Balance and Harmony: The Creation of a Sand Mandala at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre – 12 August to 2 September

From Saturday 12 August to Saturday 2 September at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, Tibetan monks will be constructing a sacred cosmogram grain by grain with crushed marble coloured sand, representing a world in perfect harmony. There will be events including public talks and activities for children.

Balance and Harmony: The Creation of a Sand Mandala will open at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre with a ceremony on Saturday 12 August at 10.30am when the monks will perform a consecration service and pour the first grains of sand after being welcomed by local iwi.

The monks will slowly build up the mandala, labouring over their work for hours at a time as they place one grain of sand after another to realise an intricate symbolic design in vivid colour.

After painstakingly placing the elements of the cosmogram, the grains will be brushed away, signifying the impermanence of all things. This ancient art form was an integral part of Indian Tantric Buddhism.

Events

Explore all the events related to Balance and Harmony: The Creation of a Sand Mandala:

Public Talks

Compassion, love, and patience
Sunday 13th, 20th, 27th August 11am to 12pm
Free to attend, no bookings required.
The Geshes (monks) will give talks in the library on how to cultivate compassion, love and patience from their training and perspective. This will cover ways to increase wellbeing and reduce internal emotional conflict. Known as the ‘four noble truths’ this will be discussed for practical everyday use, not from a religious perspective.

Inner Harmony and balance
Saturday 19th and 26th August 2pm to 3pm
Free to attend, no bookings required.
While the Sand Mandala is being created we will be hosting public talks by the Tibetan Monks. The Geshes will talk from their training and perspective on inner harmony and balance.

Children’s Activity: The Creation of a Sand Mandala

Sunday August 20th and 27th  2pm to 3pm
Please contact us to secure a place – phone 9417923 or email 
Here is a unique chance to attend a children’s mandala making programme. The Tibetan Monks will draw a lotus flower and children will have the opportunity to use the proper tools to fill it in with sand. There will also be mandalas to colour and iPad mandala apps with library staff. This activity is not suitable for pre-schoolers – to get the most of this activity children must have the motor skills to manipulate the tools. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo Hunt October: Halswell Quarry Dog Park

 Halswell Quarry Dog Park.
Entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt, 2012-PH-113.JPG CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ

“Taken at the Halswell Quarry Dog Park in October 2012 where the dogs were fetching the ball from the water.”

Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008.  The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.

Enter the 2016 hunt online or at your local library.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.

Halswell Heroes

I started to research the Halswell Heroes late last year, as Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre was gearing up to open. The project involves staff from nearby libraries; Upper Riccarton and Spreydon as well as the staff from the old Halswell library. We all chose a soldier from the Halswell War Memorial, and have been researching him, his family, and his war service, in order to create a biography for him on Kete Christchurch and a poster to display in the library.

Posters of Halswell Heroes on display at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Posters of Halswell Heroes on display at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

It’s been an excellent project and through it, I’ve learned heaps about the Halswell area and the men who enlisted (and some who were conscripted) to fight in the First World War. I feel like I know these men, and discovering different quirks about them helps us all remember that they were very real people.

I’ve learned that the Collins family lived near Halswell school and sent three sons to the war; Archie (Sarsfield), James and Frank (who signed up in Australia). James and Frank survived but Archie is on the Halswell War Memorial because he died from influenza a few days before the war ended.

Harry Manship too, died of illness, though unlike Archie he never made it home to New Zealand. Harry was part of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, along with George Ferguson and John Alexander Huntly Holmes.

Patrick Cunningham was a farmer’s son, a quarry-man and a bacon curer, but the fact that stuck with me was that he was known as ‘Paddy White Waistcoat’ because of his snappy sense of dress. He was childhood friends with Patrick McGough, who was a ‘prominent figure at all entertainments’ (ie, he never missed a party).

Walter Bryden joined the army not long after his little brother Albert had been killed at the Battle of Fromelles, in France. Walter and Patrick Cunningham were killed on the same day, 13th of June, 1917.

Thomas Ellis loved hockey, Edward Moyna loved tennis, and John Holmes took his own horse with him to war. James Archibald was known as ‘Boysie’ and once got in trouble for swearing at an officer.

Albert Wills lied about his age to get into the army, had both measles and mumps when he was away at war, and was only nineteen when he was killed in France.

Isaac Warren was a conscientious objector from a huge Cornish family, who went to war with his younger brother Abraham and on the same troopship as Douglas Guiney. Douglas edited the troopship magazine called The Link to keep himself and the other men entertained on the long voyage from New Zealand to war in Europe.

