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The week ahead…  


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Through the 13th June; Various times // Rangiora Town Hall, Corner King Street and High Street, Rangiora

You will be transported to a lovely French provincial town where the beautiful Belle lives with her father – a dotty inventor.  When her father doesn’t return from a trip to the local fair, Belle rushes off to find him.  To her dismay, she discovers he is being held captive in an old castle by a horrible beast.  She trades her freedom for his and the “tale as old as time” begins.How Belle tames the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation into a handsome prince continues to enthral audiences. Contact Info: 03 313 4854. Official Website: Click here


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


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


Selwyn School of Dance presents The Nutcracker

Saturday 13 June 2015 1:00pm and 6:30pm // Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Cnr Greers Rd and Memorial Ave, Burnside

The Selwyn School of Dance presents “The Nutcracker”. Journey back in time to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family. Become entranced by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dazzling Court, enchanted by the swirling snowflakes and breathtaking snow, and cheer for the tiny toy soldiers and their leader, the handsome Nutcracker Prince. A sparkling production with beautiful costumes and sets, this is truly ‘the all-time family favourite’. Official website: Selwyn School of Dance and buy tickets here.




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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.