Culture Waitaki Blog

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

  • Hyperbole and a half

    This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Social Media and Digital Support Librarian Julia de Ruiter.
    Her Current Read is "Hyperbole and a half: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem and other things that happened" by Allie Brosh.

  • The Wrath and the Dawn

    This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
    Her Current Read is "The Wrath and the Dawn' by Renee Ahdieh

  • Elizabeth King Curator of Education with Chris Smith Curator of the W.D.Trotter Anatomy Museum at the University of Otago

    It was with a lot of excitement Jane Macknight and I met with Chris Smith the curator at the W.D Trotter Anatomy Museum on Tuesday 9 August. We found the Museum on the 2nd floor of the

  • Book

    Staff member Maclean interviewed a regular library patron about her experience as a user of resources and services in our Library, and the daily life of a Library in these times.

  • YouTube

    YouTube has taken over the social media world during the last few years. Along with internet popularity, many YouTubers have also scored book deals. Below is a list of five YouTubers who are also published authors.

  • This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
    Her Current Read is 'Ink and Bone' by Rachel Caine.

    In this exhilarating series, Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating an exciting and dangerous new world.

  • Maclean

    Welcome to the second in a series here on the blog, where we interview library staff and ask how they became librarians.

    The librarian featured here is the fabulous Maclean Barker:

  • Heather Sutton and Waitaki District Archive curator of archives Chris Meech with diaries from Waitangi Station, which date from the 1880s to the 1970s. The diaries have been donated to the archive by Mrs Sutton. Photo by Daniel Birchfield. Courtesy of the Otago Daily Times

    Jane Macknight, Director of the Gallery, Museum, Archive is delighted to announce a substantial gift from the Sutton family – the complete record of the Waitangi Station, from the late 1880s to 1970s through its farm diaries.

  • Debbie

    Welcome to a new blog series, where we ask Oamaru Public Library staff how they became librarians.

    First up is Debbie Price-Ewen, Reference and Digital Services Librarian.

  • Photograph by Wayne Barrar

    A photographic exhibition by NZ photographer Wayne Barrar.
    9 July to 4 September 2016

  • Fossil Turritellidae shells

    Behind the scenes. This is the second blog in a series of three focused on the North Otago Museum’s geology collection.

  • Big Magic

    This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Social Media and Digital Support Librarian Julia de Ruiter.

    Her Current Read is Big Magic: creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

  • Lately I've really been enjoying listening to podcasts. They are great for multitasking, you can just pop in your headphones and listen while you're on a walk, cleaning the house or commuting.

    Below is a round-up of my favourite book related ones.

  • On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the Omarama Community Library opened in a new building. It had been closed for a couple of months due to the retirement of the main volunteer.

  • Hello Tokyo

    This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Social Media and Digital Support Librarian Julia de Ruiter. Her Current Read is 'Hello Tokyo: handmade projects and fun ideas for a cute,Tokyo-inspired lifestyle' by Ebony Bizys.

  • Music Month

    During May, the Oamaru Library celebrated New Zealand Music Month.

    We had a number of fantastic performances from students of local music teachers. It was great to celebrate the talent that abounds in the Waitaki District.

  • Fossil diatom image

    Behind the scenes. This is the first blog in a series of three focused on the North Otago Museum’s geology collection.

  • Improbable Libraries

    This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Julia, Social Media and Digital Support Librarian.

    I recently came across this beautiful non fiction book called 'Improbable Libraries' by Alex Johnson.

  • Behind The Scenes

    There might not be much to see in our gallery spaces right now. That is because we are working hard on the Cultural Facilities Development Project. We are doing a lot of work behind the scenes on our Collections and developing our top Themes and Stories.

  • Pacific Art in the wonderlab

    Something very cool has been happening in the Forrester Gallery lately. Students from Waitaki Girls’ High School and St Kevin’s College have been visiting. It has been wonderful having the youth of Waitaki attending and performing at the openings and Artist talks.

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