Culture Waitaki Blog

The collaborative blog of Culture Waitaki, featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery, Waitaki Museum and Archive, Waitaki District Libraries.

  • Director Chloe Searle has been pondering the importance of personal generosity.

    As the director of the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru, I have been reflecting on generosity.

  • Image showing the inside of the Hall of Memories, Waitaki Boys' High School.

    The calm you are looking for might be as close as the nearest work of art, Rosalie Elliffe writes.

  • Rabbit shooters c.1900 R. Milligan on left

    In 1863 the Helenslea arrived in Bluff carrying a cargo of Scottish settlers and, perhaps more importantly, four wide-eyed, innocent little rabbits. They were let out to run free and the success of their journey was cause for celebration. One onlooker recalled:

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    Everyone knows the venerable traditions of museum labelling,  

    Object,  
    Date,  
    Region,  
    Museum information  
    Description,  

     

  • Curators come across all sorts of stories. Some sad, others interesting, still more bring joy. Then there are the moments that evoke the absurd. They are rare, and wonderful.

     

  • Every year the International Council of Museums hosts an International Museum Day to celebrate and to raise awareness about the potential of museums to be powerful social actors. 

    Every year comes with a theme for us, and for you to reflect on. This years theme is Power, defined below

  • Image: Penguins Diving in Deep Time, Manu Berry from the  exhibition Earth: caught in stone, Forrester Gallery 2022

    Inspired by Earth: caught in stone the wonderlab and Whitestone Aspiring Global Geopark have collaborated on an online educational programme.

  • Ever wondered what the staff at the Ōamaru Library are reading? Well here's your chance!

    Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading and their reviews for this month.

     

  • It's December and we're feeling festive! Take a look at ten of our favourite Christmas tales, all available at Waitaki District Libraries.

    Click on the title of a book below and it will take you to our catalogue if you'd like to place a request. 

     

  • Music, magic, treachery, and heartbreak - here are ten fiery YA novels that are new to our collection!

     

    Beyond the black door / A. M. Strickland

  • Are you running out of books to read from the large print section? Then take a look at these fabulous new titles! From modern-day MI5 to 19th Century England, or from gardening to murder, there's something here to fit everyone's tastes.

     

  • Check out these fabulous picture books, all written by New Zealand authors, and all new to Ōamaru Library! From a knitting knight to an adventurous penguin, these stories are wacky, weird, and wonderful – perfect for a story before bed.

     

  • Patron self-checkout app logo

    At level 2, keeping a safe distance means longer queues at our self loan kiosks.  So to make things faster for you and your whanau, we have introduced our Patron Mobile Checkout App, which lets you borrow items using your own phone or tablet. 

  • Top Ten: Audio Books

    Don't have time to sit down and read a book? Would you rather read the latest crime thriller than do the dishes?

    We have heard from many of our borrowers, especially those with sight impairment, that Audiobooks are the way to go!

  • Staff Reads

    Ever wondered what the staff at the Ōamaru Library are reading? Well here's your chance!

    Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading and their reviews for this month.

     

  • Top Ten Experience Japan

    With the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in full swing, after a rocky start due to COVID-19, we are in the midst of following our favorite olympians battle it out for gold.

  • Top Ten New Releases July 2021

    Check out what's new to the Ōamaru Library this month. There is something for everyone, DVD's, fiction, non-fiction, children and young adults.

    New Zealand Mysteries by Scott Bainbridge
    (Adult Non-Fiction, Beliefs and Philosphy, 001.94 BAI)

  • Riveting Read The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

    Fierce and unflinching, heroic and powerful.

    Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Leigh Bardugo.

    Her current read is The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.

    This instalment of Riveting Reads comes to you from Youth Assistant Librarian Linda Robertson.

     

  • Staff Reads What our Librarians are reading

    Ever wondered what the staff at the Ōamaru Library are reading? Well here's your chance!

    Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading and their reviews for this month.

     

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