Te Ku Te Whe – Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns – free online New Zealand music

Today’s musical offering for library members is Te Ku Te Whe by Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns. An extraordinary recording, it reached gold status in 2002 and is still popular today.

In keeping with Māori spirituality, the music on Te Ku Te Whe takes the listener into an ancient world, structured by mythology, history, and the moods of nature. The sound and images have been chosen to evoke the closeness of Māori music to the land, the sea and the wind.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.

Songbirds Coming to a Library Near You

Ngā Manu Tioriori (The Songbirds), the Christchurch City Council Waiata group, are embarking on a couple of ambitious tours, aiming to spread the joy of song and Te Reo to as many libraries as possible during May Music Month.

The first tour is this Wednesday, 7th May.

They will be heading out to the North/ East side of town and will be visiting the following libraries:

  • Linwood Library 9.30am
  • New Brighton Library 10.00am
  • Aranui Library 10.20 am
  • Parklands Library 11.00am
  • Redwood 12.00pm
  • Shirley 12.40pm

On May 21st, they will head out to libraries on the other side of town, times and library locations are still being confirmed, but these libraries will be resounding to the sweet sounds of this talented bunch.

For times, keep an eye on the Christchurch City Library events page, or contact the library on 03-941 7923




Recent necrology, April 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently:

  • Rubin Carter, 1937-2014
    Boxer wrongly convicted of murder who found Bob Marley fighting his corner
  • Cover of Love in the Time of CholeraAlan Davie, 1920-2014
    Artist who won the admiration of Rothko and Pollock and later embraced ‘magic symbolism’
  • Bob Hoskins, 1942-2014
    Actor who excelled as the tough but engaging anti-hero of Mona Lisa and The long good Friday
  • Richard Hoggart, 1918-2014
    Commentator and academic whose Uses of Literacy lamented the impact of mass culture on traditional working-class life
  • Doris Pilkington, 1937-2014
    Aboriginal author whose story of Australia’s stolen generation inspired a film starring Kenneth Branagh
  • Cover of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014
    Icon of American youth and energy who was as prolific in his marriages as he was on screen
  • Patrick Seale, 1930-2014
    Author who deputised for Kim Philby in Beirut and became the pre-eminent expert on Syria
  • John Shirley-Quirk, 1931-2014
    Former science teacher turned bass-baritone whose talents proved an inspiration to Benjamin Britten
  • Sue Townsend, 1946-2014
    Writer whose diaries of spotty teenager Adrian Mole became a publishing sensation
  • Owen Woodhouse, 1916-2014
    NZ jurist and chair of government commissions, notably workers’ accident compensation