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.

  • Snow's collar complete with horse hair. Collection of the North Otago Museum 78/366

    Behind the scenes we are doing a lot of work on our collections. This is to support the Cultural Facility Development Project. Most recently I have been researching our equine collection. This collection includes saddles, snaffle bits, horse collars, hames, blinkers and more.

  • Top Ten: Book Quotes About Libraries

    Libraries are full of magical gateways that take you to exciting worlds and introduce you to new lifelong friends. Libraries are amazing so what better way to celebrate this than have our top ten quotes from books about libraries.

  • Sir Ernest Rutherford visit to Waitaki Boys High School 1925, Waitaki District Archive P0030.36.3

    Ernest Rutherford and Frank Milner met during Milner’s first year at Nelson College. It was the start of a friendly association that lasted until Rutherford’s death in 1937. Although Rutherford was four years older than Milner the two shared an intellectual bond.

  • Six of Crows

    This installment of Riveting Reads comes to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
    Her current read is 'Six of Crows' by Leigh Bardugo.

    A sweeping new epic tale from Leigh Bardugo. An action packed, fast paced heist novel.

  • Original Oamaru Museum label for a hematite sample

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

  • Falling Kingdoms

    This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
    Her Current Read is 'Falling Kingdoms' by Morgan Rhodes

    Morgan Rhodes weaves a magical series full of intrigue and shock twists.If you like Game of Thrones give Falling Kingdoms a try.

  • This installment of Current Reads comes to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
    Her Current Read is 'The Falconer' by Elizabeth May.

  • 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.

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