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The week ahead…  


Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights

13 June to 21 June // London Street, Lyttelton

The annual Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights offers around 30 events over ten days, including the spectacular street party including the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch Fireworks.Print programmes will be out in late May – check your local library or council service centre or download from our website.MC Ben Brown, local bands, buskers Sport Suzie, Lil Chuck the One-Man Skiffle Machine and Mulletman, TribalDiva Bellydance.Dozens of great food stalls, mulled wine and things to do up and down London Street and at Albion Square. Check website (Click here) and facebook page for more information as more musical acts, buskers and other events are confirmed. Looks like it’s going to be a great festival! Contact Info: 03 328 9243


Have-A-Go Day

20 June // 10-2pm // The White Room Community Creative Space, 118 Shortland St, Wainoni

The White Room Creative Space is opening our doors to the community to engage with local & budding artists. To launch our space, we are hosting a Have-A-Go day on Saturday June the 20th. A number of local artists will be running mini-workshops for people to come and try (for a gold coin donation) – including stone painting, drawing, painting, pastels & textile art. There will also be a demonstration by local street artist Jacob Yikes. The event will be a catalyst to show people our wonderful space, and the types of workshops that we may offer in the future. Gold Coin Donation: $2.00. Check Facebook page for more info.


Christchurch Art Gallery – Glitter Masks for Matariki

20 & 27 June // 1:30 – 3pm // WEA Canterbury, 59 Gloucester Street

Celebrate Matariki with the Christchurch Art Gallery by making a beautiful glitter mask based on Mâori traditional designs or in a pattern that reflects your personality or heritage. Family-friendly, fun and free!


Celebrate Matariki

21 June // 11am – 3pm // Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave

Join us in celebrating Matariki in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. There’ll be something for everyone – the festivities include interactive storytelling, a community art project and a kapa haka performance. Bring the whole whanau! Free entry. Please note the Armagh bridge along Rolleston Avenue is currently closed to vehicles. The bridge is still accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. There is an alternate route into the Armagh car park via the Riccarton Avenue entrance. 


Solstice Night Light Bike Ride 2015

21 June // 5:30pm // Hagley Park North

Bring along your family, your friends and your light bling to the 4th annual Christchurch NZ Solstice Night Light bike ride!2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) so this is a perfect year to bring all your best festive bike lights and join us for a fun  ride around Hagley park on the longest night of the year. The bike ride starts at the Armagh st entrance to Hagley Park and we slowly ride in a line on the footpath. By the time we get behind the hospital, its dark, so all our lit bicycles show us the way. Within 45 minutes we are all done, and all are welcome to join fellow cyclists at Fiddlesticks bar for food and/or drink.Joining our largest-in-the-world ( as far as google search knows)  June Solstice cycling ride  is a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of longer cycling days. Official Website: Click here

New Brighton Beach Undy 5 Hundy Beach Fun Run

21 June // 1pm // New Brighton Surf Club

What better way to have some winter fun than a race down the beach in nothing but your undies? Or maybe fancy dress, to raise money for a great community cause! Check in & registration 12-12.45pm. Registration Fee: $5 for adults, $2 per child, under 5’s run free. New Brighton Surf Club car park. Run starts at 1pm. Donations from spectators will also be well received. Hot chocolate & sizzling sausies will be available for purchase. So come and have some fun on the beach!!! and please like our page and share the event. All proceeds go to the New Brighton Project. Contact Info: 03 3889920. Facebook Event: Click here


Sport and Recreation Have a Go Day

21 June // 12-3pm // Lincoln Event Centre

Grab a ‘Have a Go Day’ passport, complete at least five challenges, and get your passport stamped! Then with your completed passport enter the main prize draw for your chance to win $250 in sport vouchers! The Sport and Recreation Have a Go Day is designed to showcase the sport and recreation activities Lincoln and the wider Selwyn District has to offer. The fact that this event falls on the shortest day of the year is no mistake, and will prove just how much fun can be had during our colder months, and that we can always find time for getting active! Have a go at American Football, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Body Audit, Bouncy Castles, Bowls, Fitness Classes (Spin, Pump, Zumba, Older Adults), Football, Golf, In 2 Hoops, Mini Gym (kids obstacle course), Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Pedalmania, Scouts, Skate boarding, Softball, Table Tennis, Walking and Yoga. There is also static displays for additional activity opportunities as well as nutrition and health information. To keep you going the Youth Council Pop Up Café will be serving food and coffee (for purchase), while the live band plays on. And guess what… ITS ALL FREE! Contact Info: 03 347 2719.