Some of the men fought in more than the First World War. George Weir Ferguson fought in the Boer War when he was still a teenager, and was killed at Gallipoli in August 1915. Herbert Moyna, Edward’s brother, survived the First World War and went on to fight in, and survive, the Second World War as well, though he was unlucky at home; his girlfriend died before he left for the First World War, his wife died two years after they were married, and his mother died just before he left for the Second World War.

The display of Halswell Heroes at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Display of Halswell Heroes at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

There are so many more stories; some of these stories we know, and you can read about them on the Halswell Heroes page of Kete Christchurch, or in the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

You can also see a magnificent Canterbury Mounted Rifles regiment display at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, on now until the 30th of April.

You might know something about these men that we have not been able to find. If you do, please let us know, we would love to learn more.

This project is a work in progress. The staff at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre have now started to research names from the Halswell Hall Roll of Honour, so do keep checking back as the list keeps growing.

You can see more pictures of local soldiers in our new collection of First World War soldiers portraits.

We Will Remember Them.

 

 

Have your say about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

What do you think of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre?

Before our new community facility, library, and pool opened in November 2015, we asked the local community what they wanted. Now we’d like to know how well we’ve met your expectations and learn what things we can improve.

Please fill out this quick survey and have your say. We’d love to hear your opinions and ideas.

Halswell preschoolers preview the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography. Flickr CCLTeHāpua-2015-11-27-Halswell—07

Documenting the new west: The Halswell Project 2015

In a city that embodies change, few communities have experienced such a boom in development and growth as Halswell.

In order to create a documentary record of this fast changing community as it stands in 2015, Christchurch City Libraries and the University of Canterbury teamed up to produce The Halswell Project – a contemporary photographic documentary project on the wider Halswell area.

Three talented photography students from the School of Fine Arts, Ellenor Waters, Nicholas Glen and Mitchell Bright, hit the streets with their cameras and over the course of six months amassed hundreds of images and created an intimate portrait of a diverse community.

We’re celebrating the launch of the photographic archive this Thursday 3 December, 6pm at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre with the opening of the Halswell Project exhibition. 30 prints will be on display along with a digital slideshow of a selection of the images.

The Halswell Project, 2015 – Slideshow from CCL Digital Content on Vimeo.

New Zealand photographer, writer and Senior Lecturer Glenn Busch will also be speaking about documenting a city through the Place in Time project at the University of Canterbury.

Woman waits at bus stop on Dunbars Road by Ellenor Waters CCL-HP2015-EW-DSCF1918
Woman waits at bus stop on Dunbars Road by Ellenor Waters CCL-HP2015-EW-DSCF1918
Chris standing next to his bike by Nicholas Glen CCL-HP2015-NG-IMG-2929
Chris standing next to his bike by Nicholas Glen CCL-HP2015-NG-IMG-2929
Housing development, Caulfield Avenue by Mitchell Bright CCL-HP2015-MB-DSC-0080
Housing development, Caulfield Avenue by Mitchell Bright CCL-HP2015-MB-DSC-0080

Sam Ludemann

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre opening Saturday 28 November!!!

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre is opening on Saturday 28 November 2015 at 341 Halswell Road. There is a rather splendid and varied programme of events to celebrate its opening week.

North view of new Halswell Library and Community Facility

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre includes a library, meeting rooms, a customer service desk, a 5,000 square metre outdoor area with a swimming pool.

Saturday 28 November: Official Opening of Te Hapua: Halswell Centre

Join Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck, Mana Whenua and Community Board members in officially opening the facility between 10 and 11 am.  You are then invited to be amongst the first to walk through Te Hapua: Halswell Centre. Find out more.

Sunday 29 November: Family Day

Crafts
Book now for crafts

A day of activities designed for families to discover, connect and play together between 10.30 am and 2pm. Book now for crafting sessions – make a mermaid, rowing boat, or jellyfish. Join Streets and MORE FM for a fun Summer Pool Party between 12 pm and 2 pm. Find out more.

Monday 30 November: Older Persons Day

A day of activities designed to be enjoyed by our senior community between 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Find out more.

Tuesday 1 December: Facility Tours

Opportunities to walk through the entire facility of Te Hapua: Halswell Centre. Architectural tour, grounds tour, and guided tours. Find out more.

Wednesday 2 December: Facility Tours

Opportunities to walk through the entire facility of Te Hapua: Halswell Centre.  Architectural tour, grounds tour, and guided tours. Find out more.

Thursday 3 December: Heritage Day

A day filled with events and activities celebrating local history. Find out more.

Join us for the Halswell Project Exhibition Opening, a documentary photography project on the wider Halswell area produced by University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts students.  The opening will take place between 6 and 7pm.

