Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

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

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Tau ana, e hoa.
Sweet as, bro.

Kupu (word)


Ki te māuiui koe, me haere koe ki te tākuta.
If you are sick, you should go to the doctor.

Watch video of someone pronouncing this kupu.

Now open – Parklands Library Bike Shop!

“Why does my chain make that sound every time I change gears?”

“How can I adjust the break levers on my son’s bike so they fit his hands?”

“I have this ‘friend’ who has sort of neglected their bike – what should I … I mean they do?”

These were just some of the questions fielded by our local bike shop owner Graeme Taylor from The Bike Shop on Burwood Road (and now also in Redwood). Parklands Library was transformed into a bike shop last Thursday as fifteen brave and dedicated cyclists left the comfort of their homes on a frigid night to attend our latest Orange Chair event – the Bike Maintenance Evening.

Graeme generously donated his time to host a really informative, interactive and fun 90 minute session. Our guests were full of praise for Graeme and learnt new bike maintenance skills that they are already putting into practice – from changing flat tyres and adjusting gears to altering seat heights.

Bike Maintenance Evening
Bike Maintenance Evening, Orange Chair at Parklands.
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See more photos in our Flickr photostream.

Our message was spread far and wide through our own efforts and those of the Ministry of Awesome and women’s cycle advocacy group Frocks on Bikes who “exist to help you get on a bike – no stress, no fuss, no need for lycra, just freedom, convenience and fun – in your own style!”

We received great feedback on the night and all guests went home with a free puncture repair kit from Graeme.

Look out for the next Orange Chair event!

Stephen Howes
Parklands Library

Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

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

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Māu ka aha?
What good will you be?

Kupu (word)


He nui te mana o te tohutō.
Macrons are very important.

Watch video of someone pronouncing this kupu.

3D Printing – School Horizons Programme

Want to know more about 3D printing? How you can create something then 3D print your own design?

Well that’s exactly what Cashmere Primary School students did when they came to the South Learning Centre as part of the School Horizons programme. The students became product designers, who discussed target markets, design specifics & prototypes. They created keyrings, helicopters and slide whistles in 123D design programme them 3D printed them. Once printed prototypes were evaluated critically and adaptations were documented.

There was lots of laughter, fun and learning!

In our Learning Centre, students experience eLearning programmes aligned with the New Zealand curriculum document. These programmes provide learning in a technology-rich environment, and the teaching keeps abreast with the latest teaching philosophies and strategies.

If you are interested in working with us to tailor an existing programme, or work alongside us  phone the Learning Centre 941 5140 or email Learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz


Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

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

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Tuhia ki te rae.
Push the save button.

Kupu (word)


E whitu ngā whetū o Matariki.
There are seven stars in Matariki.

Watch video of someone pronouncing this kupu.

There is a place for you to volunteer

June 21st-27th is National Volunteer Week. I would like to take the opportunity to say “Thank you” to all of you.

Thank you, Civil Defence, I don’t think I could have got through without you. Thank you, food parcel donors and packers, you have put meals on countless tables. Thank you, migrant support people, who have given their time freely to those who are living in a country far from home. Thank you, Student Volunteer Army, for cleaning up time and time again, then going overseas and doing it all again. Thank you, cooks and shelter workers, you have given a roof, a meal and a small amount of dignity to the homeless.

Greening The Rubble, Saturday 14 April  2012.  File reference: CCL-2012-04-16
Greening The Rubble, 14 April 2012. Flickr: CCL-2012-04-16

To Red Cross, Salvation Army  and all the other organisations that roll up their sleeves and get stuck in, you not only helped me and my neighbours, but you helped everyone who has asked for help. To the volunteer fire-fighters and life guards, thank you for rescuing us and keeping us safe.

Whether you have greened the rubble, run the Op-Shop, helped with reading, been on the end of a phone, donated blood or handed out the hymn books at church, thank you one and all, you have made the world a better place.

Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer? Regardless of whether you are young or old, it is a great way to meet new people, share skills and learn something new.

To become a volunteer:

Check out our photos of volunteering on our Flickr photostream

Inglés a tu alcance con Christchurch City Libraries

Logo of Mango LanguagesEn Christchurch City Libraries puedes encontrar mucho más que libros… sabías que puedes aprender, o practicar,  inglés gratuitamente? Lo único que necesitas es pertenecer a la biblioteca!

Sacar una tarjeta es muy fácil, gratis y lleva tan sólo minutos. Y una vez que la tienes,  tienes acceso a infinidad de servicios; desde computadoras con internet y Wi-Fi gratuito hasta el uso y acceso a diferentes programas especializados y bases de datos, incluyendo Mango Languages, ya sea en la biblioteca o desde tu casa o tu dispositivo. Haz click aquí para descargar Mango Languages en el App Store o en Google Play.

Mango ESOL Spanish

Mango Languages es un programa innovador e interactivo por medio del cual puedes aprender o practicar tu inglés con diferentes actividades incluyendo películas. Mango es diferente porque no se enfoca en los fundamentos del idioma, sino mas bien la idea es que, en poco tiempo, puedas comunicarte en inglés en una manera correcta.

Sólo pregunta en cualquiera de las bibliotecas de Christchurch City Libraries y nuestro staff te ayudará con gusto.




Mango logoその中で今回お勧めしたいのがMango Languages。英語の勉強はもちろん、フランス語、スペイン語、中国語、その他の言語も習えます。特に英語は、各言語に合わせた別々のカリキュラムがあって、選択すればその言語で案内してくれます。


Mango screenshot



Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

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

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Rāua, rāua.
(They are) One and the same.

Kupu (word)


Āe, me haere tāua.
Yes, let’s go.

Watch video of someone pronouncing this kupu.

Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

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


Te amorangi ki mua, te hāpai ō ki muri.
The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes.

This is a reference to Marae protocol where the speakers are at the front of the meeting house and the workers are at the back making sure everything is prepared and that the guests are well looked after. It is important to note that both jobs are equally important, and are like the ying and yang, for without one, everything would fail.

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Nāu te korikori.
You make the first move (I’ll follow you).

Kupu (word)


Ko Āpia te taone nui o Hāmoa.
Apia is the capital of Samoa.

Watch video of someone pronouncing this kupu.