Winter Encraftment Market

27 June // 10-3pm // The Foundry, 90 Ilam Rd, Ilam

This is undoubtedly the best place to shop for everything handmade. We hand-pick an awesome array of New Zealand’s finest crafters and designers, there’s every excuse to treat yourself or find wonderful gifts for those you love. Offering a wonderful selection of products ranging from clothing and accessories, jewellery, housewares, stationery, kidsware and toys, art prints and more! Warm up with delicious coffee and delectable sweet and savoury temptations whilst you peruse 70 gorgeous craft stalls. ATM onsite. Parking available in the uni car park off Ilam Road and on the street. Stall holder applications close on April 12th 2015.




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Whole House Reuse -the unique challenge of reusing an entire home to save it from waste

05 Jun to 23 Aug // Canterbury Museum

The unique challenge of reusing an entire house to save it from waste has formed the basis for a new and inspiring exhibition called Whole House Reuse to open at Canterbury Museum on 5 June 2015. The project involved reusing every single piece of 19 Admirals Way – a 1920’s weatherboard home in New Brighton, Christchurch – which was scheduled for demolition in 2013. Since then, over 250 people from around New Zealand and the world have invented ways of reusing these resources and the result is a huge collection of objects from a delicately carved taonga puoro (flute) by master carver Brian Flintoff, to a finely crafted backyard studio by artist Nic Moon and architectural designer Lyn Russell. This exhibition showcases original works by some of the country’s finest designers and craftspeople and it also includes works by school children, retired experts, community organisations like Kilmarnock Enterprises, and students of various arts and crafts. From fine jewellery and cutlery to furniture and toys, the reused materials have taken on a new life in the form of nearly 400 objects. The project was the brainchild of Rekindle – a social enterprise that seeks to bring about creativity and positive change in the way resources are valued. They aim to change the way waste is viewed and managed, especially when the creativity and social impact of this process is valued. This exhibition not only demonstrates the scale of waste occurring and the value of these materials, but also celebrates the power of design and craft as tools to address, and benefit from, wasted resources. Visit for more information and tickets to this unique opportunity. Further exhibition and public programme information can be found at


Reading to Dogs

Various library venues and the times depend on the library

A ‘fur-tastic’ programme for growing readers! Christchurch City Libraries ‘Reading to Dogs’ programme is designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading. The programme uses dogs who are now the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Control team. These furry friends have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament. Our dogs: Can increase a child’s relaxation while reading; Listen attentively; Do not laugh, judge or criticise; Allow children to proceed at their own pace; Can be less intimidating than a child’s peers. Library staff and a dog handler will be present at all times to help facilitate the sessions. Each session is 15 minutes long. Don’t miss out on this fun programme! Please call: 941 7923 or book at South Christchurch Library.


Wacky Wednesday and Funday Friday!

Wednesdays & Fridays  // 4 – 5:30pm // Imagination Station, 113 Worcester Street

Too rainy for sports? Need a break? Register the kids for Wacky Wednesday and Funday Friday! Drop the kids off at 4 and either hang around the enjoy our free wifi and coffee delivery, or head off to get things done. We will take take of everything! The kids will be entertained by our skilled Fun Team – providing them with building challenges, team work competitions and brain bending brick games. Registration includes a Mrs Higgins cookie, a drink and 90 minutes of fun! Suitable for ages 5+! More info and registration info go to: Official Website. General Admission: $5.00.