Friday 4 December: Halswell Youth Evening

A fun-filled programme designed for the awesome young people in Halswell! Activities start at 4pm and include Zumba classes, art displays, Minecraft, 3D printing demonstrations, music and a fun pool party. Find out more.

Saturday 5 December: Multicultural Day

A family-friendly day filled with activities and events celebrating the diversity
of our community. Find out more.

Go to our page about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre to learn more about it. We’ve also got a bunch of photos of it being built. I’m quite a fan of the fab seats – perfect places to park yourself with a book.

Chair Chair

The Halswell Library is closing on 3 October 2015

The Halswell Library will close its doors on Saturday 3 October 2015 at 1pm while preparations continue for the opening of the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, located at 341 Halswell Road. The new centre is scheduled to open in late November 2015.

Halswell Library

During the period of closure, the closest alternative libraries include:

Customers will still be able to return items to the after-hours slot at the current Halswell Library after the closure, until the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre opens.

We apologise for any inconvenience during the period of closure and we look forward to welcoming you to our new facility Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road.

The Halswell Project

Halswell Photo callBe part of a photographic documentary record of Halswell.

Willing volunteers needed to be photographed for an exhibition and inclusion in our digital heritage collection.

This year, Christchurch City Libraries have teamed up with the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts to create a photographic documentary record of the wider Halswell area. This work will be exhibited as a digital exhibition at the opening of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, in late 2015, and will feature on the Christchurch City Libraries website through the digital heritage collection.

If you’d like to be photographed for this project please leave your name and contact details with the staff at Halswell Library.

For more information, please email library@ccc.govt.nz or call 9417923.

Celebrating Halswell Heritage – share your Halswell photos

Do you have photos that reflect life in Halswell? Would you be willing to lend them to the library for Kete Christchurch, our digital community archive?

We’d love to have them to share with the community. All contributions will be collected, digitised and returned.

Have a look at the Halswell images in Kete Christchurch.

Images from Kete Christchurch

Take your photos to Halswell Library 381 Halswell Road (corner Sparks, Halswell Roads)
or contact us:
Christchurch City Libraries
Phone 941-7923
Email library@ccc.govt.nz

Find out more about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. This new library and community facility incorporating customer service facilities and multipurpose spaces is being built on the existing Halswell Aquatic Centre site and adjacent land is scheduled to open in November 2015.

Feel free to promote this to your community:

  • Download an A3 poster [517KB PDF]
  • Download a leaflet [534KB PDF]
  • Download the rights form – please include this when submitting your photos. [136KB PDF]

How to submit your photographs

  1. You must complete a form with your full name, phone number, and postal address. If applicable please include your library card number and email address.
  2. Ensure that you read the ‘terms and conditions’ below and then sign and date your form. Each photo must be accompanied by a signed form.
  3. Place your form and photograph into an envelope available from your local library. Ensure that you write your name and contact details (phone or email) on the front of the envelope and hand your completed form to a librarian.

Your entry will be delivered to the Digital Content & Serials Team where your photograph will be scanned. You will be contacted when your photo is ready to collect from the library where you submitted this form. Please indicate which library this is in the ‘Library location’ space on the form.

Copies of all photograph entries may be displayed in libraries and uploaded to Kete Christchurch ketechristchurch.peoplesnetworknz.info

Terms and conditions

  • Each image must be accompanied by a signed form. Contact details are only required once.
  • Copies of the photograph entries may also be displayed in the library and on the Christchurch City Libraries’ websites.
  • Photos will be transferred to Kete Christchurch for display. By submitting a photo you give permission for photos to be published under the license Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand’s org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/nz/.
  • Entries that do not have full contact details on the form will not be considered.
  • Your name and images may be used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Christchurch City Libraries will not be responsible for any breaches of copyright or privacy that may occur.
  • Christchurch City Libraries reserve the right not to display all photographs.

When photographs have been scanned they will be returned to the library you submitted at, a librarian will contact you to arrange collection. Thank you for your assistance with building this community archive.

Time to vote on Halswell library, pool and community facility’s new name

Thanks for all your excellent suggestions on a name for the new library, pool and community facility in Halswell. We now have a shortlist. You can vote for one of these six options:

  • The All’s Well Centre
  • Community Spirit
  • The Halswell Centre
  • Halswell Manawa (manawa to mean heart)
  • Heart of Halswell
  • The Well

You can vote now until Sunday 8 February at www.ccc.govt.nz/YouNameIt. The person or people whose suggestions get the most votes will receive a pass to any Christchurch City Council pool. The announcement of the winning name is scheduled for March, when the results will go to the Riccarton–Wigram Community Board for the final decision.

Read the media release: Pick your favourite name for the new Halswell facility

Halswell-landscape