Surf Comps, New Brighton, 1970s: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018

October is Photo Hunt month at Christchurch City Libraries. We invite you to share any of your photos and help grow the city’s photographic archive. All entries must be received by 31 October.

Christchurch City Libraries has produced a set of four postcards promoting the competition which are available from your local library. Each week during October we’ll be featuring one of the postcard images on our blog.

Surf Comps, New Brighton, 1970s. Kete Christchurch. PH16-TeCo-C-W-Surf-001.Entry in the Christchurch City Libraries 2016 Photo Hunt. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License.

This picture was taken during the Surf Comps in the 1970s. The location is the North Ramp car park in New Brighton.

Date: 1970s.

Highly Commended entry in the 2016 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Teresa Connor.

About Kete Christchurch

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

Photo Hunt October: Horse-drawn Bathing Huts at New Brighton

Bathing huts, horse drawn, New Brighton.
Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. Kete Christchurch PH13-090 CC-BY-NCSA NZ 3.0

There is no date on this photo, but the bathing huts might have been a good place to shelter from the easterly wind as well as preserving ones modesty.

There are currently small huts on display at New Brighton but they’re not for bathing purposes – Tiny Huts at New Brighton.

View other images of New Brighton Beach on Kete Christchurch.

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.

Go fly a kite

Cover of Just A KiteDo you remember what your first kite was like? Mine was made out of brown wrapping paper. It had a picture of John, Paul, George and Ringo that had been carefully cut out of a magazine stuck on it. It didn’t fly very well at all.

Cover of KitesI was not deterred, and over the years I owned many kites that flew. I don’t own a kite at the moment, but I wouldn’t mind having a go at making one and taking it down to New Brighton beach and flying it. Kite Day is going to be on January 30th, and if I don’t get my kite to fly, I will get to enjoy those that do. I love the way that the small kites seem to duck and weave their way between the huge colourful kites.

So if you are like me and love kites, head on down to the New Brighton Beach, south of the Pier, on Saturday, 30th January between 1.30pm – 4.30pm with your kite and join in the fun.

Streets Kite Day, New Brighton 2015
Streets Kite Day – New Brighton 2015, Flickr 2015-01-24-IMG_4948
Streets Kite Day, New Brighton 2015
Streets Kite Day – New Brighton 2015, Flickr 2015-01-24-IMG_4942

Time, tide and the quest for the perfect sandcastle

book coverIf there is anyone to blame for my quest for the perfect sandcastle, it is Dad. When we were children, he dug a long jump pit and filled it with sand for his second daughter and he gave his youngest daughter a bucket and spade for Christmas. I spent a lot of time in the long jump pit trying to make the perfect sandcastle. The theory was simple, fill the bucket with sand and up-end it  for a perfectly formed bucket shaped castle. However the sand would never come out of the bucket in a beautiful castle shape, it was usually a collapsed heap. It would take a vast amount of sculpting and spade patting before I could sit back and admire my castle.  A few minutes later it would be raked over so big sister could practice long jump.

A seaside holiday was sandcastle heaven, The sand was wetter than what I had at home. The bucket worked and with a bit of sculpting, huge castles were created, with a driftwood drawbridge, scallop shell windows and a moat. Sadly time and tide can destroy a sand castle even when a wet dog can’t.

Recently I made two important discoveries.

  1. The library has books on how to build sandcastles.
  2. The Inaugural New Zealand Sandcastle Competition will be held on Saturday 21st–Sunday 22nd January 2012 at New Brighton.

Registration for the competition is now open. The Sand Sculpturing Competition for Adult Teams and Individuals is on Saturday. The “Kids-N-Kastles” Children’s Sand Sculpturing Competition and the Family Teams Sand Sculpturing Competition Fun Day is on Sunday.

If I borrow a library book and find my old bucket and spade, should I join in or should I take photos?