you love puzzles? Find the words in the puzzle in uncover huraina issue 7. One of the words cannot be found! Write this missing word in an email to along with your name and contact details to be in to win one of the beautiful books shown below.

Terms and conditions

  • Entries open to all ages.
  • Entries must be received by 5pm Sunday 29 April 2018 to be eligible for the draw.
  • Entries must be returned emailed to
  • Winners will be drawn at random and announced on our website and Facebook page on, or before Wednesday 9th May 2018.
  • Prize allocation is at the discretion of the Christchurch City Council. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries must have all correct contact details and answers to relevant questions included in their email.

Past competitions

Win tickets to the NZSO National Youth Orchestra concert - 2 February

This competition ran from 18 to 26 January. The winners of a double pass each to the concert were:

  • Traci Gibson
  • Goldie Wang

Teen Leisure Programmes at the new Central Library

From 1 September to 30 October 2017, teens between aged between 13 and 18 years had the chance to tell us what they’d like to see happening in new Central Library and go into the draw for a $100 Westfield voucher. Congratulations to Isla from New Brighton who won the voucher. 

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2017: Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way

Christchurch City Libraries has run a Photo Hunt since 2008. This year’s theme is Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way. Entries opened on Sunday 1 October and closed Tuesday 31 October. We announced the winners on Friday 1 December.

Win tickets to NZSO concert Rachmaninov with Joyce Yang – Tues 31 October

Thanks to the NZSO we had two double passes to give away to library members to the Rachmaninov concert! Congratulations Stephanie and Heidi who are the winners. Find out more.

Win tickets to DED All Stars vs Northland

The winner of the double pass to a DED All Stars vs Northland bout on Saturday 30th September was Roy Britten who picked his derby name as "Battler Britten".

This competition closed on 5pm, Wednesday 27th September.

Captain Underpants - movie tickets and prize pack

Open for ages 5 to 18, this competition closed Monday 18 September. 

Tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

We ran two exciting competitions during June and July 2017 for 10 family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal.

  1. Craft Yourself a Creature - A Family Challenge! (all ages)
    Entries closed Friday 30 June 2017.
  2. My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar (for ages 0 to 12 years)
    Entries closed Wednesday 19 July 2017.

Hungry caterpillar

NZSO posterDouble passes to NZSO's Schumann & Barber concert

We gave away 2 double passes to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Schumann & Barber concert on 21 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

The winners were Susanna and Kyla.

Double pass to opening night of Cinema Italiano Festival NZ

Cinema Italian Festival logoThe Cinema Italiano Festival NZ runs from 14 to 25 June at the Academy Gold Cinema at The Colombo. We gave away a double pass to the opening night of the Festival.

This competition closed on 5 June 2017. The winner of the double pass was Esther Hughes.

Read our post featuring the picks of the festival.

What’s your favourite place to read? Tell us, and win three books from HarperCollins New Zealand

We gave away three awesome books kindly supplied by HarperCollins New ZealandEntries closed 5pm Friday 19 May and a winner will be drawn and announced on Monday 22 May. Steve was the winner.

Harper Collins

NZSO Mozart & Beethoven concert tickets

We are gave away 2 double passes to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Mozart and Beethoven concert on 4 April at Horncastle Arena.

The winners were:

  • C Dodd
  • W Harvie

Modern Māori Quartet and NZSO tickets

We gave away a double pass to the NZSO and Modern Māori Quartet concert at Horncastle Arena, Friday 3 March at 7pm.

The winners were:

  • G Caughley
  • F Brooker

Pixies concert tickets

Pixies 2017 lineup. Image supplied.

We gave away a double pass to the Pixies concert on Thursday 9 March at Horncastle Arena. D Fernandes was the winner.

Summertime Reading Club Winners 2017


Readers from ages 5 to 13 too part in our Summertime Reading Club. They submitted a completed reading passport in a competition that ran from 16 December 2016 to 31 January 2017, with 8 reading related activities to complete in an activities booklet.

Winners were selected by random draw on 10 February 2017. First prize was an iPad mini 2. Runner-up prizes by were 1 x Orana Family pass, 5 x $20 book vouchers, 5 x $20 Movie vouchers and 5 x pool pass packages.

iPad Mini 2 (1st Prize)
Charlie Au

Orana Family Pass
Diamond Binnie

Book vouchers
Georgia Malie
Ashley Brown
Yvaine Betito
Anastasia Dodd
Jacque Wu

Movie vouchers
Rose Brorens
Viswakala Duna
Emily Allan
Cate Donaldson-Scott
Torin Ward

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2016

Our annual heritage photo competition ran from 1-31 October. Prizes include a tablet or Kobo Glo eReader. Winners were announced 25 November.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2016

Win tickets to the Church Tour

Find out how to enter in our blog post. Entries closed Wednesday 21 September. Hugh Joughin was the winner.

