STUFF Christchurch's new stadium should be open by the end of 2024. Christchurch could miss out on a small number of major events at its new $473 million stadium due to the capacity, according to tourism and economic development agency ChristchurchNZ. But the agency’s chief executive said ChristchurchNZ was still “really comfortable” with the stadium’s capacity of 25,000 permanent seats – which was determined when the investment case was revealed in late 2019. There is a provision, but no funding, to add 5000 temporary seats in the future. Design of the stadium , which will be built across three central city blocks, is being finalised this year by a consortium of local and international companies that will build it. READ MORE: Christchurch stadium plan approved by council, next step Cabinet Christchurch stadium: How much ratepayers will contribute Christchurch's $470m stadium plan revealed: 25,000 seats, finished in 5 years Christchurch stadium … [Read more...] about ChristchurchNZ ‘would love ability’ for new stadium to seat 35,000
OPINION: As Six60 gathered 50,000 people to Eden Park last weekend to sing their hits and irritate Helen Clark , the world looked on with the strange pandemic combination of envy, joy, and anxiety. At last, we had a safe mass gathering; the holy grail of live events. Perhaps you have no idea who Six60 are , and Dunedin music for you begins and ends with The Verlaines. Perhaps the entire Kiwi reggae fusion scene passed you by, and when you try and think of Six60 you’re actually thinking of Opshop . Perhaps having a name where the digital number follows the spelling of the number is just too much. Regardless, there is one song of theirs you will know. Don’t Forget Your Roots has spent the past decade becoming the “Kiwi anthem”. It’s a title that originated with Ray Columbus then went through John Rowles , Dave Dobbyn , the Swingers, Crowded House , Dave Dobbyn again, The Exponents , OMC, Scribe, Dave Dobbyn one more time, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Lorde , and now … [Read more...] about What are our real Kiwi anthems?
MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFF Paula Short, mother of a son who is dyslexic, with books she uses to help him and other dyslexic children read. Some libraries saw more than a 50 per cent rise in online memberships and the borrowing of ebooks and audiobooks during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Thousands signed up to borrow ebooks and audiobooks in the first week of lockdown alone , breaking some library records, and the ongoing restrictions saw numbers continue to soar. In Dunedin, the number of ebooks and audiobooks borrowed rose 60 per cent compared to March 2019. A total of 6980 ebooks and audiobooks were borrowed, compared with 4235 in the same period last year. READ MORE: New chapter as New Plymouth district libraries reopen after lockdown Kids' library cards set to be freed from overdue charges in New Plymouth Coronavirus: Hamilton booklovers' digital borrowing doubles during Covid-19 lockdown Coronavirus: Thousands sign up to borrow ebooks, … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: ‘Big increase’ in library sign-ups during Covid-19 lockdown
Parts of the North and South Island may experience a light show on Tuesday night. MetService is forecasting a moderate risk of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening for eastern Northland, the Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and western Bay of Plenty, as well as Dunedin and Clutha. Meteorologist Tom Adams said moist humid air masses, like what is hanging over much of the country, are one of the key ingredients for thunderstorms. “It’s likely there will be a few flashes around in those regions,” he said. READ MORE: Covid-19: $2m Horse of the Year event canned Four injured after school buses collide in Christchurch Covid-19: Let's stop this lockdown blame game, finger-wagging won't get you anywhere The weather system may produce localised heavy rain of 10mm to 25mm per hour in the North Island, and 10mm to 20mm per hour in the South Island. Adams explained the nature of these systems may result in heavy rain in one area, and no rain in a … [Read more...] about Weather: ‘Uncomfortable’ humidity creating perfect conditions for afternoon, evening thunderstorms
FRIDAY Glass Transformation , 1972 Adam Concert Room, Te Kōkī, NZ School of Music, 6pm Join artist Billy Apple and Adam Art Gallery Director Christina Barton for a performance of the recorded sound piece, Glass Transformation , 1972. The presentation is programmed to coincide with Kate Newby’s major exhibition YES TOMORROW. Things I Know to be True Circa Theatre, Until May 29 , Various times, $25-$52 Having loved each other for over 30 years, it should be time for Fran and Bob to slow down and smell the roses. Things I Know to be True presents a gripping and powerful story that sees parents encounter the wildly complicated lives of their adult children. Tickets circa.co.nz Psychedelic Folk, Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys Pyramid Club, 7.30pm, $15 Francisca Griffin makes a rare appearance in Wellington with her new band, featuring some of Dunedin’s best musicians, The Bus Shelter Boys bring Griffin’s beautifully impressionistic … [Read more...] about Arts listings in the Wellington region from April 30-May 2