Auahatanga – Creative Spaces

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

Where everyone can learn, make and design.

Our creative and learning spaces welcome everyone. It does not matter if you have just got started, or are reigniting a creative passion. We have some amazing technology available around our Christchurch City Libraries. Find out more about each piece of gear, where you can find it, and how you can use it to help exercise your creativity!

The purpose of our service is to support prototyping and printing small quantities, as we are a non-commercial organisation. 

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Creative times

New for 2024 - Auahatanga - South - Session Times

10 January to 31 March 2024

Weekly - Creative Times - Drop in

  • Mondays 9am to 12noon
  • Tuesdays 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Wednesdays 9am to 12.noon
  • Thursdays 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Weekly - Creative Essentials Workshops - Bookings required

Booked sessions on a set topic, enhance your skills and unlock new abilities.

  • Thursdays 10am to 11am

Please note!

Unfortunately, the following Weekly Creative Time Sessions have been cancelled due to prior bookings.

  • Wednesday 13 March 9am to 12noon
  • Thursday 14 March 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Monday 18 March 9am to 12noon
  • Tuesday 19 March 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 21 March 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Monday 25 March 9am to 12noon
  • Tuesday 26 March 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 March 9am to 12noon
  • Thursday 28 March 1.30pm to 4.30pm

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions about the equipment, email creativespaces@ccc.govt.nz, opens a new window

Laser Cutting

A laser cutter provides a fast and accurate way of cutting a variety of materials, such as paper, card, acrylic, wood, laminate and fabric.

Once existing stock is depleted we will no longer be cutting MDF on our laser cutters. MDF contains synthetic formaldehyde. Laser cutting this material produces toxic dust and fumes which are harmful to people and the health of the machine. Supplying your own materials? For a list of approved materials for laser cutting please ask a member of our creative team.

Laser cutters work by firing a high-powered carbon dioxide laser through a series of mirrors and a focusing lens to produce a beam that burns very precisely through the media. The laser is controlled by computer numerical control (CNC) which moves the laser head by following a vector design. Create designs using Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer.

Available at South and Tūranga

Vinyl Printing and Cutting

A vinyl cutter contains a very sharp blade that is controlled by a computer. The blade can move precisely to cut shapes out of materials such as paper, card, adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl. Some cutters are integrated into inkjet printers, allowing many more options for printing and cutting designs. Create designs using Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer or Silhouette Studio software.

3D printing

You can design and print 3D designs at Christchurch City Libraries. We have several 3D printers that can be used to make small objects out of plastic.

Available at: Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, New Brighton, South, and Tūranga

*Shirley currently unavailable.

Sewing, Overlocker, and Embroidery Machines

Construct your own projects from fabric using our sewing machines and overlockers, embellish with stitched designs using the embroidery machine.

Available at New Brighton, South, and Tūranga

Vacuum former

A vacuum former is a machine for creating simple moulds. It uses heat to stretch a sheet of plastic over an object, then uses a vacuum to suck the sheet closely to the object’s surface.

Available at South and Tūranga

Heat Press

A heat press is a large type commercial iron. It has controls for pre-set temperature, time and pressure, making it ideal for the application of heat transfer vinyl to fabric, garments (such as T-shirts) and other media.

Badge Maker

A badge maker allows you to make custom wearable button badges. The badge design can be hand-drawn or designed on a computer using software such as Inkscape, Affinity Designer, or Adobe Illustrator.

Craft Cutter

A Cameo 4 cutter contains a very sharp blade that is controlled by a computer. The blade can move precisely to cut shapes out of materials such as paper, card, adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl.

DTG Direct to Garment Printing

A DTG or Direct to Garment printer allows a digital image (such as a PNG or JPG) to be printed directly onto fabric. It works similarly to an inkjet printer by using ink in cartridges that are especially designed for fabric. The printer prints directly onto the fabric and then using a finisher, heat is applied to the fabric to set the ink. You can create custom t-shirts, hoodies, wall hangings, tote bags, and more.

Available at Aranui, New Brighton and South

Photo, Slide and Film Scanner

A photo scanner can create high quality digital files from your physical photo, slides films, or other paper documents.

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AV studio and cosplay resources

Taupuni Oro/Ataata – Audio/Video Studio: Tūranga

The Audio/Video Studio is a place to shoot and edit video, record and edit sound, and to compose, record, and mix sound recordings.

Cosplay and creative costuming

Photos of people getting creative with library resources to make costumes and cosplay.

What have you made at the library?

We'd love to hear your stories about making stuff at the library, and see your photos - so we can share with the wider community.

FAQ

  • Christchurch City Libraries have two Graphics Tablets available to use at Tūranga.

    Talk to our team members if you’d like to borrow one while you are visiting Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4.
    The Graphics Tablet can be borrowed for up to 2 hours for in-library use only.

