New Zealand


April 10 is the anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine in Wellington Harbour with the loss of 51 lives.

Policeman Ray Ruane holding a young survivor of the Wahine shipwreck. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1968/1574/26a-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22508739

Policeman Ray Ruane holding a young survivor of the Wahine shipwreck. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1968/1574/26a-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22508739

Find out more:

NZBC Classics - Wahine Disaster

Story blankets at Rehua Marae Matariki story blanket display at Rehua Marae, Christchurch.

Explore our sampler of Waitangi Day photographs from our collection.

Central Library Peterborough is hosting a Paper Mache Hearts Exhibition. The hearts were made by the people of Motueka and the Tasman Region for the people of Christchurch on the anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake. The project was the brain child of Julie Clausen, a Christchurch sculptor and artist who moved to Motueka after the earthquake.  Since moving, Julie hadn’t been back to her art – so this project was to help her get back on track and to offer a gift to the people of Christchurch.

Motueka Public Library hosted workshops to make the heart over two consecutive Wednesdays, and included adults and children.

Paper Mache Hearts

Waka launch Waka launch, Waitangi Day, Okain’s Bay, 6 February 1977 “As far as I know this Waitangi Day was the opening of the Thacker Museum at Okain’s Bay, and this was the first public Waitangi Day celebration to be held there. The tide was out, so there wasn’t much water in the stream. A TV crew filmed the event.”
Heritage Week 2008 Competition Entry
Highly commended – 1970s category

Explore our sampler of Waitangi Day photographs from our collection.

… or if you get a dozen red roses (or two dozen vintage perfumes) – it’s Valentine’s Day either way.

Here is some music in Freegal that I reckon is pretty damn romantic.
Give me Leonard Cohen and Tindersticks and I’ll be happy.

Cover of Cohen Cover of Tindersticks

Apparently there is a band whose name is Romance. Or maybe your poison is a spot of late night sax.

Cover of Romance Cover of Late night sax

Have a gander at some of our previous posts about Valentine’s Day and go further into our archives (of love):

Add your suggestions for music that makes you in the mood for love …

Onawe Peninsula A historic spot in Akaroa Harbour at the neck of the Onawe Peninsula : remains of the Takapuneke Pa can still be seen.
[1922]
Site of massacre by Te Rauparaha.

Explore our sampler of Waitangi Day photographs from our collection.

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