The Library holds many culturally important taonga that inform our identity as Cantabrians. This is not one of them, but it is the coolest thing I’ve seen in Store since an old edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
What (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?
I’m inspired by the whole programme, but am looking forward to hearing Nic Low, as I enjoyed reading his new book Arms Race, and his poignant essay about Christchurch written for The Griffith Review, and available on his website.
What do you think about libraries?
I think a lot about libraries. I regularly use five of the ones based where I live; I work in one (the Alexander Turnbull Library); and I visit them when I travel away from Wellington. Most recently, the marvellous OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam), the Amsterdam Public Library.
Share a surprising fact about yourself.
I started my career as a fraud accountant, and I can’t click my fingers.
25 August 1920
First flight over Cook Strait (Christchurch to Trentham) by Captain Euan Dickson in a Canterbury Aviation Company plane.
26 August 1939
Official opening of City Council’s pensioner housing project in Barnett Avenue, Sydenham; the first local body pensioner housing in New Zealand.
28 August 1890
“Great maritime strike” (the first of New Zealand’s 3 major waterfront strikes) spreads to Lyttelton.
31 August 1959
Princess Margaret Hospital opens.
31 August 1974
Death of Prime Minister Norman Kirk, M.P. for Sydenham. He had earlier been M.P. for Lyttelton, and Mayor of Kaiapoi.
Search our catalogue for Norman Kirk.
View the DigitalNZ set The life and death of Norman Kirk.