Christchurch’s history, its people and places — plus help to discover your own heritage and family history.

WorkersLabour Day

All our libraries are closed on Monday 27 October.

Find out more about the history and origins of Labour Day.

Cover of ParihakaParihaka

5 November is Guy Fawkes, but more importantly in New Zealand we commemorate Parihaka – the peaceful resistance to the militia invasion of the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka on 5 November 1881.

Photo huntChristchurch Photo Hunt

The Photo Hunt is on - it closes on 31 October. You can help boost important historical records as well as win great prizes – one of two iPad minis or a Kobo ereader.

Cecil Malthus lettersCecil Malthus

Cecil Malthus’ letters and telegrams tell his story of the First World War.

You can follow him now on Twitter at @malthus_letters. He writes to My own dear Hazel from April 1914 to his discharge in April 1917.

WW100 logoWW100

WW100 is a programme to mark the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018. Explore World War 1 content as well as events and activities in Christchurch and Canterbury. 100chch on Twitter takes you back to what was happening 100 years ago today.