21 years of New Zealand’s Internet



It’s hard to imagine life without the internet, but how did we get here?

Down to the Wire offers a fascinating insight into the beginnings of the New Zealand Internet. Featuring Video Interviews  and links to other resources, (as well as free music from Flying Nuns records) this site documents an engaging story of New Zealand internet from it humble beginnings in 1989.

For further reading have a look at Connecting the clouds: the Internet in New Zealand, a print copy is also available in the library.

From Fraggle Rock to a Wild Man…

Ron Mueck, Mask II (2002)

If you’ve been to the Ron Mueck exhibition that recently opened at Christchurch Art Gallery, you might be interested in learning more about the Australian hyperrealist sculptor. We have a couple of books in the Library, including a catalog of his work exhibited at the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. You can also find biographical info about Ron Mueck (and thousands of other artists) on Oxford Art Online, or see what the newspapers are saying about the exhibition on Press Display. Both these databases are accessible via the Online Resources and Databases section of the Library website.

Ludo, Labyrinth (1986)

After doing my own research, I was excited to discover that Ron Mueck started his career as a puppeteer for children’s television including Fraggle Rock. He later worked alongside David Bowie in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, providing the voice of the orange, yeti-like Ludo! If you are a fan of these 80s classics, then you could also check out Jim Henson: the works: the art, the magic, the imagination available in the Library.