The Church Tour Lineup 2016

VIP afternoon tea with Andy Griffiths

Find out how to enter in our blog post. Entries closed Wednesday 7 September. Jorja was the winner!

Andy Griffiths

Win a double pass to Disney's The BFG

Find out how to enter in our blog postEntries closed Monday 20 June.


Win a double pass to the Cinema Italiano Festival

Cinema Italian Festival logo

We gave away 2 double passes the Cinema Italiano Festival from 15 to 25 June, for any screening following the opening night.

Entries for this competion closed at 12pm on Friday 10 June 2016.

See our post about the festival for more information.

Striking Gold competition

Cover of Striking goldWe invited library members to leave a comment with their suggestion of a great sporting or history read by 5pm Friday 22 April.

The winner of one copy Striking Gold: New Zealand Hockey's Remarkable Victory at the 1976 Olympics was weta1000 who suggested the book Born to run by Christopher McDougall.

Summertime Reading Club Winners 2016

Readers aged 0-16 years of age submitted a reading adventure calendar that ran from 18 December to 18 January, with a box for each day to record how long was spent reading. Winners were selected by random draw on 29 January 2016. In each category, first prize is an iPad mini. Runner-up prizes by category are: 0-6 years - books, 7-12 years - pool passes, 13-16 years movie passes.

0-6 years

  • Merryn Campbell (first prize)
  • Greta Derrick
  • Emerald Jin
  • Hudson Scott
  • Sophie Stead
  • Zane Wyber

7-12 years

  • Emilia Cox-Smith (first prize)
  • Samuel Allan
  • Richard Anderson
  • Emma Bailey
  • Briana Banks
  • Isaac Baugh
  • Benjamin Blakie
  • Anika Brown
  • Clara Dujakvic
  • Oscar Hastings-Bell
  • Emily Haughey
  • Daniel Powley

13-16 years

  • Josh James (first prize)
  • Dominique Barrett
  • Saoirse Hill-Shearman
  • Harriet Rowse
  • Gloria Wong

#dinosinchch selfie competition

Dinosaur Footprints: A Story of Discovery was a national touring exhibition brought to you by GNS Science and New Zealand Oil & Gas and supported in Ōtautahi by Christchurch City Libraries. It was on from 14 November to 16 December at Fendalton Library. There was a competition - kids could snap a selfie at the exhibition and upload to social media with the hashtag #dinosinchch and be in to win cool dinosaur LEGO. Here are the winners.

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In the spirit of DINOVEMBER, the dinosaurs have come to life at Shirley Library! Come in and check out our display or see our images on Flickr. Bring in a photo to Shirley Library of your dinosaurs doing stuff (with your contact details) and we’ll put your picture up on display and you’ll go into the competition to win some dino-mo prizes. Closed 30 November 2015.

Courtney Barnett competition

Our Courtney Barnett ticket competition closed 29 October 2015. The winner of the double pass was Rebecca Taekema.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015

The theme of Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015  is ‘Arrivals and Departures — The journeys that have shaped us’. Take ownership of your city’s heritage, send in some of your old photos to help grow a photographic archive.

All entries had to be made by 5pm Saturday 31 October, 2015. The winner was announced on Friday 27 November 2015.

  • Overall winner Jill Blacklock
  • Places Ali Beken
  • People Kathleen Morris
  • Collection Flora Marker

Winners in each category (Places, People, Collection) won a Kobo Glow eReader. The prize for overall winner was a tablet. View the winning entries in our Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015 - the winners blog post.

Every Story tells a Picture art comp for teens

Every Story Tells a Picture – Art Competition for teens on the Pulse. Closed 5pm on Friday 31 July 2015.

Matariki competition - win an eReader

Win a Kobo Glo eReader on Facebook or our blog. Competitions closed Sunday 21 June 2015.
Find out about the winners.


  • Soundtrack to summer competition for teens (originally published on, now closed)
  • Christchurch photo hunt



Winner of the 2012 A&P show competition

  • Best reads of 2012: Four lucky people shared our great Best reads of 2012 prizes. Congratulations to Barbara, Katharine, Kerrie and Linda.
  • Best books for kids
  • Canterbury A&P Show competition. Congratulations to the winner of our Canterbury A&P Show competition, Peter, who was very happy to receive his Kobo Touch eReader®.
  • MoreFM Sony E-Reader competition
  • 2012 Christchurch Photo Hunt
  • 2012 Women’s Lifestyle Expo - Guess how many pages in the book. The answer was 767. The two closest answers were 765 by F Reid and 776 by Aleisha Hurd.
  • 2012 New Zealand Music Month. Congratulations to Rosanna who won an iPod Nano®.
  • Customer satisfaction survey online 2012 - Harvey won an iPod Nano® for completing our survey.
  • 2012 Summertime Reading photography competition



  • 2010 iPod shuffle winner announced. Braden Warnock won the iPod shuffle. He was one of 117 customers who completed an online card sort for the Source.



2006 competitions