Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

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House of Treasures Te Whare Taonga: Canterbury Museum, part of a series

This exhibition presents five of treasures from the museum, ranging from a moa skull to a Samoan tatau chisel, and a digital display.

Heritage Highlights: ‘Lost in translation'

Aug 14th | 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lois Yee discusses her family's journey from Taishan, China to living in Ōtautahi.

Mobile Discovery Wall

Selected libraries
Heritage comes to life with this interactive touchscreen technology. The mobile discovery wall visits community libraries around the city.


Popular resources

Popular resources

1974 Commonwealth Games

Xth British Commonwealth Games 1974

The 1974 Commonwealth Games were known as the Friendly Games. They took place in Christchurch from 24 January to 2 February 1974.

So Many Stories: 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games: Pt 1

Hear from the folks who made the 1974 Commonwealth Games happen, from security guards to drivers, to committee members and media.

So Many Stories: 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games: Pt 2

A special episode includes memories from athletes, organisers and staff who were central to the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.
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