Take time these holidays to enjoy New Zealand IceFest

Spring may be here but chilly fun is still to be had at the New Zealand IceFest for the next couple of weeks.  Head to Hagley Park where you will find the Ice Station, an ice rink, Still Life (a sensory experience of Jane Ussher’s photographs of the Antarctic), movies, talks, food and entertainment. CPIT’s Manager of Food & Hospitality and Culinary Programmes Dennis Taylor will be there during the weekends demonstrating  at IceFest and undertaking carvings for the Antarctic Season Opening Function. Dennis has 15 years experience in ice carving which includes experiences in Sapporo Japan,  Harbin China and Lubeck Germany, working on large events and competitions.  Dennis has an Antarctic affiliation that includes a summer season as a chef at Scott Base in Antarctica.

Other exhibitions on involved with the Antarctic ice theme and New Zealand IceFest are on around the city as well and can be found at: the Canterbury Museum, The National and Form Galleries.

Where is the best place to find New Zealand information?

  Checkout our recommended databases  in the Aotearoa / New Zealand subject guides and   simplify your search for New Zealand information.

Within these recommended databases you will see:

Find NZ articles using National Library Beta Search

National Library’s new search facility still in Beta mode contains a mega search of most of its existing databases including Index New Zealand, Timeframes, Papers past and many digitised resources in the National Digital Heritage Archive. Read more about what is in National Library Beta here.

    When you search National Library Beta, you will be provided with a list of options on the left hand side to further refine your search by journal articles, images, books, websites, and much much more.

Other good sources of New Zealand resources include:

New Zealand Libraries which allows you to search all the libraries in New Zealand at once.

Matapihi which is another National Library resource containing  images and audio files from New Zealand archives, museums, etc.

NZ Research which is source of New Zealand universities and polytechnics research output.

Press Display which will give you newspapers in full text. Search title / by country / New Zealand to view New Zealand newspapers. Though you cannot search Press display by keyword, you can use National Library Beta to find NZ newspaper articles then locate these in Press display which generally shows papers from 3 months ago to current date.

For even more sources be sure to check out Databases/ Articles  and Websites in our Aotearoa / New Zealand subject guide

Last chance to see…..

Carol King

Title: The Thrill of the Hunt- Beyond the Eye of the Tiger, and Other Stories, 2012 500h x 380w x 35d mm

Collection of the artist

Pop into the D Block foyer to see a fantastic book art exhibition Biblia Abiblia before it ends at 4.30pm on Friday 14th September.  Grab yourself a catalogue and take the time to wander around the array of artists’ books.  There are a huge variety of books to see – some that move and self destruct others that can be barelybe indentified as ‘books’ and then there are some beautifully screen printed, etched, drawn and constructed books.

Untitled, Dallas Matoe, 2011,
220h x 160w x 25d mm
Collection of the artist

For a further look at what other artists around the world are doing with books check out Book art: iconic sculptures and installations made from books.  If you are feeling inspired and would to make a book yourself have a look at Re-bound:creating handmade books from recycled and repurposed materials.

Graham Bennett

Displacement, The resolution of a vector,2012

300h x 300w x 600d mm

Collection of the artist