Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

Kia ora. To celebrate Te Reo Māori we are publishing kupu (words).

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Wheo kē

Kupu (word)

pass (to me)

Homai kia toru ngā kapu.
Pass me three cups.

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To boldly go where no machine has gone before

Unmanned space exploration and manned Earth exploration feature in our October Science and Nature Newsletter.


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This week in Christchurch history (27 October – 2 November)

29 October 1830
Te Rauparaha charters the “Elizabeth” (under the unscrupulous Captain Stewart) and sails for Akaroa.

30 October 1985
Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University, Keri Hulme wins internationally prestigious Booker McConnell prize for her novel The Bone People.

31 October 1912
Opening of Queen’s Theatre, the city’s first purposebuilt picture theatre. The building was latterly the M. W. Arcade.

1 November 1906
New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opens in Hagley Park. Over 1 million people visited the exhibition during the next few months. A branch railway line was built across North Hagley Park to service the exhibition. The attractions included New Zealand’s first professional symphony orchestra [conducted by Alfred Hill], and the first Dominion pipe band contest which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band.

Captain Lorraine's balloon shown taking off from Lancaster Park, 3 Nov. 1899  [1899], CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0084
Captain Lorraine’s balloon shown taking off from Lancaster Park, 3 Nov. 1899 [1899], CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0084
1 November 1921
Woolston Borough joins City.

1 November 1989
New Christchurch City Council established by amalgamation of the old City, Waimairi District, Riccarton Borough, Heathcote County and parts of Paparua and Eyre Counties.

2 November 1899
Balloonist Captain Lorraine lost at sea after an ascent from Lancaster Park.

2 November 1914
Riccarton (Deans) Bush presented to the city by the Deans family.

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in
chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

More October and November events in our Christchurch chronology.