    A Graphics Tablet (also known as a pen or drawing tablet) is a device that enables a user to hand-draw images, animations and graphics, with a special pen-like stylus. Our Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen tablets can be connected to computers in our Creative Space to use with creative software such as Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo.

     

  • Software available in Computer Lab 1, 4.22 Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4, Tūranga.

    Your library membership gives you access to Linkedin Learning which has tutorials on some of the following software.

    In addition to the software available on all public computers the following software is installed on PCs in Computer Lab 1:

    Animation, Effects and 3D Modelling

    • Adobe Animate 2D Animation.
    • Adobe Character Animator 2D animation with camera based motion capture and audio. Capable of live animation of characters.
    • Adobe After Effects (including Cinema 4D Lite) Layer-based digital effects, compositing and motion graphics.
    • Blender 3D modelling, animation and compositing.
    • Da Vinci Resolve Fusion (packaged with DaVinci Resolve) Node-based digital effects, compositing and motion graphics.
    • FreeCAD Parametric 3D modeller. 

    Audio Recording and Editing

    Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design

    Video Editing

    Games

    • Kerbal Space Program: Physics-based aerospace simulator and planetary exploration sandbox, including craft construction and robotic parts.
    • Simple Planes: Plane building and flying with procedural parts.
    • Simple Rockets 2: Rocket building and launching with procedural parts.
    • Universe Sandbox: Physics-based space simulator

    Other

  • Software available on the computers (Macs Studios) in the Audio/Video Studio at Tūranga and the Auahatanga - Creative Space at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

    Your library membership gives you access to Linkedin Learning which has tutorials on some of the following software.

    Animation, effects and 3D modelling

    • Adobe Animate 2D Animation
    • Adobe Character Animator 2D animation with camera based motion capture and audio. Capable of live animation of characters.
    • Adobe After Effects (including Cinema 4D Lite) Layer-based digital effects, compositing and motion graphics.
    • Blender 3D modelling, animation and compositing.
    • Da Vinci Resolve Fusion (packaged with DaVinci Resolve) Node-based digital effects, compositing and motion graphics.

    Audio Recording and Editing

    Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design

    Video Editing

    Other

  • Public use library computers have the following software installed:

    • Windows 10
    • Pharos Account Balance: View the balance on your Pharos account.
    • Microsoft Edge: Web browser
    • Firefox: Web browser
    • Google Chrome: Web browser
    • PDF-Xchange: Open, read, create & edit PDF files
    • Adobe Digital Editions: eBook management software
    • Microsoft Office: Suite of programs including word processor, slide-show, spreadsheet and more.
    • Libre Office: Suite of programs including word processor, slide-show, spreadsheet and more.
    • Māori keyboard and dictionary
    • Multiple keyboard languages supported
    • 123D Design*: 3D modelling 
    • Minecraft: You’ll need your own Minecraft subscription to log in
    • SketchUp Make: 3D modelling
    • Gimp: Drawing programme
    • Inkscape: Drawing programme
    • Paint.net: Drawing programme
    • Skype: Internet based phone and video calling
    • iTunes: Music library software.
    • Audacity: Audio editing software.
    • VLC: Multi-format video player.
    • Windows Media Player: Media player for video, audio and images.
    • Notepad++: Text tool for programmes
    • Magnifier: Microsoft screen magnifying software.
    • Narrator: Microsoft light-duty screen reader utility.
    • NVDA: Non Visual Desktop Access: Free, open-source screen reader software
    • Google Earth: a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery

    *Autodesk stopped supporting 123D in 2016. Because it is no longer developed and supported at some point it will no longer run on newer versions of Windows 10. Therefore we recommend you check out free or trial alternatives to 123D, such as:

    • Onshape Design online, register for a free account, designs are public
    • Tinkercad Free online modelling
    • Fusion 360 Download a trial version on your own computer.

    Learning Centre computers

    The following software applications are used during Learning Centre programmes (i.e. available during organised classes and creative drop-in sessions).

    • Affinity Designer: vector graphics editor Adobe Illustrator alternative
    • Affinity Photo: raster graphics editor Adobe Photoshop alternative
    • Affinity Publisher: desktop publishing application Adobe InDesign alternative
    • Arduino IDE: coding for Arduino boards
    • Blender: 3D computer graphics
    • Discord – VoIP & chat alternative to Skype
    • Krita – digital painting
    • League of Legends – eSports  
    • MakerbotPrint: 3D printing design
    • mBlock: block-based programming
    • Minecraft Education Edition
    • OBS Studio: Desktop video recording and live streaming software
    • Sculptris: 3D digital sculpting
    • Silhouette: crafting tool
    • SimplePlanes: 3D sim – build airplanes by snapping parts together
    • SimpleRockets: 3D space sim - build rockets, airplanes, rovers and explore
    • Vital: Create your own custom sounds with Vital, a digital synthesizer.

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