Edible Book Festival

CPIT Library’s third Annual Edible Book Festival will be held on Wednesday April 1st – just one week from today!


So put your thinking caps on and work out how you could represent your favourite book in food – or how you could make your favourite food into a book… Try the International Edible Book Festival website for inspiration.

There’s great prizes up for grabs for the most imaginative, funniest, tastiest, and most representative entries.

Some previous winners:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Murray McGuigan)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Murray McGuigan)
I was told there'd be cake by Sloane Crosley (Jenny Pope)
I was told there’d be cake by Sloane Crosley (Jenny Pope)

If you bake, carve, decorate, shape, or otherwise play with your food, this is the competition for you. You can enter here, or in the Library, or in the Atrium on the day.

If entering is not your thing, come along next Wednesday from 9am to view the entries. Winners will be announced at 12.15, and then the real fun starts – the eating!

See you there.

Indian fashion show – A feast of colour!

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It was a fabulous display of costume and dance in the atrium at CPIT today giving us a little taste of what we can expect to see at the Christchurch Holi Indian Festival of Colours coming up on Saturday 21 March.

Our thanks to Raj for teaching some of us in the Library a few steps to be a part of this grand display. Only those who were there could have truly appreciated our incredible performance – oh well in our minds anyway.

You can see the Abacus Bhangra Group  practising their energetic dance on the Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours Facebook page.


Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa 2015

matatiniTe Matatini 2015 is a celebration of Māori culture and performance. Held this year in Hagley Park in its 43rd year, there are around 1,800 performers from throughout New Zealand and Australia who have been practising for many months including some from CPIT. Stan Tawa, tutor in the culinary programmes at CPIT, is in charge of the menu at Te Matatini. He talks about some  of the kai in this One News clip. (Aired 4 March at 6.19pm.)

The event was launched on Wednesday 4 March with a pōwhiri where Hana O’Regan,  Director of Student Services Division at  CPIT, performed the karanga. See video footage of  some of this occasion on the Stuff website.

Here are the three kapa haka teams from Waitaha (Canterbury region) performing at Te Matatini 2015 and some of their backgrounds. Hohepa Waitoa, one of CPIT’s Te Puna Wānaka tutors also talks about his team, Ngā Manu a Tāne.


If you can’t make it down to Hagley Park to see this spectacular event in the next few days you can see it as a livestream from Maori TV until it ends on Sunday 8 March.

You can also listen live  or via podcasts or via the Hakarongo translation service  through irirangi.net

Kia waimarie to all the competitors.