What a great whānau day!

10AFFIRMLast Saturday was a busy day in the Christchurch eastern suburbs, with the traditional Christmas parade in New Brighton and AFFIRM  in Aranui, you could not be bored.

AFFIRM is a fantastic community event for all ages  – my favourite this side of Christmas –  and in this tenth edition it was clear that there still is a strongly united neighbourhood in Aranui.

Everybody enjoyed the “Aranui Top Team” competition, some of the tasks the teams had to do were hard but made all the supporters and spectators laugh, have you ever watched a multi-person sack race? It is quite amusing!

At the Christchurch City Libraries’ tent people had the opportunity to record their earthquake memories in the Plains FM recording POD, they will be added to the CCL’s permanent collection as it is such a special part of our city’s history. Have you donated your earthquake story yet?

The Pasifika performances from local groups got us all dancing and Ladi6 paid homage to her origins by giving it all on stage.

Kia kaha vibrations were in the air.

WOW Power

CoverCanterbury Museum is hosting some of the wowiest works from the World of Wearable Art. The show features some of the very best of their collection, touring for the first time in ten years, and it is amazing.

Books are all very well, and there are some very nice ones on the World of Wearable Art, but nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring reality of these works up close.

Get along to the Museum and be overwhelmed by the creativity, the workmanship and the sheer beauty of these costumes, immaculately curated and displayed. And it’s free, so you can go lots of times.