stmarks1The Parish of Opawa- St Martins is pleased to be able to host ” Saluting the Sacrifice” in which four speakers will talk on aspects of the First World War.

Sarah Murray ( Curator of Human History at the Canterbury Museum) will speak on “Remnants of War; legacies of World War One through the Collections of the Canterbury Museum”, Simon Moody ( Research Office at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand) will speak on “New Zealanders and the War in the Air 1914-18″, Warren Lidstone’s ( Head of History, Christ’s College) talk is entitled “Then and Now” Jane Teal ( Archivist Christ’s College) will speak about Anglican Chaplains.

Where: St Mark’s Hall Opawa Rd, entrance from Vincent Place

When: Thursday 2nd October 2014 7.00pm-9.15pm

Cost: Gold coin koha

Please email the parish office if you plan to attend, for catering purposes.


Sunday 20 July at 2.30pm in Central Lecture Theatre C2 at the University of Canterbury (plenty of free parking)

Dr David Monger win speak on the subject:
‘Lies, Damned lies, and Propaganda: British state propaganda in the First World War.’

First World War propaganda has generally had a poor reputation. Lord Kitchener’s famous pointing finger is credited in many popular accounts with tricking a generation of young men into volunteering themselves for the futile slaughter and inept leadership of the war. Modern understandings of propaganda as a deceitful and manipulative weapon derive from the post-war backlash against the efforts of the First World War.     •

However, in the same way that historians have increasingly challenged received wisdoms about the conflict’s military history, this talk will show that such assumptions about British state propaganda provide a false and inadequate impression. Far from inspiring British enlistment, the ‘Kitchener’ poster was released after the first and largest rush of enlistment and it was-not one of the most regularly used posters. Propaganda served a multitude of purposes besides recruitment, and was presented in a variety of forms. Atrocities were a part of the story told by propagandists, but not the only thing discussed. And such issues matter because casual assumptions about the inaccuracy of all atrocity stories and the dishonesty of propagandists are used to assist other endeavours, such as the denial of the Armenian genocide.

David Monger is a Senior Lecturer in Modem European History at the University of Canterbury. He is an expert in the history of British official propaganda during the First World War. His book Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and civilian morale was first published in 201 2 and released in paperback in 2014. He is currently working on a project exploring British propaganda and the Armenian genocide.


Before the lecture this year’s Rhodes Medal will be presented to Mr Roger Gilbert, President of the Ellesmere Historical Society, in recognition of his sterling efforts to preserve the historical heritage of this part of Canterbury.

A gold coin donation for the afternoon tea will be appreciated.


The Rangiora Museum in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Rangiora High School Music Department – presents -

An Afternoon of Old Movies

These films include events in and around Rangiora from the 1930s to 2002.

  • A day in Rangiora 1950s by David King, then the Rangiora Borough Engineer.
  • Scenes from a 100 mile cycle road race through the Glen-Tui, Ashley and Waimakariri Gorges in 1939.
  • An early Rangiora A&P show.
  • Colour films of the Rangiora Centennial 1950.
  • Colour films of the wedding of Carol and Donald McKay, 1955.
  • The earliest film – Three Attempts to Get to Lake Sumner, 1930-32, was made by Rangiora inventor and garage owner Amos James Smith.
  • A very early sound film of the Kaiapoi Pa Centenary in 1931. This ceremony was attended by thousands of people, both Maori and pakeha. This excerpt is from a television programme made in 2009 and discusses the old Pa where the Pegasus subdivision is now.
  • A selection of early television commercials and Rangiora High School students competing in the 2002 Smoke Free Stage Challenge completes the programme.

Musical accompaniments by students of the Rangiora High School Music Department.

Selected pictures from the Silent movies

1.30 pm Sunday 29th June – Rangiora High School – School Hall, East Belt, Rangiora

ADMISSION: Adult $10. Child (Under 14) $5. Family $25.

Refreshments available

Tickets available from:

  • Enrapture Floral Design, Gables Arcade High Street, Rangiora-313 7751
  • Rangiora Museum (open Wednesday and Sunday from 1.30 to 4.00 pm) 310 7356


An Afternoon at the movies [PDF]

The Art of the Dust Jacket

This exhibition brings together a selection of book covers created by some of New Zealand’s most respected artists: Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Don Peebles and many others.

Many New Zealand artists have worked on book covers and dust jackets. This exhibition brings together a small selection of covers created by some of New Zealand’s most respected professional artists, whose work also appears in our art collection: Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Raymond McIntyre, Don Peebles, Dick Frizzell and many others. From traditional representations that suggest a book’s contents, to quirky abstract designs that provide no such clues, all the covers chosen are exercises in design, done to the exacting, miniature requirements of the book cover.

Christchurch Art Gallery, Outer Spaces exhibition opens this Friday at Central Library Peterborough.

Runs 30 May 2014 – 14 Jul 2014

Beyond the cordonCanterbury Museum in collaboration with the New Zealand Police, proudly presents Beyond the Cordon – the Red Zones through the eyes of the New Zealand Police Photographers.

Canterbury Police Acting District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor says the exhibition captures a unique perspective on this significant event in New Zealand history.

“Our Police photographers were an integral part of the emergency response, but also found themselves in a privileged position to be able to capture these remarkable images,” he says.

“This exhibition is a great opportunity for the work of Police photographers to gain wider recognition, and also to present in pictures the story of the outstanding emergency services response to the quake.”

Museum Director Anthony Wright says the exhibition features remarkable imagery of devastation, rescue and recovery following the 22 February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, the largest emergency response ever seen in New Zealand, including some images which have never before been on public display. (more…)


On Friday 9 May, renowned speakers Prof Glyn Harper and Dr Jock Phillips will speak on New Zealand and the First World War. The talks are a free public event from 5.30pm-7.15pm in the Bird Hall at Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

Canterbury 100 - Help us tell the story of Canterbury 1914-1918

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co-ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free community event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the public will be invited to bring along personal stories and artefacts relating to Cantabrians during World War I; specifically in the period leading up to the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.  Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation.  People can discuss the possibility of gifting their material with any of the participating organisations or can arrange to lend it for digitising or display.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will provide the content for a community-based exhibition, opening in April 2015, which will tell the story of “Canterbury’s Road to Gallipoli” (title to be confirmed).  The exhibition will then be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout Canterbury.

It is intended that this will be repeated in the period leading up to the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017, and again to mark the Armistice and Peace celebrations in 2018.  At the conclusion of the WWI Centenary commemorations, the stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial to the people of Canterbury who experienced the First World War.

Do you have a story to contribute to the Canterbury 100 project?

We are looking for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts relating to Cantabrians in World War One, from soldiers and nurses on the front line to the men, women and children who remained on the “Home Front” in New Zealand.

To tell us your story, or for more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Canterbury 100 project site or contact

Organisations supporting Canterbury 100:

For information about other inititives around the country see


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