Get your CV fighting fit

A CV (or resumé) is a living document. The way you described your skills and employment history five years ago is by no means the way you should do it now, and it’s generally accepted that it’s best to adjust your CV to suit whatever job you’re applying for.

Which is all well and good but how do you do that?

If you think your CV could use some sprucing, or if you need some help with writing a cover letter then get to Linwood Library during September and October for a free course run by tutors from Hagley Adult Literacy Centre.

Over the course of five weeks you will be armed with:

  • Group of young people at the libraryjob search skills
  • an understanding of job search terminology
  • a CV tailored to your own experience and skills
  • a generic cover letter you can use as a template for future job applications.

The CV and cover letter classes run for five Thursdays 12.30-2pm, from 17thSeptember to 15th October.

This class is free to attend but to be guaranteed a place booking is recommended. For bookings and more information, please contact us on 941 7923 or email

Altruism and Passion

We had a ball at WORD Christchurch’s Shifting Points of View sessions on Sunday 30 August. Tonight – Monday 7 September – there are two more diversely fab events. One on altruism (sold out!), and one on passion.

There is still time to book for Sarah Waters. Tania is a big fan – calling her the mistress of the agonising twist.

Cover of The most good you can do6pm On Effective Altruism: Peter Singer, chaired by Eric Crampton

Effective altruism requires a rigorously unsentimental view of charitable giving, urging that a substantial proportion of our money or time should be donated to the organisations that will do the most good with those resources …

Find works in our catalogue by Peter Singer

8pm Crimes of Passion: Sarah Waters, chaired by Carole Beu

Sarah Waters’ hugely inventive novels usually have lesbian relationships at their heart, and are always set in the past, when remaining true to oneself came at great personal risk.

Find works in our catalogue by Sarah Waters

Cover of The Paying Guest Cover of Fingersmith Cover of The Little Stranger Cover of Tipping the velvet Cover of Affinity Cover of The Night watch

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Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Mamae (sore)

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.


He manako te koura i kore ai.
There are no crayfish as you set your heart on them.

This is similar to not putting all your eggs in one basket. You could also consider this as “don’t count your chickens before they are hatched”.

Kīwaha (idiom)

E mea ana koe
You bet

Kupu (word)


Kei te mamae tō puku?
Is your tummy sore?

Whāngahia te Reo


This week in Christchurch history (7 to 13 September)

7 September 1850
First Canterbury Association settlers sail from Plymouth, England on the Charlotte Jane, Randolph and Cressy.

7 September 1863
G. Lumley convicted of manslaughter. (See article Supreme Court: Monday, September 7 1863 in Lyttelton Times, 9 September 1863 via Papers Past)

8 September 1850
Sir George Seymour leaves Plymouth with settlers.

11 September 1889
Cave and Māori artifacts discovered at Moncks Spur.

11 September 1928
Kingsford-Smith and his crew (Ulm, Litchfield and McWilliams) land at Wigram in “Southern Cross” after the first trans-Tasman flight. A crowd of 30,000, alerted by all-night radio broadcasts, had gathered at the airfield.

The Southern Cross. [10 September 1928], CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0015
The Southern Cross. [10 September 1928], CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0015
12 September 1910
G.W. Skellerup founds Para Rubber Company, New Zealand’s first retail rubber goods business at 175 Manchester Street. Christchurch soon became the centre of the rubber industry in New Zealand.

13 September 1877
Christchurch Girls High School (designed by Thomas Cane) opens on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue. The school moved to its present Cranmer Square site in 1881. The original school is now part of the Arts Centre. The Cranmer Square building was demolished in 2011.

Christchurch Girls' High School, Armagh Street, Christchurch [192-?], CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0017
Christchurch Girls’ High School, Armagh Street, Christchurch [192-?], CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0017
13 September 1882
Woolston Town Board formed.

More September events in the Christchurch chronology: a timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.