Posts Tagged ‘Turanga’

Turanga offered a Remix Plastic workshop on how to make beeswax wraps today.  We each took a cotton square, placed it on a sheet of baking paper, then sprinkled it with grated beeswax.  After covering this with another sheet of baking paper we used a hot iron to melt and evenly spread the wax.  Easy when the materials are supplied and there’s someone there to show you how.  The tutor suggested if you’re trying it at home, don’t use your good iron as it could easily get mucky with beeswax.

Beeswax wrap workshop

The woman I shared a table with told me she had cotton fabric that had belonged to her late mother and she was planning to make beeswax wraps as mementoes for all the family members.

The wraps which can be warmed in your hands are then easy to fold and seal around a bowl, sandwiches, etc, and are much better environmentally than using plastic wrap.  They can be washed in cool water and reused.  They should not be used to cover raw meat as they can’t be washed in hot water.  The tutor told us if you want to make more there are opportunities to do so at Stitch-O-Mat at New Brighton.

My new beeswax wraps

Easy and quick to make a wrap
and then no need for plastic crap.


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Turanga just gets better all the time.

Jigsaw, colouring in, and chess

As well as jigsaws and chess sets inside, there are games to play on the forecourt.

Draughts and blocks

Noughts and crosses

I can’t remember what this one’s called. Can you?

All this, and books too!  Lots to attract families into the central city.  Have you visited Turanga yet?

There’s many ways to pass the day
when you are round Turanga way

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Turanga staircase

Fiction books are on the fourth floor of Turanga, our new Central Library.  Until today I’ve taken the lift up and walked down, but today I chose to walk up the stairs as well as down.  I stayed close to the handrail as some younger people bounded by, and was pleased to slowly climb the four flights without panting.  Not sure if it would be the same if I’d already done a long walk.

My personal rule has always been to use stairs unless I need to go up more than three flights, but since the earthquakes few of our buildings have more than one storey, and those that do often hide the entrance to the stairs, discouraging anyone from using them.  The exception is Christchurch Hospital where signs invite you to use the stairs if you are able.  Before I first went to England I trained myself with a daily walk up and down the five flights of stairs at Christchurch Community House.  Sadly these were another casualty of the earthquakes.

Turanga is now the multi-storey building I visit most frequently, and I plan to eschew its lifts from now on.  This will surely be good for my health and fitness.  Do you have a staircase you use regularly?

‘These stairs will help to keep me fit
my breathing faltered not a bit.’

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A guided tour of Turanga was offered to Friends of the Library today.  Although I’ve already paid several visits I knew there was more to explore and was pleased to take advantage of this occasion.  I hadn’t previously realised that each floor is colour coded, with walls and furniture to match, and a featured bird.  The birds are in the order of height in which they would be found in the forest.  Level Four, Creativity, is blue and features the kereru (I didn’t think to take a photo there).

Level Three, Discovery, is purple and features the tui

Level Two, Identity, is red and features the kakapo

No food or drink is permitted on Level Two because it holds some of our most valuable and culturally significant collections and we want to protect them for current and future generations.  On every other level you can consume if you wish.

Level One, Community, is orange and features the titi.

One aspect I hadn’t noticed before is the mirrored dressup area for children on Level One.

Dressups on Level One

The Ground Floor, Connection, is green and features the pukeko

We were shown the sorting room on the ground floor.  All the books go automatically through a machine which sorts them according to their bar codes.  A librarian then puts each lot into a trolley for delivery to the appropriate level or branch library.

Sorting the returned books

I noted on the upper levels there were often two or three copies of the same book, and a whole shelf of Mills and Boon.  One shelf in the sorting room held books which were ‘borrower’s own’, i.e. they’d been returned to the library but didn’t belong there.

Our tour group was guided by Emma.  I learned much more about the library, and enjoyed some peeks behind the scenes.  Afterwards we had afternoon tea in the Spark Meeting Room.

‘This library holds much more than books
there’s new things everywhere one looks.’


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Turanga, our new central library, is wonderful!  We started at the top (Level 4), where there are two roof gardens as well as all the adult fiction.  You get a great view of the Cathedral and the Square.  For those who don’t want to climb stairs there are lifts.

Cathedral from Library

Cathedral Square from top of Library

On Level 3, where non-fiction is housed, we found a Knit’n’Yarn group which meets every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening.


The Family History section on Level 2 looked most enticing.

Family history section

On every level there are quiet rooms, toilets, drinking fountains, lockers, and public computers, all free to use.  The computers on the higher levels are available for an hour, while the ones on the ground floor are for 15 minutes only.   It was good to see Imagination Station in their new home on Level 1, where the children’s books are.  This is an area where kids can play with immeasurable amounts of Lego.

Imagination Station

On the same level there’s a tree sculpture with room for small ones to climb inside.

Tree sculpture

I liked the sentinel on the staircase – one of many artworks.  This figure was created by Fayne Robinson, who carved the taonga I was given when I left Volunteering Canterbury.

Tawhaki on his journey in search of knowledge

There’s an Espresso Bar on Level 1 but they serve drinks only in cardboard cups, so we went to the main cafe on the ground floor for our lunch.  Service was good, and we sat by the window where we could watch progress on the Convention Centre, and see Little Andromeda.

Foundation Cafe

The cafe was busy and bound to be a popular addition to the central city.   Some people have complained that there is little parking close to Turanga, but in fact there’s plenty within a couple of blocks (and one mobility park outside on Gloucester Street).  I hope people will take buses, or walk as we did.

‘Turanga is the place to go
for everything you’d like to know.’






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