Car maintenance, tinkering & upgrading

Kiwis have a love of tinkering or sprucing up their cars, myself included, but I am a complete amateur. Here are some gems you can get through the library:

Winter sports are a cinch with CINCH!

Cover of Children's Book of SportIt’s that time of year again. Junior sports clubs are gearing up for the winter sports season. It is time to get your children registered for their sport of choice.

A great resource you can use to find a club near you is the Libraries’ CINCH (Community INformation CHristchurch) directory which lists the sports clubs in the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri areas.

To save you time (we like to be helpful like that!), we have prepared some search links for you. Once you have clicked on one of the links below, you can then click on the locations shown in the left hand column to find the clubs nearest to you.

  • Soccer
    Would your child enjoy the beautiful game?
  • Rugby
    New Zealand’s game of choice
  • Rugby League
    Is your child a future Kiwi or Kiwi Fern?
  • Hockey
    Is there a future Olympian at your house?
  • Netball
    Customarily the first choice for the girls

New Zealand has a wonderful tradition of sport fields filled with children on a Saturday morning. Most clubs have midget grades for the 4- to 6-year-olds, so it’s never too soon to start them. Plus watching the little ones is seriously cute! Have a chat with your wee one today.

Jacqui
Papanui Library

Growing local: take a leaf from New Zealand books

"Growing gardens for free" book coverI have a tiny, tiny garden, most of which is devoted to growing food. However, when we bought our small property, I was determined to have some native plantings as well. Now, nearly five years later, home-grown cabbage trees, pittosporum, kowhai and flaxes fill a corner too shady for vege, and we’ve squeezed a line of corokia in alongside the drive, thanks to the advice of Trees for Canterbury. I was struck (sorry for the pun) by how easy it is to grow many native plants, either from seed or from cuttings, and Growing gardens for free by New Zealand author Geoff Bryant is now my propagation bible.

A healthy population of insects now make their undisturbed homes in my microscopic little patch of native bush and last year, for the first time since I moved in, I saw waxeyes and fantails. (At first all I encountered in the initially lawn-filled garden were sparrows and blackbirds.) It’s such a little planting but I was amazed by how quickly even this had a noticeable effect on my garden’s ecology. Imagine if we all just planted a little corner of natives: we could create a green corridor for so many creatures across out garden city. If you’re keen and seeking like minds, there are many individuals and organisations working towards greening Christchurch/Otautahi, and you can find out about them on CINCH, our community information database.

The library has many good books on planting native plants in your garden – why not celebrate New Zealand book month by leafing (sorry again!) through a few?

Getting on with it

St AlbansI never thought the sound of graders scraping the road, trucks rumbling and bobcats beeping would make me happy. They do now because they mean people are getting on with fixing roads, water and sewerage plus dozens of other useful things.

Today I walked to St Albans to have coffee with a friend. The corner of Edgeware Road and Barbadoes Street is home to a large empty section where a two storey row of shops once stood. They came down after the September quake. Still standing nearby are two furniture craftsmen – both open, and a cafe/collectibles shop. The place was a hive of activity and I took some pictures to show something of what was going on.

Christchurch City Libraries Flickr site has some other great photos showing post quake activity – story telling, community meetings and so on. Keep an eye on it as over the next few months as it records the rising up and rebuilding of our city.

Community groups are getting on with it too – Trees for Canterbury and Club Havana are just two examples. If your club is up and running again let us know at CINCH (Community Information Christchurch) and we’ll add a message. If your meeting place has changed we can add that too.