Sustainable Living


Rekindle holiday programme classes at Tūranga - July 2019

Free string-making with ti kōuka leaves - Wednesday 10 July, 9.30am to 10.30am

Learn how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves to make a strong and beautiful twine. Rekindle’s most popular workshop, this technique for making string and rope is simple and can be used with many different materials.

Find out more and book for this free class for tamariki.

Free string-making with ti kōuka leaves - Wednesday 10 July, 10.30am to 11.30am

Learn how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves to make a strong and beautiful twine. Rekindle’s most popular workshop, this technique for making string and rope is simple and can be used with many different materials.

Find out more and book for this free class for tamariki.

Free doll-making with ti kōuka leaves - Wednesday 17 July, 9.30am to 11am

This workshop is perfect for older kids, 8 years and up - those comfortable working with scissors. Each child/young person must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more and book for this free class for tamariki.

About Rekindle

Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness. We focus on transforming undervalued resources through care, connection and craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness. Find out about Rekindle's Resourceful Skills Workshops.


South Library

The Great Stash Swap - Sunday, 11 August, 11am to 2pm

Bring along your unwanted fabric, haberdashery, buttons, wool, lace, trims, paints, brushes, zips, needles, card, stamps, in fact any old crafting supplies. You then choose what you want to take away. No cash involved!

Find out more.


About the Sustainable Living Series

Christchurch City Council has been a leader on climate change for many years and is now actively planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build the resilience that Christchurch needs to support climate adaptation. In support of this, a series of public talks, workshops and Storytimes are being created.

The Sustainable Living Series was launched on Sunday 10 February 2019 at Tūranga. It starts off a two-year programme developed by Christchurch City Libraries to support the Council's climate change strategy.

Sustainable Christchurch

Christchurch City Council defines sustainability as:

A dynamic process of continual improvement that enables all people, now and in the future, to have quality of life, in ways that protect and enhance the Earth’s life supporting systems.

Sustainable Christchurch on the Christchurch City Council website has lots of information about living and working smarter, making better choices. Find out about:

  • Sustainability at home
  • Schools and sustainability
  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable communities
  • Resource efficient Council

Read more about Sustainablility policies at Christchurch City Council.

The Sustainable Living Programme

The Sustainable Living Programme is a New Zealand community education programme is a practical, fun way to learn and try out actions that reduce your environmental impact at home.  It’s an opportunity to 'make a difference for the planet', probably save on living costs and be healthier too. Think of it as learning future living skills, relevant at any stage in life. The charitable trust is managed from Canterbury for 15+ partner unitary, city and district councils across New Zealand.

Find information in our collection

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eResources

  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
    Explore more than 3 million articles on global warming, climate change, alternative energy, environmental policy, going green, recycling, soil, plants, agronomy and more.
  • GreenFile
    GreenFILE contains a collection of scholarly, governmental and general interest titles which examine the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done to minimise these effects.

Connect education programmes

Our Learning Centre school programmes are split into Horizons coursesConnect sessions and Specialised classes. Connect Primary Programmes includes Travelling Connect - Environmental Literacy.

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